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Hello.First let me say that this isn't a bash WoW thread.The aim of this thread is to bring to light a fantastic alternative option, to WoW or WoW clone mmos of recent.Chances are, since you're on mmorpg.com you have atleast heard of or seen images of EQ2.But have you actually played EQ2 from lvl1 - endgame and experienced the content and game itself?
For the past ~8 years, EQ2 has been the red headed step child in the world of MMOs.It has been under the radar of many mmo'rs for years.There are a few reasons for this that i'd ike to bring to light.
* EQ2 was released roughly the same time as WoW.With hordes (pun intended) of blizzard followers from previous (multiple) titles clinging onto WoW instantly, alot had tunnel vision and didn't realize what a magnificent mmo had also been released right beside WoW.ie; EQ2.Alot had never even dabbled in the great world of mmos.Until WoW.
*EQ2 marketing wasn't / isn't so great.This is where blizzard runs circles around SOE.Bigtime.
*In developement and release SOE / EQ2 banked on the future of CPUS being single core.Soon after release single cores were quickly inferior to the multi core processors and no really ground breaking developement went into single core cpus from intel or amd.At launch alot of people lacked the hardware to run the game on the lowest possible settings.This was a huge obstical for SOE.Sales went down, players went to other games.it wasn't til later that SOE supported multi core processors.The graphics in EQ2, in essense (from the start) were designed to scale up over a long period of time as more powerful hardware became avalible, as with any game.But SOE took this concept to a whole new extreme.Until a couple of years ago very few people could even come close to running the game on max setings in a playable state.nowadays, sure alot of people are able to run high setttings.
* People look foward to the next 'great' mmo release.They never look backwards to see the diamond in the rough that they never had a chance to see shine.
*Combine bad marketing, strict system requirements at release and going up agains ta juggernaut company like blizzard = not an easy task.
So, for all of the people out there who have ever wondered or gave a double take at EQ2.. You serioulsy need to play this game.Especially if you are tired of WoW and all of the WoW clones out there.EQ2 movement/mechanics are liquid smooth.The game is very fluid overall.There's endless content.A Vast, immersive, dynamic game world and it looks absolutely amazing.On max settings It seriously looks amazing.Not to mention the difficulty of EQ2 is somewhere between EQ1 and WoW.So it's by no means faceroll.Also i shouldn't forget that if you are used to WoWish combat style (global reuse/cools etc etc) you will find EQ2 combat system very refreshing.As I stated, it is very fluid just really alot of fun.EDIT:For got a few things.probably alot actually lol.But i'll start to fill in blanks as this thread progresses.The crafting in eq2 is simply amazing.Craft thousands of items, such as home furnishings for example.The ability to buy and furnish (highly customizable) your own home is a nice feature.There are difrent homes avalible everywhere for purchase all across norrath.EQ2 has guild halls, wich most people like.Crafters can craft up pedastles to mount the heads of all your defeated raid mobs,pretty sweet if you ask me.Inwich you can place whereever you like in your Guild hall.level locking, lock your toon at any lvl for pvp twinks or just for fun.Apperance slots.Wear your stat gear and then place w/e u like in appearance slots for your desired look.
NOTE: Do Not play the F2P version.You are limited quite a bit on alot of things.Like only being able to select out of ~5 of the 26 playable classes.And things don't get better with F2P. Just P2P and enjoy, imo the best MMO currently on the market.
Since almost everyone likes mounts.Here's just a small portion of the content/mounts avalible in EQ2.There are literally hundreds of mounts and hours of content though.make sure and watch it on high-def =D plus some other random vids. sssssd