I just spent about a half hour in the new EQ2 expansion, and I already can’t wait to log back in tonight. What struck me the most in my brief time there was the attention to detail.
Above: Pixie on a string – a new 5 year veteran reward.
Cool moment # 1 – finally entering the castle in North Qeynos! Yes, the Queen’s chambers is a smaller version of a Tier 2 guild hall (I maintain that our decorating > Antonia’s /nod), but I’ve wanted to go in that castle for 5 years now, so it was a very pleasant surprise to be able to kick off my expansion adventures that way.
I visited Antonia, tried very hard to read her dialogue, but was defeated once again by my twitchy mouse finger. Luckily, Shay gave me the bullet points – something about a mysterious balloon ship, and a foreboding threat to all Norrathians. Apparently Antonia even tried to contact Lucan, since they both share a common threat, but he didn’t respond. So we’re sent out to investigate, although I wished there was a clicky option to tell Antonia to just go log out and roll up an evil toon if she was really interested in talking to Lucan.
Cool moment # 2 – The airship! I’m a sucker for vertical depth in a game, which is why I love Vanguard so much. It seems that there is a lot of that in this new expansion. Taller cliffs, longer waterfalls, and sweeping vistas. And the airship itself gave me a chuckle. I love the WWII bomber-style artwork on the side. 6 kills!
Cool moment # 3 – Again, thanks to Shay, I met up with some quest givers at the first hub. So I’m mindlessly hailing, clicking, and accepting quests, when all of a sudden she tells me in the most innocent of voices to “just run over to this cannon….”
Yep, hurled across the chasm in a wooden barrel. Luckily there’s a net on the other side.