Episode 54 - RIFT: Warfronts (PVP)
Player vs. player combat in any MMO is a complicated system to balance for developers. Besides the various character classes, there is the meticulous, and crucial element of the board itself in which the combat takes place. In today's episode, Mike B gives us the run down on RIFT's own PvP battleground system: Warfronts.


138BFF Report - Ep 138 - PanzarPanzar is a free-to-play, team-based, third-person action game in the spirit of modern competitive multiplayer games.137BFF Report - Ep 137 - Shootmania StormShootMania the FPS “Powered By Players” ShootMania Storm is revolutionizing the multiplayer FPS by adding a community dimension and unlimited replayability. Developed by the Nadeo studio, renowned for community racing game, TrackMania, ShootMania Storm boasts quick-fire matches and epic battles, where only your talent will distinguish...136BFF Report - Ep 136 - DefianceJoin the futuristic online open-world shooter where thousands of players scour a transformed Earth competing for alien technology. Hunt alone or with others as you improve your skills and level up, unlocking powerful weapons that will help you survive the massive battles that await.135BFF Report - Ep 135 - BioShock InfiniteA first person shooter set in 1912 where players assume the role of former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt, sent to the flying city of Columbia on a rescue mission.134BFF Report - Ep 134 - Trials Evolution Gold (PC)Trials Evolution: Gold Edition marks the Trials franchise’s triumphant return to the PC gaming platform. RedLynx’s signature franchise, the Trials series first made its mark in gaming with the 2008 release of Trials 2 SE for the PC.133BFF Report - Ep 133 - Tomb RaiderTomb Raider explores the intense and gritty origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a young woman to a hardened survivor. Armed only with raw instincts and the ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, Lara must fight to unravel the dark history of a forgotten island to escape its relentless hold.132BFF Report - Ep 132 - Age of WushuMike B takes a look at the latest action sandbox MMORPG from Snail Games, Age of Wushu.131BFF Report - Ep 131 - Crysis 3Crysis 3! Use the enhanced Nanosuit to Assess, Adapt, and Attack every situation and experience tactical freedom.. or.. you know.. just use stealth and bow it up for 8 hours.130BFF Report - Ep 130 - Path of ExileAre we ready for yet another ARPG? Well, Path of Exile from Grinding Gear Games just went open beta and Mike B is here to give us the breakdown.129BFF Report - Ep 129 - Warframe BetaMike B jumps into closed beta for the space-ninja PVE shooter from Digital Extremes, Warframe.128BFF Report - Ep 128 - Top 5 Most Controversial Games of 2012Mike B wraps the Top 5 Most Controversial Games of 2012, did your favorite game make the list?127BFF Report - Ep 127 - Turtle Beach SpecialMike B showcases the Turtle Beach 2012 headset line.. just in time for Christmas!126BFF Report - Ep 126 - Planetside 2Mike B revisits Planetside 2 post-launch to review the current state of the game and to give us his thoughts on the game's cash shop.125BFF Report - Ep 125 - HawkenMike B takes a look at the fast paced Mech FPS, Hawken, in today's BFF Report.124BFF Report - Ep 124 - Natural Selection 2The highly anticipated indie title, Natural Selection 2, blends RTS and FPS in a way not seen in many franchises. Did it pull it off?123BFF Report - Ep 123 - Happy WarsMike B takes a look at the first free-to-play game released on the XBox Live Arcade in this week's BFF Report.122BFF Report - Ep 122 - Torchlight 2Today on the BFF Report, Mike B checks out the latest installment in the Torchlight series and shows you how modding done right can give a game endless replay value.121BFF Report - Ep 121 - RavagedMike B takes a look at the post apocalyptic shooter, Ravaged. Funded by Kickstarter and developed by indie studio 2 Dawn Games, Ravaged brings chaotic and skill based gameplay to the FPS genre.120BFF Report - Ep 120 - Planetside 2 Beta ImpressionsMike B gives us his initial impressions and brief general overview of some of the mechanics and functions of Planetside 2.119BFF Report - Ep 119 - Gunnar GlassesMike B takes a look at, or rather, through Gunnar's Technology Eyewear. Do they deliver on the hype that surrounds them?118BFF Report - Ep 118 - AirMechMike B takes a look at the latest RTS/MOBA/Action Shooter hybrid, AirMech, and tries to pinpoint why it's yet to take off.117BFF Report - Ep 117 - Bullet RunMike B takes a look at the latest free to play shooter from SOE, Bullet Run.116BFF Report - Ep 116 - The Secret World (Part 2)In the second and final part of his coverage of The Secret World, Mike B takes a look at PvP, missions, and the dangers of wild goose chases?115BFF Report - Ep 115 - The Secret WorldThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B gets a good look at the mysterious universe of Funcom's The Secret World.114BFF Report - Ep 114 - DrakensangThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the latest browser based free to play massively multiplayer online action role playing game from Bigpoint, Drakensang.113BFF Report - Ep 113 - Quantum ConundrumMike B takes a look at Quantum Conundrum, the latest from Portal creator, Kim Swift.112BFF Report - Ep 112 - SMITEHi-Rez is taking on the MOBA genre by fusing the familiar feel of a third person RPG and the gameplay functions of the action RTS. Mike B takes the challenge to see if this combination will work in today's BFF Report.111BFF Report - Ep 111 - KraterPer the fans request, Mike B takes a look at the post-apoc squad based action role playing dungeon crawler (PASBARPDC for short), Krater.110BFF Report - Ep 110 - ARMA 2: DayZ modThis week, Mike B takes a closer look at the hottest mod out for ARMA 2, DayZ.109BFF Report - Ep 109 - Portal 2 Community MapsMike B may be on vacation, but that doesn't mean work stops! Today's BFF Report is covering the latest addon to Portal 2 community which allows the players to create their own puzzles.. you know what? Just watch..108BFF Report - Ep 108 - Family Guy OnlineEvery so often an interesting case comes across the desk of Senior Vice Detective of Internal Operations and Current Affairs Echelon Spec 7 Mike B, and Family Guy Online certainly qualifies itself as a game that might just be hitting all the right points..107BFF Report - Ep 107 - Trials EvolutionThis week Mike B takes a look at the latest couch console commander title, Trials Evolution. With the undeniably insane track customization and irresistible replay value, is there any question that this game is worth the $15?106BFF Report - Ep 106 - TERA OnlineThe highly controversial game from Korea's Bluehole Studio has made it's way around the world courtesy of En Masse Entertainment and Frogster. Our own Mike B has spent the past few months in various betas collecting more information than he could squeeze into today's massive 25 minute BFF Report. Does TERA make the cut?105BFF Report - Ep 105 - Legend of GrimrockLegend of Grimrock is bringing back the funk with it's true-to-origin dungeon crawler design. For all the fans of Might and Magic, Eye of the Beholder and that one person who played Scarab of Ra, this game might be the throwback you were looking for.104BFF Report - Ep 104 - WoW MoP: Pandas, Pandas EverywhereThis week Mike B takes an extended look at some of what is in store for players with the next expansion for World of Warcraft, Mists of Pandaria.103BFF Report - Ep 103 - Modern Combat 3 (Mobile MW3)Gameloft, the creators of Order and Chaos (Mobile MMORPG), have set a pretty high bar with their entry into the mobile FPS market, Modern Combat 3. Mike B gives us a breakdown of the mechanics and features available in this impressive app.102BFF Report - Ep 102 - Realm of the Mad GodWith its recent Steam debut, Realm of the Mad God is making headway in the mainstream. Mike B takes a look through it see if its worth a click.101BFF Report - Ep 101 - Mass Effect 3 Co-opWe all knew that there would be a co-op system included in Mass Effect 3, but what we didn't know was the amount of depth and progression that was going to be included. Even Mass Effect franchise fan Mike B was a skeptic, as the game had always thrived on it's single player elements. So, this week on the BFF Report, our host will be covering several of the backend elements as well as the combat system changes that Bioware will be bringing us come the 6th.100BFF Report - Ep 100 - Guild Wars 2The NDA has dropped, the green flag goes up, and Mike B delivers with his 100th episode of the BFF Report! Today he gives us two shows worth of content on Arenanet's Guild Wars 2!99BFF Report - Ep 99 - RIFT Mobile App + Valentine's Day SpecialThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the new RIFT Mobile App and then hops in-game to marry some guy to support TRION's entry into the Guinness Book of World Records.98BFF Report - Ep 98 - Turtle Beach Earforce z6a HeadsetHaving never done a BFF Report on a piece of hardware, Mike B gives a BFF style review of the latest tech from Turtle Beach, the Earforce z6a headset.97BFF Report - Ep 97 - Kingdoms of Amalur: ReckoningThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a run through Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning.96BFF Report - Ep 96 - Trine 2This week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the latest puzzle/platformer from Frozenbyte, Trine 2.95BFF Report - Top 5 Most Controversial Games of 2011Mike B aka Fony wraps up 2011 with his list of the most controversial games of the year! You may be surprised to see who made the list and more importantly, why!94BFF Report - Ep 94 - RIP Lego UniverseFrom time to time Mike B will take a look at an older game in the MMO genre, but this week we have, what was previously, a shelved episode for the soon to be shelved game, Lego Universe.93BFF Report - Ep 93 - RIFT Holiday EventsThis week Mike B is tasked with exploring the Fae Yule holiday events in RIFT.92BFF Report - Ep 92 - Star Wars: The Old Republic (part 3)This week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a final look at Bioware's first MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic. The focus of this episode will be PvP and Warzones.91BFF Report - Ep 91 - Star Wars: The Old Republic (part 2)Mike B is back to continue his coverage of the upcoming MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic. This week, he focuses on flashpoints and reflects back on his thoughts on questing.90BFF Report - Ep 90 - Star Wars: The Old Republic (part 1)The most anticipated MMO of 2011 is finally here, and our own Mike B aka Fony is here to break down his adventures in beta for us.89BFF Report - Ep 89 - Tribes Ascend (Beta)This week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the latest from Hi-Rez, Tribes: Ascend. Yes, THAT Tribes.88BFF Report - Ep 88 - DOTA 2 PreviewThis week, Mike B takes a look at Valve's latest contribution to the MOBA market, DOTA 2.87Episode 87 - WoW 4.3 PreviewThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a brief look at some of the new features/dungeons coming in 4.3!86BFF Report - Ep 86 - Mists of John MaddenHours away from heading out to Blizzcon, Mike B takes a moment to speculate on the latest "leaks" regarding the next World of Warcraft expansion..85Episode 85 - Orcs Must Die!Orcs Must Die is the latest in a short line of action tower defense games, and Mike B is here to break it down in this week's BFF Report.84Episode 84 - Dark SoulsThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B gets a last minute assignment change to cover Dark Souls. He doesn't seem too stoked about it..83Episode 83 - League of Legends (Dominion)This week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at League of Legends and their latest game mode, Dominion.82Episode 82 - Diablo 3 BetaMike B has managed to get into the Diablo 3 beta and has put together a brief overview of some of the systems currently in place. He also discovers what he considers some rather curious design flaws involving the new stat/skill system and, in true BFF Report format, demonstrates them accordingly.81Episode 81 - Quick Guide to