I get the feeling that the developers of Rift "get it". This game seems to have a bit of everything that we are all asking for. In fact, when you watch developer interviews - that's exactly what they say their goal is. They took the best parts of all successful MMO's and attempted to implement them into one game.
The graphics are really nice looking. The fantasy "style" seems to be in the same ballpark as final fantasy, with a few more fireworks. By that I mean the ability and spell animations appear to be pretty intense (I like it!).
The reports back from the Beta users are very good so far (I just got accepted to the next beta starting on Tuesday - thanks ZAM for the VP keys you just posted).
This game is allegedly full of mini quests, large scale PvE, raids, and a unique implementation of PvP. They seem to have managed to accommodate just about every play style preference. Oh, they supposedly have a "robust" crafting system as well.
Side note: They even have a Beastmaster class! Reportedly the pet AI is already very good. This probably means nothing to most people, but I'm really pumped to have the opportunity to be a Beastmaster again.
Of course one of my first orders of business was to do a forum search regarding the economy. I was pleased to find a quick thread stating that there is an AH that works pretty seamlessly. In fact, here is the quote from the exact response I read:
"Rift AH works. I listed in it. Stuff bought comes as email nearby at box. Pricing is initial, current bid, and buyout price. No complaints. Very clean so far. I'm sure we will find something to ask to enhance going forward...”
When I read that I kind of chuckled at how simple this part of an MMO is supposed to be. I pictured the Rift director telling one of his programming groups to implement an AH similar to the other MMOs that are having success. A few weeks later its done and they move on to the more important aspects of the game design. Yet here is SE months and month and months into this disaster still "tweaking" their game-changing (and game-breaking) market system, and ignoring their dwindling player base's cries for a simple AH. They are literally on their death bed, finally agreeing to consider looking into the possibility of implementing an AH - but first, a few more adjustments to the retainer system!
Another point worth considering is that the developers, and the servers, are based in the US. This is an important distinction for me coming from spending the past 7 years of my life playing SE MMOs. Of course if you do not live in the US, then this is probably a moot point. For what its worth, the servers are physically located in Dallas, TX.
So I got a beta key, signed up for a Trion account. Again, I had to laugh at how simple this process was as compared to the SE account sign-up process. I downloaded the client and now its updating at nearly 3MB/sec (pretty much maxing out what I get from my isp).
I'm really curios to see how well it runs on my machine (5770 i7 930 6GB) considering how average ffxiv runs. I have not really noticed any threads about system requirements and people having to make massive upgrades to run the game - so my guess is that it will run better than FFXIV, but again that is only speculation on my part for now.
Why am I posting this? Maybe this is considered trolling, I don't know. But I figured that if one or two people read this, and they try Rift and it turns out to be their new MMO for years to come - then it was worth posting. Considering I made it this long without knowing about Rift, I assumed there might be a couple more people out there overlooking this potential gem.
Edited, Jan 22nd 2011 10:05am by Mithsavvy
Edited, Jan 22nd 2011 10:11am by Mithsavvy