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 (928 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
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119 of 140 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3,742.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2014
[Note: this review was so long, it had to be continued in comments - see first reply by me for part 2. Also note that this is not your traditional dot point pro/con 5 second review. This is an editorial piece telling the story of how I fell in love with this amazing game.]

Although I like to consider myself a true gamer-girl through and through, I have to admit that there was one single genre I'd never tried - an MMO. The whole "pay to play" thing was a huge hurdle for me when I was a child, and so despite my fascination with the idea of such a large, virtual community, everquest and the like were always out of reach.

Fast-forward a decade and times have unsurprisingly changed. With nearly all MMO games becoming free to play, I finally had a chance to try out this genre that had piqued my interest for oh so many years. So around December 2012, I bit the bullet and started trawling through free-to-play MMO's, to see what all the fuss was about. And I have to admit, my first choices did not live up to my expectations. I tried games like Mabinogi and Rose online, but the combat just felt totally clunky and painful. There was little in the way of moving and dodging, with most of the focus simply being on casting skills with incredibly long cast times, and even longer cooldowns. Or alternatively, just whacking something with a stick over and over ad nauseum, before it keeled over and died. The graphics were bland, the enemies were repetitive, and the story seemed non-existant. I was beginning to think that I'd been seriously mislead about the nature of MMO's, and that they were all essentially just fancy IRC rooms.

But then I installed a lil game called Dragon Nest. Like my previous choices, I spent a large amount of time tinkering around in the character creator, eventually choosing a class called - wait for it - tinkerer. This is a cute little girl of about 13, who, when given the twin pigtail hairstyle, beared more than a striking resemblence to me at that age. The similarities were quite uncanny, which immediately grabbed my attention. Instead of roleplaying, I was simply getting to relive my youthful days as a young teen - something which meant a lot to me, being in my late 20's and utterly depressed at the fact that I'm not far off my thirties.

But the other games had nice character creations too, only to be let down by the game itself. So I wasn't all that optimistic about this game either.

My pessimism was shattered the instant I entered the game world. After a short introduction scene, I found myself in a beautiful snowy town, decorated with x-mas items and a nice big christmas tree at the centre of town, along with some really cheery christmas-y music. Not only this, but I saw many other characters running around - lil tinkerers like myself, sorcerers, and some rather charming looking clerics. The whole place was very pleasant and inviting, and I really felt a warm welcome to the game and the community as a whole.

As I ambled around the town, obtaining main story quests as well as side quests, I noticed that the story behind this game was very well executed, with lots of voice acting on all the main NPC's - a welcome change from static walls of text from mute characters that I'd encountered in nearly all my previous MMO games up to this point. I was also approached by a polite warrior gentlemen, whom, upon noting my newbie status, kindly started explaining many of the concepts of the game to me. He also invited me into his guild, which I was somewhat hesitant about as I didn't feel I would be of any use as a newbie. He assured me it was fine, and that anyone was welcome. I'm glad I accepted the offer because I went on to meet many wonderful people, who taught me a great deal about the game and were more than willing to help me complete tasks on many occasions.

Initially however, I chose to complete the dungeons solo, just to get a feel for the combat in this game. This isn't really an open world MMO, you simply have a town with many quests available, and then you have a closed instance field outside of the town for you (and any party members), with several dungeons being accessible from that field. This makes the game suitable for a wide audience, without needing too powerful of a computer (although don't get me wrong, the graphics are very pleasant too!).

Upon entering my first dungeon was my next pleasant surprise. The combat in this game is amazing! It was how I'd imagined all MMO's would play, prior to actually playing them. I've been told this style is called an action MMO, and it plays somewhat like a first person shooter / third person shooter, with a huge emphasis on reaction times, dodging, combo'ing, as well as carefully choosing the most ideal order in which to carry out attacks. It's very frantic, but also very rewarding. It's easy to pick up, but very hard to master. Having tried other apparent action MMO's, I have to say that Dragon Nest hands down has the best combat I've ever experienced - it's THAT satisfying.

I continued playing through about the first ten levels, but I was alone and in truth the game didn't feel that much different to single player RPG's that I'd played. This all changed when, upon my next visit to town, I was invited to my first party. I think this was the point where the game stole my heart, and I knew that I was going to be playing this for a long time. In fact, I ended up playing for 24 hours straight that very day, it was *that* endearing to me.

The game promotes teamwork heavily, with many abilities to help each other out in the form of buffs, debuffs, heals and the like. Not only this, but it was just simply fun to feel a part of something so grand. Even just chatting in town (which we ended up doing for hours) was immensely satisfying, and I met over 30 friends in that first day alone.

