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I like the idea of a space MMO as it's different from the mainstream. I've rolled a few charaters in EVE but I keep coming up with the same problem, although people keep telling me it's not how it is.
I find the game to be very in-depth and complex, which is great and I iike that type of thing, but, boy does it take forever to achieve anything unless you are hardcore. I've rarely met few players who aren't online every waking minute and they naturally seem to get the most out of the game, but it's not very 'casual friendly', in my opinion.
People tell you it is 'casual friendly', because you character develops skill points whilst you are offline. I'd say that's a bi-product of being offline as you can't exactly enjoy the game whilst you aren't playing it. You can't take advantage of those skill points unless you play, and you really do need to play a lot in order to make progress with your goals.
To enjoy the game and actually achieve anything, you can't exactly log-in for 30-60 minutes at a time. It's an MMO that if you try to play casually, then there's little point in playing, as you can't achieve much in pockets. Even a jump of 5-10 systems has eaten up a fair bit of your play-time if you want to be casual. Yes, you can log in for 60 minutes, but you'll log off and be asking yourself "What the hell did I achieve there?"
As I said, I like the idea of the game, but any corps I've been in are active (as they should be) and you can't feel part of it unless you can play almost every night/day for hours on end. Because it's sandbox, you can be totally out of the loop if you don't play for 2-3 days.
If there was some way to speed up some of the game's mechanics, like the warping or the traveling for half an hour to collect some parts etc so that more could be done in the time available to play it, I wonder if it could attract get more players.
As a casual with limited time, I always end up cancelling my sub becauseI realise that I could play for 4-5 hours a week and get nowhere, so I may as well play a different game.
This is not a troll post or a whine, I actually do thing the game is very good and very well made, but I just wish I could get more done for my time, in order that I would consider it worth my while playing.