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Everquest 2

Everquest 2

This 3D fantasy FTPMMO is rooted in the early days of massively multiplayer online role-play games. You don’t have to be an EverQuest veteran to appreciate the storyline and gameplay of the sequel. The massive game world combined with a huge selection of classes and skills makes this free MMORPG one that players will come back to again and again. So stick around and we’ll determine if old dogs can really learn new tricks.

Developed and Published by Sony Online Entertainment, EverQuest has made a comeback with EverQuest II which was released on November 8th, 2004 as a subscription based MMO. In February of 2006 dedicated PvP servers were added to further gameplay beyond the traditional EverQuest PvE. August of 2010 marked the relaunch of EverQuest II — also called EverQuest II: Extended — as a free-to-play MMO complete with a cash shop. The original EverQuest was released on March 16th, 1999 and really set the standard for MMORPG games.

Over the years Sony Online Entertainment has released over 14 expansion packs for EverQuest, and is still expanding. When EverQuest II arrived on the scene, it was nice to see a new addition to the family. While the original EverQuest is a classic in many ways, in my opinion, it has run its course, yet it still has a solid and loyal fanbase of players. The sequel features new and improved gameplay and graphics. While it is a FTPMMO, it does have its restrictions.

The Everquest Story Continued

Let me start by saying that if you’ve tried EverQuest previously and weren’t thrilled, don’t write EverQuest II off just yet. Sony Online Entertainment has done an absolutely marvelous job with creating a sequel that is not only superior to the original, but blows all other comparable MMOs out of the water.

EverQuest II takes place in Norrath; the same fantasy world which the original EverQuest was set. However, the sequel picks up 500 years after the initial EverQuest. What makes EverQuest II unique is that it’s not quite a sequel as it is set in a parallel universe of sorts—the Age of Destiny. The story picks up where the gracious, good natured sorceress Queen Atonia Bayle of Qeynos is collaborating with her allies in an effort to rebuild Norrath. But, of course, the forces of evil are attempting to rule the world. Those evil forces belong to none other than Lucan D’Lere, Overlord of Freeport.

Character Creation

If you enjoy creating your character, then brace yourself because EverQuest II’s character customization will rock your world. Class selection stands at a staggering 24 different classes to choose from. Most class options are geared to either good or evil. There are a few classes which are more neutral. The class selection in EverQuest II ranges from the standard Ranger and Wizard to some very anomalous hybrid classes. One very unfortunate point that I need to make is the significant restrictions placed on non-paying players in this area. Non-paying players only have access to 8 of the 24 classes and only 4 of the 19 races. Hopefully this will be amended at some point and the developers will offer FTP gamers more selection.

Gameplay

Your exploits begin in Norrath and no matter where you go, there will always been a NPC willing to give you a quest to complete. An avid role-play gamer can really appreciate a FTPMMO that keeps you on the move. EverQuest II is assuredly a no grind zone.

Gameplay in EverQuest II is surprisingly faster paced than the original. Combat feels much smoother as well. Another notable improvement is the addition of combat skills for the melee class. This makes battling much more fun and gets rid of that auto-attack where you sit with your fingers crossed while the battle—I’m happy.

Speaking of skills, the skill trees in EverQuest II are awesome. As an apprentice, when you level up your skills are automatically learned. Skill ranks progress in strength starting with Apprentice and progressing through Journeyman, Adept, Expert, Master, and finally Grandmaster. Unfortunately, free-to-play gamers are only allowed to progress to the Adept ranking.

Second Time’s the Charm

No one wants a game that leaves you bored, or worse, grinding. We want something that we can immerse ourselves in. Isn’t that the point anyway? The developers know what their fans want and really stepped it up when they created EverQuest II. There are multiple activities that players can partake in; and while these activities don’t further your character’s progression, they’re just plain fun. These include fishing, guild meetings, and role-playing activities. Are you ready to get your own place? Take the step into home ownership by buying an apartment or house. What’s more, you can store items in your house and even decorate it.

Another system in EverQuest II is one which was implemented in the first EverQuest—the Alternate Advancement system. The talent trees play a very important role in helping gamers customize both the skills and abilities of their character while working to master them. Above and beyond the talent trees, each race possesses its own “traditions.” These traditions form a tree like that of the talent tree as players receive a single “tradition” point once every 10 levels. The abilities learned in the tradition tree further add to your character’s individuality.

The – Ing’s of Everquest – Question, Gathering, and Crafting

I don’t think it’s possible to play EverQuest II and run out of things to do. The number of quests are simply staggering and include everything from solo hunting and courier quests to more complex quests which involve multiple players. EverQuest II also provides intriguing quest chains. The storylines really grab your attention and make gameplay more worthwhile.

