13 Days and Counting…
Now, I’m not saying that RIFT sucks in any way… to the contrary, it’s a good, if not GREAT game (hell, even Syncaine likes it…)
… BUT, it’s not really “grabbing” me in the way I was hoping that it would. And I’m not the only one (he isn’t called the “MMO Tourist” for nothing folks!). Pit’s expressed a few valid criticisms of the game which I think are spot on, albeit in some comments on a few blogs and not necessarily on his own blog yet.
As everyone will tell you, it’s been a class A operation from the onset. Trion did a great job of avoiding a lot of what ails most modern MMO’s these days and pulled off what, to me, could possibly be the smoothest, most problem free launches of all time!
So why isn’t RIFT “grabbing” me? I mean, what’s not to like? The graphics are nothing short of beautiful, the soul tree system along with the ease of changing roles on the fly is pure genius, the game actually delivers a challenge, even at the lower levels and the PvP, while not perfect, is actually “fun” and engaging… sure it’s not “revolutionary”, or anything like that, but do we really want that anyway?
Still, given all those positives.. I’m just not that into it. I can’t put my finger on why that is but it’s sort of got me thinking that maybe, just maybe… the whole Fantasy genre MMO is finally wearing thin on me. I’m hoping that it’s just the Fantasy genre and not the entire MMO scene. I don’t think I’ll ever quit playing MMO’s or anything that drastic, but I sure as hell hope that one will come along soon which will grab and hold my attention for more than a few weeks/months.
I guess I’m longing for a “true” MMO home, and sadly, RIFT isn’t it. I say sadly, because I was really hoping that I would like it so much that I’d be torn on the day SW:TOR launches. As it stands, I’d drop RIFT in an instant and never look back.
RIFT is more like a nice beach front condo; great place to visit and all – just wouldn’t want to live there. I hope SW:TOR delivers a more “homey” feeling for me. If not, it may be time to hang up the old MMO boots and look for something else to fill my time with.