Sony Online Entertainment
Free with Microtransactions
ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 3.0 stars
"World of Warcraft" has been the undisputed king of massively multiplayer online games for so long, developers have turned to free-to-play MMOs in an attempt to lure gamers away. Now a new MMO called "Dragon's Prophet" has swooped in to enter the arena, but the exciting game play doesn't make up for the lackluster mission structure.
Promising dragon tamers begin their adventure by creating a custom character from one of four DPS classes. Then it's time to venture into the gigantic world of Auratia to find fame, fortune, and dragons! If you can't tell by the name of the game, gaining dragon cohorts is the main focus of "Dragon's Prophet."
Many different dragons exist in this world, including some that resemble livestock more than scaly flying beasts! Each type of dragon offers different advantages, such as inflicting heavy damage or tanking enemies. In addition, training dragons lets players customize their abilities, and skill points can be spent to make them more effective.
It's really fun to seek out and tame different dragons and then use them to fight enemies. Speaking of which, I really enjoy the action-oriented combat in this game because it rewards skill more than traditional MMO combat. It's cool to alternate attacks from my character and my dragon in real time, and I can even fight while mounted on dragons at higher levels.
It's too bad that most of the game is incredibly linear and offers no alternative areas or paths. I also found the quests to be extremely boring, and it doesn't help that the game world seems bereft of other players during the first 30-plus levels. However, anyone who can endure the boring grind will be rewarded with in-depth housing, difficult dungeons and epic PvP battles in the endgame.
"Dragon's Prophet" has definite shortcomings, but there's no harm in giving this unusual free-to-play MMO a try.'Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance'