I just started playing EVE: Online a couple of months back, and I love it.
The game utilizes only one HUGE server which sometimes holds over 50000 players in one big universe.
It's a sci-fi game focusing mainly on the control of spaceships, and learning the skills to further your use of them.
When you start, you will be in your capsule. This capsule is your only armor against the cold vacuum of space.
Quite soon into the game though, you will be handed several spaceships to put your capsule inside and control.
If they are destroyed, you will find yourself again in the capsule, and then you have to get out of there.
When the capsule is destroyed, you will die.
There are 4 different races in the game: The Amarr, who uses lasers for the main arsenal, Minmatar, who uses projectile weapons, The Caldari, who uses Missile launchers, and the Gallente, who focuses mainly in the use of hybrid turrets.
There are alot of different space ships with different functions in EVE. For example:
- The Rookie ship is the first one you get when starting to play. Not much good for anything besides scouting an area.
- Frigates are the main light class attack ships in the game. Some can also be used for mining.
- Destroyers are fast, medium sized ships especially designed to hunt down frigates.
- Crusiers are rather slow, heavily armored ships used mainly as support and escorting.
- Battlecruisers are the same as above, only more badass.
- Battleships are heavy ships made to make total mincemeat of your enemy, often used for prolonged sieges.
- Industrial ships can involve haulers (cargo ships), mining barges made only for extracting ore from asteroids at a high rate, and salvagers, made for salvaging resources from shipwercks in space.
- Capital ships. These include freighers, drones carriers and titans. The biggest of the big.
They also vary greatly in size.
The smallest ship is about 60 meters long. The biggest class are Titan ships. Two of them can reach 18 km in length.
All of them takes alot of training time, and the training is real-time.
If I want to train in the use of a mining barge to level 5 (max level), it would take at least 15 days.
To train for the use of titan ships, you would have to train skills for 170 real days.
That being said, one of the main goals in EVE is to make money.
- Mining asteroids for ore, which can be sold directly, refined into minerals, or be used to create spaceships and equipment.
- Salvaging blown-up spaceships for resources, which can be used as the same as above.
- Doing missions given to you by NPC agents in the spacestations.
- Joining a player Corporation (clan) and work for them for rewards.
- Become a pirate and shoot down spaceships for the loot.
The game is one of the most immense experiences one can have with a mmorpg.
While not as big player-wise as WoW, this game has only 1 big universe where all the players play side by side.
It has over 5000 star systems you can visist. A star system is a room in space where you can find asteroid belts and space stations.
It also has 2500 random placed wormholes where you can find some real valuable minerals, but also danger.
I'll try not to make this post too long, but it's simply impossible to describe EVE in short words.
You can download the game with a 14-day trial if you wish to try it out for yourself.
If you like sci-fi, you will NOT regret trying this game.