I logged in to EverQuest II again last night in an effort to maximize my fourteen free days to see if it can pull me back in to subscribing.
The main reason I left EQII a year ago was because I found the Rise of Kunark expansion to be a horrible, boring grind. Quest after quest of “get me fifteen rhino horns”, followed by, “thanks for the rhino horns, but now I need twenty pristine rhino horns”, only to followed once again by “okay, sorry for all that work, but it turns out I really need super rhino horns”. I couldn’t take it any more.
It probably didn’t help that I was levelling two characters at the time and doing the same content twice over. My main character was a Berserker, which was just about the least wanted class in the game at the time. Because of that, I decided to bring up my Mystic as quickly as possible, but by the time I had reached level 70 and started questing in Kylong Plains, most of the server population had moved on to the higher level zones. I remember not being able to find a group for the life of me, so I soldiered on solo through to 73, and the grind just became too unbearable.
Upon entering the game last night, I found myself in Kunzar Jungle and opened my quest log. I picked a quest at random and started working on it. Fortunately there were no rhinos to kill. It took a little bit for me to remember how to play the Mystic; its icons were even more foreign to me than my Berserkers were, but after a few close calls, I think I’ve got it down pat.
The graphics were still bugging me last night, and I’m not sure I’ll be able to get over it. The performance also seems to have taken a hit since I last played. I used to play on the High Quality or Balanced settings, depending on whether I was grouped or not and I have it on High Quality now but it seems a lot more sluggish than I remember it being, and Balanced doesn’t look quite as good as I’d like it to.
I only managed to get an hour and a half of play time last night, but in that short period two things really stood out for me, and not in a good way. There were no less than 7 server wide announcements of people getting their Mythicals. Those were in addition to the 5 or 6 I saw the night before in just an hour spent in game. For some crazy reason I thought these Mythical weapons were supposed to be rare and difficult to get. What will they introduce in the next expansion, Super Mythicals? It seems as though raiding guilds are selling raid slots to those with a whole lot of money and dragging them through their updates, which, to me, just seems kind of lame, but I guess it is what it is.
The other thing that stood out for me is that the Kithicor server chat hasn’t changed at all. I saw the same people being complete ass-hats that I saw in there a year ago. For all the crap that World of Warcraft takes for its “immature population”, I have to say, the WoW server I play on isn’t half as bad as the immaturity and e-peen waving of Kithicor. I pity any new player who chooses this server.
I hope to continue my observations over the remainder of my free period, but so far, I’m definitely not feeling a pull back to the game. Release EverQuest III though and I’d probably be on board day one.