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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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  • Developer: CCP
  • Genre(s): Role-Playing, Massively Multiplayer Online, Massively Multiplayer, Sci-Fi, Sci-Fi
  • # of players: Online Multiplayer
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Score distribution:
  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. Computer Gaming World
    40
    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: 65 out of 117
  2. Negative: 41 out of 117
  1. Mats
    May 29, 2003
    10
    Love it love it love it love it.
  2. SprigegA.
    May 12, 2003
    10
    Best friggin game ever made.
  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. Oct 23, 2010
    9
    Graphics looks beautiful, from the models to the effects it a plus for a 2003 game!
    If you like space, and like MMO's then this is your game.
    Graphics looks beautiful, from the models to the effects it a plus for a 2003 game!
    If you like space, and like MMO's then this is your game.

    For me award for best 2003 MMO game.
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  5. JoeT.
    May 26, 2003
    6
    Very good, but still quite buggy.
  6. Mar 21, 2016
    3
    Check if your review contains spoilers....LOL. I couldn't spoil even 0.1% of this game, because I didn't see any of it. Why? I didn't have sixCheck if your review contains spoilers....LOL. I couldn't spoil even 0.1% of this game, because I didn't see any of it. Why? I didn't have six months to 'get into it'. It's a brilliant escape from reality for those with social difficulties and a serious fondness for graphs.

    Odds are if you are reading this then you are probably less 'Call of Duty' and more....well EVE Online than your average gamer, because the way the fans sell this game doesn't exactly make it sound thrilling, or even that interesting. What you are promised is some sort of 'real life, in space' - where you can be a space trader....and sell minerals....and blow other people up whether they want to or not.

    I never saw the last bit, but I engaged in 25 solid hours of the mining and floating around bit. 25 hours over 14 days and let me tell you I didn't enjoy a single second of it. I was constantly waiting for this amazing fun to start that had people literally giving up on their real lives to live their space life, and it never came. A few reasons why I think -

    1. It is spreadsheets in space. It's a cliche, but it really is. It's impossible to be 'good' at this game, what you can do is have spent a lot of time paying a monthly subscription, and thus have accumulated more numbers on your spreadsheet, this allows you to get loads of other numbers on other spreadsheets that others don't have.

    Visually, it's not rewarding. The reward comes from having bigger numbers on your spreadsheet, and using this to...grief other players?

    2. It takes TOO **** LONG. If someone told me I'd have to 1) pay a monthly subscription and 2) could only level up by waiting real life, human hours in game or out, I would assume you were joking. They're not joking in reference to EVE, you are expected to wait MONTHS in order to be able to participate in anything like the game experience you will have heard fanboys talk about. You wont be brokering trade alliances, or griefing anyone. You'll be paying £15 a month to click on asteroids, waiting for your skills to level up until you have some sense and quit.

    3. This is clearly a jerk-off for people who have already put in a few thousand hours. The people who enjoy this have already spent a few thousand hours making their spreadsheet the most comprehensive. They are the people who enjoy this. They have been playing this for 13 years. Unless they quit, and you start playing for 13 years you will never be as 'good' as them, because they paid their subscription longer.

    Positives? The graphics are 'OK', the ships look good and sometimes the space scenery looks 'impressive' but the visuals are repetitive to say the least.

    The crux of it is I don't want to meet the sort of person who can actually get into EVE, because I am terrified that someone so fond of spreadsheets might exist in the world.
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  7. Oct 2, 2015
    0
    Rogue moderation. Will ban you for no reason or if you differ in opinion with staff. This company is founded in another country so they followRogue moderation. Will ban you for no reason or if you differ in opinion with staff. This company is founded in another country so they follow a different set of rules. Also unethical gameplay within game with no cap on how far someone can go. Expand

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