Minecraft 1.8With 1.8 dropping at the last second, Mike B drops everything to give us a quick guide to some of the many changes that went in. He also points out a few engine changes that could have adverse effects on some of you miners..80Episode 80 - Minecraft Inspired GamesThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the handful of available voxel-based sandbox, or "Minecraft inspired," titles currently available on the XBOX Indie Arcade.79Episode 79 - From DustIn this week's BFF Report, Mike B aka Fony takes a look at the Ubisoft's controversial release, From Dust.78Episode 78 - Gamescom 2011Gamescom 2011 is all the talk this week, and Mike B is going to breakdown some of highlights from the event thus far.77Episode 77 - Cthulhu Saves the WorldWhat is this 16bit throwback JRPG parody game doing in my stream? Well, according to Mike B, this is the hottest thing for less than a Big Gulp/corndog combo on the market right now..76Episode 76 - Rusty HeartsThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B checks out Rusty Hearts, a Beat'em Up MMORPG from Perfect World Entertainment.75Episode 75 - Dragon NestThis week Mike B gives a first impressions look at the latest MMO from Nexon.74Episode 74 - Age of Conan: UnchainedIn this week's BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the newest edition to the converted-to-F2P family, Age of Conan: Unchained.73Episode 73 - APB ReloadedThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes another look at the newly relaunched (beta) APB Reloaded.72Episode 72 - Team Fortress 2Team Fortress 2 is the latest F2P conversion in the Massively Multiplayer Online Hat Collection Game genre... I don't even think I need to finish this description after that, tbh.71Episode 71 - Duke Nukem ForeverThe reviews for DNF are rolling in and, for the most part, it's not good. Expecting a less than stellar release, Mike B gets his hands on the game to break down what exactly went wrong, what managed to work, and then shows us it's predecessor to draw comparisons.70Episode 70 - WoW 4.2: FirelandsThe 'big' 4.2 is right around the corner and Mike B aka Fony is here to provide us with a guide to some of the newest questlines and PvP changes.69Episode 69 - The Witcher 2In this week's BFF Report, our host breaks down the latest hack n' slash RPG, The Witcher 2. Attempting to keep the review of the M rated game as close to PG-13 as possible, he's able to give an in-depth assessment of the many unassuming assets associated with the carefully assembled assault of assorted assailants.68Episode 68 - L.A. NoireIn true BFFR fashion, Mike B steps into the latest release from Rockstar Games and pokes around the edges to see what makes this game 1940's open world adventure work, and what doesn't. (Mild) Spoilers incoming!67Episode 67 - Spiral KnightsSpiral Knights is a recently released java based hack n' slash/dungeon crawler. And while it wouldn't normally be something on Mike B's radar, you, the viewers sent in an overwhelming number of requests for an episode covering this latest installment from Three Rings and Sega.66Episode 66 - Order & Chaos (iPad MMO)Having recently rigged his iPad for outbound recording, Mike B jumps right into the latest MMORPG offerings from the mobile world, Order & Chaos. It has been mentioned by many forum-goers that this game feels 'inspired by' World of Warcraft, but do those observations have any merit? Watch and decide for yourself...65Episode 65 - RequiemIn today's episode of the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at a game that's been passed around more than.. well lets just say it has a mature rating and go from there.64Episode 64 - Portal 2The game that started off as a simple Half-Life 2 mod and earned its way to Game of the Year 2007 has just released it's follow up, Portal 2. In today's BFF Report, Mike B shows us some of the newest additions to the game, with focus primarily on the games biggest feature, co-op.63Episode 63 - Black ProphecyIn this episode of the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the latest F2P installment from Gamigo Games, Black Prophecy. The action MMORPG focuses focuses on space combat and little else, but does it have enough to maintain a solid footing against other contenders for the space MMO genre? ;62Episode 62 - Mass Effect 2: The ArrivalBioware's Mass Effect 2 has bestowed upon us it's final piece of DLC. "The Arrival" is said to be the bridge between this and the upcoming third installment in the franchise, Mass Effect 3. Is it a worthy cap to this award winning game? Let's find out...61Episode 61 - DarksporeMaxis has taken it's Spore brainstorming sketchbook and developed their co-op action-RPG title, Darkspore. At a glance it may feel like other titles currently on the market, is it though? Mike B brings us the full report... ;60Episode 60 - Gods and HeroesIt's not often you see a full blown Roman mythology based MMORPG, and Mike B seems to think that this is the angle Heatwave Interactive is going for. But, with the inclusion of old fiction and magic, wouldn't this go into the 'Fantasy MMO' bucket? With the game still in beta, Mike B dives in to see if G&H has what it takes to compete in today's crowded MMO market.59Episode 59 - EverquestIn the first special edition "classic" BFF Report, Mike B aka Fony takes us on a trip through the original Everquest. ;58Episode 58 - WoW - Zul'Gurub 2.0The first chunk of 4.1 is on the PTR and with it comes Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman. These two classic dungeons have been retooled for Cataclysm, and Fony has managed to check out the first of the two available for testing, ZG. Is this just another case of rehashing content to fill space? Watch and find out..57Episode 57 - Battlestar Galactica OnlineSeveral years ago, a guy with too much time on his hands successfully coded Quake to work within any Java enabled browser. Up to that point, the most impressive games "playable at work" ranged from N-Game to Farmville. Bigpoint is hoping to raise the bar even higher with their upcoming release, Battlestar Galactica Online. Did they