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Posted: Apr 4th 2011 4:01PM Necromas said

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There's a quest where you actually get to fire it.

Posted: Apr 4th 2011 4:45PM Anticrawl said

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So is RIFT actually worth anyone's time or is it just another cookie-cutter MMO?

Posted: Apr 4th 2011 4:52PM BigAndShiny said

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@Anticrawl
It is if you;re playing another cookie cutter mmo anyway, then you might as well play rift anyway as it's the best of the lot.
Looking for something new, or even just different enough to be, well....different? Then wait till GW2 or SWTOR.
[for the record, i did renew my rift subscription this month :P]
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Posted: Apr 4th 2011 5:58PM Balraw said

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@Anticrawl Rift doesn't do much in the way of new ground breaking mechanics and so will be a familiar place (in terms of mechanics) for many mmo players.This isn't necessarily a bad thing either (though given some comments to various articles here and threads on the rift forums it seems that is a minority view.) The thing that makes me chuckle is that everyone bangs on about wanting new and exciting mechanics but when developers tries to do something different all they get is why isn't this done like mmo x, y or z as that was better ....

Anyhow I digress, RIFT for me is a lot of fun to play and I am enjoying my time in game enough that I have taken the 3 month subscription plan ( would have done the 6 months but monies are somewhat stretched atm). I am sure that given time things will only get better and better as more content is added. Given how well most things are running in game it is really easy to forget that its only been a month since release.
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Posted: Apr 4th 2011 6:37PM Vgk said

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@Anticrawl If your want a big groundbreaking, AAA top of the notch MMO then wait for GW2,TOR and Titan.
RIFT has some innovation but is really just the classic MMO, however it has a TON of polish and was well made something that sadly you can't say for 90% of MMO's nowadays

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Posted: Apr 4th 2011 7:29PM Wensbane said

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@BigAndShiny

To play the devil's advocate, I must say that there are several fantasy MMORPGs that are a lot more polished than RIFT.

Trion's game impresses for how stable it is - account security aside - for such a fresh release, but with games like Guild Wars, Lord of the Rings Online, World of Warcraft and Everquest II still alive and well, it may be a little soon to call it "the best of the bunch."

As a matter of personal opinion and taste, it still isn't anywhere near the level it would require to drag me away from LotRO and DDO.
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Posted: Apr 5th 2011 3:08AM Dril said

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@Anticrawl

I'll be down-rated for this but:

Save your money. RIFT is nothing special: if you're playing it heavily you'll be done with it in two months or so. It's a solid gameplay experience, but a soulless, generic one: you won't be immersed in the world at all, and, if you're anything like me, some of the dialogue will make you wretch. I was fooled into thinking that Trion's promises of a "classic MMO" meant that it would be, you know, classic: not just a highly linear, highly generic quest grind with the occasional (and extremely repetitive) PQ 2.0. PvP consists of cross-server battlegrounds to grind points for more PvP gear. That's about it, unless you stumble across the odd bit of world PvP. PvE is, essentially, exactly like WoW: people are in epics/can get epics without raiding via expert (heroic) dungeons, from either boss drops or token exchange.

So, yeah, nothing special. Wait for TOR, GW2, TSW, ArcheAge and TERA.
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Posted: Apr 5th 2011 1:33PM Sharuk said

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@Dril What does "special" mean in this context? Is WoW "special"? What makes Tera "special" or GW2 "special". Love all the derpy comments in every Rift related thread from the same 3-4 haters.
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Posted: Apr 4th 2011 4:52PM Anticrawl said

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I am waiting for Guild Wars 2 and The Old Republic. But they are taking too damn long.
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Posted: Apr 4th 2011 7:46PM Gaugamela said

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@Anticrawl

Then go for Rift. Opposed to the other traditional MMOs out there this one is brand new. And if you want to play something different with decent graphics now is the time to pick it up.

Right now the servers are young and filled with lowbies leveling which makes this the perfect time to pick up the game. :)

And while the game may not be ground breaking it does bring some innovations to the table that aren't done in any other theme-park MMOs.
Rifts are cool (especially invasions) and the Soul system is really interesting to tinker with (yes even after patch 1.1).
Plus, it has a lot of stuff to do to keep you interested.
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Posted: Apr 4th 2011 5:54PM winterborn said

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This is one reason alot of people dont like the world/lore in Rift. SciFi cannons, robots and time machines etc. dont belong in a fantasy world for many of us.

Anticrawl.
If you have played other big name mmo's then I would say Rift is not worth investing more than a month or two in. After the Rifts and invasion newness wears off the game does not have much else IMO.

Posted: Apr 4th 2011 7:06PM Loopy said

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@winterborn
At the same time, a lot of people are sick of the traditional fantasy themes and are looking for something closer to a steampunk theme. Not saying that Rift (or Defiant rather) are steampunk, but it's as close as it gets.
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Posted: Apr 4th 2011 8:49PM Khalus said

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@Loopy

Exactly, I like the little bit of steampunkyness there is. Its not much but its enough to mix it up a little.

And for the record I wasn't going to even bother with Rift either, but I got it cheap and I'm enjoying quite a bit. Plenty to see and do, lots of areas to explore that one normally wouldn't be able to go in most MMOs,

And shinies, OMG finally another MMO with collections. The hunt for shinies keep me entertained for hours and hours on end everyday! Must have mooooor Shinies!
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Posted: Apr 4th 2011 5:59PM Graill440 said

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To bad the weapons that are interactive do nothing to impact gameplay even a little.

I mean really, who makes an interactive catapault and doesnt allow you to sit in the basket and get launched? Apparently Trion. >

Posted: Apr 4th 2011 6:30PM PaperSpeaks said

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Personally I found the Defiant 'technologies' to be rather... underwhelming.

It's like they tried mixing fantasy with steampunk and ended up in the middle... It works at times, like the cannon quest it was pretty cool using it, but in lots of other quests their presence plays such a background role that I don't really give a damn.
I mean... Machines revived the defiant 'ascended', and there's also a time machine! But after that beginning, again, it is underplayed.

Posted: Apr 4th 2011 11:07PM (Unverified) said

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@Graill440

The gun does get fired if you do the quest line, it's not a huge deal and it happens quick, but it Does shoot.

Steampunk stuff is very cool... in fact that gun looks exactly like a gun sold as "Colonel James Fizziwig" Disruptor... I'm going to check and see which one this gun was modeled... I own the collection.

Posted: Apr 4th 2011 11:48PM Haldurson said

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I don't get what people have against technology in fantasy worlds. The way I think about it, is that the fantasy world is just like our world, except with different laws governing it, so why couldn't those imaginary laws allow huge guns and time travel and mechanical horses?

And there's tons of literature to draw from that includes fantasy set in all different eras, from medieval all the way up to futuristic (Star Wars, for example, is about equal parts fantasy and Science Fiction, and is structured more like a typical fantasy adventure than science fiction).

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