Fileplanet has teamed up with Sony Online Entertainment to give away free copies of Everquest II with a month’s subscription. If you’ve never tried a massively multiplayer online game, here’s a golden opportunity for you. Check out the details over on Fileplanet.
I played Everquest II shortly after it launched and kept my account active for about 4-5 months. It’s not a bad game. Its main issues were a lack of solo content (they’ve since addressed this), a somewhat silly combat mechanic (when you click on an opponent, you see all monsters that are grouped with it that will also attack if you attack the selected opponent. I’m all for trying something new, I just don’t think this new way of handling things is any good), and the fact that they launched at roughly the same time as World of Warcraft, which has become the 800 lb gorilla in the mmorpg market (5 million subscribers and climbing).
Everquest II does have a lot of things in its favor. While it doesn’t have same integrity of style that WoW does it’s still a beautiful game if you have a rig powerful enough to turn on all the effects. It’s got a huge, diverse world to explore. It has 6+ years worth of the original everquest’s content development to build on so there’s a rich, complex back story to it all. There’s also a lot of voice acting in the game and it’s really pretty well done. I’m always surprised by how much that adds to a game, too.
The upshot of all this is, this is definitely worth taking advantage of while the offer stands.
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I should have also mentioned – Everquest II has a great crafting system, better than any game I’ve played. Also though I think most folks know it, this is PC only.