Earth and Beyond
is set in a futuristic universe where an uneasy peace is holding together three very distinct races, the Progen, Jenquai, and the Terrans. As you enter this new universe, you will be asked to choose one of these races. Each is centered on a certain trait, whether it is war, trade, or technology. Depending on the type of game you like to play, deciding on a race is a pivotal role in creating your character.
As you enter your brave new world, you will have to go through some rights of passage. These early missions teach you the ropes, and also can level you up early on. Though they are optional, if you haven't gone through them yet, you'll want to take the time here.
Once the reigns have been dropped, you can do as you will in the universe. Depending on what you do, though, at least one of three skills will be increased. Exploration, combat, and trade can all be developed to increase your overall level, and every action in the game is related to one of these three traits. Certain ones will rise faster than others, depending on your racial orientation, but with a little effort, any of them can be increased.
Going at it alone is possible, but teamwork is encouraged, especially through player interaction with one another. Joining with a group of players will yield better experience, and as a side effect, usually better protection. This is not only a good tactic early on, but more experienced players can team up and take on some really tough missions.
Joining computer-controlled factions is also possible, but if you're not careful, your own race could end up hating you. This would not only alienate you from your friends, but could land you in the middle of all three races as a target. This would seriously limit your ability to get missions, which would in turn hinder your leveling up.