WWI: Rift

I'm skipping the standard format this week to talk a bit about Rift. Skip down to the text below for my summary of the game, and less about me.

I'm traditionally not a fan of MMO's. In fact I am the opposite of a fan - I generally hate them. Fundamentally MMO's are about social interaction, with many people who you don't know and who have the strength of the anonymity of the internet, and let's be frank, may in fact be playing an MMO because they have trouble with actual IRL social interaction.

Can you tell I've had my loot needed by an off-class pick-up "for my alt that really needs it"?

Now before I lose all the non-players with the heavy jargon (and my god is there a lot of it. It's like a highly specialized job you pay to play.) I just want to say a few things.

Rift is Fun. It is about Fun.

Now it's an MMO - that hasn't changed, you run around and do quests. Also, it's new, so "The Very Next Patch (TM)" could magically suck all the fun out of the game. It's not something magically different; if you're not a fan of MMO's, you won't suddenly have Rift change your mind.

But it is genuinely fun to play.

Why is this? It does many of the same things that a lot of old school blogs recommend. It awesomes up the players. It doesn't require a bunch of effort to start having fun. There are things going on all the time, and you can fail at them. It rewards skillful play, but doesn't over-punish mistakes, and yet there are consequences for your choices.

Traditionally players "have to" do certain things to make in game content work. Rift provides many ways around that. The soul system and the fact that you can have five roles allow you to play whatever you want. You can just take stuff that is cool and looks fun and you will do just fine throughout the content. If by some chance you do need a focused build for a certain area, you can just switch roles and switch back when you're done.

Also, the fact that crap is always going on (BLAM! RIFT, OH GOD RIFT INVASION ETC.) is like playing whack-a-mole while finishing quests. You often are just going to finish something up and get sidetracked for 3 hours because you're having a good time.

And really, isn't that the point of play? To have a good time?

Now I'm not going to play it forever because I like to play a lot of different games, but right now, it's available to try for free. I've purchased the game, but I still have time on my free play.

If you'd like to try the game out for free, here's the link! What's awesome about this, is if you do this trial it will link our accounts, and we can even play together. Now maybe that's too close to your favorite blog writer, and if so, I'll be sure not to bother you. However, it could be cool.

I'm Defiant on Fayblight
and Guardian on Nyx

Just send an e-mail to the address in my profile and I'll friend you in game.

Though with free server transfers (another way Trion is trying to commit to fun being a priority) if you don't like it there, you can switch later if you like.

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