[Dragonica: Paris Strikes Back] Improved EXP gain! Finally!

AldoAldo Hippo HoorayRegistered User regular
edited June 2010 in MMO Extravaganza
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Dragonica

What: free to play MMO side scrolling fighter. Pick between 4 archetypes (mage/thief/warrior/ranger) and nuke away on all sorts of cute wildlife. It plays a lot like Castle Crashers etc. The art of this game looks ridiculously cute and anime (you can't really tell the difference between males and females), but don't let that fool you. To do well in this game you'll have to bring your top game.

Where: There is THQ*ICE; their site is here.
Starting June 4th you can also play this game over at IAH; their site is here. There is also a European version at gPotato this is their site. Problem is that they're lagging behind THQ*ICE and IAH in development.

Who: some folks not tired of the grind
Why: One of the better free MMOs I have ever played.

basic rundown
You start the game by selecting a server and channel (pick Kaye and a low populated channel), after that you get to make your character. You can pick between the four classes, pick your gender, hair style, colour and face. After you pick a name you can start the game. You start with a tutorial level explaining the basics to you, after that you're dropped in your class's starting town. Here you can pick up some quests that send you to the first area. Here you can just run around with everyone else and kill stuff. Try and kill some mobs for the early quests, head back to town to receive your first pieces of armor. The next quests will be easiest to do in the mission area. This is an instanced map which you have to commit genocide on, after which you can face off against the boss. You start on difficulty F1 and you unlock F2 to F4 by killing the bosses of the earlier difficulties. F5 is unlocked by following the main quest. Through murdering the local wildlife some more you gain levels and you get to pick skills. It pays off to invest in one that does damage to flying enemies and in one that allows you to launch enemies in the air.

missions
Every mission has a simple goal: eradicate all mobs and the boss. You get crafting/questing loot and money from mobs (pick stuff up by walking over it). After you kill the last boss you get some time to loot whatever is left around the boss, after that a screen pops up. Your score is being calculated: depending on your score you can receive up to 4 items (mostly armor). Your score depends on quite a few things: going from most important to least important: (air)combos, damage received (less=good) and damage output. Even though it shows how long it took you this appears to have no effect on your score. Try to kill mobs with no downtime in between, because that resets your combo meter. Try to dodge as much as possible by jumping or dashing backwards.

multiplay
In essence all mission maps are solo-able, through elaborate dodging, healing and potions you can kill almost anything yourself. To get high scores and get through the missions fast it pays off to play in a group. Party size is 4, everyone's score is calculated individually, so slackers won't tear your score down.

progression
Level cap is currently at 60. You get your first job change at 20, there is a hidden one (not sure if it's activated yet) at 30. The last job change is at 40. For every job change you can reset your skills. All other skill resets will be costly, so pay some attention to how you divide everything. First 10 levels are fast, next 10 are doable, after 20 it becomes a huge grind.

cash shop
There is a cash shop, at the moment it is unclear how important that will be.

Skills/builds: here's a site that lets you play around with skill builds. There's also several guides/opinions on the various official forums.

useful site: http://dragonica.barunsoninter.com/guide/library_1.aspx

I want to use a gamepad: Read: http://my.mmosite.com/mouju/Blog/Item/47820c5bed30001e89c9aefa2e687ae8.html or http://www.motioninjoy.com/blog/show/8

Shut up already, i want screenshots:
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  • NishuNishu Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    It's awesome in a can as far as free MMOs go. First side-scrolling action-MMO to not be clunky as heck.

    Highly recommend using some form of gamepad (via joy2key or xpadder) for the full console experience.

    EDIT: Also worth noting there's 3 versions. IAH is the 'international' version. GPotato is hosting the European version. THQ is handling the NA/US version.

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  • UncleSporkyUncleSporky Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    How is it compared to MapleStory, the only other side scrolling MMO I know of? Is leveling up faster?

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  • Dac VinDac Vin S-s-screw you! I only listen to DOUBLE MUSIC! Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Small warning, the game is laggy as fuck right now.

