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Buy this game. If I must send subliminal messages throughthe internet, well then I must do it. But really, give this game apurchase as it deserves it.
To say that SOE’s EverQuest II is engrossing is sort of an understatement. After sinking better than 350 hours into the game, playing around with more than 7 very different characters thanks to the generosity of a couple of friends, over the last few of months, I have to say that in terms of drawing you in and sucking away your motivation to venture outside, EQ2 succeeds smashingly.
SOE have really tried with the release of EverQuest 2. After the debacle of Star Wars Galaxies, Sony has seemingly learned their lesson. EverQuest 2 is very newbie friendly, and very absorbing. The ability to be any combination of any race and class (with no real "Dud" combinations) states its intentions plainly. Character creation even excludes the ability to see your stats - something that is frankly long overdue. If you want to be a troll cleric, you can be with no badly conceived penalties for doing so. About time too.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
EverQuest II launched in stable condition except for a few crashes and bugs, the most serious bug being that the default fighter melee attack and a scout specialized attack don’t always function. It's a young game, though, and with a few fixes, more involving guests, and adjustable conning options, it could wind up influencing a new generation of MMORPGs. It might be too friendly for old-school, hardcore EQ players to make the jump, but for gamers looking for a classic fantasy MMO, EverQuest II should fit the bill very nicely.
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EverQuest 2 is poised to recapture the minds and souls of countless gamers from around the world where they will be held prisoner of their own volition. Turning them into helpless addicts feeding off the energy of an artificial world they help create which can sometimes be more real than the one they've left behind.
Enemy conning and simple quests may feel unsatisfying for more experienced gamers, but newbies will really appreciate the help that EQ2 gives every step of the way. From the moment those of you uninitiated in RPGs create your characters with simple class and race choices and board the "refugee boat" for your first in-game tutorial, you will feel sure of what to do. The tutorial explains step by step how to do everything from moving a character around to wielding a weapon, picking up loot, and talking to NPCs. Everything in the main Options menu is easy to understand and a newbie-friendly first quest introduces many city features, including your initial player housing.
Fabuleux, magique, superbe, ahurissant, fantastique ! Tous ces qualificatifs s'appliquent à merveille à Everquest 2. Les développeurs n'ont pas ménagé leur peine et nous proposent aujourd'hui ce qui se fait de mieux en matière de jeu de rôle massivement multijoueur. Un sans faute à tous les points de vue : réalisation, gameplay, richesse de l'univers, ambiance sonore... Seul bémol, la traduction française est loin d'être terminée et on se retrouve parfois à chercher un PNJ dont le nom nous a été donné en anglais alors qu'il apparaît en français dans le jeu ou inversement. Pas très pratique ! Mais on nous a promis que tout serait fait pour remédier à cela dans les meilleurs délais, alors on espère et en attendant, on continue à explorer le royaume de Norrath avec un plaisir non feint.
Where Adventures come alive! So lautet der Slogan von Everquest II. Viel wurde versprochen von den Entwicklern, unter anderem eine moderne 3D-Grafikengine mit Kino-Qualität oder ein packendes Kampf-, Zauber- und Fertigkeiten-System. Nach dem sehr erfolgreichen Vorgänger haben sich die Fans grosses erwartet vom aktuellen Teil des MMORPGs von Sony Online. Was nun wirklich dran und drin ist an Everquest 2 erfahrt ihr in unserem Artikel.
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There's no doubt that EverQuest 2 is the most refined expression of the model that the first game sparked. The beauty of the visuals and the variety of quests are definitely the high points for the game, but you shouldn't discount the game's presentation either. Balanced against those strengths are the game's slowness in opening up new content and some inconveniences in the organization of quests.
Egal, ob Größe der Spielwelt, Schlachten gegen Monster, Grafik oder die Fähigkeiten der Charaktere: Wenn ein Online-Rollenspiel die Bezeichnung „episch“ verdient hat, dann Everquest 2. Besonders die Kampfanimationen haben es mir angetan: Mein Mönch verdrischt Gegner mit seinem Bo-Stock in so spektakulärer Manier, dass selbst ein Kung-Fu-Meister des altehrwürdigen Shaolin-Klosters anerkennend nicken würde. Wer sich lieber als Schmied oder Alchemist in einer Fantasy-Welt niederlassen will, findet in Everquest 2 zudem das komplexeste Handwerksmodell aller Online-Rollenspiele. Gut finde ich auch, dass die Entwickler die Schwächen des Vorgängers konsequent beseitigt haben, etwa den zähen Einstieg, die überkomplizierte Bedienung und das zähe Spieltempo. Aufgrund des fehlenden PvP-Systems werde ich trotzdem lieber in Azeroth als in Norrath auf die Jagd gehen.
