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Phoenix Dynasty Online

This is a pretty good MMORPG. It has the same look and feel of WOW but a much easier interface. The graphics are the best I have seen in any MMORPG. The visual effects can however be a little over the top. Everywhere you go people are shimmering and shining from head to toe. The more people that are around the more distracting it is. You get used to it though pretty quick.

The questing engine is simple yet challenging. The quests are never impossible to figure out but you always get to a point where you can not finish them by yourself. You either have to grind a little bit which is always fun if you are a true MMORPG’r. The way it is set up you are kinda forced to do a bit of both. It keeps the game fun and interesting. In WOW I just quested and rarely grinded. In EQ it is grind grind grind.

UO was pretty fun with the no level s thing and will always have a place in my heart for being the first MMORPG that I played. This game is like UO a little bit too. It is 2D but the graphics are on the opposite end of the spectrum, if ya know what I mean.

One of the things that felt like was holding me back at first was the limit of 4 classes. I hope they add more with the release of the game or in the years to come. As I played I learned that what it lacks in classes they makes up in variations. There are 5 Elements that you can choose, each with drastically different skill sets. For example you can be Metal Element for attack prowess, Water for Manna efficiency. You can apply the elements to any class and get specific bonuses and spells per Element. If you become a Metal Paladin you will do more damage with your sword and get skills that do more damage. If you become a metal wizard you will become the most damaging type of character in the game. Another of my favorites is the ever popular Water Priest. Healing ability with seemingly no end to manna! -Infinitely useful! The Assassin I have only dabbled in so far. It seems to be a good class. You can do a lot of damage and have way more hit points and armor class than the weak wizard. I wish I had stuck with that one off the bat, it was my first choice, but then I left it behind. I will have to put some serious research into the Element before I choose that one.

Well it is nearly time to, once again, ditch the old MMORPG that you have for all intensive reasons beat and join up on PDO when it is finally released. Enjoy!

-Stronghammer Water Priest


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