From this point on, the game consumed me - I played it all day, everyday, whenever I had the free time to do so. I was really eager to see what would happen next in the main story, while at the same time being happy to party with those of similar level (or even help those at lower level catch up to me). Before I knew it, my friends list was maxed out at 100. I had to tell people to add me and just send me a message whenever they wanted to party, as I had no room left on my list. Such friendships made me feel really happy - something that had been sorely lacking in my real life ever since an incident that left me scarred with PTSD, during which some brutish man tried to kill me (literally) over a road rage incident. He very nearly succeeded too, as he pushed my car towards a tree at 100 miles an hour, which I missed by mere inches. But I digress, this review is about the game not my own injustices. I merely wished to portray that my friends here really helped me come a long way to recovering from this incident.

So back to the game now - at this point I was steadily getting through quests and making my way towards the level cap. So now is probably a good time to talk about the "pay" features that you have in any free to play MMO. Dragon Nest adheres to the policy of paid items being primarily cosmetic in function - this is not a "pay 2 win" game, and there are many well known players who have not paid anything for the game at all, whom are still some of the most powerful and well-geared characters on the server. Of the few items that *do* help make a character more powerful (namely jellies for enhancing items, and stamps for allowing to sell certain high grade items on the market) both of these may be purchased from other players with in-game gold, negating the need to spend real world cash.

[Part 2 of review continued in comments to this due to length restrictions. Please don't leave your own comments guys, it will ruin the order of my replies]
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109 of 147 people (74%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
41.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
You can ride a sheep.
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
101.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
There's something about Dragon Nest that sets it apart from Nexon's other major action-MMO title Vindictus. It certainly has the anime style charm to it and tons of humor behind many of its characters and quests. but I feel its easier to immerse myself into the game as a whole. The combat is fun and the while the classes are genderlocked you don't really mind that fact once you start playing. I will always come back to this game when I want my fill of hack and slash adventure!
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
Finding a random party can be kinda hard so it is recommended to play with friends. However with different starting points for every class trying to play as different classes with your friends can become an issue but you will find yourself back with your buddy in a while.
The classes are genderlocked so if you want to play as a archer or a magic caster you will have to play as a girl or if you want to play as the cleric or sword-wielder you will have to play as a guy. (Most people including myself don't see this as a huge issue but is worth mentioning.) Classes do have multiple paths depending on your playstyle.
So far the levels/dungeons feel easy even on the highest difficulty with little penalty for dieing. (however I haven't played in a while so I could be wrong or updates could have changed things.)
Despite these flaws the game is fun and is worth trying with your buddies ( It's free it's not as if you're going to lose anything besides sleep trying it out.)
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38 of 65 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,392.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 31, 2014
Edit: It seems the developers of this game have really sped up the update pace, which is good and slightly alleviates some of the issues.

While it's combat is great and it sure did have a lot of potential as a game and is even actually enjoyable, it's not something I'd recommend playing in the long run. This is due to quite a few reasons, the combat is great and there was/is potential but the game has fell short in literally every other way and continues to do so with no signs and a incredibly small chance of ever being fixed.

I mean lets start off with a few things

-Lag is common

-PvP is not balanced and never will be most likely
-PvE is not balanced and never will be most likely

-New classes always eclipse previous ones and are broken in order to promote new characters and purchases of costumes and other things for these new characters. The community also supports this (Goes along with it IE: Bandwagonning,etc) and will not allow you to join parties if you're playing a class that isn't as good as some of the others sometimes.

-RNG is HUGE in this game and very good at screwing you over with it (Probably in part to get you to pay for items you need to safely enhance gear instead of investing large amounts of time in getting gold just to try again)

-Sub classes of each main class usually change from which one is best to again, promote buying class change scrolls and what not for money.

-The graphics are worse than something from 2005 and the game is not optimized at all or something is totally broken. Even with current hardware don't expect 60 fps, it's always been like this.

-A lot of the really nice purchasable things like mounts, wings, weapon skins and other things are only obtainable by dragon eggs. It's like a lottery with a really small chance to get them with each egg and they aren't cheap either. $1.50 for one $30 for 30 and you might not even get one of the good things you hoped for by spending that much either, there's people who pay hundreds to get certain items.

Now none of this is the main issue with this game, in fact these aren't even all the problems that just add onto what is the main problem. I'd say the main problem with this game is the roots of it. The way the game is designed, you have dungeons, nests and raids which you can do a certain amount of times a week. Dungeons are useful for leveling up till cap and dailies (Doing each set of dungeons every day to get a stamp+rewards). Nests are useful for getting drops towards crafting gear and other things. Raids are for end game gear, there's also a hardcore version.

