RIFT Collector's Edition
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!
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!
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.
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...
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.
I've been playing this game for two months now, and was surprised how smoothly it runs for a beta release. The graphics are excellent. The gameplay is solid. It doesn't break any drastically new ground, but that's not what it sets out to do. Many have criticized Rift for being a clone or ripoff of this game or that, which is an unfair criticism. Firstly, all MMO's pilfer ideas from each other. I've played nearly all of them, and they all tend to use the same conventions and ideas. After all, there's only so much you can do with an MMO. What Rift does do, is take some of the better ideas from other games and expand on those ideas, and integrates them better in my opinion. The open world events (Rifts) are a fantastic idea and a nice break from questing. The quests themselves are enjoyable, and the lore and story lines are engaging. The thing that really sets Rift apart, however, is the unique class system. There are 4 main classes (Warrior, Cleric, Rogue, and Mage) but then there are 7 subclasses, of which you can have 3 active at any given time, and lead to an endless number of possibilities. This makes character customization fun and engaging with so many possibilities, and makes PVP a very different game altogether. You won't often run into the same build of character twice. People who complain that this game isn't the "WoW Killer" they had hoped it would be aren't giving it enough credit. For me, this game has much more possibilities than WoW. Warcraft has dumbed down the game so much now that everyone is basically a carbon copy of everyone else. While it doesn't set the MMO world on fire with drastically new systems or game engines, it simply reinvigorates a tired genre with polished and addictive gameplay. The proof will be in the Endgame, but for now, this is one of the more exciting titles I've played in the past 3 years. Give it a try, and see if it doesn't quickly become one of your favorite MMO's as well. :)
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.
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.
For those who love MMO's
This games is just awesome, game controls are simple, graphics are really good, and you always have something to do, what I meant with this is; you are trying to do this quest and well seems like nothing is happening, but just from nowhere a rift open and Bam!!! You are fighting your way to close the rift, then you arrive to your destination (a city) and you start hearing trumpets and a laud voice saids “city is getting invaded” and you are fighting to protect the city . I will recommend this game to anyone who loves MMO’s or is looking for something new (innovated ) Yeah this is just the tip of the iceberg XD
Beta was SUPER POLISHED
So got in to the first beta event, and i have to say this is the first Beta i ever fell in love with. Im actually having withdrawl because it was so well done. A few things needed tweaking with sound, but overall; their goal for being the 1st Fully Polished MMO at Launch is within sight. Any mmo lover needs to add this too their collection when it comes out.