Dungeons & Dragons Online receives second add-on

The latest supplement to the online Dungeons & Dragons RPG hits servers; adds new race, monsters, in-game options.

Upon its release in February, Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach was well received by critics, but, as a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, it was cited for a few shortcomings, namely the lack of solo-based gameplay. Recently, developer Turbine has attempted to answer critics by offering players more dungeons and dragons--new content, a week-long free trial, and the addition of solo adventures.

Now the company has announced the release of the game's latest story module, Twilight Forge, a free download for subscribers of Dungeons & Dragons Online. Since the game's launch, the other content releases and Twilight Forge have combined to increase the size of the MMORPG by 25 percent, said Turbine President and CEO Jeffrey Anderson.

Other than story content, Turbine and publisher Atari announced several more nitty-gritty additions to the gameplay, among them a journal to track completed quests, a new playable race (the Drow), an in-game messaging system, upgraded grouping tools, and more items, inventory space, and monsters. The new enemies include the Mindflayer, Ogre Magi, and Warforged Titan--all baddies found in Dungeons & Dragons lore. The makers of Dungeons & Dragons Online have also posted a list of every new update to the game on its Web site.

For more on Dungeons & Dragons: Stormreach, check out GameSpot's review.

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r0dneydickson
r0dneydickson

Really tried to like this game and gave it more chances than I should. It's short on breadth & scope, poor social grouping system and doesn't make good use of the imaginative variety possible in DnD. Didn't hate it but was sadly underwhelmed. Unless you're a die-hard franchise fan, too rich for your own good or insatiably curious - leave it [sigh].

hepburn22
hepburn22

Don't know which game some of you guys have been playing but im lvl 9 and still have quests i havent done and more on there way in 2 weeks, so there is plenty to do. I've played for over 5 months and i'm still not capped, play for few hours most nights and more at weekends, but dont powergame like some obviously do. A campaighn just based in one city ????????? so you didnt play Neverwinter Nights then, most of if was in neverwinter, or BG2 most was is anthkatla, there are plenty of places outside of stormreach to quest, restless isles the new area, sorrowdusk isle, 3 barrell cove, i could go on. With next module we gonna have vast desert to explore and lvl cap of 12 which is quite high for dnd, mopst people who post think lvl 60 is average after playing WOW, well dont think lvl cap will ever get that high in DDO, a maxed character would be around lvl 20 before having to move on to prestige classes. I think its good that have to unlock drow as they are a bit more of a powerful race so have to earn the right to play it, other games have done similar where you have to buy expansions, play the game for so many months to unlock stuff etc. And if you dont have constructive criticism to post dont bother, yes its not the worlds most perfect game, but as that doesnt exist yet, and as it was only relesaed in feb, there is alot more they can add and the great game it is, will just keep getting better.

hepburn22
hepburn22

Right well i see it is mainly power gamers that have posted here and WOW fans. i played WOW for bout 7 months to me i got very bored of kill so many of this or collect so many, thats all there is to do. I have played Dungeons and Dragons oline now for bout 4 months, still havent completed all the quets and im not at lvl 10, i play a ranger, and yes there still could be some improvements with the class such as animal companions and rate of ranged attcks increasing with lvl (ranged increase coming in mod 3) its still a very diverse class and not just like fighters barbs etc, like some peole have posted. With the 2 mods we have more content and getting more in august, there is alot of solo lvls now in the biginning of the game, and with mod 2 bringing mail system, new race (drow) factions system (very cool), new wiz spells and more content it just makes this game even better. Im not saying its perfect yet but the dungeons and outside quests vary imensely, and even all dungeons vary alot, so yes there are a few that look the same but there are some that are totally unique, and for the people saying 2 content updates this soon is bad, dont know where they are coming from. How many updates has WOW had 12 in year and a half, 1 every 1.5 months works out at, and new expansion coz everyone is capped and bored at lvl 60, i know coz i was there. So just have to say one final time yes its not perfect (which game inline game is after 5 months?) but it has only been 5 months and its deffinately going in the right direction, so i deffinately recommmend people to try the trial, if not now when mod 3 comes out fall time (raising lvl cap by 2 adding more spells for most classes and new content + lots more) its great game voice chat is so good (unlike typing al the time in WOW or having to pay for it seperately) so guys try it, and 7.5 should be re reviwed after each mod as deffo over an 8 now and getiing better all the time.

Genodude
Genodude

LACK OF CONTENT!!! "So uhhh...you wanna do that dungeon again?" "Ummm...isn't there something else we can do?" "Well umm...there's...umm...(already did that one)...umm..." "I guess we can do this one again..." I mean really, come on! I've been playing PnP D&D for years. This was an all out failure...Stormreach...why Stormreach!? It's like being in a giant jail. You can't go anywhere else. Turbine could should have released this 2 years later. It's impossible to get to level 10 without doing each dungeon 3 times each...at the least. Sorry Turbine...I don't play entire campaigns in one city. Nor do I remember a city filled with so many problems.

