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After not liking RIFT initially as a Guardian, today I tried Defiant and went with a more basic class, i.e. Warrior.
Between starting a simple class and choosing a different side made a big difference for me.
I hated the Graveyard starting area for Guardian, but love the starting area for Defiant.
At least for now, I feel that RIFT is a step forward for MMOs in a minor way...let me explain.
Basically, you take EQ, EQ2, WAR and especiially WoW, but remove all the cartoony graphics of WoW as well as the cutesy tootsy crap in WoW, then remove the grind of EQ and EQ2, and add WAR graphics that have been upgraded to 2011 levels.
Thus, you will find much of what is already out there, but avoiding the errors of WAR, and removing the grind of EQ and the baby looking stuff in WoW, and with better animations and combat than all of the above.
In a nutshell, if you want to play an more upgraded version of a combo of the above games and a more adult and seriious version of WoW then you will like RIFT.
I no longer think RIFT is boring now that I have a side/race/class/starting area I enjoy, so hopefully I will eventually find out what RIFT has that the others dont have.
One thing I would like is a RIFT novel, as I am an avid reader and game novels help me retain interest in a game.