[Everquest 2] Since I was still having video issues, I decided to switch to my second computer which has an FX5900 in it. Got the game copied over and fired it up. No problems at all, wonderful.
I chose a Kerran (which is like a tiger/human). The sonicvision ability in this race was used quite a bit this time, as it was night time. It made it very easy to spot the bad guys. This is the same vision as the Ratonga had.
On a side note, I did some reading about the vision types and this is my understanding: infravision allows you to see heat signatures in dark places, ultravision allows you to track movement in dark places and sonicvision allows you to see in the dark with help from your incredible hearing ability. All sound about the same, at least in purpose.
Anyway, back to the fighter. Once I got the kick skill, I started to really tear things up. The quest line was, once again, different than the other classes. I managed to get to level 6 rather easy and was able to solo everything except the last bad guy in the cave, but with help from a priest we took him out with no problems.
At one point during the evening I had one of “those” moments. I was fighting goblins to look for documents with which I could study in order to learn a little bit about their language (itself a cool feature). When out of the corner of my eye I noticed a female human mage running towards me with two goblins and a wolf chasing after. I targeted the lead goblin and taunted.
The group of three turned to me and I began fighting them. It felt like an old fashioned bar-room brawl. Before I had a chance to take down these three, another 4 or 5 surrounded me from the back. I chose this time to use my area affect attack (which has no visual to go with it, sad) which took the whole group down to about half-health. I commenced kicking and fighting these guys and when the dust settled I was still standing. It was not an easy fight, but it was a good fight. I love that feeling of taking down a group of enemies, and saving someone’s hide was icing on the cake.
Another cool moment was when a scout wandered up out of the blue and offered me some armor he could not use. It turned out to be some very nice stuff. Bonuses to health and strength, as well as a powerful sword and shield. Friendly people giving out valuable stuff for free, fantastic.
So that is the end of my trial. There is a new version coming out shortly and I plan to run through it again and see how it has changed. The trial was good enough to make me want more so in that way it was successful. Still, the graphics problems I had with my ATI has me a bit concerned.
I did not try too much crafting, as for someone like me crafting is just a waste of time. I don’t play a lot, so I try to avoid crafting in favor of more combat. Regardless, what they showed me in the trial seemed pretty easy to follow. I also loved the ability to move stuff around in a house, and I really desire having my own house in game.
For me, I rank the classes in the following order from most favorite to least: Mage, fighter, priest and scout. Interesting to me because I almost always play a thief or a fighter. I’ve never played a mage past the first few levels and this is the first game that made me want to continue my magic ways. I have not studied the advanced classes at all, so I don’t even have any idea where the base classes lead. Hopefully I can try out the new beginner area and see what those classes are.