|Post Date: 02:07 16-02-2008
Comment: Let me start off by saying, this is the billionth MMO I’ve tried so believe me when I say that DOMO is actually one of the better games out there.
*Unique* job system, where you can combine multiple professions skills (doctor, mercenary, thief, shaman, wizard, or musician) into one character. Are you tired of being a weak healer, unable to participate in PVP? No more, my friend. Any combination of these jobs is possible, you just mix and match what you need. It is kinda-sorta what’s implemented in Ryzom, where you can level up different skill trees independent of each other.
CELL SHADED GRAPHICS (which are 3D modeled, although you can’t tell from screenshots)! I hate generic anime-style bobble heads, but DOMO brings a level of sophistication to it that is much more tolerable (and dare I say, likable.) When you start off, you don’t have cell-shading (cartoon effects under options) turned on so you might think, “Ew, models looks like puke,” but turn on the cartoon effects and the whole world changes. If your video card doesn’t support this, your system is probably prehistoric and you need to drop it off at the landfill and get a new one.
Pets: I am a whore for them. However, I won’t tolerate shoddy pet systems where your pets are basically just useless sprites that follow you around for decoration, or so weak that you can’t benefit from them until an insanely high level. That is stupid. Pets in DOMO are useful right from the start. Even if you get them at later levels, they can quickly catch up to your level and even exceed it depending on how much XP you choose (that’s right, you can CHOOSE how much XP you want to share: 0% 25% 50% 75% 100%.) Plus they are insanely cute, even the pigs. All characters can have pets, too.
Gameplay! I hate games that are slow. You hit the monster… hit the monster… hit the bloody monster… wait a few years and finally it’s dead. DOMO is reasonably fast-paced. You have the ability to run into a mob of monsters and fight more than one (esp. with a pet.) Parties in the dungeon (so far) mean a huge chaotic massacre of fun. Not a lot of sitting and waiting. Plus, since you have the ability to combine jobs, they aren’t boring and static like in other games. Just because someone has the “thief” title above their head, doesn’t mean they don’t have the ability to buff, nuke, or heal. Because it’s so easy to change jobs, people are always swapping out skills, and leveling up new jobs.
Leveling! Leveling is a challenge, which is great IMO. I’m tired of really easy leveling where everyone reaches the cap in 3 months. This is like putting all the retard children on the dean’s list because we don’t want to hurt their ‘wittle feelings.’ Well, screw that. I’m old school, and if you have a 5x level, it should mean that you worked hard for it. At around level 15, you will start feeling the grind.
Community? Great. This is an Aeria Game, and they reward good behavior with Karma points, AKA cash. All Aeria games attract nice, intelligent people for the most part.
Monster invasions. Lots of events.
Pets are cash shop only, atm, at $5USD a pop. They are also random. Some are insanely more expensive than others, so it’s potluck. There’s always someone who wants a certain pet though, so you can sell or trade for the one you want.
Lots of people have had problems with the cash shop. Aeria Games is being flooded with orders and they can’t handle them all. There are also a number of bugs in the game (none of which I’ve experienced so far) but some of them are serious (bank accounts being wiped, for example.) The game is still undergoing development so a lot of things are yet to be released (3rd pet evolutions, dancer job class, etc.)
PVP is kind of stupid at low levels. It’s easy to overwhelm your opponent when everybody has such low health. Idiots will instant-kill players using a method I won’t describe here. PVP under level 20 is like a game of latency roulette: whomever lags less will be the victor (assuming you both attack at the same time and know the method.)
Overall, very good game. Try it and you won’t regret it.