Eve Online vs. 9 Dragons

Second round battle in the MMORPG Showdown 2 series

The Match-Up

Most matches in this tournament either consist of two games with something in common or two games that are likely to have a close match. Neither was the case with Eve Online versus 9 Dragons. After squeezing by Tabula Rasa in the first round, Eve Online definitely had an easier time in this round as the sci-fi MMO took a very early lead and never looked back. The fact that 9 Dragons is a free-to-play game and Eve Online is a pay-to-play game did not really come into play during this match. Look for Eve Online to have much tougher opposition in the semi-finals. 

Tale of the Tape

Eve Online

  • Offers a 14 day free trial.
  • A long-time resident of GameOgre's Top 10 Online Games List.
  • Recently released its Exodus expansion.
  • Players control corporations.
  • One of the best economies in an MMO. 


9 Dragons

  • Free to play.
  • Operated by Acclaim.
  • Focuses on martial arts techniques more than other games.
  • NPC Clans are based on schools of martial arts.
  • Won Best Free Martial Arts MMO in the Freebie Awards.
  • Features both the Great Wall of China and the extremely famous Shaolin Temple.

Select Comments For Eve Online (Edited for Presentation)

Rating: 8
Author: Darkvctry
Comment: I give it an 8 out of 10. I have been playing off and on for over a year and i love the fact that I can level while I am away on business trips and working many hours a week. However, the game should implement a questing system to allow new players or even older players to grind and speed learning skills faster. Even though I am an older player, i noticed a lot of new players throw in the towel because they get owned in PvP. I personally think that after a good solid year with a nice carrier or battleship you can hold your own against anybody. Remember the game is about team-work not about being the solo best. However if the game wants to keep more new players around, they should offer them something. Something that will not be a slap into the face of the players that jumped on the Eve-bandwagon in 03-05.

Rating: 8
Author: Aikaterine
Comment: This game is really cool, for a sci-fi MMO. The graphics are absolutely stunning and the environment really makes you feel like you're in another place. The only problem I have with it is that it's very, very complicated and hard to get into.

Select Comments for 9 Dragons (Edited for Presentation)

Rating: 1
Author: Jrod
Comment: This game is just another bad import. The story is awful, the animations are horrible, and the graphics are 3-4 years old. The game is just a boring grind fest.

Rating: 8
Author: Windson

The Good:

-Pretty good graphics
-Good character customization. 
-Loads of different attacks.
-Each clan has their own special item.
-Nice animation.
-Quests are fun and rewarding.
-Every Saturday there is a huge war in a PvP area!

The Bad:
-The game tries to shove a cashshop in your face all the time! 
-You level real fast until you hit around level 50. 
-To eat food you have to go in peace mode. 
-Clothes don't give you any defense.
-If the enemy is to strong the game always says you missed, but how can you miss a high level stationary tombstone that your right in front of?
-The game ends up getting boring around level 50 because it's all training and no fun.
-It is a point and click game. 
-The whole games based around combat.
-Some Kung-Fu moves aren't realistic at all. 

Overall: This game is fun at first, but starts to get real boring to people who don't like training forever to gain one level. You are better off finding a master and learn the martial arts yourself.

The Voting

Eve Online received a total score of 7.6

9 Dragons received a total score of 3.8

The Result

Eve Online Wins!

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