By Christopher Hodge
you're planning on picking up a copy of the new video game EverQuest
Online Adventures (Playstation 2), be prepared to kiss your social
life goodbye. The game is like crack-cocaine the minute you plug
in, you're addicted.
EverQuest is part of a new breed of video games called multi-player
online role-playing games. Played entirely online, they allow you to interact
with thousands of other players in a gigantic virtual realm.
A classic sword and sorcerer game, EverQuest allows you to choose
from a variety of different characters, including trolls, elves, humans,
gnomes and dwarves. Once you've picked a race, you can go even further
and customize their appearance, giving your character a unique look that
will stand out among the thousands of other players online.
Once you've plugged into the server, you can spend hours wandering through
the virtual continent of Tunaria, slaying monsters and completing quests
in an attempt to acquire experience points and rare items.
The game also encourages you to team up with other online players in order
to slay difficult monsters. Amazingly, the game is almost completely instantaneous
and interaction is smooth.
One of the downfalls of the game is the small fortune it costs to play.
You'll need the game, a Playstation 2 system, network adapter and a $10
monthly fee on top of all that. It's also strongly suggested that you
pick yourself up a compatible keyboard to talk with your fellow gaming
geeks, as it can be very frustrating to type out every letter with your
PS 2 controller.
As far as graphics and sound are concerned, they won't woo the hearts
of many die-hard video gamers. You'll often be plagued with a strange
sense of déja vu every time you walk past the tree you've gone by hundreds
of times before.
For those newbie gamers who still rue the day they accidentally stumbled
into an online game of Quake and were slaughtered a dozen times
before taking a step, you will appreciate the fact that none of the other
online players can gang up on you. You need only fear the creatures that
wander the wastelands, and not the gaming junkies who have spent hundreds
of hours perfecting their game-playing abilities.
So, if you're looking for a new video-gaming fix, disconnect your phone,
plug into EverQuest and say goodbye to your social life.