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- Massively multiplayer - Internet connection required
- Epic 5,000 solar system persistent single universe
- Dynamic player controlled economy
- Exclusive offline skill advancement
- Unmatched versatility in game play
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EVE Online is host to the largest virtual universe in the world, and is the fastest-growing Massively Multi-Player Online Game (MMPOG) of the genre. Set tens of thousands of years in the future, EVE is a breathtaking journey to the stars, to an immersive experience filled with adventure, riches, danger, and glory.
EVE takes place in a cluster of stars far from mankind's original habitat, planet Earth. How far away, and whether or not that cradle of civilization still exists, is a mystery. Humans arrived through a natural wormhole and, gazing up upon an alien sky they had never seen, were completely unable to determine where this new world was located. From the New Eden solar system, where the gate of EVE once led to the old world, humans expanded in all directions at a furious pace, exploring and colonizing rapidly.
Then, unexpectedly and seemingly unprovoked, the EVE gate collapsed in an apocalyptic catastrophe of a scale never before witnessed by the human race, ruining the New Eden system in the process. Thousands of small colonies were left in complete isolation to fend for themselves, cut off from the old world. For millennia they endured, clinging to the brink of extinction, and only a handful managed to survive.
Of those that lasted, five were to rise up and become the major empires that, between them, hold the balance of power in the world of EVE. Today, they are known as the Amarr Empire, the Gallente Federation, the Caldari State, the Minmatar Republic, and the Jovian Empire. Additionally, the world is full of several small, independent factions and states.
For more than a century, the five empires have lived together in relative peace. They've continually strived to maintain this peace, as each faction realizes only too well the grave consequences of a massive inter-stellar war. Recent technological breakthroughs in FTL travel, and the ensuing increase in space trave
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You may have seen or heard that this game is hardcore and requires you to have no life, that simply isn't true. I work full time, take college classes, and have time for this and many other hobbies. One of the things that stands out is character advancement, its all handled by individual skills (no leveling up here), the skill themselves can all be trained to a maximum level of 5 and have a set amount of time to fully "train" to the next level. For example, Evasive Maneuvering 5, takes about 8 days to train, but that time is counted whether your logged in or not. So if you have 5 minutes you can log in, update your skills to be trained (up to 24 hours worth, so if you have a skill that takes longer that 24 hours to train then you'll only have one skill in your queue) and continue on with your day if you don't have time. Keep in mind that many of the first few levels of a skill can be trained in very short amounts of time (a lot of the first levels only take about 7-15 minutes) and there are MANY skills to learn. Creating your character is very in-depth as the most recent expansion (which all expansions are offered to the player base free of charge and usually occur 1-2 times a year) added full character customization and captains quaters to walk around in, while it's not a massive leap forward, it is a step toward allowing pilots to interact with each other outside their ships. When you pick your race, don't fret about it too much, go with whatever you like as there is no restrictions on what you can fly, I'm a Caldari but I fly a few Gallente ships as I like their designs a bit more in some cases.
Once you've gone through the character creation process you'll be presented with a tutorial, while in most MMOs I'd say skip it however I can not stress enough that doing the tutorial and ALL of the starter missions thats come after you get through it are important as each of the 5 tutorial mission agents offer plenty of cash (ISK), skill books and even different ships to you, by the time its done you'll have a basic understanding of the game, a few ships, skills and enough cash that when the day comes that you loose one (and you will loose many ships) it won't be the end of the world. "Don't fly what you can't afford to loose", this is probably the most important rule to remember, if you keep your ships fairly cheap then loosing one won't be a big deal.
This can be something that can turn people off but pirating and scams are a huge part of this game, be warry of ANYONE offering a service/investment etc. that doesn't use the "Market" system in game, its probably a scam and you will not be reimbursed for ISK lost due to a scam. Now about null-sec and low-sec, STAY AWAY! For the first month or so, I learned this lesson the hardway when I jumped into null-sec thinking I'd be fine and wound up in the middle of a gate camp...not pretty. Players have little to no mercy, some might offer the chance to surrender your money or tell you to eject from your ship in exchange for sparing your life. I'd take mercy when it's offered as dying has some penalties that can be harsh if your not ready for them, first off ANY implants you have plugged in to your character are destroyed upon death (when your ship is destroyed you'll eject in an escape pod but if thats destroyed its called being pod-killed). Also if your clone isn't upgraded to protect however many skill points you'll have, you can loose some skills upon death so always keep your clone updated just in case the worst happens.
