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RODE or Rise of Dragonian Era is a free to play MMORPG from Netgame. This 3D fantasy MMORPG is attempting to give players a new game with new features, most notably the ability to fly around and take part in mounted combat, both PvE and PvP versions. The basics behind the games lore are simple and pretty much stick to the usual fair. There are two warring factions with eyes on the prize of world domination. You choose your side and prepare yourself for battle against your sworn enemy.

With such a similar back story and similar game mechanics, we will take a look at what may be different, and what may even be the same as many other games on the market, but is RODE doing it better, the same or worse? Keep reading as we highlight the games features and take a look and see what the answer to our questions may be, and if RODE is something you should add to your hard drive.

Getting Started

When you are getting started you have a very big choice to make. Are you going to choose the side of the Firean’s and the Azurian’s. You will want to make sure you have chosen wisely, as once you create your character, all future characters must be made on the same side. Thus limiting your racial choices. Though this limitation is not too big of an issue as both sides have three races to choose from and 4 classes, Warrior, Rogue, Cleric, and Mage. Once you reach level 10 you will be able to choose one of two specializations for your class of choice, but we are getting a bit ahead of ourselves.

Creating your character at first may see a bit on the side of simplistic, but the game has done a nice job of creating multiple screens that you will pass through and making choices on each to tweak everything from hair style to leg size. There are a few options that seem a bit limited, but then there are others that have a broad number of choices. While the over all customization may not be the deepest that exists in all MMORPGs, it is still very well done and gives players plenty of options to create a character that is unique.

Once you have created your character and you log in you will start to get more cinematic story telling. These only add to the depth of the games storyline and do a great job of pulling a player into the story. Even once you are finally in the game and you start to pick up your first quests, you will continue to get cut scenes that help make the RODE experience different and exciting. These short clips really make a player feel like their character is also part of the unfolding story as well, and not just a spectator.

Leveling Up and Skills

While the games progression is certainly not the slowest, it is far from the quickest either. For once though this is not a race to a level cap that is in the hundreds. Each time you level you will be able to add more skills to your skill set and these skills will increase in power as you level. Obviously these skills are all tailored to your class choice, and the skills that you can choose from only become more broad once you reach level 10 and you can choose your specialty. Do not be fooled though, the game has a but of a newbie curve in the beginning as you are not going to just be handed each and every skill that is available. You are going to have to earn enough coin to purchase these skills, and coins are a little more difficult to come by then you may think. So early on your going to have to make a few choices when it comes to which skills to purchase and which can wait till later when you have a few more coins to spare. No matter what class you choose, be ready to stock up on mana potions. We found that since skills allowed you to do the most damage, we were using them as often as possible, but every skill, even those for the Warrior class, consumed mana, and we were almost always running out the precious blue juice.

Dragons and Mounts

As you keep leveling up and gaining skills you will soon find that one of your quests rewards you with a egg. Now to get that egg to hatch you are going to have to raise its loyalty and make it happy so that it will want to join you as your highly loyal follower. To do so you will go into combat with your egg and slowly it will become very loyal, but this is not all. You will need to also obtain an item that is pretty rare. Once you have all the necessary prerequisites for hatching your egg, you will be able to hatch your dragon. Dragon’s are able to be equipped with special items and fight in combat with you.

You will also early on get your first regular mount, the game expect that you will end up with quite a few mounts, so many so that it dedicated an entire area of your inventory to holding mounts. One of the very cool features of RODE is that your mounts will fight with you. Though you will have to make sure that they do not get too fatigued. There are simple vendor items that you can purchase and use on your pet to make sure they their fatigue stays to a minimum and they are in tip top shape not only to carry your from destination to destination, but also aid in your battles.

Crafting

From the very start of your adventures you will be passing many materials on the ground, and at any time you can stop and start picking up these materials that will aid in your chosen crafting profession. Each time you gather a material your gathering skill related to that material will get a bit better and eventually level up. As you level up you will be able to gather more precious materials. In turn you will eventually be able to craft more difficult items. The list of items that can be crafted is decently extensive and most of these items are very useful, so getting started with your gathering skills and crafting early on is highly recommended.

PVP

PvP mostly happens in the arena style battles that players can queue up for and are known as Region Wars. Players of certain level ranges will find themselves grouped together to fight players of the opposing faction of the same level range. Fighting in these battles will earn a player many rewards including fame and also experience. One of the very nice things about the PvP system is that a player can actually level up just from taking part in the Region War battles. Something not all MMORPGs allow for players to accomplish.

