Generic Quote that gets thrown around far too often around here:
"and Rift is nothing more than a WoW clone with a small gimmick with the rifts"
I don't understand why Hyundai and KIA are still making automobiles. They are obvious Honda Clones. I mean they all have the same exact equipment. They all drive the same direction! They all get you from point A to point B. Tires, Engine, Exhaust, Bumbers, Headlights, steering wheel, navigation, OMG!
We need to speak with our wallets and only buy Hondas. All these honda clones need to die.
I swear, I can literally hear the "whooooosh" sound when I read some of these (apparently serious) statements from people.
I'm so sick of people calling Rift a Wow-clone with a gimmick. The damn game is nothing like WoW. It shares some of the same systems, as do all MMORPGs, but if you are any good at specing a character in Rift, you certainly have no doubt what game you are playing. And it's not WoW. Rift, and some other MMOs that get ignorantly branded as clones are their own game. Completely.
This isn't a personal attack in any way. It's an attempt to bring a little perspective to our little group here. To no one in particular, just in general. Get some perspective. Hell, play Rift and some other MMOs, utilizing their unique character building tools, go out and help drive the invasions back to their respective planes, and tell me you felt like you were playing WoW.
Sore subject for me. I know I just come off as a rabid fanboy.. I'm just tired of hearing the same incorrect quotes that are regurgitated over and over until they hardly resemble the original.
And FTR I'm speaking of Rift as it is today, post Expansion. The game is a beast with a huge world and dynamic, rewarding gameplay. You can manually adjust your level and take part in any level content you want to - and to top that off, you get rewarded with items and such that are your actual level. Anyone who knows Rift well knows what I'm talking about.
I believe there are very few people like that which frequent these forums though, sadly.
Having played Rift in Beta or a month or two after release doesn't count. I see people stating that all the time. It has done nothing but grow and expand since then. Every single Soul in every single Calling got revamped in preperation for the expansion. They actually managed to make it even better. They have successfully tweaked things so that All 4 callings can have any combination of 9 souls and function. Some combos are better, and min/max people find those sweet combos and run with it. That's neither here nor there. We're talking about 36 sixty-one point souls across 4 callings.
Tell you what, if WoW had several raids of people (Open Raid, joinable by anyone) out in the open world (not in a raid or dungeon instance) fighting back invaders pouring out from other planes of existance at all times of the day, you may be onto something. After of course you get Blizzard to copy the open and incredibly diverse character calling customization found in Rift due to it's soul system. Make all of that happen, and you may have a case.
But.. The problem with that? WoW would then be a Rift clone. Not the other way around.