DDO free for a week

Turbine and Atari offer up free seven-day trial of Dungeons & Dragons massively multiplayer online game for PC.

The latest massively multiplayer online role-playing game attempting to woo gamers with a free trial is Turbine's Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. The Atari-published game is the only officially licensed D&D MMO and is based on the D&D 3.5 rule set.

The free trial is only available to residents in North America, and can be downloaded now from Turbine's official promotional page. After a week of dungeon-crawling and monster slaying, gamers can decide whether or not they want to buy the $49.95 retail version and take on the $14.99-per-month subscription fee.

Stormreach was released in late February, and has the Herculean task of attracting gamers in a genre dominated by Blizzard's World of Warcraft. DDO already expanded in April, offering free content for subscribers and promising more on the way.

Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach is rated T for Teen. For more on the game, reach GameSpot's full review.

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26 comments
aakinslackin
aakinslackin

This game is a complete mess. Races suck, Classes are done terrible, it is all incomplete. This is not Dungeons and Dragons, it is a lame excuse, thrown together way to fast. I have played D&D for going on 9 years now, i couldnt even begin to list every thing that i was dissapointed with. How can one dive into a game that is based on instances only, there is no exploration with some stupid nerrator, and a load screen every 2 seconds. Would have done a much better job had they even gone with dragonlance, or raven loft. 2 out of 10, 2 for textures.

Crazy_Sam
Crazy_Sam

Ah finaly tried the 7-day trial. What a shame! This is not the Eberron, or D&D for that matter, that Ah used to play and enjoy. Being confine to one city, albeit a big one, isn't good. It's steal the feeling of grandeur that comes with every campaign of D&D. The classes are good, though. Ah can't say that Ah felt like being in the Eberron universe while playing the trial. It's not even the Stormreach city that Ah used to know from the rulebooks... Try it if you want, but in my opinion it's not worth paying a monthly fee to play DDO. Big disappointment.

twi41
twi41

The reason why the trial is only 7 days is because if it was 2 weeks a hardcore gamer may have already reached level 10 and would have realized that you are still limited to the same town. No real sense of advancement at all... and definitely not worth playing a monthly fee for.

Crazy_Sam
Crazy_Sam

Ah'm an hardcore D&D player and DM for some years now. Ah played other table RPGs too, like Shadowrun, In Nomine, Rifts, etc. Still Ah'm glad to get a chance to play this classic online. Ah've heard good and bad critics about DDO. Ah sure hope it will be more good than bad, though. Ah've seen it at my friend's place. He was urging me to buy this game. Ah don't know... Ah don't like the idea of having to pay to play. That's why Ah like Guild Wars, by the way. Anyway, Ah'll sure try the 7-days trial to get a better idea about DDO. Who knows? Maybe this will be THE game that will get me into the "wonderful" world of online pay-to-play gaming... Who knows?... PS.: Mai Kuraki isn't just cute, she's a great singer too.

drizzy
drizzy

I played DDO during the pre-beta period and then the free month. It was ok, but definately has no lasting power. I enjoyed it but cancelled before I had to pay for it.

RogueShadow0618
RogueShadow0618

Ahhh, but said friends must also have an interest in D&D, no?

emagius
emagius

Playing is free with my 3.5 rulebooks as well. True, but only if you actually have friends.

Blazer88
Blazer88

Hmm,..free is good.Only the fool would pass it up.

azizrulez
azizrulez

this si like daylight robbery

RogueShadow0618
RogueShadow0618

But they don't say how long this offer is available!!!! I know that it's a 7 day trial but when is it their trial over?

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

Nice initiative... but not interested in MMO's.

EndersAres
EndersAres

I'll stick with pnp. I played DDO for a week and was very disappointed. Turbine should be ashamed of themselves.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I hope this will help them get more player to sign up. I think I will give it a try but have no plan after I try it to pay to play it. Not a fan of the pay to play and pay every month to play.

ZangharDraconis
ZangharDraconis

I have the game, and I like it. No PvP is kinda bad, but its fun, it feels like less of a grind than WoW (Played for Stress Test, Closed, and Open Beta, then did retail for 6 months before the grind killed me there). It stays as true to D&D as I would expect an MMO like that could get. I would recommend trying it, and if you like it its free for a month with the game. But don't bother if you are a PvP fanatic, it wont be for you.

Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn

Playing is free with my 3.5 rulebooks as well.

Simechak
Simechak

LOL, i_love_my_ds, you wish.

rhaigun
rhaigun

Exactly, homsuplo75. It has received some favorable reviews. Could there be a worse scenario than a D&D mmo that sucks?

homsuplo75
homsuplo75

Hopefully it will live up to the D&D name. Seeing how most other MMOs only exist because of what D&D started way back when. I might have to check it out if it's free for a week.

serrrich
serrrich

Turbine is aware that WoW player who played at release are getting tired or stopped playing- waiting for expansion. They're hoping they can reel in those lost players.

i_love_my_ds
i_love_my_ds

this game looks cool.....maybe ill try it out