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Everquest 2 Launches

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the fippy-darkpaw-version-2.0 dept.

Role Playing (Games) 305

Though it's being drowned out by the Halo 2 news, Everquest 2 officially launches today. RPG Vault has a review available for perusal, GamerFeed has a hands on look, and if you're looking for crunchy, low fat coverage Gamespy has an interview with Heather Graham about her role in the game. If you're already tripping the light fantastic in Qeynos check out GamerGod's Qeynos Quest feature, or just cut out the middle man and look forward to the first content on Allakhazam. Finally, F13 provides usefully cynical commentary about the beta and launch of the game.

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Slashdot usage (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10760728)

Suddenly drops 72%.

Re:Slashdot usage (2, Funny)

bsharitt (580506) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760809)

Just wait until WoW launches, an you can expect it to drop another 36%.

Re:Slashdot usage (2, Funny)

Norgus (770127) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760850)

Nice counting there.

Re:Slashdot usage (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10760886)

Hey now, if there were 100 slashdot users, and usage drops 72% because of EQ2, then there are 28 users left over. Then WOW comes out, and it drops another 36%, that's just over 1/3 of those 28 users, so now it's down to 18 users.

See, it all makes sense. Unless he meant 36% of the original 100, which would be loony.

Re:Slashdot usage (1)

Judg3 (88435) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760898)

I know I can't be the only one who scheduled his vacation around WoW.

Re:Slashdot usage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10761052)

Well, VideoGame retailer employees aren't allowed to take vacation from Nov - Jan 25th.

Re:Slashdot usage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10761092)

No, you're not the only one. I'm still not sure I'm going to buy it though. I'm kind of pissed at having to pay $50 for a CD that's useless without the monthly fee. I have no problem with the monthly fee.

Re:Slashdot usage (1)

bconway (63464) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761205)

One pays for software development. The other pays for the monthly service. Would you rather them hike the price and continue to pay every month for software development that has long since been paid off?

Re:Slashdot usage (0)

Gentlewhisper (759800) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761051)

No way man.. when WoW comes out, there will be nobody left on /.

Re:Slashdot usage (1)

emrysk (787256) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761194)

And you know the other 2% are people still holding out hope for an Ultima Online sequel.

Re:Slashdot usage (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10760966)

I tried to search using my standards compliant open source browser "hardcore schoolgirls asian female ejaculation water sports bestaility horse love dog love atm" and it got no hits for the image search. PS Your search engine is fucking weak.

Re:Slashdot usage (3, Funny)

Stochio (801005) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761186)

...yet for some reason the birthrate isn't affected.

Re:Slashdot usage (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10761219)

My source compliant open browser reports that your insult is weak and so is your mother's hipbone.

frizzle (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10760735)

pizzle

fo shizzle

mah nizzle!

word!

From Allakazam: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10760761)

Coming Soon! Our EQ2 site should be up before the game launches.

In the meantime, feel free to chat on our EQ2 Forum. [allakhazam.com]


Too late.

Re:From Allakazam: (1)

jfruhlinger (470035) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761324)

Hilariously, there's just a Weight Watchers banner ad up there right now.

jf

very near fp! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10760769)

very near fp!

as one of the beta testers... (5, Interesting)

rogabean (741411) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760781)

Let me warn most of you who were not in the Beta that this game is far from ready. They rushed it to market to beat out WoW.

I've been telling most people to wait till the beginning of next year to play it after a few patches...

This live launch will basically be like a "paid beta". Expect to see alot of server downtime for a few months as they fix the things they didn't get to in time to beat WoW.

On the other hand I just shutdown my EQ1 account after the announcement that despite Beta tester's please they decided to rush it out the door. And decided to not follow through with my preorder of EQ2.

4 years... time to go see what the outside world looks like I guess.

Re:as one of the beta testers... (5, Insightful)

Duncan3 (10537) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760807)

Paid beta is a PERMANENT condition in MMORPGs.

You should nkow that by now ;)

Re:as one of the beta testers... (3, Insightful)

frankthechicken (607647) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760902)

Beta has to be a permanent condition, it is hugely organic process in adaptation of the code to match the players.

The first release will, and can only be, a best guess to how the game will react under such continuous, and unpredictable user behaviour.

