Yes, I have been playing Rift for the past 30 days. My account was set to expire this morning. The climax of the River of Souls event was to be the make or break for me to re-subscribe or to let my account lapse. So let me take a few moments and discuss the event as a whole.
Phase One: The Joke
The first phase of this event was pretty much a ridiculous excuse to add another set of currency and daily quests. Sure, this has pretty much become a staple for MMO events, thanks much to World of Warcraft’s handling of most of their world events. However, the major difference here is that in WoW or FFXI or even Warhammer we were given a number of activities ranging from completing a few dailies, killing some newly spawned event only monsters, to completing some random task such as collecting easter eggs, spelling our name with letters or just plain going into a dungeon and defeating a special event only encounter.
With Rift, we were relegated to participating in content that was “new” yet it was still the same old thing. During phase 1 of the encounter we were given several new Rift types. While in and of themselves they were interesting, but they got old fast. The real meat of the phase was already the basic routine of playing the game. What we got was a zone that normally received invasions of Water and Life, we got some Death invasions mixed in. In the zones such as Stillmoor, Gloamwood and Scarwood Reach where death invasions were already the norm, we got nothing but the status quo. Read the rest of this entry ?