The Final Word

RODE certainly bring to fun features to the free to play MMORPG table. PvP players will enjoy the fact that they can battle it out with other players all day and all night and actually level up their character. PvE players will find that there is plenty of game to keep them occupied as well, between the thousands of quests, instance dungeons and many achievements to be earned. While RODE may not be a groundbreaking MMORPG, the game does many things well, and many other things as good as other free MMORPGs. The games storyline, and multitude of voice acting for all the NPCs is another area that is refreshing to see and experience. So if you are looking for a new world to explore, and would love to slay your foes from the back of a dragon, RODE is certainly worth adding to your hard drive.


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  • Nanbopally
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #1

    [..YouTube..] I love this game! I am having fun! It does make you be aware of your environment. Even with a mount, you cannot simple just ride around the map, the mobs might gank you, you have to be carefull and skillfull. There is a small lag between levels and quests, so sometimes you have to farm a few exp, then run dungeons to level up andunlock more quests. But I have had no problem using the group finder. Such a good game 🙂

  • Nanbopally
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #2

    [..YouTube..] Tips to noobs: 1.) READ. You get a quest for a pet and a mount around lvl 8. READ the quest. If you missed it. Go to the forums. It explains how to unlock your first mount, how to feed it, how to raise it. So many people spam questions that can be found with a PHOTO illustrated guide on the website.
    2.) DONT BUY ALL THE SKILLS. You unlock them, they are pricy, but they are meant to be. You only need 1 or 3 for for several levels. READ the skills. For example

  • Nanbopally
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #3

    Tips to noobs: 1.) READ. You get a quest for a pet and a mount around lvl 8. READ the quest. If you missed it. Go to the forums. It explains how to unlock your first mount, how to feed it, how to raise it. So many people spam questions that can be found with a PHOTO illustrated guide on the website.
    2.) DONT BUY ALL THE SKILLS. You unlock them, they are pricy, but they are meant to be. You only need 1 or 3 for for several levels. READ the skills. For example

  • Nanbopally
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #4

    [..YouTube..] @Nanbopally I only need lvl1 frost for the 50% slow effect, I will never need the lvl 2 because the damage sucks. Max the thunder bolt, it is the only strong spell. All other spells (group slow, push back) are PVP spellls and can be unlocked later. PVE wise, just get the few that matter. WATCH mana, If you are questing fine, don’t buy the next level skill it iwll eat more mana than your level can compensate.
    4.) ENJOY!

  • Nanbopally
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #5

    [..YouTube..] I only need lvl1 frost for the 50% slow effect, I will never need the lvl 2 because the damage sucks. Max the thunder bolt, it is the only strong spell. All other spells (group slow, push back) are PVP spellls and can be unlocked later. PVE wise, just get the few that matter. WATCH mana, If you are questing fine, don’t buy the next level skill it iwll eat more mana than your level can compensate.
    4.) ENJOY!

  • Nanbopally
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #6

    I only need lvl1 frost for the 50% slow effect, I will never need the lvl 2 because the damage sucks. Max the thunder bolt, it is the only strong spell. All other spells (group slow, push back) are PVP spellls and can be unlocked later. PVE wise, just get the few that matter. WATCH mana, If you are questing fine, don’t buy the next level skill it iwll eat more mana than your level can compensate.
    4.) ENJOY!

  • Nanbopally
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #7

    [..YouTube..] A word on skills. You purchase skills, and gain the next rank. THEN at lvl 10. You can chose a “job” from two job SKILL TREES.
    For example, as a cleric I Can chose > Elementalist or Priest. I chose priest, this unlocks a new skill tree and new PURCHASABLE skills. I use 2 new heal skills and can purchse the next level of them from same skill master. The skill tree COMPLIMENTS your purchased skill. The points int he tree are usually PASSIVE skills to enhance the ones you buy. Not to complicated.

  • Nanbopally
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #8

    A word on skills. You purchase skills, and gain the next rank. THEN at lvl 10. You can chose a “job” from two job SKILL TREES.
    For example, as a cleric I Can chose > Elementalist or Priest. I chose priest, this unlocks a new skill tree and new PURCHASABLE skills. I use 2 new heal skills and can purchse the next level of them from same skill master. The skill tree COMPLIMENTS your purchased skill. The points int he tree are usually PASSIVE skills to enhance the ones you buy. Not to complicated.

  • Nanbopally
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #9

    [..YouTube..] @Nanbopally Just ot put it in perspective, it is not like wow where building in the skill tree suddenly gives you a new skill to put in your hot bar. All hot bar skills are puchased from a trainer. (use “K” to open the list of owned). The skill tree compliments with something like “Your heal uses less mana”.

  • Nanbopally
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #10

    [..YouTube..] Just ot put it in perspective, it is not like wow where building in the skill tree suddenly gives you a new skill to put in your hot bar. All hot bar skills are puchased from a trainer. (use “K” to open the list of owned). The skill tree compliments with something like “Your heal uses less mana”.

