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Posted: Aug 8th 2011 7:48PM (Unverified) said

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first 5 minutes impression, (seems to me) to be a generic "diablo /torchlight clone" looks surprisingly good for a browser game, and scales to my 1440x900 which is a nice addition seeing as most browser games i try don't have a compatible screen resolution. Something fun to do to pass the time while on the move.

Posted: Aug 8th 2011 9:04PM Greenimp said

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Just gave it a go for a couple hours. The graphics are decent for a browser game. It has a nice fullscreen option.

I don't see how Godsafk can say this isn't a 100% pay to win game. The currency you can buy off their website is used to buy the best weapons, armors, upgrades, etc. in the ingame shops. If that isn't pay to win I guess I'm out of the loop.

A portion of the game still hasn't been translated from what seems to be German.

I would like to see more depth added to the game. Something to do other than grind and run the same quests over and over. Dungeons need an exit at the end so you don't have to run all the way back to the beginning. Same with getting back to town after running across 2-3 zones doing quests.

All in all a neat little browser game. Not for me though.

Posted: Aug 9th 2011 11:13AM Godsafk said

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@Greenimp You can earn alot of andermant in game at higher level or by farming mobs at lower level. In 1 hour of play time on low level mob group farming you can earn anywhere from 1-2000 andermant. Which is more than enough for any of the purchases. Saying you have to buy this to make the game fun is completely false. If any of you would play a game longer than 30minutes you would beable to see this. Could you imagine if kids played wow to level 10 before judging the game?

Needless to say this is NOT PAY2WIN
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Posted: Aug 8th 2011 10:40PM Rhazes said

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I don't play pay2win games so won't even try it but, the other Drakensang games are very good and cheap.

Posted: Aug 8th 2011 11:29PM DeadRabbits said

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Yeah, def pay2win. All the good stuff is sold in game with the paid currency, You can earn a little bit in game, but it's not very efficient.

Still fun for a few hours of diversion.

Posted: Aug 8th 2011 11:35PM Nyghtsaber said

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It's really fun and looks GREAT for a browser-based game.

If you want a little hack n' slash fun in your browser, this is worth a look.

Also it's not that bad with the "Pay2Win" stuff. I mean yes there's currency that you can CHOOSE to buy, or just make a little in-game from normal mobs, but that's it and it's mainly a single-player experience, so it's not going to kill any MMO elements, of which there's very little.

Posted: Aug 9th 2011 11:48AM Godsafk said

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@Nyghtsaber Thank you, one smart person in this comment board.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 7:31PM Nyghtsaber said

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@Godsafk

Well I can see why others may dislike it, but for what it is (a free, browser-based Diablo clone) it's actually pretty good. It's definitely in early beta and could use some serious polish, but keep your expectations in check and just logon for a bit of fun and you'll enjoy the game I think.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 1:10AM vineau said

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Looks surprisingly good for a browser game. Shame it's so buggy at this point. Lots of text is not translated from german, gameplay is generic diablo/torchlight but with limited spells. Pay for everything/anything cool. Good to pass the time if you're at work or have 10min to kill, otherwise I wouldn't invest too much into it.

Posted: Aug 9th 2011 1:10AM oddshrub said

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@Godsafk 10 seconds vs 100 hours and the 10second guy is correct.

It's terrible.

Posted: Aug 9th 2011 4:10AM AtticusCreed said

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Tried it & not a fan. IMO web browser games should try & be innovative, not just rehash old games & have the fact that they play in a browser be the only innovative bit.

Posted: Aug 9th 2011 5:12AM (Unverified) said

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Do we really need another action MMO? Aren't the normal avaliable MMO's actiony enough?

Posted: Aug 9th 2011 7:01AM (Unverified) said

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My 30 Minute Review, In About A Minute:

The overall environments for Drakensang Online are beautiful, and they appear to be going in the right direction with NPC modeling. Kudos to their art team. That's about where the praises end though, I'm afraid. The game itself is an old and dated formula that I doesn't answer the question, "Why should I play this game over Fate, Torchlight or Diablo?"

