Review by Takezo

"A Brilliant game"

I have read several sceptics out there playing Everquest (EQ) half-heartedly and try to write trash review on Everquest, shame on you guys. This is the answer for those reviews:

Gameplay: 10+/10
Imagine playing in vast and semi-real ''gothic'' world where you can join up with other people and accomplish your own goal. This is the main theme of the EQ, learn the game world by creating your own persona and interact with other people (not like Diablo 2, just with 8 people in one server and always try to get your head by player killing). You have to help people and ask people to help you in order to survive in EQ world. Like in real life, you can get lost night blind (depending on character that you create), hungry, exhausted (while wielding big swords and jumping around, carrying to much stuff that you can carry). Even carrying too much money on your back can kill you because you get encumbered (yes, those golds and platinums are heavy). And for people without imagination, yes there is no story for EQ. You have to create your own goal (unlike other games that have predetermined goal, kill this dragon and live happily ever after). You will become part of legend if you have helped people, and become strong in the process. People will recognize you as an entity from this. You can create your own guild and make more friend in EQ world and if possible know the people in RL (real life).
As for characters, you can choose several race (High Elf, Human, Dark Elf, Dwarf, Wood Elf, Halfling, Gnome, Barbarian, Troll, Ogre, Half Elf) with their own advantages and disadvantages. There are several class that you can use: Bard (mainly a group helper, playing songs during battle for health regeneration, mana regeneration, and other effect), Cleric (healer and ''buffing'' specialist), Druid (Nature people, help with healing, several damage over time spells or direct damage spells), Enchanter (help with mesmerizing/stun spells and some damage spells), Paladin (half warrior, half cleric), Warrior (the ''tank'' or meat shield), Rogue (''Tank'' with attitude, backstabing and pickpocket specialist), Necromancer, Shadow knight, Ranger and more that i can explain in this small column. Before you get the game, try to get ahold of Primas guide on EQ to get the general idea of EQ.

Controls: 8/10
It can be intimidating to have all the commands spread around the keyboard. So many things to learn at first but you'll get it pretty soon. As some would say, the combat could be repetitive, but a good strategy will always freshen up the battle.

Graphics: 8/10
I haven't seen any 3-D MMORPG game (MMORPG: Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) before, so i think Verant did great with the graphics. They will improve the graphics in their latest expansion pack on 2002 Fall.

Sounds: 4/10
Can't be said about the sound? Repetitive battle music and dull sounds.

Final Score (not average): 10/10
Most thing that i mention here sounds great, eh? With $20.00 retail price for EQ and Kunark expansion pack, $10.00 per month (or $50.00 per 6 months), doesn't sound that bad. You won't need other game beside this one for a while. Its also required to have internet connection to play this game (at least 56k for the best experience)

Server: The Tribunal
Name : Vanel Arnorik
Class : Paladin/High Elf

Reviewer's Rating:   5.0 - Flawless

Originally Posted: 07/18/01, Updated 07/18/01

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