pull it off?56Episode 56 - RIFT (Dungeon Guide)In the third installment of the BFF Report's coverage of Trion's debut title, Mike B gives us a walkthrough style first look at the first 3 dungeons available in RIFT. Are you RIFTing br0?55Episode 55 - StarCraft 2 Custom MapsWhat do you get when you mix Bejeweled, Left4Dead, Iron Chef, and a ChinHawk with Starcraft 2? A pretty sweet set of official custom maps and today's episode of the BFF Report!54Episode 54 - RIFT: Warfronts (PVP)Player vs. player combat in any MMO is a complicated system to balance for developers. Besides the various character classes, there is the meticulous, and crucial element of the board itself in which the combat takes place. In today's episode, Mike B gives us the run down on RIFT's own PvP battleground system: Warfronts.53Episode 53 - DC Universe Online (part 2)In the highly anticipated follow up to part 1 of Mike B's DC Universe Online coverage, we get an in depth look at the game's various facets of gameplay: questing, pvp, co-op instances, and.. Black Dynamite?52Episode 52 - RIFT (part 1)In today's episode of the BFF Report, Mike B gives us the basics on how to get going in the world of Telara. With RIFT scheduled for release on March 1st, 2011, there is plenty of time to get as much information out there as possible, and it seems that Fony is planning on doing just that. Is RIFT on your radar?51Episode 51 - DC Universe OnlineWe are quickly approaching DC Universe Online's release date, and luckily Mike B was able to get into the beta to get the full report! What's that? It's not a full report? What happ...uh oh..50Episode 50 - Top 5 Controversial Games of 2010Fifty episodes of the BFF Report and it just happens to arrive just in time for a good ol' 2010 wrap up! In today's episode, Mike B goes over some of the games he's reviewed in the past and picks out some of the most controversial pieces in this year capping countdown. Did your favorite make the list?49Episode 49 - Bloodline ChampionsIn this week's episode of the BFF Report, Mike B takes a closer look at one of the more unique additions to the Massively Online Battle Arena genre, Bloodline Champions. Will the latest from Funcom provide the twist that gamers are looking for in a genre with such deep running roots? Does Mike B really do the show with no pants on? Watch and find out...48Episode 48 - Cataclysm - Beyond 80 (part 2)Last week Mike B brought you coverage of one of the newest Cataclysm zones, Vashj'ir. This week, he brings you highlights from his journey through the center of the world (of Warcraft), Deepholm. Yes, there will be more Neverending Story references, but we can blame Blizzard for that. ;47Episode 47 - Cataclysm - Beyond 80 (part 1)The Shattering is live, and Old Blanchy is dead. Millions of players in Azeroth are adapting to the world reshaped by the black wyrm, Deathwing. The ability to experience the new leveling zones, previously covered in the BFF Report, is available for play, but what about what lies beyond the cap? ;46Episode 46 - Cataclysm - Horde Starting ZonesFollowing up on last week's Alliance starting zone review, Fony has delivered a shiny new BFF Report FOR THE HORDE (cwutidid?). In this episode, we get the inside scoop on each race, some funky beta bugs and the best FREE companion pet.. Darnell. ;45Episode 45 - Cataclysm - Alliance Starting ZonesWe know that the decision to re-roll is a tough one, and unless there's an OP racial involved, or some shiny new race, having to grind through the same old content is rough. The expansion is a month out, the leveling experience has been almost completely revamped, but where do you start? Thankfully Mike B is here to do all the grunt work and assist you in making that decision..44Episode 44 - World of TanksOn his way out to BlizzCon 2010, Fony was kind enough to drop us this week's BFF Report covering WORLD OF TANKS. He got a chance to sample some of the vehicle classes and also breaks down the gameplay and progression aspect for us. Does this game deliver in the "OMGFREAKINTANKSWOOO" department? Yes, but does it deliver in fun and replayability? Let's find out...43Episode 43 - WoW 4.0.1Fresh off the GDC boat, Fony is slammed with the sudden release of 4.0.1 on the live servers. So, to help you prepare for Cataclysm, he has put together a video checklist of some of the basic changes that have been implemented. He also brings to light some of the gameplay oddities that this patch has introduced, points out unintended symbolism, and does it all while making a sandwich.42Episode 42 - Warhammer OnlineWarhammer Online is largely considered the premiere PvP oriented MMO amongst players in the genre. Having recently hit it's 2 year mark, and per your suggestions, Mike B utilizes the game's "Endless Free Trial" feature to bring back his thoughts on Mythic's take on the Warhammer IP. After two years, does this game still deliver? Let's find out...41Episode 41 - Final Fantasy XIVSquare Enix's latest creation could quite possibly be the most polarizing release in recent MMO history. However, love it or hate it, the Final Fantasy lineage has a devoted following, and then there's Mike B. It's no secret that he is not the biggest fan of XIV, but with the NDA lifted, we finally get to see if he has good reason.40Episode 40 - Lord of the Rings Online (F2P)Several subscription based games have been making the switch to the free-to-play model recently, LotRO being one of them. Unfortunately for Mike B, he wasn't able to experience (afford) the game during it's sub-days, but there really couldn't be a better time to jump into some nasty hairy flip-flops and take on Middle Earth. Let's see what he thought...39Episode 39 - MineCraft (Alpha)Most of the time when games go to open beta, the NDA takes a walk. Unfortunately, this was not the case this week with Square Enix's latest release, Final Fantasy XIV. As a last minute request, and with the assistance from a fan, Mike B was able to jump into the latest buzz-worthy game, MineCraft. Could this game be the next massively successful independent IP to hit the underground? You tell us!


