A popular Beat-em-up MMO published by Nexon.
Dungeon Fighter Online
Genres: Action, Casual, Fighting, RPG
A popular Beat-em-up MMO published by Nexon. (This is a backlog episode, originally reviewed in September 2011. DFO has undergone recent changes, and some information may no longer apply to the current game. New MMO Grinder episodes are posted roughly every two weeks.)
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There are few games that I would put on the throne of being the best, and even fewer of the games that are the best, while being a free to play game. Dungeon Fighter Online, an MMORPG by development house NeoPle and published by Free to Play juggernaught Nexon, is available now on the PC, and it scores high in the latter mentioned category. It combines both the 2D hack-and-slash gameplay genre along with the elements of a traditional Japanese RPG, blended with a simple story to thread the world together and to not let the playerbase destroy each other in rampant PVP. There’s no attesting to its staying power, seeing as its playerbase has almost reached 200 Million players worldwide since its original release in Korea in August of 2005, along with subsequent releases in Japan (2006), China (2007), Taiwan (2009), and North America (2010). But even though it is a free game to download, is it worth your time?
|PROS||Flashy gameplay, Great production value, Hours of fun|
|CONS||Chaotic at higher levels, Extreme difficulty curve midgame, Threadbare story|
|WTF?!||Recovery items are extremely rare / expensive as hell|
In my honest opinion, yes, it is worth your time. It’s free to download at Nexon’s website, only about a gigabyte in size, and could probably run off your mom’s computer. It is a simple bliss of destroying whatever horde impedes your progress, or threatens the world on this particular day, by any means necessary.
The world of Arad, the fabled realm underneath all others, is constantly in danger with the hordes of maniacal monsters at every side. Those who reside in the HUB town of Hendon Myre are either superbly strong, resourceful, or smart enough to stay out of everybody’s way. The Dungeon Fighter, your run of the mill soldier for hire, who has found their way to Arad via their own means, are quested to do tasks such as to thin the hordes, fetch quests, escort quests, babysitting quests; You name it, it’s there. Your quests usually revolve around the dungeon area you are currently partaking in, except for the first 2 zones which are considered tutorial.
The player has choice of 6 characters, having their own unique, but comically brief, backstory as to how they appeared in the world underneath all. The melee dungeon fighters consist of the Slayer, a swordsman with an arm possessed by a demon, and the Fighter, a Hand-to-Hand combat expert. Representing the ranged demographic are the Male and Female Gunners, masters of projectile weapons, and the Mage, a cute little young’un with the limitless power of magic at her call. Finally, rounding out as the wildcard of the playable characters as a hybrid character is the Priest, a pious man devoted to purging evil by word or by bludgeon.
The story is pretty standard fare for a Korean MMO: Player does quests, player gets stronger, lather rinse, repeat. Typical “Kill the bad guy” of the day narrative. It won’t win any awards, but it ties in the gameplay to work at a standard pace.