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Posted: Mar 1st 2011 3:08PM (Unverified) said

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Rift is so fun. Yeah ... At this point no MMO is going to completely break the mold; but this one at least comes pretty close! I am sure there will be varying opinions, but just for the record, I am having a blast.

Posted: Mar 1st 2011 3:11PM Boruk said

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Too bad they didn't gve a grace period for pre-orders to come in. Stuck waiting until next week to recieve it so I don't get to play again until then.

Posted: Mar 1st 2011 3:22PM Caskio said

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@Boruk
Thats why I buy digital copies rather than a box. Who needs materials in hand when I just want to play the game. I don't have to worry about net usage caps where I am in the US anyways.
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Posted: Mar 1st 2011 4:30PM Aberhams said

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@Caskio yeah, aside from collectors addition physical bits, i can't think of a single reason to buy a physical copy of a game anymore. especially one that needs to be shipped!
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Posted: Mar 1st 2011 4:33PM VioletArrows said

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@Aberhams: Saving money? I swear, if I had actually paid for Cataclysm, I really would've been upset. Waiting the ship time was annoying, but the $45 still in my pocket was worth it. :p
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Posted: Mar 1st 2011 4:46PM archer75 said

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@Aberhams Because they cost the exact same price. So if that's the case i'll buy the boxed copy every time. I just can't justify paying the same price but not having the box or materials. It just bugs the crap out of me.

I have FIOS so I have plenty of bandwidth and no caps so that's not an issue. It's just that there is such a low profit margin for the developers when selling boxed copies as there are so many channels it has to go through to get to you that I can understand the price.
However with digital copies it goes straight from the devs to you so it should be cheaper. A lot cheaper. So I just refuse to pay the same price for a digital download that I can for the physical box.

I have purchased many downloaded games via steam. But they were all on sale and the cost savings easily justified it.
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Posted: Mar 4th 2011 8:35AM Valdamar said

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I bought Rift's digital collector's edition direct from Trion - no hassles, no waiting, and I felt they deserved to have the cash direct without paying a cut to a retailer for delivering such a polished launch game.

Sure, some of the stuff in the retail collector's box looked nice, but ultimately none of it enhances your experience in the game itself - you get all the in-game stuff in the digital version - most of the retail box stuff is just clutter - on balance I preferred to be playing headstart with my guildmates with no problems at all. It's just a matter of choosing what's more important to you.
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Posted: Mar 1st 2011 3:21PM (Unverified) said

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This video may have infact sold me, I was pretty upbeat about it, but seeing the actual features set aside in this video coupled with what I know already of the game mechanics may have me buying this game. Good stuff there Trion Worlds, hope it runs well on my machine though, the beta was a little sketchy with my machine when I tried it... regrettably for about an hour :p

Posted: Mar 1st 2011 3:36PM Jesse A said

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I'm a long-time LOTRO player (since launch day) who didn't really care for WOW (played for four or five months). My friend and I are absolutely having a blast in RIFT.

So far, I don't find that it has the same grind as WOW, and it doesn't seem to be anywhere near as difficult to be competitive as a casual player.

Posted: Mar 1st 2011 5:23PM iowahawkeyedave said

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@Jesse A I agree I'm having a blast in Rift, finding it not to be a grind. Joining the public groups and closing rifts and the invasions of the towns is a great change of pace from questing.
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Posted: Mar 3rd 2011 9:19PM johnnliu said

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@Jesse A

I play LOTRO (f2p with all content packs), WOW (occasional subscriber) and RIFT (founder... at the moment until I stop one day I suppose).

In terms of grind, from worse to best:
Classic WOW (worst)
LOTRO
RIFT
WOW Cataclysm (easiest)

You don't have to like WOW, I just want to be fare to all games and say that after the changes in Cataclysm - there is hardly any grind. I consistently out level a zone before I was able to complete all of its quests.

LOTRO's slow grinding level hasn't changed since it copied the same style from WOW classic. And I didn't see it get any easier after going F2P. I think with all the money injected to Turbine after going F2P - they should reinvest some of that back into the game. E.g. more skirmishes

I've actually fallen asleep grinding away in RIFT these few days. Which is odd because I didn't feel the same playing Cataclysm and leveling a new character. There are far more "kill x number" quests in RIFT - but mixed with frequent invasion and rift events which breaks the mood - that I really like.

