EVE Online Review
Intro: EVE Online is the first class space-faring sandbox MMORPG developed by CCP. Players enter a vast universe as a rookie pilot. The universe is filled with planets, ships, asteroids, space stations, moons, wormholes, various complexes, and thousands of other players. EVE lets players choose their own class from hundreds of skills, keeping play free form and fluid, not as restricted and dependent on set skill trees as other MMORPGs do. The same free form method also applies to customizing ships, with hundreds of models, rigs, and subsystems to choose from.
Publisher: CCP Games
Player base: High
Exp Rate: Low
File size: 5 GB
Pros: Almost limitless game space, Highly customisable skills, Excellent gamplay.
Cons: Hard to learn, Repetitive missions.
Storyline: The world of EVE Online centers on a dense cluster of star systems connected to one another by a vast network of stargates. These gates allow for near instantaneous travel between linked star systems, of which there are over 5,000 in the network. The core of this cluster, called New Eden by its inhabitants, is controlled by four major empires that constantly vie with one another.
These core powers are the Amarr Empire, Caldari State, Gallente Federation and Minmatar Republic. Beyond the interior of the cluster lie the outer regions, lawless zones where the independent space captains of EVE, the capsuleers, contend with one another for supremacy. Outside even these perilous regions exist the Jove Empire, an enigmatic power that rarely shows itself, and the mysterious realms of wormhole space. The capsuleers constantly seek means to exploit the planets, systems and regions of New Eden, and their power is on the rise.
No. of Known Star Systems: 5,431
No. of Empire Systems: 1,907
Estimated Wormhole Space Systems: 2,498
Plane Area: 8,500 sq light-years
These numbers should give you an idea of just how freaking HUGE this game is. It can take days to go from one side of the universe to another its that massive. This is one of the strongest points of the game, even with so many players online, you can still go a long time without seeing any. But if you are in the mood for PvP there are places where people appear in denser numbers to slake your thirst.
Options are also limitless in EVE. You can choose to be a trader, salvager, explorer or pirate amongst other things. Or any combination of these personality types depending on what you feel like doing.
The economy is a fluid and ever changing thing that is completely player driven. Prices go up and down depending on availability of collected resources. A clever trader can play the markets, creating bubbles and popping them at will, driving up and sinking profits at the click of a button.
Independent pilots having been building their own ships, equipment and ammunition since the dawn of the capsuleer age. The vast array of Tech I, II and III items available to use can all be manufactured in the factory facilities of space stations, outposts and capsuleer starbases. Many of the rarer ships and items can be constructed using blueprints given as rewards for loyalty or seized from the wrecks of pirate vessels.
In most cases, every stage of the supply chain can be satisfied by capsuleer industry. Raw materials are refined and processed into fuel, minerals or advanced materials. Processed materials can be used to manufacture advanced ships and equipment. Mighty capital ships can be assembled using enormous and complex components produced by capsuleer industrialists. Even the starbases and outposts used by capsuleers can be built through the industrial processes made available to them.
Capsuleer industry even reaches into the realm of pharmaceuticals, with enterprising individuals and corporations manufacturing a range of chemical boosters. Such combat drugs are very popular with advanced pilots and their advantages ensure that the purest boosters command high prices on the market. The thirst among capsuleers for maximizing the potential of their ships is also responsible for the ingenious ship rig industry. Using salvaged materials, many canny industrialists manufacture devices that can be used to jury rig ships in many different ways. The industrial output of capsuleer manufacturers is enormous, meeting the demands of an economy of celestial destruction generated by the never-ending struggles of immortal warlords.
A wide array of spaceships await the aspiring pilot in EVE Online. From the nimble frigates to the mighty titans, the range and scope of spaceships is considerable. Each of the major factions has a full range of vessels filling all the key roles in any fleet, while maintaining their own specialisms and preferred weapons. Spaceships can be found locked in combat with others, mining valuable ores, hauling trade goods, salvaging the wrecks of other ships, and even hacking into arcane technologies from lost civilizations. Spaceships are the instruments of creation and destruction across the cluster, and their capsuleer pilots are considered to be among the elite of New Eden.
Love space? Then love EVE Online as it provides anything and everything a prospective ship pilot could want in a sci-fi MMO!