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I played WOW 6 years, I tried WAR, AOC, LOTR, CO, STO and DCUO but all fizzled out ater the first month of play and I always returned to WOW.
I tried the Rift demo and was not really impressed, BUT when I got over how shit the main city is and got my head around all the different stuff like Artifacts and Favour, I started to get into it. I then rolled my favourite WOW character, a Rogue and it was this that totally got me. It's like Rift has taken all the things that made WOW great and left out all the things that made WOW shit. This is Vanilla WOW, it really is and for that reason I totally love it and have purchased the full game.
It looks better, plays better and sounds better. My Rogue is awesome, so much better to play than my WOW Rogues, the stealthing is brilliant, just how it was in WOW before the nerf stick arrived. The Rifts add unique atmosphere, the first time I saw one I was mining some Tin in a lush green forest with birds singing, nice and relaxed....all of a sudden a huge noise started above me, the sky went black, the birds stopped singing and I went WTF!! This huge Rift appeared right next to me with mobs coming out of it, incredible, I was jaw dropped
The Wold PvP is great, the BG's are fun and the crafting is really good, the AH is better the NPC's are better and the monsters you fight look incredible, the animations are top drawer.
I am quite suprised people play this then go back to WOW as IMO WOW is terrible now, the zones lack atmosphere, the flying mounts ruined world pvp and the game looks shite with a capital S. Maybe it's because I don't like PvE, I hardly did any raiding in WOW and so it's those people that don't like Rift. However if like me you love Wold PvP then Rift is a great game, far better at it than WOW.
So farewell WOW, you were great to me in the early days but now RIP I have a new land to conquer and it looks 100 times better