  • Nanbopally
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #11

    Just ot put it in perspective, it is not like wow where building in the skill tree suddenly gives you a new skill to put in your hot bar. All hot bar skills are puchased from a trainer. (use “K” to open the list of owned). The skill tree compliments with something like “Your heal uses less mana”.

  • Nanbopally
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #12

    [..YouTube..] Also, and my final word. The cash shop just opened. NOTHING game breaking at all. Just a stone to ensure upgrading armor as if it fails, it dissapears. So many armor types though. At lvl 17 I have at least 3 main sets to hunt after, and several mixed bag pieces I can wear.

  • Nanbopally
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #13

    Also, and my final word. The cash shop just opened. NOTHING game breaking at all. Just a stone to ensure upgrading armor as if it fails, it dissapears. So many armor types though. At lvl 17 I have at least 3 main sets to hunt after, and several mixed bag pieces I can wear.

  • Nanbopally
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #14

    [..YouTube..] final word really: PvP= fun and starts early, around lvl 10 or 12, you can hop right into regional war fare. It announces on the system : “PVP map about to start in 15 min. Que up!” You que up, and bam! you vs other players in a large cool strategic map. Lasts about 20 min or 30 min. Good open battle.

  • Nanbopally
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #15

    final word really: PvP= fun and starts early, around lvl 10 or 12, you can hop right into regional war fare. It announces on the system : “PVP map about to start in 15 min. Que up!” You que up, and bam! you vs other players in a large cool strategic map. Lasts about 20 min or 30 min. Good open battle.

  • MillzyToons
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #16

    [..YouTube..] dude, we dont give a shit

  • MillzyToons
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #17

    [..YouTube..] dude, we dont give a shit

  • MillzyToons
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #18

    dude, we dont give a shit

  • DennisEhhhNein
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #19

    [..YouTube..] @MillzyToons U MAD?

  • DennisEhhhNein
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #20

    [..YouTube..] U MAD?

  • DennisEhhhNein
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #21

    U MAD?

  • therealnpc
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #22

    [..YouTube..] EPIC VIDEO

  • therealnpc
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #23

    EPIC VIDEO

  • TheMMODen
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #24

    [..YouTube..] @Nanbopally thank you for all the insight. I love when players of the game come in and share their thoughts. One thing I forgot to cover in the video was the PvP system and how players can actually gain items and experience from participation in PvP. Something I think is great for those players who enjoy PvP over PvE.

  • TheMMODen
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #25

    [..YouTube..] thank you for all the insight. I love when players of the game come in and share their thoughts. One thing I forgot to cover in the video was the PvP system and how players can actually gain items and experience from participation in PvP. Something I think is great for those players who enjoy PvP over PvE.

  • TheMMODen
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #26

    thank you for all the insight. I love when players of the game come in and share their thoughts. One thing I forgot to cover in the video was the PvP system and how players can actually gain items and experience from participation in PvP. Something I think is great for those players who enjoy PvP over PvE.

  • TheMMODen
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #27

    [..YouTube..] @therealnpc Thank you kindly!

  • TheMMODen
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #28

    [..YouTube..] Thank you kindly!

  • TheMMODen
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #29

    Thank you kindly!

  • Nanbopally
    March 21, 2012
    Reply #30

    [..YouTube..] @MillzyToons Pres ALT F4 to not give a shit. You jelly?

  • Nanbopally
    March 21, 2012
    Reply #31

    [..YouTube..] Pres ALT F4 to not give a shit. You jelly?

  • Nanbopally
    March 21, 2012
    Reply #32

    Pres ALT F4 to not give a shit. You jelly?

  • Baelothon
    March 22, 2012
    Reply #33

    [..YouTube..] Nice Video as always 🙂

  • Baelothon
    March 22, 2012
    Reply #34

    Nice Video as always 🙂

  • TheMMODen
    March 22, 2012
    Reply #35

    [..YouTube..] Thank you very much

  • TheMMODen
    March 22, 2012
    Reply #36

    Thank you very much

  • snatcher
    March 27, 2012
    Reply #37

    awesome

  • byakuya
    March 27, 2012
    Reply #38

    What a wonderful game. I can’t believe it! Awesome casual PvP onlinegame.

  • kate ben
    March 27, 2012
    Reply #39

    Do not change ANYTHING. It’s perfect.

  • Justine Grie
    March 27, 2012
    Reply #40

    I love this game! It’s so fun!!

  • nikki
    March 27, 2012
    Reply #41

    I’m only level 16 but the game seems pretty good. Since they upped the exp on region wars Ive been leveling faster than I can do quests.

  • hieule8
    March 27, 2012
    Reply #42

    [..YouTube..] this is mostly like rusty hearts

  • hieule8
    March 27, 2012
    Reply #43

    this is mostly like rusty hearts

  • TheMMODen
    March 28, 2012
    Reply #44

    [..YouTube..] Ummm. Not sure where you were able to get that comparison, those two games are pretty far apart.

