Played Rift beta up to level 10, and I can honestly say that it's a complete clone of WoW, with updated graphics. =/
I plan to play RIFT. I've been testing it for quite some time now. I'm not sure if I'll keep WoW'ing. I really hate pugging heroics and I refuse to pug raids with the state the game is in. Too many alts later, I find myself in limbo again, like I was the last year of Lich King. I doubt I'll ever stop WoW'ing for good. But thankfully my account will always be there waiting for me.
The folks that have whined about RIFT borrowing from other MMO's have to be young to the MMO market (not in age mind you, I don't play the trollolololo). There's a great chance that WoW was their first MMORPG, or at least the first investment of time into one. We said WoW ripped off others back then, and again with TBC and Achievements. Now, years later... I see it happening to RIFT by people who mistake themselves as game developers, or industry professionals. You're not devs guys. Game developers keep their damn mouths shut online, for good reason.
I like the class option choices. I get a vague feeling of "this just plays right" when I've played a Mage, or a Fighter. I haven't dug too deep into cleric or rogue. No game, including WoW has hit me the way Rift has. I don't expect the game to succeed how fans predict. I expect it to show the market that you can make a game polished like WoW, that will attract players who don't like WoW.
TLDR: They're games guys. They're games that offer us as gamers a choice of what to play. And best of all... NO ONE is forced to play any of them. Hating on a game is like hating pizza. It just makes you a sad, sad person.
I am going to play rift and still gonna keep my wow accounts active because I enjoy both games. That being said, rift is new yet it retains things like user interface and feel of what I have come to be use to in wow. That is good for me. It uses a not unlike wow questing and lvling system which again is different but like wow enough to make for a smooth transition and learning process.
I have been in the last 2 betas and am enjoying one at the moment, yet I am still raiding in wow (bout all there is to do and only a few nights a week) and will probably continue to do so. I say if you like wow and would like to try something new rift is pretty cool. The rifts spice up the lvling process which I liked a lot.
This is beta so the instances I have been in so far being meh at best I hope will change but again we will see at release. Hell give it a try, most anyone can get into beta and if you find it is not for you give it up, nothing lost. The hater threads are getting retarded.
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Question to those who say Rift isn't original: Was WoW original when it came out? If I remember correctly Blizzard just took other ideas and made it to something new. And I think that is what Trion Worlds is trying with Rift.
Not playing WoW anymore as I'm bored and tried out Rift despite the info, screenshots and videos not looking so great, just to give it a fair chance. It's mediocre at best. The quests are all boring. The first half hour or so of the starting area is the only part that seems to have a story, after that it's all boring unrelated kill x number of this, gather that, etc quests. While there seems to be alot of variation and customisation with the possible talent tree combinations, there are alot of very samey talents and skills. The combat is slow paced and boring, with very clunky animations. Rifts are interesting at first, but it gets old fast as they're all pretty much the same. The world is empty and uninteresting, even with rifts appearing now and then to spice it up a little. Came across some huge bugs in this current beta, the worst of which left me stuck floating in mid air, unable to move, teleport, logout or exit the game. The graphics and the engine itself are awful and the only things that look remotely presentable are the models of the playable races.
Basically, this is another overhyped MMO that people are getting overexcited for as they are desperately trying to escape WoW. The new MMO smell wears off quickly when you realise it's exactly the same as WoW, just nowhere near as refined (yes yes, WoW isn't that refined, Rift is just worse). I advise anyone slightly curious to get into the beta before it ships so you can decide for yourself if you want to give it shot. I personally will be waiting for Guild Wars 2 which is actually trying to do something different that the standard MMO formula.
Remember Aion? Lineage II? AoC? WAR?
Oh yeah...all "WoW killers"...
Anyways, new MMO shouldn't aim to be WoW. Even if it succeeds to be WoW, people have already played that game for years. Theres gotta be something new, something you can't compare between (apart from "mm I enjoy this lore").
Grafix is double-edged thing, as someone already mentioned lower requirements allow bigger playerbase. Althou I don't mind gfx updates (dota -> hon was job well done, for example), those shouldn't be only good thing in MMO.
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Started playin rift and loved it.... got to lvl 13 and loved it even more cause that's when u get ur other souls and u can mix and match like crazy! I love rift and wow for diff reasons but I lovee rift more for the fact that its new and new shit is always nice =)
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I will say that it is better than WoW, but I will still not play it because of the same tired questing system thats been used since the 90s. I leveled to 23 and tanked a few dungeons, and really didn't enjoy it much at all, but at least some of the minor improvements made me enjoy it better than the current WoW.