372 people found this review helpful 12 people found this review funny
2,244.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2016
I have been playing Eve: Online for just over four years now, and hopefully this review can be of some help to those deciding if they really want to dive into the game.
First: Eve is a complex game. It has a really steep learning curve for new players, although the devs have been working hard to make it a little more newbro friendly. The have added a lot of new fancy tutorials that did not exist when I started. This is definitely a big plus if you are brand new. However, do not expect them to teach you everything. This game is beyond expansive, and you will get lost in the complexity. However the newbie channel chats, forums, and sometimes even local chat can be a big help. DOn't be afraid to ask questions. Usually someone is more than willing to answer.
Second: Eve is not always a nice place. One of the first things you should know, as many people as there are out there willing to help you, there are just as many willing to take advantage of you. Whether that takes the form of stealing your stuff, killing you, or picking on you, it can, and will happen. Take every offer of help with a grain of salt, or if it is a business deal, be especially careful. This kind of behavior is completely legal in Eve because it is a sandbox. The creators don't regulate anything that does not violate the EULA. It's pretty much anything goes here.
Third: Playing Eve solo sucks. Some people do it, but it's lame when you do it that way. Eve was built to be a social game and a social experiment. After you finish the tutorials, I highly suggest joining a player corporation. As a new player, I highly suggest joining a newbro friendly corp like Eve University, Pandemic Horde, or Red vs Blue. Eve Uni will teach you anything you want to know about Eve, and Horde and RvB are PvP oriented if you want to jump into that niche.
Fourth: The skill training happens in real time. That means skills will continue to train even when you are not logged on. Also as a result, it can take a really long time to train certain skills. Playing for four years, and I have only recently started getting into capital ships. Do not expect to jump right in and be awesome at the game. You will fight and struggle and die, a lot. However, Eve is one of the most satisfying games ever if you stick with it. You don't have to have all the skills to be good, and you don't have to train everything. Just be patient with the progression and stick with it. If you are looking for the instant gratification of a shooter or action game, you best look elsewhere. Eve is a game that lends itself to the longview, and definitely has a delayed gratification factor.
Fifth, and finally: Eve is awesome. Whether or not you like it is usually dependent on your personality, but regardlesss of whether or not you like it, it is an impressive world that the devs have made. Its a living, breathing community that makes its own story. Players decisions can affect thousands of other players. The market is run by the players, and wars between massive player coalitions shake both individual players, and the player driven markets. The PvP is the most exhilirating I have ever encountered, and I still get an adrenaline rush when taking ships into battle. (I'm very much PvP centered, so I have done quite a bit.) Eve is unlike any MMO you have ever played, or ever will play. It is singular, and I think you should at least give it a shot. If you don't like it, that's okay. It's not for everyone. If you do though, it can be a very rewarding experience and you will make some great friends. Have fun and fly dangerous!
483 people found this review helpful 974 people found this review funny
741.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 29, 2015
3 hours into EVE and I have a name, a great looking avatar and some photo ops for the ages. I know how to undock my ship and set a course. NOTHING will hold me back now and I will rule this universe in no time.
34 hours into EVE and I swear to christ I am still doing tutorial missions, trying to figure out all the differnet angles to make money and do stuff in this damn game. To fan the flames I have people wanting to do stuff with me, and I'm like "I AM STILL DOING TUTORIAL MISSIONS"..."LET ME LEARN".
42 hours into EVE and I have no idea what I'm doing but I still keep playing. I told my friends to ♥♥♥♥ off for now.
109 hours into EVE. Holy♥♥♥♥♥♥I just realized how many ♥♥♥♥in parts you can have for your ships. There has to be some sort of build guides for these things. This is way too overwhelming.
165 hours into EVE and I still feel like a new guy and I've never been the new guy for so long. I wonder why they call this a game when clearly it belongs in Office 365 Enterprise. Then I realize this wouldn't be EVE without being so ... detailed... I still have no idea what I'm doing, but I keep playing.
207 hours into EVE and I realize I have to get into the 4 day trainings in order to get my hands on a mining barge which are really the only way to go for serious mining...still playing.
219 hours into EVE and I start telling one of my friends about how this is so up my alley. He responds with "Oh god, here we go, don't push your excel sheet on me". I respond immediately with, "First let me say I dont ever recommend you play it so ♥♥♥♥ off cause you arent good enough for it". First sign of addiction is getting defensive...
