My Entropia Universe Review
Review of Entropia Universe (video)
A game that never ends
Hello, my name is Miguel Ferreira (my ingame nickname is comedyspit), and i will present to you a brief review of this unknown/underrated (by most gamers) game called Entropia Universe Developed by Mind Ark.
Entropia universe is an MMORPG(Massive Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game) mixed with FPS (First Person-Shooter), and it is also a Real Cash Economy Game. "What is a real cash economy game?" A real cash economy game is a game where the only currency that goes through every player's hand is real money from this one player or has been passed down by another player, an important point to add is that you can withdraw money to your bank account so there is a chance of making money but it is difficult. EU is a virtual environment where you can actually go from your starter planet to other planets you haven't visited before, you can even dock your ship into the space station and give it a rest. The currency of Entropia Universe is PED (Project Entropia Dollar), i think you are dying to know the exchange rate, it is 10 PED = 1 Dollar. A curiosity that you should know too is that Entropia Universe is in Guinness Record Books in 2004 and 2008 for the most expensive virtual objects to be sold (space station sold for the price of $300,000).
Planet History (My point of view)
Planet Calypso (My birth planet):
Sci-fi planet with human colonists
Hollywood-inspired music world
P.S. : This is in fact one of the planets that i didn't like at all, preety dead(population).
Commentary: yes, you can hunt treasures, but you will spend much money if you don't make it to the end.
Tropical paradise with time travel
Commentary: Never been there, says me from the past.
No information available, "I think they are communists."
Here is the link to the website section of the planets, where you can have a deeper perspective and knowing of the history of the planets. Planets
Well, this part is incredibly important, in this mmorpg the player is not forced to grind nor do missions, all of that will "reward him", by doing challenges you receive more experience on skills, but that experienced is valued, for example in iron challenge of shinkiba you will receive 0.06 ped of skill, but as you move forward and go higher the difficulty, the reward will be bigger, in the mean time you can practice something called "efficient hunting" and "eco-hunting", and what is that(will be explained beneath)?All of that together will result a better chance of profiting in each hunt.One interesting thing about the skills is that the player is able to sell his skills (except for Sweat Gathering, because it is a free skill).Imagine that you play the game for a couple of years, and someday you want to stop playing, well you can sell all your skills and all you got in your character and make a withdrawal. To make a withdrawal you need to have 1000 ped in the inventory , $100 and there will be a withdrawal fee of 10%. Well, i think mind ark really did a good job on the missions because you have a big diversity on the type of mission and the reward of it. You will enjoy the epic graphism that i will talk about a bit below, the creativity on the monsters, npcs, and a new gameplay experience. You will learn concepts, tricks and you will be able to read the economy, you will gain experience in several areas like economy, like i just sayed, you will learn how to economise your PEDs the best way possible so you can reach your goals efficiently, but this will come with time. I recommend you get a mentor with experience that helps you learn the basics and to guide you through your mentoring.
This is a different MMORPG, enjoy the sociability above all, some people actually met their friends ingame in real life and enjoyed the time with them. Don't be selfish or a solo player and enjoy gaming with other players as they can help you become a better, smarter and accurate player.
In Entropia Universe you will have about 5 professions minimum where you will be making a living and those are:
Sweat Gatherer: Sweat gatherer is a free skill, every player can sweat by using the tool VSE Mk1, it is used to gather "Vibrant Sweat" from animals which are used to craft, etc..
Hunter: Hunter is the profession that you can become that will turn you into an individual that will hunt animals, monsters, robots, whatever it is, and the loot you will receive will have a markup (market value % or +) and to be able to profit or at least get the peds you spend back you need to find buyers that pay markup. Being a hunter is not just go around shooting everything, the best way to hunt is through efficient hunting and eco hunting, i will start by efficient hunting, efficient hunting is in fact, hunting, but doing it while you have missions and daily challenges, therefore you are working to get reward at the end of both, not only you are getting skills just for hunting, you will get skills for doing missions and challenges. About the eco hunting, well, the first thing you want to do become a eco hunter, is to hunt while your weapon is maxed, and by this i mean using a gun recommended for you level, also a brilliant thing to do is to count the shots and multiply by the number of "ammo burnt", this way you will get cost/mob, by knowing the value of cost/mob you will know every time you get back what you spent, if you didn't get enough back or if you did a profit on that mob.Also i would recommend you to write everything down, this way you will be saving knowledge every time you go on a hunt. One of the most important rules is: Never sell your loot to TT, why? Because every time you are selling loot to TT you are eliminating the possibility of transferring extra pec to you, if you sell everything for the markup value you can actually get your ped back or even better, you can have a profit run. As soons as you understand this you will be hunting wisely and with more loot back than if you weren't aware of all these details.
