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The award winning MMORPG.

One of our first MMORPGS that got us hooked on the genre. This revolutionary game of the time screams nostalgia for us. The amount of hours that we put into this game was unbelievable.The lore intense lands of Hibernia, Albion and Midgard have been constantly updated over the years. This game had it all at the time, brilliant lore and back story, which immersed you into its world. The sound track was amazing and still when we hear it brings back awesome memories of the game. The three different factions that were in epic battle against each other, had different races and classes for each. In total there were 19 races and 44 classes across all three realms. 

Albion

Races:
Briton, Saracen, Avalonian, Highlander, Inconnu, Half Ogre.
Classes:
Armsman, Cabalist, Cleric, Friar, Heretic, Mauler, Mercenary, Necromancer, Paladin, Reaver, Scout, Theurgist, Wizard.

Hibernia

Races:
Celt, Lurikeen, Firbolg, Elf, Sylvan, Shar,
Classes:
Animist, Bainshee, Bard, Blademaster, Champion, Druid, Eldritch, Enchanter, Hero, Mauler, Menalist, Nightshade, Ranger, Valewalker, Vampiir, Warden.

Midgard

Races:
Kobold, Dwarf, Norseman, Troll, Valkyn, Frostalf.
Classes:
Berserker, Bonedancer, Healer, Hunter, Mauler, Runemaster, Savage, Shadowblade, Shaman, Skald, Spiritmaster, Thane, Valkyrie, Warlock, Warrior.

There was also a Minotaur race which was available to all Realms.

For me my go to class at the time was the Dwarf Thane. A Thane was a worshiper of the Norse God of Thunder and Lightning. Thor the most famous among these Gods protected Midgard using Mjolnir his mighty hammer.

This can be seen in some of the Thanes magical lightning skills he possess. I liked the fact the Thane was a hybrid character, able to wield magic and be efficient in melee combat. With the Thane being able to eventually wear the best Armour available to Midgard, and most weapons. His spells came in the form of Stormcalling, and featured big AOE damaging spells which I personally enjoyed.

DAOC Thors Hammer

There are so many classes to choose from in DAOC, that you never really got bored with the amount of combinations available to try out, and experience. Check out more about the Classes and Races here>>

With Dark Ages three distinct realms,  Albion, Midgard and Hibernia, there was always a fight to be had in RVR. Dark Age Of Camelot had a super satisfying PVP system, Also Known As Realm Vs. Realm (RVR).These three Realms were like foreign countries, which consisted of well defended borders, each with their own language. This meaning that Realms were not able to even communicate with each other. The RvR combat occurred in special level-specific battlegrounds and in the New Frontiers.

Players could get a taste for RvR as early as level 1, but most would wait till level 20-24 battlegrounds. The battlegrounds of DAOC were smaller areas to fight and were limited by levels. These were a great place to hone skills for venturing out into the main RvR zones in New Frontiers.

RvR also brought in a unique feature of Realm Points. Everytime you killed another person or participated in RvR tasks, like Fort captures you would gain skill points. These skill points gave you special skill that a character was not able to obtain in any other way, giving you incentive to go out and fight for your Realm.  DAOC still remains today as an industry standard for great PvP content, and how it should be done.

 

 

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Dark Age of Camelot Bridge fight
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With a wide variety of monsters and still to this day satisfying graphics for its age. Dark Age Of Camelot still remains a trip down memory lane for us, a truly fantastical game which is a joy to play. The game is still going to this day with a big fan base. Constant updates and events this game is worth a try.

The main draw to this game for us and many a like is the PVP system. To say the least the PVP is incredible,  games like Guild Wars 2 ran with the same idea, as to inherit the style. 

There are also a few private servers which are great to sink your teeth into, as a plus they are free. In my opinion the best free server to try is UTHGARD.

Check out UTHGARD

We played this game so much as kids, that it still has a place in our gaming hearts. The game is still playable with constant updates to this day. For new gamer’s the graphics will feel clunky, but get used to them as you will have a great experience. For us this is where our love for MMO’s begin.

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Facts:

  • Release Date: 1st Sept 2001 (16 years old)
  • Formats: PC
  • Genre(s): Role-Playing, Massively Multiplayer Online, Massively Multiplayer, Fantasy
  • Developer: Mythic Entertainment
  • Website: Dark Age Of Camelot

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