223 hours into EVE and I'm so happy that my brother came out of retirement to play. He is old school. I immediatley see the advantage to working with other people, most specifically with someone who has 3 accounts and can haul your ore back and reprocess it at 73%...I kind of want to keep playing.
274 hours into EVE I stopped ♥♥♥♥ing around and finally managed to focus on mining. I got my first barge outfitted with strip miner IIs and my haul has increased over 10x. I love this game and I want to keep playing.
319 hours into EVE and I realize that I am only 1 day and 19 hours in skill training away from a Gallente Battleship. I get excited and read up on which one I should get in preparation into some PVP action. I realize I want an Amarr Battleship instead. Goddamnit. 3 days of training added. Somehow I still find myself wondering when I will actually start ruling this universe.
356 hours in and I finally purchased a GTX 970. I get pumped and go into EVE's settings and ramp everything up to the highest settings. I don't see any difference...
367 hours and I just learned a lesson in the vicinity of 185 million isk. I am not invincible. Just because I can finally fly a Battlship doesn't mean I should start flying a Battleship.
580 hours and I'm STILL training up Astrogeology (12d) AND Mining Barges to lvl V (18d). I'm starting to wonder if these big barges are worth the 30 days of training time.
616 hours and I just finished training Mining Barges to V. I don't even want to mine anymore.
197 people found this review helpful 6 people found this review funny
493.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2016
DO NOT BUY THROUGH STEAM. Go to EVEOnline.com and get a free trial account, then you qualify for discounts when you upgrade to a real account. You cannot link a Steam Account to an old account if you are coming back, and they will not refund.
380 people found this review helpful 18 people found this review funny
4,732.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 6, 2016
As of right now, April 2016, there is a big conflict in Null Security space. Alliances on both sides of this conflict are currently recruiting a lot of new players into their ranks, so if you ever wanted to try EVE Online out; Now might be the best time to do so.
The game is now free to play, but I would still suggest using my buddie invite link found in my profile description here on steam. It will give you 250.000 skillpoints upon account creation, which is a good few days worth of skill training and can be pretty useful for anyone who wants to get into the game :)
EVE Online is a very time consuming game but it can be very rewarding as well, depending on what you do with your time in-game. It has been said many times before but still rings true: The game is only as boring as you make it. It's a sandbox game and therefore very open-ended, it doesn't hold your hand after you're done with the tutorial.
I'd recommend you head over and do the career agents after the tutorial. It'll give you free ships, skillbooks and items to get you started. It also provides you with a small taste of the things you can do in-game like; Mining, industry, Missions and exploration.
For a new player I'd recommend doing exploration to get ISK. It is very profitable in low sec. and null sec. and definetly better than mining. I would also recommend you to find a corporation (Guild) that is 'newbro' friendly. Playing EVE solo is possible, but more likely to burn you out before you get into the game, joining a corp. that has a like-minded playstyle will increase your enjoyment and let you learn from more experienced players at the same time.
One last thing: You are never truly safe in this game unless you are docked. You can be killed at any time, anywhere. I'm not trying to scare you away from the game, chances are you won't be ganked until you are several months into the game. I just want you to understand that you should NEVER fly anything you can not afford to lose. It should be obvious, but some people still do and then complain about it, don't be that guy.
If you didn't know it already, you lose your ship and everything on it once you get killed. That includes cargo as well, so don't move anything extremely expensive.
EVE Online is a game that requires time to learn and patience to master, hope to see you in-game! o7
TL;DR The game is what you make of it. Everyone has a different experience with it.
270 people found this review helpful 6 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
I've played for years before this game was on Steam and I still play. I downloaded this on Steam for no other purpose than to write this review... Because to be honest none of the negative reviews on here are quite fair to the game.
The first thing I want to say is... You may prefer to use CCP for any paid accounts. It is far easier to manage your accounts and subscription this way.
