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HonestGamers (Jan 12, 2008)
Eventually, I was able to take my buffed Sarnak back to Timorous Deep and delve further into the sunlight-chocked forests and, under the criss-crossing trunks of long-petrified trees, and gut the hollowed ruins of ancient temples and crumbling forts. Within I discover the fate of the mysterious Iskar, the machinations of the Spirok and, above all, adventure. If that’s not a fantastic case of tying up loose ends and an indication of attention to detail second to none, then I don’t know what is. Everquest II may have started as a rushed job to update its predecessor but in their attempt to improve the franchise, SOE’s efforts have been nothing short of a labour of love.
1UP (Dec 19, 2007)
As EQ2's fourth official expansion, Rise of Kunark comes closer than any of its predecessors to realizing the product's initial intent: to raise the technological bar while appealing to a new, more casual player base. Although long-time, die-hard EverQuest fans still refer to EQ2 as "the dumbing down of Norrath," it remains a squishier -- but still very intricate --game that works pretty well. Especially now.
Jolt (UK) (Feb 06, 2008)
We could go on and on about the new content on offer, but we really don’t want to spoil it as half the fun of these games is the voyage of discovery you enter into. Everquest 2: Rise of Kunark has a lot of welcome content for new players and veterans alike, and while the game may not rival WoW in terms of player numbers, what it does do is really bring the new and old worlds of Everquest 2 and Everquest together into a new seamless package that is going to have a lot of appeal to a lot of people. It manages to be both new and nostalgic at the same time, and raised more than one smile as we came across old areas done in the new style. EQ2 has at last come of age and is now ready to be looked at with fresh eyes if you’ve been there and done that. Welcome back Everquest, we missed you.
GameStar (Germany) (Dec 27, 2007)
Wirklich schade, dass auf den deutschen Servern von Everquest 2 so wenig los ist. Sony entführt Rollenspiel-Veteranen nämlich in eine detailreiche Fantasy-Welt, die mit spannenden Quests, zahlreichen Klassen und abwechslungsreichen Kampfstilen für viele Stunden Freude sorgt. Da lässt sich selbst die manchmal sehr stark schwankende Grafikqualität verschmerzen. Zusammen mit dem komplexen Berufs- und Gildensystem ist und bleibt Everquest 2 die Alternative für Spieler, denen World of Warcraft zu oberflächlich erscheint.
Rise of Kunark pushes Everquest 2 that little bit further along the path to becoming what its developers originally intended. The new content is well implemented and it’s great to have a new character race to play as that isn’t one of the regular mainstays of fantasy style games. Unfortunately we can’t speak much to the new high level content, but if you’ve got a character that’s been twiddling their thumbs waiting for some new questing to begin it seems that there’s a good reason to plunge back into Norrath. If you’re new to the game there’s plenty to sink your teeth into too. Thankfully despite its main competitor having the population of a mid-sized nation there’s still many people to play with. Rise of Kunark illustrates that whilst it may not be the MMORPG that is on everybody's lips, it is still an incredibly well put together and enjoyable title that is definitely worthy of at least a look at.
PC Zone (Jan 29, 2008)
The writers and designers at Sony Online have the most incredible efficiency. They produce expansions, content, and additions to EverQuest II faster than horses produce shit. And thankfully Rise of Kunark is a first-rate addition to the world, and is value for money.
Rise of Kunark ist keine wirkliche Revolution, führt aber das Abenteuer in Norrath solide fort. Neulinge erhalten eine neue Rasse mit vielen neuen Abenteuern und einen riesigen Kontinent voller Gefahren. Insgesamt erwerbt ihr das Hauptspiel mitsamt der erschienenen Erweiterungen Desert of Flames, Kingdom of Sky und Echoes of Faydwer. Wenn ihr den Titel bereits gespielt habt und einen erfahrenen Helden besitzt, gibt es auch für euch natürlich etliche neue Aufgaben und Gebiete. Letztlich schleppt aber auch diese Erweiterung einige Fehler und Altlasten mit sich herum. Zugreifen können also alle Alteingesessenen und Interessierten. Letztere finden ein recht ausgereiftes MMORPG im Fantasy-Stil vor, das genug Spielspass für sehr viele Stunden bietet.
75 (Nov 12, 2007)
Disons-le tout net, les fans d'Everquest 2 trouveront assurément leur bonheur dans cette nouvelle extension, qui est tout sauf décevante. Longue, ardue, elle est seulement desservie par une plastique vieillissante et un gameplay peut-être maintenant trop classique, mais ça ne l'empêche pas d'être plaisante.
Avid Gamer (Jan 08, 2008)
There is just so much to do, see and enjoy. The scale of the world is humongous, and you really feel as though you’re a part of the fantasy realm. It’s a definite recommendation for those who are getting tired of World of Warcraft or those looking for something more traditional. The lore can be found everywhere and the game engrosses you greatly. It may not be the most original or the most popular but without Everquest I and II the MMORPG scene wouldn’t be what it is today. It yearns your respect and you should give it what it deserves.