There was none among the myriads of men that existed who would pity or assist me…

I don’t get why everybody calls Rift a “WoW clone”. A clone means that it’s… well, exactly the same! Only a copy. So if it’s a clone, then explain to me, please, why there are so many different features in the game that WoW doesn’t have?

I prefer calling it something like “Frankenstein’s monster”. It’s taken bits and pieces from different games and put it all together and we can now see how it breathes and functions. I’m also very happy to see the invasions from Tabula Rasa work in a different game. It feels similar to Warhammer’s public quests (especially the concept of ‘public groups’ and how the loot is distributed) but it reminds me more of the aliens invading your quest hubs and taking over those places when you weren’t there to help defend the places. Ever since it closed down, I said that I’d love to see that concept in another MMO and here we are now. :) Even though I was annoyed that I had to hop off the street yesterday just in time to avoid being slaughtered by level 18 mobs (with my measly level 10) it gives everything a feeling of uncertainty and risk which is great (I imagine that to be even better when you’re on a PvP server).

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The race to max level…

Apparently, Rift has had the first level 50s on February 26 and 27. 50 is the current maximum level. I do wonder if that isn’t a bit too fast. What’s the low level content for then? Just to rush through it and arrive at max level within a matter of time? I remember that it took me 6 months to get my first character to level 60 in LotRO (I’m not a fast leveller, obviously) and while I’m always impatient especially with my first character in a game, I also want to enjoy the levelling process.

I do hope Trion was prepared for that (although they should have been, seeing how people also levelled really fast during the closed beta) and have some nice endcontent. Because so far, I’ve only heard about raids at endgame content and that could be a bit boring in the long run (yes, I’m comparing it to WoW in my mind right now because it seems that most of what they add to the game is higher levels and more raids but no real horizontal additions).

Oh well, I will enjoy the game anyway, I think. I’ve already enjoyed Aion and never reached a high level there. I’ve also been enjoying WoW before I cancelled my account again without ever setting foot into a single raid in Northrend or Cataclysm (and I’ve only been to one (heroic) instance in Cataclysm). Instead, I usually do stuff others consider boring like running around the areas looking at everything (I love being able to climb on mountains and few the scenery from there!). So, as long as there’s a niche, I’m going to find it and make myself comfortable there (preferrably a niche consisting of scenarios/battlegrounds/warfronts ^^).

Speaking of scenery, I love some of the little things going on in the “background” of the game. Here’s a healer telling a fighter that he’s gonna make it. Yay! :)

Meanwhile, I’m still not sure whether to play a cleric or a warrior…

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I’m currently studying for my final exams. After that, I’ll finally be done with university. Until then, however, I am not able to play much which on the one hand is sad and on the other, isn’t. I’ve always loved studying, so I don’t mind it much. It’s actually fun and I don’t feel like I’m wasting any time.

Now, if it weren’t for those finals, I would have preordered Rift. As it is, I won’t buy the game. I’ll be done in the middle of April and we’ll see where Rift is until then. I do hope it does well, so I can jump into it then.

In the meantime, when I do get a break from studying in the evenings, I usually just watch some TV or play a few easy games (Facebook is perfect for that but I also love getting into the old-school “Cultures”. I also recently bought the Settlers 5 which, oddly enough, works on Windows 7 – as do Settlers 2 in the new version and Settlers 4 with a few bugs. Settlers 6 doesn’t work at all).

Anyway. Thanks to games without monthly fees, I get to play a few MMOs here and there. Most of all, Guild Wars, LotRO and Rift (while it’s still in beta, of course!). And while I can’t play much, I’ll at least enjoy the pretty scenery they give me. I’m always in awe with what game artists come up. I did spent quite some time back in World of Warcraft travelling around the Barrens, climbing up mountains (that was before you could get a mount with level 20 already and could fly through the old world!), just to have a look at my surroundings. I don’t need any high-end graphics. I just want to see something “fitting”. So, here are some of my favourite screenshots from Rift (I haven’t seen that much yet, of course ^^), Guild Wars and LotRO:

 

Guild Wars (Nightfall for the first two pictures, the third one is from Factions):

 

LotRO (Rivendell by night, some place in Enedwaith and some place in the Shire with my warden in her new rosé clothes on her sparkly pony ;) ):

 

Last but not least, Rift (Defiant starting area, the second picture is in their capital city – and a good argument for why I think it’s silly to say that Rift shouldn’t include guns and only have bows! O.O, the third one showing my Eth chloromancer)

 

Rift’s open beta is starting in just a few hours. If I hurry with studying and get everything done today that I wanted to get done, I will treat myself to one or two hours of gaming. But first, let’s see how they’ll deal with having an open beta and if we can even log on tonight or if there’s pure chaos when thousands of people want to log on at the same time! ^^