by Al Giovetti
By Al Giovetti
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The Great Escape
Summary * History * Company Line * Game Play * Plot * Graphics * Animation * Voice Actors * Music Score * Sound Effects * Utilities * Multi-player Features * Cheats, Hints, and Walkthrough * Journalists * References * Letters
Since 1999 Everquest continues to make millions for Sony Online Entertainment.
This expansion involves one of the most innovative expansions yet in the Everquest line. The introduction of iterations of dungeons that are assigned as individual missions where no one else can interfere borders on sheer genius. The designers of Everquest are finally providing solutions to the hordes of people online who camp dungeons, monsters, and otherwise make it impossible for players to have a good time. Truely some of the Everquest players delight in ruining others gameplay and this stops this problem dead in its tracks.
Another issue addressed with this expansion is not only lack of competition and anoyance from other players, but the tailoring the adventure to the skill levels of those going on the adventure. The dungeon is still a challenge but not so challenging that a good group need worry about getting killed. No more long treks across the vast expanse of Norrath only to find your favorite spot camped by one million players. These dungeon crawls are accessable since they are close to town, private for your group only, and at your challenge level making them ideal. Incidentally, making them close and convenient is another innovation for these adventures. Count them three win-win situations for game players.
The third innovation that helps with one of the major player complaints and time wasters is body retrieval. In this world if you cannot get your body out within a prescribed period of time - the time alotted for the mission your dead body is deposited outside of the mission location. No more long body retrieval missions to insure that your hard won equipment does not just disappear with your body.
SONY ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES EVERQUEST®: LOST DUNGEONS OF NORRATH™
- Discover the Secrets Hidden Below The Surface of Sony Online’s Incredibly Popular Massively Multiplayer Online Game -
SAN DIEGO, CA – September 9, 2003 – Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online gaming, announced today that EverQuest®: Lost Dungeons of Norrath™, a new expansion for the incredibly popular PC Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (MMORPG), EverQuest®, is available on retail shelves today. The boxed retail version will contain both a collectible “in-box” gift (while supplies last) as well as a magical “in-game” item and will carry the suggested retail price of $29.99. Additionally, a digital version is available for secure download at www.everquest.com for $27.99.
“With Lost Dungeons of Norrath, we’re emphasizing the classic ‘dungeon crawl’ game play element in the world of EverQuest,” said Michael Lustenberger, director of product marketing, Sony Online Entertainment. “This is our largest expansion to date, offering players a new way to experience the world of Norrath with personal adventures, massive dungeons and a unique reward system that’s sure to please our most hard-core fans.”
EverQuest: Lost Dungeons of Norrath will focus on the exploration of more than forty dynamic dungeons, with the main emphasis being placed on single group and Raid style content. New technology and design ideas have been implemented that will allow players to work their way through dungeons individually tailored to the strength of their group.
The overarching EverQuest: Lost Dungeons of Norrath storyline continues from Broken Skull Rock (an area from the previous EQ extension, The Legacy of Ykesha), as explorers venture into the previously unexplored depths of Norrath’s Dungeons. The discovery of once forgotten dungeons, artifacts, and power has set Norrath’s competing factions in motion. Legendary dungeons filled with undiscovered horrors, items, and fame are waiting to be found. Players of all levels will discover diverse environments that cater to the wide range of play styles.
About Lost Dungeons of Norrath Just when you thought you'd covered it all -- five massive continents, the moon, and the homes of the gods themselves -- a new series of adventures leads you into some of Norrath's greatest sources of speculation and mystery. The story that began in Broken Skull Rock now yields new clues about an event threatening to change the face of Norrath. Assist a band of adventurers on their quest to unearth long-hidden artifacts of power from forgotten dungeons, secret catacombs, and long-buried ruins. A mystery is unfolding and a new age of exploration and adventure has begun! Lost Dungeons of Norrath also features:
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