Ok well I’m about 5 days in on my foray into Eq 2 and so far I can see why people like it. Is it right for me, time will tell, however I have already been bitten by the alt-itus bug and currently playing 4 different character on AB. Is that good or bad … well its on the slippery slope to the 8th layer of hell. I just dont feel the connection to the characters or the environment they are in. Again I think its the lack of character customization …
Yes I know it does have a pretty extensive character generation tool set, however from everyone running around in Darklight Wood there really is no difference between them or me. I think this is due to the way the character generator is working. It gives lots of options for how high i want my eyebrows and do I want my ears and nose big. But at a distance I might as well be looking at a reflection in the mirror, excluding height and skin tones. This might get better when loot starts changing the characters appearence in a small way, but I dont hold out much hope. Maybe the second layer clothing / item update that Soe is looking to put into the game change the feeling I have on character connection.
Now the story line linking me character to the world is defernatly a vast improvement over a lot of newbie experiences I have had in the past and currently in some betas that I’m trying out. However this is just in the Darklight wood area, so I might have to try a different starting zone to really get the feel of your role in the bigger picture of the eq world. I will get back to this part of the game once I spend some more time seeming what the late teens and early twenties have in store for me.
Anyway back to the grind stone for me … until tommorow