Panta Oz’s review published on Letterboxd:
I am really not a great fan of movies like Dragon Nest: Warrior’s Dawn (Chinese: 龙之谷：破晓奇兵) ... but this Chinese-American animated fantasy-romance-adventure is just what kids in China love! Directed by Song Yuefeng and based on the Dragon Nest video game, this was a hit with the kids, and no wonder a sequel, Dragon Nest 2: Throne of Elves, is currently in production. But, the problem is that financial returns are not high, because if judging by me, parents are not impressed, and they pay for the tickets.
Animation was very good, I can even say unusually good for a mainland China production... the story on the other hand was something which seemed like we heard before many times! The land of Altera has observed an uneasy peace for years among Humans, Elves and Evil beasts who are loyal to the legendary Black Dragon. The problem arises when the Black Dragon begins to wake up from its hibernation, sending the Beasts marching across Altera, and a small group of Humans and Elves unite to try to destroy the Black Dragon.
The story has deviated from the Dragon Nest's games story-line a lot! The build-up of the story is quite rushed, and the 6 heroes were introduced in a way that it assumed the audience already knew them, which probably limits the target audience to gamers only. But if that is the case, why is Argenta's face in the movie completely different, as well as Barnac who from a blond swordsman became an old geezer with money issues.
For me, it was a good animated movie... good enough for positive review.