There are many bugs that break down gamer confidence, such as a UI that doesn't gray out buttons when there are no options available (Try to upgrade a skill at level 2), invisible monsters that will murder your face, no obvious way to group with others (stress obvious... a way may exist, but I sure couldn't find it in 30 minutes), and a lack of interesting diversity between starting character types. I know it's easy to say "it's a free, online game" to dismiss these kind of complaints, but honestly... if they can make the game world that beautiful, then there is literally no excuse for conceptual and functional problems of this scale.

They're obviously very talented, and I hope they do more with their open beta than a simple stress test their servers. I would like to see that art put to good use.

Posted: Aug 9th 2011 8:45AM demonlife said

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I wonder if I'm having technical problems because it looked pretty bad in full screen even on my 15" laptop screen. Very pixelated and grainy. When running in a window it looked fine, I suppose on par with a Diablo clone of 4 or 5 years ago. "Not bad for a browser game" I suppose but not something I'd pay money for.

Posted: Aug 9th 2011 11:12AM paterah said

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@oddshrub Umm....no. It's not terrible. It's fine for a browser game.

Posted: Aug 9th 2011 11:33AM Godsafk said

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A real review ign style:

Presentation (7): Very well laid out for any player to pick up and go. Not the most innovative but has a style of its own with the power essence systems. The UI is still sometimes unresponsive to what power you have available vs skill available but it will be knocked out before final release. And there is still a few translation bugs in quests.

Graphics (9): Simply put the best looking web based browser mmo out there. Both the environment and skills look amazing and will play on most computers.

Sound (7): The sound track is amazing, every instanced zone depending on style has either a mellow soundtrack or a erry zone of mob screams and evil music. No voice acting in this drakensang was its only downfall

Gameplay (9): This is what many players are looking for in the mists of diablo III. The quests are plentiful and the end bosses for mosts quests are big and bad ass looking. This isn't your normal mash skills and mash potions as the pots are on cooldown which gives a element of surprise depending where the bosses area of attack lands giving this game a strategic stand point.

Lasting Appeal (10): After over 100 hours clocked, still hooked. The game has enough content to keep every player very pleased. With arena based moba's in the future in hero's arena, and game raids, and bad asses bosses to slay in every level.

Final verdict (8.4)

Posted: Aug 9th 2011 11:39AM Rayko said

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@Godsafk

I am seriously starting to think you are paid by Bigpoint...and this is not a MMO. The first M stands for Massively. This is a ORPG.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 11:47AM Godsafk said

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@Rayko If you were there in the first days of beta you would have seen how massive it was. Now that its open and word is out it will be even more populated. There was close to 100 people playing in the starting zone for just a closed beta. For a online browser game thats massive. So therefor it is a mmo.

And no i'm not paid by bigpoint. I'm sick of new games not surviving because of people posting shit about game that they haven't even beat the starting zone in. It's disrespectful to both the developers and the new players looking to start a game slinging crap and something they don't even know about.
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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 12:09PM Rayko said

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@Godsafk

I find your zeal for this mediocre at best browser game pretty fascinating. I understand that this is in fact a browser game BUT i don't give them a pass for that. It could be the greatest browser game ever but it still looks like a turd to me.

I usually spend more time with games before I make a decision but I know my tastes pretty well, and I instantly did not like this game for multiple reasons. If others and yourself like the game great , I wish you many happy hours of playtime, but my negative opinion of the game is just as valid as your positive one. I'm done here.

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Posted: Aug 9th 2011 12:10PM RaQin said

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I've been playing all morning...a fine game, and a very fun dungeon crawler. They still have a couple bugs and refinements to make, but it is VERY playable.

pssstt...if ya wanna get your Diablo 3 / Torchlight 2 groove on a little early, give this one a try.
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