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One more time, with some feeling.,
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Dragon's Prophet is not bad. It doesn't blow me away, but it's not bad. I feel the urge to log in and play, but it has some glaring flaws baked into the system that may, or may not, be surmountable by SoE and Runewaker (the English client producers and Taiwanese developers, respectively).
Let's start with the bad: the graphics are...strange. I have an NVidia 9600 GT, Ol' Reliable I calls it. I can crank all the settings up as high as they go with no lag. However, the graphics remain...murky is the best metaphor I can come up with. Blurry, fuzzy, and splotchy also come to mind. The quests are your standard "go kill ten rats", laid out in a straight line throughout the questing area. There is some variation with Public Quests, but there are so many of them that they start to lose their flavor. Public Quests should be a little sparser, more epic and dynamic. Having one or two in every area starts to be monotonous. The four basic classes are here, but they all seem to focus on DPS, either Magic, Melee, or Ranged. Healing is determined by Dragon skills (more on that later), so any class could have a heal spell or two.
The Good: Character creation is pretty incredible. You can't make an obese character, but you can make a stocky, husky, or thick character. The amount of body sliders is staggering, and you can make pretty unique faces between the 15 or so stock faces and the ample sliders for eyes, ears, mouth, lips, etc. There are costume pieces for sale on the in-game store, or you can collect them through various in-game mechanics. Even so, most of your armor is picked up, or purchased from vendors.
The combat is pretty fun. No tab-targeting and button mashing: this is an action combat game. Mouse look and combos are the bread and butter of the system.
The best part of this game, and it's main selling point, is Dragons. At level five (about two minutes into the game, not counting character creation), you can fly around on a pretty sweet looking dragon that you own forever. Finding and collecting dragons is addictive, fun, and really simple. However, like every system in this game, what seems simple actually has a lot of deeper layers that you can completely ignore, or dive into. For instance, your storage space for dragons is limited (since the game is F2P, they have to charge for something. Storage space for dragons is the main thing they charge for). When storing dragons, you can choose to send them out to gather crafting material, or to learn new dragon skills. Dragon skills can be heals, attacks or buffs that you can only use when you have that dragon "equipped", so to speak. They expand the repertoire of your character, and allow you to move beyond the pure DPS role of your base class.
I haven't really gone deep into this game, but those are my first impressions. The game is relatively new, and maybe it just needs time. Maybe these issues are too deeply ingrained in the engine to be outed. If you like action combat MMO's with Dragons, a simple themepark-style world, in-depth character creation and easy to use, difficult to master systems, maybe Dragon's Prophet is for you. If you want tab-targeting, a sandbox, hate dragons or Fantasy-Steampunk, couldn't care less what your character looks like...well, there are a lot of other MMO's out there.