Overview (4 out of 5)
Developed by Aventurine SA, Darkfall Online is a fantasy-based MMO role-playing game. This online MMO lets you shape epic sagas to be retold to future generations. The action game includes fantasy adventure, combat, diplomatic strategy, politics, and racial wars. With online multiplayer options available, Darkfall Online involves combat between different player clans and large-scale race wars.
Gameplay (4 out of 5)
Players are engaged in the battle for supremacy of Agon - a huge, diverse and visually-stunning fantasy world. Players can explore five continents with numerous small islands and a massive underworld, which is full of hundreds of dungeons and adventure areas. The world of Agon has six dominant races each with a unique culture and set of skills. There are also numerous monsters with unique abilities. You can travel through geographically-diverse regions in order to uncover the mysteries of new civilizations. With each battle, players can improve their skills.
One unique feature of Darkfall is following clues that can lead to the hiding places of artifacts. The action of Darkfall Online includes players' struggle to control these artifacts and thus unlock more power and wealth.
There are no traditional character classes in Darkfall Online. You can play any race ranging from Alfars, Dwarves, Humans, Mirdains, Mahirims and Orks. You are allowed to pick up any skill you like and develop it. For instance, if you want to play an axe-wielding Dwarven fighter, you simply pick up the axe skill and other relevant skills. This will also include the weapon-crafting skills necessary for your character. With all the skill and weapon types, you can give your character a unique look.
Key Points of Darkfall
One of the most important aspects of the fantasy MMO is crafting. This is the way players get their weapons and armor in the game. You can craft every weapon, armor and item in Darkfall Online. Perhaps the best use of crafting is the ability of players to recreate weapons they may have lost by participating in Darkfall’s PvP gameplay.
Another important aspect is the alignment system. Killing a friend will result in flagged rogue status for you. While flagged, anyone can attack you, kill you, or loot you. Even guards can kill you on sight.
I found the description of some of the NPCs missing. This is disappointing as you learn about skillups from these NPCs.
The reward system of crafting is not so great. I think, the developers could have done better with commands also.
Darkfall Online includes more than 300 skills to practice, all of which can be purchased and learned from NPCs. Players can have multiple weapon types, including swords, axes, archery and various schools of magic including Greater Magic, Element of Fire and Witchcraft. Players can train themselves to achieve any combination of skills and weapons. You can improve or gain skills by killing monsters or other players in battle. However, the toughest task is to find an enemy upon which to improve your skills.
Combats and Conquests
Darkfall Online contains six main character races - Elves, Dwarves, Humans, Mahirims, Orks and Alfars. Each race has different combat standings. For instance, elves are friendly with dwarves and humans, but at war with the orks. Alfars hate everyone and are hated by everyone. Darkfall is a magical world, but players are motivated to balance magic and archery skills so that they are capable of fighting in any type of combat even without magic skills. The best individual fighters in Darkfall Online are those characters that have a good combination of various skills. In clan warfare, clans with combined skills or specialties usually fare better than the rest.
The world of Agon is huge, resulting in numerous explorations and adventures for you. Its unique terrain features will let you travel far and wide before encountering any combat. Remember that your enemy can attack you from anywhere, as there is no safe zone in this MMO. You must create your own safe zone or seek one out.
Darkfall System Requirements
Important system requirements for Darkfall Online are given below. Take a look.
- Operating system: Windows XP and Vista
- Processor: 2.5GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent
- RAM: 1GB for Windows XP and 2GB for Windows Vista
- Graphics card: 128MB free space
- Hard drive space: 12GB free space
Graphics (4 out of 5)
The visual effects of Darkfall Online are not the best, but they are okay. Compared to the character models, the mob models are given better treatment by its developers. However, the best graphics I found in the MMO are the terrain. Palaces, green meadows and sealines of the game are quite impressive, giving an overall great picture of the fantasy world of Agon.
Conclusion (4 out of 5)
Darkfall Online is a great fantasy MMO. Its action-based fantasy world is one of the best in role-playing games. The online multiplayer features makes the game more interesting and full of competition. There are numerous adventures and battles to come across. I think players will love to experiment with different combinations of skills. Even the terrain graphics add great value to its storyline.
To conclude, Darkfall Online promises impressive gameplay that will instantly hook many players.