EverQuest II's free-flavored server has been available to the public for a few weeks now, and yours truly finally found the time to check it out several days ago. While last week's major MMO news centered around Turbine's Lord of the Rings Online going free-to-try (as well as its cleverly blasphemous use of Gandalf in a television ad), EQ2X beat the land of hobbits and Haradrim to market by the better part of a month.
It's not much of a stretch to say that the two games compete for a similar audience, and while both focus on stellar PvE content, there are marked differences between them. One rides the coattails of the most renowned fantasy license in history, while the other owes its existence to one of the massive genre's granddaddy titles.
One features fugly character models and beautiful environments, while the other is starting to act its age when it comes to visuals. There are more differences (and similarities) of course, and listing them all would take the better part of a feature column, so let's get to the meat of today's question. EQ2X or LOTRO? Or both?