For those who enjoy online gaming, Eve Online provides a virtual space themed universe with over five thousand star systems and with more than thirty thousand players sharing the same space at the same time on any given day. In answer to the question, “What is Eve Online?”, it is more than just a Massive Multiplayer Online Game (MMO). It is a sandbox game which allows you as a player to do whatever you want, without following a storyline or quest line. And it is the largest single shard server in the gaming industry, where all players around the world are on one server. This means that the content of the game is largely driven by the players, which leads to never before seen situations in the world of gaming.
Aspects of Eve Online
Characters of Eve
When you arrive in Eve, you will have a body called a clone. As a member of an elite spaceship pilots group called ” Capsuleers”, who are able to control their spaceships directly with their minds through the use of a capsule or pod. The Capsuleers are called immortals because their memories can be downloaded into spare clones in case they are killed in combat. You will advance your character through training skills found in skill books which you can buy. As you learn more skills you will be able to pilot the different ships, and use thousands of different mo-duals to customize the ships however you decide.
There are four distinct races you can choose from to create your character. Each race builds ships using different technology which has strengths and weaknesses. Since, all races start with a clone having minimal skills, there is little difference in what a new capsule-er can actually do in game. However, there is a rich background and distinct look for each race.
Ships of Eve
Although you begin in a clone, most of your time will be spent in space flying a ship. Each race has a line of ships starting with the frigate (smallest) and going up to the titan (largest). There are also numerous, specialty ships that are called T2 or tech 2, these are advanced versions of the basic ships. Along with these, there are a small number of T3 ships, the super advanced version and Factions ships, which are a mixture of different race and NPC faction ships.
Fitting, rigging, and flying the different ships are affected by the skills you have learned and at what level those skills have been trained. There are thousands of ships, mo-duals, and skills. The combination of those are enormous which gives you almost unlimited variety.
The sandbox nature of Eve means there is no limit to what you can do or how you play the game. If you get tired of one thing then you can start a new direction and add a new layer of abilities onto your character. You can be a market mogul, a mining builder, a mercenary, a corporate CEO, or a solo pirate.
On some days you could play as an individual. On other days you could join hands with your corporation to take over a solar system. With Eve on-line play has been opened up to its maximum, the question is….. are you ready?