I’m surprised it never occurred to me to write about the game that I play the most. I will do my best to be objective but with massive changes coming to Dragon Nest soon, the current problems that the game faces may very well be fixed.
- Community Score: 3/5
- Gameplay Score: 5/5
- Graphics Score: 3/5
- Customer Service: 4/5
Dragon Nest is a MMORPG. There are currently 8 playable classes, 1 upcoming class and 1 rumoured class mentioned by the developer. The classes are gender-locked and while some of you macho-senpai’s out there can’t bare the thought of playing a 10 year old girl, I simply believe that you can just get over it. That being said, I main a female class. I am not going to go through every single class but here is a link to the main site that has information on it. Each ‘base’ class can specialize into different branches of classes that are unique in their playstyles and attacks. For instance, Kali’s can specialize in dancers or screamers. From dancers you can specialize into Blade or Spirit dancer. From Screamer you can specialize into Soul Eater or Dark Summoner. From one base class, you can become one of four specializations.
The action in the game is extremely fast paced. Of all the MMOs I have played, none can beat the speed and dexterity that is required from DN. You actually start to develop a strong reaction time and when other people look at your screen, they will admire your ability to see pattern from chaos.
The storyline and quests make up the bulk of early game play. I personally really enjoyed the main storyline and the dialogue in some of these quests. They have genuinely made me flip my poo, cry and laugh. Even side quests have the ability to make me chuckle. Although the questing becomes irrelevant once you hit level cap, I believe many of us are excited to see what is in store for our heroes.
The PVE side of the game is heavily focused on gear, enhancement and gems. The combination of these three elements make up your ability to ‘tank’ or survive various nests and dungeons in the game. However, just because you have the best possible gear and equipment does NOT mean you can face roll through the mechanics in nests. “Mechanics” or “mechs” as the DN community affectionately calls them are certain events that trigger during a run and you have to do something in order to not get harmed. For instance, stomp mechs are a developers favourite. A boss may jump and you have to jump in order to avoid their stomp. The mechs have been getting increasingly difficult and punishing especially for players that have not been taught the concept of ‘mechs’.
PVP is an extremely satisfying endeavour that arguably demands faster and more efficient response time than PVE. The speed at which players cast their skills, dodge and tumble is mind-boggling. Timing is key and your ability to strategize is your greatest asset. Some classes like Acrobats (Archer Specialization) are naturally more inclined to benefit in PVE however the skill of a player is always more important than what your class can do. If you like to feel your heart rate increase and strategize during PVP this game would be a good place to start.
- Its fast-paced action is the reason why I still play after 3 years.
- Storyline and dialogue is fantastic.
- Graphics are decent.
- The community is friendly but ‘your mom’ jokes do happen as they do in every game.
- Senpai will eventually notice you. (Who is senpai? Find out yourself)
The Bad (keeping in mind that many of these problems will be fixed):
- Relies heavily on RNG (Random Number Generator), to the point where the community makes jokes about praying to RNGesus. Although its more like a horribly shuffled deck of cards, than it is true RNG.
- Class discrimination is real in PVE. What your class can provide in the nest is everything. However this problem will mostly be alleviated in a coming update.
- Gear discrimination is real in PVE. If you don’t have the right gear, you will be kicked and you…
- Have to find someone to teach you end game content otherwise you will be so confused, that you will probably end up quitting.
- Players who can clear end game content have formed strong elitist mindsets. While there are players who try to recruit and train newer players, these people are relatively rare. However, I believe that this is a consequence of how the game is structured rather than people just being assholes.
Overall, I highly suggest giving this game a try. Find yourself a good guild (cough join Sexy) and you should be able to get by. It’s not for everyone, but it is a fantastic game.
Let me know what you think 🙂