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So out of the fastly approaching new MMOs which are the LCVG crew getting?

 

Personally I know for a fact I'm getting Guild Wars, already have it pre-ordered. I'm definetely getting World of Warcraft, as I had a blast when I played the beta. I'd like to play EQII just to see what the EQ world is like, but don't wanna spend $50 to experience it either. Before playing SWG I had HUGE hopes for Jump to Lightspeed, but having played SWG I'm going to wait and let the hardcore X-Wing/TIE Fighter fanatics play it and then make a judgement.

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World of Warcraft for sure.

Guild Wars I'm iffy on. I'll wait and see. The fact that's it's free helps in this situation.

I gave up on SWG, and I don't think JtL is going to make me want to play it again.

EQ2 I may beg etting in the beta, so i'll see how that is. I haven't heard too many positive things about it so far.

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WoW and even thats a great big iff. With all of the regular game releases coming out in November, I just can't see myself investing any time in an MMO. WoW is the only thing that interest me at the moment (City of Villains is a given but thats next year.). Guild Wars will more than likely be a buy considering its free to play online and I liked what I played of it. EQ II looks pretty but I have a few friends in the beta that have nothing good to say about it and considering how much I dislike the original...no thanks. Galaxies is not something I see myself going back to again either.

 

The recently announced Asherons Call 2 expansion kind of ignited my interest again. I actually really enjoyed my time with the game and may get back into it when the new expansion releases.

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The recently announced Asherons Call 2 expansion kind of ignited my interest in the game. I actually really enjoyed my time with the game and may get back into it when the new expansion releases.

 

I AGREE! Very tempted to install this again, its amazing how well it's graphics hold up to todays games.

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I think City of Villains is probably the only upcoming MMO that I will get. With Halo 2 around the corner and with me finally having money again around the holidays to get some of the console games I have been neglecting (Fable, SW: Battlefront), I don't think I'll have much time for anything else (except CoH of course ;) ).

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I'm still boycotting the subscription game. Charge me $50 or $10 per month but not both.

That said, World of Warcraft sounds great. I'd almost dive in for Blizzard. I understand Blizzard is only going to release a limited number of copies in 2004 so make sure you have it reserved.

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World of Warcraft looks great, and now that I've had my proverbial cherry popped in regards to MMOs I'm certainly not opposed to playing, but I can only afford the time and money for one at a time. Right now my heart still belongs to my high school sweetheart, City of Heroes. I am willing, however, to try a little threesome with City of Villains once it comes out.

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Well it took 3 hours, but I finished downloading the Everquest 2 beta. 15 minute impression (Survivor is on!):

 

Tutorial is nice. Voiceovers for the characters are a bit much. I almost think it'd be better without them. Water effects are very cool as well. THe UI is tuned a bit better as well, but it will take me a while to get used to it. Its been a while since I've played EQ.

 

Graphics are very nice as well. They're going for a more "realistic" look, which although I can appreciate, I don't entirely like. I prefer the cartoony/fantasy look of WOrld of Warcraft myself.

 

Lots of graphical options are included, and there are plenty of ways to finetune the game to your system. Ran very smooth at 1600x1200 on High QUality settings on my PC.

 

I'm looking forward to trying it out some more, hopefully later tonight or this weekend.

 

I really think WoW has spoiled me though, as I find myself wanting to play that more (even in Beta stage) more than this so far.

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Played a bunch of betas recently, guild wars, matrix, World of Warcraft, Jump to Lightspeed, Saga of Ryzom...

 

Def will be buying Jump to Lightspeed since I have 3 SWG accounts and have been playing for over a year, guild wars was cool when I played that, never got into World of Warcraft or Ryzom, just didnt like them, and just started playing Matrix Online.

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For those interested, here are 46 screenshots from the Everquest II beta. My character is a Kerran fighter and these screenies were taken at a resolution of 1280X960 (No AA as the game does not support it.). The NDA has been lifted so posting these is all good.

 

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The game runs pretty nicely on my system. Only notice framerate drops when there are heavy particle effects and there are a bunch of people around. So far I think it's pretty decent. It doesn't do much to push the genre forward but there are some nice changes from the original game in terms of combat, interface, death penalty etc. It's also very quest based much like WoW for those interested. Hope you like the screenies.

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Now heres some crazy stuff.....Sony press release:

 

Sony Online Entertainment's Everquest® II Shipping November 8th

 

- The 800-Pound Gorilla of Online Gaming is Ready To Play -

 

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a

worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online (MMO) gaming, today announced

that EverQuest II is scheduled to simultaneously ship to North American and

European retail stores on November 8, 2004. EverQuest II is the

highly-anticipated follow-up to Sony Online Entertainment's original

EverQuest, the most successful and longest-running 3D MMO role-playing game in

North America.

"After more than four years in development, the wait for EverQuest II is

almost over," said John Smedley, president, Sony Online Entertainment. "We've

invested heavily on development of the game to ensure that EverQuest II has

the highest production values of any online game produced to date. We want to

deliver a game to our players that will provide an experience like nothing

they've ever seen."

