EverQuest II: A Different Take on Heroic Characters
week, our Editor-in-Chief wrote a piece about why
EverQuest II’s new heroic character feature should be in all
feature allows players new and old to either create a decently-geared
character from scratch or upgrade an existing character to that level.
some AA’s and a flying mount as well. Sardu thought it was a
great idea, but I’m
here to explain why I’m not 100% onboard with the whole
the surface, I think there are some relatively cool
ideas about being able to get a high level character right off the bat.
biggest advantage this gives to players is the ability to hop into the
play with their high level friends that have already been playing for
The addition of this many high level characters showing up on each
also been a huge boon for guilds all around the world. Whether they
previously lacking specific classes, or members were tired of playing
current main, they can now get high level characters to join their
raids in the
blink of an eye.
Since I haven’t played a Necromancer since shortly after launch, that’s what I picked for my heroic character freebie. I appreciate that the team took the time and effort to create a heroic UI system that tries to ease you into things, but I couldn’t take only having one hotbar for very long. If you want to load up the full UI they created, use the following command: /load_heroic_ui necromancer – replace the class name with whichever is appropriate for your character.
biggest concern lies in the realm of knowing how to
play a character effectively. I’m not looking to hop into a
raid within the
first day of playing, but at the same time, I don’t like
feeling as though I’m
doing little more than button mashing. I’m slowly learning
the more intricate
aspects of my spells. After playing around for a couple hours, I
completely lost, but I’m still not efficient by any means.
returning to a game I haven’t played in years, I’m
the type of player that likes to start up a new character for at least
time, just to get the hang of things again. I had a level 52
Necromancer on a
now nearly dead server, so I started a new Beastlord back in August. I
think much about it when I initially heard about the heroic characters
and didn’t care about them right up until they went live with
the latest game
My Beastlord had just hit level 74 when the latest update went live. I was only 11 levels away from where my new heroic character started. Do I continue playing my old character that I’ve been logging onto for two months? Do I set aside the character that has been with me through the dark corners of Neriak, battled the sand giants in the desert Sinking Sands, or went hand to hand with the Drachnids of Kunark? I have a connection with this character because of the challenges we’ve overcome. I was with this character when they were terrified and wet behind the ears. I saw them transformed into force of nature, tempered with the experience of our adventures.
I’m being asked to drop them and pick up this new
character that is not only extremely powerful, but is even more so than
character I had. The problem is that I don’t have any
connection with this new Necromancer.
I have no ties. I don’t care about their wellbeing or their
health. As a
result, rushing headlong into a dangerous situation becomes more about
whack-a-mole with video game monsters than it does about feeling like
having an exciting adventure.
this were any other game, I have no doubt that I would
be in the minority here. Most players would just care about getting a
level character and never look back. They look at the screen and see
more than a digital set of numbers that now allows them to skip tons of
“useless” content. This isn’t any other
game though and it’s not any other
franchise. This is EverQuest and as such, I’m sure there are
plenty of players
out there that want to connect with their characters.