So I got into the beta for Everquest 2 yesterday. Was quite a hefty download (over 2GB) and took about 10 hours. It finished a bit after 1am, at which point I fired it up.
This game is just ugly. The mechanics are sound, the gameplay seems pretty decent, but the game itself is just gross. It looks alright when you’re standing still (so screenshots aren’t bad) but actually playing the game is a whole different matter. In order to accomplish those spiffy graphics that you’ve seen, they had to have the graphics and animations scale at a distance. Which means that any characters more than 40ft away from yours will look like shiny, featureless mannequins. And if they happen to move, you get maybe 10FPS on their animations. This goes for NPC’s too.
And the character creation… grrr. Anyone who knows my history with MMORPG’s knows that character customization is a HUGE selling point with me for any MMORPG. As good as Lineage 2 looked graphically, every single dark elf looked like every other single dark elf on the planet. I hate that.
That’s not the case with Everquest 2. You can customize your appearance quite extensively. However, the characters are just plain ugly. I tried to make a dark elf, wood elf or high elf, and I could not, for the life of me, make a male character that didn’t look female. And I’m not talking about an elf male that looked effeminate, in that “pretty boy” sort of way. That I’m ok with because that’s the whole point; they’re elves. But no, these guys look like girls. These are the Boy Georges of Everquest.
Anyway, I’ve got the beta, so I’ll probably give it another few tries, but I honestly don’t expect EQ2 to surpass World of Warcraft in my book. WoW just hits all of the right chords with me.
I did start playing Knights of the Old Republic again yesterday. I have a bit of a confession to make. I never beat KOTOR. It fell prey to a syndrome that is all too common with me. I played the game extensively, and then at some point another game, or perhaps just work, caused me to be away from it for more than a couple of days. And then I just never went back to it. It happens quite often. I play the shit out of games, but I rarely ever beat them.
But something sparked my interest again, and so I sat down to play KOTOR, determined to beat the game. I was almost going to make a new character, but then I decided to pick up my old character rather than play through the first half of the game again. My love for this game has been renewed, and so help me, I’m going to find out what this incredible “twist ending” everyone has raved about is.
Not having a car is a bit irritating… I’m starting to consider renting one. Last night I jogged to the gym and back, since it’s so close, but that’s about all I can do. Going to call the mechanic in a minute to find out when they think I’ll have my car back. It might be worth it to rent one for a couple of days, just to get things done.