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# Feb 07 2011 at 4:33 AM Rating: Decent
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Rift looks like, and plays like a mesh of pretty much anything good from other mmos finally put all into one game.
# Feb 06 2011 at 3:59 AM Rating: Decent
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I don't know about everyone else but im liking the complete character creating, it looks like you can actually have your character be your own screwed up creation. I'm liking your warrior you have set up, but what happened to your linebacker rogue?
# Jan 31 2011 at 9:53 AM Rating: Decent
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i got to level 16 before the beta ran out on me but i did get to try the black garden pvp zone and id have to say i didnt die as much as i would have doing a wow bg. well also i was on a pve server not sure if it matters.

btw mike i loves you. and i love gary too i named my warrior pet after him. i deffnly will be getting the game just probly wont be till my birthday and thats in september i know its a long way off

hey all you wow or rifters give me an add on twitter buffyhowe
PvP soul
# Jan 30 2011 at 5:09 PM Rating: Decent
35 posts
i got that heroic leap thing and it's awesome sauce
# Jan 30 2011 at 11:12 AM Rating: Decent
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I like Rift, but there is a distinct imbalance in classes right now. Mage's, unless your a Necro/Lock or Chloro, are totally outclassed in close combat pvp. Sure, you can stand back and spam aoe's all you want, but that's not pvp, that's player versus area..

They need to fix the other primary Mage souls before release or there won't be many Mages, other than the afore mentioned ones, pvping. Case and point, where are all the Mage pvp video's?

Love your show Mike. But, the goatee is so 90's.
# Feb 07 2011 at 8:17 PM Rating: Decent
1 post
Get above Lv 15 and u won't have an problems.
# Feb 01 2011 at 12:01 PM Rating: Decent
34 posts
You're kidding me right?
You are finding fault with a casters ability to go toe to toe in close combat?
That is not a casters job to begin with and if you do this you are playing the class totally wrong.
Kite, root, knockback, etc then cast. Paper clad casters are not supposed to get into close combat. That's why their damage is so high. You may need to run around to avoid getting swarmed but the end result is killing someone just as quick as a melee class without as much effort. Stay unobserved and moving. Otherwise die, just like bright wizards, sorcs in WAR and sorcs, wizards, cabbies and theurges in DAoC and ranged casters in any other game I've ever played.
# Feb 02 2011 at 8:57 PM Rating: Decent
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Where are all the Mage pvp video's? ..Thank you.
# Jan 30 2011 at 7:03 PM Rating: Decent
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snail2010 wrote:
Love your show Mike. But, the goatee is so 90's.

Indeed goatees are dated. But he clearly has The Chinhawk equipped in his headslot item. Those things didn't go out of popularity until 2235, thus making this facial fashion statement from the future. The Chinhawk is not to be underestimated. Check his E3 vids for proof; the man had a conga-line of booth babes tagging along behind him. It attracts the ladies like an empire of dirt summons Creepers.
Missed Codex strat in Video
# Jan 30 2011 at 12:25 AM Rating: Decent
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A big big thing people don't seem to realize in the codex map is the power ups located on the map. There are 3 red power ups with a pretty quick respawn time that increase your damage by 100% for 1 min and a blue power up that increases your movement speed to max. I can't tell you how many times as an assassin rogue I've stealthed over to the red power up behind the codex and wiped out 3 gaurdians trying to cap it on my own. Those red wings make a huge difference.

Also on the gaurdian side (for now) they can easily jump over the rocks next to vault without needing any leap abilities. Hopefully this gets fixed because that's a huge map advantage for them. (allows them to get 2 caps started in a much smaller time than is possible for defiant)
love it
# Jan 30 2011 at 12:04 AM Rating: Decent
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Best game I've played in years, that's what I think about it :P could go on and on for a while about the aspects I like, and yah there is a few things I hope they fix (and at the rate they fix things will get fixed very fast) but the game is awesome as it is now I can't wait until launch.
Opinion got Rifted!
# Jan 29 2011 at 5:18 PM Rating: Decent
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Hey Fony aka MikeB, at first glance I hated Rift. How it comes across as a clone so strongly! But it's really NOT! I would say my first thoughts has been Rifted away. Not just by player hyping it up so much. I decided to checked all the aspect of game play for myself. To which I find 95% satisfactory with everything of how well it was put together!

Playing the PvP aspect of the game. Which is such amazingly fun! (I love Black Garden design of old game from P.E. growing up, called Smear the "- - - " which was awesome.) Even if you can't camp the graveyards in PvP!

Instances in PvE aren't that bad! As they oould use a little more polish, Yet they don't bore me! Y

The only problem I have with Rift with playing Beta 5. That dealing with the rifts in the game. (as I'm addicted to them as I try do the most I can.) How they say they are scripted, which is fine as your leveling with huge amount player around the areas. But not if your a late subscriber or leveling new alts. Then what? they answer of making the rifts spawn less often and less chance of an invasion! To me rifts are the best thing of the game obviously that why they name the game after it! I think they should go rethink that part and keep them spawning at the normal pace! By letting balance system with how adding NPC that will come to help the players close them! For how many players are near the Rift openings and balance the how many NPC are helping them! Because Rifts are the main attraction to the game! If you take the Rifts away kinda defeat the title of the game! Giving you the player ability to twink out alts and new players to feel the enjoyment that everyone else has when the game starts!

