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Posted: Feb 26th 2010 9:22PM Mr Angry said

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I had no idea this was quite so popular!

Posted: Feb 26th 2010 9:59PM CCon99 said

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Imagine how much more popular this game could have been if they didn't have such a botched and laggy launch.
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Posted: Feb 27th 2010 8:47AM Valdamar said

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EQ2 actually had a smoother launch than any MMO I've ever experienced (certainly smoother than WoW, EQ1, DAoC, Anarchy Online, Vanguard, WAR, AoC, CO, etc.) - not in any way botched - there were no significant downtimes and no rushed patches in the first months post-launch. I tested EQ2 in closed beta, and even 6 months before launch the beta was more stable than most MMOs are 1-2 years post-launch. There's plenty I can criticise SOE for (mostly re: game design/management), but they know how to launch and run MMOs smoothly from a technological/logistical standpoint.

The main problem was that SOE launched EQ2 with (what was then) cutting edge graphics, hoping to ensure it would still look impressive years later - which meant that nobody could run the game at full detail on their computers at launch without tons of graphic lag. Of course that didn't stop people trying to run it at graphics settings far beyond their PC's capabilities, hence all the stories of horrid lag.

Sadly the art style wasn't as good as their graphics engine deserved, so EQ2 STILL looked dated 2-3 years post-launch. Blizzard got it right building an MMO for average spec PCs at launch - trying to future-proof an MMO by building it for bleeding edge machines in 1-2 years time is not the way to get lots of subscribers.

SOE's programmers shouldn't have been so overly ambitious with their graphics engine and they should have optimised it better for average spec PCs (and got better artists) and then they'd have had far more subscribers than the 300k-ish that EQ2 peaked at - they still wouldn't have caught WoW though, not with SOE's bad rep from the SWG debacle when compared to Blizzard's worshipful fanbase.
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Posted: Feb 27th 2010 10:16AM (Unverified) said

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@CCon99: Please read Valdamar's comments below yours because you, apparently, were not there for EQ2's launch which was completely *opposite* the botched and laggy experience of WoW's launch.

Now, if you were talking about the release of the Sentinel's Fate expansion -- you are correct. It has been a *horrible* launch especially for a supposedly *mature* game (approaching 6 years now). Shame on the EQ2 live team!
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Posted: Feb 27th 2010 1:18PM wjowski said

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EQ2 most certainly did *not* have a smooth and bug free launch. I was there. It was a mess.
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Posted: Feb 26th 2010 9:42PM aurickle said

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For the PvE crowd, EQ2 is one of the best MMO's out there. The sheer level of content is astounding at this point. It's possible to level up multiple characters without ever repeating content. Which is good, given how many classes and races there are. :)

Posted: Feb 26th 2010 9:51PM swarmofcats said

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I'd like to check it out, but I'm already too far behind the new content (like level 40ish) to bother anymore.

Posted: Feb 26th 2010 10:28PM (Unverified) said

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It should only take 1-2 months to reach cap if you push hard, some have done so much faster.
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Posted: Feb 27th 2010 11:32AM Seraphina Brennan said

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*raises hand* Went from 19 to 34 in the span of two days of playing. Not hardcore either.
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Posted: Feb 27th 2010 12:13AM TheJackman said

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PvE crowd here, I am thinking really about getting this!

Posted: Feb 27th 2010 1:34AM (Unverified) said

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So this Xpac beat the sales of STO release??

Posted: Feb 27th 2010 1:48AM CCon99 said

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STO has been out just shy of 4 weeks, the EQ2 expansion has only been out for 2 weeks. But yes, in the past 2 weeks it has beaten STO in sales.
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Posted: Feb 27th 2010 8:44AM GreenArmadillo said

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They also pushed hard to force players into physical stores by refusing to let download/electronic editions go on sale for a week after launch (except internationally, where they didn't have enough retail partners to support this plan). This has to help the numbers, since those are generally based primarily (if not exclusively) on retail sales.
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Posted: Feb 27th 2010 12:50AM (Unverified) said

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I've been playing EQ2 since launch and I can honestly say that this expansion has the best levelling experience of them all. You progress without grind. Both in PVE questing and even in Tradeskilling. It is a very solid Xpac. EQ2 has so much diverse content and dept. It is truely an underrated game. Now with the addition of PVP Battlegrounds it really has something for everyone : )

Posted: Feb 27th 2010 12:53AM (Unverified) said

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any free trials (with xpack)?

Posted: Feb 27th 2010 8:44AM Joshua Przygocki said

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You wont make it to 90 on a 14 day trial unless you got a buddy power-leveling you, and no there is no free trial with the xpac, the trial gives you up to The Rise of Kunark xpac. The cap for that is 80 but it's still a lot of fun, if you want send me an email at przygockij@yahoo.com and I'll send you a 14 day trial.
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Posted: Feb 27th 2010 2:42AM (Unverified) said

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EQ2 is the best mmo I have ever played, but I got involved too late and lost interest since the old content was never run anymore. Being a completionist, it just killed me to not be able to experience so many instances and raids.

Still, the best mmo I have played.

Posted: Feb 27th 2010 4:14AM Minofan said

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Quite a feat!
Well done that team. ^_^

Posted: Feb 27th 2010 5:02AM (Unverified) said

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NA servers are fine but EU ones are ghost towns. It feels like a single player game until the cap. I couldn't go on playing like that which is a shame because the game is wonderful and one of the best out there, if not the best.

Posted: Feb 27th 2010 6:08AM Dumac said

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Yeah and it's not even on the UK top 5 sales, which is odd...

But the most interesting part of the lists is the PC sales in Japan with SimCity 4 Deluxe on 2nd place, that thing is like 6 years old, lol. I mean its brilliant and one of my favorite games ever, but it's six years old. :)
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