  • TheMMODen
    March 28, 2012
    Reply #45

    Ummm. Not sure where you were able to get that comparison, those two games are pretty far apart.

  • CoVidss
    March 29, 2012
    Reply #46

    [..YouTube..] MMohut all the way. Fuck this copy

  • CoVidss
    March 29, 2012
    Reply #47

    MMohut all the way. Fuck this copy

  • BlupaxX
    March 31, 2012
    Reply #48

    [..YouTube..] LOL. You should feel silly for thinking that with AS MANY channels there are dedicated to MMO’s that this one would be a copy of mmohut. Lame ass.

    • Pillowfight3r
      April 21, 2012
      Reply #49

      No its made by the same people .. its just for different content and a differnt person know your shit before you complain :/

  • BlupaxX
    March 31, 2012
    Reply #50

    LOL. You should feel silly for thinking that with AS MANY channels there are dedicated to MMO’s that this one would be a copy of mmohut. Lame ass.

  • DAEXCALIBER
    April 3, 2012
    Reply #51

    [..YouTube..] seems really dull

  • DAEXCALIBER
    April 3, 2012
    Reply #52

    seems really dull

  • Pillowfight3r
    April 21, 2012
    Reply #53

    This Game Sounds amazing haha but it takes so long to download it only on 7.43% and it has been on for a half an hour But il just leave it on when im goin asleep 🙂

  • Kiapa
    April 24, 2012
    Reply #54

    [..YouTube..] Well this time they got a game that suits their logo xD xD

  • Kiapa
    April 24, 2012
    Reply #55

    Well this time they got a game that suits their logo xD xD

  • Kiapa
    April 24, 2012
    Reply #56

    [..YouTube..] And I LOVE DRAGONS! <-Downloading the game right now

  • Kiapa
    April 24, 2012
    Reply #57

    And I LOVE DRAGONS! <-Downloading the game right now

  • Rara Sapin
    June 21, 2012
    Reply #58

    [..YouTube..] awsome commentary im downloading now i hope this game is as good as it sounds 🙂

  • Rara Sapin
    June 21, 2012
    Reply #59

    awsome commentary im downloading now i hope this game is as good as it sounds 🙂

  • Paul
    June 23, 2012
    Reply #60

    Tried to play this tonight and no matter what graphics setting (I have a GTX560) it was a slide show my ping was at about 140. So while it looks good I can’t seem to play it.

  • TerragorDragon
    July 10, 2012
    Reply #61

    [..YouTube..] It’s a great game, I’ve been playing since I think it’s first month out of CBT. (didn’t know about it beforehand, otherwise woulda been playing it since first day available.) The mounted combat is pretty cool, 6 different dragons per faction (good variety), the dragons skills are pretty handy. One of the main downsides is the lack of armor differentiation. Like, you grab a level 45 white chest piece and it has the same appearance as a level 45 legendary chestpiece.

  • TerragorDragon
    July 10, 2012
    Reply #62

    It’s a great game, I’ve been playing since I think it’s first month out of CBT. (didn’t know about it beforehand, otherwise woulda been playing it since first day available.) The mounted combat is pretty cool, 6 different dragons per faction (good variety), the dragons skills are pretty handy. One of the main downsides is the lack of armor differentiation. Like, you grab a level 45 white chest piece and it has the same appearance as a level 45 legendary chestpiece.

  • TerragorDragon
    July 10, 2012
    Reply #63

    [..YouTube..] On the Firean side your dragons are Beres (which I have and love greatly), Pur, Sabnek, Belle, Bark, and Haures. Each one has an elemental attribute, as well. Beres is darkness, Pur is lightning, Sabnek is poison, Belle is healing (support dragon), Bark is ice I believe, and Haures is fire.

  • TerragorDragon
    July 10, 2012
    Reply #64

    On the Firean side your dragons are Beres (which I have and love greatly), Pur, Sabnek, Belle, Bark, and Haures. Each one has an elemental attribute, as well. Beres is darkness, Pur is lightning, Sabnek is poison, Belle is healing (support dragon), Bark is ice I believe, and Haures is fire.

  • boredperson81
    August 8, 2012
    Reply #65

    [..YouTube..] looks like aion

  • boredperson81
    August 8, 2012
    Reply #66

    [..YouTube..] looks like aion

  • boredperson81
    August 8, 2012
    Reply #67

    looks like aion

  • Gabrielle Petro
    November 12, 2012
    Reply #68

    Great video, you went into good detail about all the features of the game, really gave me a good idea of whether I’d like it or not!

  • Julien Leblanc
    November 23, 2012
    Reply #69

    limpy I really like this game I am just worried about its community did u notice it starting to dwindle

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