Iksar: The new playable race in Ruins of Kunark.
The name alone summons an image of sleepless nights and days spent in
front of the computer. For those who haven't heard, EverQuest is an
more like an addiction than a game. This very popular Massively Multiplayer
Online Role Playing Game (or MMORPG) has been the excuse for people
skipping school and work just to try and level once more. At the end
of April, the makers of EverQuest, Verant Interactive, released an expansion
and a new fix for the EverQuest junkie : Ruins of Kunark.
of Kunark (Rok) expansion has brought many new features to the game.
With the expansion, gamers now have over 20 new zones to explore, as
well as a huge array of new NPC's. Verant Interactive was also able
to raise the polygon count for the characters and scenery, ensuring
a more detailed world than can be found in the original game. There
is more than just eye-candy within the expansion, the designers have
created a new race for people to try and play. They are known as the
Iksar-lizardmen that are neutral/evil in alignment, and the only other
race that can play as the Monk class (Humans being the other race).
Finally, the designers have added a feature that is sure to please all
those who have reached the highest level : the ability for gamers to
pass level 50 and reach level 60.
one catch to all of these features though. To be able to travel from
the main lands of EverQuest and those of Kunark, one must buy
As you can see, the details have improved greatly with ROK.
you can still see and use the different weapons, armour, and equipment
from Kunark without having to buy it, but you just won't be able to
travel there. On top of this, all of the graphical advancements that
one can find in the expansion are only found on the continent of Kunark.
The higher polygon count was not added to the three main continents
of EverQuest. The graphics have not been changed in these areas, and
will still look the same the moment after you install RoK. Finally,
you have to own a higher performing system to get all of the benefits
without any lag. Running on a system that could handle EverQuest fine
might find that the continent of Kunark seems choppy and slow.
are some negatives to the expansion, the better graphics and gameplay
will still entice people to purchase RoK. Within the game, you will
notice subtle differences such as trees swaying and smoke effects. Before
this, it would seem that the trees were made out of hard plastic, which
would never move, even during thunderstorms. When you are dealing with
a MMORPG, the graphics are still behind those that are found in games
such as Soldier of Fortune, Quake III, and Starlancer. This is a given
when dealing with an online game and because of this, ROK tries to add
a new dimension to EverQuest by allowing the gamer to become more immersed
in the EverQuest world.
Even the design for the shuttles that take you to the large ships
are impressive when seen up close.
add-on for EverQuest, the controls, game-play, and sounds are the same
as before. Only the graphics were enhanced. But obviously, this is not
the only addition found within the game. As noted before, gamers can
now advance to level 60. This addition is one that has brought praise
from the players since many have been playing at level 50 for a few
months now. But a warning to those beginning to advance past 50, each
level will take at least twice, if not three times as long as a normal
level before 50.
Ruins of Kunark has given gamers new lands and areas to explore. Since
EverQuest came out, all of the lands or zones have been explored, mapped,
and conquered by one guild or another. Now there are over 20 new zones
for people to see and learn about, giving people who have just recently
purchased EverQuest the chance to get in on the fun.
have to give Ruins of Kunark an 82%. It brings new features to those
playing and allows for further exploration. On a downside, the system
requirements are a lot higher than EverQuest itself needs. Better start
brewing more pots of coffee, those nightlong quests and raids are just
about to begin yet again.
additions are an improvement.
new race, a new land and some new effects are the main benefits
of the add-on pack
expansion can make this game just as addictive as when you first
bought the original