So here's the deal, level caps come with
1) Filler content (Constant class rebalancing and fixes that never actually fix anything and just shift power for money)
2) A new set of dungeons
3) New nests and raid for each cap
4) A new class
You'll get one good update every 1~3months with others being nothing special

So.. here we go, you put so much effort and time into content which is not fun for more than a week at most in order to be able to be strong enough to enjoy the new good content that comes out every 1~3months and is fun for a week at most (Excluding raids). Dailies every single day, nests every week (that are boring once you've learned them which takes about a week because it's literally doing the same thing every time you do them over and over which goes for any content released in this game) and the same applies to raids after a bit too. You also grind dungeons for drops, maybe grind some other various things the game has for gold and that's.. it. The game itself is fun, the combat is good and all that but all you're doing in the game is the same thing over and over and over every day in order to gear up which takes time just so you can enjoy new content. There's nothing else to do, it's all instance based and not open world so you're doing this or afking.. It's just.. a shame, it's not worth your time. You'll have fun at first but by the end of it the boring, repetitive, and chore like content you need to do to get strong every day and week heavily outweighs the fun you'll have with new fresh content.

Again, this is only the main flaw, there's a million other problems to this game stacked on top of it that I haven't mentioned. There's better stuff out there to enjoy and Black Desert is coming too which has potential. If you're looking to play a game and enjoy your time in it and have fun (The reason most people play games in general), this isn't for you.

~Person who's played this game since close to the initial release
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
Time after time again I find myself coming back to this little gem. Dragon Nest is an anime styled mmorpg in a fantasy world and it is one that does this well. I have billions of hours of this game off of steam as I used to play before I even knew steam exsisted.

The best thing by far in this game is the combat, it isnt just that basic "stand still and spam skills" combat. You do have to move your character and dodge attacks, leanr how to combo your passive and active skills, kite enemies so you can attack them all at once, etc. This mixed in with the fact that the combat is very fast paced makes the combat extremley fun, and since the combat is most of the game, this is fabulous. Next you have the dungeons, this game is based around dungeons and this is how you complete your quests. So it's not just some giant open world in which you run around and kill enemies in, it is sorted into dungeons which even have adjustable difficulty. Abyss being the hardest(which even contains as many bosses and your party contains) and Easy being the easiest.

There are a decent amount of classes and not to much character customization. However, to make up for this each class has two specializations(paths or secondary classes)to choose from, you even get to test out these specializations before you choose them, and the item shop. Now, I know you are probably whining saying something like "no, not the item shop" or "this game is going to be P2P isn't it?", but let me finish. There are ZERO pay walls in this game, the outfits DO NOT give you bonuses, and there is nothing in the game that advertises the cash shop(there is a popup in the start when you login to your character, but it advertises the dungeons and events). Plus, as you play the game, YOU GET FREE CASH STUFF. AS YOU PLAY. THERE IS NOTHING THAT REQUIRES YOU TO PAY FOR THIS GAME.

Overall this game is a nice MMO and it has alot of good features, all fo which I could list but then this list would be able to wrap around the earth...twice. It's not over done and it is what it is. If you enjoy mmos like this or just want to try it out then this is a game you definetley want to try.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2014
If you want to get into a free to play mmo, this is the one to play. It has the action combat and storyline of a single player rpg, with the social mechanics of an mmo.

EDIT: don't let my game time throw you off, I played this game a bunch before it came to steam.

Pros:
-Great combat
-Unique graphics/art style
-Fun NPC dialogue with some good voice acting
-Challenging bosses with selectable difficulties (which offer better rewards when completed at the higher difficulties)
-Good Variety of classes
-decent party/guild/social system
-nice soundtrack
-interesting, followable story line
-plent yof sidequests and events
-satisfying character progression
-Not pay to win! Cash shop weapons/armor generally do not provide stats, only cosmetics
-semi-complex crafting system

Cons:
-Can be a little grindy in certain level gaps (eg 18-24)
-Gender locks on classes
-not a huge variety when it comes to character custimization without paying for cash shop items
-not open world (I prefer open-world mmos, but that is just my opinion. this game would have a lot of potential issues if it was open world)
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
Honestly, every F2P MMO is gonna take investment, but this game is very leanient on its leveling. You accept a buncha quests and get rewarded heftily. Its great with friends, easy to get into, a great action combat system, and just an ♥♥♥ ton of fun.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
59.0 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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
388.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
1. 7 classes with dynamic, purely skilled based combat...HOWEVER many classes are nerfed to the point of uselessness, so join the bandwagon classes or enjoy playing alone. Parties seek specific classes/will not play with specific certain classes so do your research first. Unbalanced class system. This applies to both PVP and PVE, but mostly to PVE. PVP is awesome and absolutely skill based, with equipment not so much [they nerf equipment to balance the playing field a little, better equipment is still advantageous].

