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Rating
9.0
out of 10
  Game   Eve Online
  Developer   CCP
  Publisher   CCP
  Website   Website
  Business Model
  Subscription
  Release Date   May 2003
  Platform   Client
  Genre   MMOG
Released
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EVE is a Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG) that takes place approximately 20.000 years after our times in a galaxy on the far end of the universe. EVE is a single "shard" virtual world. What that means is that everyone who joins EVE becomes a part of the same world and the same community. In EVE you are free to choose your own destiny. You start out as a character from one of four races that inhabit the EVE universe and you are free to take your character in any direction you want. In EVE you don‘t level up like in most games. You purchase skills which then train in real time until finished. The skills train even while you are offline.
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EVE Online is an open-ended Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG). Most other MMORPGs focus on a structured playing style with predictable outcomes and monotonous leveling. This seemingly innocent fact is why EVE is so different from almost all other MMORPGs, as the players have an incredible impact on how the game develops.

One could compare this to the difference between a playground, such as EVE, and a theme park, which would be the traditional MMOG. In a playground you have access to different kinds of toys and rides, and you are allowed to use your own imagination to figure out how to create games you enjoy. In a theme park all the rides have been created for you and are either good or bad by design. The playground clearly offers more freedom but it requires you to think and be an active participant, while the theme park has taken those responsibilities away from you and you can just go with the flow.

As an interesting side-note, "theme park" style MMORPGs commonly develop lines, just like real world theme parks, as players wait for monster spawns, rare items, or quest requirements. Players that enjoy the freedom and opportunities for creative thinking an open-ended game offers have become mesmerized by EVE, while others that depend on structured, repetitive game style have not. For this reason we don't contend that EVE is for everyone, but for those that enjoy a bit more of a challenge.

A unique aspect of EVE is that it is run on one server. In EVE you can find over 25,000 players at any given time interacting in the same persistent universe. Other MMORPGS are played on multiple servers called Shards; these have a limited number of players on each, usually between 500 and 3000. The bottom line is that EVE is a rich and immersive universe centered on human interaction. Players can play the game as a simple space trader or endeavor to control the largest, most powerful company in the universe.

We provide the rules and tools, but it is the players themselves who create the adventures. New players have joined EVE each day since its release, so you won't be alone as you enter the galaxy for the first time. Even players who have been playing since the beginning experiment with new characters, so not everyone will actually be a brand-new player.

Though there are certainly some players who have already amassed a great deal of wealth and equipment, but this will not affect your ability to competitively advance in the game. The high security areas are a safe place to start, until you are ready to venture into the more aggressive areas of the game.

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Genre MMOG
Style SciFi
Server Location US
Persistence Fully
   

The subscription works out at $14.95 or 14.95 per month with money off for quarterly and yearly etc. Your subscription fee gives you unlimited access to the EVE Online servers, website, and customer support.

Methods of payment include Credit Card (American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club, JCB), Debit Card (Visa Electron, Carte Bleue), Direct Debit, PayPal, PaySafeCard, WebMoney Transfer, ETC (EVE Time Code), and PLEX.


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  • OS: Windows® XP Service Pack 2 / Vista / 7
  • CPU: Intel Pentium® or AMD @ 1,5 Ghz
  • RAM: XP (SP2) – 1 GB / Vista – 1.5 GB
  • HD space: 6gig Free Space
  • Network: 56k modem or better Internet connection
  • Video: 64 MB Shader Model 2.0 Graphics cards such as GeForce FX (5 series) class card or higher, ATi 9500, x300 series or higher and Similar chips from other manufacturers
  • Drivers: DirectX® 9.0c (included) and latest video drivers
  • DVD-ROM : 2 speed DVD reader or greater required.
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  • OS: Windows® XP Service Pack 2 / Vista / 7
  • CPU: Intel Pentium® or AMD dual core @ 2 Ghz
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • HD space: 6gig Free Space
  • Network: ADSL connection or faster
  • Video: 256 MB Shader Model 3.0 Graphics cards such as GeForce 8 class card or higher, ATi 3000 series or higher and Similar chips from other manufacturers
  •  Drivers: DirectX® 9.0c (included) and latest video drivers
  • DVD-ROM : 2 speed DVD reader or greater required.
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  • The client does not run on a PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Macintosh Machines. laptops or Mac Minis equipped with Intel graphics chipsets such as the GMA950 or X3100. Versions of the Macbooks and Mac Minis with Nvidia graphics chipsets are however supported.
  • Supported hardware is MacBook Pro laptops, Mac Pro machines and iMacs. All these machines have to meet the following minimum requirements below:
  • CPU: Intel based computer with CPU speed equal or greater than 1.8GHz
  • OS: OS X 10.5.8 or later.
  • Video: ATI X1600 or NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT or higher with 128 MB of Video RAM
  • RAM: 1024 MB or more
  • HD space: 6.0 GB
  • Network: 56k or better Internet connection
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  • CPU: Intel based 2 GHz or better
  • OS: OS X 10.6.2 or later
  • Video: ATI HD2600 PRO or NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • HD space: 6.0 GB or more
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
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Gameplay 6
Fun Aspect 7
Support 8
Dev Activity 8
Graphics 9
User Interface 8
Sound 8
Overall 9.0
  The Good The Bad

The Good
One Universe
Complex community
very active development

The Bad
Top heavy
tech grind
Griefers

A very deep, well established MMOG. Gameplay has progressed into the point of MMORTS god mode experience for some players. More to come.



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EVE Online: Tyrannis Trailer
EVE Online: Tyrannis Teaser
Eve - Capital Fight
Eve Online
Eve - Tribute War
Eve - Gallentean Ship
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