Attention gamers! Allow me to introduce you to the newest FTP game to hit the internet: Dragon’s Prophet, a game in which you are able to capture dragons and train them to fight alongside you as your trusted companions while you journey through the world of Auratia and defeat evil, one quest at a time.
Brought to you by Sony Online Entertainment, the same company that brought you the worlds of Everquest, Everquest 2 and DC Universe Online, Dragon’s Prophet manages to make itself stand apart from other MMOs. While on the surface, this game walks like a duck and talks like a duck, this game is in fact a goose.
Firstly, you’re allowed to create and have six playable avatars on the same server. This makes Dragon’s Prophet different right off the bat, because a lot of free MMOs only allow you to have two avatars at your disposal per sever (or sometimes even per account).
Secondly, is the character creation. As with other games, you’re able to decide the gender as well as fully customize the appearance of your avatar, but Dragon’s Prophet takes it to a whole new level by allowing you to customize the bicep size of male avatars…as well as allowing you to customize the breast size, breast height, as well as the amount of cleavage shown for the female avatars.
How many games can claim that attribute?
None that I’ve seen, and I’ve played quite a few.
The third difference is the fact that while you’re able to choose from four classes, Oracle (healer class), Ranger, Guardian (warrior class), and Sorcerer, you are not able to choose any race other than human.
Another difference relates to actual game-play. To someone who’s played her fair share of online role-playing games, the controls take quite a lot of getting used to. While the basic keyboard commands remain the same (W = move forward, S = move backwards, the spacebar = jump, and A/D = moving to the left or right, respectively), the mouse commands and controls are not the same. It’s with the mouse that Dragon’s Prophet breaks formation from other games. What I mean by this is that the camera angle is no longer changed by left-clicking and moving the mouse in the desired direction. All you have to do is move the mouse and the camera moves with you. Now, since this feature doesn’t allow you to either click on an object (for looting or collecting) or target an enemy for attack or an NPC (non-player character) in order to strike up a conversation, the programmers designed the game so that you automatically target an enemy or NPC once they’re in your line of sight. In order to attack, you simply perform one of your default attacks by either left or right-clicking, or pressing a key that corresponds to another attack. In order to strike up a conversation with an NPC, you simply move your avatar until he or she is close enough to the character at which point, you are prompted to press the F key–thereby initiating a conversation that often leads into a quest.
Like I said, it takes some getting used to, but it doesn’t detract from the overall experience of the game.
As with any free-to-play game, there are special extras and bonus packages that need to be purchased if you so desire to have them, but they’re not required in order for gamers to enjoy the game itself.
While the the game’s graphics are a little herky-jerky at times (no doubt because the game is still in Beta), they are nevertheless good and pleasing to the eye. Being as Dragon’s Prophet is and SEO vehicle, the graphics are reminiscent of those found in the Everquest games, but they also have a slight World of Warcraft feel to them. They’re nowhere near as cartoony, but there is a slight resemblance.
Overall, I find the game to be very enjoyable. In fact, my only actual, real complaint is that while you’re on the character-select screen to pick whichever one of your avatars you wish to play as, there is no option that allows you to close out of the game.
Why is this a problem?
Let me explain…
Say for example that you’re logged into the game and playing as your Sorcerer, and you decided that you wanted to spend some time leveling up your Guardian, or whatever other avatar you created. However, when you log out of the active game and go to the selection screen so you can select your other avatar, you happen to check the time and suddenly remember that you have an appointment to get to. With any other game, you would be able to choose the option to quit the game and thereby be logged out completely until you were able to log back in and play again. But with Dragon’s Prophet, you are forced to log into the game as one of your avatars so you can then select the option of quitting the game from your in-game menu. Not even pressing the Escape key repetitively will get you out of the selection screen.
Now, since this game is still in the Beta stage, I don’t know if this issue is a bug that needs to be fixed or if it was simply a detail that was unfortunately overlooked. What I do know is that it’s highly annoying as well as incredibly inconvenient. The sooner the programmers fix that problem, the happier gamers will be.
Dragon’s Prophet officially launches on the 18th of September, but if you can’t wait until then, by all means download the game and start playing today! It’s fun and most importantly, FREE!!!!