Beside that Can't wait for this game to go Live! As Blizzard will have to watch the development of this game!
Drsatan FFXI Leviathan, Tombstonex WoW Gnomeregan, Dr Satan FFXIV Leviathan
Gotta Get this off my chest
# Jan 29 2011 at 3:25 PM Rating: Decent
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First off Pipboy131 you sound like a kid who sucked at the game so bad you felt the need to get on this site and tell everyone how bad you are. There seems to be a solution for your ****** time though. You might want to think about getting a better computer that can handle rift, or maybe pick a server with a low population so you don't get the 2 hour wait. I never waited in que for a server and it did't take more than 30 seconds to load.

Second, Fony AKA "The Host" I feel bad telling you this and all because it is your show but your pvp skills are lacking and what were your skill trees aka souls? In the video you didn't have much footage of pvp just those 2 kill shot samples, you were standing on a ledge watching pvp. Whats up with that? I'm just fooling around. I would like to see how you fair against a Survival Cleric.

Rift has introduced some exciting aspects to a single MMORPG that we haven't seen together before like the Rifts from AIoN and the Group quests from WarHammer. Or how about the main class (Mage, Warrior, Cleric, Rouge) and the ability to have three subclasses (My dude Cleric: Shaman/Justicar/Druid). With so much diversity to how you build up your class makes the pvp system wild. The instances in this game like IT "Iron Tomb" I have to say are complex and although I didn't get to do any other instances it seemed pretty complex with the Boss fights. Things that Rift expected people to be able to do in the instances are things that you don't see in WoW until you reach level cap. Rift has all the right things in it that us seasoned gamers have been waiting for a game to produce.

There are but a few things that I wish Rift would have had and they include the ability to plus out weapons (weapon glow from L2) it is a nice addition to a game when you're tearing through people with a two-handed mace that has a nice glow to it or even an electrical flow running through it. Also I don't know why games insist on have factions and certain zones where PVP is permitted (not a big deal).

Overall this game was tight I plan on getting it in march when it comes out. P.S. Anyone trying to find out for themselves the beta still has 2 more scheduled events in February so sign up and get your invites.
While I didn't exactly dislike the game...
# Jan 29 2011 at 2:14 PM Rating: Decent
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While I didn't dislike the game, I didn't really enjoy it that much either. Beta is beta and things break all the time, but after waiting and getting disconnected constantly in Minecraft the entire week prior, the constant streams of d/c's and time it took just to get connected to the Rift's main server (not talking shards, where I heard it was sometimes in the 2 hour queue-timer range, respectively) was shoddy at best. I disconnected to show my girlfriend the intro (to show her a basic summary of both side's point of view) and was locked out of the game for upwards of an hour. A solid hour after the beta event was only up for about thirty minutes. Again, beta is beta, but really? Couldn't they predict a massive amount of people and hike up their server capacity *before* the errors were rolling in? The game has a month till release, this is basically a stress test now.

As for actual gameplay, it felt a great deal like Warhammer Online to me. Rift PQs, even animation of attacks and, in some cases, modeling style. Not to mention Defiant starting zone was like I stepped into the Chaos noob experience. Much of the fun seems to be had at higher levels, and while it could be a blast...I just wasn't feeling it along the way. D2 used to have a 'suck now, IMBA later' strat before LoD, so I'm well used to earning char strength over time invested, but I just was not feeling it. (Now that I think about it, Rift even had the 'cannot spend points in this tree until higher level' like D2 had as well.) I didn't even see the 'oh, the fun is just over that horizon!' urge to keep playing. Whole thing felt bogged down, not quite a grind but definitely slow, and when Rifts popped up the servers couldn't handle it anyway. The one potentially redeeming factor was nullified by the game itself. (This was after I started a new toon on a new server because the last one randomly went down and when it came back up it was already at High pop. The laggy event occurred on a low pop server, lord knows how worse off the High server was.)

I was rooting for the game because you liked it so much at E3, but it's just not for me. At least you can jump in this game, so I know it can't be all that bad. (zomgFFailReferencelawl) Best of luck to all those making the shift from WoW to Rift, but I'm not siding with either game at the moment.

Though, since I'm here, would you mind doing a BFF Report on EvE Online, Fony? I've been itching to play that on and off for years but never made the jump. Recently saw a few videos on Ninja Salvaging and it seems like something your Rogue-instincts might get a kick out of.
Looks amazing
# Jan 29 2011 at 1:29 PM Rating: Decent
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Been playing Warcraft since day 1 in Europe. Always loved it. Tried a couple others, such as Aion, 4story, WarH online, every time I went back to Warcraft.
But now, I'm very, VERY excited about Rift, and WILL deffinetly get it.
On day 1.
Rift Beta 5
# Jan 29 2011 at 12:55 PM Rating: Decent
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I come from a pretty weird background:

Everquest up to OoW
Guild Wars until the 2nd expansion

So my experience with modern MMOs is relatively limited. That being said, I really enjoyed this past Rift Beta. The depth of the world (In terms of quests, areas, invasions, literally everything) just shows how much work has been put into the game. Early on, it was pretty linear, but it really opens up after awhile. My one problem was that some of the quests sent you back to the areas you literally just cleared.

