Okay, I'm sick of WoW's problems. It's more than 3 months in; I at this point expect a minimum level of service of being able to log in a play a relatively lag free game on any given night. That is not happening.
So I am likely going to try the EQ2 trial. I'm afraid; I understand EQ2 makes weaker machines like mine pump out foul black smoke, that it is less solo friendly, that it requires more grinding, etc. I'm particularly afraid that I will like the early stages of it, get hooked, and then realize after I've sunk a lot of time that the higher end requires 10 hours a session to play, raid groups just to gain any levels, etc.
But at least I'll be able to log in and make that determination myself. Right now I'm having a hard time discovering what the high end content of WoW is, because the state of the game is pissing me off. Further, my Diablo fears have been confirmed to some extent: Blizzard is simply horrible at giving good communication and information on when patches and enhancements are coming, and even more horrible at getting them done and implementing them in any sort of timely or efficient manner.
That being said, I give you the following beautiful press release from Sony. This really hit home with me. This thing is a savage and wonderful punch at Blizzard's complacency, and a first rate description of why competition is very important.
EverQuest II - 325,000 Players Strong, No Waiting
EverQuest II continues to grow at an amazing rate, not just in the number of players that have fallen in love with the game's rich, entertaining content, but also in the physical size of the world. We've got over 325,000 people logging in to our servers every week, with no delays or wait times and the game they are playing is only getting better.
Below are a few reasons why we believe that if you aren?t currently playing EverQuest II, you should be. We are committed to our player base and are very passionate about making EverQuest II the best MMO game.
Sony Online has an amazing community relations team that listens to players? feedback, and let them know what is going on with EverQuest II. Our development team and even our president, John Smedley, often respond personally to players, so players can rest assured that SOE is listening (and reading) and we do care what our subscribers think. Many of the changes that have already been made to EverQuest II (i.e. more solo content, new interfaces, and even quest content) have been a direct result of community feedback.
325,000 Players, No Waiting -- SOE Subscribers Can Play the Game They?re Paying to Play, When They Want To
We believe strongly in ensuring that the players can get into EverQuest II whenever they want. Understandably, all MMO games have downtime for maintenance and patching, but we don?t believe in making our players wait in line to play our games. They?re paying a monthly subscription to play a game and our job is to work hard to let you play it as much as, and when, they choose.
Tons of Content Added Since Launch
Since launch, an enormous amount of free content has been added to EverQuest II. 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.
That's not all. We have a very long list of new features, additions, and gameplay enhancements that make EverQuest II even more fun to play, including:
[list]- Greatly increased solo and small group experience rewards
- Mentoring allows higher-level players to "group down" with lower-level players
- Lots of new armor looks
- Two new dungeons available for level 25 to 30 groups
- A dozen new level 50 epic raid zones have been added, including the Draconic quests
- Eight new instanced dungeons for both soloers and groups
- More encounters added for soloers and small groups, including advanced solo encounters
- Tons of new quests, many for solo players
- Sabotage quests that allow you to strike at your rival city
- Training spells added as yet another way to personalize your character
- New examine information added to explain the benefits of spells, arts, food, drink, poisons, and potions
- Brawlers get built-in shields
- Guild followers can now spend the status they earn at city merchants
- Easier to equip rings, wrist items, and weapons
- Maps now show your current heading
- Lots of UI tweaks and enhancements
- Revamped Heroic Opportunities, making them more fun and visually dynamic
- Vitality indicator added to your XP bar
- Tabbed chat windows have been added to organize your conversations
- See what your target is attacking with the new Implied Target window
- More precise, informative AC values
- New heritage quests, including Golden Efreeti Boots and the Crown of King Tranix
- A new con system that allows you to see important information on enemies before you attack
- Longer durations for short-term group buffs and single-target buffs
- Less fizzles on spells meaning more damage more often
- Shorter timers and fewer restrictions on instanced zones
- House pet naming
- All tradeskill classes can now refine their own materials and components
- Wizards and Warlocks go nuke happy with more damage
- Tanks now tank better with increased mitigation
- Easier search abilities so you can find potions, poisons, activated items, and food
- Even more voiceover available for optional download[/list:u:40465406e9]
All of this new content has given players a reason to come back to our world again and again, and we're continuing to make gameplay improvements every month.
Today, Sony Online Entertainment would like to invite players from any game that may be experiencing lines to log in to their servers, a lack of customer service attention, or a lack of new, free game content, to play the EverQuest II Trial of the Isle demo -- We think you'll agree that EverQuest II is a fun, engaging experience that you have to see to believe.
We hope to see you in the world of EverQuest II soon.