It appears this blog will be about nothing besides Everquest 2. After getting an email telling me “Your subscription is renewed” I find myself jumping back in to the game, and ready to offer impressions on the blog.
It’s apparently been THREE YEARS since I last played EQ2, and I had thoroughly forgotten how to stay alive in combat. I went to battle immediately with a blue enemy and got soundly trounced. Turned out, that was mostly because my AA’s were reset. So after futzing for awhile with the hotbars, and selecting a ton of AA’s, I set out to a very high level zone, Kaladim, to check things out.
Kaladim has been nerfed. It’s now a 30-ish level group zone, but with all of the same collections and presumably, the same quests as always, so I started running through and working the quests. And I discovered something perfect for the achiever in me – Achievements. (Ha ha made a funny).
Right there in your quest journal are now “meta quests” such as complete 2,000 quests; become a slayer of undead; kill ABC raid boss; and others. So it appears that EQ2Players is no longer necessary, at least unless the idea of competition is the only game in town for you.
I also noticed once again, how utterly BEAUTIFUL the artwork in this game is. Of all the games I’ve played recently, I still find myself popping into EQ2 with all the graphic art turned on, and being awed by both the frame rate and excellent game art. It feels like a real world, just as it always did, but more so now that I’m another computer ahead of things.
I can already feel the pull to resubscribe and get back into the game. Well, we’ll see. In the meantime, I’m still looking for two golden dwarf steins.