I have played EQ2 and WoW extensively. I am not biased. You may not believe me after reading this, but if not, then you're wrong. I have been a fan of Blizzard's for years. And I was looking forward to WoW long before I ever gave EQ2 a second glance. So keep that in mind if you feel like judging me.
Now, having played both games. I can honestly say that I have NO idea how first off the reviews for both games that came out were so slanted. EQ2 is a very complex game. WoW is not. It's a ripoff of every other game that has come out, with bonus pretty cartoon graphics that can run on almost any computer, post-Commodore.
I am not normally a conspiracy theorist, but if there is any situation that merits a conspiracy theory it's the reviews that came in for both games when they came out.
Next point is that having played both games, can anyone (who has also played both games) tell me honestly that they see any originality in WoW? If you feel you can then I invite you to prove me wrong. Actually, I challenge you to prove me wrong. Because I know that any feature in WoW that you call original I can point to another game that had it first.
And last. The fun factor. Now that EQ2 has PvP that is actually fun (as opposed to WoW's), anyone who has played both games will tell you (if they're honest) that EQ2 kicks WoW's butt in the fun factory. WoW gets so boring that it takes a defibrillator and two vials of epinephrine to get me going again after that.
I know that a bunch of people are going to disagree with me on the basis that they think SOE sucks. But I ask, please, if you feel that that's the reason to disagree with me, then just stick to the "I HATE SOE" threads and let this one be an honest debate.
I just wanted to make my intention on starting this post really clear...
I know that it may seem like I am just trying to flame to some people for posting this. But honestly, it was not my intent. My intent in starting this post is to let people know that EQ2, at it's current stage, is a far superior game in so many ways.
I know that there are going to be some people that will like WoW better. That's obvious to me. But what I'm trying to do is let people in general know that they really should give EQ2 a chance.
I'm not one to subscribe to the idea that popularity makes for quality. So anyone making that argument to me just know that it doesn't matter. It's like saying that McDonald's has better food than Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. More people eat at McDonalds, but the quality isn't there. If anything it's mostly convenience. Which makes a good point.
WoW is an easier game to pick up quickly. And there's a reason for that. It's a simpler game. There's not nearly the complexity or things to learn and do in it.
I learned everything I needed to know in WoW in about a month. That was it. It didn't take that long to learn all the eccentricities of that game. The crafting system, the combat system, the questing system. They were easy to learn and convenient to pick up. But that's not what I think most people who really like gaming want. And to this day I am STILL finding things to learn about in EQ2. And that amazes me that the designers were able to put so much depth into the game.
I promise that I am just trying to get a point across to MMO players from a nice guy perspective. If you are a big time gamer who wants to pick up a great game that will hold your attention and intrigue for a long amount of time and are trying to decide between WoW and EQ2 I KNOW that 90% of the big time gamers who pick up both games and stick with them will find EQ2 way better.
And one last thing I want to say. Please believe me. You can't know anything about EQ2 by doing the island trial. Doing that trial just doesn't introduce you to anything.
I hope that this gets more people to try EQ2. Because I'm absolutely confident that anyone looking for a good complex MMO with bigtime fun and lot's of activities will be happy with my advice.