After spending a considerable amount of time with Bigpoint's browser-based MMORPG Drakensang Online, Steven brings his thoughts on the title to the web in the form of this two-page review. Here's a bit of what he had to say about the game's equipment system:
While you're grinding your way through the game, you'll of course find lots of equipment. Items come in a variety of tiers, from normal (white) to improved (green) to magic (blue) to extraordinary (purple) and finally to legendary (orange). I found some extraordinary items while I was playing, but no legendary items. Some items have slots in them that you can fill with gems, and there are also some set items. That is, DSO has all of the equipment bells and whistles that you'd expect from an action RPG.
Some of the more interesting items you can pick up are essences. Essences give nice bonuses to your damage (up to a 300% increase), but they're used up every time you attack, and so they're best saved for tough battles. There are also work benches you can use to create equipment. If you place four unidentified items of the same type on a work bench, then you'll get back an unidentified item from the next tier up, which is a nice way to reward people who are patient (and who have lots of storage space). Finally, you can also make small upgrades to your equipment by paying blacksmiths and armorers.