Greykor
Greykor

I found this game is VERY lacking in content. But the biggest factor for me was the specs for the game. I don't have a Uber powerful computer but it is old. A few years old. and it ran like crap on mine. taking me sometimes @ 5 mins for me to load into a new area when the rest of the party was already off and running. They went too high of the graphics factor and lacked on content. I have played WoW and enjoyed it immensely and had no problems running any of that game w/ the exception of running into major town where the lag was quite bad. But at least Blizzard did something to counteract that. I think every company is just spitting out these kind of games cause they are cash cows. Only people stop paying monthly fees they will have to find a new way to appease the consumer. And hopefully soon they will bring out something we want, not tripe they just put out.

tskeeve
tskeeve

The problem with bringing D&D to computer games is that, quite honestly, D&D sucks horribly as a ruleset for games. It's unbalanced, there's a lack of combat options, and there's a lot of arbitrary rules that don't make sense. In my opinion, D&D should've just stayed as PnP, since most RPG's on the PC would've been even better had they used a different system than D&D. Not saying D&D is bad (I think it's an okay system for PnP, there are better ones though), but it simply does not translate well to computer games. Ever played Neverwinter Nights? That game has such a lack of variety for all classes except spellcasters it's not even funny. Fighters, Barbarians, Rogues, Paladins, and Rangers can just auto-attack and maybe press Knockdown or Disarm every once in a while. It's disgustingly simple and repetitive. I understand that people have great memories of playing PnP D&D and would like to see that in PC form, but cmon guys. There should be a concerted effort in the RPG genre to create new, better working systems that are tailored specifically towards PC gaming. I think that D&D is primarily used now just to generate more sales for a game, though it doesn't actually make the game any better than it would've been had it used a different rule system.

seankun
seankun

I keep waiting for someone somewhere to say ANYTHING to make me want to play this game (because I really do want to) but still nothing good gets said... Maybe this is a good time to try the one week free trail? Or should I wait for the 3rd update?

spenta
spenta

bottom line for me with this game is that there should be no subscription fees. If the game was free monthly I would have kept playing it but it wasn't any better then Guild Wars, not as good actually in most ways and I wasn't going to pay for something that wasn't as good as something that's free.

Ponsardin
Ponsardin

7.5 for Stormreach? I wasn't even going to play it.

runstalker
runstalker

Played it for 30 days, enjoyed about 3-4 of the dungeons immensely, most of the others weren't very inspiring and seemed rushed. The really good ones were almost good enough to make me want to keep playing...but the whole experience felt too linear and small in scale for $15 bucks a month. These latest additions should have shipped with the game. Atari pushed the game out a 'lil pre-cooked, much to Turbine's chagrin.

Netherscourge
Netherscourge

That's stupid. Why do you have to UNLOCK content you PAID for? DUMB DUMB DUMB

Ninja_Kinshu
Ninja_Kinshu

you can only be a drow if one of your characters has 400 fame points. meaning you won't be playing a drow till you are level 8-10

Demandred24
Demandred24

I played this game at launch, and at first I was very excited and happy to be able to play D&d online, but after a week of playing I shut it down to never return. The game is junk in my book. You run from the same dungeon to the next. The traps are in the same location. There is no randomization. There is no land mass to explore. It runs a lot like guildwars and guildwars is free. I played d&d a lot growing up, and this game completely missed the boat. Anyhow good luck to anyone who plays it

skemaal
skemaal

Two add ons (cough expansions cough cough) in so little time....doesn`t look good.

Zekey_the_Thief
Zekey_the_Thief

Just going to point out that the Warforged Titan is a completely Eberron creation. It was never in the core D&D lore.

Justlink619
Justlink619

People there is only one game that run mmo and that is WoW everyone knows!

Sandman100
Sandman100

There two many MMO games out there, and most of them have been done so many times like WW2 games, and Zombies games.

greymittens
greymittens

I've got to agree with bacuus. This setting has been beaten to death and I think anyone who is into this genre of game is already playing one of the existing online games such as eq or wow...

bacuus
bacuus

There's one small problem about this game....(almost) every rpg ever made is built on the foundation that D&D pioneered. Now that DDO and the subsequent add-ons are here...I'm bored with them.

sawluck
sawluck

Hmm makes me wanna get the Free Trial.... hmmm

HaganeSteele
HaganeSteele

Lets see, adding in the Drow? BRILLIANT! Let every one and their mother play the most OVER USED race in D&D, hands down. Well everyone, you now have an entire player-based spawned from Drizzit. I hope you're all happy. Playing inbred elves now.

HyperMetaDragon
HyperMetaDragon

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minime78362
minime78362

I always wanted to play this game. To bad I can't pay for the subscription fees.

Rubin42
Rubin42

If they added more solo content then this might be worth looking into.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

Well hope it makes it better but most likely not.I want to hear more about Dungeons & Dragons Tactics for the PSP over the MMO game.