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  • Summary: The spectacular space combat, commerce, and exploration game, whose breathtaking graphics, special effects, and intricate gameplay provide an experience unlike any other. Played on the Internet, this massively multiplayer online persistent world game takes place in a universe teeming withThe spectacular space combat, commerce, and exploration game, whose breathtaking graphics, special effects, and intricate gameplay provide an experience unlike any other. Played on the Internet, this massively multiplayer online persistent world game takes place in a universe teeming with life every hour of every day. Take on the role of a spaceship captain cruising around the universe, trading, fighting and communicating with other players and create a life beyond imagination. Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 3 out of 22
  1. A robust tutorial. Classless character builds. Overwhelmingly open-ended gameplay. Ship designs you’ll need to wear a bib for. And a breed of PvP that’ll make adrenaline junkies sign up for rehab. Sci-fi worshipers: This is your Mecca.
  2. You could play this game for years before you really started to feel like you might have seen everything it had to offer. If you can just get past the rough beginning, the difficulty, and the steep learning curve, Eve Online is the biggest game you could possibly hope to play.
  3. Despite its flaws though, EVE is deeply, deeply addictive.
  4. You must have patience and be excited about non-structured gameplay in order for it to be worth the price of admission. Action hungry thrill-mongers will do themselves a favor by steering clear of this one.
  5. EVE offers little in the way of instant gratification, and progress in the game is slow and often unnoticeable.
  6. This stunning mood is crushed by an interface that has all the charm and convenience of a TPS report. [Sept 2003, p.95]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 100
  2. Negative: 31 out of 100
  1. Oct 16, 2014
    10
    This game is difficult. Eve is unforgiving, complex, and brutal. I've best heard it described as "hours of mind-numbing boredom punctuated byThis game is difficult. Eve is unforgiving, complex, and brutal. I've best heard it described as "hours of mind-numbing boredom punctuated by moments of intense action," and that description holds up. You'd do best to learn as much as you can about it before you start. The tutorials have gotten better recently, but they really can only do so much. Eve rewards research, planning, knowledge, ambition, courage, and desire. It is not for people who need to be told what to do as in modern "theme park" MMO. It is truly a sandbox where you can do as you please but must face the consequences of your actions. It is certainly worth a download (not from Steam, that version acts weird with your Steam account) and a trial. As the devs say, "either you quit in the first few days of your trial period or you subscribe forever." It's much more than spreadsheets in space, but the spreadsheets do help.

    Added bonus: free expansions approximately twice a year and the ability to pay for game time with in-game currency.
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  2. May 18, 2012
    10
    Most other contemporary games in this genre focus on linear progression through leveling and the acquisition of gear. EVE Online contains noMost other contemporary games in this genre focus on linear progression through leveling and the acquisition of gear. EVE Online contains no character levels to grind and all ships and equipment can be bought, sold or lost. Skill is gained over time through non-linear progression of which you are in full control. Whether you want to be the best frigate pilot or pilot a mighty armored battleship, the choice is yours. Expand
  3. Aug 30, 2012
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is the best "game" in the world. As ever, a reader should discard any review of a multiplayer game where the reviewer has failed to play the game with other people. Lo and behold, most of the negative reviews on this game are from people who start out saying "I spent a day figuring this game out" or "I couldn't get into it" or "who plays this piece of crap" or "I like the character creator herpderp". If you aren't willing to take the time to play a multiplayer game with multiple players, you've never played it. That's rule number zero. Rule number one is increasing reward for increased risk. With EVE, this is true ingame and out. Risk more time and more resources, put yourself out there and meet new people and you may well be rewarded with endless fun and the best gaming experience there is -- or your name might be googlebombed if you try to become an internet celebrity like The Mittani did. Risk your ship and your ISK and you might make it big, or you might get ganked on the way there. The trick is managing those risks. Rule number two: EVE can be modelled as one big series of prisoner's dilemmas. Is the chatty guy in local out to get you? At what point should you grab the loot accrued with your newfound friend and run? Are the people around you whom you have chosen to risk trusting going to take everything from you tomorrow, or while you sleep?

