Last december Raptr hosted a Rift giveaway event that provided Rift standard edition with 1 month game time. this event was initiated to celebrate the launch of Storm Legion. i got myself a free copy of Rift but i played total 7 hours and leveled my trial level 10 toon to level 20(i am very slow player, i like to read quest description and such), that was it. I felt that even after having access to full game it was really not worth the time to grind to get to higher level, it has a few things different than WoW but not enough to keep me playing and more importantly encourage me to pay monthly for it. the game is really good, the class build system is awesome(better than wow imho), graphics is really good(again, better than WoW) but it just kept reminding me of WoW, the more i played it the more i missed WoW, the basic game mechanics was exactly like WOW; meaning exactly like the regular MMORPG out in market these days. I know Rift has it's own fanbase but that was how i felt. Now it is april, not even 6 months passed since the last giveaway and this time Raptr+Trion is giving away 3000 key for Rift base game+storm Legion+30 days game time for free. Which brings me to my question : is the state of the game really that bad? this expansion has only been released for about 6 months and already Trion is giving away free copy. why is that? obviously to get more players and make the game more lively with new players, right? Recently Trion acquired the publishing right of ArcheAge which also makes me wonder if Trion has lost it's interest in Rift and also it is clear that ArcheAge has way more to offer than Rift. So i was just wondering if the condition of this game really that bad.
i want an open world, no phasing, no instancing.i want meaningful owpvp.i want player driven economy.i want meaningful crafting.i want awesome exploration, a sense of thrill.i want ow housing with a meaningful effect on my entire gameplay experience, not just some instanced crap.i want all of these free of cost, i don't wanna pay you a cent, game devs can eat grass and continue developing game for me.
Seems like that is the current consensus of western mmo players.