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EverQuest II + Star Wars Galaxies

  • Take a tour and punt a gnome!

    Cogglesworth's Tour of Norrath, Part 3 examines the zones that surround the two warring cities in EQ2. Included are some screenshots taken at such a high resolution that I could almost hear the computer cry out in pain over in San Diego.

    Professor Cogglesworth is a gnome sage of some renown. While he is well-known for cataloging a compendium of legendary figures, he has also compiled a journal detailing the lands he and others have visited. The professor has gone to great lengths to compile accurate information, but it should be noted that some entries within this journal may not be entirely factual. Cogglesworth is an exceptionally intelligent scholar, but history and lore are sometimes a matter of perspective.

    We continue today with two entries from Professor Cogglesworth's journal: Antonica and The Commonlands.

    Take a look at the continuing Everquest 2 zone pictorial at the official site!

    News
    Sat, Aug 27, 2005
    Ethec
  • The Return of the Screenshots

    LucasArts posted 31 good lookin' screenshots for the November Star Wars Galaxies expansion as part of the Trials of Obi-Wan promo page.

    (this is where a description of the screenshots would've been if the developer had bothered to post one; suffice it to say that there's lots of lava and crazy Mustsfarian creatures, more Imperial and Rebel costumes than you could see at a sneak preview of a hypothetical episode 7, that crazy neo-Asian looking SWG heavy armor... why not just go see for yourself!)

    View the Star Wars Galaxies: Trials of Obi-Wan screenshots!

    Images, Media
    Sat, Aug 27, 2005
    Ethec
  • Virtualy Lucrative
    CNet is reporting that Sony Online Entertainment has scored big with Station Exchange. Wall Street traders were too busy selling Paladins to talk to us, so we'll pretend that they said this:

    " And judging by the results of Station Exchange's first 30 days of operation, during which the system saw more than $180,000 in transactions, quite a number of EQ2 players have cashed in on the exchange, which allows gamers to trade real cash for virtual items used in the game. "

    You can read the entire Sony Scores With Station Exchange Article at CNet.
     

    News
    Fri, Aug 26, 2005
    Boomjack
  • "Laugh it up, Fuzzball!"

    Okay, I promise that's the last of the Star Wars quotes! TTH takes a ride on the gamer's unrealized dream slash developer's turgid rollercoaster that is Star Wars Galaxies, and the resulting "MMOG profile" is like the overpriced picture you can buy at the end (except ours is free!).

    While Anarchy Online set a high bar for the sci-fi themed MMOG, it's hard to think of Star Wars Galaxies as fitting any kind of mold. Star Wars has had a life all its own for over 27 years, before the mid-to-low end of the MMO demographic was even a twinkle in our daddy's eye.

    SWG desired to place us in the world of Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and everything that makes Star Wars a cultural phenomenon. It was, and is (at least until Lord of the Rings Online is released in 2006), the only MMO that has endeavored to inhabit a world whose structure is largely scripted, rather than built from scratch by producers and designers. Far from simplifying the process, high storyline expectations and stringent artistic production values (thanks to the magic of LucasArts, SWG was the finest looking MMO of its day) plus some truly unique (and, at times, disasterous) innovations lead players and developers on quite a ride.

    Far from eulogizing games like SWG or boxing them up as "past their prime", we honor them as "going concerns" in the only genre for whom constant improvement is a way of life for the developers. MMOGs are truly gamers' games.

    Check out our writeups on EverQuest, Dark Age of Camelot, and Anarchy Online too!

    Reviews
    Wed, Aug 24, 2005
    Ethec
  • EQ2 Conning Red
    Computer Gaming World has reviewed EverQuest 2. Vin Diesel was responsible for most of the code in the original EverQuest. He was not responsible for the following:

    " Enemy conning and simple quests may feel unsatisfying for more experienced gamers, but newbies will really appreciate the help that EQ2 gives every step of the way. From the moment those of you uninitiated in RPGs create your characters with simple class and race choices and board the "refugee boat" for your first in-game tutorial, you will feel sure of what to do. The tutorial explains step by step how to do everything from moving a character around to wielding a weapon, picking up loot, and talking to NPCs. Everything in the main Options menu is easy to understand and a newbie-friendly first quest introduces many city features, including your initial player housing. "

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2 Review at Computer Gaming World.
    Sackloads of EQ2 information are yours at: EQ2.TenTonHammer.com
     

    Reviews
    Wed, Aug 24, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Who doesn't want a firebreathing Hellhound for a cuddly, playful little pet?
    SOE's new "Visual Pet Guide" (and another guide for customizing the colors of your baby dragon) lets players get a quick glimpse of these creatures before they bring them home. I could only afford the "Ill-Tempered Humane Society Reject," and let's just say that, in some cases, it's better not to have a pet at all.

