Dark Age of Camelot: Darkness Rising
With The user-friendly likes of Guild Wars and City Of Villains almost giving online role-playing a veneer of respectability - within the gaming community, if not the world at large - the defiantly old school DAOC limps into its sixth expansion pack with a hey-nonny-nonny and a pint of Olde Peculiar if you please, stout yeoman of the bar.
In its defence, the game does do a good horse, and this is one aspect that has been elaborated upon in Darkness Rising. Become a level 45 Champion of the Realm (by which time you're probably already dead) and you'll be eligible for a so-called advanced mount. Majestic steeds, one and all, these include such equine treats as Nightmare, Unicorn, Warhorse and the Undead Phantom, all of which can be given a pet name and fitted with saddlebags and armour. My Little Pony for dungeon-fanciers.
At the very least graphics have been improved and a huge high-level quest has been added, but elsewhere, there's scarcely any improvement on the original. It's a largely impenetrable world, crippled by an arcane interface and almost bereft of human contact. Four years after the game launched, a small band of merry adventurers are seemingly prepared to accept this nofrills approach. That said, with barely 15,000 online on a bleak Wednesday night during Match Of The Day, the battle of the abbreviations is unlikely to see DOAC usurp MOTD in the nation's hearts any time soon.
Download Dark Age of Camelot: Darkness Rising
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP