Dawngate Beta Review – First Glance

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New MOBA Game

EA’s DawnGate is an online game belongs to the Multiplayer Online battle Arena or MOBA category. The game is currently doing closed beta testing which Waystone Games as the developer opened their server last weekend specifically July 13 and 14, 2013 for few hours.

Game Characters

As of the beta version of the game there are only few characters you can choose from. Your controlled character or champion is called Shaper. After choosing your Shaper you also need to pick your role. Your options are :


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Gladiator
When you kill lane minions you gain stacking bonus vim. The bonus increases by 3 for every consecutive minion killed within 0 seconds up to a maximum of 0 additional vim per minion.

Tactician
The amount of vim gained for being near lane minions when they die is increased to 0% of normal. You gain bonus vim when you damage an enemy shaper (0 vim for ranged attacks and 0 vim for melee attacks). This effect has a 0 second cooldown.

Hunter
You do 0% more damage to jungle creatures. When you kill a jungle creature, you will heal for 0% of the creature’s maximum Health.

Predator
When you score a kill or assist on an enemy shaper you will gain 0 bonus vim. The experience gained for a kill or assist on an enemy shaper is increased to 125% of normal.

After picking your roles you also need to choose additional default stats called Loadouts then the games will start. Your starting money is 500 where you can buy items for your Shaper.

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Gameplay and Graphics
If you are familiar with other MOBA or Action Real-Time Strategy games like League of Legends, Defense of the Ancients 2(DOTA 2) and Heroes of Newerth (HON) then it will be easier for you to adapt. Basically, there are two opposing teams where each member in the team controls one character. The team then will try to reach the opposing base and defeat all structures such us Binding(tower) and Spirit Well of the other team. A spirit well is located on the side of the map where some workers harvest income for your team to give your team the economy advantage. I believe this is a new feature in a MOBA like games. Spirit well can also be conquered to maximize the chance of winning the battle. Once the Binding(Tower) defense structure destroyed it can still regenerate with a line of energy.

Every new game of this type that comes out if not better it should have at least the level of graphics, interface and environment of any existing games in the market. If less than that it might be a turn off for players. Fortunately, my impression level on Dawngate’s graphics is high, vibrant and full of life.

Dawngate Beta Gameplay Solo Mode Video

The Community Experience

This is something that I can say that publisher should find way on how to at least control it. My few hours of playing the game I’ve  already seen cyber bullying. Of course we always understand there are always bad apples in the community but with this Beta play for limited time and there’s already like this then new players will not be interested in trying the game. This issue has been also discussed on the Developer Community forum. Other than that players are excited and seem to be enjoying the game.

Dawngate Download and Beta Registration

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My Own Conclusion

Just to be honest I’m not really into the MOBA game genre however, my 10 hours plus of  Dawngate Beta Gameplay is quite fun and entertaining. Its good to see additional feature to MOBA like game specifically  the Spirit Well structure. Regenerating of  the Binding or popularly known as defense tower adds interesting gameplay too. I don’t mind playing this game again once the server will be opened for another beta.

 

Excess Notes :

For people who might ask if they can run this game on their PC well my computer is kind of old and here’s the specification. Intel Core Quad CPU Q6600 2.4ghz with 8GIG RAM and 2GIG Video RAM. My Internet connection speed is only 3MBPS Wired Broadband from Globe.

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