How much does Eve Online cost to subscribe to? I used to play Ultima Online around 5 years ago but found it a bit tedious...is this similar to that? Thanks.
no, Eve-Online is nothing like Ultima. (I tried Ultima as well).
Eve-Online is much more sophisticated. If you ever played the game legend that was "Elite" then you will be very familiar with Eve but, with an MMO aspect to it.
Unlike other MMO's there is no "level grind". You simply look at the next skill you wish to train and the system tells you it will take x days, x mins and x seconds to train it. Training is done on or off-line. You do not need to play to train, just have a valid subscription and sign in to start it training on a skill
Whilst there is no level grind there is the problem of money ... pah even sucks in games eh! There are however lots of ways to make money. You can mine, hunt NPC ships, pirate (human victims), bounty hunt (human victims), research - manufacture - and sell equipment, refine ores and sell, join huge fleets and be a mercenary, be a mission runner or even be a scammer! Yes in Eve you can be as evil or as nice as you like as long as you do it within the mechanics and the spirit of the game. The rule book even tells you Eve is a dark place
Just as an example, one VERY big scam in Eve even made the PC gaming magazines. It took one group of scammers around 6 months to a year to infiltrate one of the big rich corporations, then one day this corp logged in to find almost all its equipment, money and ores stolen! CCP (the games makers) did nothing to stop this or remedy it and in-fact said that it was all done fairly
Now there is a big contract out on these guys heads
People will tell you that Eve is a mining simulator, these people never got themselves out of the easy newbie stage. Mining is introduced to you, just like mission running/agents in the tutorial and as such I guess some people found it an easy way to make quick money - which it is. But, I guess they let it rule there Eve experience. I know many people who have not touched a mining laser in months and months - myself included!
The important thing to remember is that Eve is heavily into politics and combat. When your having a look around the site i believe you can read the forums, check out the Corporations and Alliances channels.
Eve is just to detailed to go into in a forum post, your best bet is to check out www.eve-online.com
and have a look around. I believe there is a free trial as well ... at least there used to be.
I would love to help you through your Eve experience but sadly, im currently without an ADSL link - I just moved to Germany - so am unable to play
I hope to be back in game in about 2 or maybe 3 weeks. If youve found it fun then I can probably hook you up into MASS (a very prominent and one of the oldest corps in the game).
Somehow, Eve does not push your gfx card yet it looks truley stunning. Get out into space, find some combat going on and look at Torpedo's exploding or find a Player built structure, or look at the sun in the background to your ship .... so many examples, too many to list....
Oh and Eve has the unofficial world record for most players on a single MMO shard (it only has the one) of around 13000. More usualy in GMT evenings its around 9 to 10000, peeking at 13000 ish on Sunday EVEnings.
Have a great experience and enjoy which ever games you choose to play, not much point in playing them otherwise!
*edit* Cost? Dunno ... I just pay it.. sorry to be no use on this bit.