Dragon Nest is an online action role-playing game that combines the blazingly fast combat and visually stunning attacks of a console game with the epic story and role-playing elements of classic MMORPGs.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,034 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 18, 2012

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“If you're looking to dip your toes in the free-to-play ocean, Dragon Nest is certainly a good place to do it.”
8.5 out of 10 – IGN

“Dragon Nest is a very good game with super production value; it has cinematics, voice acting, great storylines and entertaining skill-based fighting.”
Great – MMOHuts

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About This Game

Dragon Nest is an online action role-playing game that combines the blazingly fast combat and visually stunning attacks of a console game with the epic story and role-playing elements of classic MMORPGs. What makes Dragon Nest unique among action RPGs is the third-person, over-the-shoulder perspective. This provides both a unique combat “feel” reminiscent of first-person shooters and lets players enjoy the graceful and ferociously vicious combat moves of the characters.

Key Features


Lightning Fast Combat:
Unlike any other role-playing game, Dragon Nest features a refreshingly fast-paced, non-targeting, twitch-based combat system where the action never lets up. Be light on your feet and string together devastating combos as hordes upon hordes of enemies surround you, or when facing off against other players online in intense PvP skirmishes.

Epic Boss Battles:
Each of Dragon Nest's various dungeons has a massive monster guarding its prize. Minotaurs, dragons, demons, trolls - these are just some of the horrors you'll face. Special dungeons called NESTS act as multi-stage lairs for some of the most intense and challenging boss battles, but the harder the fight, the greater the rewards.

Choose Your Hero:
Dragon Nest features seven robust character classes to choose from, each with their own distinct strengths and abilities. Whether you're a ranged fighter, a close combat brawler, or a skilled mage, Dragon Nest has you covered.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP or higher
    • Processor:Pentium 4, Dual Core
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia 7600
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended:
    • OS:Windows XP or higher
    • Processor:Pentium 4, Dual Core 1 Ghz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Nvidia 8000 series
    • Hard Drive:4 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
230 of 255 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 19
DO NOT GIVE MONEY TO THIS GAME THROUGH STEAM. IF YOU DECIDE TO GIVE MONEY TO THIS COMPANY (and I wouldnt advise it.) ONLY USE PREPAID CARDS.

The reason for this is if you pay anyway other than prepaid you will get NX credit instead of NX prepaid. Why does it matter? Because you cant buy anything with NX credit (well nothing you would ever want to buy at least). No you will not get a refund and no there is no way to transfer the NX you bought into a useable form.

Please either upvote this review or put an advisory about this in your own review so that people are aware of this when decideing if and how they want to spend money on this game.

Thanks
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86 of 102 people (84%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
-Installed game
-Launched game
-Watched opening sceen
(Rubbing hands with excitement)
-Opening sceen finishes and prompt comes up saying "You have been temporarily banned until 17/02/2050 due to suspicious account activity
-Would wait 35 years to play again
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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
443.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
tl;dr: Gameplay is solid and suprisingly good with a reasonable amount of depth. However, the grind from lowest level to max level (even with someone grinding you) can be nigh unbearable. The games optimization is hit-or-miss with many players computers as the optimization seems to be based on CPU power with it hardly if at all utilizing the GPU. In terms of class-to-class balance, the actual devs are fairly incompetent at making sure one class doesn't completely dominate the others.

In depth

Gameplay:
The gameplay of Dragon-nest is primarily fast-paced combat with heavy reliance on reflexes, ability to predict the enemy movements, and knowing your own skills. The combat has no casting bars rather relying on animations which makes you feel as though you are 'in control'. Many of the higher level skills do a satisfying amount of damage in PvE and a reasonable amount in PvP. In my experience, the end-game content (Dragon nests) often devolve DPS races to blow up the boss before it has a chance to do any of it's harder mechanics. Simply getting hit by some of these bosses could result in an instant death for you. Note: In the end-game content, after you die, you are dead until the raid (called 'nest' ingame) is complete or your entire party dies.

