This ultimate collector's edition is perfect for both new EverQuest players and serious EverQuest veterans. It includes EverQuest and the first four EverQuest expansions: Ruins of Kunark, Scars of Velious, Shadows of Luclin, and Planes of Power. Also included are a leatherette bound manual and new user strategy guide, a premium collector's edition pewter figurine, a DC EverQuest comic (only available in this box), and four exclusive cloth maps of the world of Norrath. Everything is contained within a beautiful metal tin. Each tin is numbered, one of a limited production run of only 35,000 units.
Taking the standard conventions of a Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game--such as character creation, monster combat, special abilities, and spells--and combining them with a persistent and always-changing online virtual world, Sony Interactive's EverQuest creates an experience like no single-player personal computer game. In fact, EverQuest features no solo or story-oriented game; EverQuest requires, and certainly encourages, interaction with the tens of thousands of other players online. (As an online-only game, EverQuest requires the use of your Internet connection.)
Players begin by creating their EverQuest alter ego. Elements such as race (over 12, including Dwarf, Ogre, Troll, Halfling, Gnome, Barbarian, Dark Elf, and Human) and class (over 14, including Bard, Magician, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue, Warrior, and Wizard) determine your character's statistics and special abilities. For instance, the Warrior class of any race is inherently strong, though the Warriors of the Ogre race is much stronger than, say, the Warriors of the Halfling race. Other races and classes favor intelligence or dexterity. Players can also customize their character's clothing, face, and name to further personalize their alter ego.
Vibrant graphics (particularly spell effects) and crisp monster and player models bring the EverQuest world of Norrath to life. Gameplay consists primarily of combat against dozens of different creatures; defeating the varied beasts of EverQuest earns your character both coins (for the purchase of better equipment) and experience points (for improving skills, abilities, and power). There's plenty of satisfaction in watching your virtual alter ego gain experience, power, and wealth. Though it takes an enormous amount of time to improve your character, EverQuest's addictive, easy-to-learn gameplay makes the effort worthwhile.
EverQuest's sense of community shines in the quests and battles you'll partake with other players. Taking on the more powerful monsters alone is suicide. But team up with a Troll Shadowknight player in Chicago and a High Elf Enchanter player from Seattle, and you've got a monster-stomping gang sure to earn everyone fame, fortune, and friends. It's the sense of trust and teamwork that creates EverQuest's most endearing quality--and its most stressful: you never know if that Cleric you picked up in the local tavern is a talented healer or a worthless coward until you're mixing it up with a group of Minotaurs.
Most players find EverQuest's community atmosphere to be its best quality. Speaking with and questing alongside the thousands of players online provides good gaming, interesting conversation, and perhaps even real friendships. Verant Interactive listens to the community of gamers and constantly updates and changes the EverQuest world. Filled with monsters, dungeons, and fabulous treasure, and supported by an active developer and fan community, EverQuest is sure to live up to its name. Players will be adventuring in this rich online world for many years to come. --Doug Radcliffe
EverQuest is a multiplayer online game you play via the Internet. A stable Internet connection is required to play. Sony Online Entertainment charges a small monthly fee for this game, separate from your Internet service provider access charges. The first month of this fee is included in the purchase price of this package. You must provide a valid credit card to register and play. After your first month, you can use your credit card or a prepaid game card to continue to play.
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