EverQuest II (Windows)

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Description

In the future, Norrath has been struck by a major disaster, which has caused most of the world's prominent civilizations to crumble into anarchy. The world is now clearly polarized between Good and Evil, and the choice of alignment determines whether the player starts in benevolent Qeynos or seedy Freeport. The nature of the quests depends on the player's alignment and there is one special "betrayal quest" that actually allows the player to switch sides.

EverQuest II features an updated 3D engine compared to its predecessor. The game introduces a new story line with over 130 hours of spoken dialogue by all non-player characters (NPCs). The player is now entitled to own real estate, ride horses, sail ships, and can now recover health faster in-between battles. The game no longer offers player vs. player (PvP) combat, even though the players can align themselves with the forces of evil if they so desire.

Players choose between several classic fantasy races, along with three original ones and four basic classes: fighter, scout, mage, or priest. Later on, they can acquire more specialized classes and sub-classes at important level thresholds. The game supports an advanced guild system, which allows guilds to compete with one another and compare their strengths via a team-level feature.

Screenshots

EverQuest II Windows Flying a Griphon.
EverQuest II Windows Setting some traps.
EverQuest II Windows Crossing South Qeynos.
EverQuest II Windows On the Brokers, you can buy and sell items to the rest of the players.

Alternate Titles

  • "无尽的任务II" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "EQII" -- Official acronym
  • "EQ2" -- Informal name

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User Reviews

disappointing D Michael (221) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
An excellent addition to MMORPG choice on the market. Marina Shoykhet (4) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars

Critic Reviews

JustPressPlay Jun 23, 2005 10 out of 10 100
Game Chronicles Feb 28, 2005 9.5 out of 10 95
WomenGamers.com Dec 29, 2004 9.2 out of 10 92
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameStar (Germany) Jan, 2005 84 out of 100 84
GameSpy Nov 22, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Nov 17, 2004 7.8 out of 10 78
1UP Dec 01, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
JeuxVideoPC.com Jan 03, 2005 15 out of 20 75
Game Revolution Nov 20, 2004 B 75

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

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

Pizza

The game introduced an in-game "/pizza" command that redirects to the Pizza Hut's online ordering section on pizzahut.com, to order right away without interrupting the game.

Voice acting

A 12 October 2004 press release revealed that EQ2 has over 130 hours (70,000 lines) of audio dialog for NPCs contributed by more than 1,700 voice actors.

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2004 – Best Online Role-Playing Game of the Year
    • 2004 – Best PC Voice-Acting of the Year
  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 2005 (Issue #249) – Best Tchotchke of the Year (for the sword)
  • Computer Games Magazine
    • March 2005 - #7 Game of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2006 – Most Improved Game of the Year (PC)
Information also contributed by PCGamer77 and Sciere

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Silverblade (1413) added EverQuest II (Windows) on Nov 18, 2004