The gathering and crafting systems in EverQuest II are pretty run-of-the-mill in terms of selection. Items may be gathered or collected as loot. Crafting is very interactive and requires your full attention. For example, you might prick yourself with a needle which will need to be bandaged. Crafts aren’t a one size fits all kind of deal—when crafting, there are things you can do which increase the quality of the finished product. This crafting system is state-of-the-art and can easily be compared with the pay-to-play crafting systems in games such as Dark Age of Camelot and World of Warcraft.

Graphics and Sounds

The graphics in EverQuest II have come a long way since the graphics in the original EverQuest; which were considered cutting edge at the time of its release in 1999. The release of EverQuest II came complete with all new character models for each race—including the NPCs. The attention to detail and use of color in EverQuest II is remarkable; as are the sound effects and background music. This combination of gameplay, ambiance, and surround sound capability create an environment where gamers can find themselves easily engrossed.

The Final Word

The bottom line is that EverQuest II is arguably one of the top premium free-to-play MMORPGs available today. The depth in EverQuest II is fabulous—there is a tremendous amount of variety and so many options packed into a massive game world. The graphics and sound are first-rate and create a very immersive ambiance. My favorite aspect of EverQuest II is the enormous character customization options. Character development and skill progression gives gamers the ability to write their own story. In EverQuest II, no two characters are alike.

While I could go on and on about how great EverQuest II is, the unfortunate truth is that FTP gamers will face a significant amount of obnoxious restrictions. I can understand when developers utilize a cash shop to obtain a profit, however, limited the free content really doesn’t make it a FTPMMO because you cannot experience the game in its entirety.

Something else to keep in mind prior to downloading EverQuest II is that the download is quite demanding; it will only run comfortably on higher end computer systems—especially if you want it to run in high resolution.


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  • random1337default
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #1

    [..YouTube..] Cool intro! Frequent uploads! Awesome videos… I do watch a similar channel (which probably has been your inspiration for this) but you do deserve way more subscribers/views – just hope your website gets the traffic! Thanks for another review, keep em comin!

  • random1337default
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #2

    Cool intro! Frequent uploads! Awesome videos… I do watch a similar channel (which probably has been your inspiration for this) but you do deserve way more subscribers/views – just hope your website gets the traffic! Thanks for another review, keep em comin!

  • TheMMODen
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #3

    [..YouTube..] @random1337default Thanks for the compliment, there are actually several channels and websites that were my inspiration over the years. I have been computer gaming since I got my first Commodore 64 back in ’84. I will stop there, before I age myself too much.

  • TheMMODen
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #4

    [..YouTube..] Thanks for the compliment, there are actually several channels and websites that were my inspiration over the years. I have been computer gaming since I got my first Commodore 64 back in ’84. I will stop there, before I age myself too much.

  • TheMMODen
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #5

    Thanks for the compliment, there are actually several channels and websites that were my inspiration over the years. I have been computer gaming since I got my first Commodore 64 back in ’84. I will stop there, before I age myself too much.

  • GamersJoint
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #6

    [..YouTube..] lame you wont answer my msg on youtube…. oh and its not free to play if you need to pay to enjoy it to the fullest

  • GamersJoint
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #7

    lame you wont answer my msg on youtube…. oh and its not free to play if you need to pay to enjoy it to the fullest

  • TheMMODen
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #8

    [..YouTube..] @GamersJoint Missed your message, you’ll have a reply shortly. If you make that your criteria for Free to Play then you can pretty much consider all free to play games, not free to play.

  • TheMMODen
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #9

    [..YouTube..] Missed your message, you’ll have a reply shortly. If you make that your criteria for Free to Play then you can pretty much consider all free to play games, not free to play.

  • TheMMODen
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #10

    Missed your message, you’ll have a reply shortly. If you make that your criteria for Free to Play then you can pretty much consider all free to play games, not free to play.

  • mastermind8892
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #11

    [..YouTube..] Yo nice vid 😀 I was just wondering what game do you currently play now?

  • mastermind8892
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #12

    Yo nice vid 😀 I was just wondering what game do you currently play now?

  • zelow79
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #13

    [..YouTube..] @TheMMODen I have to disagree League of legends is free to play and you can enjoy it to its fullest. They way they make their money is cosmetic things like character skins. Now I am not saying I agree with this guy, but it is kinda lame that they limit your skills unless you pay. More classes costing you fine, even the chat limitation is fine. Limiting skill ups is a BIG NO NO!

  • zelow79
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #14

    [..YouTube..] I have to disagree League of legends is free to play and you can enjoy it to its fullest. They way they make their money is cosmetic things like character skins. Now I am not saying I agree with this guy, but it is kinda lame that they limit your skills unless you pay. More classes costing you fine, even the chat limitation is fine. Limiting skill ups is a BIG NO NO!

