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  • Summary: Welcome to Earth & Beyond, the first online role-playing galaxy. It's your turn to pilot your own starship, adventure in a massive galaxy, and take part in a thriving community. Alien encounters, fierce combat, cutthroat commerce, new discoveries, perilous quests, strategic alliances, diplomatic backstabbing, and epic wars await you and the friends you meet online. Earth & Beyond allows you to build your character and career in three distinct ways: exploration, trade and combat. The game is designed around these three activities, and each race, profession, skill, starship and item affects how well you excel in these core activities. [Electronic Arts] Expand
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Whether you're looking at the graphics, the gameplay, the server response, the community activity, this is one staggeringly good game.
  2. With its polished gameplay and compelling story line, E&B has its phasers on Stun. [Oct 25, 2002, p.83]
  3. Rarely is there a game like this that can accommodate beginners and satisfy experts. Earth and Beyond is one of those rare beasts.
  4. 80
    Even with its various issues, I absolutely fell in love with Earth & Beyond. I love the setting, the players, and the whole package in general -- I've found it incredibly innovative, and I am totally addicted.
  5. A major step forward in the genre.
  6. If you’ve enjoyed space sims in the past and don’t mind the simplified combat engine then go for it. With its intuitive controls, attractive graphics, and lofty scope, E&B has a lot to offer the right gamer.
  7. Fun for a short while, and at least you'll have some great sightseeing ahead of you before the game starts to lose its interest.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. meestyk
    Nov 21, 2007
    Pure enjoyment. Pure happiness. For me anyway when this guy was around....til EA killed it *bastards*. And you wonder what those guys were on to do such a thing. If any sequel arises to Earth and Beyond, I will simply have to revisit this lovely place once more. Kudos. Expand
  2. [Anonymous]
    Oct 1, 2002
    Great game!
  3. AshW.
    Dec 22, 2003
    Anyone who can remember Elite will absolutely love this game! This non-player-v-player, non-linear space MMORPG mixes combat/exploration/trade in an online universe that can be enjoyed on your own or (where it really excels) as part of a group for extra bonus/experience points. The 6 race/class combinations are well balanced so that each has their own skills/strengths/weaknesses/styles of play. Guilds provide forums for player discussions and sharing of knowledge/equipment. Other players attitutdes are good and mostly helpful. Well supported by EA who I found to be polite and quick to respond. Any downsides? The 3D graphics are awesome although object collision is missing. Keyboard/mouse controls are easy to use although joystick support is sorely missed. Chat channels can be selected/switched off, although it annoyingly defaults to broadcast (to everyone) if you are not in a group when you gate between sectors. Minor issues that really don't affect the game play at all. I spent several months trying to find an Elite style game and this is definitely the winner! Well worth the $10-$15 per month to subscribe. Expand
  4. MarlinM.
    Oct 2, 2002
    (caveat, this review is based on the beta) Good points - Visually Stunning, No PKing, place for peaceful players, developers were responsive to suggestions and polite. Sore Points - No coordination between Grouping & Guild membership; Chatting with other on space station players while on the space station is not possible, no joystick control of flight, can't bargain with vendors on space station, collision detection with other players (ships or avatars) and some game objects not enabled. Expand
  5. Groundfisher
    May 24, 2005
    This game no longer exists. Electronic Arts shut it down. One simply cannot play it anymore. In its day, a typical level-based PvE MMORPG. Heavy on the grind and shallow in gameplay (maximum spawn-camping), it did however have a good community. Featured different races/classes, ships, and NPC monsters. Yes, monsters in space! Just floating there awaiting battle. Monsters. In space. However, this is now vapourware. Expand
  6. PaulG.
    Oct 1, 2002
    Very weak game. Gets repetitive very fast. The game design wastes at least half of your time zoning and getting in and out of your ship for no reason. Grouping is difficult and of limited value. its a schitzophrenic game that can't decide if its a 4X, a space sim, or an RPG. and sucks at all three. Expand