Returning to MMOs with Dragon Nest

It’s been a while since I’ve played an MMORPG – the last one I played was WoW, and I’ve lost count of how long it’s been since I stopped renewing my subscription. I just found everything to be too tedious, and it was hard to keep up with people since I didn’t have the time (nor the stable internet connection) required to join my guild on raids.

I started to miss playing games with friends, though, so when a couple of them (plus the boyfriend) told me about a fun little MMO called Dragon Nest, I figured I’d give it a go.

Dragon Nest Archer in Prairie Town
My main character, Lynaea the Archer, in Prairie Town

So far I’m really liking this game. I like how light-hearted the atmosphere and character designs are, and the action-packed gameplay make it far more enjoyable than most of the typical MMORPGs I’ve played. The game’s got a nifty built-in video recording system too…unfortunately, I can’t use since the recording keystroke is assigned to Scroll Lock, which my new keyboard doesn’t have (and you can’t edit the keymapping for recording either, dammit).

The boyfriend managed to take a few nice videos though – here’s one of his cleric battling a boss in one of the dungeons:

There’s a lot of movement and action involved in Dragon Nest’s gameplay – you really have to run around and actively hover your cursor over your target to aim at it (as opposed to the usual click-to-target systems I’ve seen in typical MMOs), and you get to roll away from and dodge opponent’s attacks. It took a little getting used to, but it’s that difficult.

While the game’s definitely more fun when you’re playing it with friends, it’s also relatively easy to solo dungeons and complete quests by yourself. There are five difficulty levels to choose from for each dungeon, with varying amounts of rewards and EXP.

Another good thing about the game is that everything outside of the towns are instanced, which means I don’t get ganked, trolled, pestered, or generally annoyed by people who aren’t part of my party when I’m off doing my quests. It also helps mitigate the lag I often experience in overcrowded MMORPGs, and that’s definitely a plus.

I also like how they included this in their dance emotes:

In case you don’t get the reference, this dance step was lifted from this music video by the K-Pop girl group, Brown Eyed Girls. I’m not a big fan of K-Pop, but you have to admit that dance step is pretty cute. :3

My only complaints about the game are minor; like the poorly-translated text, bad voice overs, and the annoying Filipino players who give the rest of us a bad reputation. And the @!#%!#@$^%!@$% Archer specialization test that I think everybody hates. Ignoring all of those little annoyances, I think Dragon Nest is awesome, and I’ll be playing it for a long while.

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