Pfft. (2, Interesting)

oGMo (379) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761216)

I've been playing FFXI since the US PS2 release, and it's very solid. Very solid economy, connections, etc. The only real issue I can remember is the report of people having trouble connecting during an update, and that was supposedly fixed. Of course you have the occasional lag-disconnect, or lag in areas with a lot of action, but that's the nature of the network.

Re:Pfft. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10761429)

Ha! Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

Oh, you've got to be kidding me. FFXI has bugs up the wazoo. It's very much still a paid beta, and the recent Chains of Promathia expansion just added even more flaws.

I guess if you're using the PS2, it might be relatively stable, but that doesn't excuse the random server outages, disconnects, and other crap that Square has been shoveling out. (Remember when half of the United States couldn't connect to the game? Thanks Square!)

There's also still the bug where if you press TAB too frequently the game will bomb on you. Doesn't sound too bad, right? Tab is how you target things on the PC. In other words, with this bug, you basically MUST use the mouse to select things. Which means you have to be looking at them. It makes it kinda hard to play.

It's been in there from day 1 of the US release and there's no sign of fixing it yet.

Plus - did you say "solid economy?"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

Oh, that one had me on the floor. FFXI's economy has got to be one of the worst MMORPG economies I've ever seen. They've managed to create a game where you literally cannot level up without the *VERY* best gear for your level. (Otherwise, you miss. A lot. Like 70%+ of the time. Even magic will miss like 70%+ of the time without the very best gear.) This gear is almost always dropped from a single mob. Even better, these mobs have respawn times on the order of hours or even days!

Of course, these mobs are always camped 24/7 by people who like selling in-game items for cold hard cash. This is, of course, against the terms of service. But Square's official policy is to totally ignore this rampant problem. But if you use the F-word - well, that's an IMMEDIATE ban! Good to know where your priorities are, Square.

Seriously, World of Warcraft is going to totally decimate FFXI. It's already managed to suck all my excitement for EQ2 away.

Re:as one of the beta testers... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10761303)

Paid beta is a PERMANENT condition in MMORPGs.

Especially ones by Sony.

Re:as one of the beta testers... (1)

foxfyre (739671) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760814)

None of these was "ready." Remember EQ when it launched?

Re:as one of the beta testers... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10760839)

"Let me warn most of you who were not in the Beta that this game is far from ready"

And this is different from every other SOE game how?

Re:as one of the beta testers... (2, Informative)

rogabean (741411) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760868)

oh its not different... I just expected more from em after all this time... They actually did a good job with the Omens of war (eq1) release, I was hoping it was a sign. Instead they went for the "must_beat_blizzard_omg_wtf_bbq" direction. eq1 has been a 4 year paid beta for me. but it was at least playable.

Bad Advice (2, Insightful)

Yenin (793347) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760942)

Part of the fun of online games is doing things for the first time. If you wait a year, yes you may avoid a few bugs but you will be missing out on the most interesting time of the game when everything is new and exciting.

Re:Bad Advice (1)

rogabean (741411) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760983)

Can't argue that. It was a blast being in beta and seeing these things for the first time "all over again". But it was ruined alot by the server stability.

I'd rather wait a few months to see bugs hammered out on some of the major issues and experience those things for the first time the way they were intended, then to rush to see them in a half-ass manner.

Re:Bad Advice (4, Insightful)

Ironica (124657) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761202)

Part of the fun of online games is doing things for the first time. If you wait a year, yes you may avoid a few bugs but you will be missing out on the most interesting time of the game when everything is new and exciting.

Except that with SOE's tendency toward "supermodel" releases (they look pretty but have no content), you won't miss the opportunity to do all that new stuff until at *least* six months after launch.

You'll just not be sick of staring at the prettiness when you do finally jump in.

In other news, you can finally fly spacecraft in SWG, just 200% longer after release than originally stated...

troll? (2, Informative)

iamnotacrook (816556) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760979)

I cant agree with this post. I have also been beta testing Everquest and in the last few months the game rapidly increased in stability. Either you werent paying attention or this is a troll.

Sadly however, ongoing interest in online RPG is doomed in the face of the Halo onslaught. Why are people so keen to use guns rather than brains in a game?

