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First steps into the Universe of EVE

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As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve quit AoC, and am looking for a new MMO to play. My shortlist is WoW, EVE and EQ2. WoW I really see as a last resort, I resent how it is designed as a giant timesink, so I decided to try out the next game on my list. EVE online allows a 14 day trial, which I started earlier today, and I decided to post is my inital thoughts on it.

Where do I start? Graphics seem like a good a place as any. EVE is beautiful. It’s extremely simplistic, yet absolutely amazing. The view of a distant star, a close planet, or the universe hurtling by as you warp simply is breathtaking.EVE Online

Sound. Sound is something I probably undervalue in games. Again, EVE plays it simple, with low-level, gentle ‘space’ music playing the background. The voice of your onboard AI is simple and yet useful, as, when on long journeys with little cargo I use autopilot, and I often alt-tab to read something on the net (or I use the ingame browser), during which time, she continues her commentary of my route, so I hear when I need to return to the game. Fighting sounds are reasonable, but I dislike the kind of squelching sound I hear when using a stargate.

Gameplay. This is where it gets complicated. In all honesty, my couple of hours in the game are probably insufficient to judge this games’ gameplay. As a noob, I’m charged with simple tasks involving mining for ores, to sell, which will allow me to upgrade my ship. I can, of course, do missions, but I prefer a little bit of variety, so I’m currently doing both. One feature I love is the passive skill generation. You simply say what skill you want to advance, and it advances in the background, whether you’re playing or not. This allows you to advance without grinding! Love it!

Premise. EVE has a beautiful premise, it’s designed as a ‘playground’ instead of a ‘playpark’ according to the official website. It allows complete freedom, no enforced rules about PvP, levelling or progression. You do what you like. If you hate combat, you can make your money from mining or manufacturing, and simply hiring muscle to protect you. But they could turn on you, and take your valuables. Then they get a bounty. It really is beautiful the way the events of the game lead to flow. This game has politics, worldwide shifts in attitude or opinion, corporations ingame thats actions resonate throughout the entire universe. I’ve yet to join a corporation, but I do look forward to engaging in that area of gameplay.

Time will tell whether I’ll fall in love with EVE, but so far, things are fairly positive. If any of you have anything to share with me about the game, I’d love to hear it, but in the mean time, I’ll carry on levelling my skills, gathering some cash, and learning how this game works. People say it has a steep learning curve, but only the highest peaks are worth traversing.

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Written by Gordo

June 22, 2008 at 7:54 pm

Posted in EVE Online, MMO

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  1. A few very basic 😛 things to keep in mind:
    Join a fun corporation.
    Don’t bite off more than you can chew. You may start your corporate escapades with a fat wallet. But that’ll deplete quickly if you’re not careful.
    Pick your battles.
    It’s good to use downtime, when you’re not feeling in the groove, to just mine and read the internetz. Or do simple missions as they are not risky to your bank account.
    Never use autopilot in low security space.

    I shall be coming back to EVE when I get a job. 17 here.

    DFG

    June 23, 2008 at 5:47 pm

  2. Thanks for the advice 🙂
    Can you recommend any cool corps that don’t mind having a total noob to this kind of game join?

    Gordo

    June 23, 2008 at 6:28 pm

  3. There’s a corp search site at http://www.eve-careers.com.
    You sign up and corporations can search for certain types of player,s and players can search for certain types of corporations. The types are based on what you think about PvP, production, mining, pirating, low security, empire, missions, and fleets. Great tool. A corporation did find me after a few days. Didn’t join though; forgot what it was called. it’s been a while…

    DFG

    June 23, 2008 at 7:43 pm

  4. Great thanks 🙂

    Gordo

    June 23, 2008 at 7:47 pm

  5. Drop by my blog for a list of guides and a bunch of great links. You should also consider listening to The Drone Bay Podcast which I co-host with Crovan and Alsedrech. We’ve been told many times that it’s helped new players.

    CK

    Crazykinux

    June 25, 2008 at 1:53 pm

  6. Thanks for the advice I’ll definetly check it out!

    Gordo

    June 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm


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