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Hello everyone, for those that follow me from game to game, then you know who I am. For those that don't. Just know that I will make this as painless (or painful if you prefere) as possible. This is a general breakdown of Entropia Universe. All opinions and observations are my own, feel free to disagree. But a word of warning. Do not troll this thread, or you will find yourself on the recieving end. So, without further ado, here we go.
-graphics/gameplay, The graphics in Entropia are fairly decent for a game/community. Far better than most chat platforms out there. But to call this an MMO is far off the mark as far as game play goes. After a tedious, and all to laggy character customization routine, your dumped right into game with no direction, an ugly orange jumpsuit looking thing on your body, and a cheesy 60's sci-fi looking thing. Which, after painstakeingly trying to find out, is some sort of "sweat" gatherer. They do have billboards that give you generalized advice, but nothing that will constitute how to survive should you find yourself under attack. The all to brief descriptions don't tell you much, and there are no popups to help you realize you just got some advice. They say there are quests you can undertake, but after four hours of wandering around aimlessly trying to find an NPC or a player to talk to, I found nothing at all.
-UI and movement, Possibly the worst setup I have ever seen. The UI is far from entuitive, and takes a good fifteen minutes or so to go through and try to understand. Most of the options you have to setup on your own, there isn't even a tutorial hint to help you figure this out. While your able to gather items from enemies, the game fails to inform you on how it is your supposed to get it from a corpse, to your inventory. Even right clicking on the object doesn't give you any sort of hints. Drag and drop maybe? Well, if that is the case, you better gather it fast if you got it from a creature. Otherwise, you will lose it the instant your killed. Movement is with the WASD keys, which is fairly standard for foreign produced games. But there seems to be no way to change that to something your more comfortable with. The click to move is the worst yet. Try to mouse look while you have that option set, and you find yourself running in whatever direction you were facing. Even if you didn't click on a spot for a destination.
-economy, From what I have seen, the world runs off of a currency called PED. Which, if I read correctly, can be bought and or sold with and for real world currency. When you start out, it's not an easy commodity to come by. With no other gear to start off with other than a sweat gatherer, expect alot of frustration, because your going to die time and again just trying to get a few drops of sweat to sell. As far as the tag saying that the game is free to play, as it turns out, it isn't really free, and ends up costing you more in real world currency just to get going, than any other game out there.
-community, I spoke to very few people in world, as at the time I was online, there was nobody around to talk to. So all in all, not very many people can be seen, if any. The few that you do see are spamming the chat over and over again with adds trying to sell goods, or recruit you into whatever clan/guild/faction/cult or whatever they call it.
Overall, this is something that should be avoided, unless you like being frustrated on a minute by minute basis. If your looking for an alternative to Second Life, just keep looking as this isn't it. If your looking for something that is newbie friendly, easy to start, and zero to little frustration on getting started. Again, this isn't it. If I graded on a star scale, this would get a zero out of five stars.
Well, that concludes my review, short, but not nessarilly painless. Bear in mind a review is an individual opinion, nor does it reflect the opionions of any one community. Until next time!!