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by DEADTIME From Beta 1 to 5 simply awesome
I've been in 5 and soon 6 betas of Rift and the game is one of the most gratifying MMORPG's I've ever played. The Betas don't really seem like Beta's the game is VERY polished. I wont break any NDA's but I will say that the game is revolutionary in quite a few ways.
1. The soul system, instead of being locked in to one line of skills you can have 3 active at once and one extra "pvp" soul. You get more than enough points to put into the system to make every character different I doubt any 2 will be alike no matter how long you play.
2. Rift invasions.....this is so much fun, so different than anything you have ever played it will blow you away.
3. You can choose to PvE or PvP or a little of both but you are NEVER forced to PvP if you dont wish to.
4. Trion itself and the team making the game, they listen to the players!....yes that seems incredible but you talk and they listen. They care about what you want out of the game and make changes actively with suggestions that make sense.
The collectors edition is worth it but even if you get the regular version based on my preview you will thank me.
See you in game!
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by McCloudX22 Best MMO in Years
Preordered the Collector's Edition after playing beta 6 & my code worked well just gotta know how to do it. The graphics are amazing, game runs smooths, no crashes after hours of playing, great loot system, love the inventory, rifts, dungeons, the entire game is loads of fun & has some of the best attack & spell animations seen in any MMO!
Rated 0 out of 10 by CabPurJus Polished & Potent!
Aftering playing the closed BETA this past weekend I can assure you that Rift has more polish than AoC, Aion, or WoW had on their day of release. I experienced 1 bug in 3 days of continual play which entailed a missing water graphic at 300+ meters offshore...who swims out that far anyway. The invasion events are incredible and (if you choose) create a server-wide frenzy to converge on the invaders and destroy the rifts. Everyone receives credit for quests provided they are within the radius of the rift....it's really, really, awesome. Most impressive was the over 100+ avatars concentrated in one spot on my screen, blasting away at the massive boss invader, and I experienced NO ill effects in gameplay. I urge any MMORPG player who is tired of the "grind carrots" dangled by other games, fed up with the total reliance on gear instead of skill, or completely over cookie-cutter leet builds to give Rift a go, you won't be disappointed.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Insomniatic NOT another Cookie Cutter Experience
I'll be the first to admit I've been a serious WOW player for years, and it's hard to break away. But this game is different. I've had the honor to play the beta, and the soul system IS different. It appears to be meant that one soul does prevail, and the other 2 souls are meant to be supplemental. For example, a high dps mage, that possibly could have the ability to heal a small bit in a pinch. There are PVP souls, and the options for builds are limitless. Completely unlike Wow, which recently pulled all options for unique builds away from us. Rift does have all the things we normally require from a MMO - Unique builds, different race/class combos, achievements, PVP, vanity pets, random world artifacts, Mounts, and runecrafting, which is similiar to enchanting. The random world events need to be toned down a bit, But overall, this is the 1st game I have played since wow that doesnt leave you saying, yeah, but I miss...
Rated 0 out of 10 by Sarpedon Astounding!
Though some are giving criticism in chat that it's too much like this or that game..... I take a different view. This game took what works and what is recognizable in so many MMO's, from EQ1, 2, DAoC, VG, WoW, and WAR and improves them all and mixes them into a very well working and beautiful package. This design team has really done their work well, and put together a game that I run at full settings fairly well and I am still running an Athlon 64x2 with DDR1 (admittedly I have a high end ATI card). Runs solid, no bugs for me personally though I have heard people whine about some in the beta, but for all I know, they're doing it wrong. *shrug* Amazing game, and well worth the experience. Especially for those of us that loved any of those MMO's of the past but have just grown tired of them and want something new. Oh and the way classes get mixed together is a thing of beauty that will make theorycrafters weep. I love it.
Rated 10 out of 10 by Razrbld Simply put the game is fun!
If you want graphics,fun, and amazing community in game then welcome home! Smoothest launch in the history of MMO's! Game play as in mechanics are similar which makes it easy to get used too! The soul system is fantastic with the ability to create over 330 unique class types. The quest are fresh mixing in the Rift's that open across Telara (world game is set) and invading Forces trying to take over your questing area's (actual NPC's send armies to attack your questing hubs and you and the rest of the people in the area ban together to stop the at all costs. There is reward for this as well so its not a chore its worth every time! Now on that note this game is not WoW and its not trying to be people will say it is and try to hate on this game and just ignore them. People don't like change but people who want something new then welcome home!
Rated 0 out of 10 by Crestfallen A faster car without reinventing the wheel.
Rift is a remarkable gaming experience for a number of reasons. I doesn't completely redefine the genre, but it doesn't have to. They did all the right things with Rift. It takes the same MMO formula originally established by EQ and improved upon by WoW and combines the best of both. All the convenience and great UI fixes WoW brought to MMOs are brought into Rift, yet there's something distinctly old school about Rift that reminds me of the glory days of EQ. Maybe it's because you can form a raid and still get quest credit, or go group with your lower level friends and not destroy their experience. There are so many good things this game just gets right. The engine seems very capable of crazy loads, we've had several cases where we were defending Meridian against a difficult raid invasion and there were five or six raids of defiant fighting both the invaders and groups of guardian players and I never experience lag. This is in beta?!? Once they remove some of the code that exists to track kill maps, bottlenecks, etc. I can't even imagine how well this game will be running. If you're interested in seeing the future, look here.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Enlightenedfather Buyer beware
I made a review before, but since testing the open beta I have changed my mind. I downloaded the beta. Soon as I entered my display settings were changed without my permission. My resolution went from 1024x768 to 1440x900. I do not read fine print. After a few hours of being unimpressed, I logged out. I went back a few hours later and everything had been deleted so I uninstalled the beta client. It has been 2 days now and my PC continues to freeze when left idle. I leave my PC for a few hours, come back, and everything is frozen. I have to pull the powercords to restart. I have not found exactly where Rift has damaged my PC yet, but I am searching. If you like your computer being changed without your knowledge or permission, this is the game for you. I am definitely no-longer impressed with this game.
Rated 0 out of 10 by RAND0MGAMER Great Game
All in all its a great game. It does share similarities with other MMO's but that's just how those games are, what sets it apart from most is the customization of your characters skill trees. There are 4 classes with 9 skill trees each. You can choose 3 out of the 9 skill trees that fit your play style. The graphics are great, outstanding if you have a computer that can handle them when you crank all the effects up to max. It's visuals aren't as cartoony as other mmo's. This game won't be the most subscribed to MMO out there, but I can see it doing well.
Also there was a post before mine entitled "Buyer beware" I played the beta and experienced none of those problems. It sounds like Enlightenedfather pulled a virus and wanted something to blame it on.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Dogman Fun game to play.
Rift will remind you of other games you may have played before, although the elements borrowed from other games are the good ones. The graphics are good, the gameplay and user interface is basically World of Warcraft. The leveling is fun, there is no real grind while doing the quest missions. Leveling up is not that fast, most players will find it takes a full day of non-stop questing to get to level 20. Character creation has more options than some games and less than others. The lore of the game is some what interesting there is a slight terminator feel to one of the factions. The downside is there are too many servers available, and not that many people playing. No problems on launch and no bugs just minor balance issues. Rift is a fun and enjoyable game to play.