PVP:
PVP deserves it's own section because for many players it is simply all that matters in the game. PVP is largely player-skill based as a highly skilled player can easily combo the other player to death, giving the other player no opportunities to fight back. There are a few types of PVP in Dragon Nest which I will describe quite simply. There is Ladder, Endless, 1v1, and blacklisted 1v1.
Ladder is what many players might call 'competitive' mode with a rating, but in reality, it is simply an infestation of a single class. Gear plays a role in this mode and for many PVP'ers, no one actually cares about it, since gauging it as a metric of skill is completely stupid.
Endless is simply 8v8 combat. Given its playercount, it is easily the laggiest mode for many players and, simply put, is a mind-less cesspool of high AOE skill-spamming. Gear does not matter.
1v1 is what it is. Gear does not matter.
Blacklisted 1v1 is different from what you might expect it to be. To give it a bit of a background, many players view some skills as overpowered compared to other skills (example: A mercenary's 'Iron Skin'). Most classes have a few of these skills and players will mutally agree to not use these skills. For some players, Blacklisted 1v1 might include entire classes or very specific rulesets and for many players, what is blacklisted to someone might not be blacklisted to the other. Most 'legitimate PVP'ers' play this.

One other 'important' aspect about PVP is PVP rank. PVP rank is arguably important because there is an icon associated with your rank. Initially, it is a brown egg icon next to your name. As you PVP more, you get more experience and the icon changes. The other icons are blue (silver) and yellow (gold). However, be warned, the blue and yellow icons are EXTREMELY difficult to attain as they are exclusive to a certain rising XP threshold. It is difficult to describe in words but simply put, if you were to attempt to become the player with the #1 amount of experience, it would easily take you a year of pvp'ing to get even close to it.

Sound:
The sounds of Dragon Nest are fairly average I would personally say, although, one of the key issues many players seem to have is that the voice-actors for some of the classes are borderline cringeworthy, prompting some users to completely disable the voice or download a foriegn language voice mod. Another one of the issues and to many players and advantage is that most if not all the skills have their own special voice-line for casting that spell. This means when your Adept (that's a class) casts Inject, every single time you are going to hear what sounds like a child say, "This might sting a bit!"

Graphics:
The graphics are good and fantastic for many of the skills. However, some classes and raids (nests) in particular have crippling effects on many player's computers. One class in particular, the Alchemist, has a few spells that are strong in PvP simply because for many players, casting it is 'like opening six movies at the exact same time', resulting in a crippling half-second burst of lag.

Community:
The community of Dragon Nest is fairly odd. A mix of Anime fanatics and normal people coupled with a loud creepy population. The population seems to be a mix of 12 to 19 year olds with some guilds greatly skewing this margin. I highly recommend finding a guild that suits your playstyle rather than joining one of the ones that you get invited to right off the bat. The best way to do that is make a friend in-game and try their guild.

Server & Game Issues:
The server occasionally seems to have frustrating issues with lag. Sometimes these issues are extremely frustrating as they might completely void and entire 'nest', leading to a player missing out on loot. One of the most notable issues is the completely unavoidable 'Hackshield', and instant kick from the game resulting in the failure of the games anti-cheat. It is not detecting a false-positive, merely it just messes up.

Pay-to-win Factor:
Suprisingly, this game isn't nearly as pay to win as I expected. The only pay-2-win'ish factor seems to be Dragon eggs and, even then, the only good thing that comes from them is wings which boost your characters movement speed in everything but PVP. When it comes to costumes, 'green' costumes boost stats which can pretty much only be purchased through NX (real life money). However, 'blue' costumes which boost stats much greater than 'green' costumes can only be reliably purchased through large amounts of ingame gold.

Overall: The game is suprisingly good but has a good few problems that detract from some of the good parts. The game seems to have a large issue when it comes to grinding of either money or levels. There are minor issues with the community regarding it's vocal immature side.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
547.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
What is this game

Dragon Nest is a Free to Play MMO Action RPG with an anime-like art style. This game features fast paced combat, skill shot/aiming mechanics and 8 different classes. Unlike WoW or many other MMOs, the game isn’t open world, and most of everything is instance based.

Classes

Assassin: Deadly martial artist that deals burst dmg. Builds Str and Agi.
  • Shinobi: Focuses more on dealing phys dmg.

  • Taoist: Focuses more on supporting allies with Light and Dark powers
Kali: Spiritual dancer that debuffs enemies and supports allies. Builds Str and Int.
  • Dancer: Focuses more on dealing damage.

