I did enjoy my first steps in RIFT, but as with any MMO experience there were ups and downs. As you can see, I documented parts of the story with screenshots in the gallery below. I can certainly see why RIFT appeals to many MMO players, but at the same time, multiple facets of the game could turn some players off. But I don't want to talk about that on this front page. Jump past the cut as I weave the tale of Seriia, the Chosen.
"You, friend, will be our last and greatest project. This world is ending, you see. Regulos has consumed all of the world save this one last stronghold. Any day now, he will likely finish the work," Valis confessed solemnly. Seriia ran her fingers through her wild, auburn hair as the violet-skinned Elf explained. "Fortunately, we have a Orphiel's Failsafe. This Failsafe will send you, our engineered soldier, and others like you back in time to the moment it was built. This moment should hopefully be long enough before the chain of events that led to Regulos' victory that you can effect meaningful change."
Better late than never. As if it were natural for her, Seriia called on her Faerie pet named Kitter and set on her way to find High General Asha Catari and Orphiel's Failsafe.
On the positive side, RIFT is a very gorgeous game. When I livestreamed the game, I had to move the settings to low. (I had to run in windowed mode for Justin.TV.) Yet the quality was still amazing. Screenshots still turned out nice enough to post, and I could increase the quality on the fly. I was also impressed with the character models as well. When I created Seriia, I was happy to see that the Eth body types and facial features were not just varying degrees of "photoshopped supermodel." As you can see from the screenshots, Seriia actually looks like a real person, not some throwback to a bad anime series. Bravo to Trion's artists.
For now, I am going to hold back on talking about gameplay because I truly have not experienced enough of it to accurately pass judgment. So for now, let's just say everything works like I expected.
From what I have read, it is not necessary for a single player to have complementing gathering and crafting professions. Although certain professions are codependent, resources for crafting are available through other in-game means. That being said, I would like to have at least one gathering profession and one crafting profession. My available third profession will be completely up to you. Don't gimp me.
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Larry Everett is a nut who loves to play MMOs. Sure, he really wants to be playing Star Wars: The Old Republic, but alas, it's not out yet. In the meantime, he needs your help: Tell him what and how to play while he waits! Direct his game time in Choose My Adventure on Wednesdays and the livestream on Fridays!