Gamers without Remorse
Being bored over the 4th of July, I decided to give Rift’s new PVP match “Conquest” a try. Having spent over a year playing Rift I’ve spent a good portion of my time doing PVP. Most of what Rift has to offer in PVP is fairly good. Lots of different maps and a few variants for a couple of them.
Conquest brings to the table 3 faction PVP. Something that players have been asking for in a game since Dark Age of Camelot. The match is set in Stillmoor and you pick one of 3 factions when you join. You are fighting alongside people from other Shards both both Defiant and Guardian.
Having only played two matches, I can’t go into the details of how to win, as I didn’t understand the mechanics of the match. I did feel kind of lost and just followed the Zerg around mindlessly capturing globe looking things, I can only assume to help gain points. My faction lost. Apparently this isn’t uncommon for this faction, which makes it sound like there may be some balance issues to work out on Trion’s part.
While I think it’s a nice attraction, and it seems to borrow a lot from WoW’s Wintergrasp and Tol Barad, in that matches happen on a timer. But the comparison for me ends there.
Picking a faction at the beginning of the match to me doesn’t feel right. Because our faction was losing so often, players will wait for the timer to open up the match and spam the winning faction, leaving everyone else to either wait in queue or get “stuck” with the bad faction.
All in all, I felt like it offered Rift players something new and interesting to play with complete with new currency (yet another currency). However, as someone who’s coming back to Rift just to try Conquest, I wasn’t completely impressed. After playing World vs. World in Guild Wars 2, this just felt small and and shoe-horned into the game. The factions didn’t seem to have any lore that felt like it fit in with the game and using an existing zone as a map really made it seem like Trion developed this quickly just to keep players interested in their game rather than play Guild Wars 2.
I’m certain that the bulk of the game’s Devs are working on Storm Legion, so new art and polish may be on hold for Rift until the Expansion comes out, I can only hope that they polish this up for the next version of their game and provide something that really does compete with GW2 in a meaningful way.
I’ve been leveling my warrior for a few days now, getting all the way up to 22 from Sat-Tues. The process has had me all over the place with specs and honestly I’ve had a varying degree of success between them. Most of my time is spent PVPing, so I’ll focus a little bit on that.
Currently I’m using the following spec: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0ckut.VAozq.V0z.M
I’m using Paragon for some of the added utility buffs and an extra reactive ability.
My strategy in Warfronts isn’t too complicated:
This is the basic order of things. In most cases, when DPSing a target down, I’ll do a variation of this order. But there are other tools that are exceptionally handy to have in this build.
Some other things I use here and there:
Later (when I get home from work) I’ll post some of my macros I’ve been playing around with that help with burst damage.
Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!
At the time of this writing, I play both WoW and Rift and enjoy them both quite a bit. I am in my first week in Rift, however, so it’s still quite the honeymoon period for me.
A lot of people are talking about Rift being the WoW killer (as was so many games before it). I don’t think that will be the case, as I think there’s enough of a market for both games to thrive. However, for Rift to be a continued success outside of it’s initial launch it will have to address some issues.
While Rift is not WoW, it has taken a lot of it’s design from WoW (and other games like WAR and EQ) but it is obvious that it’s initial design was largely based after early Wrath of the Lich King design or late Burning Crusades. Lack of a Flight Point Mechanic makes traveling from the Capitol City for your faction to where you are leveling very difficult. While you can teleport from zone to zone, most of the teleport hubs aren’t easy to find or aren’t available until later into the zone.
Additionally, there’s a lot of “go here, collect 12 of this item and return” quests, which WoW did a very good job making far less of in Cata.
There are other things that could make things easier in the game that likely wouldn’t be hard to implement, and I’m sure they’re working on things right now after the initial release.
Let me start with this: Rifts graphics are impressive and can run on a large number of system builds. However, there’s a noticeable lack of polish in some areas. The one place I notice this the most is jumping. It just looks funny. Almost like you jump into the air, float there a fraction of a second then are pushed downward onto the ground. Not a very natural animation.
PVP is one of the things in this game that really shines. The Warfronts are very fun and the utility in every class makes the game fun. However, there are some Callings that need some help and others that need to be nerfed a bit.
One last thing for PVP they need to fix is people AFKing. There’s people who are botting or just sitting at the spawn point not doing anything at all, raking in the XP. There’s no way to report them AFK right now, and it’s really throwing off balance.
WoW is a very polished game. The game looks and feels great even today. While the sprites are very cartoon-like, they still look very good. The look and feel of the game is very responsive and it’s easy to tell what’s going on and what you should and should not be doing just by paying attention. However, there’s some things that WoW could take from Rift and be better for it.
As I said before, I think there’s enough of a market for both to be successful. WoW may lose some of it’s 12 million subscribers, but is that really such a bad thing? I think that both games are rich and offer some unique qualities that should remain unique to their respective games, but there’s some general MMO lessons from both games that they could benefit from. If you haven’t tried Rift, I’d highly suggest it.