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  • OatsOats Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    How is it compared to MapleStory, the only other side scrolling MMO I know of? Is leveling up faster?

    There's more than just back and forth along a line. You fight on a 2d surface. I didn't play much, so I don't know if there is jumping. The combat seems more fun than MS too.

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  • Dac VinDac Vin S-s-screw you! I only listen to DOUBLE MUSIC! Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Oats wrote: »
    How is it compared to MapleStory, the only other side scrolling MMO I know of? Is leveling up faster?

    There's more than just back and forth along a line. You fight on a 2d surface. I didn't play much, so I don't know if there is jumping. The combat seems more fun than MS too.


    o_O? Jumping is one of the first things they teach you. So what you're saying is that you didn't play beyond "walk straight"!

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  • OatsOats Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I stabbed some bitches, then went to go make dinner.

    Came back the next day and the little beta period was over.

    EDIT: I killed the freaky eyed wolf. There may have been jumping, but I probably forgot about it.

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  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    There is jumping.

    This game is nothing like Maple Story. This game plays like a fighter. You've got ordinary attacks, you've got combos and you've got special skills that you launch with a different hotkey.

    See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxMM0yPky_A

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  • NishuNishu Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Dac Vin wrote: »
    Small warning, the game is laggy as fuck right now.

    Which version? THQ servers are constantly full due to stress-testing, but the game is smooth as butter once you're in, at least for NA users. I can't speak for GPotato, but IAH was pretty stable during the last beta test.
    Oats wrote: »
    How is it compared to MapleStory, the only other side scrolling MMO I know of? Is leveling up faster?

    There's more than just back and forth along a line. You fight on a 2d surface. I didn't play much, so I don't know if there is jumping. The combat seems more fun than MS too.

    Dragonica basically builds on everything that sucks about Maple Story. The leveling curve isn't "hey I capped out today" but it's definitely a lot better than the standard f2p MMO. Of course, it could feel like that because the game is just fun.

    Also jumping is literally the second thing you do when you login to your first character, after 'walk forward', so there's definitely jumping. There's a lot of focus on air juggle combos. Game is 2.5D. Think Yoshi's Story on N64 (obscure reference I know).

    EDIT: Should also be noted that half your skills are tied to buttons, the other half end up being tied to button combos. Up+Attack is basically everybody's launch skill for example, while Down+Attack while in air is usually your standard ground pounder. Videos give a pretty fair representation. Without rambling in too many circles, the best way to sum it up is that it plays like it looks.

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  • Feels Good ManFeels Good Man Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    hows this for a review: maple story blows, dragonica is fantastic




    that about sums it up

    (yes, i can tell after 4 hours of play)

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  • The Sneak!The Sneak! Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk9ZqRRaiwg&feature=related

    So, let me get this straight: as a thief in this game, you can summon a wind-up dancing Russian man, which plays the Tetris theme, turn into Michael Jackson and do the moonwalker to back up, and hide in a box like Solid Snake? I had no idea that that's what being a thief is all about!

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  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I believe the Russian guy comes from the Jester advanced class, the box from the assassin advanced class. No idea where MJ fits in.

    And no, this game is not high fantasy, nor does it take itself serious.

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  • Dac VinDac Vin S-s-screw you! I only listen to DOUBLE MUSIC! Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Nishu wrote: »
    Dac Vin wrote: »
    Small warning, the game is laggy as fuck right now.

    Which version? THQ servers are constantly full due to stress-testing, but the game is smooth as butter once you're in, at least for NA users. I can't speak for GPotato, but IAH was pretty stable during the last beta test.

    Well, the THQ version is getting some nasty lag spikes at times. Plus the server is always full, though that has more to do with having one server/one channel.

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  • OatsOats Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    This game is a nice little distraction.

    Do they segregate classes for the first few levels, or is everyone actually a thief?

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  • Feels Good ManFeels Good Man Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    ..... what? you pick warrior, thief, magician, or archer when you make your character.

