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it’s all about what makes the game fun for you
on May 3, 2014
EVE Online: The spaceship MMO
Pros: Something for everyone, game for adults, massive scale, single server, free expansions.
Cons: steep learning curve, monthly subscription, very complicated
Massive Scale: Set in a single galaxy, with over 7500 star systems. Each system has suns, planets, asteroid belts and stations. The scale of EVE Online (EVE) is something that was never been attempted before and only a few times since. With the launch of EVE in 2003, an untested idea of having all players on one server, where actions of one group could have massive ramifications on other players. However, that’s not the only thing that gives EVE a scale all its own. The ships themselves also respect the massive scale of this monster game from small frigates that are around 300meters, up to the biggest ship in the game called titans, which are so massive they can be as large as 18 kilometers long. The titans ships are extremely powerful and can cost upwards to 150 billion isk. To give you an idea of how much that is here’s an example: one billion isk equals about thirty dollars in hard cash.
Something for everyone: One thing EVE online does very well is that the game has something to offer any player. Mining, building, or player vs. player combat are just a few things you can do. Each specialty in EVE is all its own, and they are all supported by each other. The truth of the matter is that there is always combat going on thus giving builders a source of income from pilots needing to replace the hauls of lost ships. There is no wrong activity in EVE, it’s all about what makes the game fun for you. The open sandbox and 7,500 star systems give you many options to explore.
Game for adults: Make no mistake about EVE online, this game is for adults. Starting with how you learn new skills, EVE has five attributes that effect skill progression. While there are five only two apply to each skill, the primary attribute, which is followed by a secondary attribute. The higher the attribute the more skill points you earn per hour. This gives people that ability to have a life, family and job outside of the game without having to log in and cut trees for hours to advance skill levels. Unlike many other games, in EVE scamming, stealing, spying, and killing friendly’s are all perfectly accepted ways of playing the game. It is often said in EVE that the most valuable resource in the game is trust, because it’s not breaking the rules if they steal everything you own. EVE is cold and very unforgiving, the player vs player combat in game is set up so if you die you lose that ship and everything equipped to that ship. Making very unlike other MMOs, where you die and then just re-spawn with everything you had before.
Steep learning curve: Something that I think keeps newer players from joining EVE, is that it does have a fairly steep learning curve. That is because there is so much to teach new players about the game from how to fit your ship, to what each module does, to just the massive scale of the game. However with that in mind, the tutorial has changed and instead of giving new players Mount Everest to climb, it now explains everything in more detail, allowing players to join and learn at their own pace.
Price: My biggest complaint about EVE online is the cost, each account costs around $15 every 30 days. While not unreasonable by any means, if you have more than one account, which is almost a requirement for EVE. After two years of playing the money starts to add up. However, EVE online does do a very good job at giving players their money’s worth, unlike many other companies in the MMO market, EVE allows their player base free expansions and the ability to purchase game time with in game currency.
In closing the unforgiving, cold aspect of EVE online is what makes it so much fun. That knowing that your actions have ramifications that could affect each and every player in the game in one way or another. There is something truly magical about winning your first one vs one fight, then later surviving your first giant battle of over 3000vs3000 you will be hooked and never want to leave.