  • Screamer: Focuses more on debuffing and buffing.
Sorceress: Female mage class that deals magic damage (Duh). Builds Int.
  • Mystic: Focuses more on Dark and Light spells/dmg.

  • Elementalist: Focuses more on Ice and Fire spells/dmg.
Warrior: Melee sword fighter. Builds Str and Vit.
  • Swordsman: Focuses on slash attacks.

  • Mercenary: Focuses on knocking down enemies.
Archer: Elf ranged bow class that focuses on dps (Duh). Builds Agi.
  • Sharpshooter: Focuses on single target dps.

  • Acrobat: Focuses on aerial combat.
Cleric: Holy magic class that buffs allies and heals them. Builds Str and Vit.
  • Paladin: Focuses on tanking up allies

  • Priest: Focuses on healing allies.
Tinkerer/Academic: Jack of all trades class. Builds Agi and Int.
  • Engineer: Focuses on doing physical damage with robots and guns.

  • Alchemist: Focuses on doing magical debuffs and supporting allies.
Lencea: Spear/lance user thats not in the NA version as of the beginning of January 2015. Builds Str and Int.

Why did I start playing

A friend suggested that I and another friend should try this game out since he previously played it back in 2012. So I installed it, thinking it would one of those F2P games that I would play for 20 hours and stop playing. My friend had a Sorceress from before and my other friend made a Tinkerer, so I decided to make an Assassin. I specialized him to Taoist, leveled him to 20, and got bored with him. I saw that the Tinkerer can summon a giant robot and hit things with a giant wrench, which reminded me of Max from Dark Cloud 2, so I made one. When I got to choose a Job Specialization, my friend had previously made his an Engineer, so I made mine an Alchemist. This is when I really dove into the game, finding out that most of the Alchemist’s abilities are really fun to use. At level 45, I got to choose a second job specialization; the Adept’s increased Fire and Ice power or the Physician’s increased Poison and Healing power. I chose Physician because I like playing healers. Now I have 350+ hours in the game and probably not stopping soon.

Why do I like this game

I like it mainly because it’s an action RPG with fast-paced fighting and I love action RPGs. This game is not a freemium at all and very little pay to win(costume items give very little stats, and you can buy item protection jellies and revives with real money).

Why should/shouldn’t you play it

While the gameplay is fun, I have many problems with it.

  • Bandwagoning: Raid parties tend to favor certain classes/specs over others and instantly kick the ones that are not meta. My main class, Physician is one of those non-meta classes and I have trouble finding parties since people favor Light Bringers over Priests and Physicians. This is due to the whole “Light Party” meta that is pretty much centered around Light Bringers, Crusaders/Inquisitors and Light converted DPS classes.

  • Bad model textures: The textures in my opinion are low quality and unappealing.

  • Annoying voices: 80% characters in the game have very cheesy lines.

  • The Tinkerer is a 11 year old girl: The Tinkerer is commonly referred as the “Loli Class,” and the fact that I main one makes me feel like a pedo. I just like their skillset that’s all.

There many reasons why I feel people don’t play this game. First is the anime-esque art style, since a lot people dislike anime. Second is that the graphics’ quality is bad. Third is the niche community of mostly otakus and weeaboos.

Overall what do think

I really enjoy this game. I find the gameplay fun and interesting with a high amount of replay value. I would suggest people to at least try it out to see if you like it or not. This is a good game to delve into if you are bored, so I pretty much recommend this for people to play.
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1,632.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
run while you can
don't play this game

live your life, be free
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
305.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Overall a very fun game. However playing solo can be quite boring sometimes so it's best if you get someone to join with you.

As with all games there are pros and cons, the most annoying cons I have found are the gender locked classes, and that certain cash items have to be bought with NX Prepaid (using cards etc.) not with NX Credit (using your credit/debit card and steam cash). Other than that the game is quite enjoyable, and isn't entirely a p2w game like most so called f2p games are.

As for PVP, pretty much anyone stands a chance at being good no matter what character they have, it all comes down to skill. Though according to various forums some classes are better than others, but I disagree as I have watched so called OP classes get absolutely destroyed by the so called lower PVP classes.

