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Monday, March 06, 2006

Dungeons and Drabness Unfortunately Online

I was excited about getting this after all the hype, but unfortunately it is just hype.

For a start, the Gameplay is laggy in busy places, you get masses of characters all jumbled up inside each other in a pixelated mess in doorways, entrances etc and some of the texture rendering wasn't very good, bald patches appearing on characters heads for instance. I have a very fast PC and it still looked messy. Honestly, is it too much to ask for your toon to have the ability not to be able to run through other toons? It just sorta ruins the whole effect.

Visual character customisation is very limited, there are no options to change the body weight or shape of the character, and another more sinister problem, I couldn't make the skin colour of the Elf I had chosen to play, dark. OK this sounds a bit weird, but I'm a dark skinned girl, I don't necessarily always want to play a light skinned character. There was a light green, a light pink, a light blue option... but no dark green, no dark pink... no dark Elf skin colours at all. It may seem trivial, but it's worth mentioning. Also there are no options to change your characters appearance after the first screen, so if your Dwarf fancies a beard trim, SHE will not have the option to have a wee shave later. I don't think it's just female players who like variety in the customisation of games, from what I have seen, male players are equally sophisticated in their tailoring needs.

I don't think you should have to be a D&D expert to play this game, if you aren't, the learning curve will be very steep, with neither the instruction booklet or initial screens being particularly user friendly. Honestly, I was snoring after the User Agreement.