"You need me to go back and kill the leader of the pack of trolls nearby? What pack of trolls? You just sent me over there to kill 20 of them already. The dude's just a leader of a bunch of corpses now..."
Delorne / Oogliest
# Jan 29 2011 at 12:55 PM Rating: Decent
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Hi. First of all, thanks for great reports. Mike's the reason I decided to opt for beta. I absolutely love Rift. I haven't had the chance to tackle dungeons and bgs but there's so much to do it's just overwhelming. Quest progression is far from linear. There are many of them and leading to different hubs at once. Rifts are happening a bit too often but is a refreshing experience. it takes little to get oneself caught in rift hunting and gaining 7-8 levels without questing. Also rewards are plenty and useful. And above all they have archaeology that works like archaeology - artifact-hunting doesn't hurt gameplay and gives more incentive to explore the zone.
# Jan 29 2011 at 12:40 PM Rating: Decent
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Love your show man. Love the fact that your slowly getting away from comparing everything to wow even more. (It's a habit most are trying to break including me)

Best thing about rift is the cookie cutter build seems to be gone. Now I can see top lvls finding the one build that tops dmg/ healing/ tanks all that good stuff. However with classes being defined by Mage, Cleric, Warrior and Rogue... You don't rly know what your getting until you see the player play. Even when these cookie builds emerge who's to say another player cant take up the slack in some other aspect with a different build? How many people have you run with in the past that play a class/spec for progression that you knew wanted to try something off the wall, could only do this once it was on farm and they did well?

# Jan 29 2011 at 1:50 AM Rating: Decent
I love rift have the ce preordered and cant wait for the headstart
# Jan 28 2011 at 8:57 PM Rating: Decent
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I LOVE Rift so far. The graphics are completely stunning. The rifts are exciting and break up the lvling grind. I am disappointed that there are only "4" races to play (Human, human, elf, elf, dwarf and the human like big blue guys). I also think it's lame that the starting area is the same for everyone within the same faction. Wow makes lower lvl areas a lot more interesting, however WOW really missed the mark by increasing the difficulty of raids in Cat and by creating battlegrounds that are blah. When Rift is released, I'm pretty sure I'm going to drop WOW for a while and play Rift instead.
pvp op
# Jan 28 2011 at 7:06 PM Rating: Decent
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I don't believe Rift is a WoW clone, because every MMO is exactly the same. The only thing that's different is game style, graphics, and how customizable the toons are. I love WoW, but I'm gonna be joining the rats trying to hop off that fast sinking ship. Blizzard is killing WoW as fast as they can. As long as Trion doesn't make their mistake, I think Rift will easily take it's place. I just wish the penalty for death was more like 2% rather than 10%.

But onto the PVP aspect, I was doing some PVP, as a lvl 16 rogue, nightblade/assassin/bladedancer and as a marksman/ranger/nightblade. As the melee style, I was getting slaughtered left, right, up and down. I couldn't, for the life of me, kill a lvl 10 cleric healer. Quite frankly, I find that just a little too OP. But as a ranged DPS, I was able to stand on a rock and peg ppl off from a distance. I was getting 30+ kills. I wish rangers could get a dazed shot, or ****, a feign death to get pets off us. I was using riftstalker as a kind of disengage, but it was otherwise useless. Next I'm gonna try replacing my nightblade with sabeteur in my ranged pvp role. I just wish ppl would, you know, HEAL!!!
Rift pwns.
# Jan 28 2011 at 6:39 PM Rating: Default
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Rift is awesome, it's new, it's fun, and it looks great. Nothing more to say about it. WoW is a game for soccer moms and emo 13 yr olds.

# Jan 28 2011 at 4:40 PM Rating: Good
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Most of the posts here start similar to "I love Rift." I'll have to agree - Rift is a nice fresh taste of MMO and seems like it could do very well. From a design aspect strongly focused on PvP - they weren't idiots and made classes available on both sides (I don't care how great of a designer you are - balancing classes for PvP is hard enough while keeping enough variety to make it interesting, it's near impossible to pull off what warhammer tried by locking classes to factions.) The PvE from what little I have seen looks pretty exciting as well - creating end game content is a joke if the classes are put together with it in mind, which they seem to be.

The biggest hurdle Rift has to get over is the network effect. Wow continues to be dominant because it was dominant in the past. I know that sounds like a quote from WoW's tradechat (Dominant games are dominant) but it's true. Once there are millions of people on a given network and have invested billions of collective hours into that network, it takes something REALLY special to get people to want to move. Changing MMO's is a lot like investing in stocks. And unlike the stock market, I think people have a pretty good understanding of risk-reward when it comes to MMO's these days.

Unfortunately for new MMO's - the network effect is stacking the odds against their success. People don't want to take that kind of a risk on anything but a sure thing. I kinda hope Rift can pull it off - it seems like they have their part of the gig on lock-down, now its just going to take a large enough initial push from a community to just jump in so they can turn around and tell their old WoW friends that the water is fine.
Great report
# Jan 28 2011 at 3:44 PM Rating: Decent
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Love the BFF report.
Love Rifts it's exactly that, a lot from old games, and some of their own.
Graphics are great.
Characters are customizable and fun to play.
Pre ordered.

Oh yeah my Wife/GF can't get off her **** computer either lol.
House looks like ****!

Buy it try it love it!
# Jan 28 2011 at 3:22 PM Rating: Decent
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i enjoy the game alot and so sick of the its a WoW clone holy crap every mmo is a clone of the last with some crap fixed in it and also my Gf who never really played a mmo loves it i cant get her off the computer =/
# Jan 28 2011 at 2:48 PM Rating: Decent
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Awesome game and yes i do agree with some of the WoW players calling it a clone, some of the spells are quite similar but have more perfection to it than some of WoW's spells.

Its a fun game easy to play and understand but does get annoying with constant Rifts opening up and Invasions poking your quest Npc's, it's only good when theres a decent population of players in the zone still a fun game its only in Beta so we just have to see how Trion pull through with this new game.

Trion actually listen to their testers by leaving server messages in game to inform us all if anythings being done about bugs and fixes.
What I'm lovin' about Rift
# Jan 28 2011 at 2:05 PM Rating: Good
Loving rift!

