"An interesting Game. Great, but a few flaws"
Version: DOFUS 1.25
Expansive Strategy RPG. Bright and colorful, it will keep you coming back for more. It is creative in it's parody and low brow toilet humor. Relatively balanced, and much of the game is controlled by it's players. Impressive systems of MMOSRPG.
Much of the game requires you p2p, which is not expensive. However, sometimes it is troublesome to find a method that works TO pay. Ankama has a bad record when it comes to customer service, a big disappointment as in the past they were top notch.
I have been a long time player of Dofus, since it's beta days. In that time I have seen it's ups and downs, in's and outs. While the game itself is cheap to subscribe to, some people may have a hard time doing so. Classes are balanced, and rebalanced, which is good and bad, as it can destroy months, even years of work. Ankama has a tendency to fail in customer support. Tickets go unanswered, or poorly answered. Because the company is french, they tend to cater to their culture above all others. Meaning of course certain things their community gets to enjoy first, at all, or ever.
Servers do have moments of lag and unplanned downtime. This can be from a random DDoS attack, faulty lines, or their poor host. On the subject of servers, there are several servers dedicated to the french community, however no where near as many for other communities. Yet, the english and international servers are often flooded with french players.
PVP is always in debate between those who participate one way, and those who participate another. Forced PVP is light, and players can opt out of it somewhat. I say somewhat since those who opt out, can under the circumstances be thrown into a forced pvp fight. With the release of the 'Heroic' server that has become a problem, one that Ankama has determined to be a draw to the server as upon death, the character is returned to level 1 and all items they have are given to the victor.
The community is three side. You will of course have your jerks, perverts, elitists, and arrogant members. Unfortunately they tend to be everywhere you look, both in and out of the subscriber area. All servers suffer from spam bots and gold farmers, though Ankama has said they are dedicated to stamping that out. However, no progress seems to be made against intelligent bot owners who work around it.
Elitist behaviour is usually redirected to fansites where they can live in their cesspool. In game however, it overflows into pvp, arguments, and general group disloyalty and infame.
Musically, the game is pleasing. For all of 5 minutes. Constant loops, some of which have not been updated since beta, start as enjoyable and fitting. However they become annoying and many players shut them off. Sound effects tend to fit, however, in some clients, it is delayed. Again, some players tend to shut them off. This also turns of the alerts, so not as many like to for extended periods of time.
The story is....well okay at best. Riddled with bad humour, almost face-palm worthy parodies and references; it can't be taken seriously. As it is, the story gets beaten down by content. Not all of the game's namesake, Dofus, are obtainable.
Classes are imaginative, even if some of them are ripped off and recoloured of other popular characters be it in Anime, or even other video games. For example, the Osa class is closely modeled after Disegea characters. Although classes have set abilities, players can determine how they will be played, and new builds and strategies are constantly being discovered.
The game itself is worth a shot, and has limited f2p to try that shot. Give it try, and who knows, maybe you will get addicted.
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