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Posted: Nov 8th 2011 8:43PM Bramen said

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I was not in the position to own a PC when this game was released. I have always lamented the fact that I "missed" playing EverQuest.

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 1:49PM Daemodand said

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@Bramen EverQuest is still running. There's nothing stopping you.
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Posted: Nov 8th 2011 9:28PM (Unverified) said

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I played this almost 40 hours a week for it's first 2 years. I actually miss it and wish it was free to play, but no way would I pay for the game now, as it gets no new content.

Posted: Nov 8th 2011 9:30PM Spazzinouthard said

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This game wasn't on the PC. This one was on the PS2. I forgot what server I was on but I ran a guild called War Criminals that was about 75 members.

Then when Frontiers was in beta I ran a Beta War Criminals guild that was about 175 members.

I miss this game. It really was simple to play but some of the adventures we went on proved to be as difficult as the PC EQ. I always wished they would port this game to PC. I would be willing to pay $5.00 a month to play this again.

Posted: Nov 8th 2011 10:30PM Dblade said

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This game was notable for killing PS2s. You see one of the downsides of the DVD as prime means of streaming content was that it accessed the disk a lot, and the old model PS2's were notorious for dying pretty easily. I lost a couple PS2s to this, just because of the near constant disk access.

What was remarkable though is that there were no zoning issues. The whole world was seamless, something FFXI couldn't pull off. Also keep in mind ,making it easier was in relation to old-school everquest: it was quite a hard, long grind, and had a lot of travel time even with coaches. It was surprisingly fun as a game, and I miss it at times.

Posted: Nov 8th 2011 11:24PM ElfLove said

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This game is still going?

For real?

That's actually really amazing. I tip my hat to SOE for not abandoning a game that they could have dropped 8 years ago....amazing.


Posted: Nov 9th 2011 1:29PM Seffrid said

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@ElfLove "I tip my hat to SOE for not abandoning a game that they could have dropped 8 years ago....amazing."

To their credit SOE have stuck to their mantra that they would always keep games going as long as someone wanted to play them. The only reason they have closed any games is because of contractural requirements enforced by their partners and without which both Matrix Online and SWG would still be running.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2011 12:52AM mlockridge01 said

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Thank you for sharing this. I cut my MMO teeth on Everquest. Sadly, my ageing computer only allowed me to play through a few expansions before I just did not have the power to continue. I never played the console version, though I thought it was a great concept.

I still recall the emotional rush when my halfling awoke to the interminably cheerful music of his home town. The sense of awe knowing I was now living in a virtual world.

Now I am retired from law enforcement, currently involved in World of Warcraft, and the author of a series of fantasy adventure novels available as ebooks at Barnes and Noble online. Life can be interesting, virtual or real.

Thanks again for the reminder of good times past, and a great game.

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 3:21AM pcgneurotic said

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Almost makes me want to buy a PS3 and ebay a copy of the game. I never touched it during my PS2 years as 1) finding a network adapter was a high-level quest on its own, and b) I was playing it on PC anyway. :D

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 3:22AM pcgneurotic said

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@pcgneurotic

(and by "it" I mean regular EQ, ofc).
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Posted: Nov 9th 2011 4:05AM Lionhearted said

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As an EQer from before this game ever came out, I wanted to give this one a go, but I always justified the sub I paid for EQ by not keeping a console at the time. So I never had a PS2 or any of the consoles of that generation.

It always look like a fun game and I'm quite surprised at how great the screen shots look. They definitely have the vibe of EQ, but still stand out on their own.

My question, though, is I don't understand why EQ wouldn't port this to the online PS3 shop. Wouldn't it be the same thing as playing it with a PS2? I imagine most of the people still playing this game have PS3s by now or would invest in one to keep playing, and if the game could just be ported to the online shop -- the exact same version of it -- it seems not only a reasonable way to 'keep it alive' but to actually enable it to have some legit subscription growth and maybe even enable them to make a long-lost expansion.

Heck, port it and let people download and play the game for free for a month and that alone would get tens of thousands of people to play using their PS3s on the online shop, and maybe of them would probably stick around.

