The epitome of massively multiplayer gaming - the ultimate blend of deep features, heritage, and community.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (394 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 7, 2011

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Play EverQuest® II Free-To-Play. Your Way.™

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"EverQuest II (EQ2) is a 3D fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) and Free-to-Play"
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About This Game

EverQuest® II is the epitome of massively multiplayer gaming - the ultimate blend of deep features, heritage, and community.
Explore an enormous online world where friends come together for adventure and community. Immerse yourself in the game's exciting locales, mysterious lands, intense battles, exciting quests and amazing achievements. Featuring breathtaking graphics and a vast, beautiful and dangerous game world to explore, EverQuest II sets the standard for MMORPG online gaming. Now, you can experience EverQuest II Free to Play. Your Way!™*

Your character, your story, your adventure!

  • 90 Levels of unparalleled gameplay
  • Strong heritage and lore with game content spanning 7 years and 6 expansions
  • A thriving, friendly community with thousands of guilds
  • Over 5,000 creatures to battle and more than 8,000 quests to complete Hundreds of gorgeous, expansive and dangerous environments to explore
  • Independently leveled tradeskill system with deep quest lines
  • Full support of different play styles from Solo, Groups, Raids and PVP
  • Our Dungeon Finder system helps you join groups
  • Unique and robust housing system, with dozens of styles, thousands of items and a House Rating System
  • Exciting seasonal and holiday events to spice up the year
  • An expansive in-game marketplace containing potions, weapons, armor, classes, races, mounts and more!
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System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® 7, Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or Windows® Vista
    • Processor: Pentium® 4 equivalent or greater
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 10.0+ GB Available Hard Drive Space
    • Video Card: NVidia GeForce FX 5700/ATI Radeon 9500 equivalent or greater*
    • DirectX®: 9.0
    • Sound: DirectX compatible Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
62 of 73 people (85%) found this review helpful
134.3 hrs on record
Everquest 2 is in the same league as World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, and even the new Final Fantasy MMO, but none of these other games are so evolved they’ve revolutionized the overall experience. This results in an overload of similar content presented through different layers of graphics, lore, classes, creatures and underlying support systems (such as crafting and raiding). Don’t get me wrong, many of the games have “unique perk features” (e.g. GW2 allows you to dodge attacks), but these perk features don’t qualify as bringing MMOGs to the next level of gaming experience.

EQ2 trumps the competition when it comes to overall content, playability, many features and functionality; and in some cases far beyond the other games.


1. Mercenary, which is like having another player with you, a single character can solo most of the dungeons and heroic areas/monsters of the game. This opens all players who use a mercenary up to the majority of the content without having to look for a group and rely on others to play.

2. Alternate Advancement, a system that allows the player to decide what percentage (up to 100%) of their experience they want to go to this secondary point system, which opens some new skills.

3. Quests, EQ2 has an unique balance of presentation for it's quests. The players can quickly and blindly click through things to move on through the next step whereas players who are heavy into a storyline/lore can interact and engage with the NPC. The rewards are also well designed and refined imo.

4. Guild, EQ2's guild system brings their players together, sharing their accomplishments and keeping them connected better than any other MMO. The guild system with automatic notifications toward the player's achievements, level gains, and finding valuable items. It also has a built in Voice Chat which works great. EQ2 has the best Guild system out of all mmo games. Period. EQ2's guild system also have the Guild Hall (home of the guild). No other mmo game comes remotely close afaik.
Posted: April 29
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
132.1 hrs on record
Five years into playing this, I have yet to find another MMO that immerses me in quite the same way or has the variety of content for all playing styles. I'd recommend it in a heartbeat.
Posted: June 23
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22 of 30 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
An absurd amount of content that's worth your time to explore. One of SOE's greatest accomplishments.
Posted: June 19
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
I do enjoy this game, let's make that clear. Just because I put negatives just means I'm being honest, as no game has zero negatives. So here goes...

The gameplay is pretty much the same as wow or swtor, while the story is all text. It's click the response bubbles to progress, unlike the old style Hail them and try to guess what to say or look it up online. Nothing wrong with that, as it's a huge leap forward from the first eq. In fact, everything that felt inadequate or annoying from the first game has been fixed while still keeping the same overall feel. You can actually get a feel for what will destroy you vs what will be a good difficulty for your gear, at least after a little trial and error as you change between different expansions.

As far as the f2p experience goes, it starts to noticeably suck after about lvl 80. the forced 50% exp to AA (skill point system) seems fine at first, but then you finish all the areas with quests that aren't grey (too low for EXP), and still lack the lvls to start more. When I ask the ppl for advice, they say get a mercenary ($24 unlock) or subscribe ($10-$14 / month) which completely contradicts the point of a f2p game. Also the lvl cap is 92 as f2p vs the 95 for subscribers. All of the overpowered gear for 92 is also in ToV, which you have to buy. Buying expansions isn't exactly bad for a f2p, but when it hinders you so badly that you feel forced to pay, it is a bad thing.

The only thing that makes this lvling system work is the incredibly useful mentor system. Long description short, you can lower your effective lvl for as long as you like, either to your groupmate's or a lvl you specify at a chronomage. This means you can go to an area you might have skipped, or to a dungeon you couldn't solo with the gear you have now and wail on the enemies there while still getting exp.

I've played a lot of f2p games, and I even quit playing this one for a while. The trouble was that at about lvl 30 (or earlier depending where you go), the quest help just stops. It doesn't show you where to go anymore. So, then you have to download a mod, EQ2maps just to find quest locations, but even that fails sometimes. After playing all of the other promising games out there, I came back because it's still the best one. The community is by far more friendly and english oriented than other games, the story more in depth, the features more unique. The only thing that really disappoints me is the character classes. basically, the ones on the left are the good aligned version of the ones in that row, except for channeler and beastlord, which you can't play as f2p. There are minor differences between them, such as illusionist having wizard spells + another you as a caster pet vs. the coercer being a wizard with a charmed pet that you have to constantly re-charm. The warlock is the evil version of the wizard, but it's a necromancer with no pet. So, don't listen when the game says it has X number of classes.

Like pretty much every other MMO, if you don't have a friend or 2 to start with, or if you aren't the type to join guilds or good at getting groups together, you won't have fun later on. Nobody uses the group finder because they just use a merc. If you are sociable and like to be in a helpful guild or have real life friends to play with, then you'll really dig it.
Posted: August 8
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
781.3 hrs on record
I really enjoyed this game, and I still do! Its entertaining, unlike other MMORPG'S, you can build! I thought this little option was neat, letting my creation explode into unlimited ideas,themes, and styles. :)
Posted: September 1
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