I tried rift on the lite version, never seen another player but I assume the area you start in, is it a phased instance of some kind cuz I was in there for 30 mins and never seen a single other player. I also felt the game world felt soulless, and the monsters were kinda meh (I was defiant). What does the xpac add to lower level stuff for newer players? I think they tried too hard to copy wow, because rift has the same generic boring combat system, same generic boring dot to dot quest hub system, what does the game have that is diffrent other than the soul system? I was thinking of picking up the orignal game for 9.99, but after trying lite I am unsure, since it feels like pretty much every other boring themepark mmo released so far. That and I could just play TSW, which is kinda more intersting than rift was even at a lower level.
Being a pessimist is a win-win pattern of thinking. If you're a pessimist (I'll admit that I am!) you're either:
A. Proven right (if something bad happens)
B. Pleasantly surprised (if something good happens)
Either way, you can't lose! Try it out sometime!