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vainster
10-27-2011, 02:55 PM
<p>I bought the game a year or so ago, and stopped after a few weeks of playing, and this was when EQ2x was allready available, I have no idea why I did that. I'd like to run the older content with content appropriate gear.I never find anyone when I am playing EQ2 on the EU servers, everyone seems to be 75+. Is there any point staying with EQ2 ?</p><p>Saying that I assume everyone skips all the low level group content on EQ2x as well ? </p>

Katz
10-27-2011, 08:39 PM
<p>Considering that EQ2x is free why don't you make a toon there and see if it appeals to you?   I haven't played there as I prefer the subscription model on live but you've basically got nothing to lose by giving it a try.</p>

thesiren
10-27-2011, 11:17 PM
<p><cite>vainster wrote:</cite></p><blockquote><p>I bought the game a year or so ago, and stopped after a few weeks of playing, and this was when EQ2x was allready available, I have no idea why I did that. I'd like to run the older content with content appropriate gear.I never find anyone when I am playing EQ2 on the EU servers, everyone seems to be 75+. Is there any point staying with EQ2 ?</p><p>Saying that I assume everyone skips all the low level group content on EQ2x as well ? </p></blockquote><p>No, not too many players on EQ2x skip the lower level content, or any content really.  It's a much younger server than live, and has tons of players at all levels on it.  Also, it's international, so it's hopping in every time zone really.  That's why so many live players have copied toons there, and why so many returning players have gone there instead.  Plus, it has the bronze and silver plan options which live does not, where you can still play the game (in a more restricted fashion of course) if you stop paying a sub.</p><p>Use your same login for Extended that you use for live, and the box that you bought will flag for both.  Extended is its own launcher, though; it's the same game, albeit with a slightly bigger cash shop (most of the stuff-- statted items, potions, etc. are identical).</p><p>Here's the full download link for Extended:  <a href="http://launch.soe.com/installer/EQ2X_Full_setup.exe">http://launch.soe.com/installer/EQ2..._Full_setup.exe</a></p><p>Don't bother with the streaming download, it's buggy as heck.  Use the full download I linked you.</p><p>It's a nice community, just like here (okay, except for Nagafen, lol), it's just there are a lot more people there, especially sub-90.  Lots of 90s too, but I suspect a number of those are live copies.</p>

Novusod
10-28-2011, 12:20 AM
<p>Eq2X is the better choice for new players because of all the low level activity. Eq2 live servers are very top heavy so you won't find many players your level until you hit end game.</p>

Gladiolus
10-28-2011, 03:46 AM
<p>It comes down to whether you prefer knowing how much the game will cost you in the future, and getting all races, classes and services for that price, or whether you prefer making your payments in miniscule instalments every time you want to do something.</p><p>As for playing with others on the live servers, yes of course most people are past 75, the game is old. There are, however, plenty of guilds where people have loads of characters of all levels and are more than happy to hunt lower-level areas. Grouping in places like Crushbone, Nektulos and the Drafling Tower is still fun, and there are thousands of solo quests when you're online at odd times or for short periods.</p>

arvydys
10-28-2011, 05:04 AM
<p><cite>Gladiolus wrote:</cite></p><blockquote><p>It comes down to whether you prefer knowing how much the game will cost you in the future, and getting all races, classes and services for that price, or whether you prefer making your payments in miniscule instalments every time you want to do something.</p></blockquote><p>EQ2x subs (Im assuming you are subbing) dont have lots of miniscule payments or anything like that.  Im not sure this person knows how it works or not.</p><p>There is one, and only one, difference in payment between eq2x and eq2 live.  eq2x doesnt come with all the races.  If you wait for a double station cash weekend and go to a walmart you can unlock all the other races for 15 bucks.  The benefit is a healthier low/mid level population.</p><p>So you do know how much eq2x will cost you in the future.</p><p>But the mian thing for the OP is this:  the sub covers both services, live and eq2x.  So you can try out live again (some guilds on AB might fit what you want to do, 'progression' guilds that level lock to see content pop up now and then) and check out eq2x as well</p>

thesiren
10-28-2011, 08:26 AM
<p><cite>[email protected]_old wrote:</cite></p><blockquote><p><cite>Gladiolus wrote:</cite></p><blockquote><p>It comes down to whether you prefer knowing how much the game will cost you in the future, and getting all races, classes and services for that price, or whether you prefer making your payments in miniscule instalments every time you want to do something.</p></blockquote><p>EQ2x subs (Im assuming you are subbing) dont have lots of miniscule payments or anything like that.  Im not sure this person knows how it works or not.</p><p>There is one, and only one, difference in payment between eq2x and eq2 live.  eq2x doesnt come with all the races.  If you wait for a double station cash weekend and go to a walmart you can unlock all the other races for 15 bucks.  The benefit is a healthier low/mid level population.</p><p>So you do know how much eq2x will cost you in the future.</p><p>But the mian thing for the OP is this:  the sub covers both services, live and eq2x.  So you can try out live again (some guilds on AB might fit what you want to do, 'progression' guilds that level lock to see content pop up now and then) and check out eq2x as well</p></blockquote><p>I agree with Icculuss; I play both with an All-Access pass (get all the live servers, plus am automatically considered gold on Extended) and the only thing I had to buy were a couple races I wanted, which are $2.50 each, sold in packs of 3.  I always buy station cash at the frequent double-station-cash sales so it wasn't a big tradeoff to go to a mad-crazy populated server in all level ranges and in all time zones.</p><p>So Gladiolus obviously hasn't played on Extended or he/she would know you certainly don't have to make "your payments in miniscule instalments every time you want to do something."</p><p>If you want to stay a "free player" as in Bronze or Silver plan options on Extended, you do have to buy unlockers for master spells, legendary/fabled gear and tokens to sell on the broker, but here, if you're not paying a sub, you can't even log in, so Extended gives the most flexibility by far.  That's why it's got the heaviest population of all the EQ2 servers.</p><p>PS/ If the OP goes with a platinum sub, he/she will get all the races free, though. And if he/she pays for a live sub and copies a live toon over to Extended, that toon will be considered gold as long as the live sub stays active, even if the Extended account itself is Silver or Bronze.</p><p>For me, All-Access is the best way, but I wanted to include all the options for the OP.</p>