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Haio
Posted - 2010.10.19 19:21:00 - [1]
 

I know Everquest is an old game. And I never bothered to try it... up until today. Today for some unknown reason I decided to download it and to give it a try. So my question to people who played it before. Is it worth to spend my valuable time on it? How oudated it is in term of gameplay and graphics (graphics isnt all that important to me but still...). And most importantly will it live for another 5 years or is it close to dying?

Barakkus
Posted - 2010.10.19 19:28:00 - [2]
 

Edited by: Barakkus on 19/10/2010 19:42:01
As a 6 year vet of EQ2, I can tell you this much:

1. It's a MASSIVE grind.
2. It's a MASSIVE timesink.
3. Not worth getting started on at this point, you'll never catch up to the people that have been around a long time, they change too much and add too much every xpac.
4. You will have an extremely difficult time getting groups to do older content (ie. previous expansions) partly because of the disparity in quality of loot from xpac to xpac.
5. It will probably keep running for a long long time.


If you have the time to invest then go for it, it's a ****ing awesome game. If you don't have the time to be hardcore about it, don't bother because you will pretty much just end up frustrated in the end.

edit: adding some more stuff

I played hardcore for about 4 or 5 years. I have worn the guild hats of guild leader and raid leader. You will find that the amount of drama in fantasy mmos, particularly EQ2 is off the charts, mostly due to chicks :P

You pretty much have to dedicate 30-40 hours a week to the game. The crafting stuff is worthless since the revamp in 06, so don't bother with it. Raiding is ****ing insanely hard and a lot of encounters come down to random chance. The playerbase is generally pretty good and hardcore fans. Most of the people are extremely helpful, but you will find a lot of cliquishness to most guilds, and if you aren't a long time member you end up with the **** end of the stick.

The graphics are phenomenal for the genre, and get better every xpac. The mechanics are pretty good, it's really complicated in comparison to WoW, which would fit an EVE player pretty well.

The development staff is actually really good and they listen to the playerbase contrary to what is said on the forums (I had direct contact with the developers for a couple years being a forum moderator over there).

This free to play thing makes me think it's dying, but they are still doing the subscription basis too, so I don't think it's going to go the way of WAR and LOTRO.

I really wish they would add flying mounts, but they have compensated with easier travel. They've removed a lot of the stuff that was just inane like having to go from x zone to y zone to go to z zone in the last xpac. There is still a LOT of zoning done to get from one place to another, they're making the zones a lot larger now though so they have to add less zones.

Player housing and guild halls are great, makes it stand out over other MMOs.

It's not for the casual, even though they've been trying all they might to move in that direction for the last 3 or 4 years, it's still not a casual game.

You more than likely will never run out of content to do, there is just so much out there, and you can mentor down to any level tier you want to go back and do stuff.

If you want to PvP and not play on a PvP server and lose all your stuff, they added battle grounds which are really fun, but due to how the classes work, there's a lot of imbalance in the PvP system, moreso than WoW.

I highly recommend it over any other fantasy MMO on the market at the moment.

Reiisha
Veto Corp
Posted - 2010.10.20 00:41:00 - [3]
 

Just typed a huge post just to have it get swallowed by faulty nets >_>

Oh well.

The jist of it: The graphics engine is ridiculously bad. It's made for PC's that will never exist. The devs thought that GPU's were just a fad and that graphics would go on to be relying on 20+ GHz CPU's after a few years, so the game gets almost no benefit from a fast GPU, and mostly from a very good CPU (and even then, only one core). Most newer PC's won't be able to run the game even at medium settings, your fancy GTX480 is pointless, your core i7 is more relevant but still not very good.

That said, the game has a LOT of content and is easily the best fantasy MMO out there if it weren't for the terrible engine. The landscape between 20 and 50 is bland though and will be pretty rough to level through just because of that.

Also, the game is not a timesink. I didn't experience it as one anyway. I played very casually (2-10 hours a week) and i got through levelling rpetty quickly, and depending on servers you can find lots of groups for low level content, especially if you join a nice social guild (Antonia Bayle was nice for that). Raiding is not the goal of the game, it's an extra, at least i experienced it like that. There's too much to do outside of raiding to focus on catching and gearing up, both of which are not as much an issue as Barakkus claims imho. Not for me anyway.

About lotro: The game went f2p because Turbine thought it could get more revenue from it, not because it was dying, a common misconception. They scored an unexpected hit with ddo and they bet on being able to repeat that success with lotro (which worked, apparently). SOE is simply jumping on the DDO bandwagon, believing they can get more profit out of the game, as far as i know eq2 has been quite stable for years now, not dying either.

GizzyBoy
Posted - 2010.10.20 14:39:00 - [4]
 

AH god not evercrack
We lost people to that game for 3 - 5 months at a time,

Barakkus
Posted - 2010.10.20 17:55:00 - [5]
 

Edited by: Barakkus on 20/10/2010 17:58:01
Originally by: Reiisha
The jist of it: The graphics engine is ridiculously bad. It's made for PC's that will never exist. The devs thought that GPU's were just a fad and that graphics would go on to be relying on 20+ GHz CPU's after a few years, so the game gets almost no benefit from a fast GPU, and mostly from a very good CPU (and even then, only one core). Most newer PC's won't be able to run the game even at medium settings, your fancy GTX480 is pointless, your core i7 is more relevant but still not very good.



If a newer pc is having trouble with high quality settings then it's a cheap and crappy build. I generally run with tweaks to the very high quality settings and have no problems. It has become very memory intensive though in the last couple years. You will need at least 3 gigs of ram to run anything past the balanced graphics preset.

nVidia cards seem to have a bit of trouble with EQ2, but never had a problem with ATI cards and EQ2.


 

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