Summary: First of all the game comes with all previous expansions so, unlike its MMORPG competitors, you do not have to buy the previous versions to have it all. Second, the graphics are much better, you can hire a mercenary to help you fight, rez you, and heal you if you can't find a group. The solo quest are amazing and there are tons of them.
Summary: Call me nostalgic, but I bought this collector's edition years after I started playing EQ2. It has a wonderful art book, an extremely outdated but fun to have manual, a collector's coin, a baby dragon in-game item and more. It was worth every penny. I'm a nerd. If you've never played EQ2 you're better off buying the most current (full) release of the game, as you'll be getting all of the current zone content at one price.
Summary: EQ2 is a fun game for all ages, but prepare to get hooked on it! There is always something to do, the graphics are great and you really can meet some fascinating people in the game from all over the world. Great friendships (and even some romances) have come from this game. If you are pretty much house-bound (as I am) it is a wonderful way to stay entertained, keep your mind active and yet be able to socialize.