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after many years of offline rpg playing, I decided to kill my social life jumping again in some online rpg. I got pretty fast very addicted..but you know how it works isnt? ^^
I played ultima online for over 5 years and had amazing times! I never was a big PVPer but I loved to PvM, guild, and escpecially the champion spawn, the doom gauntled, the artifact, the time spent to increase your skills and finally being able to tame a dragon, the social life around britain bank, the player runned vendors, the houses to visit across the world.
I made a big selection between games, checking carefully the Game List on this site, and at the end I choosed to start playing Rift. (The alternative was Archage Online, but it's still quiet far from release)
The graphic is amazing, the system complex and satisfying, a lot of skills that reminds my of UO, and the battle system, especially on rifts, is also great. The world is so huge, and soon with the new expansion will be the biggest fantasy world of internet I tought..wow, I've found the perfect game..but after a few weeks playing, I start missing something.
The social part is ok, but not so much like I remembered. A cold Acution House, no player spamming around selling stuff, or asking to join for a dungeon adventure or else.
In UO I loved the collect rarities (spawn only every week, or month, or year, and some were also UNIQUE, one single item in the whole world!), dirty expensive artifacts, and veteran rewards. In Rift I can't find any of this - the list of RARE items are more than 400, and they spawn constantly. I would not call them "rares"...and I've seen no evidence of UNIQUE items..or Am i Wrong?
I think you got what I am looking for..a mmorpg with a nice social interaction, with true rewards or rares/unique items to hunt, seek, buy and , if possible, with non-instanced housing system (this is asking much...Archage will be agian the answer).
I've seen RaiderZ it's coming out soon, and could possibly be a valid alternative. Anyway I'm not looking for a brand new mmorpg with extreme good graphic, also something released in the past years is ok.
Thanks a lot for reading and your suggestions