Remember playing "let's pretend" in the backyard. You'd take the role of a knight or wizard and your friends would be your companions. Together you'd journey through your backyard while fending off the evil wizard (usually that grumpy old neighbor who keeps shooing you off his front lawn) or taking on the giant dragon (that big tree in your backyard that you ended up killing due to repeated bat strikes). Everquest
doesn't stray far from that concept, only now your imagination is augmented by graphic visuals, you're not outside and can't torture the old guy next door.
Everquest: Platinum gives you plenty of ground to cover in your adventures with your friends. In addition to the original Everquest, every expansion released thus far is packaged in Platinum, including the recently released Gates of Discord.
The entire Platinum package gives players everything they need to jump right into Everquest. You begin by creating your character based on class/race and then set out into the world. You can meet new people from around the globe and have adventures, or live the life of a wandering hermit somewhere in the mounatins. The entire experience is what you make of it. The added bonus of all the expansions will ensure that you have the most up-to-date experience possible and will provide you with months of content to play through. The real plus of the bundle is that it has enough in it to appeal to both the rookie player who has never played the game and the veteran player who may be returning to the fray after years off.
Shifting back to the more recent expansion and incarnation of the game, Gates of Discord adds a new region and new lore to the Everquest saga. The discovery of the continent of Taelosia has prompted the Wayfarers (last seen in the Lost Dungeons of Norrath expansion) to begin charting the land and helping its people, the Beludu, and their enslaved worker golems. Gates builds on ideas introduced in past expansions. Instanced dungeons return, but are much more intricate than previous incarnations. Each time you visit one of these zones, you'll travel through the same map, but you can now choose to venture into them for either experience and loot, or to partake in a quest that will grant your character flags that allow you to visit additional zones in the new area. The quests are unique and involve more than just killing as many things as you can. Don't be surprised if you have to answer a few riddles along the way.
Other additions include a Tribute system which allows players to clear out their equipment hordes for limited time stat increases. This should help long time players clean out some of those items that have been taking up space. Also, for the first time since Shadows of Luclin, a new character class has been included, the Berzerker.