Not quite sure why its not here, so I'll add it.....
Name: Everquest 2 Extended
Genre: Fantasy (NPC Gnomes add a touch of Steampunk)
Style: MMO RPG
Combat Style: Auto-attack mellee, but the casts do the damage. Icons on hotbar can have keys assigned to launch abilities - queue 1 deep.
Learning Curve: Complex start to crafting, then easy. Easy start to adventuring. Help tips and instructional quests get you going pretty quickly.
Crafting: Simple to start as you develop your first artisan. after basic crafting comes tinkering and adorning, making tools and add-ons to weapons and armour. This gets trickier - also because the materials are harder to source (often from transmuted loot)
PVP: PVP servers or Co-op servers - not sure if PVP is available on eq2x. However you can challenge other players to a duel with no ramifications or xp gain or loss. Also there are arenas where you can get your pvp on. So there is the option for PVP, but it is not in the general world, and I have not explored that yet.
Role-Playing: Voluntary - people tend not to, but also tend to be happy to play along with anyone into RP. Chat channel for lvl 1-9 tends to blow RP out of the water, but is hard to turn off as peeps advertise for groups in it too. (Other ways to form groups though)
Leveling style:Level based in 3 facets, Adventuring Level (auto skills upgrade), Tradeskill Level (opens up new crafting recipes), AA or alternative advancement (spend the points on various advancement trees to open up new skills)
Server Pop: heavy
Graphic Quality: 10/10 need uber boxxor
Sound Quality: 8/10
Content Quality: 10/10
Overall Rating: 10/10
but I am an addict........
Brief Description: Nothing brief about this game. My wife and I play together - it was great fun as noobs, and now it is great fun with higher toons. Soloing is kewl, but pickup groups are great fun. Skills (game experience and player professionality) can make a big difference to the success of a group, but similarly playing with tossers can equally be a laugh. Roles are acutely defined in groups, so breaking the typecast can really upset or amuse other players.
Great for gaming, but also great for socialising - can be treated like a chat room with a gui, or can be used for hardcore raiding.
Pros: Recently made free!!!! Toons at all levels and all experiences now. Depth and sophistication to the gameplay. Some questlines have great storylines. Create multiple accounts and 2box - easy if you have a PC and a laptop, with the "follow" function and the ability to target mobs through a group member
Flying mounts just introduced for high level toons - wow. I had a lvl 12 adventurer, 90 crafter, and now I am doing all the low level zones with a flying mount and loving it.
Cons:Sony are DOWN CRASHED at the moment LOL that's why I am here. To open up the world chat, a one off payment of $10 is a must. (Silver membership) At silver you cannot equip the best loot drops (but the best crafted is available to be used, and it is hard to find better than mastercrafted) Chat Channel for levels 1-9 (and above) can be feral, but Sony will boot people if they are reported, so usually it is within the realms of acceptable....just.
Other Comments: Get into a guild! Guild halls make great portals, and huge help with crafting stations and bot harvested materials. Also create and join the chat channel "TOG" - on EQ2X we don't have a guild, but we do have a secret society!!!!!
Voice chat is ingame, can be set to guild or group or a private channel.
Microtransactions using Sony stationcash are nasty - easy not to do, but then easy to do as well. For example, $7.50 for a fast mount is a worthwhile purchase, if you are used to the zones and want to level fast. For a new player with eyes wide open, not necessary at all. Try and keep my wife from purchasing new outfits on double station cash weekends!
Oh, the external EQ2 wiki is a great help (necessary for some quests) and you can make easy macro's in game with a gui to open browser windows in game to the wiki at set pages. Actually the macro system is a great help for reducing RSI
Also there are many GUI mods, "Profit" being one I used for a while. Ther best by far is the minor mod called EQ2Map which improves the in game map to include player created Points of Interest (searchable) and can nearly replace the need to consult the Wiki for complex quests.
Payment options: Various Tiers of Membership - Bronze is Free. Silver is one off $10, and a necessity after a while for the chat channels - but then all toons on that account are then silver. Gold and Plat aint free so no comment.
Download Size: Optional - 12 gig or the better option of a streaming DL - nearly instant play
EQ2 has its own forum here - live (not free) is lumped in with extended (free) and while it is monitored it is not overly active.
The moments of clarity between ongoing insanity
Last edited by LuSiD; 5th May 2011 at 08:14 PM.
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