Days 2 and 3 went pretty well in Rift.Â Graev and I managed to get on early enough to avoid queues that were too long and stayed on until we were content with not trying to get back on.Â Â I took a few screenshots using Steam’s new integrated screenshot manager (which totally rocks) and uploaded them to my online screenshot gallery.
I can say with a comfortable amount of certainty that I am enjoying myself.Â We’ve only played in the very first zone, closing in on 20 quickly, and already feel like we’ve seen a lot.Â We did the first Guardian dungeon, Realm of the Fae, which was good.Â I liked the atmospheric effects more than anything else (See the whiteout screenshots in the gallery). Getting souls has proven extremely easy.Â I have almost every warrior soul because it only takes doing a single rift to unlock each one — it’s changing (read: being nerfed) in a patch coming soon according to the rumors.
My biggest complaints right now are with combat.Â For some reason I can’t shake the feeling that it’s a bit clunky.Â It might be the global cooldown (GCD) but it feels a little disconnected right now and I don’t know why.Â Feels like I’m already trying to ‘push’ my way to using abilities.Â I bet I’m not alone in feeling that way, so back me up if you feel the same.Â It lacks the fluid use of abilities and feels just… uncomfortable. A lot like WAR actually.
I’m actually, as odd as it sounds, having a lot of fun with the crafting.Â I have no idea about how it plays out in the end, whether it’s just a waste of time or remains competitive for gear, but regardless for some reason I’m loving getting the materials and making gear I actually use.Â It’s no Vanguard crafting system, but it’s fun to me.Â I’ve made myself full sets of armor for tin and copper and now I’m working towards iron gear.Â Being able to gear myself up, in a system that is -not- a grind, is cool.Â I’m also able to give everything I make and don’t use to Graev so he can raise his Runecrafting.Â (I’m Armorsmith/Weaponsmith)
Rifts remain decently fun, distracting, and at times in the way.Â I both love the fact that they’re always popping up and posing a threat and hating it.Â I’m loving it because I feel that the only reason they’re worth anything at all is that they’re not easily done.Â I’m hating it because they’re pretty much the same every time and after you do them a few dozen times it gets a bit old.Â Maybe I’m just ready to move on to the next area and see some diversity.
It’ll be really telling for me how the next big zone goes.Â I’ll keep you guys updated.