UO in Space.

After a re-roll over the weekend, and a much better understanding of the basic concepts, I had a very enjoyable time with EVE Online the last few days. In a lot of ways, it reminds me of the early days of Ultima Online. It has basic rules and laws, an open-ended world for the players to work with, and a skill based system to mold a character how you see fit. Crafting and trade are just as viable as combat, and the entire game revolves around Corporation (guild) politics and zone control. It has a limited quest system, but it’s more of an after-though rather than the focus of the game. I think the biggest draw for me is the scope of the game. The fact that one of the early spaceships in the game cost around 50,000 ISK (the in-game currency), and you read about the cost of the biggest ships being in the area of 15 billion+ ISK. It’s an amazing amount of money, even for large Corporations. The crazy part? That 15 billion ISK ship can be destroyed by a rival Corp, especially since it takes a month to construct one in a space port, and that space port can be destroyed as well, capital ship going down with it. Very similar to UO, everything in EVE can be destroyed. A players ship, all weapons and equipment on it, everything in its cargo bay, even the player themselves can be killed, resulting in possible skill loss. It’s very possible to have a very, very bad day in EVE. Or a glorious one, if your enemy is on the receiving end of a well planned attack.

Speaking of massive destruction, it’s not uncommon to read about a battle involving massive amounts of giant ships, with both sides taking heavy losses financially. Fleet combat involving 50, even 100 pilots is something I can’t wait to see.

I think the most surprising thing about EVE is how different it is compared to all other MMOs, and it was released in 2003. In a market filled with EQ clones (WoW included), its nice to see a game break all those rules, set its own goals, and stick to its vision. It may not have 8 million subs, but for the 170k or so that it does have, it provides a very welcome breath of fresh air.


My trial account runs out in two days, and it’s going to be tough not to put down the $15 to keep going, if only to venture out into 0.0 space at some point and see all those stories I hear about first hand.

About SynCaine

Former hardcore raider turned casual gamer.
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5 Responses to UO in Space.

  1. Crazykinux says:

    Well hopefully you’ll find that fifteen bucks lying somewhere under the sofa. EVE is definitely a different MMO. It’s more a virtual worlds where you can do pretty much anything you want – as compared to other MMO games (EQ, WoW, DDO) where your ‘class’ limits what you can and can’t do.

    Hope to see you around in space. If you do decide to stay, head over to my blog (http://www.crazykinux.com) for a list of guides that might be useful in your career as a space pilot!

    Fly safe!

  2. syncaine says:

    Thanks Kinux, I’ve actually already read your blog a few times, and your link to the players guide is what made EVE a bit more possible for me. Glad you found MY blog :)

    I think it might be a bit early to start looking at Corps just yet, but I surely will keep an eye out. Right now I’m just doing the simple kill missions and doing some mining in my Bantam whenever I need a break, just letting skills grow and my wallet fatten.

  3. CrazyKinux says:

    Here’s a good advice I wished I’d received early: train all the learning skill first. You’ll learn all the other skill much faster after.

  4. syncaine says:

    Yea I think every single piece of advice I read about EVE mentions that first.

    Learning is at lvl 3 right now, the two combat stat skills are at 4 and 2 (don’t remember the names)

  5. ShadowWAR says:

    I just downloaded the game and signed up for the trial last night. I’m really eager to get into this game and give it a whirl, everything I heard about it is amazing and the recent Goon/BoB incident is what really sparked my interest. The scope of the game is astounding to me, and I really want the sandbox this game provides.

    I will say, that all this game lingo confuses the hell out of me so far, and it just shows that I have to take a completely different look at how this game operates than I ahve with any other MMO.

    I’ll have to check out Kinux’s site as well, and maybe I’ll see you guys in game.

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