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Earth and Beyond

Platform : Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows Me, Windows XP
Rated: Unknown
3.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Massively multiplayer online role-playing space combat and discovery game
  • Over 2,000 players simultaneously per server
  • Create, customise and command your own starship
  • Develop your character as an explorer, trader or fighter in one of six professions
  • Form powerful alliances with other players around the globe
  • Epic sci-fi setting takes you out of the middle ages and into the future
  • More than 60 sectors of space to explore
  • Note: This game requires an Internet connection; the first 30 days' play is free, but a monthly fee, payable by credit card, is charged thereafter
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 18 years and over Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 18 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B000067O0P
  • Release Date: 16 Oct. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,510 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Earth & Beyond is the first online role-playing galaxy game. This galaxy is filled with monsters and strange new worlds, but it is also home to thousands of other players from around the world. Players create unique characters and starships and can affect the galaxy, but the game persists even after individual players log off. Alien encounters, fierce combat, cut-throat commerce, new discoveries, perilous quests, strategic alliances, diplomatic backstabbing and epic wars await you and the friends you'll adventure with.

Earth & Beyond lets you build your character and career in three distinct ways: through exploration, trade and combat. The game is designed around these three activities, and your choices of race, profession, skill, starship and item affect how well you do these core activities. Explorers have access to hidden locales, the best sensors, the most accurate maps, the fastest ships and stealth capabilities. Tradesmen make and sell goods, run trade routes, go on trade missions, have the biggest cargo holds and do whatever it takes to make a profit. Warriors thrive on combat, destroying enemies, going on dangerous missions and protecting their friends during perilous missions.

Whichever profession you choose, you will gain access to secret and exotic technologies to help you in your adventures: install cloaking devices to sneak past hostiles; install high-powered engines that get you across the galaxy in mere minutes. With hundreds of items to gain and skills to learn, you can customise your character, your ship and your tactics in near limitless ways.

The galaxy is populated with thousands of other adventurers, each with their own identities and stories to create. Some you meet will become lifelong friends, others deadly enemies. Group up and journey into areas where no-one would dare go alone. Face insurmountable odds and emerge victorious as you work together to reach your goals.

You'll witness the birth of stars, watch black holes suck the life from suns, unravel the mysteries of a derelict ship graveyard and be the first to explore an alien world. If battle is more to your liking, arm your ship and engage a host of enemies, factions and aliens on hostile planets and in space. Or be the sole producer and distributor of the hottest technology in the galaxy.

Earth & Beyond is an online game that requires an Internet connection; the price includes the first 30 days' play, and thereafter a monthly fee, payable by credit card, is applicable. The game is based on US servers, though you'll dial up through your usual ISP.


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This is a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) for those of you who have been immune to all the Westwood Studios/EA hype over the last year or so. Its the first MMORPG I have played but after downloading the 1 Gb beta from the US around a 2 weeks ago I installed it and off I went. Its certainly not in the same genre as recent Westwood games Red Alert 2 and Renegade, EnB is set in an off world environment and invlves space-faring.
You get to create a maximum of 5 characters and get to play them one at a time. you can choose from 6 Classes from Progen Warrior to Terran Trader to Jenquai Explorer. Once you have generated your character, you are taken through the basics of combat travel and trading by a sprite called Megan. Its a gentle and structured introduction which you can skip but would be advised not to. Then its off to yor first station where you are given a mission to complete.
Along the way you gain experience points for Combat, Exploration and Trading. After a certain time you "level up" and can use the skill points gained to buy experience in a number of areas, from weapons building to wormhole technology.
The game is as free-form or structured as you want it to be.
You can continue to meet NPCs (non-player characters) and be assigned to new missions or you can go it alone or work with other players in a guild. This is where the massively multiplayer part comes in. In most RPGs the player interacts with the game in such a way that it appears there is free choice but where the player is guided to completing set tasks and finally finishes the game. In this MMORPG there is no final aim to the game. You set the objectives, and work with the online friends you will soon meet to complete them.
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By A Customer on 20 Aug. 2005
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This game was cancelled by EA long ago. The earth and beyond servers are now offline. Don't waste your money!
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I'm not sure how long the gaming community has waited for a multipleyer, persistant game which managed to capture the legendary gameplay of the greatest of all classic games, Elite. Well, this is about as close as we're going to get. And it is very, very good.
Fully persistant universe, thousands of other players to interact with, missions, trading routes, upgradeable everything - you can even build your own version of weapons or shields or devices...
More engaging gameplay than you would normally expect from an online game. A well designed and immersive mission structure yet also the freedom to just head out to the stars and spend a while building up your cash supplies while hunting down lucrative trade routes. Or, if you are a born fighter, load up your weapon bays and go out hunting pirates. Or aliens, or strange space creatures. Go out alone, or group up with others to form tactical formations and assist one another - it aint that easy staying alive out there sometimes.
Bad points? Well, a monthly subscription can get pricey. And this game promises to be _very_ popular, so expect some laggy servers while they sort it all out. I have not found any other bad points :*)
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To start with let me say what everyone else is saying to get it out of the way. Yes, the graphics are very good (especially so for a MMORPG). Initially this game grabs you and you begin to think the possibilities are endless as to what you can do..
However....
I have been playing this for nearly a month now and I can feel myself getting bored. Granted I probably havent seen much the game has to offer but I am beginning to wonder if there is much more WORTH seeing (apart from gorgeous locations of course). The game doesnt feel like a MMORPG at all really (in fact it could very easily be made into a single player experience) and as such I am yet to discover the "community" that my previous fave MMORPG "Ultima Online" offered. I dont know, maybe I am missing some big thing but theres nothing to be had for playing to the higher levels (i.e. in UO you would become known - could set up a little business etc. etc. here there just isnt much to do).
Tonight I am going to try and make a player from the other races I havent tried but if the ultimate "goal" (or lack of) is the same I dont think I will be playing much longer.
I wanted to enjoy this and thought I REALLY would initially but it could be another duff like Dark Age of Camelot (I really hope not!)
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I had this game for my birthday and it has taken over my life. I don't sleep, no time eat and can't get home from work quick enough.
I put my son to bed early and feed the wife endless soap operas. The real world no longer exists, join us we need you, but only if you are ready to give up this life we used to call reality:-)
Great Graphics, Great Sound, but a Broadband Internet connection is recommended. Cancel your movie channels and subscribe to this game instead you won't regret it!!!
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By A Customer on 28 Nov. 2005
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Earth and Beyond was a great online game gathering around 10,000 concurrent players, and in September 2003 EA decided to cease the service.
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