Everquest 2 Extended Announced

This week I got an email from Sony Online Entertainment announcing to me that they are launching EverQuest 2 Extended.¬†What this is, is a free-to-play edition of EQ2. They aren’t doing it quite like normal, they are splitting it up into tiers. So there will be free to play, an extended version with a one time fee, their normal monthly fee, and then a new extended pay structure that gives you more access. Continue reading “Everquest 2 Extended Announced”

EQ2: Sentinel’s Fate Announced

Last week was SoE’s yearly fan fest where they have fans from all their games get together to have fun, talk about their games, and make announcements for the year ahead. I have never really been too excited about many of their other games, so of course I want to talk mostly about what they talked about in reference with [amazonify]B001EPZD7A::text::::EverQuest 2[/amazonify]. The big announcement was their yearly expansion announcement. It isn’t ever really a surprise that they announce them, but just more what exactly will be in it.

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$OE Strikes Again

Sony Online Entertainment announced their new micro-transaction model for both Everquest and Everquest 2 recently, deciding to take American MMORPGs in an entirely new direction. I can’t say that anyone in particular was surprised by the move. Sony has long been on the forefront at finding new ways to charge MMO players more money than they already were paying. Be it the Station Pass, Legends servers on EQ1, Magazines, or a Trading Card Game infused with in game items, Sony has tried to do it all. On top of that, they’ve already announced an MMO based on microtransactions called FreePlay, and I do believe that Sony uses EQ games to test out these ideas first.

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Legends of Norrath: Inquisitor

Ok so this isn’t really a review so much as my thoughts on the state of this game in general. But to me the idea of Inquisitor has killed this TCG. I love trading card games and haven’t really played them for a long time previous to LoN largely because the cost was too high with MTG due to the constant shift of cards (I liked picking up new boosters of expansions but overall I couldn’t buy hundreds of cards in every expansion just to say competitive when I already had so many already). With the loot cards as bonus I actually was fairly excited here, and I think they did a fairly good job on the game.

When Foresworn was released, I kind of questioned a new expansion just a month after the main game was released, but I figured it wasn’t entirely bad to help flesh out the game which I do think Foresworn did. But now it’s been about 2 months and we are stuck in with yet another expansion… I only have had time to get about 3 or 4 packs of Foresworn and I have yet to even get a booster in game. The expansion release of every other month is just too quick for my blood and the interest of the game has died down enough that there aren’t a ton of players who are still around. Those who are around are those who are heavy collectors and have invested a lot into it. So here again we are faced with the same Dilemma that MTG had of a large investment, only worse because expansions are coming even faster than that game. MTG generally put 2-3 out a year, wheras this game is on track for 6! This is even worse considering the free in game packs are few and far between… If I’m lucky I get 1 pack a month, but usually not even that… Even on the higher drop rate weekends I tend not to get one, and I’m not going to invest platinum in game to buy the ones off the broker either. The devs stated at launch that the game was designed so that you could be competitive without investing through the tutorial cards and the free cards in the game. But this just hasn’t happened in the least. If I’m going to play a TCG I would go back to MTG at this point… it allows you to be more competitive with fewer cards than LoN does (I’ve seen people who are competitive with purely commons whereas in LoN if you play against someone with a set of a number of rares in their decks, you are toast if you don’t have another rare to really combat them).

I think it was easy for people to say the game was nothing but a money grubbing scheme by SOE. SOE is known for it, but I honestly didn’t think it was going to be this bad. What really sucks is the loot cards are really cool and they seem to get better with every expansion (this one brings rings that give xp & items that increase status contributed to the guild, how sweet is that?!). But without money, how would I get em? On ebay they are going for about $20 for the decent ones=/

Raiding

It has been awhile now in the raiding guild and overall I gotta say it isn’t working out. I like raiding a lot and have the time to do it, moreover I think I am talented enough to do it and well enough geared as well. However, the guild itself is kind of sucky. The leader has found way to take all the fun out of playing the game to the point that I don’t log in except to raid, I don’t raid as much as I wanted to, and when I do I hope that the raiding gets canceled due to lack of players. The leader himself has pretty much chased off many of our more talented players and because of that, we are worse off now than we were two months ago when I joined.

I am pretty much ready to move back to a normal non-raiding guild. In fact I started notifying various people that I was going to quit yesterday but one of them talked me into staying just a little while longer, promising that he was going to take over raids to make setups better, to take the leader out of it a little, and to try to lesson the amount of rules that the guild has overwhelmed itself with. He also promised that we had many more new players incoming who should promise to bring the guild back to where it was so that our raids would be more successful again.

Still, I don’t have much hope. I told him that I’d stick around for a week or two more but I really don’t think it’ll get much better in that time. The guild leader is going to have to go through drastic changes, and so will the guild itself and I just don’t see it happening. I love raiding, it is just too bad I’m stuck on a server as crappy for raiding as Mistmoore.