| Mail |
You might also like: WoW Insider, Joystiq, and more

Reader Comments (98)

Posted: Sep 14th 2010 8:08AM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
1. DDO
2. LoTRO
3. Nothing
4. Nothing
(...)
999. EQ2X


But that's just me.

Posted: Sep 14th 2010 8:21AM (Unverified) said

  • 1 heart
  • Report
Agreed. EQ2X is just horrible, imo.
Reply

Posted: Sep 14th 2010 11:02AM Pitt said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
I played eq2 for 5 years, i played LOTR for 5 hours and uninstalled it.
Reply

Posted: Sep 14th 2010 11:21AM kasapina said

  • 2.5 hearts
  • Report
@Hammerfist I also played LOTRO for a few hours and then uninstalled it, but it still seems better. EQ2's f2p implementation seems very greedily done.
Reply

Posted: Sep 14th 2010 12:14PM (Unverified) said

  • 2.5 hearts
  • Report
@hammerfist

Im glad you gave it enough time to truly get an idea of what the game is about before judging it...
Reply

Posted: Sep 14th 2010 6:36PM alucard3000 said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
I played EQ2 for 1 hour and uninstalled it I have played LOTRO off and on for a year and a half and will be more on now that is is freemium.
Reply

Posted: Sep 14th 2010 8:13AM Platypus Man said

  • 3 hearts
  • Report
Never been a fan of EQII -- not a horrible game by any standard, but it never grabbed me the way that LotRO did. I came back to LotRO a few weeks ago and I've fallen in love with it again. There are some virtual worlds you can visit, but with its visuals, crafting system, unique places to visit, and community, LotRO's a place in which you could stay awhile.

Posted: Sep 14th 2010 9:44AM (Unverified) said

  • 3 hearts
  • Report
Uninstalled EQ2 after about 2 hours of trial. To say it shows its age is a drastic understatement. The graphics are godawful. LOTRO is still an excellent game, winner, no contest.

Posted: Sep 14th 2010 8:34AM Pewpdaddy said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
LotRO has my vote also, I beta'd EQII and maybe I'm just bitter about what they did to the necro. But I much prefer LotRO over EQII even when it was full on P2P.

Posted: Sep 14th 2010 8:34AM Mirin said

  • 2.5 hearts
  • Report
Lotro at the moment. Surprisingly enjoyable as a Rune Keeper. Will it make it past my 30 day ADD cycle on games?

Posted: Sep 14th 2010 8:39AM Ocho said

  • 2.5 hearts
  • Report
I'm one to agree with the rest here. I tried out EQ2x, and I just couldn't see myself putting in the effort to level a character to max. However, LotRO is a different story...

Now, I'm pretty much at the same membership level in both. Silver in EQ2X and Premium in LotRO. But when it comes to visuals, storyline, varied quests, and you just get more for your money... LotRO, imo, is the clear winner.

Posted: Sep 14th 2010 8:40AM Oneiromancer said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
I played both EQ2 and LOTRO to max level (although I'm behind in EQ2 now, since I still haven't picked up the latest expansion and resubscribed), and I liked both of them. I'm perfectly willing to resubscribe to either--right now I'm messing around with Premium status in LOTRO and I'll probably go VIP for a month soon. EQ2 definitely is of lesser interest for me right now because of how they split the servers--I see how it makes sense for new players, and for older players that are still subscribed, but it's not going to bring back people with lots of time invested (in my opinion). But I still enjoyed EQ2 and I do plan to eventually pick up Sentinel's Fate and resubscribe.

Also, I think the fact that there are only 4 races available when you pay a normal subscription in EQ2X is just ridiculous. Why would they limit what you get when you're paying the same as for the regular servers? However, EQ2X is better in terms of content--while free players may be limited in classes and being able to wear Legendary or Fabled items, they appear to have the full set of quest content from 1-80. When you're heading for the level cap, you really don't care much about Legendary or Fabled items because you're going to be replacing them soon enough anyway. LOTRO's throttling of quests between 20 and 50 is understandable, but frustrating. (That is, I understand that if they didn't do this, previous subscribers could play the full content with impunity, and that's a poor business model, but it still chafes a bit.)

Man. It's hard for me to decide now. I'd probably give the edge to LOTRO.

Posted: Sep 14th 2010 8:42AM MrGutts said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Lotro

Just trying to figure out what the have changed for old subbers.

Posted: Sep 14th 2010 8:57AM relgoth said

  • 2.5 hearts
  • Report
The way the tattered notebook guy writes about free to play being the scum of the universe i dont think id ever touch EQII.

But lotro on the other hand is extremely fun and friendly. Definately my free game of choice

Posted: Sep 14th 2010 9:02AM Lobotomist said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
EQ2X is so horrible i could not bare to play over few days I waited for LOTRO F2P to launch.

I played EQ2 back in the day. And I did like it back than. But by today standards its bad in every possible aspect. Its boring to play. Boring to look at. Classes are bland. Quests are repetitive. And with all the limitations (especially no chat) its even worse.

If EQ2X was the only western P2P to go F2P it might work, hardly.

Like this LOTRO vs EQ2X

Its not even a competition.

Posted: Sep 14th 2010 9:03AM Unverfied B said

  • Half a heart
  • Report
I prefer to pay developers to make games rather than pay them to find new ways to ruin the game unless i pay them for a so called FREE to play.

So screw that, i play sub games and won't touch neither of those 2.

Posted: Sep 14th 2010 9:09AM Saker said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
Problem is, everything's goin to some kind of micro-transaction system. The old days of go buy a box on a shelf and pay a monthly sub are goin the way of the buggy whip. Not saying I'm a fan of the current systems these companies are trying, but on the other hand I know I feel stupid paying monthly fees for any games that I only play a few hours here, or there on a infrequent basis.
Reply

Posted: Sep 14th 2010 12:44PM Tom L said

  • 2.5 hearts
  • Report
And when the audience with your attitude is no longer big enough to support new content at a fast enough rate to keep the population from getting bored, what should they do then?

The 800 lb gorilla in the room is that Lotr:O had to go F2P in some form or the servers would be shutting down sooner rather than later.

And, given that Turbine has given you the option of playing/paying for Lotr:O the way you want to, I don't see what your problem is other than perceptions, which in Geek-land is far more important than actual reality.

Ta,
Reply

Posted: Sep 14th 2010 9:07AM (Unverified) said

  • 2 hearts
  • Report
I'm going to have to dissent here and say EQ2X. I'm still trying to get into LOTRO, but I am finding it really bland. Combat is like molasses.

Posted: Sep 14th 2010 9:06AM Saker said

  • 2.5 hearts
  • Report
I having just started playing some Lotro (couldn't make it work on previous crap ati graphics card (advice, don't ever buy from "Diamond Multimedia" horrible company!, no service, HORRIBLE!!!) Major cheers for GTX460! I luv my sweeeeet new card!), anyway! Lotro, has the most beautiful game world I've yet to see. I've been in alpha/betas of so many of these games from the beginning, and Lotro is a beautiful game to look at at least. Not sure about anything else really at this point only just started. Used to subscribe to EQ2, The Shadow Odyssey expansion I did not like, that was my last. The "new" spell graphics downgrade not impressive.... I have no idea why they did it except to possibly try and make you feel superior at higher levels with "bigger" relative sparkliness? I just have no idea... But that just stinks...

Featured Stories

Engadget

Engadget

Joystiq

Joystiq

WoW Insider

WoW

TUAW

TUAW