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Looking through the lists of new games I deciced to give this one a try since they are offering a 7 day free trial. After the 7 hr download of 9GB's of data I worked my way through the into screens and started my gameplay.
What I was expecting based on the hype and Rifts place on MMORPG's best game lists, was benchmarking technology and innovative, new thinking with a great storyline and gameplay.
It didnt take long for dissappointment to set in.
What I found instead was what seemed to me as a frankin-game. Lets take bits and parts of older games and see if we cant stitch them together and make something that appears new and interesting. Hey it was a good idea maybe and Dr Frankenstein made it work.. sorta. Only problem was instead of creating new and better life he instead ended up with an ugly deranged monster.
Now, Im not saying Rift is a total failure, again, if you create something even if it is out of old parts you might succeed in some ways. For awhile at least the game will draw in some of the folks bored with WOW or just looking for something new. They may find some intertainment for awhile, but honestly, this is just my opinion, this game is a bubble.
Some problems I see right away with Rift:
1: Graphics engine seems right out of the 90's, it may have some better eye candy on the outer layers, but the engine itself is way outdated. Its the sort of sluggish style of animations that give some people (myself included) a literal headache after playing for a few hrs. People can call the graphics eye-popping if they want, the same way you can take a pinto in some wrecking yard into a garage, give it a new coat of paint and a detail, and call it eye-popping too.
2: Gameplay is very old fashioned and again, way passed its time. Very simplistic enviernment with not much to offer via storyline, enviernmental content, realism, or questing.
3: GIving players diverse options for character individuality is good, however, it can be overdone too. IMO using 8 talent options for 3 skill trees per player class is abit much.
4: Not enough uniqueness in this game is the main killer. Most MMO players will get the feeling they have been here before right away and will soon find this game played out.