Sony Online Entertainment is delivering a truly groundbreaking MMO game in

EverQuest II with pioneering firsts in advanced 3D graphics, story, voice,

production values, and gameplay. EverQuest II features the most realistic

graphics of any MMO game ever created with a next-generation 3D graphics

engine designed to keep pace with hardware developed over the next few years.

Players will hear more than 70,000 lines of spoken dialogue in EverQuest II as

non-player characters are given voiceover for the first time ever in an MMO

game bringing the story of EverQuest II to life. EverQuest II also features

gameplay innovations that make EverQuest II fun and exciting for all types of

players and play styles, from hardcore gamers, to new MMO players, to those

who play in groups, and solo players.

EverQuest II comes in three versions, all of which include a 30-day

subscription (excluding SOE All Access subscriptions) to the game's online

world. The CD version and DVD versions of the game carry an SRP of $49.99 and

include the game, an in-game item and an in-box item.

Limited quantities of the EverQuest II Collector's Edition (DVD) are

available at an SRP of $89.99. The Collector's Edition includes a number of

in-game items, including "paintings" of EverQuest II scenery to be hung on the

walls of a player's house, magical talking statues of Antonia and Lucan

(voiced by Hollywood talent Heather Graham and Christopher Lee), and an

exclusive pet baby dragon. The Collector's Edition also includes an exclusive

art book, bonus DVD with trailers, gameplay videos and behind-the-scenes

footage, a soundtrack CD, a collector's coin with a velvet pouch, a cloth map

of Norrath, and two posters.

EverQuest II carries a monthly subscription fee of $14.99 for continuing

access to the game world. Players can subscribe using a credit card, or

purchase SOE 30-day and 90-day Game Cards, which open the new world of Norrath

to those who choose not to use a credit card.

 

About EverQuest II

EverQuest II is the next generation of massively multiplayer gaming, a

huge online world where thousands of players come together for adventure and

community. Featuring breathtaking graphics and a vast, beautiful game world

to explore, as well as voices for almost all non-player characters, EverQuest

II sets new standards in gameplay and immersion. EverQuest II brings players

into its world with a powerful epic storyline and gives them the power to be

the hero or villain in their personal adventure. Players enter this world by

creating their own unique character, choosing from 16 races and 24 classes.

Players will encounter hundreds of creatures as they travel across majestic

landscapes of rolling hills, barren deserts, dense forests, and bustling

cities. Thousands of items, hundreds of spells, and unlimited adventure await

all who enter the world of EverQuest II. EverQuest II also features:

 

* A new, massive online world for thousands of players to explore,

filled with danger, adventure and mystery

* Voices for most non-player characters (NPCs) in the game, a huge

project encompassing more than 70,000 lines and 130 hours of dialog

* Unparalleled character customization capabilities. In addition to

thousands of armor, weapons and items users can equip, players will be

able to customize their character's facial appearance to an incredible

level of detail and personalization

* 16 races, dozens of levels and 24 classes with a branching system that

allows players to choose their class as they advance

* Player-owned real estate (such as apartments, homes, and guild houses)

* No race/class combination limitations, allowing players to truly

choose who they want to be in game

* New user friendly game mechanics with reduced learning curve for both

new and seasoned players

* More than 160 unique creature types, from Orcs and Goblins to huge

dragons and menacing Living Statues

* Incentives for current EverQuest subscribers

* A state-of-the-art, cinematic quality 3D graphics engine capable of

improving as hardware technology advances

* State-of-the art combat, spell and skill systems

* Trade skills available to all player classes

 

About Sony Online Entertainment

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a subsidiary of Sony Pictures

Digital Inc., is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online

games, with a subscriber base of over 750,000 active accounts around the

globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the

personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its

blockbuster franchises, EverQuest® and PlanetSide®, as well as for

developing Star Wars Galaxies™: An Empire Divided™, SOE continues to

redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player

communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms.

Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with an additional development studio in

Austin, TX, SOE has an array of cutting-edge online games in development.

 

EverQuest is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment America

Inc. SOE, the SOE logo and PlanetSide are registered trademarks of Sony

Online Entertainment Inc. All other trademarks and trade names are properties

of their respective owners.

 

 

SOURCE Sony Online Entertainment Inc.

 

How long have they been in Beta? 2-3 months at most? This completely reeks of the rushed Star Wars Galaxies launch to me. I've run into several script bugs, powers not working properly, leveling up issues etc. since the time I logged into beta (all of which I have reported) and there is even a serious shadow bug that is affecting Nvidia users but the game is shipping in a mere 2 weeks? Scary.

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as they have mutliple bugs in them and nVidia unfortunately doesn't seem to be in any rush to fix them.

 

Sure but it's been identified as an actual game problem however on the beta boards. If it were a driver issue I would not have even bothered to mention it as I know Nvidia has very spotty release schedule for thier drivers (ie once or twice a year anymore.)

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