Dragon's Dogma is an action-RPG released this May by Capcom. You play a villager who becomes the 'Arisen' when a dragon attacks your village and tears out your heart. Bizarrely you survive, and you leave the village to hunt the dragon and reclaim what belongs to you.
The game plays like a cross of Skyrim and Dark Souls. there is a game world that you can freely move across, completing side quests or slaying gigantic beasts with the responsive and easy to learn combat system. your basic and heavy attacks are mapped to the face buttons on the controller, but holding down R1/right shoulder button and pressing a face button at the same time performs a special move. your character and jump and climb up onto large foes to attack specific weak points.
The unique aspect of this game is the "Pawn" system. when you start the game you create your own AI sidekick, and if you play online you can recruit pawns created by other online players or the other players can recruit your own pawn, and they share their experience and any items they accumulated while away.
There are flaws of course. the game world is small compared to other RPGS on the market, quite a lot of the sidequests are quite dull and tedious, there is no form of co-op play with online players, and the DLC content is slightly lackluster with the exceptions of the weapon packs. But with this game selling over a million copies and a sequel already confirmed to be on the way, there is certainly something worth checking out here for fans of action RPG's.