Posted 30 December 2010 - 17:47
Eh, i don't think i can play it long term. I hate to say it, but after playing WoW i just expect certain things of MMOs and, well, this does not have them.
Extremely stable game, best beta i've seen.
Story is more interesting than most MMOs
UI is pretty good
Many classes feel the same
Does not feel "unique", while playing all i could think was "i can play a game like this, but better, if i log onto WoW"
Graphics do not have a strong art style = will not hold up over time
Races are not very unique - on the bad side you have a human, a evil elf and a big human. On the good you have a human, an elf and a dwarf.
It pretty much outright tells you what class combinations are good, thus you will end up seeing many archetypes.
Story, while better then most, is still nothing to write home about. Evil people invade world, two factions think it needs to be saved different ways.
everything i use looks the same. In WoW (hate to keep using it as an example, but the games are alike), if i cast storm strike on my shammy it's apparent, if i use __ heal or __ ability i can tell, as it has a prominent and easy to spot graphic. On my Reaver (the death knights of Rift) all of my abilities were pretty much the exact same thing. I have 2 diseases, then 5 moves that just hit for damage. It literally just became me pressing whatever i wanted because they were just all clones with slightly changed damage. I'm usually not a fan of melee classes, though, so i'll try making a caster on the other faction and see how it is.
Overall: I don't see this game being more than just another face in the crowd. It tries to be a combination of different MMOs which might work if it came from an established franchise in gaming, but since it's a new IP with a new backstory (that is fairly boring) it does not have much going for it.
What i see the problem as is that, yeah it's a good MMO compared to the ones that have come out recently. But it's still a MMO, and it needs to compete with juggernauts. To even have a chance of taking population from things like LoTRO, WoW and such you need to make a splash and have something going for you that the others don't have. This game is a mash up of various MMOs, but it's still not.. "revolutionary", it does the things it wants to well, but it has nothing to draw me away from games with more content, players and budgets.