Dungeons & Dragons Online – The Mother of Tabletops on your PC
Fantasy MMORPG – The free to play Fantasy MMORPG Dungeons & Dragons Online, based on the awe inspiring mother of tabletop games, has come a long a way. What initially started as a subscription based game, has turned into one of the most popular free-to-play titles of recent years. Several expansions and additional content have been released since its inception, which was reason enough for us to take another look at one of the most renowned game of the past years.
Dungeons & Dragons Online is a classic free to play Fantasy MMORPG. Starting out as a level 1 character, washed up on the beach, with nothing more than your clothes, you embark on an adventure of epic proportions. During your journey, you gather experience by finishing quests, acquire riches by slaying monsters and looting dungeons, eventually emerging from the masses as a hero amongst men.
Tons of Classes and Races to Play:
If you have ever played the tabletop version of Dungeons & Dragons, you know that there are dozens of races and classes to play, some of them even split up into several sub-classes with unique abilities and very specific mechanics. The same goes for Dungeons & Dragons Online. There are dozens of races and classes to choose from. Each of them comes with specific edges and flaws and depending on what kind of character you want to play, certain races provide bigger bonuses than others. In that regard, creating a character can become a monumental task, not only because of the classes, but also because of the Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 rules adaption from the tabletop game.
Handpick every Trait and Ability:
The conversion from a tabletop to a PC game seemed flawless. If you are new to the world of Dungeons & Dragons it might be tough to customize your character in every aspect and pick the appropriate skills, but once you have figured out what everything does, you will love the freedom that Dungeons & Dragons Online gives you. Everything about your character can be customised, every skill point and trait can be handpicked and therefore character development becomes a personal matter that will guarantee a bond between you and your character. Obviously that will require some deeper understanding of the game and therefore beginners might want to use the automated character planner that holds your hand through every step of the customisation process.
Unique Combat System:
Dungeons & Dragons Online does not only give you absolute freedom in your character creation but also in its unique combat system. Whereas in World of Warcraft or similar MMORPGs, you just mark a monster and automatically fire projectiles, Dungeons & Dragons Online has chosen a different approach. To make use of abilities like “Tumble” or “Sneaking”, you manually have to input specific commands in combat. You have to manually aim, block and dodge if you want to stay alive. For instance: Mages should always try to keep their distance, since spells can be completely messed up if you get interrupted while casting and not dodging a single incoming projectile can be fatal. Therefore Dungeons & Dragons Online forces you to be aware of your surroundings and is definitely not a game that can be played while half asleep.
- Free-to-Play MMORPG: Dungeons & Dragons Online is now free-to-play. Once you have downloaded the game and signed up you are good to go.
- Tons of Classes and Races to play: Choose between dozens of classes and races. Play exactly what you want to play without compromising on anything.
- Handpick every Trait and Ability: Plan and develop your character to the smallest details. More individualization is not possible.
- Unique Combat System: Experience a combat system that requires full awareness of your surroundings. Engage in a form of combat you won’t have seen up till now.
The Bottom Line
The free to play Fantasy MMORPG Dungeons & Dragons Online has aged – like fine wine. Even though the graphics aren’t up to date anymore and seem a bit old fashioned, the gameplay itself is nothing but sheer brilliance. Planning, playing and developing a character is an adventure in itself. Building your individualised avatar from scratch, roaming through your first dungeon and rising up in rank felt as more rewarding than most games we’ve played before. Therefore we have concluded, that Dungeons & Dragons Online, despite its age, is still one of the best free-to-play titles out there.
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