The Daily Grind: Does Neverwinter or DDO handle the D&D license better?

    
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Ooh Justin, them’s fightin’ words!

We don’t often have the luxury of seeing two full-fledged MMORPGs handle the same intellectual property, especially in vastly different ways. But in the case of Neverwinter and Dungeons and Dragons Online, we do. While both spring out of the D&D framework and feature action combat and certain same monsters and classes, they’re almost as different as different can be. DDO revels in a more stat-based approach with a unique dungeon setup, while Neverwinter is streamlined to provide a fast-paced combat experience that also leans heavily on the F2P grind.

Keeping in mind that neither game accurately replicates the experience of sitting around a table actually roleplaying with a group of other people, which of the two do you think handles the D&D license better? Not necessarily more faithfully, mind you, but better for an MMO setting?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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strangesands

All this D&D talk is making me want a Greyhawk MMO.

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Xevrin

They are two very different games. I would prefer DDO but it needs an engine and graphics overhaul at this point, but then I am a sucker for stuff based 0n 3.0/3.5 Dnd or earlier mechanics.

Neverwinter is based on 4E Forgotten Realms, my favorite setting closely followed by Planescape. But… they completely messed it up in 4E and lost a lot of core fans. I would enjoy the game a lot more though if the business model were adjusted to be more consumer friendly, I play once in awhile but never for very long.

Which one handles the license better really comes down to personal preference and feel. I enjoy Neverwinter more but only as a casual pick up and play for a short while type game.

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Latająca Mysza

IMHO DDO does it a lot better. Still – it is much older game than NW, so it is not necessarily reflected in playerbase size.

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Rolan Storm

DDO. Still lacking though.

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Mordyjuice

None of them at all, maybe DDO might be better because of multi classing and stats but beyond that.

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Anton Mochalin

I liked Neverwinter more, but non-computer D&D for me is about feeling your decisions really matter like you decide to choose some particular action and it totally changes a battle or what your party does for the next half an hour… and DDO has a tiny bit of that as far as I can remember.

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NeoWolf

Hmm tough to say. In terms of the setting Craptics Neverwinter does a closer job in look and feel, but in terms of the tabletop’ish feel to how it presents content DDO gets it closer to shared D&D group type of experience.

But neither do a sterling job not like say the old Neverwinter that wasn’t an MMO but could be played multiplayer (with definite number limits) that game was ahead of its time and true to the source.

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Crowe

Apples and oranges. The two different D&D versions make the games pretty drastically different. (I don’t think either does a particularly good job)

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ejester

All of PWE’s games are shit. They are a money grab company. How can we gouge players for as much, and as quickly as possible. Every single game in their library follows this same principle.

DDO on the other hand, is a much better game, but they’ve barely scratched the surface of what “could’ve been” and they’ve had over a decade to do it.

Honestly, both games are utter shit shows. It would be nice if someone actually made a decent quality MMO in the genre that took advantage all the content that is out there and gave us a game worth playing.

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Anton Mochalin

I’ve heard such opinion about PWE before and it being a Chinese company this doesn’t seem very surprising to me but I’ve played Neverwinter for several months some time ago and I can say it’s not the best MMORPG but still is among maybe 20 or 30 best ones. I can really see how it can be a favorite game for someone and I had a good time in it and quite often think about returning to it. I’m playing Guild Wars 2 now and yes it’s a better game but I still remember Neverwinter as something quite pleasant. So maybe it’s just not a game for you.

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Tobasco da Gama

Only one of those two games has a Bard class, so it’s no contest.

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NeoWolf

How did I know Bree would “like” this comment lol j/k