Neverwinter and Defiance Open Betas: An Exciting Weekend For Online Gaming

The recent weekend was an incredibly exciting time for online gamers, with the first open beta for the Dungeons Dragons‘ MMORPG Neverwinter and the second open beta for Trion Worlds’ MMOFPS Defiance. 2013 promises to be an exciting year for fans of video games and the online gaming community is looking forward to schedule jam packed with exciting new MMOS. The Inquisitr was invited to participate in the open beta for both of these exciting new games and we were happy to accept the invitations. Although we didn’t get much sleep over the weekend, we were able to spend a full day with each game.

Join us now for a look at the open beta weekends for Dungeons Dragons’ Nverwinter and Trion’s Defiance.


Neverwinter is the latest installment in the Dungeons Dragons (D&D) massively multiplayer online role-playing game universe. The game is slated for release in the spring of 2013 on the Microsoft Windows platform. There will be at least two more open beta weekends, and players purchasing one of the two founders packs are guaranteed access to the betas, plus early access when the game goes live.

The team at Cryptic Games described Neverwinter in glorious detail:


“One hundred years have passed since the Spellplague forever changed the magical and mysterious lands of Faerûn. Mighty empires fell and great cities toppled, leaving only monster-haunted ruins and survivors struggling to rebuild.”

“The city of Neverwinter, the Jewel of the North, seemed blessed by the gods. While the rest of the Sword Coast was devastated by the event, Neverwinter survived largely intact. But this was only a temporary reprieve from its inevitable doom. Nearly 75 years later, a volcanic eruption rained fire, ash and molten fury upon the city, annihilating everything in its wake.”

“Today, Neverwinter has restored much of its former glory. Lord Neverember of Waterdeep has taken the city under his protection and put forth a call to all adventurers and heroes of the Savage North to help rebuild Neverwinter in the hopes that one day he can lay claim to her throne and crown. But evil forces conspire in the dark places of the world, seeking to undermine all…”

Neverwinter Reborn”
“Explore and defend one of the most beloved cities from Dungeons Dragons as it rises from the ashes of destruction. This action RPG set in an immersive MMO world will take you from the besieged walls of the city to subterranean passageways in search of forgotten secrets and lost treasure.”

“Challenging, Complex, Classic”
“Epic stories, action combat and classic roleplaying await those heroes courageous enough to enter the fantastic world of Toril and the ruined City of Neverwinter.”

“Build Your Fantasy”
“Easy-to-grasp adventure creation tools empower players to add their own tales to the Forgotten Realms campaign setting. Bring compelling quests to life and build challenging levels! Share creations with the entire world in-game. Become a part of the existing Dungeons Dragons universe… Then build a new one.”

“Forge Your Path to Glory”
“Encounter dangerous foes and perilous environments. Work strategically with others to overcome nightmares, demons, monsters and beasts of legend.”

“New D&D, Beloved D&D”
“Neverwinter is a true Dungeons Dragons experience, brought to life with the dynamic Cryptic game engine. In the classic D&D setting of the Forgotten Realms, players will explore and defend one of the most beloved cities from Dungeons Dragons, as it rises from the ashes of destruction.”

The game itself looks spectacular. The graphics are simply outstanding, bringing the world to life in an brilliant rainbow of colors and attention to detail that is absolutely stunning. The designers at Cryptic Games have managed to capture weather effects to perfection; snow, rain and sunny skies are all portrayed naturally and help make Neverwinter a living, breathing world.

Every spell or attack has a vivid animation that enhances the excitement, but the effects do not interfere with the speed of combat. Even the dust on the ground is kicked up into the air as you trudge through dungeons, while rocks and pebbles fall perilously from above.

Neverwinter offers online gamers the very best of traditional D&D dungeon exploration and open world questing. Players choose between a wide ranges of classical races and classes, build their character, and jump into a huge world full of mystical enemies and creatures. PvP is an integral part of Neverwinter and players can even design their own quests and dungeons through a feature called The Foundry.

Combat in Neverwinter is action packed and forgiving. I took my guardian fighter to level 20 in the open beta weekend and although the combat was fast and furious, I was never in danger of dying. I was able to survive by using a powerful selection of six basic attacks and on rare occasions, a health potion. This is MMO combat at its simplest and its very best.

Dungeon Dragons’ Neverwinter is brilliantly executed, wonderful to behold, and easy to learn. The game offers gamers all the features they have come to know and love about D&D, honed to perfection in one outstanding package. If you are looking for a game is simple, straight forward and absolutely great fun, this is the MMO for you.


My weekend would not have been complete without spending time playing Defiance, the exciting new MMOFPS from Trion, the people who brought us Rift. The second open beta weekend for Defiance gave us an opportunity to explore more of the game world and test out the abilities of our characters.

Defiance Holds Second Open Beta Weekend