Dragon Nest

Common Sense Media says

Combat-heavy fantasy MMO with strong story but skimpy armor.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The storyline is all about becoming a better warrior, cleric, sorceress, or archer and helping the townsfolk.

Positive role models

Characters are a mixed bag with some being positive influences while others are rude and surly.

Ease of play

Controls may take some getting used to. The game uses the WASD movement, but also uses the mouse for camera direction and directing your character. Helpfully, the tutorial can be accessed from the character class trainer again and again.

Violence

Characters have to kill other characters to advance in this game using a wide array of weapons, including swords, bow and arrows, mallet, and magic. There is no blood when characters are defeated. There are also PvP (Player versus Player) combat arena matches available with players vying to be the best combatant.

Sex

Characters are cute in an anime style, but females stand in exaggerated hyper-sexual poses and have outfits with necklines that plunge to the waist, wear stockings with high heels and there are plenty of "panty shots" in combat animation.

Language

No use of swear words but there is plenty of facetiousness and sarcasm in the quest text.

Consumerism

The game is free to play but there are items to purchase for the game that cost real money. New cash shop items are advertised on the website but not in game. Kids may also be tempted to purchase convenience items like health potions or more storage space.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. As the game is rated for 13 and older, there aren't any kid safe privacy settings. The usual "ignore" lists, a default swear filter, and a function to report other players are available but other than that, players can add friends at will and send private messages to each other.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dragon Nest is an online game that's free to download and play. Players use violence to defeat enemies and fight others. The game also has some sexually suggestive costumes. As with most Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG), this game has a quick reward system and fast action, cute graphics, voice overs, and cut scenes with plenty of storytelling. It is a compelling game that kids can get drawn into, thus losing track of time while playing. Parents also need to know that there is both Player versus Environment (PvE) as well as Player versus Player (PvP) combat in the game.

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What's it about?

Kids entering Altera, the world of DRAGON NEST, will immediately choose between four classes which have fixed genders, and then view a short movie tutorial before entering one of two starter towns which are pre-determined by the class choice. Players don't learn the backstory of the world; instead they learn the character's story, and the quests are very much story-driven, one leading to the next. Players learn how to play the game as they go forward in the story.

Is it any good?

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Dragon Nest is a fast paced, combat heavy game in which success relies on knowledge of what each skill does and when to use them. Combat is a cross of positional and combo-based fighting which imparts a good deal of excitement. The quests combine story and cut-scenes that are closely linked to the character so that players are revisiting characters they have previously interacted before, creating a more immersive experience. Depth is provided with two sub-class choices as players progress, and access to Player vs Player combat at level 10 and further challenges at level 15. Further, like many other MMOs, raids of various "Nests" like Minotaur and the name-sake Dragon are available for teams of players to partake in.

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Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:Free / Microtransaction
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nexon
Release date:September 28, 2011
Genre:Massively Multi-player Online Game (MMOG)
Topics:Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:NR for Not Rated (Windows)

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