Good afternoon all.
I'm a 27 year old gamer with a full time career, 8 month old child, and life outside of MMOs. I've played WoW since release and left several times... trying out such ventures as Vanguard: Saga of Heroes (ugh), Warhammer, Aion, FFXIV (ugh to the second power), and other MMOs that really didn't fulfill my gaming needs in the same way WoW has.
I've heard it said a million times before... so I won't rehash my "can't put my finger on it" issues with the current state of WoW... but I've been burned enough in getting excited about the new and shiny MMO turning into that traumatic relationship that leads you to the hospital getting your STD cleared up.
I've read up and understand the general concepts, the similarities the game pulls from WoW and similar MMOs... but I can't find distinct evidence that there is any staying power for the game to continue. I've heard ZOMG best game ever and ZOMG worst game ever... but nothing of any real substance. So I figured I would offer some questions in hopes that I can make a determination of my immediate gaming future.
1. Is RIFT Quick play friendly?
Scenario: My son is down for a nap... I may have 20 minutes, I may have an hour. Are there immediate opportunities for game play that can offer me some level of reward during short spurts?
2. Is RIFT user friendly?
I don't want to re-learn how to do macros, addons, systems, etc. Is it so similar that I should be able to jump right in? I don't mind learning a new system but if I push and it types B... well I need to buy a new keyboard... but you get my drift I hope.
3. Is RIFT fun?
Not just... wow this game rocks. Do quests feel rewarding? Is the general flow of quest to instance to PvP to rift seem forced or is there a level of feasibility in the system?
4. Is RIFT WoW?
Perhaps the opposite of question 2 is that as much as I don't want a complicated interface shift, I also don't want to play WoW meets a dark side.
5. How polished is Rift?
I've heard combat comes off a bit clunky... this is a big issue for me.
Anything additional... maybe some perspective from people who are currently playing Rift in a similar situation as I am?
Thanks in advance!
Edited, Mar 15th 2011 2:05pm by Bloodray