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EVE Online is an online RPG which is set in a futuristic galaxy. The main focus of the game is open-ended space travel including combat, territorial control, trade and politics. In the beginning of the game, you create your character, choosing one of the available empires and races (EVE has no classes, anyone can learn any skill), and customizing the way the character looks. Then you are given a space ship, allowing you to begin exploring the game world. One of your main goals in the game is to upgrade your ship in order to be able to defeat space pirates and other players. Most items in the galaxy are player-made, and there is a robust economy. By obtaining money from mining, exterminating NPCs, or cunning market trading, you may also increase your character's skills (for example, Mining, Survey, Refining, Drone operation, weapons skills, and more). Unlike most other RPGs, leveling up does not depend on the amount of foes you have defeated, but requires you to train for a certain period of time, dependent on your stats. Training continues even while logged off.


EVE Online Windows Main menu (after the 12th expansion, Dominion)
EVE Online Windows A mysterious building used by the Sleepers inside Wormholes.
EVE Online Windows Flying through an asteroid belt in a mining barge (HUD is turned off)
EVE Online Windows Avatar creation, portrait (after the 14th expansion, Incursion)

Alternate Titles

  • "星战前夜" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "EVE: The Second Genesis" -- Alternate title

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User Reviews

A niche game that you'll love or hate Windows D Michael (221)
Eve Online is Freelancer on Crack Windows uttergentile (13)

Critic Reviews

Mana Pool Windows Apr 28, 2014 8.5 out of 10 85
MMORPG.com Windows Feb 11, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamesmania.de Windows Jul 15, 2003 84 out of 100 84
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jul, 2003 81 out of 100 81
IGN Windows Jun 23, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Armchair Empire, The Windows Jun 22, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Macworld Macintosh Dec 31, 2007 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Gamer Windows Sep, 2003 55 out of 100 55
GameCola.net Windows Apr, 2007 5.2 out of 10 52
GMR Windows May 09, 2004 5 out of 10 50


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1001 Video Games

Eve Online appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


An update deployed on 5th December 2007 with premium graphics content managed to overwrite the base boot.ini file of Windows system, ruining the entire operating system. One day later the development team released an update to correct the issue.


None of the original development team had worked in the gaming industry before starting on EVE Online.

Logged in users

EVE Online repeatedly broke its own record of concurrent accounts logged on to one server in a MMO Game. As of January 2008, it stands at 45,186.


Since 2005, EVE Online boasts its own official print magazine called EON. Sold via the official website the magazine is published every three months.


  • GameSpy
    • 2003 – Best Graphics of the Year (PC)
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Related Web Sites

  • An Introduction to Eve Online (IMG feature guide intended for beginning players and those interested in the game.)
  • As the Solar Systems Turn (An Apple Games article, archived on the author's website, about the Macintosh version of EVE Online. The article provides a descriptive overview of the game with commentary from the game's Producer, Lína Ingvarsdóttir, in addition to an introduction to the races and background of the world of EVE, recommendations for other games the player might enjoy, and general system information (November, 2007).)
  • EVE Online (Official Web Site)
  • Mac Gamer Interview (The Mac Gamer interviews Associate Producer Arend Stührmann about the development and release of the Macintosh version of EVE Online (July 7th, 2008).)
  • NZMac Review (A (largely) unscored review of the Macintosh version of the game by NZMac, a New Zealand Apple site (Jan. 15, 2010).)
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