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EQ2 is five years old and The Shadow Odyssey is its 13th expansion, I wouldn't blame you for thinking 'why bother'?
Firstly, TSO comes with every previous expansion and the retail version of the game plus 30 days free. Everquest2 has become absolutely immense, every previous expansion has added its own piece of additional content to multiple parts of the game (start, middle and end) and the final result is an overwhelming amount of content, it's really easy to stumble accross people doing something that you've never heard of.
A lot of thought has gone into the achievement system, other games let you play one role at once (healer healer, dps healer etc.) but you're not limited in this way in EQ2. You chose how to spend your points and there are always more to gain, people never ask how you have spent your points as it doesnt matter! I should also note that you gain achievement/talent points by experiencing new content which makes for great fun.
There's also a great atmosphere in EQ2, the sounds are professionally done - all npcs have voice-overs and spells have that real "SHEZAM" effect that makes you feel that there's some power at your fingertips.
There's a lot more advantages that come from EQ2s age - its virtually bug free from 5 years of debugging and the classes are very well balanced from constant tweaking. Almost all quests are documented on the big mmo sites, the only thing missing is a step by step guide to the whole game!
EQ2 has developed a lot of customisation options to combat the "zerg" effect where people all look the same, the best feature is that you can wear a second set of clothes that other people will see so you dont have to take off your sturdy ugly armour, you just put a nice shiny set on top! The amount of content really helps to increase the selection of clothes, weapons and most importantly - cool looking mounts (horses etc.).
The main criticism of the game, especially from a newbie point of view is that the content is sporadic and makes no attempt to join itself together. You can have 5 different places to level up at any time but unless you know about all of them you'll be wondering what you should be doing. This is easily combated by the sheer friendliness of the players and the global chat channels that let you find help anywhere. The graphics are very realistic and still compare well to other games on the market but need a good PC to run smoothly. I also haven't tried the PvP.
Journey to Norrath 500 years after the EverQuest games are set. In this parallel online world, you will discover that much has changed and the world has been marked by a series of massive cataclysms. Some locations and names will be familiar to you from the EverQuest series but much of the scenery and look has evolved over the past 500 years. Enter into this new and exciting place and take part in the next EverQuest adventure. You will have to create your own unique character from 16 races and 48 different classes. The choice is yours to be anything you want, including an artisan, scholar, builder, elf, troll, gnome and more. Once you have created your character head off into the multiplayer online game to interact with other players. You will encounter hundreds of creatures as you travel through hills, barren deserts, forests and cities. Golems, zombies, unicorns and more will cross your path. Hundreds of spells, thousands of new items and a new quest await you.