Re:troll? (1)

rogabean (741411) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761034)

not a troll.. just one beta testers opinion from the beta 1 server.

I'm not going to argue that they didn't improve things alot on the last month or so... but I still think it's being rushed out the door too soon.

I want to see EQ2 take off... alot. I'm just disappointed in their decision to rush it out the door in a battle for who can get to market first.

I can see the game being more playable (with the large numbers it will have .. not the lower beta player numbers) in a few months.

Re:as one of the beta testers... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10761184)

This has been the history of everquest. From EQ1 all of the expansions were released with lots of bugs, and broken quests, that causes you to lose days upon days of sleep trying to figure it out after which they will finally patch somthing that wasn't working.

For instance, my guild was in Plain of Earth during the very early days of the Plains of Power expansion. Almost everything was broken, that we finally gave up and put the game aside.

After that we all became supermodel rockstars and fucked only the hottest chicks in town.

No reviews yet. (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10760782)

Despite the obligatory misleading text in the Slashdot header (patent pending)... The RPG vault article is NOT a review. Heck, they aren't even willing to call it a preview. Its a "first first impression piece" and very low on content.

I can now do it! (1)

mekanizer (823259) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760785)

Now I can really have no life at all!

Bugs and Nerfing (2, Interesting)

Grendol (583881) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760786)

I think I will wait till sony has the bugs and all the nerfing worked out for the 'game balance'. But even then I will likely stay with EQ1 as they are supposed to compete against each other as separate business units of SONY. -Zazerzing Wizard 50 seasons, Bertoxxolus

Re:Bugs and Nerfing (3, Funny)

Kenja (541830) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760849)

"I think I will wait till sony has the bugs and all the nerfing worked out for the 'game balance'."

Look, if your never going to play just say it. I mean they still having finished EQ1.

Tara Reid's Nipple Exposed! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10760791)

Tara Reid's boob slipped out at a party hosted by P-Diddy (proud member of GNAA).

I'm not a homosexual, but I agree with the guy in the second link: THAT IS ONE UGLY NIPPLE!
Link 1 [big-boys.com]
Link 2 [gorillamask.net]

Jumped the Gun? (3, Funny)

servognome (738846) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760795)

The Everquest 2 website says there are still 17 hours left.
Though if I lived in Japan it would be available today, but it won't launch there until later, so I'd have to travel to the US to pick up the game, but then it would no longer be today it would be yesterday.
Time travel is so confusing.

Easy solution (3, Funny)

TapTapTheChisler (691570) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760998)

Move your system clock ahead 17 hours and refresh the page

For the first time ever (3, Funny)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760796)

There will be a mass almost RTFA as all the geeks hit the link to perv, I mean study the Heather Graham pics.

Re:For the first time ever (1)

Col. Bloodnok (825749) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760977)

Well, I went there to find out who Heather Graham is. I'm not planning to play the game, so I suppose it doesn't really matter. I assume she is some sort of actress or model, because it's clear from the article that she's a bit of a dizzy bint.

Who Cares!!!!!!!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10760808)

Who Cares HALO 2!!!!

I played Everquest up to level....19.... (0, Flamebait)

PerpetualMotion (550623) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760816)

Can anyone who plays tell me what the appeal is? Every other MMORPG has had a better community, better gameplay, better customer service. What about this game drives parents to neglect their children and children to neglect their studies?

Re:I played Everquest up to level....19.... (1)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761117)

It stands to reason that as a non-douche, you wouldn't get why a bunch of douches like something.

I know, I could have said that in a nicer way, but maybe I'm a douche.

Slashdot is slow already, so here's the full text (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10760820)

Though it's being drowned out by the Halo 2 news, Everquest 2 officially launches today. RPG Vault has a review available for perusal, GamerFeed has a hands on look, and if you're looking for crunchy, low fat coverage Gamespy has an interview with Heather Graham about her role in the game. If you're already tripping the light fantastic in Qeynos check out GamerGod's Qeynos Quest feature, or just cut out the middle man and look forward to the first content on Allakhazam. Finally, F13 provides usefully cynical commentary about the beta and launch of the game.

