I've played a lot of MMORPGs throughout the years and EVE is probably the most instanced of those games. With each of the game's 7,000+ systems plus individual instances for when a player is docked, one might expect a lot of loading screens. Well, players do see a lot of loading screens, but they are probably the least annoying I've ever come across.
|Hurry up, I want to play!|
Wrong. If traveling off-planet, even if a player only wants to hold a conversation on the ship with one of the player's companions, results in another long loading screen.
|At least I learn something ... maybe.|
Admittedly, except during large fleet fights, EVE doesn't have as many objects displayed on the screen as SWTOR. That said, EVE's loading screens when traveling between instances (i.e. systems) look a lot better than SWTOR's.
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In the Odyssey expansion, CCP replaced the old loading bar with a warp tunnel effect to link two systems. While I had a period of adjustment due to the effect making my stomach queasy, the warp tunnel definitely does not break my immersion in the game. Unlike in SWTOR, the game does not take me out of the universe with a loading screen. That's really good, because sometimes I'll travel 25 jumps to visit a particular agent when I want to grind out Sisters of EVE loyalty points. If I had to endure 25 loading screens like I see in SWTOR, I'd probably rage quit.
I realize that loading screens seem like a small thing to criticize a game about. However, the little things do matter. Let enough annoyances build up and some people will stop having fun and unsubscribe. That's one of the reasons I'm okay with CCP trying to fix things like the New Player Experience, PvE content, and the UI before really marketing the game to new players again. EVE is hard enough to learn already without having annoying features. Fixing some of the major systems that either enhance or detract from the game will help the retention rate. And for a subscription MMO, a company needs to hang onto the players it attracts in order to pay the bills.