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Exploring Space In EVE Online Apocrypha
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Macworld has posted a new review of Apocrypha, the latest expansion for CCP Games' sci-fi MMO, EVE Online. The latest addition to the game features wormholes, Tech 3 modular ships, NPC agents capable of assigning epic mission arcs, and the arrival of Premium Graphics for Mac users. Macworld gave Apocrypha a score of 4 out of 5 mice.

From the review:

Apocrypha makes it a bit easier for new players to get into the game. New players get a bonus to their learning ability to make it easier to get started with the skills they need to pilot bigger and better spaceships. Players who buy the Apocrypha retail package (distributed by Atari and sold anywhere you can get PC games) get a couple of bonuses; a special ship and a standings boost that lets players experience EVE Online style warfare right away, without having to slowly improve standings by playing missions that increase their reputations with different factions within the game.

The new player experience also introduces an “epic mission” arc, a series of dozens of interconnected missions given to you by non-player character “agents” within the game. If you follow the epic mission arc to its conclusion, you’ll be well set-up to play the game for a long time, because you’ll have quite a bit of in-game money to use and you’ll have amassed an impressive amount of equipment and standing with various elements within the game. Unfortunately, much of the epic arc involves combat missions. I hope that CCP will expand the types of epic arcs in the future to include other types of play, for new gamers more interested in becoming industrial titans, researchers and so on.

Social gaming is a key part of the EVE Online experience. While it’s possible to play solo in EVE, it is, frankly, boring. Players are strongly advised to join a player-run corporation (the EVE equivalent of a guild) as soon as possible. Unfortunately, Apocrypha really doesn’t do anything to streamline that process or familiarize new users with it. I hope this is something that CCP can work towards in the future.
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Macworld: EVE Online Apocrypha
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