So many mmporgs, so little time (5, Interesting)

ActionJesus (803475) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760821)

By a coincedence, Ive been looking at the warcraft game today, dreaming about playing it. Probably dont have the time or money at the moment, but it looks pretty shiny.

But answer me this: Everquest 2 will, one would assume, appeal to all the EQ addicts already out there. But the EQ addicts are already playing EQ: so whats this trying to achieve? Why should I play this over, say, world of warcraft or city of heros (which ive heard is meant to be excellent)

I have no doubt that this will be massively popular, but honestly whos the intended audience? Do old EQ players get to transfer their characters over, or is it start again from scratch for all?

Re:So many mmporgs, so little time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10760856)

Think of the most frustrating situation you can that isn't quite frustrating enough to cause you to quit your addiction. That's how it'll be.

Re:So many mmporgs, so little time (4, Interesting)

Ironica (124657) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761242)

But answer me this: Everquest 2 will, one would assume, appeal to all the EQ addicts already out there. But the EQ addicts are already playing EQ: so whats this trying to achieve? Why should I play this over, say, world of warcraft or city of heros (which ive heard is meant to be excellent)

EQ was amazing when it came out, but the code is just way too kluged together for it to ever be "modernized" sufficiently to compete against newer games. Since they had to rebuild from the ground up anyway, they decided to make it a whole new game (it's at a different time point in the EQ universe), so that hard-core addicts would have to subscribe to *both* games.

That being said, SOE doesn't seem to have learned anything whatsoever from all their long experience, so even though I have 2.5 years in Norrath under my belt, I have no interest at all in EQ2.

I'm chomping at the bit for WoW, though... when my husband started playing the beta back in April or so, it was *already* closer to release-ready than SWG was when I quit playing several months after release.

Seriously... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10760824)

does it run on Linux (with Cedega)?

Re:Seriously... (5, Informative)

rogabean (741411) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760894)

No it doesn't. I had to install a windows machine just to beta test it... and tried frantically to get it working under cedega. the directx 9c req. kills it currently.

Re:Seriously... (1)

Yiliar (603536) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760896)

I have been trying with the pre release character creation stuff but it won't go. I am going to try the final release anyways.

Firefox 1.0? (-1, Offtopic)

Pleione (825378) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760844)

With Halo 2 and Everquest 2 launched today, what happened to Firefox 1.0? It was supposed to be released today as well, yet no sign of it on mozilla.org.

Anyone know anything about this?

Re:Firefox 1.0? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10760867)

Firefox 1.0 gets released November 9th. You're off by a day.

Re:Firefox 1.0? (0, Redundant)

Pleione (825378) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760881)

It is November 9th.

Re:Firefox 1.0? (1)

TapTapTheChisler (691570) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761033)

Not in my universe

Re:Firefox 1.0? (1)

Lehk228 (705449) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761048)

no it's november 8th, you probably have the same crappy watch i have that doesn't do months correctly.

Re:Firefox 1.0? (1)

Pleione (825378) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761116)

According to my clock and calender, it is Tuesday, November 9th, 9:00 AM. Is this release not global or something?

Re:Firefox 1.0? (1)

Lehk228 (705449) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761481)

i'm pretty sure mozilla is based in the US

Re:Firefox 1.0? (1)

j.blechert (726395) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761217)

Re:Firefox 1.0? (Score:2) by Lehk228 (705449) on Tuesday November 09, @12:50AM (#10761048) no it's november 8th, you probably have the same crappy watch i have that doesn't do months correctly. absolutely...

Not as good as Progress Quest (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10760845)

It's still not as good as Progress Quest [progressquest.com] .

It seems the progressquest authors were to first to streamline the gameplay enough to remove the tedious parts and remove the tedium from the user that cames in this category suffer from.

eq2 (1)

fenix_ix (829363) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760848)

Hehe, there goes the neighborhood.

EQ2 and WoW (4, Interesting)

TexVex (669445) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760872)

I found out last weekend that WoW will run pretty well on my two year old laptop with rather unspectacular video hardware. The integrated video hardware has some 3D accelleration and 32 MB of memory on it. That machine can't run Star Wars Galaxies, and no way will it run EQ2.

