The epitome of massively multiplayer gaming - the ultimate blend of deep features, heritage, and community.
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Mostly Positive (812 reviews) - 74% of the 812 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 7, 2011

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

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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!
*Optional content available for purchase.

System Requirements

    Minimum System Specifications
    • Operating System: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E4400/AMD Athlon x2 4050e
    • Ram: 3GB RAM
    • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce 8800/AMD Radeon HD 2600 XT
    • DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 17 GB of Free Disk Space
    • Broadband Internet connection
    Recommended System Specifications
    • Operating System: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6850/AMD Phenom II x2
    • Ram: 4GB RAM
    • Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce 260/AMD Radeon HD 4870
    • DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 17 GB of Free Disk Space
    • Broadband Internet connection
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Overall:
Mostly Positive (812 reviews)
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Droacon
194.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
I used to love this game to bits, I love the way the gameplay feels and the lore is very interesting (if you actually read through and don't just keep on skipping lol) but this game has become dull. Ever since daybreak took control, things changed. They fired people dedicated to Everquest and canceled the much anticipated Everquest Next. Instead of adding new content, they just add in harder versions of zones. The game has became dull.
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zekesweatshirt
75.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
I've spent a good amount of time playing this game (I believe it wasn't through steam when I played). I love everquest 2 for what it is. Is this an MMORPG worth your time? Yes. Absolutely. What makes this game so great is the lore and universe of the game are so immersive and fun. The world feels huge and is constantly being added to. It's very easy to find a guild with friendly people who can show you the ropes. Definately the most fun you can have in an MMORPG without spending a dollar.

I will say, when this game first went free to play the restrictions were really harsh. These days they seem to have fixed a lot of those type of issues and the game is really fun, even if you don't spend money. From what I can tell the game isn't pay to win as most of the in store items are cosmetic gear or mounts. Very cool game!
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keithikins
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
A lot of changes and mismanagement from Daybreak still haven't pushed me a way. It might be different but I will still always love Norrath.
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catgirl34
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
Been playing for at least 7 years, was a great game, but ever since Daybreak split from Sony, been having a ton of problems with it, and can't log in anymore, much less play.
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Pooterlicious
339.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
God dammnit, Daybreak.

I never thought I'd be happy about SoE not being in charge of Everquest..

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Zakku
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
Used to play this outside of Steam.

Not really free-to-play. It's freemium, or pay-to-win.

Not very beginner-friendly, way too many items to know what to do with them.
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MW2K
404.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
I have far, far more hours sunk into this game than what Steam says. This is just through Steam.

The good
Bright, vibrant world
NPC animations are awesome - they turn to look at you, they emote and occasionally make snide and amusing comments
Animations in general are good
Good and varied classes
Runs well on fairly old hardware
Addictive (this is arguably a bad thing too)
Great music
Has a tremendous amount of depth to it
Free to play model is decent, though you do get nag screens and prompts as to what you're missing out on
Complex and involving crafting
Shinies!
Lots of titles and achievements
Lots of cosmetic stuff
Best housing system in an MMO by a light year. Nothing else comes close.
Extremely solo friendly
But it also has extremely challenging group and raid content
Excellent sense of progression

The bad
Game is in a long, slow decline - fewer and fewer people are playing it
Very pay to win - it's not forced on you in a major way, but spend a little cash and the game becomes a 99% faceroll
Many zones are deserted, game feels empty at times
Still has issues alt-tabbing out of it in fullscreen
Graphics are showing their age
Can be a serious timesink for those so inclined. May not be a bad thing necessarily.
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mluca1964
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
Could this suck balls anymore? Probably not.
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Bri_Carlisle
66.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
There are still people playing on Antonia Bayle server. I am a returning vet but I started a new toon and was surprised to see at least 6 other newbs in the starting area (Queens Island) and found a recruting guild. these days I think you level up to 20 and then you can go on scaled dungeon runs (agnostic zones?) and you can also get a merc feature added to your account for soloing heroic content. People stil LFG and chat seems active. It's not as highly populated as it used to be. Mostly a lot of people with their max level toons running about, but I think the game is still playable for the most part.
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Mojo02
345.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
I love this game. Actually gave it a shot and fell in love with it! SO much better than any current MMO I have played.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
A lot of changes and mismanagement from Daybreak still haven't pushed me a way. It might be different but I will still always love Norrath.
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98 of 114 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
174.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
This review is a bit old, and doesn't represent my writing skills accurately. I write honest, unbiased reviews for any game, as long as the game is provided. To contact me, email me at Cadereviews@gmail.com

This games is amazing. Ill start with the cons, then lighten up with the pros
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~CONS~

Ads pop up every 30-60 mins.
Real-money purchase prices are stupid
($17.50 for a flying mount and $7.50 for a ground mount) *to be fair, u can earn them
Aggrevating limits for non-All Access users, such as:

^No General chat, your forced to use the newbie chat. This means you have to type /tellchannel newbie before every message; and no one ever uses this chat.
^Some servers are off limits
^Some purchases are off limits
^Limited guild functions
^Please reffer to the EQ2 membership web page for more info on All-Access.
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~PROS~

Unlimited gameplay
- I am never running around aimlessly, trying to find somthing to do. There is ALWAYS somthing to do.
Amazing community
- The community has helped me with the most newbiest of questions and, what seemed to me, the hardest dungeons around. Basiclly, all I had to do was say the word, and I had help :D
Beutiful enviroment
- The world of Norrath is amazing for its age(12) and every zone is always so much different than the last!
Its basicly crack on a computer screen
- Thats a good thing, right?
Character creation
- I was overwhelmed with all the choices and variations I had to choose from. I finally ended up making a bland ol' human assassin :3
Crafting
- The crafting is amazing. Its so in depth and well thought out. You just have to try it yourself
Free 2 Play
- This isn't quite true.... If you get as hooked as I am, you will catch your hand reaching for your credit card without you even knowing it. Seriously, it is completely possible to enjoy this game with a F2P account.


