Well I once played Everquest 2 before about maybe a few years ago before it went F2P, but now have came back and see there is quite a bit more now that I recall.
Personaly I do not have the newer expansion for it so I have one AA tab locked and prestege trade skills locked, but so far I do plan on getting the expansion, as well as paying for the dungeon maker. While if your a F2P or silver tier modle the restrictions now seem way less then they used to be before. I have not personaly gotten to far yet in my replay though starting off again ( used to go evil side but this time went good side ) as I am just taking my time to play the game how I feel I want to play it.
Also on a good note the cashshop is not what I would call game breaking either, plus there are people who buy tokens and sale them on the auction house broker that when used will grant the person using it thier account to have 30 days gold membership, so far those prices though range from 1000 plat or higher depending on what server your on.
So I personaly feel its a well worth game to try and see if you like, you never know maybe its the game you want to stick with.