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  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Oats wrote: »
    This game is a nice little distraction.

    Do they segregate classes for the first few levels, or is everyone actually a thief?
    You start with 4 archetypes: rogue/mage/warrior/ranger. At 20 they all split up in two; mages (for example) get to decide between a damage-type and a healer-type. At 30 there's some sort of hidden class you can unlock (or at least, that's what I read on the wiki some time back) in the mage's case that's a medic. At 40 there is another class you evolve in, this time you don't get to choose.

    Max lev is (for as far as I have heard) 60.

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  • Bruce ForsythBruce Forsyth Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    What exactly is the status of the THQ version? From what I can tell, it's some crazy open "Pre-Beta", so it will close up again sometime for a while?

    The IAH version is open beta now? Soon (June 4th)?

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  • InfidelInfidel Heretic Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    So how do I go about actually getting a key?

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  • NoCatsNoCats Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    It looks like quite a cute game, it reminds alot of Grandia. Does it have any form of endgame, or is beating up wolves and pirate sharks pretty much it?

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  • Feels Good ManFeels Good Man Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    unlike any other korean mmo I've played there are quests that involve cutscenes and story arc missions that involves multiple stages. The missions involve killing shit as fast as possible with a combo set up and later there is platforming to do.

    the game is essentially an mmo beat em up. really, instead of comparing it to another korean game it would be fairer to compare it to uh, i dunno, castle crashers I reckon... of course I will be unfair and say it's better than any korean thing I've played. I think it's because of the combo system

    for the record this stage of beta lasts 10 days before the "open" one. so if you can't find one of the many ways of if they are already harvested, it's a little wait away. i'd recommend just going with your region though, I know I'm not going to play on euro servers unless it's just vastly easier to get in game. i would think they would put more servers in the next stage, though.

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  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    NoCats wrote: »
    It looks like quite a cute game, it reminds alot of Grandia. Does it have any form of endgame, or is beating up wolves and pirate sharks pretty much it?
    this is all I know about end-game: http://dragonica.iahgames.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?id=55

    --

    I can't get in the IAH version, and their site doesn't tell me when OBT is going to be. Does anyone have a link to an official announcement?

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  • MorkathMorkath Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited May 2009
    there was a post on the forum that said june 4th.

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  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Morkath wrote: »
    there was a post on the forum that said june 4th.
    On the forum? Hmph, shoddy communication on their side. Thanks, I'll update the title to reflect this factoid.

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  • OatsOats Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Oats wrote: »
    This game is a nice little distraction.

    Do they segregate classes for the first few levels, or is everyone actually a thief?

    What I mean by this ('cause I seem to have caused some confusion) is that everyone I have seen thus far playing is a thief. Are the starting zones instanced by class or am I just unobservant/lucky?

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  • MorkathMorkath Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited May 2009
    Oats wrote: »
    Oats wrote: »
    This game is a nice little distraction.

    Do they segregate classes for the first few levels, or is everyone actually a thief?

    What I mean by this ('cause I seem to have caused some confusion) is that everyone I have seen thus far playing is a thief. Are the starting zones instanced by class or am I just unobservant/lucky?

    they are segregated, but I think you can get between them.

    That said I was playing my mage and everyone I saw was still a thief.

    Got into the THQ stress test, not a bad game, not sure how well the classes mesh together though. My mage skills kept tossing the enemies out of the reach of everyone else.

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  • Feels Good ManFeels Good Man Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I think all of the classes have moves that hit in mid air. Most combos in groups exploit this.

    And yeah thieves are retardedly common, all the anime boiz wanna play assassins I'd wager

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  • Al BaronAl Baron Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    And yeah thieves are retardedly common, all the anime boiz wanna play assassins I'd wager
    But Gladiators get to summon Bruce Lee. How can you go wrong with that?

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  • ZandraconZandracon Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Huh, looking through the medal list, they have a boss named Hookah.

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  • ArthilArthil Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    'Hook'ah. He's a Shark Pirate Captain.

