I started gaming with FFXI. I raised a purple (yes, no one believes it tho) chocobo but couldn't afford the whistle to ride it so I quit and never looked back. Wish Square Enix had asked their fans what they wanted changed instead of going all ape for better graphics. I wanted to see manthras!
Ok well in the entire history of FFXI nobody ever reported raising a purple chocobo... so yeah, you didn't either
Also the whistle costs 20k gil which is ridiculously easy to make
I've played everything mmo there is. RIFT feels most like EQII. It copied a few WoW mobs but I don't personally see anything else in this game that reminds me of WoW.
How about the entire interface and basic keymapping layout?
Dungeons are awful unless you roll tank or healer. No dungeon finder. Being rogue I'm not wanted in parties.
DPS rogues are fine in dungeons, but seriously... you can tank, and you can be a bard, and bards are awesome in every kind of group there is
Overall, I'm very happy with this game and it was worth it to me to spend the $$$ on. And I'm not wealthy. But I am keeping my eyes peeled for the next best thing to come out (because I do not think Trion is coming out with an expansion any time soon and I'm only leveling one char to 50).
I'm glad you like the game, but if you don't have a lot of disposable income maybe you shouldn't be so eager to abandon Rift for the "next big thing." I'd honestly be really concerned if Trion was announcing an expansion this soon (game's been out about 6 weeks now?). There's plenty to do at endgame even with just one level 50 character.
Your credibility needs work