The sequel to EverQuest and the more casual game.
- Developer: Sony Online Entertainment
- Release Date: 11/2004
EverQuest II is the sequel to EverQuest. It was released on November 8, 2004, right before World of Warcraft. While WoW became the largest hub of basement dwellers, EQ2 kept on trucking and still is a bastion of lulz today.
500 years after EQ1, the Gods got sick of atheists attempting to kill them repeatedly, and created the Shattering. The Shattering tore apart the world of Norrath, burying cities, forced many out of their homes, and made the two major cities, Qeynos and Freeport, into refuges for the homeless people. Ghettos sprang up around both cities. Many of the original cities from EQ1 were annihilated or taken over by robots, zombies, furries, and so forth - and the adventurers must plunder each for loot. Oh, and kill dragons. And somehow, a lot of Van Halen references are involved. Oh, and the Goddess of Love dies. But who really cares about the storyline?
EQ2 is a casual EverQuest as mentioned. There are still raids, which involve gathering 12-24 other people to go and hit a dragon or giant or whatever until it dies and drops a ring or something. These raids will spawn fights over who should win said item.
It also has a lot of "fluff" features - stuff that doesn't affect gameplay and is option - such as housing. So if you want to fill your character's home with 300 pigs, go ahead. You can deal with the lag later, though.
The game is also voiced by many A-list celebrities such as Christopher Lee and Heather Graham.
- Frogloks - Speaking in Shakespearean dialect, the frogloks are a race of devout paladins and holy warriors that were created when Mithaniel Marr decided to troll everyone in Norrath and make the frogs into anthropomorphic beings. This is the greatest race to be in a MMORPG, period. Everything else sucks.
- High Elves - With their blonde hair and blue eyes, the high elves consider themselves pure and pristine and better than everyone else.
- Wood Elves - If Al Gore played EQ2, he would play a wood elf.
- Fae - Released in EverQuest II with the Echoes of Faydwer expansion pack. These colorful little dudes were fun for a day or two.
- Halflings - Still jumjum-obsessed as usual, still short and fat.
- Dwarfs - The dwarfs have gotten more surly in EQ2. Beer makes them stronger.
- Trolls - Some trolls are so dumb they need to nail their clothes to their bodies or they forget to wear them.
- Ogres - The most famous ogre is Boomba, and he sells pickles.
- Dark Elves - The most popular race in the game. This is probably because they are bondage-obsessed hate-preaching purple jerks.
- Ratonga - Russian ratmen that steal things. But they're so cute!
- Iksars - These lizardmen enjoy tormenting their slaves and have Roman-themed cities in the contient of Kunark.
- Sarnaks - Hybrid of iksars and dragons. The females are twice the size of the males. Other than that you can't tell them apart.
- Arasai - SOE decided to make an evil version of the Fae. They're emo.
- Humans - Humans are pretty much good at nothing but are best at getting around in the city. They are also responsible for forcing every other race into poverty.
- Erudites - In EQ1, the erudites were incredibly intelligent black people with dreads. For some reason, they all contracted alopecia, turned gray, and grew glowing tattoos on their bodies within 500 years. This isn't explained.
- Kerra - Easily mistaken for the Vah Shir, the furry race that became extinct in EQ1.
- Half Elves - Members of this race have decided to become non-conformists, just like everybody else!
- Gnomes - After their homeland was ruined by robots, the gnomes made Gnomeland Security, or scattered into one of the cities.
- Barbarians - Due to global warming, the Barbarian city of Halas melted, so now the Barbarians have to live in the warmer cities. They complain about this often while downing about 400 beers a day.
- Freebloods - Vampires, that are available to players who get the Destiny of Velious expansion.
EQ2 has 24 classes. That is a lot for a MMORPG. The good-aligned classes are the paladin, the monk, the swashbuckler, the ranger, the conjuror, the illusionist, the templar, and the mystic. The evil ones are the shadowknight, the bruiser, the brigand, the assassin, the necromancer, the coercer, the inquisitor, and the defiler. Neutral classes include the guardian, the berserker, the troubadour, the dirge, the warlock, the wizard, the fury, and the warden. SOE likes to randomly pick which class to overpower for the month and which class to make completely useless.
Any online game is a watering hole for drama. EQ2 is obviously no exception! Along with EQ2Flames, there's plenty of... madness. The earliest known drama is with the player Ceciliantas. In December 2004, said player was caught having cybersex with a girl in his unlocked player house. A scout used a stealth spell to hide himself from the cyberlovers, and took hilarious screencaps of the event. It got so big, that Something Awful did a Weekend Web for it. Some of the best quotes include "Be a man and tell us who you really are, so you will face my Justice." It can all be found here but it's NSFW.
A continuation and alternate-universe version of EverQuest. The game was created with more cinematic, dramatic elements in mind.
SOE released first part of Destiny of Velious expansion in 2011.
- Spawned EQ2Flames.
- Used to have a promotion with Pizza Hut.
- 20 playable races, 24 classes (this is a lot for a MMORPG.)
- Has seven expansions: Desert of Flames, Kingdom of Sky, Echoes of Faydwer, Rise of Kunark, The Shadow Odyssey, Sentinel's Fate, and Destiny of Velious.
- Three adventure packs that come with the game: The Bloodline Chronicles, The Splitpaw Saga, and The Fallen Dynasty.