Dragon Sky

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Dragon Sky is a 3D Fantasy MMORPG set in ancient China with a strong emphasis on martial arts. Unlike traditional MMORPGs, Dragon Sky has no set classes. Players must choose which skills and weapons they want to master, which gives the game an enormous amount of ‘variety’. PvP fans should find a lot to love in Dragon Sky, as the the game’s two factions, the ‘Soul of the Dragon’ and the ‘Heart of the Tiger’, are in perpetual war – meaning opponents are easy to find.

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Publisher: Aeria Games
Playerbase: Medium
Graphics: Medium Quality
Type: MMORPG
EXP Rate: High
PvP: Duels / Faction based
Filesize: 1440 MB

Pros: +Excellent combat animations. +Fast-paced unique combat. +Unique progression system [No set classes]. +Good music. +Large game world.

Cons: -Very poor English translations. -No tutorial. -Little end-game PvE content. -Dull and uninspiring interface.

This game has been SHUT DOWN – It is NO LONGER available. This means the official servers are offline and no one can create new accounts or log in to the game. For all intents and purposes this game is dead. This page will be updated if the game ever re-launches.

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Overview

Dragon Sky Overview

Dragon Sky is one of Aeria Game’s newest MMORPGs and has a heavy emphasis on martial arts. Without a doubt, Dragon Sky is the fastest paced MMORPG that Aeria currently publishes and possibly one of the fastest paced MMORPGs out there. Combat is silky smooth and involves attacking numerous targets at once. Combat animations are absolutely gorgeous and are based off real martial arts, making the game feel a bit more unique than most MMORPG grindfests. Perhaps the most unique aspect of Dragon Sky is the game’s enormous amount of variety. With no set classes, players can ‘build’ their character in any way they’d like by mastering any combination of the game’s five weapon skills:

Fist- Fists are the fastest weapon in Dragon Sky. They are strong against hammers, but are weak against those that use swords.

Sword - Swords or dual-swords are the most balanced weapon in the game in terms of power and speed. Swords are strong against fist weapons but weak against spears.

Spears - Spears have long reach and are capable of dealing large amounts of damage but have relatively slower attack speeds. They are strong against swords but weak against hammers.

Hammers - Hammers are powerful weapons that have the highest raw attack power in the game. They are strong against spears but weak against fist weapons.

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Dragon Sky Featured Video

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Full Review

Dragon Sky Review

By Omer Altay

I’m not quite sure what all the hype is about ‘Martial Arts’ MMORPGs, but it seems like more and more game developers are releasing martial arts themed MMORPGs. The folks over at Perfect World Entertainment released Jade Dynasty and a day or so later, Aeria Games released Dragon Sky. after Twelve Sky and Twelve Sky 2, Dragon Sky is now the third martial arts themed game Aeria has in its MMORPG portfolio. Hopefully Dragon Sky will offer something different than the Twelve Sky franchise, otherwise the two games will be competing against each other.

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A Pleasant Surprise

I was pleasantly surprised with Dragon Sky’s character creation system. Players can customize their face and hair with numerous different options. The game has some 10 different hair styles, faces and colors, which is significantly more than what most MMORPGs offer. My character ended up looking like a mix between Krillin from Dragon Ball Z and Sagat from Street Fighter [See the picture below].  However, the thing that surprised me most in Dragon Sky wasn’t the character creation; it was the game’s silky smooth, fast-paced combat. From my experience, most MMORPGs don’t really spend a lot of effort on making combat look exciting, which is a shame, because after seeing Dragon Sky’s gorgeous combat animations, it’s going to be difficult to re-adjust to the traditional ‘dull’ combat of most MMORPGs.  You really have to see the combat yourself first-hand to understand what I’m talking about, so make sure to check out the featured video or any one of the gameplay videos  on this page.

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Good core Gameplay….