  • zelow79
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #15

    I have to disagree League of legends is free to play and you can enjoy it to its fullest. They way they make their money is cosmetic things like character skins. Now I am not saying I agree with this guy, but it is kinda lame that they limit your skills unless you pay. More classes costing you fine, even the chat limitation is fine. Limiting skill ups is a BIG NO NO!

  • TheMMODen
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #16

    [..YouTube..] @mastermind8892 I bounce around to several. WoW, LoL, Diablo 3 Beta, World of Tanks, and a few others.

  • TheMMODen
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #17

    [..YouTube..] I bounce around to several. WoW, LoL, Diablo 3 Beta, World of Tanks, and a few others.

  • TheMMODen
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #18

    I bounce around to several. WoW, LoL, Diablo 3 Beta, World of Tanks, and a few others.

  • TheMMODen
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #19

    [..YouTube..] @zelow79 LoL is one of a very few that use the business model of only cosmetic items in their cash shop. I commend them for it, and their exploding player base shows that it is a solid model. Only if backed by a solid game, which LoL is for sure.

  • TheMMODen
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #20

    [..YouTube..] LoL is one of a very few that use the business model of only cosmetic items in their cash shop. I commend them for it, and their exploding player base shows that it is a solid model. Only if backed by a solid game, which LoL is for sure.

  • TheMMODen
    December 27, 2011
    Reply #21

    LoL is one of a very few that use the business model of only cosmetic items in their cash shop. I commend them for it, and their exploding player base shows that it is a solid model. Only if backed by a solid game, which LoL is for sure.

  • GamersJoint
    December 28, 2011
    Reply #22

    [..YouTube..] @TheMMODen well that you need to pay to carry more gold is not something i see in alot of games

  • GamersJoint
    December 28, 2011
    Reply #23

    [..YouTube..] well that you need to pay to carry more gold is not something i see in alot of games

  • GamersJoint
    December 28, 2011
    Reply #24

    well that you need to pay to carry more gold is not something i see in alot of games

  • Shalazen
    December 30, 2011
    Reply #25

    [..YouTube..] I played EQ2 for 3 years. Have all the expansions, maxed gear, raids, done all that. It’s really a good game for those just starting out or want to experience a Fantasy MMORPG. Now I play SWTOR and hopefull GW2 when out. Everyone should be able to enjoy a game as much as I did this one at one time or another. Happy Gaming!

  • Shalazen
    December 30, 2011
    Reply #26

    I played EQ2 for 3 years. Have all the expansions, maxed gear, raids, done all that. It’s really a good game for those just starting out or want to experience a Fantasy MMORPG. Now I play SWTOR and hopefull GW2 when out. Everyone should be able to enjoy a game as much as I did this one at one time or another. Happy Gaming!

  • TheMMODen
    December 30, 2011
    Reply #27

    [..YouTube..] @Shalazen Do you see SWTOR having the legs that games like WoW and EQ and others have had? I played in the Beta and thought the game was fun and polished, but I wasn’t sure about its ability to have the kind of long standing appeal some other games have enjoyed.

  • TheMMODen
    December 30, 2011
    Reply #28

    [..YouTube..] Do you see SWTOR having the legs that games like WoW and EQ and others have had? I played in the Beta and thought the game was fun and polished, but I wasn’t sure about its ability to have the kind of long standing appeal some other games have enjoyed.

  • TheMMODen
    December 30, 2011
    Reply #29

    Do you see SWTOR having the legs that games like WoW and EQ and others have had? I played in the Beta and thought the game was fun and polished, but I wasn’t sure about its ability to have the kind of long standing appeal some other games have enjoyed.

  • Shalazen
    December 31, 2011
    Reply #30

    [..YouTube..] @TheMMODen can’t tell quite yet. But so far what I see it’s really in for the long term. Now that they got over the hurdle of releasing the game it seems steady. Yes there are bugs and things to polish up. But overall as for your question, I do see this game here for the long run, with the possibility of people playing it in the long term. 🙂

  • Shalazen
    December 31, 2011
    Reply #31

    [..YouTube..] can’t tell quite yet. But so far what I see it’s really in for the long term. Now that they got over the hurdle of releasing the game it seems steady. Yes there are bugs and things to polish up. But overall as for your question, I do see this game here for the long run, with the possibility of people playing it in the long term. 🙂

  • Shalazen
    December 31, 2011
    Reply #32

    [..YouTube..] can’t tell quite yet. But so far what I see it’s really in for the long term. Now that they got over the hurdle of releasing the game it seems steady. Yes there are bugs and things to polish up. But overall as for your question, I do see this game here for the long run, with the possibility of people playing it in the long term. 🙂

