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Everquest - The Truth
Member Name: DooYou
Advantages: Get lost in your own adventure
Disadvantages: Time passes too quickly
If ever there was a massively multi-player on-line role playing game beauty pageant Everquest would win. Closer in look to one of the top first person shooters (for its time) than other RPG games, it is graphically superior to anything else in the genre. And the way it plays is pretty darned good as well.
The first thing you'll have to do when you first load up the game and log on to the playing server (this is an Internet only game, remember) is create your character. There is a large array of character types available for you so that you can create a truly individual character. There are all the races you would expect in a fanatasy RPG (elf, dwarf, troll, etc) and many character classes to choose from. Fancy being an elven necromancer? Then Everquest is for you.
Each race/character class has their own home town where you start the game. As you progress through the early levels you will probably not stray very far from this town - the big wild world is dangerous. But rest assured once you are strong enough to handle it there is a vast world to explore.
One of things that everquest stresses is cooperation. Player killing is allowed only on certain servers so you don't have to fear getting bullied by a long term player. You will also find the going much easier if you join or form an adventuring group. Monsters are much less fierce when you're in a group and the help you can give each other will make progressing to higher levels easier. It also adds a strong personal element when you are adventuring alongside friends. The interaction between your group will give you as much pleasure as anything the game itself can throw at you. Everquest is a game that you will find eating away at your time until you look up and find that its the next day. It is a sign of its quality that a 'one last half hour explore' easily turns into an all night quest for a lost artefact.
There is a well defined skill tree and if you choose to specialise in a trade you can earn plenty of money selling your wares. As this is a game with no real objective other than enjoying yourself, you can pass a pleasant hour learning to become a tailor and making clothes to sell at market. Of course, there is also plenty of fighting for those that want it.
In spite of the excellent graphics the developers have done everything in their power to dispell that dreaded lag, that can effect on-line games.
If you want something that will transport you away to a fantasy world, and will enfold you in its grip, then you'll be a lucky person to find something better than Everquest (well, except World of Warcraft)
Summary: Excellent game