But the most important thing is that this game isn't as hard as everyone makes it out to be... The people writing negative reviews are the people that quit before giving themselves and the game a chance. You /do not/ want to be a solo player in this game and you definitely need to find people who know what they are doing. You see people in here complaining about .CODE but the truth of the situation is that .CODE is easily avoided if you understand how they operate. I even read a review where a guy said another miner ganked him... but you aren't at high risk of being ganked unless your ship is more valuable than the ganking ship. Since for miners the ship hull is the highest cost... the idea of a mining ship being used to gank is unlikely at best... For every gank the ganker loses their ship. You have to make it unprofitable for them to gank. And to be honest, I've only ever seen .CODE in the same system maybe four times out of my entire time playing.
Those big nullsec battles? Yeah, they're right you might not get to be in one. But those aren't actually the fun battles tbh... Finding a good corp that can teach you /real/ PvP and not just frigate blobs, that's gonna be a lot more fun especially for new players. And if you need easy isk? It takes a while for the skills but running alpha-clone groups can net serious profits when running low-sec DED sites. Yeah, that's with /free/ accounts. If you know what you're doing you and a friend can even run high-sec DED sites in drone destroyers. That's typically 50million for each of you for one site. With destroyers you're gonna take a little bit longer to do them, upgrade to a cruiser and two players can burn through them just as easily as the typical veteran player in a shiny Gila faction cruiser. Using only basic t1 hulls. All it really takes to get along in EVE is knowing the right people so you can learn the right things. And it only gets easier as time goes by.
The whole idea of EVE is risk vs. reward and a high degree of freedom. The game is what you make of it and you have to be able to motivate yourself to get out there and try something dangerous and not get put out if things don't go perfectly for you. If you can do that and if you find joy in those hard-fought victories... This is your game.
If you can't... I don't recommend bothering with it.
590 people found this review helpful 72 people found this review funny
962.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Sub this game if:
-You dont value any kind of social life -You want to play a true sandbox game -You dont want a mindless faceroll where you get rewarded for minimal effort -You like teamwork and a mature, unique community -You want a deep, complex game with a steep learning curve -You like to be challenged to think and plan
I joined a nullsec alliance after 2 months, in my first week I was in a pvp brawl with 1100 people
The mechanics arent perfect but the devs are making improvements all the time and expansions are free every month
84 people found this review helpful 6 people found this review funny
1,953.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
Boy oh boy, where can I start with this game? Lemme give some newbies some tips here.
1. DO NOT BE A HIGH SEC MINER. If you already are, I respect you but how the hell can you do it? It is the least interactive experience in the whole game and the only true interaction you get with other players is when a ganker decides to destroy your little mining barge and feast on your newbie tears.
2. Find some friends! Whether you join a small industry group in high sec (DON'T), join low sec pirates looking to prey on idiots, or join one of the big power blocs in nullsec, FIND PEOPLE. Eve is no fun solo. You will burn out very quickly and hate the game as a result, I can almost certainly guarantee it.
3. Unless they are blue, they will screw you. This circles up to point 2, but its still something that is very important to realize. People want to screw you in various different ways, whether it is to take your hard earned isk, steal loot off your dead ship or just the tears they get from you. SO FIND SOME FRIENDS!
Right, those are the most important tips I think newbies need to here. Now, what will you most likely not do in Eve Online?
-You won't lead a multi-thousand nullsec alliance, unless you want another job. Seriously, it's hard, not to mention actually getting players to follow you is like herding cats. -You will not fly a Titan. They ♥♥♥♥ing suck to fly most of the time, take literal years to train into, and are only called for the most important operations if you are a part of a nullsec alliance. Just don't. -You will likely not instrument some grand scheme to take over/steal from a major power. These can take many years to come to fruition, and people are getting better than ever at finding spies.
"Jee, if I can't do all that, what can I do?"
-You will meet some great people in this game. Seriously. Despite what you hear, Eve Online needs new players. Nullsec alliances in particular love newer players since they can build loyalty in a young, fresh recruit much better than in an old veteran who has hopped from alliance to alliance. People will be willing to help, just gotta ask around. -You will have great stories. Eve is the only game I've ever been able to talk to my family about, specifically the people I've met and what I've done. Whether it was being part of some multi-thousand man battle, or just chilling in Teamspeak shooting the breeze with my CEO, its been a blast.
So, the best way to describe Eve is a game of experiences. Is it the best MMO ever? Probably not. Is it the best Sci-Fi game? IMO, not even close. Does any other game come even close to the experiences it can provide? No one's in the same ballpark. So, yes. Play it for a while. You might like it like I have.