Well, not sure how succesful this will be, but these forums seem to be the most active that I lurk on.
So, first off, I apologize for the wall of text. Just going to try to cram all relevant information in here..
Now, I'm a very long-time MMO player, started on EverQuest when I was 9 or so, back in 01. I've hopped around, played a dozen different MMOs, between free to play and 'normal'. Honestly haven't played most of the big releases outside of EQ, EQ2 and WoW. Rest of them I just didn't have any interest in trying out / found out they were PVP based and dropped them like a rock.
So, to explain the post a bit, my gf and I are currently forced to live apart for a while (her college and all) so don't see each other in person often. Obviously being text on a screen 90% of the time can get boring /frustrating. So, was thinking about games one day, remembered her absolutely loving Oblivion. Suggested maybe this summer I get her into one of the MMOs, so we can play together. Well, other than her being shy, she's agreed to give it a shot, and thus, I've been hopping around, trying to find something she likes the idea of.
Was playing WoW at the time I suggested it, but the artistic styles don't really appeal to her. The armor is too "bulky", the character creation is limited, and the races are "ugly" to her for the most part. (elves are anorexic, everything else looks funny). Thought about it, suggested EQ and EQ2. EQ's graphics aren't for her, either, as they are generally older looking, and I doubt she'd want to get into EQ much, as it is. Yay running 6 accounts so you can do anything.
Linked her to EQ2, she installed, played with character creation a bit. Loves the Fae, more or less. The thought of a winged character seems to appeal to her, as is the thought you can fly (eventually) on said wings. However, she thinks the eyes are a bit creepy (they have bug eyes), and thinks the creation could be a bit more varied, but is overall happy with it. Now, I'm alright with playing EQ2, but been wondering if anything else would be better for her. After playing it again for a few days, I'm remembering how EQ2 loves lots and lots of buttons. having 3-4 rows of hotbuttons isn't hard there, so..don't want her to be too overwhelmed, it being her first MMO.
So I'm looking around. She pretty much has said if given the choice between EQ2, playing a Fae, and having wings, vs. other things that you don't, she'll take EQ2.
Thus, my question: PVE centric game (No forced PVP level crap. I don't do PVP.), that's easy enough to learn/pick up for a non-gamer, and must contain a character race with wings. Ability to fly is a huge plus. A very in-depth character creation is another huge plus.
She isn't entirely sure what type of character she'd like to play, but in looking through classes on WoW/EQ2, she seems to drift towards casters. Stealth sounds "wrong"' to her, and the idea of being a tank or healer seems boring. I'll generally play whatever, minus healers. Rarely get in to "pure" casters so much, but caster+pet is alright (necromancer /magician on EQ). So, on classes, if the game is race-class combination limited, winged class should hopefully have a caster DPS choice.
Think that's about all the information I can give, there.
As far as what I *know* of already
EQ2 - Fae / Arasai. She likes the design (if not the eyes), can be whatever class, so that's easy enough. Flight is enabled (but really far into game)
Aion - Dunno names of anything there, just remember it has wings. My intent is to disregard Aion if what I believe is true actually is - That you are forced PVP at some point. Everything I remember reading pretty much says you grind up to one point, enter a PVP zone and PVP becomes part of your life. If true, no. I don't like PVP, and I'm not putting someone who has never played a game / is worried about playing it already through the grief of ganking.
Perfect World International - Winged Elves. Bonus: Flight at level 1, really in depth character creation. Con: Forced into either a cleric or an archer position. I'm going to talk to her about it tomorrow. From what I recall, game got super grindy around the 20s, but was really nice overall.
Think there was one other big one I had in mind, but can't seem to recall it off hand now.
Any help anyone can give is greatly appreciated. Want to find something perfect for her/us. I'm generally open as far as what we play, I just want to have fun playing together. But do want something that she'll enjoy. If someone can confirm/deny that Aion PVP is "forced", would be nice, too. Though flight there is temporary, so would have to see.