You know that movie and TV convention where a character has something they have been looking forward to — a sandwich, a crossword puzzle, a nap, whatever — but every time they sit down to enjoy it, a distraction comes along and keeps them from it? That was yesterday for me and RIFT. Oh, how maddening it was to see the new expansion fully patched and loaded, only to be called away for grocery shopping… and a fussy baby… and a sick kid… and my own pesky need for sleep.
As a result, I’ve only had a half-hour or so to check it out, although my guildies have been raving about it. I rolled up the new Tactician soul, which is a kissing cousin to my Guild Wars 2 Engineer so much that I could close my eyes and pretend I was in either game. I also could pretend I was flying over Uganda, but that’s the power of imagination for you.
My second stop was acquiring my first Dimension and fiddling with the tools. This is something I have to devote a lot more time to evaluating, but I can say pretty confidently that this is one of the most intuitive and flexible player housing systems I’ve ever seen. It’s just a joy to work with, and the possibilities are endless. I’m going to try hard not to go broke right off the bat (I’m ashamed to say I don’t even have enough money for my level 50 mount yet), so I’m holding off from buying tons of housing materials for now. Instead, I headed off to one of the new continents, Dusken, to get that XP, moneys, loots, and whatever else is coming my way.
It’s definitely tricky to jump into a completely new soul at level 50 and try to make sense of all of the skills and talents, but I think I’m settling on a good rotation. So far, my Tactician/Bard/Blade Dancer is pretty tough and dishes out a lot of damage in return. The flamethrower is extremely welcome in crowded battles, and so far there have been several of those.
I’m also pleased to see that the art style for armor has jumped up a few notches. RIFT’s never had the best style in this department, but so far Storm Legion is looking to change my mind. It’s definitely unique, but also a lot sleeker and more visually appealing.
So we’ll see how it goes from here! With SWTOR’s F2P transition tomorrow and GW2′s Lost Shores on Friday, I really want to get in some good time with RIFT later today. That’s probably an invitation for even more distractions, like 13 dwarves barging in my house and demanding that I feed them dinner and then go on an adventure.