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Earth and Beyond
By: Robert F. Ludwick | Game Data | 10:44pm, November 10, 2004
Earth and Beyond is a great space-based RPG that most RP fans would enjoy.

Earth and Beyond has three races, each with two classes that you can play. There are Terrans, Jenquai, and Progen, as the three races. They are all human-based, so you don't have to worry about being an alien Zerg or something...

Earth and Beyond has a lot of good storytelling. Players in the game are challenged to discover a pretty large backstory. Each class goes about discovering the past differently, and as with any RPG, each class is definately unique.

The storytelling doesn't just stop with the past. The game's story is constantly added to via patches. While I was playing the game, a patch was introduced that has the Progran building a shield around an entire system. New parts to the game are added each patch, so higher players will be guaranteed more places to explore, more missions to complete, and more items to find with each passing month.

Fighting in Earth and Beyond is done in ships. These ships can be completely customizable, as can your avatar when you're in space stations. You can load a large variety of weapons to your ship. Devices, engines, reactors, and shields cna all be equipped as well.

The game is very fun and addicting. You can analyze and manufacture just about everything in the game, making those rare items even better to sell for a massive profit. You can mine goods and refine them.

The community in the game is very good, but it is not the best. Many players try to pry referrals from other players, which is the equivalent of extra skill points to apply to your character.

There will be long stretches in the game where you are just sitting and waiting for your warp to arrive somewhere, or for someone to arrive where you are. I imagine the game was designed like this so you could interact with the other players more, and for you to do other things to learn about the story. However, the span of the universe in this game and the speeds of lower-class engines just make it plain boring to sit around and wait.

Another drawback to Earth and Beyond is the price. As high as $13 a month, this game can be out of reach for most people. I recently lost a lot of my free time, so I had to cut my subscription. The money per month is only justified if you can play the game a lot.

The interface isn't too bad. The game is very keyboard and mouse driven, which is something many players want changed. Joystick support would be a welcomed addition, as combat in the game would be greatly enhanced.

There will also be lulls in your playable missions so you have to go about your own business in order to level up. This can mean endless NPC killing, and doing the famous Somerled-Prasad trade route until you're sick of watching your ship warp.

Overall, it is a very good game. If you can afford it per month, and can tolerate the large amounts of time you will be sitting there waiting for something to happen, then this game is definately for you.

7.6 Gameplay 888 8
Replayability 777 7
Interface 888 8
Community 888 8
Reviewer's Tilt 777 7
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