Dragon Nest is an online action role-playing game. Actual gameplay involves adrenaline-pumping, high-speed combat with visually stunning attack combos. But, at the same time, it also incorporates an epic storyline and role-playing elements of both classic RPGs and MMORPGs alike. You follow the character through a third-person, over-the-shoulder perspective, and when in combat, you engage the enemy in a style reminiscent of first person shooters where many attacks are directed in front of the player through crosshairs.
The agile elven bow master rains arrows upon her enemies from afar, but when things get too close, she's completely capable of handling the situation with powerful kick attacks.
Wielding powerful, two-handed weapons and specializing in close-range combat, the warrior is undoubtedly a dangerous and intimidating character in the battlegrounds.
This spiritual character commands healing abilities to keep himself agile and employs lightning magic to smite his foes. Even with his magical proclivities, he can more than hold his own in physical combat.
Unleashing powerful spells to conquer her enemies from a distance, the mystical sorceress is the prime spell-caster of Dragon Nest. As players progress through Dragon Nest, they can further specialize their class by choosing different paths of discipline.
Players of Dragon Nest will often find themselves gathering in towns to form groups, selling the spoils from their adventures or even socializing and making friends. Progression takes place as a player levels up and clears through each chapter of the story. As a character becomes more powerful, more options become available, including player-versus-player (PVP) "NestWar" combat, where multiple parties may do battle against one another. For those who truly crave epic battles, "Dragon Raid" allows players to cultivate a party in order to slay the most fearsome creatures in the game—dragons!
Dragon Nest applies the WASD-mouse combo, a traditional control for first-person shooter games, which allows the player to quickly change views and move more fluidly. Unlike other massive online games, Dragon Nest does not place the character in the middle of the screen, but rather slightly to the left. This gives the player an over-the-shoulder perspective, which allows easier recognition of enemy movements and locations. Besides the action, Dragon Nest also offers an intriguing background story that is seamlessly manifested through many quests. Special events are reinforced with in-game cut-scenes that further the continuing story line of the player's world and ultimate goal.
The character classes of Dragon Nest are made up of four unique roles: the Warrior, Archer, Cleric, and Sorceress. As the player progresses through the game, new character customization paths open up, which allow players to emphasize their character's growth in a particular area. Jewels and insignias also offer players different ways to customize their character. By arranging jewels in a specific order, players can create insignias that manifest in different ways, often times altering items or even granting new abilities.
Beyond destroying all nearby enemies, players are also forced to solve specific puzzles to advance. Such puzzles include opening a specific door or activating an instrument or device. The creatures of Dragon Nest also go beyond the typically-expected threats, both in species and their scale. Some present challenges with uniquely created monsters beyond the player's immediate field of view, seeking to harm players from the air and/or the ground.
In addition, the geography itself plays a factor during combat, with the ability to knock enemies off the walls or ground and other obstacles in order to perform successive combat combos. When combined with party-fighting, this creates a constantly evolving player-versus-environment experience.
The towns that connect the world of Dragon Nest are set in unique locations that become unlocked as you advance the story and power of your character. Features like Dragon Raid and NestWar also help to promote community. Players may speak to anyone nearby in town or to their party in the 3D environment. Additional methods of communication such as game mail helps to strengthen the interaction and bond between players.