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Posted: Jun 4th 2009 8:29PM (Unverified) said

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Looks like it could be fun.......still waiting on mabinogi 2 :[

Posted: Jun 25th 2009 7:40PM Xocolatl said

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Mabinogi 2 is in the making? That could be the winner for me.
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Posted: Jul 27th 2009 6:03PM (Unverified) said

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dude they arent making a mabinogi 2, its a free mmorpg it will constantly update for new features.
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Posted: Jun 4th 2009 9:40PM (Unverified) said

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game looks sweet.

Posted: Jun 4th 2009 10:10PM (Unverified) said

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This game is just like dragonica online except based on youtube videos, not good as good.

Posted: Jun 5th 2009 2:14AM (Unverified) said

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I've played this here in China (live here) and it can be pretty fun if taken in small doses. Not sure if anything will change when it crosses over or not.

I did enjoy the character classes. If you liked the visual style of Samurai Showdown, or that kind of anime-ish look, then you'll like the look of this. The Slayer is a very popular class here, as his demon possessed arm wields a very big sword and dishes out elemental attacks. The mage is a little pointy-witch hat wearing girl who does the usual magic thing. The Gunner is pretty much ripped from Vash the Stampede (not necessarily a bad thing) and does ranged attacks. The fighter is a slim woman that wears gloves (which I found surprising in a pretty patriarchal society), and the priest is a big buff "foreigner" type who initially wields a cross.

All the character classes can melee, although the mage is the worst at it. The attacks are very much in the vein of my favorite scrolling arcade-action games. I can't remember exactly, but I think there was a "normal" attack that if you hit the button a certain amount times you get a combo, and then the special attack button, in addition to special abilities.

Initially the classes aren't flexible appearance-wise; you can't choose gender or what to look like. The pay part of the game comes into play here. If you want to look different from the other players in the game, you can buy clothes, hair styles, faces, skin tones, everything, and there is a HUGE selection for each class.

The dungeons are instanced, yes. The public space is the town and depending on what exit you take from the town will determine which dungeons you have access to. The dungeons have multiple "rooms" you can explore. Each room is like a short level from Streets of Rage, Double Dragon, Golden Axe, etc. The object of each map is to kill the boss monster, after which loot is dropped and rolled for by party members.

All of this sounding familiar? It's pretty much a persistent version of Golden Axe, but with levels and a grind. Like I said, it's fun when played in doses, but not very fun to play for more than an hour or two and I wouldn't want to play this alone.

I think something that needs to be mentioned when judging a game like this is that a lot of Chinese MMOs are made with the internet cafe in mind. Personal computers are slowly becoming more prevalent, but for a large section of the gaming population, particularly college students (no room in a dorm room that sleeps six for a pc), internet cafes are where you go for your fix. If you're going to play a video game at a netcafe, you're going to want to accomplish something fast, or even a lot of things within in a decent amount of time because you're paying by the hour. It's not expensive, but I think that might be one big reason why EVE didn't do well here, but the Korean games, like Go-Kart Racer, that basketball game that I can't think of the name for, and now DFO are doing extremely well. This isn't to say that there aren't people that spend hours in an internet cafe playing WoW or DFO, but I feel that the majority of Chinese gamers aren't necessarily like that.

So, again, DFO is fun. In small doses.

Posted: Jun 5th 2009 2:18AM (Unverified) said

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Sorry, I should say that the Slayer's demon arm does the power stuff and he does end up having a very big sword as you progress through the game.

Posted: Jun 5th 2009 9:22AM postman said

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i might actually try this......i hate f2p but this just has too much nostalgia packed into the graphics for me to pass up

Posted: Jun 26th 2009 4:01PM Suzaku said

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One thing I think should be mentioned is how heavily DFO is inspired by Capcom's Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara arcade game. A pretty original and groundbreaking game in its time, it combined sidescrolling beat'em up gameplay with RPG mechanics, and had branching story paths which determined which levels you went through. You could even use passwords to save your progression or take your character to other arcade machines.

I'd say this is definitely worth checking out for fans of 2D action games, beat'em ups, or fighters. Even if it is F2P.

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