Re:EQ2 and WoW (5, Informative)

rogabean (741411) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760960)

EQ2 on the following:

Geforce 5500 256
AMD 2500+
512 RAM
Windows XP Pro

In order to make EQ2 playable I had to turn most options down or off. The game in turn didn't look all that spectacular.

Take your own specs and scale from there. This game is a HUGE resource hog.

Sony themselves will warn you in game if you try to max out the graphics that only about 3% of all computers can handle the full settings.

Re:EQ2 and WoW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10761403)

Sony themselves will warn you in game if you try to max out the graphics that only about 3% of all computers can handle the full settings.

I liked Unreal 2004's way of warning you. As soon as you set all the graphics setting to max it would say "HOOOOOLLLLLYYYYY SHIIIIIIIIIT." Doesn't get much clearer than that.

Re:EQ2 and WoW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10761495)

quite frankly it'll refuse to run on many machines. Have anything older than a TI4400 and you're out of luck. Have 3 friends that have no cash to upgrade....but WOW will play on their old computers, EQ2 will not.

So, which do you think we'll be playing?

Re:EQ2 and WoW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10761498)

So, surprise, you bought an FX-era nVidia card, you have a shit graphics card. The rest of the specs are fine.

Re:EQ2 and WoW (1)

Solitude (30003) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761266)

Try getting a 10k Raptor hard drive, too. I found it much easier to play two Star Wars Galaxies clients as the hard drive was the bottleneck.

For reference, I have a P4 3GHz, 1 Gig RAM, and an ATI 9600, not sure exactly what version. The hard drive kept thrashing so I picked up a raptor and it runs much better now.

Still Carebear (1)

frozencesium (591780) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760874)

after all these years... does no one have a sense of compitition anymore? i'm going to go play WoW, Guildwars, etc...let the griefing begin... -Frozen Whitwood, New Age United (aka Elba) Proud Pirate and Elbanaught For Elba!

To speak freely: (5, Informative)

Upaut (670171) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760875)

I was in the Everquest 2 beta, and I have to say this: Its not ready !

The graphics are fine, the gameplay oddly like World of Warcraft, and some of the quests are quite nice (I was particularly fond of the reference to '8-bit-theaters' sword chucks in a quest in Freeport...) Yet the zones are to big for the servers, the lag too familar, and the stability - not so good. My opinion: The game cannot currently support the great numbers it is sure to attract.

If your fond of the pain of lag, the bitter load-time, and being overly clunky, go right ahead and buy EQ2. If you like a smooth, sweet, and overally tasty mmorpg, wait a few more weeks and get WOW.

Re:To speak freely: (3, Interesting)

rogabean (741411) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760926)

You are 100% right Upaut. The game can not support the players coming. It couldn't support us beta testers. I say Ho's will be off within 5 minutes. Lagtonica down in 2 hours (people gotta find their way there) Commonlands in about 1 hour. Client/Server patch in 3.2 hours that will take about 4 hours to download... (if you are VERY lucky) seriously... what are they thinking? they wanted to beat blizzard to market to capture market share, but this is going to hurt them getting there before blizzard with an unplayable game in its current state. I hope the live players have as much fun in the chat rooms as we did... constantly.

Don't need to wait (4, Informative)

dsanfte (443781) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761135)

WoW started their open beta test today. Play WoW for free. The signups are down tonight, but should be up tomorrow.

http://www.worldofwarcraft.com [worldofwarcraft.com]

Re:To speak freely: (1)

Solitude (30003) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761296)

I plan on creating a character and beating feet out of the beginner zones to some faraway zone. Any suggestions on where to head to that a level 1 player can survive?

Re:To speak freely: (1)

obsid1an (665888) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761536)

When are beta testers going to understand that they are just that, beta testers. You think they invite a couple thousand beta testers because they all provide meaningful feedback? To a point of course, but the main job of a beta tester is to just play. The servers are purposefully packed to the point of capacity to stress them and work on the networking code. This also gives a good idea on the number servers needed when the game goes live. If you are going to complain about EQ2 not being ready complain about gameplay. BTW, I'm playing in the WoW beta and I constantly lag as well and see others chopping all around like crazy.