Trader: Most common profession which is based on trading, in this subcategory of profession you will learn and see that there are several groups inside this subcategory which have their own distinction and i will add every single one of them and explain the differences. First i want to talk about the resellers they buy stuff cheap, and sell it at a higher price in order to make profit on auction, these players create inflation on the market. Beware of this players, some of them may be greedy and just want to get the most ped out of you. Secondly, you will find people who own shops and will buy your stuff for a low markup value % or + so they can put in their shop at the normal markup and have both, the client and the trader some profit out of the trade. Third group is about stackables, that is materials and mined resources, those are stackables that have a markup value, the stackables traders buy the materials or mined resources at a value that is lower than the markup, the seller, you will have some profit because you will not sell it to the trade terminal (TT), the buyer collects a decent amount of stackables that when big ammounts the markup will make them profit on auction or sell it to crafters.
Miner: Miner profession is quite interesting, you have some tools + mining probes which will enable you to "dig" resources from the underground, best locations to mine are in pvp zones which are free of mining taxes which will have you make more peds than if you were in an estate with 3 % taxes.
Crafter: Crafter is the most difficult profession because crafters use material from mining and hunting in order to craft the item they want to craft, not only do they have to buy or get the materials themselves, they have 3 types of rates when crafting which are: Success rate, Near Success and Failed. The success rate will give you the material or it can give you a bigger amount of the product you want to craft, the Near success will give you back a small % of the materials you spent in crafting. The failed rate will be a complete failure therefore not returning anything. So as you can see, crafting is quite a difficult choice of profession because you are playing against the odds every time.
Transportation services/Taxi: Some players or group of players, have motherships or other types of vehicles that can help you in the transportation of materials in a safe way for example, warp transportation, which is about 20-25 ped or you can just take the normal transportation and take risks from 5-10 ped. These players charge for the fuel (Oil) + time + land fees. So if you like flying in space, this is your thing.
Well, Healer consists of using healing devices to cure one's self or someone else. It is not very expensive to learn but will take some time.Normally,if you are high level healer, people may invite you to go on their hunts to heal and receive a % of the loot each monster they kill. This is good, it is in fact, an extra profession that pays off if your hunt goes well. If you are interested inform yourself about healing devices on entropedia or contact a ingame friend of yours to know what you should use as a first healing device.
This is a never ending game:
You could spend all the money you want, and use it efficiently and in an economically way, but you will not end this game, i don't know if there is a limit to skills but skills go to level 100, that i know, people who are lvl 39 for example at a laser pistoleer (hit) profession, took years to got it to that point, so this is a brand new way to look at a game, this is not a boring game where you can finish with a few money or over time playing. This is a long term game that will have you gain reputation among the other citizens, and be one of the best at what you do. Work hard and learn everything you can and you will have that possibility in your reach. The skills are only worth selling when their valued more than TT, so i don't recommend thinking about that so soon.
The controls to move your character are preety simple, WASD to move like most of the MMORPG these days, you can jump, swim, you can customize your own set of keys for shorcuts, in summary, we have a good organization on the controls with no flaws. You can set up buttons on screen to equip sets, weapons, spawn vehicles etc...
