Anyone picking up this new MMO? Seems interesting from the videos and articles on various websites. You choose between two factions, Guardians or Defiants. It?s your typical fantasy setting MMO with warrior, mage, cleric, and rogue class which the game terms ?callings?. Each calling then has about 8 ?souls? (advanced classes). But one thing that sets it apart from other MMOs is the ability to combine different souls together. Most reminiscent of how in FFXI, you can pick a main job but also pick a sub job where you would gain some added bonuses based on which sub job you picked to synergize with your main job. In Rift, you?re able to combine several souls together however you?d like; spread your skill points evenly between two or three souls or focus on a single soul or any combination of both.
Rift is set to release March 1 and is still in closed beta. But if you pre-order the game, you?ll be automatically invited to the closed beta events. I believe the next beta event starts February 4 and ends February 7. Another beta event is scheduled before the game?s release in March. I?ve got that MMO itch and DC Universe Online didn?t cut it for me so I went and pre-ordered the digital collector?s edition on Steam. I missed the recent beta 5 event so I?m definitely looking forward to this week?s beta 6 event. Rumors are that the game/beta is very polished and well done so far.
I know several other SRK?ers were in the past Rift beta events. Hopefully odin and Shaeknbaek can fill us in on the bad stuff about the game. The videos I linked at the bottom already go over the good stuff (especially gameplay #3).
Game details (from Steam):
? Full-Featured: Guilds, dungeons, raids, auctions, crafting, a vibrant economy, Player vs. Player combat, and more!
? Deeper Gameplay: New features like Guild Quests and Artifact Collections enhance your gaming experience by giving you earned achievements that matter.
? Highly Accessible HD Graphics: Play a game that has stunning visuals on virtually any computer, even if your PC isn?t state-of-the-art.
? World as Your Adversary: Extra-planar creatures surge into the world from rifts, turning bastions of safety into frenzied battlefields. Defeat these monsters and earn unique rewards, or use them to your advantage by forcing enemies to engage them. Your choices impact others!
? 8 Primal Forces: Creatures from the Air, Earth, Fire, Water, Life, and Death planes battle for control of the world of Telara! Two warring factions?the Guardians and the Defiant?face off against each other and fight creatures from the planes as they seek to save the world.
? PvP Combat: Battle others in exhilarating Player vs. Player combat! Earn PvP ranks, titles, loot, and unique souls to further enhance your character. Head to cross-server Warfronts and fight others in world PvP.
? Build Your Class: No other game lets you build your class the way RIFT does. Specialize in a single class or pick and choose abilities from many to create a character uniquely suited to your play style?and have fun while you experiment!
? Choose Your Role: Each character can have up to four different roles, so you can choosedifferent classes for every situation! You might have one for PvP and another for raids; or perhaps you want a high-damage or high-defense build. The choice is yours to mix and match as you see fit!
Official website: RIFT - Home
Skill builder: Soul Tree Calculator :: Rift: Planes of Telara :: ZAM
Explanation of classes/souls/roles: [media=youtube]T2E0val9Qxw[/media]
This guy?s commentary is nicely detailed but he?s a bit too enthusiastic about the game imo?
Gameplay #1: [media=youtube]pbulo8IusIc[/media]
Gameplay #2: [media=youtube]HT7Po6aGUzk[/media]
Gameplay #3(game details): [media=youtube]6HdzDsKwg44[/media]
*Update: Open Beta starts this Tuesday Feb 15th.