Get in early (5, Interesting)

Solitude (30003) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760900)

I already warned my future ex-girlfriend that this was coming out. I was there on week one of Everquest. Sold my account 18 months later for $2,250. You gotta get there early to get the good stuff before they turn off the overpowered items drops.

Re:Get in early (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10761199)

That's an average of $9.25 you earned per day of play if you played every day. It's weird to think that the guy who bought it probably made that money in around 2-4 weeks.

E-V-E-R-Q-U-E-S-T ?? (5, Funny)

Anenga (529854) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760911)

Will this "Everquest" help me in getting an Open Beta CD-Key for WoW from the duct-taped together webserver that is FilePlanet.com? Or perhaps assist me in my perilous presuit of refreshing "signup.worldofwarcraft.com" every 5 seconds in hopes of grasping -- ever so quickly -- that final bliss-filled orgamsmic joy of actually getting to play?

/Already got CD-Key suckers

Re:E-V-E-R-Q-U-E-S-T ?? (1)

friedmud (512466) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761119)

LOL

I am laughing because I've been hitting signup.worldofwarcraft.com all day today as well (and you are spot on about FilePlanet today as well).

I actually got my Beta key early last week - but had to be out of town. I played in the WoW first stress test for a week and it was an absolute blast! I've never played an MMORPG before - but I'm definitely picking up WoW in a couple of weeks...

Everquest what?

Friedmud

Re:E-V-E-R-Q-U-E-S-T ?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10761127)

In all honesty I am starting to wonder about Blizzard. They can't keep there website up for more than a few days without a crash and some downtime and they can't seem to hold events like an Open Beta without massive problems. For example www.worldofwarcraft.com [worldofwarcraft.com] is down right now. I'm sorry but that File Planet garbage today was non-sense. The site login forms stopped working about 2 minutes after they announced that keys could be gotten there. Why in the hell do we need to go through File Planet to get into the "Open Beta"?

Re:E-V-E-R-Q-U-E-S-T ?? (1)

Peyna (14792) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761382)

File Planet has a limited number of OB Keys that Blizzard is letting them give out to let people start a few days earlier on OB. Once those run out, Blizzard will release the rest directly. File Planet is only required if you want a few day jump.

WoW? (1)

Lord_Dweomer (648696) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760916)

This isn't entirely off topic because it is important that while EQ2 launches today, so does the WoW open beta. I wonder how much of an affect that will have on people.

Now, that being said, Fileplanet is out of beta keys, and so I'm wondering if anybody has details on when I'll be able to get into the open beta. Damn fileplanet and them leeching off every fun thing that used to exist with games.

Re:WoW? (1)

rhettoric (772376) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761072)

I think the rest of us are in the same boat. Though I did get to see fileplanet's wonderful flash advertising and I was able to submit a request, I haven't had any indication that anything actually worked.

That's okay though...I have my mad minesweeper skilzz to see me through the next few weeks.

Is it still only for people without a life? (0, Flamebait)

Snaller (147050) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760955)

Where it takes a real time year to get from level 1 to 50? (As opposed to a the month it should take)

Re:Is it still only for people without a life? (4, Insightful)

Ironica (124657) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761317)

Where it takes a real time year to get from level 1 to 50? (As opposed to a the month it should take)

"Should" according to...?

A year is probably too long, but a month is way too short, for my satisfaction. I've been playing WoW for a couple months, very casually, because I have a four-month-old baby to take care of ;-) and I'm level 25 (almost 26!) which seems about right to me. If I get a solid block of a few hours and a good group, and I have a lot of rested exp saved up, I can get a level or so in one sitting... that feels about right. I make enough progress to feel like I got somewhere even when I can't dedicate a whole lot of time, but it's not so quick as to feel trivial when I get a new level. The pacing is really quite good as far as I'm concerned.

Now, if you have no life, and play 40 hours a week in long uninterrupted blocks, you might make 50 in a month. But I wouldn't want to be you, if that was the case.

Heather Graham (4, Funny)

PerpetualMotion (550623) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760957)

I think we all know why they wanted Heather Graham *NSFW* [google.com] involved with EQ2. People are tired with elves. I wonder how long until the nude patch is leaked.

Good (4, Funny)

pHatidic (163975) | more than 9 years ago | (#10760978)

For those of us who don't pre-order EQ2, our chances of surviving and reproducing just went way up.

