I’m a sucker for collecting stuff about EVE. I admit, I mostly got the first two years of EON magazine purely for the sake of having them. Usually the content within is outdated or public knowledge by the time it hits your doormat anyway, but that’s another matter…
I bought the EVE box, not because I don’t have one (I actually have two from back in 2003, I just can’t find them anymore), but more because, like I said, I’m a sucker for collectibles.
That, and the 60 days play time is not bad for the price I paid.
Anyway, here’s a shot of the box:
What you get is a regular DVD game box, but inside a nice shiny cardboard sleeve with a bevelled EVE logo. The front of the box opens up to show a nice scene with some of the features of the game:
I saw this first on lotro, though there they made use of artistic licence, specifically with rendering the characters, who, although are nice in the game, aren’t as nice as the box art would have you believe. With this however, its about right; the game can look like that, its just that often, it doesn’t…
Next up is the manual:
Its all in black and white inside for some reason. I’m sure its a design decision, but while it looks fantastic on screenshots, it doesn’t really work that well when showing interface elements, but never mind. The most important parts of the manual are also printed in Swedish, Finnish and Portuguese. I’m assuming these are the areas the game has been released, but for all I know there might be another version for the rest of Europe.
Lastly we have the gametime card and the guest pass:
Just for completeness sake, that’s what you get in the box. The 60 days time is nice, and the 21 day access pass is kind of cool if you know anyone that you think would like EVE that doesn’t already play… which is my problem; I don’t.
Generally, a lot of the reasons to buy the box is for people interested in trying EVE for the first time, especially with the quick-start into factional warfare (which admittedly, I still haven’t tried myself), and I have heard great things about the vastly improved new player experience. Otherwise, its good for collectors, or cheapskates who can find it for cheaper than the cost of paying for 2 months of a sub 😉