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 12:09PM Space Cobra said

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@Lionhearted

I imagine/speculate that is SOE's decision.

Mind you, they seem to be on good terms with the Playstation Network (given DCUO), but I have a feeling they need a few more resources/Devs to actually put in the coding to facilitate the transfer and at this point, SOE is shrugging it's shoulders and thinking, "Meh, not worth it for the numbers we've shown historically."

Also, and I think this has always been true, look at the Sub numbers on DCUO on the PS3; yes, they've been higher than the PC version, but they tailed off after the initial launch month. And now, they've resurged because of the F2P thing; I've always thought it was a rather strange affair to pay for a sub on a console (and that includes Phantasy Star Online 2 and 3 and similar). Sure, I can appreciate the other (Dev) side, but it just struck me wrong (rubbed me wrong).

My own personal playstyle is to have a variety of many games so I tend to hop around from game to game and sometimes, I return to particular games. A sub kinda subtley "forces" you to stick with a game and I don't really like that, although it's cool on the PC. Again, it's that "money wasted" thing of if I don't play all the time, that $15 a month is going to waste.

Anyway, hopefully that provides some perspective, even though I did bring out the personal analogies.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2011 4:10AM Naru now in 3D said

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Wow, I can't believe this is still running. If they offered it on the Playstation Network for PS3 like $10-$20 I would buy it in a heartbeat and subscribe for at least a month just for the nostalgia and to satisfy my own curiosity. (I only played the original Everquest.)

Wouldn't be awesome if they did that?!

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 6:08AM Yellowdancer said

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@Naru now in 3D

Ebay and Amazon have the game. Only buy a new/unopened copy of the game. Check out the forums...people still playing this thing. No idea how much the sub is.
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Posted: Nov 9th 2011 5:03AM Bhagpuss said

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I would love to play this before it disappears. I never got round to it when there were European servers and now it seems to be pretty much impossible to play from the U.K.

I researched it a bit and it seems that a U.S. PS2 might work to play it in the U.K. but I'm not certain, and the cost of getting one just to try EQOA, which might not work anyway, is just too offputting. Anyone know for sure whether it works on the PS3? And if so, is that only on a U.S. PS3?

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 6:42AM (Unverified) said

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I miss this game like no other :( Was my first MMO and will always hold a special place in my heart. I tried to get back into it late last year, but the link on their site to purchase the disc 404's
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Posted: Nov 9th 2011 8:01AM (Unverified) said

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I was really big into MMOs and really into Everquest on the PC. Then not to long after i got hacked and decided to quit EQ. EQOA came out. It was a very refreshing change. It was the perfect balance between the original EQ and those evolving design trends that led to modern MMOs. The controls were surprisingly good too. The game felt good.

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 8:47AM Damn Dirty Ape said

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I remember getting this game and being very impressed with it. I never actually subscribed, and I hardly played it very much, but I think that was more to do with the fact that I had to share my TV and console with a roommate, so instead I just got into regular EQ on my PC.

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 9:03AM Angel Rage said

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This was also my first MMO since there wasn't a PC in my home at the time powerful enough to run a game like that. I remember the wonderment of seeing locations for the first time - discovering places since there was no in-game map, only a map that came with the instruction booklet.

I ran an in-game service escorting people to cities when they didn't know how to get there. This game was fantastic and I'm also very glad Massively paid its respect to one of the oldies.

Posted: Nov 9th 2011 9:16AM Titus8705 said

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This was my first MMO, and I remember it well... I played on the Ferran's Hope server, and split my time between a barbarian shaman and a gnome necromancer... The EQOA necromancer remains my favorite MMO class to date. The CM system was also a lot of fun to play around with.

That being said, there were a lot of faults with the game too. A lot of skills looked identical to each other, with the exception of a different color flashing on the player, the enemy, and/or in the trail left behind a swinging weapon. The armor in the game also looked pretty bad, as there were a lot of brightly colored and mismatched characters running around.

To summarize, it was an excellent game (for its time) and I miss it, flaws and all.

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