Eve Online – 2013 review

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EVE has a monopoly in the Space MMO market and it’s very obvious to see why even after playing the game for a few minutes. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to cruise around space, trading, fighting and exploring in total freedom? That is until you accidentally wander into a lawless star system where other players and NPCs might be lurking to disable your ship and steal your precious cargo that you’ve been asked to stealthily transport across multiple systems for huge profits. It really is the perfect game to allow you to explore the unknown and open your mind to a whole new world, separating you from reality for countless hours of engagement in an incredible virtual world.

In EVE Online, anything seems to be possible and it is up to you to choose your path and how you play the game. The core area of Space is run by 4 groups: Caldari State, Amarr Empire, Gallente Federation and Minmatar Republic each with their own beliefs, skills and way of living their lives, all owning an area of the bulk of space known as New Eden. You can choose to follow either of them and adopt their lifestyle, whether it’s cashing in on rich mining or patrolling the stars, preying on a poor unsuspecting newbie.

The game can be daunting, really daunting…actually, make that incredibly daunting! However, the Icelandic developers CCP have created very in-depth tutorials as you progress to keep you informed how everything works. Without this, anything might happen and you’ll likely be left floundering.

Now that the game has hit it’s 10th anniversary, it’s interesting to see how much it has changed over the years. I remember first logging in and thinking how the graphics looked, however compared to how they look now, that was nothing. Although, how hard is it to make white sparkly stars look good on a dark canvas? It’s really the space stations that make EVE Online look and feel amazing – the game is worth getting for this reason alone.

You’ll never be left wondering what to do next with an endless amount of exploring and missions to run, which can be greatly enhanced by joining a Corporation with some friends new and old. CCP have kept the game alive with their waves of free expansion packs, the latest being entitled “Retribution”, released in December 2012 which saw laws clamping down on Capsuleers (the players) and their actions, bringing some to justice to those who would not previously have been punished for their actions and opening up the law so that justice can be delivered by a wider range of factions.
EVE Online is an ever-changing world with the gamers truly shaping and changing the dynamics created by CCP. If you’re looking for an MMO that’s definitely different from the normal linear hack-and-slash type, then you’ve found the right one, for sure. Plus, it’s in space! What’s not to love???

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