Thursday, 24 February 2011

Everquest 2 Destiny of Velious

Been almost 2 days now, that the latest expansion for Everquest 2, Destiny of Velious been out. The flagged features of this expansion are as followed:

* Soar high above Norrath with flying mounts
* Crawl your way through 10 dangerous dungeons
* Complete four new Heritage Quests
* Battle through more than 300 new quests
* Craft through more than 60 new tradeskill quesfts
* Conquer one new truly massive contested dungeon
* Discover two new overland zones
* Defeat four new raid instances
* Collect more than 1,000 new weapons and items
* Journey through a new Signature Quest line
* Slay more than 30 new creatures
* Equip more than 100 new armor sets
* New AA abilities with an increased cap of 300

I've been playing it since it came out, and so far, which happens with anything new, i'm enjoying it. After these 2 days, basically all i did was questing, exploring and a wee little bit of dungeon. In questing i can also i had i tried the EQ2 attempt on public quests, and although it's nice, i think it falls short on that department. Biggest difference noted yet, is the gear. First off, quest items rewards, are all legendary, no more treasure stuff. Second stats of these rewards are above legendary gear from the latest expansion, so if you still on that gear you will quickly replace it. Even the T1 fabled gear from SF leaves much to be desired.
Overland masses are big, Great Divide seemed huge to me. A bit bland, it's a snowy zone.. Second zone, which name i can't remember now, seemed to be quite nice, but i just passed there once running, to check the massive contested zone that comes on this expansion. Yep, they say its bigger then Solusek's Eye. And gorgeous. And, this is what i like the most, HARD! As a small example, my group, which by all means didnt had heals, was me on a coercer, a guardian, conjuror and necro. The guardian was T3/T4 fabled geared, which in most SF zones would do well with no heals. Here, he was killed by a trash mob, when it still was around 80% health. I was impressed. We are planing on doing a proper group there to check it.
I also managed to get a group to one of the new dungeons, Tower of Frozen Shadows: Shadowed Corridor, we didnt finished, but the zone was fun, challenging and well design. Some scripted fights but very fun. I plan on giving more details on that shortly.

Overall, so far, seems a nice expansion, but time will tell more.

But for now, see you in Velious!
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