EverQuest II does not make a profound mark on MMORPG titles that its predecessor did. However, this doesn't mean it's by any means a bad MMORPG; it's just not innovative. Gamers flocked to the original because it introduced a whole new way to play an online RPG. The draw to its sequel is simply that it is a refined, updated, and polished version of the original. There are additions, extras, and differences between the two, but don't buy EQ2 expecting to play a revolutionary MMORPG. It offers solid gameplay, outstanding audio and video, and yes, it's every bit as addicting as the original. But isn't almost any MMORPG?
Everquest 2 ist ganz klar spröder als World of WarCraft. Trotz des gelungenen Tutorials und übersichtlichem Interface läuft das Abenteuer längst nicht so mühelos wie in Blizzards Online-Rollenspiel. Wer allerdings primär auf die Server geht, um mit anderen Spielern Spaß zu haben, findet in Qeynos und Freihafen sein Eldorado. Die Quests sind zahl- und abwechslungsreich. Nur die Laufwege nerven gelegentlich, aber das tun sie auch in World of WarCraft. Nur, dass man da nicht von minutenlangen Ladezeiten gepeinigt wird. Aber die Zonen haben auch ihr Gutes: Durch die kleinen Areale konnte Sony Online die Grafikqualität nach oben prügeln. Und die rockt derzeit alle anderen Mitbewerber in Grund und Boden.
Let’s start at the beginning, with the storyline. You wake up aboard a ship. It soon becomes apparant that you almost drowned. Aboard of the vessel you are taught the basics of the game. The ship drops you off on Refuge Island, where you stay a while until you decide which faction you want to join. You can choose between Freeport (evil) and Qeynos (good).
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Der pseudorealistische Grafikstil: technisch interessant, künstlerisch langweilig. Die aufwendige Sprachausgabe: wird von mir ungeduldig abgebrochen. Das komplexe Handwerkssystem: arbeitsintensive Mühseligkeit. Die Weiten der Spielwelt: Wenn ich schon ab Level 12 vor Langeweile sterbe, können mich solche Langzeitperspektiven weniger trösten. Ich will auch mal Quickie-Spaß für ein Dreiviertelstündchen haben können, ohne gleich groß angelegte Gruppen gründen zu müssen. Und in der Hinsicht bin ich einfach durch diese straffe, schlanke Riesenmotivationskarotte namens World of Warcraft versaut.
Even with those complaints, EQ2 is a game rich with detail, polish and fun, even at this early stage of its release. Players who are looking for a game that rewards them for working well with others will find plenty to do here, just as it was in the original game. SOE has crafted the successor to their original titan with careful consideration to all the things that made the original game so addicting to so many, while trying to mix in new features and enhancements to stay competitive with the other pretenders to the MMORPG throne. Just don't expect to see too much in the way of innovation or earth-shattering new ideas being brought to the table and you won't be disappointed. Now let me get back to the game. Just keep that pesky sunlight and fresh air away from me and I'll be fine.
Of course, there's still a lot left for it to do before it's truly worthy of its legacy, among these are resolution of the lingering PvP question, the ironing out of the combat system's kinks, and the alleviation of the crafter's current series of woes (give them a market system that allows them to hawk their wares without being logged in, for crying out loud!). Granted, all of these are minor problems compared to, say, servers that crash every two hours, but they're obstacles that will require a good deal of effort on the part of the developers before they're implemented in thoughtful and functional ways. But even as it stands now, EverQuest II is extremely fun to play, frequently rewarding, and designed with just the right amount of user convenience in mind. Let's hope it continues to develop along these lines, because it has some very stiff competition on the way.
SI vous cherchez un MMORPG beau, complet et exigeant pour les cinq prochaines années, alors Everquest 2 est fait pour vous, jetez-vous dessus avec ma bénédiction. En revanche, vous achetez un produit non terminé. Le sera-t-il un jour ? Surtout, les patches seront-ils maîtrisés ou chaotiques ? Quelle attente avant certaines implémentations ? Quelle confiance peut-on placer en SOE ? Que les indécis ne s'inquiètent pas, on les tiendra au courant de ces évolutions.
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EverQuest 2 is an undeniably polished game. It will offer you months and months of new things to do and experience. The development team clearly did its homework and delivered a game that addresses many of the problems inherent in most online RPGs. If you’ve previously taken a pass on the likes of EverQuest because games like this seem a little too daunting it’s time to bite the bullet. It’s newbie-friendly, but it’s got plenty of content for hardcore players as well.
The presentation of the game is very tidy, and considering the amount of stuff you have to deal with, menus are relatively easy to navigate. The sound is superb; nearly every NPC in the game is fully voice-acted and the music rises and falls to suit the situation or area you’re in. Despite feeling slightly overwhelmed to begin with, having some real trouble making the game run at more than 10fps and getting hugely stuck on one of my first quests, I did have some fun with EQII and you can’t feel to be impressed by the sheer size of the game. Definitely one for the MMORPG nut, but I can’t recommend it if you’re new to the genre.