F13 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10761005)

I have some cynical comments about the F13 webserver.

no contest for WoW (4, Interesting)

sinner0423 (687266) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761023)

Sorry.. but World of Warcraft [worldofwarcraft.com] is simply going to destroy EQ2.

EQ2 only took almost 6 years to be released after the original - way too long, imo. I hear it isn't ready, and they rushed it to compete with WoW. Sony is probably nervous.. and for a good reason.

Blizzard is poised to win big with this game. They've had HUGE success with Warcraft, an extensive fanbase, and the MMO really does immerse you. I was part of the limited beta(s) and it's been quite a trip.

The graphical stylings of WoW (and the sheer attention to detail) really make it a contender. Sorry to come across sounding like a fanboy, I probably won't play due to the fact that i'm broke and i've got other things [halflife2.net] on my plate. But if I had the time & money, i'd be on my troll shaman right now.

I urge any MMO fan to give Blizzard's new project a shot, it's worth your cash. Oh, and play on Sargeras, cause I said so.

Re:no contest for WoW (1)

Blakey Rat (99501) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761544)

Blizzard is poised to win big with this game. They've had HUGE success with Warcraft, an extensive fanbase, and the MMO really does immerse you

If the playerbase is anything even SLIGHTLY resembling the Battle.net community, I don't see how it could possibly even come close to being immersive.

That is, unless you consider a minotaur saying things like "WTB 4SjO 5000gp ^_^ ^_^ ^_^ ^_^ ^_^" immersive. Uh. Yeah. I'll skip MMORPGs until they make one that doesn't attract complete morons... probably hopeless, but until then I have RP MUDs to occupy my time. (And yeah, the RP MUDs are actually immersive. With no budget and a thousandth the bandwidth. Go figure.)

Another Beta Tester here... (4, Insightful)

MrBandersnatch (544818) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761025)

And while EQ1 may have been they game that ruled them all (for a while) EQ2 is hopefully going to be a major failure for SoE.

Why? Well in game play terms its a massive step backwards...locked encounters, limited number of classes (basically 4 with a bit of flavouring to make it look like more),poor options for solo play, no pvp etc. etc.

I couldnt help but feel that the game was designed by SoEs accounts and customer service departments with the sole purpose of minimising the main reasons for CS calls....Oh but it IS visually STUNNING and almost up there with morrowwind in the audio department, but even so I couldnt help but feel it was the most shallow gameplay experience I had in many years.

Re:Another Beta Tester here... (1)

Solitude (30003) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761388)

Yeah the gameplay does seem like it took a couple of steps backward. The only good thing I can see to come out of locked encounters is limiting killstealing. Canceling movement buffs? Last thing I want to do while running through a zone is get stopped every time some stupid green decides to take a whack at me.

Hark, what's that? (5, Funny)

deemaunik (699970) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761087)

I can hear the paperwork of divorces and welfare being shuffled across the desks of america already.

In other news, suicidal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10761129)

everquest player has killed himself after realising his pc would refuse to run eq2.

LOADING PLEASE WAIT (1)

mcguyver (589810) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761147)

I haven't played EQ2 but I played EQ1 enough to know SOE has no problem launching a product before it is ready. The fact that EQ2 has been in development for 6 years and it is just now being released two weeks before WoW tells me this is another one of those times.

Re:LOADING PLEASE WAIT (3, Informative)

SnapperHead (178050) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761257)

Loading is a big thing to look at when compairing the 2 games.

EQ - Takes about 10 mins to get logged in, typical zoning which takes forever. Just like EQ1.

WoW - Takes about 1 min from loading the game, to actually play the game. There is no zoning, unless you take a large leap across the map, which still only takes 3 secs to load.

Not talking about char creation. Talking about going from the desktop, to getting into the game with an already made char.

