Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
Buy On
  1. 90
    The year of development shaped Rise of Kunark into an admirable expansion. Even though PVP content is largely ignored and midrange characters will level elsewhere, it's apparent that SOE's finally hatched an add-on that puts a shine on the entire game.
  2. While some of the changes will filter into the game anyway, what RoK does is revamp many areas as well as provide a solid race with a good storyline. The new lands are also worth exploring, with some nice surprises and rewards available to players.
  3. Everquest 2: Rise of Kunark has a lot of welcome content for new players and veterans alike, and while the game may not rival WoW in terms of player numbers, what it does do is really bring the new and old worlds of Everquest 2 and Everquest together into a new seamless package that is going to have a lot of appeal to a lot of people.
  4. 82
    As with the previous expansions, there's nothing here that will convince you the EverQuest II is worth playing if you've already decided to pass on it. But for players who are looking to extend the life of a game they already love, Kunark offers lots of amazing diversions.
  5. With all things taken into account, Rise of Kunark provides the most comprehensive EverQuest II experience and offers a great deal to both new and veteran players.
  6. Strangers to the series interested in a new MMO won’t be as impressed with new updates and content as a seasoned EQII veteran, and will be offset by EQII’s dated appearance and design. However, EQII fans can’t go wrong with Rise of Kunark as it’s by far the best one yet.
  7. PC Zone UK
    80
    Highly recommended - it's essential for older players. [Feb 2008, p.91]
  8. 80
    Rise of Kurnak adds some new incentives for fresh players to pick up the Everquest habit and also has plenty of new gameplay for those that were running out of things to do in world of Norrath.
  9. PC PowerPlay
    80
    MMO gamers will be surprised to find that there is still a lot of adventuring goodness to be had inside the world of EverQuest II. [Feb 2008, p.56]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. DarinWhite
    Mar 26, 2009
    9
    Easily the most well-rounded MMO on the market. Better looking and more in-depth than WoW. It may not be as challenging as Vanguard, butEasily the most well-rounded MMO on the market. Better looking and more in-depth than WoW. It may not be as challenging as Vanguard, but neither will your PC choke on spaghetti coding. Reliable expansion releases, wide variety of races, classes, zone types, and a community that is generally far more mature than WoW. Built on a solidly established lore from EQ1 as well as having moved in its own direction, EQ2 is a very single-player, group, and raid friendly experience (if a little easier than some of the serious crowd prefer, but no where near as simplistic as games like WoW) Full Review »
  2. StevenH.
    Feb 18, 2008
    10
    A new player can expect explore the new towns, cities, and wilderness with adventure parties of players. Meeting new friends to journey with A new player can expect explore the new towns, cities, and wilderness with adventure parties of players. Meeting new friends to journey with is easy to do in this new addition of EQ2. The daily player base is vast and the people you meet are loyal and courageous. PVP servers are very active and the combat will have you on the edge of your seat. Finding a party of players to head into the dangerous lands or to fight players is always just a few key strokes away. Just head into the cities and assemble your teams with the classes you wish to fight in your group. Player classes are diverse and the population is great in eq2. A well rounded group will sure find victory and glory on the battle field against players of the other cities and the inhabitants of the lands. With 6 types of Fighters, 6 Scouts, 6 Mages and 6 Priests Player classes are second to none in any MMO. Look up the classes available in EQ2 if you want to see a outstanding class set in any MMO I have ever seen. 24 in total, all very unique. Also the ability to fight on mounts like horses, magic carpets, rhinos, and wear wolfs. Fight in raid vs raid on pvp servers is very exciting. 24 players vs. 24 players all fighting and clashing swords or casting massive spells. Raid instances for 24 players and 12 players are included in RoK, as well as the solo raid mobs found in the back of huge zones at random. EQ2 is very graphical and the ability to tax even dual 8800 cards on max graphics in a raid setting. Enough said EQ2 rocks. Full Review »
  3. TrevorB.
    Dec 5, 2007
    7
    Too much questing and not enough group instances and group zones in this expansion. Difficulty and strategy for most named encounters is Too much questing and not enough group instances and group zones in this expansion. Difficulty and strategy for most named encounters is beyond the skill of your average group of players. Not enough flexibility in forming instance groups. Raid zones are almost entirely single mob encounters, with almost no group mob encounters in the game. Could have been a lot better if they'd done more of what they did in Echoes of Faydwer. Full Review »