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EverQuest II + Star Wars Galaxies

  • Use The Force!
    I have noticed that in these past few months, Star Wars Galaxies has had quite
    a few reviews, updates and critics pick on it.
    Here's another editorial reported by MMORPGDot.com:

    Worthplaying has posted an editorial on the recent New Game Experience for
    Star Wars Galaxies.
    One of the most recent acronyms to enrage the MMO population is NGE –
    The New Game Experience released for the ever-burdened Star Wars Galaxies
    (SWG). The NGE is not a patch or a rebuild of some faltering game mechanics.
    It represents a complete replacement of the core of the game; an entirely
    new game poured over an existing universe. The NGE has been out for several
    weeks now, and having had the opportunity to play through the 10 day trial,
    I thought I would add my take on it to the ever growing body of work on the
    subject (it was even covered in the New York Times).

    News
    Tue, Dec 20, 2005
    LadySirse
  • And without a "Thanks for all the fish!" even! I would say how rude but I fired it up and then promptly quit myself. Wired has a fabulous article on the mass exodus of players within the SWG Universe. No longer is it the complex challenging game that it used to be.

    You should read it, it's good.

    Get your Star Wars Galaxy Info and News Right Here!

    News
    Thu, Dec 15, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • You know this game really NEEDED a new review. I tried playing it again recently and what I experienced went beyond confusion. *whisper* It was easier the other way *end whisper*

    Anyhoo, IGN does a marvelous job of explaining, critiquing and whatnot. They end up giving the game a 7.7/ 10. Not too shabby although nothing of supersonic stardom. For a game that's over it's prime it's a good score.

    Feel The Force This Way For SWG Info and News

    Reviews
    Wed, Dec 14, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • They're calling it a "kinder, gentler game". I call it something completely different. Seriously! What happened to the game I played at launch? It's an entirely different game at this point and Smedley tells us why in this GameSpot interview.

    GS: How does the internal team participate?

    JS: One of the things that we do is that everybody, literally everybody in the company, from our legal department to our finance department to our development group, gets into the game.

    GS: And what did you find out after all that playing with the game?

    JS: Star Wars never hit that excitement level around here. It never got--there never was a critical mass of people here that wanted to play it. So we knew we could do way better. And I guess as much out of a love for making these kinds of games, even though that sounds corny, though it's true, we wanted to make this game better.

    I see.. I see.. And so you're going to make the game more enjoyable to play..Riiiight

    Get Your Fill of Star Wars Galaxies News and Info Here!

    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Dec 12, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • OGaming has a fluff piece up with Heather Graham, SOE's Antonia BayleShe's like.. kind of a gamer.. but like.. not really.. cause like.. she has better things to do..

    "It was an amazing experience to take part in. I was really pleased by how good of a fit it was, too."OGaming: Do you actually play the game now that it’s out and in the public eye?

    HG: Once in a while. And if I do, it’s under an anonymous character, the same way that anybody else would. That’s part of the fun: getting to not be yourself for at least a little while…

    Looks like she really tries to be nice about the whole gaming issue throughout the interview. SOE must still be paying her to do press.

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    Features, Interviews
    Mon, Dec 12, 2005
    Awenyddion
  • Yes, I'm bitter!
    Eurogamer gives EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames a 7/10 for lack of low-to-mid-level content. This is like the 15th review I've read that's all about how great DoF is, then, bam! it hits the "too high level" concrete bridge abutment. Every MMO expansion is going to be geared to the top tier of the playerbase, folks. If you can point out one expansion that's absolutely chock full of lowbie content, email me and I'll eat my hat or something!

    Like the Trials of Obi-Wan expansion for Star Wars Galaxies, Desert of Flames falls down slightly not because it's not entertaining, not because it lacks content, not because it doesn't play well, but because its scope is too narrow to include everyone. If you're a high level character who's done everything in EQ2, then this expansion is a must, but hey, next time guys, release something that all your players can enjoy.

    By this logic, "The Burning Crusade" ought to get a 7/10 too, but I betcha it won't; it's WoWftw. Blah. /rant off Eurogamer scorches EverQuest 2's "Desert of Flames" expansion.
    Other links I won't rant so much about!

    Reviews
    Wed, Dec 07, 2005
    Ethec
  • Wanted: Dead or Respawned.
    The good folks at our EQ2 Community Site have posted Norrath's Most Wanted, a list of the most popular and elusive creatures in Everquest 2.

    " Throughout Everquest 2, you will find thousands upon thousands of goblins, orcs, gnolls, etc. to cleave with your blade but some creatures you will notice are just a little out of the ordinary.   Like that guy that feels comfortable enough to wear a pink shirt to work, these creatures will stand out above the rest.  They are tougher, carry more treasure, and are in many cases intentionally sought out and dispatched as soon as they appear.   Below is a guide to where you can find these unique beasts and hunt them down.  Be warned however, that waiting for some to spawn requires more patience than sitting in a McDonald's drive-thru. "

    Need more? EQ2.TenTonHammer.com
    Even more? More Everquest 2 News

    News
    Wed, Nov 30, 2005
    Boomjack
  • It's deja vu all over again. .
    MMORPG.com has posted a review of Star Wars: Galaxies- New Game Experience, the "revamped" (new gameplay mechanics) SWG.

    " Due to the massive changes recently implemented within the Star Wars Galaxies (SWG) Mmorpg, we felt it was necessary to update our review to reflect the changes brought out by the New Game Experience (NGE). We do hope that this review will provide you with the information needed. Also, I will refer to the combat upgrade (CU) along with the NGE. In the last 6 months, SWG has done multiple changes to the game and we’ll try to be as clear as we can. "

    We also have some Pre-Enjoyed Star Wars: Galaxies News.
     

    Reviews
    Thu, Nov 24, 2005
    Boomjack
  • I'd love to see the Desert of Flames travel brochure.
    IGN has posted a review of EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames. Steve Butts does an exemplary job of describing the highs and lows of tthe first EverQuest 2 expansion.

    " Ever since launch, the developers of EverQuest II have been hard at work bringing more and more content online. It seems like the game grows a little every week with new areas, new quests, new playable races and new...well, everything. But as if to say that they can't give everything away for free, they've recently released the first official retail expansion pack. Like the old original EQ expansions, the first EverQuest II expansion introduces several large zones and tons of new content. "

    Stop by the TenTonHammer EQ2 Community for class guides, quick answers in the forums and more EQ2 information than you can shake a sand viper at.
    If you still can't get enough....check out the Archived EQ2 News.

    Reviews
    Thu, Nov 24, 2005
    Boomjack
  • So tell me a little bit about your career history, EverQuest 2...
    If games had resumes, this one would be impressive. Ryan "Blackguard" Shwayder, SOE's EQ2 Community Manager, lists the incredible amount of content added to the game in the past year:

    Since launch, an enormous amount of content has been added to EverQuest II at no additional cost to EverQuest II subscribers. In addition to changes that made the game more fun for soloists and group players alike, more than 1100 quests have been added to the game since launch on November 8th. We've added more than 1200 new items to the game, including more craftable items for tradeskillers, and more loot around the world. Almost 400 new spells have been added and we've worked diligently to make sure our spell effects are as eye-catching as they are powerful. Recently, we added 8 new areas to the world, so there are now well over 100 zones in the world of EverQuest II to explore.

    So Blizzard & World of Warcraft, where's the beef? All you've made are promises so far. ( I have to try and bring balance to the force, you see.) Check out EverQuest 2's new content in the year since launch and the official site.
    Want some in-depth news & coverage?

    News
    Wed, Nov 23, 2005
    Ethec
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