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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 Fight around a space drill (after the 12th expansion, Dominion)
EVE Online Windows Jumping (after the 12th expansion, Dominion)
EVE Online Windows Scorpion Battleships - The Most Feared Ships in EVE
EVE Online Windows Minmatar Reaper (after the 12th expansion, Dominion)

Promo Images

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EVE Online Magazine Advertisement
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Alternate Titles

  • "星战前夜" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "EVE: The Second Genesis" -- Alternate title

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User Reviews

A niche game that you'll love or hate Windows D Michael (232)
Eve Online is Freelancer on Crack Windows uttergentile (13)

Critic Reviews

MMORPG.com Macintosh Feb 11, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
Mana Pool Windows Apr 28, 2014 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Revolution Windows Jun, 2003 B+ 83
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jun 28, 2003 81 out of 100 81
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Mar 31, 2008 8 out of 10 80
FZ Windows May 30, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Feb, 2007 80 out of 100 80
Armchair Empire, The Windows Jun 22, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Aug, 2003 78 out of 100 78
Joystick (French) Windows Oct, 2003 7 out of 10 70


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Cover scans 3 Geamandura (2331)
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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)
Information also contributed by coenak, Sciere and ymihere

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)
  • EVE Online Ships (A database of EVE Online ships with screenshots, attributes and all kinds of data for every playable EVE ship.)
  • 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).)
Contributed to by Mike Wallis (77), Sciere (832066) and Kabushi (257791)