Posted by Jeremiah Paul @Jeremiahapaul
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When it comes to gaming, every person likes to play differently. Some of us prefer to stay away from the main part of the battle loosing arrows or magical barrages while others like to rush in and deal as much damage as possible. Still others would like to be the healer of the team while others want to protect people by drawing enemy attacks. However, what is the most effective class to play as? What class would you excel at?


The role of the tank is to take damage; by doing this they make it possible for players with less health or armor to take on opponents. In order to be successful as a tank, you will need high health and good armor. In addition to in game stats, a Tank also needs to be a natural leader and have the ability to guide other plays through the quest. This is one of the classes that Creator Brandon Milby likes to play as stating "I also lean heavily on armor and defense, so melee suits that class best." If you go the tank route, you'll probably look pretty bad ass in your armor and carrying a large sword, war hammer, or ax will make you all the much more intimidating.


If you aren't digging the whole melee thing or taking all the damage for the team, an alternative would be the group's healer. The healer is pretty self-explanatory; you are responsible for keeping your team alive. To be an effective healer you need to be able to think and react quickly, multitask, and have nerves of steel. The larger the group, the harder it gets to heal everybody. You will need to be watching everybody's health bars closely and selecting the right spells at the right time to ensure your team can make it through the quest. Personally, this is the one class I play most often, there's always a jolt of adrenaline as you realize in just the brink of time that one of your team members desperately need saving. The healer is also often credited (perhaps unfairly) with the success (or non-success) of the team as a whole.

Damage (DPS)

The DPS walks a tight line, you have to deal enough damage quickly but too much and the enemies will start to attack you instead of the tank. The role of a DPS is to kill, the fighting style can be up to you! Whether you prefer using magic, systematically taking out one enemy at a time, using abilities to attack large groups, or using melee weapons, the Damage class offers a lot of flexibility to suit a wide variety of players. This is why a lot of people like playing as a damage dealer, but all for different reasons.

VC Matt Walz prefers using a magic based DPS as he "love[s] watching health bars bleed HP. I don't mind dying quickly a few times if I can do the same back with sheer power." On the other hand, Community Manager Dana Abeln says she "find[s] that melee has a lot of flexibility with damage and being able to take a hit. Plus, [it] just works with my hotheaded play style. I like to run in and bash things to the ground."


Some RPGs will also include classes known for stealth. Often times with this class, you won't be fighting in a group. So for you lone wolfves out there, this might be right up your ally. You can sneak around enemies you don't want to deal with right now or pick off enemies one by one all the while remaining undetected. In the case of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and similar games, Creator Brandon Milby will abandon being a tank and "go for the ranged class when stealth becomes more favored over direct attack."

Hopefully, we've helped you narrow down what class you would prefer to play as, but ultimately the best way to find out is to start playing! There's lots of RPGs to choose from, such as the well known PC game World of Warcraft to the Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. If the fantasy realm isn't your forte, a good sci-fi game to play would be Star Wars: The Old Republic. There are hundreds of games to choose from, so what's stopping you? Get out there and start gaming!


What is your favorite class?