Thanks to my VIP account, I was able to skip the queues all the peasants were in today, and I’m currently just under level 29. Population is a bit low in my area, but I guess that’s to be expected. Raiding the starter area was a hoot though, and I got some great rage tells from all the people I was one-shotting while they tried to turn in quests. Good times. Hoping to hit the level cap tomorrow and really cause some damage.
At least, I think that’s how EG would do a review based on random rumors and forum speculation…
In “how things actually play” land, I had a good time with Rift once I got in. Actually reading the quest text makes the questing more fun (who knew!?), and I’m liking the story so far. It seems more driven, as even though you are doing random collect this, kill that stuff, it’s all for one singular purpose (currently lvl 7). Performance seems to be better as well. On the new comp I’m getting 50ish FPS on Ultra with 4x AA at 1900×1200, while the old Alienware is pushing 45ish FPS on High at 1400×900. More than acceptable in both cases, and that was in some rather crowded areas. Game is very, very pretty on the new comp, with details all over the place and lighting effects going off left and right, all while not giving off that “neon themepark hell” vibe.
Hopefully tomorrow I get the 1 plat I need to officially start Inquisition, and we will see how far Aria and I get level-wise. Good start so far though.