EDIT**
Fixed minor errors, Rewrote all points due to having more experiance
If you find that this review is not helpful, please comment why, so that I can correct it based on your help. If it was helpful, however, please take the time to "thumbs up"!
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80 of 92 people (87%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
118.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Everquest 2 remains a staple of MMO's in which it is a market dominated by new and better hype. In my opinion Everquest 2 is the underdog and a sleeper hit never at the forefront but also never to be underestimated. If WoW is not your type of MMO then I would reccomend Everquest 2 if only for completely different vibe then what is on the market today.
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285 of 402 people (71%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
383.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 6, 2015
Not free to play. Cannot do much without subscription. And if you do get good gear while under subscription they take it away till you get a subscription again. So it is not free to play. Free to try out.
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109 of 145 people (75%) found this review helpful
132 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2015
Starts game
Walks around
Finds level 95 rat man
Me: ARE YOU A RAT?!
Him: Uh yeaah
Me: *bows*
Him: Heres tons of cash go buy stuff!





Best game ever
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98 of 130 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
134.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 29, 2014
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.
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66 of 81 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
101.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 27, 2015
If I would have written this review when EverQuest II went 'Free2Play' I would have NOT recommended you to play it, because SOE (now DayBreak BTW) had made the in-game cash shop a Pay2Win one and the 'free' game was extremely limited, almost forcing you to subscribe - even former subscribers had to ditch at least half their stuff to continue to pay for free!!!

It's a good thing that SOE has learned and has lifted most of the restrictions of the game. Now as a free player you can enjoy almost every aspect of the game (aside from the best gear and the latest expansion) and walk around in a world that litterally lets you EVER QUEST (oh yeah, pun intended there).
And that world is quite beautiful indeed. Every zone has it's own setting where you can pick up new quests and explore for hours to go. The only sad thing is that the zones are not directly linked, but you get a loading screen from zone to zone.

Crafting in EQ2 is probably one of the best systems I've seen in any MMORPG. You can actually influence the quality of the outcome, or fail misserably. And when you're trying to make something that's real hard to fabricate, you can even be hurt during the process.

In all, I thikn EQ2 is a pretty well done MMORPG. Sadly though, I'm a bit out of MMORPG lately but might pick up EQ2 at some later time again.
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95 of 129 people (74%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,072.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 14, 2015
(review has been edited twice, additions with dates are below)

I have played this game up near 3,000 hours. I had a "Yes" to recommend this game a while back. It got a fair amount of "helpful review" likes. But a few months back I deleted that review, because I can no longer recommend this game, to anyone.

Is the game good? Yes. But the quality is going downhill, at least to me with how it used to be. This is just my review so take it how you wish.

They are a very small team now, so I can't blame them with much smaller content updates. But the pricing is outrageous on a lot of things like a new race or a "campaign". Expansions with small amounts of content (little over 100 quests, 1 or 2 zones) selling for full price ($40).

The biggest reasons is yes, the pricing. This game is great as a free to play game, but if you are looking for an MMO to be with for the long haul, I wouldn't recommend this one at all. I don't know what the level cap is for a free player anymore, but you will have to buy the latest expansion to get all content. The amount you get for free is great, don't get me wrong, it just starts asking for your wallet if you want to do more end game things. Which is likely with lots of free to play titles.

I still watch the forums, I still check update notes, I still want to go back. I have been with this franchise since 1999, and it saddens me that I now have to say "No" when asked if I can recommend it.

Its free, so you can't really go wrong I suppose. Just don't expect a large player base, although they are looking into merging servers (finally). Good luck!

10/4/15: Editing to say: I am playing again, but only on the timelocked servers. I can recommend those, but they require a subscription. I still do not recommend this game on the regular servers. New "expansion" was announced, price did reduce to $35, but still not worth it in my opinion, but will have to wait and see what happens.

11/8/15: Steam is currently saying I have played near 200 hours past 2 weeks of this game. I played maybe 3 hours. No idea whats going on their lol. I also realized I didn't really say anything about the gameplay as reviews already kinda have. I was just focusing on the free to play model and pricing mostly. The game is very fun, I will say that. But once you get to past Velious, its just downhill and no longer very enjoyable. I think the only thing I enjoy are the advanced solo instances after Velious.

The game has well over 8,000 quests, and it will take you an insane amount of time to find and do them all. Not sure anyone has done them all. Its a great game for questers, but as said above, after Velious the quest amount goes down, alot. Next expansion says over 85 quests. It used to be hundreds. I am a quester and I think thats why I dislike it, aside from the pricing. Buy an expansion and be done with every quest in 2 days or less, then its just dailies/repeatables.
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49 of 59 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
79.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 14, 2015
Played EQ back in 98 for years and years. Many friends from all over the globe. Then EQ 2 came out. I had all the CDs to install when it first came out, retired from military, lost them all in the move, found the install on STEAM. Great game, the only issue is, not a lot of players like there used to be back in the day and now a days the game leans more towards instant lvling to keep playes interested. Its not hard to get a max level character.... *sigh* I miss the good ole days of months and months of playing to get high lvl and decent gear. Nows its all instant gratification. Still though, a very good game and lots of fun!
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47 of 63 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
787.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2014
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.
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