I love Rift, as a MMO, it’s fantastic. It works, has loads of features that usually only appear in other MMOs a few expansions in, the graphics are great and the Soul system is really good (still not seeing any really dominant specs, which is very surprising).
There is a serious lack of content.
There. I said it. It’s a real shame too.
Also, there is a massive gulf at level 50 between doing Abyssal Precipice and Charmers Caldera on normal difficulty, and moving up to Tier 1 instances, and an even bigger gap between Tier 1 and Tier 2. As I’m not a raider, I can’t really comment on the gap from Tier 2 to the raid instances, but I have been told it’s rather large indeed.
I don’t know if it was intentional, but there is a very defined path to the level cap if you go about it through questing. This has really killed replayability, with there only being 2 ways through it, Defiant and Guardian. If you level through PvP or Rifts, you’ll have even less variety, but to be fair, it is a viable option, and kudos to Trion Worlds for making it possible.
I have began looking elsewhere for my MMO fix. The Old Republic is looking to be that, with it’s promise of hours of unique and meaningful questing for each class, which would really help in removing the feeling that you’re just running on the leveling treadmill.
If I’ve learned anything from Rift, it’s that Themepark MMOs, with a very “crafted” experience, will always play second fiddle to Sandbox MMOs which give you an open world and let you loose to find your own fun.
As some of you may know my main is and is always likely (apart from in LOTRO) to be a healer named Yetian. I have been an MMO healer for more years than I care to remember back when the first Yetian was created in Everquest.
I enjoy healing, maybe it’s the challenge of keeping everyone alive, especially when your not expected to due to a tough mob or dungeon. Sure it means you often see less of the fight than others as your glued to the health bars of your group mates with your fingers poised to hit a specific function key to target the correct recipient of your life giving magic, but it doesn’t bother me. It can be painful solo as healers are not usually the top damage dealers in MMO’s, why should they be after all?
In Rift I am also a healer, my heal build comprising currently of Sentinel/Warden/Purifier with 45 points currently in Sentinel at level 46. The other day however when healing a group of level 50 guild mates in a dungeon I struggled to keep myself up as often the mob focused on me and I didn’t last too long against level 50+ creatures with big weapons in their hands. My surname in Everquest (before I saw sense) was Aggromagnet as if I sat down anywhere in a zone I was like shit to a fly.
From Trion: “MMOs are all about playing with your friends no matter which server they’re on, and that’s why we’re offering this as a free service to our subscribers,” said Scott Hartsman, Executive Producer. “RIFT is both a game and a service, and adding free server transfers is just one more way we can make this the best possible MMO experience available.”
Whether you want to play with friends, check out a new server, or avoid queue times on highly populated servers, you’ll be free to move about Telara. As a part of this grand experiment, there will initially be no limits on the number of times you can transfer your characters or guild.
Seriously… SOE, you charge, what? $25 for that? Are you even trying? Blizzard? What’s that? $20? Get out!
Scott Hartsman, and the rest of the team at Trion confirmed for Legends Among MMO Developers!
Last night was the neXus group night in Rift and after enough logged in we headed off to Foul Cascade as it is one of 2 dungeons involved with out current guild quest.
With our level 50 nuketastic mage Xahr looking on and lighting the odd mob on fire the rest of us started killing/dieing both in equal measure at first until we got the hang on things. We ranged from 28 (our tank Ffaffner) and 40 ish (Aleksander) with myself and Faolan in between somewhere.
With the exception of a couple of nasty looking big troll-like mobs we didn’t do too badly once I remembered where my heal buttons were (group heal role) though my resurrection spells did come in handy.
There were 4 named none of which was really too much trouble until the final named the giant Gnar Queen (a big spider basically). The first few went along the lines of kill the adds then the named which we managed well enough. The witch caused us a bit of trouble until we worked out we had to follow her chat clues and kill the adds as she called them in. Aleksander found out after her death that her outfit fitted him perfectly, he did a great impression of her facial expressions too as you’ll see from the pics.
About a year ago my available playtime was seriously cut down as my wife gave birth to our first child; a beautiful Baby-Ffaffner! This has made my playing profile alter quite heavily towards the very casual/retired MMO’er.
I’ve been participating in Rift beta and therefore bought the damn thing hoping my “schedule would clear up”. It really didnt but still I’ve managed to squeeze in a few hours of Rift each week so far. By now you can probably imagine how little I actually play, and eventhough my time is very limited, I have one big gripe with this game: It’s WAAAAAAAY too fast! The speed I’m talking about is ofcourse the speed of levelling. You can’t friggin’ pass a wind in this game without being handed a considerable XP reward. Everything gives loads and loads of XP, and it really ruins the experience for me, that I can’t delve into different areas of the game without outlevelling other areas.
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As you can see I’m going for the slightly barbaric look (as mentioned by my able deputy Bealdwine), which I think fit’s with my heal and hit things outlook in Rift. I mean come on, that mace is hardly a cuddly toy now is it?
Yetian now has 3 roles, the 3rd one is bloody expensive by the way. I may at some point post pics of my actual builds, but I’m not really that interested in getting tons of “my build is better than your build” comments yet.
Role 1 is as before Shaman/Justicar/Warden with 30 points in Shaman at the moment. Role 2 my group role is setup as Sentinel/Warden/Purifier with 30 points in Sentinel. My 3rd role is Templar/Justicar/Purifier with 5 points in Templar and the rest in Justicar, this is my PvP role for Warfronts or when I need to take a beating for the team.
Another Rift post, this time more of a what has Yetian been up to post.
Yetian is now level 25 has a new outfit, new weapon and a new mount to replace the annoying 2 headed turtle which everyone and their dog has… yes I have seen a pet Coyote riding one around Gloamwood, honest.
Anyway, 20 – 25 has taken me through some of Gloamwood, the dungeon of Darkening Deeps and a run through Realm of the Fae another dungeon.
I’ve hardly had time to stop and think so here’s a few pics of Realm of the Fae which we completed as a group of 4 to further our guild quest. We completed the instance with an odd mix of 2 warriors in their 20′s, me a healer (22 at the time) and a Rogue at level 14 on entry.
Excuse the title, I stole it from an elf I follow on twitter. Anyway, as people may know, Rift has been released, and it is good, so I have been playing it a lot. Done a few of the instances, a load of the Rift invasions, and even dabbled in the PvP, which is very enjoyable indeed, unlike EQ2s which is just buggy and crap!
Below is some screenshots from my travels, and a brief explanation of what is going on;
Yetian the Mathosian Cleric is well and truly in Telara! After trying to decide between Mage and Cleric as my main during the beta stages of Rift, I went for my usual MMO main character choice in Cleric. As Yetian is always a long grey haired human type (nothing like me in real life, well the human bit maybe), I created him around the same lines again.
The first picture is of Yetian stood on the bridge to the Guardian city of Sanctum, a bridge which along with a guild mate Bealdwine I lept off many times trying to obtain an achievement. After a few deaths and more leaps than I care to remember we were told you had to jump off the bridge once from each end to obtain Bridge jumper or something like that, can’t remember the exact name.
Got some tweets off my good mate Jonny when I was in work, apparently I was logged in to Rift between 8:58 – 9:06am, when I was in work. Logged in after work, and yessir, I have been hacked.
On a happier note, the new Steam Cloud screenshot thing is awesome!
I managed to get an email off a GM asking if I wanted my character rolled back to just before the incident, told them yes, and 5 minutes later another email saying Wodge had been restored
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