Story-wise though, RIFT is new. WOW Cataclysm is new. LOTRO is old story, but told well.
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Posted: Mar 1st 2011 3:44PM SocksForYou said

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I'm only lvl 17 but it has been a blast so far. Nothing too special about the game on paper but once you play it for a bit and dig into the class system it can really get addictive.

It's so refreshing to play a new MMO that actually works and runs well, where you don't have to wait months for basic crap to be implemented.

Posted: Mar 1st 2011 3:48PM Beltyra said

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Hmm no mention about PvP or Warfronts or even really dual faction content.
I guess maybe because those things are the least original and this is showing what makes RIFT different?

I did have a hard time swallowing all the hype that is flooding this video, though. Just a little too over-the-top for me.

You've closed every RIFT 1,000 times, so now what? CLOSE SOME MORE! Oh, but they're like, different and stuff.
"Putting that middle M back in MMO!" *gag*
"Individual events (etc) but everyone is looking for that one that ties THE ENTIRE WORLD TOGETHER" and then they talk about only zone wide content...O.o

I like your game Trion, but whoever is the marketing team behind things like this and the now infamous "We're not in Azeroth anymore!!!11one" campaign needs to back off and let the users you converted sell it for you.

Posted: Mar 1st 2011 4:59PM Lenn said

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@Beltyra "Hmm no mention about PvP or Warfronts or even really dual faction content."

Maybe you should watch it again.
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Posted: Mar 1st 2011 7:25PM Birk said

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@Beltyra

Funny thing is, that viral "We're not in Azeroth Anymore!" campaign has been talked about ad nauseum for the past months. Every time someone brings up just how stupid that advertisement is, RIFT gets just a little bit more exposure.

The goal of marketing is ____________

Zoom Zoom?

-Birk
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Posted: Mar 1st 2011 7:50PM Beltyra said

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@Lenn
Uh there was no mention of Warfronts and the only PvP mentioned is that there are hubs for you to control.

I'm just saying PvP is a selling point that was not explored.

@Birk

True that. Any press is good press and all that, eh?
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Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 2:00AM Addfwyn said

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@Beltyra Maybe it sounded a bit hostile, but I have to agree with this mostly. I'm glad people are enjoying the game, but it's not really the 'next big thing', it's just the 'same old thing' done very well.

I do hope they add more variety for the rifts too, even by the time I got done with the first zone (which...seems to last a bit long) I was pretty sick of invasions almost every hour. Though again, that also could be because the server population was so heavily focused there.
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Posted: Mar 2nd 2011 6:20AM (Unverified) said

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@Addfwyn

Mmm.. I think I play at weird times or something, because I find myself CRAVING invasions. Maybe because I play in the evenings, and invasions get quelled before they can truly begin? Any way, I am lvl20 and I am not sick of rifts or invasions yet, I find myself looking for them and hoping they will spawn. But yeah, I get that if you feel your questing is constantly interrupted, that's a pain, but to me it seems you can still just ignore what is going on around you and continue to quest.

Any way, loving the game. It made me re-live my very very early WoW days, the feeling I had then, wanting to explore it all, getting giddy at every new level.

Loving it deeply so far, I can only hope this love will continue throughout endgame. Been loving PvP so far as well, but it's still early days so don't know if that will hold at max level. But I'm optimistic!
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Posted: Mar 1st 2011 4:11PM Bezza said

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It's fun, but it's not earth shatteringly new. But it is fun and i am enjoying it. The graphics are a dissapointment, about the same as Aion which is to say not as good one would hope for a new MMO. Not a scratch on AoC, but the game is fun and very playable.

Posted: Mar 1st 2011 6:27PM 17thknight said

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I had my doubts and reservations about Rift. I bought it very tentatively, not thinking I would find anything new or fun, but you know what? I was 100% DEAD WRONG. I have barely reached level 10 and I've already been involved in massive zone-wide raids, fought back 2 full-scale invasions that gave me some fantastic rewards (on par with what you'd expect from difficult dungeon) and I'm loving it. I've only seen 1% of what this video shows and I already know that this game killed WoW for me.

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