All in all, WoW totally beats EQ2. Heres why:

- Can play WoW on older machines without much trouble.
- WoW has PVP. Not something as an after though, the game was designed with it in mind. Something Sony has never done with there games.
- Graphics wise, EQ2 has crazy requirements. Even with the best computers, putting more then 30 people in the same place at the same time will bog down BAD. WoW still looks very nice, the graphics are a little simpler which makes playing much more reasonable.
- Quests ... they give you good exp in WoW, they are fun, and there are *TONS* of them. Many more then EQ. Funny, another game beats EverQuest with it.
- EQ is a grind game, spend tons and tons of hours doing nothing but killing the same mobs over and over again. In WoW, you can grind it out, or you can do quests, or both. There is no limit.
- Customer service at Sony blows, this will NEVER change. They simply don't care.
- Sony still doesn't understand the purpose of beta. They rather nerf everything bad after release and totally change the game. Blizzard at least has the common sense to make those changes durring beta.
- Sony tends to just rip ideas rather then create there own.
- The interface in WoW is MUCH easier to use and more complete. Not to mention, they actually give you an entire langauge to create the interface. Sony gives you access to simple XML files to move things around, not change how it works differently.
- Sony has a long habbit of not fixing things. I mean come on, there are thigns in EQ1 that STILL haven't been fixed in *3* years!
- EQ2 zerg vs WoW strategy is an interesting one. - EQ2 has tons of downtime, just like EQ1. WoW they removed that by adding things like drinks and fast respawns to get you moving faster.

There are tons more, just don't wanna type them all. Plan and simple, Sony isn't getting another dime from me. Not after all the shit they put me through for 4 years.

Try WoW, you will be suprised.

W00t (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10761164)

omgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomgomg

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And in related news... (5, Funny)

Sheepdot (211478) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761213)

... Duke Nukem Forever has announced that they "would like to rescind the comment about DNF being released before EQ2."

Food for thought:
"Duke Nukem Forever is a 1999 game and we think that timeframe matches very well with what we have planned for the game." - George Broussard, 1998

"Trust us, Duke Nukem Forever will rock when it comes out next year." -Joe Siegler, 1999

"When it's done in 2001." -2000 Christmas card

"DNF will come out before Unreal 2." -George Broussard, 2001

"If DNF is not out in 2001, something's very wrong." -George Broussard, 2001

"DNF will come out before Doom 3." -George Broussard, 2002

The Voyager 1 spacecraft has travelled approximately 2.5 billion miles since the announcement of Duke Nukem Forever.

The rovers Spirit and Opportunity were proposed, authorized, announced, designed, launched and successfully landed upon Mars within the timeframe of Duke Nukem Forever's development.

The majority of the children who were entering high school the school year following Duke Nukem Forever's announcement are now eligible to drink.

And last but not least:
"We're confident that DNF will be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, game of 1998. And this confidence is not misplaced." -Scott Miller, 1997

Indeed, I would have to agree. When DNF finally does come out I'm sure it will blow the games of 1998 away. Or, at least, I sure as hell hope it does.

(Sources were from all over the net, mostly the DNF forums [3drealms.com] )

As a beta taster (4, Funny)

lobsterGun (415085) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761220)

I have to say that this game just isn't ready for prime time.

I found the CD to be dry and tasteless. There wasn't even any salt on it. If Sony is going to ship CDs that are so completely devoid of flavour they should at least ship it with a nice salsa or a cheese sauce.

And one other thing. I serious doubt that CD was biodegradeable. Don't ask me how I know. I'd rather not talk about it.

Everquest (1)

dmf415 (218827) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761406)

Everquest aka Evercrack

Heather G. Interview (2)

llZENll (545605) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761407)

uh ya like totally cool, NOT!

Did anyone else waste 10 seconds of their life and read that sorry misuse of internet bandwidth? I was expecting at least one good question or answer, Heather reads like a 10 year old girl, GameSpy shouldn't of posted that tripe.

What gives...? (2, Funny)

standing_still (772809) | more than 9 years ago | (#10761531)

"...Though it's being drowned out by the Halo 2 news, Everquest 2 officially launches today...."

Personally, Halo 2 doesn't excite me at all -- There are already too many 1st person shooter games out there, and not enough true RPGs.

I remember playing EverQuest back when it use to be called Dragon Warrior -- the memories. I even managed to download copies of the versions only released in Japan, and Emulate them on my PC with a translator.

PS: EverQuest 2? EverQuest 2 was released in Japan for the SNES a long time ago -- What gives?
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