    " There are many house pets available in EverQuest II, many of which can be purchased from your local pet store and a few that can be obtained through other means. Enjoy this visual guide to the various pets you can gain as faithful house companions in EverQuest II."

    The Visual Pet Guide at the Everquest II official site.

    News
    Sat, Aug 20, 2005
    Ethec
  • "Where there is a master..."
    LucasArts announced plans for another SWG expansion as a followup to "Rage of the Wookies." Apparently Obi-Wan has some work for you to do. The whole of the new expansion, "Trials of Obi Wan," is built around the Jedi's post-movie activities on Mustafar (the molten planet where we left him at the end of Episode III).

    "With Trials of Obi-Wan being an expansion set for release via digital download the same day as the Episode III DVD, we can't think of a better planet to add to Star Wars Galaxies than Mustafar," said Julio Torres, Producer at LucasArts. "Meanwhile, including the spirit of Obi-Wan nicely bridges the prequel era and the more classic-oriented time period depicted in the game. We're really excited about continuing mythology established by other LucasArts games, as well."

    Read the entire expansion announcment at LucasArts' official site.

    News
    Sat, Aug 20, 2005
    Ethec
  • EQ2 With PvP
    GameSpy has posted an EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames Preview featuring the PvP to be unveiled in the expansion. Kim Jong-il, exaulted North Korean leader has announced that they will be unveiling Korean PvP any day soon...oh, and he also said this:

    " Newbies and über characters alike should enjoy a taste of organized player-on-player combat in the upcoming expansion. "

    You can read the entire EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames Preview at GameSpy.
    Like that? You'll like EQ2.TenTonHammer.com.

    Features, Previews
    Fri, Aug 19, 2005
    Boomjack
  • Level Your Fury, Fast and Furious(ly)!
    Our newest EQ2 class guide is tailored to those young druids aspiring to be nature's nukers, the Furies!

    "A Fury is a subclass of the Druid line of priests. Druids call upon the forces of Nature to assist them in battle. The two subclasses are Warden and Fury; of the two, a Fury is by far the more damage-oriented.  This means that although a Fury is still a healer, they concentrate more on direct damage to the mobs. They are still very good healers;  Furies use the Heal over Time (HoT) as their main line of defense, backed up by instant heals. Also the Fury gets some nice buffs to put on self and group members; some activate weapon procs; some are damage shields; some are for quicker power regen. Agility and Strength buffs will make your friendly tank your buddy for life.  A movement speed buff for the group and a group invisibility spell make a Fury much sought-after at higher levels. "

    Take a looksee at the Fury subclass guide, now on the TTH EQ2 Community Site!

    Thu, Aug 18, 2005
    Ethec
  • A Common Sense Approach to the Commonlands!
    Sporting three exclusive maps, details on harvesting, soloing, where to group, and how to start over 50 quests (and links to spoilers for the rest), we're not saying our zone guide will tell you everything about the Commonlands, but it comes pretty darn close! Find out how to smooth out your lowbie ride through this Freeport level 10-22 playground!

    "Of the two great cities, it's obvious that Freeport got the rawer deal in the days following the Shattering. Much of the Commonlands outside the city gates bears the scars of years of the prolonged orcish siege. From the broken down equipment and baleful cemetary grounds to the gutted towers and foresaken outwalls, your first glimpse of renewed civilization won't come untill you've reached the Crossroads, a fortified merchants' and travelers' waystation. To the northwest you'll find the Wailing Caves, a Shin'ree orc stronghold, and a highway deemed the "Road of Sorrow," that presumably led the first waves of refugees to Nektulos Forest. Zarvonn's tower rises above the Forest gates, the dark achievement of a one-time famous necromancer.

    The Commonlands zone guide, now on the TTH EQ2 Community Site!

    Thu, Aug 18, 2005
    Ethec
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