About flying, some people are incredibly put off by how EvE handles ship control. It's handled primarily by a context menu, for example on the right side of the screen is a box that lists all planets, stations and ships on your radar, by right clicking you get a little menu that gives your some options such as "orbit", "approach" and/or "warp to" click one and your ship handles the rest. You can manually control your ship to a certain extent by double click in the direction you'd like to go, which can be handy in combat when your orbiting an enemy ship and want to adjust your flight path so you don't fly close to another ship and get torn up by their guns and missles. This control system may seem kind of weak and at first it had me a little on the fence about the game but once you've gotten into the game a bit you become very comfortable with the controls. One of the main reason's that this simplified control system is in place is that every EvE player is on the same server, there are no seperate servers, over 300,00 people all on 1 server (which is the current player base according to the website, I don't know how accurate that is however as I tend to see about 50,000 on at any given time), the system exists because it cuts down on the amount of traffic between the client and server and allows for so many to be on the same server.
Combat may seem simplistic but once you get a bit further into the game you'll see that there is a lot to be had, having your ship properly outfitted for the task at hand is paramount, flying into low-sec and null-sec (which I don't recommend until you've got a good grasp on the game's mechanics) without your ship being properly fitted for speed and to withstand warp disruption, will cost you a ship and your life. Pirates are not stupid, they know where the choke points are, they'll be waiting outside stations where your docked and where you jump in to a new system. Now the entire game is not all low-sec and null-sec, there are many of these zones but there are also many hi-sec zones that have police (Concord) ships patrolling, if someone opens up on you, they'll feel the heat.
Once you've finished your tutorial and starter missions you should have an idea on what you want to become as a pilot, there is no limit to how many skills you can learn so if you have the patience you can learn any and everything. There are many players who have no desire to fly in combat, there is nothing wrong with that. You can mine asteroids, build ships and equipment and even explore wrecks and ancient structures. However if combat calls you, then you can be a merciless pirate outlaw, or a deadly combat pilot in service to your people's militia. There is so many things you can do that I could go on forever about the options available, it's truly a world for you to become a living and breathing character. There are agents (npc mission givers) that offer up missions for whatever you'd like to specialize in and are a great way to earn cash, standing and keep you occupied while you continue to learn the game. One of the best things about the game is the community (minues pirates...I hate pirates), other players tend to be helpful and will offer advice and in a few cases I've experienced, some extra ISK to help get you started. There are plenty of player run Corporation (EvE's version of guilds) that will take new players on and teach them the ropes and help get them out fitted with better ships and equipment. One worthy of being mentioned is EvE university, they offer classes to all new players and are a great way for new players to get set up, if your interested Google them and see for yourself. They are by no means the only corp. that does that but probably one of the most well known.
To summerize, EvE is a great MMO. You just need to go into it with a willingness to learn and some patience this can be a great game, there is also some interesting things coming in the future that you should be aware of, the main one is Dust 514, which is a PS3 exclusive first person shooter, set in the EvE universe. While in Eve your a ship pilot, Dust 514 has you and everyone else in the game playing as mercenaries on the ground fighting it out, but the two games will overlap as EvE players can supply and offer jobs to Mercenary units. Its an interesting concept but a good idea is one thing and execution is another. That being said, EvE is in my opinion one of the best MMOs you can buy, there is so much to do and the community is great, the difficulty of the game tends to keep most of the younger and/or immature crowd away. The website offer a free 14 day trial which if your thinking about this game I would very much recommend, I can offer you a 21 day trial if you prefer through the buddy program, just send me your email and I'll send you a buddy invite. Something to note about this version, the Cerebral booster can only be used on a character less than 30 days old, so if you do a trial and then buy this game you can still claim the booster for that character but he/she will only be able to use it until day 30 of their life. You can't get another once you've claimed it, only 1 per account. Sadly I lost mine in a tragic Goonswarm (Pirate corporation) gate camp, I've been told you can petition to get it back but we'll see how that goes. Just keep that in mind. Anyway, I hope this review helps anyone interested in this game, if you've had your interest peaked then let me know and I'll send you a buddy trial, 21 days free is a lot better than 14. Take care and I'll see you in space.
The game requires some investment from players as there is A LOT of information to process when starting out and much of space within the setting of New Eden is as wild and harsh as an episode of Deadwood, but for those willing to put in the time and who are undaunted by facing the cold void of space with no free reloads EVE Online can offer a rewarding experience that is frankly unparallelled within the genre at this time.
For the curious feel fee to look me up in game, the universe can be an unforgiving place and it's good to have friends :)
However, I played this game less than a month. I actually left with about 1-2 weeks of game time left because while fun in the beginning it was incredibly repetitive towards the end of my play.
Amazon doesn't have eve gaming extension time cards. This one is for an entirely new account. My fault though, should have researched the product elsewhere.
However, found that two characters makes mining a lot more easier. Plus with the second dude, I'll just grab a plex if I get a bunch of ISP.