That’s pretty much where I’m at in RIFT’s Goboro Reef and why I haven’t talked about this game in a while. Somewhere along the way, the unrelenting pink-and-purple landscape got to me, the quests took too long to do, and my progression’s slowed to a crawl. I’ve had many days where I only log in to do dailies and then zip back out of there lest I be reminded of my incarceration.
So why has this happened? The story is actually not half bad, especially with the amusing and somewhat terrifying story of Finric and his alternate realities. And then there’s the above winged lady who’s leading a burning invasion into the place, because that’s what you do when you see a waterworld: You try to burn it up. Makes sense.
If not the story, then what? First, I am not a fan of this landscape. Oh, the “former wet reef is now exposed to the dry air” was a neat twist, but now that I’ve had to weave my way through the valleys and crags for days on end, I’ve grown weary of it and missing the early portion when I could swim over and under it all. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I wish that there was more underwater adventures in this zone, not less.
Second, my build just isn’t working any more. I thought that once I geared up with new Nightmare Tide quest rewards that my relative DPS output would get back to where it was with Storm Legion, but nope, it’s far weaker than it’s ever been. Standard mobs have a much higher health pool then before and I’m going through too many rotations trying to burn them down. I’ve even found myself dying to stupid stuff that shouldn’t have even touched me before.
I know that sounds like whining, and I guess it is, but there’s a combat sweet spot between things being too easy and too hard or aggrivating. I feel like I’ve wandered into the latter territory and it’s not made for fun fights.
So I might be abandoning my trusty Bladedancer build. I’m going back to a Saboteur/Ranger setup to have a pet take the damage while I build up charges and get some heavy DoTs ticking down. It works, although it too is much slower to kill than what I’ve seen in the past.
Really, I just want to be done with this area and experience something new. I not only have two more Nightmare Tide zones after this, but I think they’re adding a fourth area this week with 3.1. Gotta get a move on, little doggy!