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Posted: Jul 5th 2010 11:14AM Pingles said

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"(and more than a few free-to-play titles as well, yuck)"

Oh, it's ON!

Posted: Jul 5th 2010 11:22AM Jef Reahard said

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Lol.

Well, since everyone else is drinking the f2p kool-aid I figure it's my job to bring balance to the Force.
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Posted: Jul 5th 2010 11:43AM angrymatt said

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I have like 4 or 5 characters on one server in EQ2... and all I do with them is quest for money and mats to craft armors and foods and weapons and furniture for my other characters. It's more like I'm roleplaying a commune than a game.

Posted: Jul 5th 2010 12:22PM Egobrane said

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I don't think that's the game's fault.
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Posted: Jul 5th 2010 11:57AM Seffrid said

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It's a great time to be playing MMORG's in my view. I'm having a blast playing a multitude of characters in EQ2, LoTRO, WoW, AoC and FE, and if I had the time I'd be perfectly happy to resub to WAR. Mind you, the cutesy Korean F2P (and not so F2P) grindfests are pretty rubbish in my view.

There's plenty of choice these days, however, and the games are all pretty good provided you don't apply too exacting standards to your gameplay requirements and can manage not to let life's principles get in the way of your gaming when it comes to trivial disagreements over cash shops etc. That doesn't mean you have to sell your grandmother to the devil or accept crap in your gaming, just that it helps to be a little less sanctimonious and carping than your average forum whiner!


As for EQ2, it's still a great game even tho' it lost some of its direction when Scott Hartsman moved on. You certainly can't fault it for lack of content, although it could do with a bit more choice of areas around the 60's and 70's when you're pretty much forced through the linear route from KoS to Kunark. All in all, tho', a great game.

Posted: Jul 5th 2010 12:01PM (Unverified) said

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hmmm downloading now. I havent played since 2005 but im bored out of my mind today lol

Posted: Jul 5th 2010 12:10PM (Unverified) said

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I think the only thing I really really loved in EQ2 was the illusionist class, and of course the whole diversity in exploration and tidbits of extra stuff that exist in the world (hidden stuff).
But then I can't seem to get past a certain level in all these themepark games, as they seem to dull out too much after reaching the mid-path of my character's journey...

Posted: Jul 5th 2010 12:12PM Audacious said

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I really need to upgrade my computer so as to play the game on decent sound settings. I was really enjoying the trial in pretty much every aspect /except/ the graphics, which I had to turn down very low just to play at a slightly stuttering pace, instead of the grinding halt that the half decent graphic settings moved at.

Also, agreed wholeheartedly on the Ratongas, though I'm partial to the Frogloks, too. =)

Posted: Jul 5th 2010 1:20PM Audacious said

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I said sound settings, but I meant graphic. I really do need to proofread these things sometimes.
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Posted: Jul 5th 2010 3:09PM Daemodand said

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Therein lies one of the reasons why WoW is huge and EQII is less so.
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Posted: Jul 5th 2010 12:38PM (Unverified) said

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Jef,

First, love the "Anvil of Crom". You do great work to help people get into the game fairly easily, keep it up. AoC is a very underrated game, I think it's one of the best out there.

I've been making excuses why I shouldn't give EQ2 a shot, at least the trial, but every time I read an article on it, it piques my interest more.

Lately, I've been playing AoC and EVE exclusively, and I already spend too much time in those worlds.

The main thing holding me back from trying EQ2 is the fact that it's 5 years old. I know it has nice graphics that have seemed to hold up to the test of time rather well, and it seems like a nice combination of sandbox and guided theme park, which is fine. I like choices, I like freedom, I like huge explorable worlds, and I especially like a game that doesn't make me feel like I need to rush to an endgame that ultimately will be disappointing. I don't want the game to hold my hand until I get in a guild that raids at max level.

I personally believe that 99% of people overlook and underestimate the fun to be had in the bulk of the content of most games, which is the journey to the level cap (1-70 in AoC is something I took my time with on my first character, and I'm so glad I did, because I learned so much about the game and was able to thoroughly enjoy the content on my way). The MMO populace in general is mainly focused on ultimate power and shiny elite gear, and to me, that totally defeats the purpose of role-playing games. I want an epic journey that I control.

