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Updated: 13 Nov 2017 23:43
Drakensang: No Longer a Browser Based Game
I've received a few emails from fans of Drakensang asking me why this game is not on my list of top picks. Drakensang has been on my review list for a while now. For anyone familiar with my review process you will know that I typically like to spend a good amount of time trying out a game before considering it as a top ranked PBBG. This is especially true for games that have a lot of content and depth of play. In the past, I could pump out a couple of reviews a week because I could dedicate 20+ hours to a game during that time. These days I have more things going on so new games get added at a snails pace. For the most part this works because there is less interest in PBBG's these days and therefore there is less time needed to review them.
When Drakensang first came out, I was immediately impressed with the visuals and I was curious to experience the content and measure the depth of play. But other games had a tighter pull on me at the time. Eventually, I found the time for a review but upon reaching the site to give it a try, I found that the publishers of Drakensang decided that their game would be best played as a 400mb executable thus removing the portability of their game, and greatly diminishing their audience.
Hence, this game no longer qualifies as a browser based MMO and since this the PBBG half of this site is dedicated to these types of games only, it cannot be included on our list. PBBG's on this site are not 100% immune from downloads, but these downloads are considered somewhat standard for use in browser based MMO's including Java, Flash, and the Unity plugin. For the most part PBBG's must be portable and playable in a browser to be included on our top ranked list of PBBG's.
As a browser game, Drakensang had outstanding potential to upset the PBBG market, but as an application based MMO, it was far below the standard and unable to compete within the mainstream MMO market.
Browser games, while superior for being portable, often lack the wow factor available in downloadable application based MMO's. As a browser game, Drakensang was outstanding and I'm disappointed that I cannot include it on this site. As a downloadable application MMO, Drakensang is sub-par when compared to other free MMO's. This isn't the only game that has withdrawn from its browser based roots, Quake Live, while not an MMO, was one of my favorite browser based shooters, and it too has severed itself from the browser game genre.
Smarter developers that want to give users more choices, will retain their game as a PBBG, and offer an alternative downloadable version for users that want to run it in windows. Smarter yet, some developers are launching their games as both an application based MMO and a PBBG, thus expanding their reach, and their coffers.