I'm a MMORPG veteren of EQ/DAoC/AC/AO/SWG. I've played EQ on and off for almost 5 years, the others less so with DAoC and AO lasting over a year. I was on the EQ2 beta and the WoW beta. I kinda know what I'm talking about when it comes to these types of games. Also, I don't work (long story, but I'm handicapped) outside the home...which frees up a large amount of time to play and test these games.
Now, it's all subjective I suppose. I mean, if you like one game over the other, then so be it. No one is going to tell you that the one you choose is wrong because that only makes you defensive and it's not every constructive.
Having said that, I can only go by what MY experiences are with these two games. EQ2 just doesn't have it. It's lifeless. It's boring. Let me repeat that, it's boring. EQ2 has the feel that it was just put together by employees punching a clock. No life, not fun...just...blah. Also, putting this game out next week when it's in the state it's in shows that they don't really care about the game, all they look at is the bottom line. The numbers. "Let's get this game out now so we don't get bitten by WoW...we'll fix it later but let people start paying now for us to fix it". That's their attitude.
Also, Cheese, you're simply lying if you say that you got your character to level 30 in 3 days in WoW. Yes, it's a bold face lie. If you wish to promote EQ2 then fine, promote it, but do NOT resort to blatent lying to do it. If you got your character to level 30 in 3 days, please, enlighten us on HOW you did that. What race/class combo did you use? Where did you go? How did you level so fast? Details? Hm...?
To put it into perspective for you, I recently started an Undead Rogue on WoW this past week to track how long it took to level. On average this past week I played around 7 to 8 hours daily. Here at Saturday Morning I've only gotten him to level 16. That's it....16. After 5 days. By your calculation's Cheese I should be about level 50.
The thing is, I don't notice it. I'm not always striving to "make one more level" or "I really need to get a _______ (insert item here) so I can look better". It's not a leveling treadmill. And again, it's FUN. Remember fun? Fun is the REASON we play these games.
Now on to grouping. In EQ2 you have to group...no two ways about it. Grouping in WoW is needed on certain things that is a given. When you're doing Elite mobs for instance. When your taking down a major named mob you need a group. There is just no way to take them down unless you have a group. An instanced dungeon is another. Sure, you can solo all of this if you wait quite a while to level up about 15 levels above the instanced dungeon you want...but that's true of just about any game until you get into the high-end of the game.
But bottom line...I've been on the WoW beta for about 7 months now, the EQ2 beta for a month....I'm not at ALL tired of WoW but EQ2 is just...zzzzzzzz. By your account I should be bored with WoW now and wanting the "deeper content" of EQ2...but again, your experience may be different(though we now know Cheese hasn't played WoW yet).
This comment was edited on Nov 6, 05:01.