Time to update you all with where I’m at in Rift. Unfortunately, things have not been going too well. The questing remains boring and most of the game is derived from the WoW model. As I said in my original impressions of Rift, it’s just like WoW for those who don’t want to play WoW. I had hopes that the PvP would be an endgame interest for me and that the game would develop a bit more, but I am disheartened to have to report to you the bad news.
The PvP in open-world is awful — or more accurately, non-existent. I’d like to make it clear to anyone still wondering that there is zero purpose to open-world PvP. I was a little deceived by the wardstone system thinking it was something when it really isn’t. The only this to do is gank. Will this change? Don’t know.
Warfronts (scenarios, battlegrounds) are where I spend almost all of my time. I’ve leveled a character from 10-22 in Warfronts and my Warrior did most of 30-41 in Warfronts. The problem is the balance. There are some classes, including the one that -I- play, that are broken. A handful of specs are so vastly superior to the rest that it becomes pointless to play the others.
The second big issue is CC (Crowd control). It’s overkill. I’m all for CC in PvP — I played DAOC. However, unable to do anything at all and sit there completely disabled for over half of the entire warfront is not fun. There are no diminishing returns so you can be continually CC’d forever.
PvP is also a warfront grind for gear. When you hit 50 you stop getting exp in warfronts but start gaining “PvP Exp” which ranks you up in PvP. You also grind for Favor to buy PvP gear (which makes a huge difference since it has a resilience-like stat). The grind itself is not bad, since DAOC was about ranking up and I loved that, but doing it mostly for gear instead of mostly for abilities and doing it solely in Warfronts (because open-world is useless) is a system akin to Warhammer Online.
Topics on the official Rift forums:
PvP = just one long stun…
Instanced, Ladder based PvP is the only “real” PvP.
Mass exodus of defiants for guardians . Pvp getting worst every day.
Rift PvP – A joke, missing fundamental ideas and design…
Open Letter to Trion: Your business plan will fail.
World pvp going to die? Battlegrounds are killing world pvp.
PvP is pointless until Warriors are fixed. (Level 50)
The best ones were deleted. You can rebuttal that this type of stuff is on every forum, but usually it’s just complaining instead of being a mass realization of the truth.
The question that matters: So what?
Rift, even with the PvP issues, remains the game like WoW to play if you don’t want to play WoW. Balance issues get fixed overtime. Open-world PvP can be implemented. It can be done before the mass-exodus happens. Will it happen?