Lords of EverQuest
Sean W. Gibson / Dec 1st, 2003 No Comments
EverQuest is a name that every gamer is familiar with. What they aren’t familiar with is the extension of the EverQuest brand name into new genres of video games. Lords of EverQuest is such a title, a 3D Real Time Strategy game that offers fast action, supreme strategy, and strong graphics.
Game Premise : Three factions will vie for the control of the continent Antonica to ultimately shape the future of Norrath. Players choose from 15 individually customizable Lords to dominate the action on the medieval battlefield.
This title should definitely appeal to the RTS buffs out there, and the EverQuest world should definitely be intrigued by the close merger of the familiar characters from the EverQuest universe.
I’ll get the inevitable comparison to other RTS games out of the way immediately. If I had to compare this title to any, it would be WarCraft III. That aside, Lords of EverQuest is a fast paced and fun RTS game that won’t bore you to death with mundane details, but at the same time challenge you to come up with the right group of baddies to take out your opponent.
The gameplay for Lords of EverQuest will be very familiar to the “right click” RTS gamers out there. The familiar interface (a little small) will be very easy to pick up, and the fighting of the units will be, once again, familiar.
The flow of the games is more on the fast end (the ability to build up, tech up, and destroy) and leans to those who enjoy fast paced RTS titles. Of course, you can slow down the game speed, but the boys here at Gaming Illustrated have always enjoyed a nice fast paced RTS game. The number of units and buildings is rather large, making it quite interesting to see all the different combinations of ways you can kill the opponent. The ability to level up not only your “Lord” (think hero) but ALL your units (everybody levels up) makes the game a lot more fun and rewards those that fight battles well – a group of level 15 dudes will slaughter groups of much larger units of level 1 guys. This brings an interesting and new dynamic that previous games barely touched (there are 20 levels possible for each unit, just like in EverQuest).
graphics / sound
The graphics are good – not the best graphics ever (much like I said when I first saw EverQuest 2), but the quality 1600×1200 play is very nice for those of you with the latest in gaming hardware (we tested the game on a P4 2.53Ghz system with an nVIDIA GeForceFX 5900 card). The units are decently detailed, and truly the most impressive thing about the graphics are the very rich maps and buildings. Overall, the graphics are fairly good.
The sound, on the other hand, is awesome. Why? Well Sony was able to capture some of the best voice talent in Hollywood for this title. Who else was to play the Dwarven Hero but the man who played Gimli in Lord of the Rings – yes, John Rhys-Davies himself! Other voice talent garnered for the game include Star Trek Voyager captain Kate Mulgrew, character actor Ron Perlman, Star Trek and A-Team favorite Dwight Schultz, Married with Children and Futurama (yes!) star Katey Sagal, and local favorite Fairuza Balk (The Waterboy, Almost Famous). The sounds of the battles are pretty solid, and the musical soundtrack is actually quite good. The sound of the game is great, carried by the very impressive celebrity list of voice talent.
longevity / originality
For those of you looking for a revolutionary RTS title, this may not be it. For those of you looking for a fun RTS game that brings some new spins onto a much diluted genre of gaming, this might be your title. The storyline of the game is okay – nothing too gripping – but not all that bad either. To get through the campaigns you should spend at least 60 to 80 hours playing through the missions (three factions), not to mention all the fun you can have by playing in multiplayer (up to 12 simultaneous players!) or online via Sony’s on-line gaming network specifically built for this title.
Note : Playing Lords of EverQuest on-line against other players is absolutely free.
I’ve seen this title around stores for something like $30 – and for that price this products is a GREAT buy. The storyline is decent enough to coax you into playing through the missions, and the richness of the EverQuest universe is very nicely captured in this RTS title. The action of the RTS game itself is fast and has a very nice pace to it, so people who enjoy lots of action and furious fighting will be pleased.
The graphics are fair to good, and the sound is great. The gameplay is highlighted by the action oriented RTS style with lots of upgrades, even more buildings, and plenty of units to appease gamers. The multiplayer is extremely fun to participate in, and for large LAN parties, this might be a great title to bring along, considering it supports up to 12 people in a single game. Playing on-line on the internet is a fun experience as well.
Overall, I liked Lords of EverQuest and find it a great first entry for the team at Sony OnLine Entertainment into the RTS world. I’m not sure this game is “the new king of RTS games” but I definitely find is a good new title to add to your collection if you’re a die hard RTS player. EverQuest junkies (term used literally) that are curious about RTS games would do well by crossing over with this title with the familiar characters and RPG elements. I enjoyed the fact that ALL units are able to level up 20 levels and gain new abilities as they level up – it introduced a new interesting level of unit preservation.
Lords of EverQuest is a good title, and RTS fans everywhere would do themselves a favor by checking out this unique and fun to play game.
FINAL SCORE: 92%
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