Challenge level: Extreme or Normal
Well, this is the most important part, where you (the player) decides to go forth into the adventure and be a warrior or quits and pass on to an easy game. There are two different ways to approach this game, you can deposit or not, by depositing you will use your own money and invest it the way you like it, depositers can become uber players faster than non-depositers. "Why?" Being a non-depo player is a hard working way to play since the moment you arrive the planet until you become one of the professions explained above, a non-depositer will depend mostly from his income on the oil rig (will talk about it next) and sweat gathering (which is the free skill given to the free players). I would say the difficulty of this game is Extreme if you would like to put it that way for non depositers and maybe normal for depositers, every profession has it's own pros and cons, well, by personal experience i can tell you that i have passed these past two months sweating and sweating and waiting on the oil rig to get my little amount of ped, but as you will see in the bottom picture, that is what i have achieved, and i am proud of what i have achieved. Are you brave enough to face a game like this? Well, i can tell you that non-depositers are not even 30% of the total population of this game. But i tihnk this is my objective, bring you a whole new idea of game, a whole new dynamic way to work with other people, a new way to think, to act, all that due to this game so much compared to reality. Well i don't want to create a type of bad image to depositers, they deposit their own money and get their PED which they use daily, free players just have a better management of their own smaller resources and can not think of bigger horizons, there will be some point where a free player can't move forward because the peds that free player will spend will not return so easily.
Is it fun?
Yes. I recommend you to play this game, and i will present several reasons to justify my answer.
- You are capable of meeting good people, that you might have fun with everyday.
- "You can do whatever you want", you can explore unexplored lands and be one great explorer, you can travel between space itself to visit other planets and find other types of living beings or robots.
- You can get a horde of mobs after you to go kill people (Someone did this to me, was preety fun, until i died)
- This will probably make you imagine things so stupid that you want to download this game right now and don't even finish reading the rest of my work.
- Ignore the last part of the last phrase, do not stop reading, it is important to get a full idea of the game before trying it out, and by that i don't mean that i will spoil the game, no, i just want to make sure you will enjoy it.
I will refer the things that i liked about the game and the things i disliked ( probably going to mention something i wrote before)
I love the graphics, they are really excellent, you can change the settings from safe mode to very high which gives you a more controlled way to change the performance of your computer. I loved the environment detail, if you are going to play and if your computer is good enough to play in high, i recommend it, while u are in the top of a mountain, look everywhere, every direction, even when you are moving from one place to another, the landscape is brilliant, i think you will all enjoy it. I love the idea of evolution that the game inspires, although laser weapons are creepy. Like i mentioned before, this game has a great sociability, so you will never feel like the game is a nightmare and no one cares about you. The transport means have a big diversity, boats, ships, flying ships, helicopters, vans, cars, even ski boards (what the hell?), and they are all fun to drive. Regarding skills you have 12 categories of skills!! Are you interested already? Me too! The difference is i already play it! Space is a Lootable PVP area which sounds like fun, imagine yourself with a ship shooting other people down and loot them, the only thing that is bad about it is that you become a pirate if you loot someone, killing doesn't bring you "bad karma", only looting.
The difficulty difference from depositers to non-depositers is extremely big (don't want to give bad credits to depositers, on the contrary), you can't even see the edge of the sword, a non-depositer player can make maybe 30 peds per month, while a depositer has to deposit real money to continue his/hers high level standards, but Mind Ark does everything to harm free players, we can see from the example of "Half Moon Bay" which is a teleport relatively new, there spawned a monster that didn't move so people could sweat AFK, so Mind Ark changed that, and the cave can only be accessed by one player (private cave), each player has its own mob, so no more AFK sweaters. I don't agree with the price of sweat, which is 1.5-2.5 ped , 1.5 is the price everyone is buying, 2.5 is the price you can sell your sweat on SSI events on ola#42 Price was about 20 ped/k when the game was on it's early stages, now it is worth nothing, in the mean time you can always find friendly, good people that can buy that sweat for 3ped/k.
Non depositer way of playing
If you are going to be a non depositer, you have a tool for sweat, and you can gather oil from the rig and also you can pick up naturals from the ground, like fruit (very rare) and the price is not high, but you will have a big challenge on your way, it will not be easy but you can build a good reputation by achieving your own goals, without spending a dime. Write your own path among other citizens and be known for your expertise and hard work!
The age average on this game is from 18-50+ years, as it is a game that depends of money, there will be no children, youngsters playing this game, which is an advantage. You can play the game and enjoy it with other adults.
I rate this game 6.5, due to all the reasons above written on the like/dislike section, please comment or evaluate this review
Good luck, and pick your planet wisely!
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