I've noticed quite a few posts in various forums trying to down play RIFT. The typical comments are that the game is boring or that the quest line is boring or too simple. I personally found myself getting lost in the game as I levelled one toon to 20 (tank) last weekend during B2 and another to level 14 (dps). I find the game quite refreshing and new and just overall fun to play. If the game is already as good as it is, I can only imagine where it will be a year or two from now. I don't ever play an MMO for the questing. Personally, I find all questing a little monotonous regardless of the game. What I like are all the other aspects, ie. raiding, pvp, dungeon/instance grouping, etc. These are areas that we haven't even been able to try out to the fullest (not at all in most cases) in RIFT as of yet and I am still finding the game to be very enjoyable.
I just wanted to make this post and tell those who haven't had the chance to play it yet not to be deterred by the nay sayers who keep finding their way to the boards just to post negative feedback about the Devs and/or the game in general. I think if you are remotely interested in RIFT that you should make your own decision once you have seen it first hand. I've said this in a few other posts, but levels 1-20 are hardly even an ice breaker to the game. You should play these closed BETAs with that in mind. Personally I think the levelling process in any game is just that, a process. The true prize comes in the end. Fortunately, the DEVS of Rift have injected the twist of the rift invasions into the game which I find to be a breath of fresh air with the direction they are headed in.
I made a comment on another post about all fantasy based MMOs having the quest element as part of their levelling process to which someone replied that Guild Wars 2 got away from that concept all together. Naturally I went and looked up GW2. The graphics look awesome for that game but after researching it further, it's nowhere near being in the same genre of a typical fantasy based MMO. From what I read there are no true healing classes and no true tanks (not in the traditional sense), and so on. Although this does sound intriguing, I think it will be for a specific type of gamer who is truly looking for something completely different than the standard model. That is fine for those people and they should play that game if/when it comes out. I say if/when because some are even projecting it not to release until 3rd or 4th Q of 2011 or maybe even early 2012. I might even find myself playing it on occassion just on the side since it is suppose to be free.
Regardless, RIFT will be my next MMO that I plan to play for a long time. After 2 weekends of BETA so far, and I'm still looking for more, I think I'm already hooked and can't wait for B3!
Bottom line is, don't be turned away from RIFT by what you read, check the game out yourself and reach your own conclusion. The DEVS and entire RIFT team have obviously put a great deal of work into the game and that doesn't go unnoticed from the moment you log in so good job to them and keep up the great work and dedication to fixing the many issues that people have reported and commented on as to how quick they are being resolved!