    Rule number three: specialize. Yes, there are people smarter than you who have been playing this game for almost a decade. Yes, you may never catch up to them. But skills work such that no one character has them all, and this is unlikely ever to happen as CCP grows the game. If you choose a niche or playstyle (do your research) and if you apply the resources to hand intelligently, and better yet if you team up with people you can trust, nothing can stand in your way. A corollary of this is specialist knowledge: don't hand out the tricks of your trade for free, or you won't be able to charge as much for them. And so, I leave the rest of the rules for you to discover. Here's a rubik's cube. Go **** yourself.
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  4. May 9, 2012
    9
    played this since it was released, it just gets better and better, amazing universe to roam around, huge scope for customizing your game play,played this since it was released, it just gets better and better, amazing universe to roam around, huge scope for customizing your game play, whether its blowing the crap out of other people and looting their destroyed ships, to mining and manufacturing etc, you can become what you want to be. Various patches over the years and a whole graphics overhaul have let eve survive where others have failed... it might not have the biggest online community, around 30-50000 players online usually, however the universe is very much alive, there is a tremendous amount of skills to train, and a lot of information to take in, so it takes patience and dedication to truly get the best from EVE. Also with the upcoming "Dust 514" FPS on PS3 in the pipeline that ties in directly with the EVE Universe, this MMO is about to get bigger. Eve is not for everyone, but if you like ship to ship combat in a universe bigger than Pamela Anderson's cup size then give it a try. Ill be waiting for you....gun ports open ;) Expand
  5. Mar 4, 2015
    7
    On hell of a solid space game. It's very cerebral and convoluted. Much of the learning curve has been leveled out, but it is still one ofOn hell of a solid space game. It's very cerebral and convoluted. Much of the learning curve has been leveled out, but it is still one of the highest in the industry. You should know that this is a true SANDBOX. You have to have to be a proactive person to enjoy the game. You need to set goals for yourself. Outside of a few overarching story lines, the content is pretty much up to you as a gamer. I have had some great times playing, many times I was just doing something risky and ended up in the right place at the right time.

    This is a game where making friends is also a must. Just like the MMOs of old, you will need friends to venture out of the safe areas of "High Sec." (High Security) You MIGHT get lucky, but most of the time, you will just get ganked by a rat (short for: pirate) who is "gate camping" (waiting at jump points frequently used by noobs to short cut a long journey). There are two acronyms in EVE you will run into:

    NBSI (Not Blue, Shoot It) - Blue color tags represent allies or friends. In other words shoot anyone you don't know. (for fun, name your first few ships: 0000FF. The HTML code for blue. Having a ganker laugh may be all the time you need to get away)
    HTFU (Harden The [guess o.O] Up) - You need a thick skin to play the game. It's not for the timid or solo player.

    If you are looking for an in the cockpit view, this is not the game. There are a few new ones coming out that will scratch that itch. This is has frequently, with good cause, been called Spreadsheet Wars. This is an external view with simple 300-1000 poly count ships. The skinning and tessellation have done WONDERS and it looks just like a recently released game, especially with the last update: Kronos. It's keeping up with the times and after 11 years they have to be doing something right.
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  6. May 23, 2012
    3
    Eve is a chore to play. As an open world MMO you're free to explore and do as you please, but this freedom comes with a lack of any direction.Eve is a chore to play. As an open world MMO you're free to explore and do as you please, but this freedom comes with a lack of any direction. There's not much in terms of story. The only single player "story" is had by performing extremely repetitive missions for agents which usually involve fighting other ships. There is no such thing as EXP. The player learns new skills over time, which take progressively longer depending on the level of the skill. This means that there is zero chance of ever catching up to someone who's been playing for a year, as there's no skill point cap. Thankfully, the skills are trained offline too, and you can allot skills to be trained in a queue. "Death" or the destruction of your ship has severe consequence. Ships can cost millions of ISK (the currency) and making ISK takes time. You can buy insurance, but this usually doesn't even cover half the cost of the ship when it's fully fitted with weapons. Some good points are: Faction wars, player made economy, many jobs ranging from pirate to miner. Social engineering is also permitted, unlike in other games where it's forbidden to scam other players. In Eve, anything goes. You'll often find a scammer or two in local chat offering a dodgy deal. However the game takes serious time and effort to get anything out of. I'm talking years of dedication. Eve takes itself very seriously and unlike WoW, it is NOT a casual game. Expand
  7. May 10, 2015
    0
    Tried this out the other day and installed it to my Games folder. Played it for five minutes, couldn't get anywhere with the piss poorTried this out the other day and installed it to my Games folder. Played it for five minutes, couldn't get anywhere with the piss poor tutorial due to how bad it is, and decided to uninstall the game... which took five minutes. I figured it was because the uninstaller, like the tutorial, was poorly programmed. I was right for the wrong reasons: I guess CCP was pissed off I didn't want to play their crappy game any more, so they did me a favor and nuked my Games folder. All my steam games, all the games whose disks are broken and no longer work or have been lost, all the mods I've installed in Skyrim--everything. Gone.

    There's plain old incompetence, and then there's CCP. Avoid.
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