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I played all afternoon non stop and I have to say Rift is simply the best game I've ever played, I took part in 2 invasions and 6 rifts, it never got boring for me. I am currently a level 14 Warlock/Chloromancer/Necromancer and I have to say the soul system is simply the best talent system I've seen to date. Besides all of the rifts and mechanics I have to say it just has the style of play I dreamed of. It has the combat of WAR (my favorite PvP game) and the leveling and questing of WoW (my favorite PvE game) combined! It is like a dream come true for me.
Some people say rifts are too plentiful and annoying, but they are completely avoidable and enjoyable. If a rift does happen to spawn on your questing zone, it takes no longer than 10 minutes to close it. You get great rewards and great fun for completing it. Besides all that they have an additional system where the rewards you get from rifts you can spend to buy really good gear and/or great buff items. Its a win-win in terms of fun and items.
Invasions are a whole different ball game in terms of fun. It is hectic, it is mean, it is nasty, but it is the funnest bit of Elite killing I've ever had. Hundreds of players come to said "invasions" to defend the town from the monsters that seek to destroy it. Let me tell you, 100 people is about the right ammount to do the job invasions are no joke. I took on a super invasion where there were hundreds of elites swarming the town. It took a whole half hour to hour to finish the invasion (With hundreds of other people!). It wasn't all a waste either, I got a charm that gave me a great deal of stats, alot of the currency used to buy the good gear I mentioned in the rift paragraph, and other buffs and things also. It just feels so rewarding to win an invasion.
@all the people complaining about the community: Trust me on this one, type /leave 4. Just do it. Don't ask why. Do it. I did that early on when i realized the leveling chat was full of QQers and haters. Now that channel 4 is out of the way your community experience is now 10x better. The general chat (the good chat) was full of people talking about pros and cons of their classes, talking about quests, asking for help with rifts, and helping others. It was generally what you'd expect from a good gaming community. Albeit I did meet some assholes along the way (very few) that is something to be expected.
Conclusion: Rift might not be a revolution in MMO's but it sure as hell is a worth-while experience and is definately something for any Warhammer/WoW enthusiasts and everybody else interested in the fantasy MMO genre. I would highly recommend this game to anyone looking for something new, or for anyone who feels WoW just isn't enough anymore. I applaud you Trion Worlds for putting the time and effort in this game, and I thank all those non-haters who are helping this game along during the BETA phase.
P.S. The graphics are great!