Games I Own: EVE Online
Posted on 16th Apr 2009 at 11:34 by Mark Mackay with 41 comments
Over the years EVE has ended up in the news many times for everything from its incredible depth to its many scandals. I first activated my account in 2005 and immediately fell in love with the beautiful ships, incredible galactic scenery, ambient sound track and highly tactical gamely. Whether you’re into player vs. player (PVP) or player vs. environment (PVE), you’ll need to set up your ships with the right modules for the job and then pilot them skilfully if you want to come out on top.
The items in EVE are all produced by the players from the ground up, making an almost exclusively player-driven economy. This concept makes the market a brutally competitive place and means that you’ll need to be as cunning in your business ventures to make interstellar kredits (ISK) as you are in combat to win fights. Indeed, some people devote their entire EVE online careers to outwitting their competitors in the market place, amassing the wealth of kings, using it only for the satisfaction or further outwitting their fellow tycoons.
If that sounds boring, perhaps a life of piracy is more your cup of tea? Pirates roam the little-policed low security regions of space, hunting and scanning down unsuspecting haulers, miners, traders or other combatants to destroy their ships and take any gear that survives or, ransom them for large sums of cash. In the outer regions of space with absolutely no police whatsoever, full blown territorial wars rage for months on end with fleet engagements that can consist of hundreds of pilots.
EVE is arguably one of the most complex games ever made, a factor that leaves many gamers feeling bewildered, causing them to lose interest quickly. In most MMOs you can level up your character by hours of endless grinding, meaning that the more free time a person has the more powerful they can become. However, in EVE, skill points are gained in real time, meaning that even if you don’t have all the free time in the world you can still advance your pilot at the same rate as everyone else.
EVE Online can be somewhat intimidating when you first log on and yes, there is a lot to learn. But if you stick with it, you’ll be rewarded with some one of the most diverse and rich game worlds ever created and if you’re into PVP, there’s nothing else quite like it. With the relatively recent graphics overhaul and a two week free trial available at www.eve-online.com, there’s never been a better time to jump onboard.