Ideally we should have had Dendrome about 1-1.5 months ago, which added many avenues of rep progression for both major factions on top of possibly adding a new faction and new style of gameplay. That could have probably coasted at least 6 months.
I think a big part of the problem heck probably the root of the problem is they let go of a ton of people. They are trying to do things now I think with a fraction of the team they had last year. So we do have to remember that and realize that sadly our expectations will probably have to lower to be realistic. However yeah I agree the carnival sucked and there is no excuse for how bad it was. At the very least when they hotfixed the amount of tickets each game gave they could have increased the amount more then they did. I also agree some sort of statement should have been issued about the layoffs and people leaving.
I doubt it will be 6 monthes before 2.3 or are you saying 6 months after 2.3 before we get any new content? I think 2.3 will come in the next couple of months. Like I said before they really need to start talking about it more. Get some excitement going! I know I got excited with one of the interviews lately when we first heard of strongholds and I know every little big of info about 2.3 gets me more excited. However the silence is not exciting and while I am not feeling as negative about the game as some of you clearly are I am not really excited about it anymore either.
As for going back to WoW. You know I have thought about that since my husband plays that but won't play Rift *yeah that sucks lol* But I couldn't even get to 90 before being bored out of my mind. And the leveling in WoW is WAY quicker then 50-60 in Rift right now. At end game I think I would have even less to look forward to then I do in Rift especially given that I am a solo player. Though to be fair Rift isn't the best game for a solo player that does no dungeons or raids either. WoW does seem to be finally stepping up their game however I think it is about time. I wish I could get into it again but I couldn't even last a couple weeks the last time. But to be honest its not like Rift is really exciting anymore either. Come on 2.3! *sighes*
Complaining about rep grinds in MoP versus Rift is like complaining that it's hot because it's 60 degrees outside to someone who lives inside a volcano.
Yes, it is 100 times worse than MoP considering that you don't have as many options, it takes way, way longer, and is much less fun in the process.
But once again to any new players here I would still encourage you all to give it a fair shot. Despite its problem I think over all its still a solid game. Many of us have just been playing for quite awhile and are just burned out and need more content. But for a new player there is still tons of content in this game. And who knows by the time you get to 60 maybe 2.3 will be out!
I will also say that compared to the beginning of SL things have improved. In the beginning there was no rep from dungeons no lesser runes I think daily quests might have given even less rep then they do now and I think there is one more thing I am forgetting. So it has improved they are trying they just need to add more variety to the content they do have. That brings up another potential concern of mine too. Adding new content like strongholds is great and all but they also still need to focus on improving what they already have. They have a good base it just needs more variety.
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Personally I enjoy both games for different reasons, though I won't be playing either of them for a while if I can help it. The bottom line is if you are a casual player, or your focus isn't end game raiding, or you raid through LFR, you are not going to like Rift at max level possibly at all. It provides little beyond raiding other than a never ending grind.
It's a shame too, because the design of the game is simply phenomenal. There's a strong chance that the Dendrome patch will rectify all of these problems, but we'll just have to wait and see.
I'm very happy with Rift and I've gotten my moneys worth of entertainment from it. (thanks Fencers for promoting the game, I was really in need of something)
But yeah, for us non-raiders there's not much to do after a while. Or rather, there's stuff to do but it gets repetitive and takes a pretty long time (even with the cross shard thingy). I'm personally mostly interested in getting decent gear and doing world events and some pvp, sometimes also solo old content.
3 upgrade stages for IS gear is a bit over the top imo, and lots of stuff are 'overpriced'.
I'm an altoholic and have all 4 callings at level 60.
Right now, I just don't feel like logging on any more. As Lathais said - it will be absolutely great for new players - the game has a lot of new, shiny things for them to do, but for people who can now see how much they re-use and market as "new content", they've completely dropped the ball.