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  • NerdtendoNerdtendo Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Got into the game and played for several hours, it's loads of fun. I actually saw a decent spread warriors, rangers, and thiefs. Mages were pretty uncommon.

    Made a warrior, think I'll probably go gladiator later. I'm loving the skill that smashes the ground with a giant hammer made out of ice.

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  • CaedereCaedere S'no regrets BIRDIESRegistered User regular
    edited May 2009
    This game is adorable and way more fun than it has any right to be. No Engrish, fast-paced combat... I'm honestly and pleasantly surprised. :shock:

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  • Feels Good ManFeels Good Man Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I just found out you can curbstomp downed enemies


    Well smack them with my cane at least


    (Press Down+Attack on enemies lying on the floor after a knock down)


    edit: yeeeeeeah I wish I had known about this earlier, ive had so many combos broken because I couldnt attack a dude or missed a grounded enemy with my spell. also, it's AoE.

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  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Wait, now I'm confused. Are you guys playing on THQ's version? Is that one staying online (without character whipes) before IAH?

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  • ArthilArthil Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Er... well we're playing on it cause it's the only one currently up. All the others go into OBT in like, a week or more.

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  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Arthil wrote: »
    Er... well we're playing on it cause it's the only one currently up. All the others go into OBT in like, a week or more.
    And THQ hasn't announced a character wipe, because if that's the case I'll go and download that version and see how the lag is from this side of the Atlantic.

    *e: made an account. am now waiting to get in. I guess this is why I liked IAH better. :P

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  • ArthilArthil Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Have fun getting in, however. Will take a bit of enter key spamming.

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  • Feels Good ManFeels Good Man Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    I play with a gamepad that has a turbo setting so I set one of the buttons to Enter and I hold it down.

    I usually get in within a minute or so

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  • TavTav Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    That map has something which looks suspiciously like a malformed dong.

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  • MorkathMorkath Registered User, __BANNED USERS regular
    edited May 2009
    So I got to level 11 on my archer, so some advice for anyone interested in playing it.

    Moonwalk - Can be usefull to dodge, will depend on playstyle as weither or not it is worth the points.
    Moonwalk shot - Completly useless, takes 10 mana to fire a single arrow with another button press, while you are moonwalking. Does increase the damage of the shot, but moonwalk is so short, you are better off just using one of the other skills.

    Rising Arrow - really good, knocks the enemy(s) into the air, and lets you use anti air shot on them, this will be your bread and butter when solo'ing, and when doing CC in groups.
    Anti air shot - bread and butter, cheap mana wise and very fast, so you can spam it. Every hit also slows the fall of an airborne enemy, so you can usually kill the target before it hits the ground, even when it is 3 levels or so above you.
    Double strike - again really good, slightly less damage than multishot, but much farther range, and less mana cost.

    shootdown - lets you shoot 3 arrows in a spread to any downed targets, can be usefull.
    multishot - shotgun attack, not great, not horrible. Double strike beats it out except in terms of pure damage.
    relaunch - knocks them back into the air after being downed, haven't grabbed it yet so no experience with it. Also haven't needed it...soooo.

    bow mastery - yes, raise asap each time.
    rapid step - raise when possible, very noticable.

    So basically I would recommend raising these skills:
    Bow Mastery 5/5 - Huge damage increase across the board.
    Rapid Step 5/5 - Makes it easier to dodge.
    Rising Arrow 5/5 - To take several enemies out of the fight and kill them.
    Anti Air Shot 5/5 - See above.
    Double Strike 5/5 - For damaging bosses.

    Use rising arrow and AA shot against normal mobs, try to bunch them together first before you pop them up so you get multiples at once.
    Use double strike and your base attack against bosses.

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  • GlalGlal Registered User regular
    edited May 2009
    Infidel wrote: »
    So how do I go about actually getting a key?

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  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    edited May 2009

    For THQ: /roll 1-100
    For IAH: make an account now and I think you can get in June 4th.

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