Last week I shared my thoughts on the Rift F2P conversion slated to arrive in just three weeks. I wanted to jump in and revisit Rift before the change so that I can have up-to-date experience before commenting on how the F2P changes really impact the game.
The Rift team reached out to me to help get me back in and playing on my account. In a matter of minutes I had my Rogue created and I was slaying mobs in the familiar starting zone.
A lot has changed. Right from the start players get all of the souls and there are these paths players can choose which sort of templatize the experience for those looking for a hand in choosing souls and talents that will meet their playstyle. I quickly broke my training wheels and chose a Bard/Tactician combo with a third soul that is probably not going to get a single point. I haven’t looked up a single guide or walk-through, but looking at the talents I think this will be a great support class. Feel free to correct me if I’m entirely wrong.
To be quite honest, I hate these starting quests. I’ve done them each a dozen times having Alpha and Beta tested Rift. I haven’t experienced the second zone and on for the Defiant though, and just before I logged off I finished up Freemarch. Now I’m ready to continue into content I’ve never seen which is where the fun will start. Thankfully the rifts and bg’s were a great distraction.
Speaking of battlegrounds (or whatever they are called), my healing topped the charts every time. I was even 4x the healing of other healers carrying my team to victory. I love being a lowbie healer.
I don’t have a ton to share right now other than my opinion that Rift has gained quite a bit of polish over the years. Rift has this simple elegance about it that makes it feel more MMO than SWTOR — I recently tried SWTOR as well. I’m also liking how Trion has made playing with people easier. Instant adventures, public groups, and several tools to get people matched with others. I haven’t had a single moment where I felt alone.
More to come as I, hopefully, make my way through the lower levels. I’d love to see some of the content Elrar showed me during my personal tour with him just before Storm Legion launched. The great thing about going back to play a themepark MMO several years later is that usually the devs have gone out of their way to make it accessible and easy to enjoy.