  • Shalazen
    December 31, 2011
    Reply #33

    can’t tell quite yet. But so far what I see it’s really in for the long term. Now that they got over the hurdle of releasing the game it seems steady. Yes there are bugs and things to polish up. But overall as for your question, I do see this game here for the long run, with the possibility of people playing it in the long term. 🙂

  • liberator48
    January 13, 2012
    Reply #34

    [..YouTube..] it’s kinda dumb to lock certain classes cause i mean if new players come and try the game and are not sure they want to spend money or not, class is one of the first things they pick and then they go through half the game and decide it’s worth spending money on and they realize they want to play another class and that’s not very nice to the player

  • liberator48
    January 13, 2012
    Reply #35

    it’s kinda dumb to lock certain classes cause i mean if new players come and try the game and are not sure they want to spend money or not, class is one of the first things they pick and then they go through half the game and decide it’s worth spending money on and they realize they want to play another class and that’s not very nice to the player

  • renji2040
    February 27, 2012
    Reply #36

    [..YouTube..] @TheMMODen is everquest ll completley free now? or we still have to pay?

  • renji2040
    February 27, 2012
    Reply #37

    @TheMMODen is everquest ll completley free now? or we still have to pay?

  • TheMMODen
    February 27, 2012
    Reply #38

    [..YouTube..] @renji2040 Free to play my friend

  • TheMMODen
    February 27, 2012
    Reply #39

    [..YouTube..] Free to play my friend

  • TheMMODen
    February 27, 2012
    Reply #40

    Free to play my friend

  • renji2040
    February 28, 2012
    Reply #41

    [..YouTube..] @TheMMODen no sorry what i ment was is there still many restrictions for a free player or is all contents of the game available to a free player now?

  • renji2040
    February 28, 2012
    Reply #42

    @TheMMODen no sorry what i ment was is there still many restrictions for a free player or is all contents of the game available to a free player now?

  • swtorisawesomesausag
    March 21, 2012
    Reply #43

    [..YouTube..] how much is gold per month? and would i unlock all the extra classes and what not if i purchased it?

  • swtorisawesomesausag
    March 21, 2012
    Reply #44

    [..YouTube..] how much is gold per month? and would i unlock all the extra classes and what not if i purchased it?

  • swtorisawesomesausag
    March 21, 2012
    Reply #45

    how much is gold per month? and would i unlock all the extra classes and what not if i purchased it?

  • aseopva
    May 16, 2012
    Reply #46

    [..YouTube..] A little late but about 14 a month I think. You can also unlock most races and classes for a fee without a subscription…

  • aseopva
    May 16, 2012
    Reply #47

    A little late but about 14 a month I think. You can also unlock most races and classes for a fee without a subscription…

  • ZeroCoolRomania
    June 27, 2012
    Reply #48

    [..YouTube..] I saw on website .. u cannot wear fabled + items as starter … still in, or is completly f2p?

    And if not, is there any way to become gold member without paying mothly fee?

  • ZeroCoolRomania
    June 27, 2012
    Reply #49

    I saw on website .. u cannot wear fabled + items as starter … still in, or is completly f2p?

    And if not, is there any way to become gold member without paying mothly fee?

  • Cabooselol22
    August 7, 2012
    Reply #50

    [..YouTube..] I think locking the races are worse. They give you all humanoid races which blows. I love playing as beast type characters and being forced to only use humanoid was a disappointment.

  • Cabooselol22
    August 7, 2012
    Reply #51

    I think locking the races are worse. They give you all humanoid races which blows. I love playing as beast type characters and being forced to only use humanoid was a disappointment.

  • gordan3man
    November 29, 2012
    Reply #52

    this game is much better than swtor

  • spider0804
    February 6, 2013
    Reply #53

    You are not forced, shell out some cash and support the game.

  • shaqiel albertus
    February 11, 2013
    Reply #54

    rule no1:NEVER CHOOSE A WOMAN CHARETER IF YOUR A MAN

  • Tempeljonas
    March 16, 2013
    Reply #55

    Fantastic title ! Best pve mmorpg ever! With lots of content and very nice Housing !

  • DisTruKt100
    March 22, 2013
    Reply #56

    Why is your picture a sperm?

  • DisTruKt100
    March 22, 2013
    Reply #57

    is there still the stupid money cap? gonna try the game

  • shaqiel albertus
    March 22, 2013
    Reply #58

    because i like to fap 😀

  • iNekoNaru
    March 24, 2013
    Reply #59

    Idk about you, but I’d rather look at a female character while I play.

  • Trisdino
    March 25, 2013
    Reply #60

    Its sad that you were right…

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