Over the weekend I ended up getting totally absorbed in the Rift beta. By the time I logged off last night (way too late by the way) I couldn’t believe how much I was actually enjoying playing the game.
Oh and I was actually enjoying playing a HEALING class! To me that’s pretty much unheard of in games.
Usually healing classes die faster than a bug on a windshield and do roughly the same amount of damage.
Not so in Rift. Here the Clerics get to wear chain, swing a mighty hammer and get to act more like a tank than a heal-bot, depending on your Soul combo. I was actually enjoying going from solo play to group play on a whim and I never felt like I had to worry about how my character would perform.
In solo situations I just ground out mobs and usually ended up taking on a group of mobs at any one time. In group situations I threw heals when necessary, but otherwise I tried to do what damage I could or just let stuff hit me while everyone else pounded on the rift creatures.
Sadly I couldn’t do a lot of damage, but my Cleric combination mostly just wears down mobs by outlasting them in a fight. Not the quickest way to kill things, but it lets me solo situations where I have several mobs on me at once. Usually as a healer type as soon as I saw more than one mob coming for me I prepared to kiss my butt good-by.
I am totally a Rift junkie. Not just the game I mean the rifts and other spontaneous activities that pop up as you play. The Rifts really take the grind off of the leveling. It also gives you an opportunity to improve your stats. That of course is pretty much an entire post in and of it’s self.
There’s a lot more to rift that I haven’t seen yet and I’m looking forward to the next beta stage on the 15th. I want to pre-order, but before I spend a wad of cash I want to make sure that it’s something I really enjoy. I got totally lost in it over the weekend but I really only saw the lower levels. Though granted, a game that makes the lower levels fun and interesting to play shows some definite promise for the rest of the game.