Having been a gamer for a long time, I often enjoy games that have a retro feel to them. Dragons Crown should be just the game for any side scrolling beat-em-up fan, with similarities to games such as Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, Final Fight....etc.
Dragons Crown is a hybrid of the classic side scrolling formula with a few JRPG elements. I'd agree with one of the professional reviews, I read, where the game takes a while before the action gets rolling. It starts by introducing the story, characters and areas you'll be using throughout playing the game, which after selecting your characters, stops you (and your couch buddies) from getting started with the main game. But once you start playing, its all good fun. Plenty of enemies, great bosses, player skill trees, different character classes, fast paced combat and chaotic action. Also the look of the game is VERY impressive, all hand drawn and very colourful.
Regarding the controversy about some of the over-sexualised art/characters; its down to peoples opinions, you'll either find it offensive, ridiculous, or like me, it doesn't bother you in the slightest, and you can't quite figure out what all this fuss is about. To me, the art style is the decision of the artist and the people making the game. If they want to style the game a certain way, that's their decision and part of the final product, and like it or not, the skill in the artwork should be appreciated, it is a very beautiful game. Characters like the ones in this game, have been in video games for many years. Besides, I believe there are films, music videos, animes and even video games, that depict women in a much more offensive fashion.
To me, this game is a fantastic modernization of a classic gaming formula. I can only hope more side scrolling action games will be made. This game sold out in Japan, and that shows the genre may still be popular.