Will EQ2 satisfy my thirst for what I seek? Sell me.

Posted: Jul 5th 2010 1:01PM Jef Reahard said

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@Quez:

Thanks, glad you enjoy the AoC column. I'm not an expert on EQ2 yet, but I can tell you that if you're the type of the player that isn't rushing to the cap, you'll find a lot to enjoy. I've been playing it for about a month now and haven't gotten much beyond 25 on any of my new alts because there's so much stuff to see and do.

I'm definitely looking forward to endgame long-term, and there's a lot to do there as well from what I hear, but I feel like I'd be passing up the meat and potatoes of EQ2 if I rushed it. Tbh there's more to do in Norrath than the last three or four games I've played combined, and that's without even really roleplaying (not sure if you're into that, just saying).

As long as you're ok with a bit more direction than EVE, then sure, grab a trial and have at it.
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Posted: Jul 5th 2010 2:26PM Seffrid said

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Undoubtedly it will suit you very well.

I've been playing EQ2 more on than off since beta and have a dozen characters, excluding those on my second account which my son has taken over, and the highest is 76 with one other over 70 and most in the 20's to 50's. I've re-rolled a few as well. I mainly solo, don't do much crafting, but do a lot of questing, harvesting and exploring. I also do a lot of selling on the broker but don't play the market as such, I simply sell everything I harvest or loot and don't need.

For most of the level ranges there are at least 3 or 4 places to go so playing alts can be a lot more fun than in those games where they all have to follow the same linear path.

Moreover, you can also choose the balance between adventuring xp and alternate achievement xp or even turn off adventuring xp altogether so you don't need to move on from an area until you've completed everything there is to do in it.

I strongly recommend it. If the solo playstyle doesn't suit then don't worry as groups, guilds and raids are also well developed in the game.
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Posted: Jul 5th 2010 1:01PM angrymatt said

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I wasn't suggesting it was a bad thing. I don't play it a lot, but when I do that's pretty much what I enjoy doing. I know I could advance just one character much faster if I just concentrated on that, but I dig having my little family of crafters more, and EQ2 lets me do that.

Posted: Jul 5th 2010 2:23PM (Unverified) said

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Only thing that's keeping me jumping back on EQ2 is, the Cash Shop and LoN (trading card game).

I don't care if its fluff limited, I just can't stomach a cash shop on a subscription game.

Also, cash shop will (or already has) come to point where it won't be "just fluff" anymore. I died inside when I first heard about trading card game exclusive dungeon.

Sigh, EQ2 has so many great memories... Its a damn shame in my opinion.

Posted: Jul 5th 2010 6:25PM (Unverified) said

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Zam hit the nail on the head. It's the reason I can't play EQ2 also. It was a great game until the inevitable greed of SOE got in the way. The cash shop (LON) does have a huge impact on the game, specifically on the games economy.
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Posted: Jul 5th 2010 2:31PM Seffrid said

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Whilst I don't take a principled stand against either the Marketplace or LoN trading card game, I do reject both and have nothing to do with either. I can honestly say that neither has had any significant impact on my game at all, I simply don't come across them in my normal gameplay. They are there for those who want them, and they help to keep subscription rates down and maintain the size of the development team. I strongly recommend you adopt a similar approach if the game otherwise appeals to you. It is clearly going to become increasingly difficult to find worthwhile games that don't offend people's principles in this way but ultimately they're just recreational games and the answer surely is to play the game but not the cash shop.

Posted: Jul 5th 2010 6:56PM (Unverified) said

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I think someone was listening to a little Katy Perry when they wrote this title.

Posted: Jul 5th 2010 9:25PM Jef Reahard said

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Nah, Rush actually. The only girl-pop I can stand is Sarah McLachlan.
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Posted: Jul 5th 2010 7:11PM Sethisto said

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If only SoE would advertise the damn thing and fix the graphics engine.

I got sucked back into eq2, playing a fury. We started 2 weeks ago and got so hooked im now running around at 90 with 228aa and counting. Can't stop!

It's a shame the population is so low and the 30 FPs everywhere is giving me a headache, but the content in this game is just insane. There is so much..

I'm building a giant platforming castle (though the lack of moving platforms is a bit lame). The freedom of movement in the game is surprisingly awesome.

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