2. Plenty of guilds/active player base... HOWEVER they're not the cream of the crop people, there are nice players but more than half the time you'll deal with immature ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s that devote a bit too much time [and real life money, with microtransactions reaching several hundred dollars] on this game. That being said, if you're looking for VERY active people to regularly play with, this is the right game.

3. Free to play entirely... HOWEVER the microtransactions does give VERY NICE boosts in-game. For example, end game you might have.. 800k HP. But with a $30 costume, you can have 900k HP without having to buy expensive gear. Costumes can also boost your movement speed [some classes are SLOW AS HELL], which is kind of nice. Some costumes are really cool, like robotic wings... or a dragon mount/pet... even fun things like a fluffy sheep.

4. Unbelievable amounts of grinding, there's no way to avoid this. You can buy powerlevels, have fun with that. Grinding for max level then for decent gear, because the bosses hit HARD and unless your skills can avoid the bills, keep farming that gear. Also when partying with people they won't even play with you if you have bad gear... so YOU BETTER GRIND.

5. Speaking of #3 and #4, microtransactions can be used to.. avoid grinding for money a bit. You can buy items with real life money, and sell in game for gold.

6. Noncombat skills available, just not purely combat oriented. HOWEVER ... 3 skills: cooking, fishing, farming. No one fishes/fishing is completely useless. Cooking is likewise the same and the ingredients for cooking are so weird/hard to obtain that it's not worth it [have to rely on RNG drop rates, not gathering]. Farms are overpacked/almost impossible to obtain farm spots unless you can acquire a few spots and obsessively watch over your spot so no one else takes it.

7. Great story lines.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Bad form when creating an account, limit of one account per steam account, and no support = complete fail. Basically an unusable game if your account creation bugs out...
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
I want to be able to reccommend this game, however I really can't. Nexon has the worst customer support service, my friend used my account to login to her DN and now I cannot get them separated so that I can access my own account. I really love this game, but Nexon support is awful.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Meh. I guess I just think happy wars is better.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Major Hackshield problems that needs to be fixed. 1st mistake was using Hackshield in the 1st place. The game is unplayable for me but maybe u guys will have better luck fixing it or being able to play, but as for me i do not recommand this game or will be playing it figure again, into it is fixed.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
If you cant remember you 2nd password, the game says "Fu*k you"
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Would be great if they can let me play on Parallels. Keep encountering this error "client ip address is mismatched with sso servers data". Anyone with a workaround?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
I did'nt really enjoy it that much, im sure it has a great story, but just like i would in WoW, i don't pay attention to story, and because of that the game isnt recommended. Also, they spoon feed you what you need, GOOD MMORPG's don't, they are meant to be a challenge for you and your friends to work together on. On "hard" mode, its really not hard at all, it just takes more time to complete because the are more enemies, they are not really even that stronger. The idea of going into multiple worlds for one quest isn't something that helps the game either, sure WoW does it, but they make it work because its open world, you are free to do what you want, this game not so much , it relies on it's story TOO MUCH. i rate this game 3/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 15
whenever i would load the game the cursor wouldnt work forcing me to try and manuever an invisible cursor around and i just got really frustrated and uninstalled and re installed hoping it would fix it not sure yet
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
I'm astounded by all the positive reviews. This game is not only a themepark, but I've never seen smaller themepark levels in my life. I mean, it's like you go into a large closet, when you kill the mosters in there, all 8 of them, you move to a new closet kill another few monsters, and then another. What? That's a game?

There's no open world by any stretch of the imagination. This isn't even remotely an MMO. If you could compeltely revamp the game so you could actually explore a world without hitting a zone exit every 3 seconds (and I mean, 3 seconds), you might have had a decent game here.

I have no idea how people can play games like this, especially if your first games MMO's were UO, AC, EQ, and so on. Bleah. I played it for less than an hour and uninstalled it. So much for the positive reviews. It's TERRIBLE and pointless.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
The game is litered with server issues which doens't make a lot of sense considering the population is very low. The game is unplayable at this point. I have the best graphics and performance on my computer, and a stable internet and yet I get "disconnected from the world" every ten minutes when playing this game. I have never had problems with any other game. I had a friend download it and he has the same issues. I wish I could actually play the game because it looks fun, but at this point I can't recommend it. If they fix the issues I'll come back and write a real review.
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