The fact is, Dragon Sky has a lot to offer. One of the game’s most impressive aspects is its variety, as the game has no set classes. Players start off by selecting their starting weapon [Fist, Spear, Sword or Hammer] which determines what skill they start off with; this is by no means their ‘class’. Players can learn skills and master any weapon or combination of weapons they like. The catch, though, is that each skill learned takes up a certain amount of ‘focus points’, which can only be gained by leveling up. The ‘focus’ stat simply serves as a ‘limit’ on the number of skills a player can learn, so no one can actually master every single weapon/skill in the game. My advice to players is to focus on mastering a single weapon or two rather than having a little bit of skill in every weapon. The beauty of this classless system is that players have a great deal more ‘say’ in how their character evolves, rather than just following a class-based progression system which has far fewer customization options. Another little detail that I enjoyed during my time with Dragon Sky is the game’s experience system, as players gain experience for dealing damage rather than killing an enemy. In terms of content, Dragon Sky offers much of same gameplay elements available in most MMORPGs, such as crafting, guilds, duels and PvP.

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But poor Presentation

My biggest complaint with Dragon Sky is the game’s poor presentation. The game just doesn’t present itself well, as everything from terrible English translations to an ugly interface will turn you off from the game’s ‘fun’ core gameplay. The fact that the game has no tutorial doesn’t help either. One piece of advice I can give to those looking to give Dragon Sky a try is to complete all of the starting quests. Do NOT skip them! No matter HOW poorly translated the quest dialogs are, just bear with it; if you skip the starting quests, odds are you’ll be completely lost afterwards. It took me a good hour or two before I actually got a solid grasp of the game. Not surprisingly, there were a lot of other ‘lost’ players, as the game’s chat channels were usually filled with people asking questions like ‘Where do I get skills?’ or ‘What do I do?’.  Another aspect of Dragon Sky that I felt was poorly done is the game’s localization. For example, NPCs tend to have long and extremely difficult to remember names. My favorite being ‘Ganghobaekseo Ohyeongchun’. I have nothing against the Chinese, but trying to remember ridiculously long names isn’t fun. To be fair, at the time of this review, Dragon Sky is in Open Beta, so the folks over at Aeria Games may localize the game a bit better by the time it hits full commercial release. As it stands, the game’s translations are some of the worst I’ve ever seen, and I’ve played more MMORPGs than I’d care to admit.

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Little End-Game Content, but solid PvP

End-game content is another place where Dragon Sky falls a bit short. The game has dungeons/high level areas that require grouping to adequately explore, but nearly every major enemy/boss can be downed by a small group of players. Maybe it’s just me, but having to coordinate with large groups of players to defeat a difficult enemy is a lot of fun. Even though Dragon Sky doesn’t have a lot of end game PvE content, it still has a good deal of PvP options, as the game’s two factions, ‘Soul of the Dragon’ and ‘Heart of the Tiger’ are in perpetual war – sort of like the Horde vs Alliance in World of Warcraft. Members of opposing factions can fight each other just about anywhere in the game, meaning Dragon Sky has plenty of ‘action’. Aside from traditional faction battles, players can duel, PK each other and participate in guild battles, so fans of PvP should find some love in Dragon Sky.

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Final Verdict – Fair

The fact is, Dragon Sky is a fairly original martial arts MMORPG, but the countless bugs and poor English translations force me to recommend avoiding Dragon Sky, at least until the game is fully released.

Screenshots

Dragon Sky Screenshots

Videos

Dragon Sky Videos

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Links

Dragon Sky Links

Dragon Sky Official Site

System Requirements

Dragon Sky System Requirements

Minimum Requirements:
OS: Windows XP / 2000 / Vista
CPU: Pentium 3 800 Mhz
RAM: 512 MB
HDD: 3.0 GB
Graphics Card: GeForce FX 5200 or Radeon 7600 64mb

Recommended Specifications:
OS: Windows XP / 2000 / Windows Vista
CPU: Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
RAM: 1 GB
HDD: 3.0 GB
Graphics Card: GeForce FX 5600 or Radeon 9550 128mb

 
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