Trial of the Isle: Mage

eq2[Everquest 2] Trial of the Isle is a free trial introduction to Everquest 2. It is free to play so why not go get it. You should at least get a taste of what you are missing, then you can rest easier at night with your gaming decisions. I’m not sure how long they are going to leave this up, but they should make it a permanent feature.

Honestly, I’ve never been a fan of Everquest. I tried it and did not like it. I was an Asheron’s Call boy instead, and I never looked back. I guess that is why I didn’t give EQ2 much of a chance. Besides, everything I read about it said it would be too grindy and too group-centric for me. Well, I’ll find out.

Before I go and pay for the full version, I decided to try the free trial. Basically, the trial allows you to play any character up to level 6 and you can’t leave the starter area (an island and bay). I’m going to try the four basic classes (mage, fighter, priest, and scout) up to level 6 and see what I think.

Since there is an expansion coming out with a revised class setup at the beginning of the game, I’m going to hold off buying anything until February. That’s one of the downfalls of putting out expansions I guess, I hate buying a new game and finding out I need to buy 3 expansions just to catch up to the present game. All expansions should have the full game included, so you don’t need to screw around. Luckily, this EQ2 expansion is going to include the basic game.

I first played the mage. I selected a Gnome for my race and quickly got sick of the sound he makes everytime I jump over something.

I liked the graphics, even though the default resolution was low. I figured out later how to configure this outside of the game, because every time I went into the in-game options it was blank and then crashed me to the desktop.

The NPC’s actually speak (with voice) to you and it’s pretty cool, but it does drag on sometimes. I’m trying to be patient and enjoy the ride. The quests are enjoyable, starting out with learning how to do basic things onboard a ship at sea. Once on land, the quests continued teaching. I next learned how to move furniture around the room and do some crafting as well. Nicely done. I specifically liked when I was told to place a mirror back on the wall and I saw myself in the reflection, very cool. Makes me look forward to housing already.

The spell animations were great, specially the root spell with chains flying around my head. When I rooted a flying bug, you could see the chains holding it to the ground as it tried to break free. The lightning bolt attack was fantastic. The ground shook and the creature smoked. Color me impressed. The combat animations for a staff are very cool. I loved watching my gnome put his weapon away after combat. Lots of shiny in this game.

The quest rewards were nice, I was fully equipped with nice gear by the end. Also, I was suprised to see quite a few people role playing. Perhaps I accidentally stumbled into an unofficial RP server?

I had no problems soloing up to level 6, but I did need to duo with someone to kill the big boss in the cave at the end. I enjoyed this first class and already have been tempted to just go ahead and buy the box, but I want to stick to my plan. Up next, the scout.

The best part so far, no immature smacktards.

– Ethic

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9 thoughts on “Trial of the Isle: Mage”

  1. I never had the problem with the graphics options crashing in-game, but then I have the full version and I don’t know if that makes a difference. My graphics card is, IIRC, an ATI Radeon 9600 XT with 256 MB RAM, running at AGP x4. My CPU (1.4 GHz Athlon) and FSB (100 MHz) are the real bottlenecks for game performance.

    Don’t forget: if you kill 500 goblins, you get a Goblin Hunter title that floats over your head.

  2. I never had the problem with the graphics options crashing in-game, but then I have the full version and I don’t know if that makes a difference. My graphics card is, IIRC, an ATI Radeon 9600 XT with 256 MB RAM, running at AGP x4. My CPU (1.4 GHz Athlon) and FSB (100 MHz) are the real bottlenecks for game performance.

    Don’t forget: if you kill 500 goblins, you get a Goblin Hunter title that floats over your head.

    Scouts tend to feel weak at the start, while Priests tend to feel a little stronger than Mages (at least to me). The Warrior kicks serious butt on the island–once, I managed to solo the orc cave with a Warrior (since no one was around to help), but I did make sure I had all the gear (including all the side-quests, the shell collection, and the necklace from killing the crabs).

  3. There are going to be a lot of changes to the island and new player experience soon. We’re pretty happy with how they’re coming along, it may be worth comparing your experience in both the old and new.

    Glad you’re giving it a try! =)

    -Ilucide

  4. I’ve read the options page is a bug in the trial only. No big deal as I have it figured out. Now it’s time to go do some scouting.

    Update: That did not go so well. Game started locking up and crashing to desktop right away. Perhaps my 9700 Pro is too wimpy. Oh well, off to EVE tonight instead.

  5. It’s your drivers I think. I had the same problem with my ATI Raedon 9800. Try loading up the old 5.2 drivers from ATI. Thats what solved my problem.

  6. I’ve been dabbling with the idea of a re-install just to do the island, but I am unsure. I deleted it the first go after 10 minutes because the combat was so horribly slow and boring it hurt to watch.

  7. Thanks flashman, I did just update my drivers a few days ago. I’ll give that a shot.

    Heartless_, what class did you play? So far I have not found the combat slow at all. I enjoy it more than WoW’s anyway. The scout only got to fight a couple of creatures, but I snuck up on them and killed in one swing.

    The character models are ass. There, I said it. Perhaps I need to load up the new character models, can I do that in the trial? Doubt it. The Gnome looked good, but the elves and humans are damn ugly. My scout is a high elf, I wanted to delete him right away.

    I’ll get some screenshots up over the weekend I hope.

  8. I found out the high elf has infravision. When you activate it, you see heat signatures. Cool. Can you see stealthed players?

    I wonder what other races can do…

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