The quests and levelling system can be quite grindy and repetitive at times, but if you're with a friend you dont really mind quite as much since you clear the dungeons quite quickly, most of the time in under 5mins.

I highly recommend this game for anyone to try. I was quite sceptical to begin with but have quickly become addicted to playing.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
180.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
The variety of skills in this game is what makes it a good MMORPG game.
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16 of 29 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
60.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
spent 10 dollars on a pair of glasses and it gave me 5+ intelligence 10/10 game of the year
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
wow this game is so neato !!! really enjoy the co-op with my steam-mates haha i give it 3 thumbs up cause i found one in my garden.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
68.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
10/10 F2P No pay 2 win had hell alot of fun with this ITS WORTH YOUR WHILE
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
50.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
This is a good game. Sure, the graphics are kind of lacking, but personally, I kill things too fast to care. I like how there's no accuracy and evasivness stats, and that if you want to dodge, you have to move out of the way, if you want to hit, you have to aim. Truly, if you want a good, free MMORPG, I'd recommend this one. Especially because you really don't need to pay. I have never seen a pay wall, and the only equipment I know of that you can't get normally are just asthetics and not needed. There might be some good weapons that you have to pay for, but I've been playing with just what the game gives you, and I haven't lost yet.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
2,641.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
DN has gone way downhill as support for the game has weakened...


- Aside from the smooth satisfying combat (when your not lagging) the game is lacking in content and quite boring.
- Has repetitive holiday events and offers very little innovation into its genre.
- Guild support is bare-bones and quite pointless/unnecessary.
- DN is VERY punishing to new players that don't have friends to hold their hand upon arriving at max level.
- Promotes PTW.
- Very poor servers, making PvP feel like its a joke and PvE feel unfair at times (but not as often).
- Majority of the community is quite bad at the game (my opinion), making it hard for them to get with parties so they can improve. (unless they have a friend/guild willing to hold their hand)
- NO BENEFITS for helping new players. No worthwhile rewards are guaranteed to helping new players/doing old content (this WAS shown in the form of the "fledgling bonus" which gave extra drops to a players first time doing a nest, it was removed)

2.5/10
tl;dr
Amazing combat
Pathetic overall execution/innovation
Bad community
Laughable servers
Very punishing to new players



-This could change with T5 but as of now not worth the time.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
This is an amazing game with lots of freedom. I am so addicted to it now. Just play it and you will see what I mean.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
This is by far the best online RPG i've ever played. the graphics are amazing, The gameplay is simple to understand, And the sound effects are cool too and each character has their own voice and unique story. I've got 3 characters in and planning on adding more to see what other stories they have. I love the one-liners they say when doing special attacks. The cutscenes are awesome too and there are plenty of them. The only con I can think of is it's not open world, but that's ok, there are plenty of other things that make up for it. So if you're in the mood for a console style RPG, pick this one up, you'll be glad you did. I'm having a blast. :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
92.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Dragon Nest's fighting style is unique and different from the MMORPGS I've played so far. The dungeons are each unique and well designed in their own way. However..to me the dunegons take way too long, expecially when I only have one quest for a dungeon. It gets old really fast when you replay it many times, thus making the game boring then it is. However, the game is well thought and a lot of work has been put into it. If you have a lot of time on your hands and is not as impatient as I, check it out! The skills are really cool.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
111.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Its a fun game with good graphics and is simple to use and get over powered. Its not really a pay 2 win, its a lot like a f2p. THe story line and characters are all interesting. Its a very good game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
172.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
This game is a really great MMORPG. But, just to give you some insides, if you don't have any friends (lol), do NOT play this game. Dragon Nest is very fun with others since you're going to have no idea what the hell you're doing together. One problem about this is game is that it crashes once every while. Other than that, great game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Best game ever. I would totally recommend this game, great writing, great script, great mmo, great everything. Choose, your class, and your outfit!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
41.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
10/10 would spend $200 on game again

expect to spend more than me if you download it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Game totally sux, you buy ingame cash with ur real money from steam, just to get buttplugged bc a ton of the ♥♥♥♥ uses prepaid cash...the fk. by far the dumbest currency setup ive seen in any game.
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