I had an opportunity the past few days to rest while my wife and babies were visiting the grandparents and I had a good chance to check out Neverwinter. A free to play MMORPG based on Dungeons and Dragons. I’ve known Neverwinter has been based off of D&D for a while but it really hit home when I realized that the abilities that my character used were ‘at will’, ‘encounter’, and ‘daily’ powers. A great touch to add the feel of D&D to the game. Naturally the encounter and daily powers have cooldowns as you would expect.
I didn’t get a good chance to try out Neverwinter during the beta event, but the initial glimpse peaked my interest enough to give it a whirl with the latest email they sent reminding me to get in on the open beta.
To most that have played mmo’s before this shot is pretty normal for you, giving you all the information you need about your character’s items and base stats. I love that they use the same base stats you would use when you sit down to a RPG session of D&D!
Each level grants you new powers or upgrades to existing ones, my favorite so far being takedown! Nothing like walking up to someone and just knocking them flat on their backs!
The visuals were more than I expected coming into a free based model (there are of course micro-transactions). Here are some shots of my adventures so far:
The targeting system is unobtrusive as well. Don’t worry about having to click on a mob or tab to target, you just face the target you want and the game locks in all on its own. This allows for some extremely fun and interactive gameplay.
Here’s the shot of the Mimic treasure chest that almost devoured me for lunch!
This game has a ton of great features!
- Auction House
- Queue system!
I’m sure I’m missing a bunch, but I’ve just begun finding them. The most interesting feature so far has been discovering The Foundry quest system. These are player generated quests written by players and incorporated into the game. So for the DM’s out there this game has a spot for you. I’ve been through a few of them and they are awesome fun!
Did I mention that you can manage your character without being logged into the game, for free? Want to check on your auctions, or do some more profession training while you’re on the go? You can! There’s a mobile site to manage your character.
If you haven’t tried this game out, I suggest giving it a go. Check it out here:
And if you like the game look me up @multani80
Until next time, get your games in!