EQ2 has stood the test of time, with updates and expansion they have driven the game forward, giving it a lasting appeal. Graphically and audibly EQ2 is still very pretty by today’s gaming standards. There are more quests and character classes than in the previous version which again are appreciated. The emphasis on teamwork and cooperation makes it worth playing online versus alone as a standalone game like many RPG gamers are used to. The good versus evil idea is a bit cliché, but also ads two different game play experiences. The crafting skill was fun, and it was rewarding to level up in other non-combat skills.
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It is tough to review this game as there really is nothing as ambitiously dedicated to player interaction. If you like RPGs without the fuss of worrying about another human player capping you, Everquest II is a solid option. While there are things that could be improved, it is far superior to many MMORPGs on the market. The environments are beautiful, sound is quality, and community is strongly encouraged. You do not have to be running this game all the time to be enjoying it.
Everquest II is duidelijk het product van een huwelijk tussen vooruitstrevende techniek en jarenlange ervaring in de online spelerswereld. Het lost een aantal problemen op waar de EQ 1 - gemeenschap destijds veel kritiek op had, en brengt een aantal nieuwigheden mee - die niet helemaal baanbrekend zijn voor het genre (daar meerdere recente spelen daar ook mee bezig zijn) maar die mooi opgepoetst zijn en gebracht worden in een kleurrijke, indringende omgeving.
Yet the question of whether it's worth your while is ultimately going to be a personal one, as this is still a time-consuming game that fundamentally delivers the same sort of thing that the genre has been providing since EverQuest fired it up in 1999. So if you've given up on games like this until some sort of revolutionary development, then EverQuest II probably won't have what it takes to reinvigorate your interest. But if you want a big new fantasy world to explore and find stuff and kill monsters in, ideally in the company of some friends, then EverQuest II has got it.
It's always tough reviewing MMORPGs since they tend to morph and change dramatically over time, but it's safe to say that Everquest II is a solid effort. It takes place in a gigantic world with loads of great content, and the seemingly endless number of small quests means that if you only have a half-hour to play, you can actually get something done. However, Everquest II isn't terribly intuitive or noob-friendly when you're just starting out, its questing system could use some real improvements, and the lack of any PvP is a bummer to the bloodthirsty savages at GR. So provided you like to role-play and have a lot of time on your hands, you should definitely give Sony's latest quest a long, hard Care Bear stare.
It is true that no gameplay experience will ever be alike, and with the grouping aspect, customizable interface, varied cities, beautiful graphics, and excellent sound, Those gamers looking for the latest and greatest need to look no further than EverQuest II, as the game has something that will keep you engaged for many months and years to come. With the constant updating of the client and addition of new content in the form of adventure packs, EQ2 will be around for a very long time just like its predecessor.
Anyone who liked the first game and hasn't yet tired of MMORPGs will probably fall in love with EQ2. It's everything its predecessor was, only with better presentation, incredible graphics, and a lot of the simple, necessary improvements that have become standard since the days of the original EQ. On the other hand, players who never cared for the first game will find that the core gameplay has changed very little and will probably feel disappointed once the initial wow factor wears off.
In 4-6 months, EverQuest II will be a 9-10 in rating, but right now they need to get some stability, fix the bugs, and polish everything up a bit. The foundation of a tremendous game is in place. The graphics are fabulous, the combat is fun and interactive, and the sound rounds it all out. There are countless improvements from its predecessor that I couldn’t cover in 20 pages of review. This week Worlds of Warcraft releases, giving EverQuest II some serious competition, so we shall see how the EverQuest II programmers respond by adding and fixing content of the current EverQuest II experience. Overall, if you have a horse of a PC, and you are willing to forgive some bumps along the way, EverQuest II will be a satisfying MMORPG experience. And the box comes with phone numbers of a few divorce lawyers, just in case. (just kidding =P)
Fan de RPG à la configuration musclée, voici le jeu qu’il faut absolument posséder. Everquest 2, tout comme son aîné est un véritable chef d’œuvre du MMORPG.
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Our significant memories tend to fall into two categories - good or bad. For example, I had a 'good' experience with EQI, SOE's first game of multiplayer RPG adventure in the persistent, online world of Norrath. I'm almost ashamed to think of the times I played for hours on end, just to achieve a personal goal, dragging myself into work the next day, tired but happy.
All and all, the game has a lot of innovative ideas, and outstanding graphics if your have the system to run them. Being an MMORPG, the replay value is near endless if you enjoy the series, as Sony continues to add new features and functionality. Personally, I wouldn’t play this game in my spare time; I’m simply not convinced it’s worth the investment. For the money, I’d much rather just play the original with its many expansions. Although EverQuest II has a lot to offer, SOE hasn’t left my entirely impressed with this release. With that said, you can never completely judge any massively multiplayer title from the start, as I’m sure SOE will add many improvements to the game over time. I won’t count this one out of my books forever, especially based on SOE’s very positive history of updates to EverQuest.