It has great pvp mechanics, I'm looking for an OP class and so far I haven't found one... That's not to say it doesn't exist. However, even if one is found I believe the people at Trion will be on top of it with a hot fix within HOURS. Yeah, the one thing that I love about Rift that make it different than everything else is the team at Trion... Seriously these guys don't sleep. They are patching material hours after the problem arises, not weeks. They are also listening to their community, and implementing a lot of the suggestions from players between betas. You know that currency tab? Came from a suggestion last beta. Other than that the rifts are crazy fun, the soul tree is a theory crafters dream/nightmare, and the game has so many little additions that really add to the game, like pet pathing.

Overall, I have high hopes for this game.
I wish I could play
# Jan 28 2011 at 1:49 PM Rating: Decent
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In WOW I play a lot of alts so I can switch up my game play. So when I saw the talent trees for Rift I was going crazy sign up for the beta. Watch videos and Rift seems so awesome but I can't play cause I've been playing WOW since 2005 and have not really updated my PC since 2008 I have a beta invite but when I tried to play it after two hours of download. The was like nope go play some blizzard stuff. It looks like fun but I don't the money to get a new PC. So I keep play the 3 crafts (War, Star & Mine)
Hood Fu brings you...
Love, Peace & Pwnage!
# Jan 28 2011 at 12:05 PM Rating: Decent
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Been playing this since Beta 1 , i love it havnt done much pvp but plan to more later on. I love your BFF reports MikeB and love watching you and lore on Gamebreaker you guys match so well on the vids its funny. Ive also been playing wow off and on since early Vanilla days and as much as wow is fun gets old really fast. With rift it seems while questing gets a little boring the rift spawnage , invasion force charging really breaks it up and just gives the game a extra feel to it. Sense of stuff going on rather then it standing still.
Love the mix and matchin souls its a curse as much as it is awesome lol... 1 min your like oh i love this combo but let me see how this combo of souls works repsec ... respec... respec... oh what do you know im not broke haha.. but love how u can go from 1 min melee DPS stalking backstabing gankin fool to i shoot you for 100 ft away and laugh in your face when i run away haha :D , pve aspect is a blast love it love the look and feel of the zones and the mobs. Love how TRION listens and fixes stuff taht might be buggy. and is actively trying to make it a better game. Only thing i dislike is on Defiant side there is that 1 race taht you looks way to much like Mike Tyson.... lol just after first beta that kinda ruined teh defiant side for me lol... all and all love this game love the beta events so much fun and cant wait till it comes out.
WoW sucks
# Jan 28 2011 at 11:46 AM Rating: Decent
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Its totally the greatest, after playing WoW for so long i had no idea what other mmo's were like because of their general crapiness, I got into rift beta then all of a sudden, WoW is boring, but its always been boring so it was time for a change and i really like rift, everything is awesome. I suppose i just needed a new game.
# Jan 28 2011 at 11:02 AM Rating: Decent
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after spending 6+ YEARS in WoW and the amount of time sunk into 85 already even with the fact that the look and feel of Rift (DCUO and TOR as well)are simply not enough for me to completely swap games. They need to show me that they are here to last with a good strong community and wont just pull another APB on me. Also I don't want them to go like D&DO and LotRO where the player base is a small group of hardcore fans who wont let them go down.
About the video
# Jan 28 2011 at 9:42 AM Rating: Decent
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there's a few people who think this, But Rift is just looking like WoW all over again, Which doesn't Surprise me.. For rift i think its a cool game, Im liking the Pvp parts, The PvE from the last video i wasn't really liking it as much. Cause of the only 2 starting zones. But all together its a good game. Talent tree looks cool, How the set up is.. But i think its just a clone, OF Wow
# Jan 28 2011 at 8:41 AM Rating: Good
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I'm totally in love with Rift.

On PvP I'm really happy with the first two warfronts although I think if you go into Black Garden with a few guildies, 1 or 2 of which are healers, you've pretty much won if you get the fang in the initial engagement. Simply run back to your hill, hang out there for a while and have someone in a good position scouting. When the scout thinks there are too many red names coming up the ramp and the center is clear, he/she can call out, we hand over the fang to a fresh player and then we run across to the other hill. There really isn't a counter to this strategy as far as I can tell. Once a team figures out what you're doing they might divide their forces but... GG anyway because they're now split up and you're not.

The Codex has been kicking my *** so far. I'm a healer and although no one dies... My teams seem incapable of capping & defending nodes. /sigh

I'm usually a carebear but so far I can't get enough warfront action. :)

And Stonefield is the most epic zone ever. It's amazing.
WoW clone: not
# Jan 28 2011 at 8:16 AM Rating: Decent
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My son, who does play WoW, initially thought that Rift was nothing but a WoW clone with some Warhammer thrown in, but I convinced him to sign up for Beta and last night he comes to me and says "Dad, I wanna preorder Rift".

He still thinks it is mostly a WoW-clone, but now he feels that Rift has captured/recaptured the fun of WoW-vanilla with those parts of Warhammer's PvP that worked, all updated, improved and "finished".
Super Wiki Ferret Emeritus, obsessive/compulsive wiki editor
# Jan 28 2011 at 3:18 AM Rating: Decent
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I play and love it lvl 27 neckromancer/lock/colomancer a dark mmorpg the normal mobs are a bit stronger den wow and de can kill you. Den you godt the rift and the invaders to kick you ***. Godt a hammer in the back from a rare mobe ( name DOZER ) on top you godt the pvp hihi love it!!!!!!
# Jan 28 2011 at 2:18 AM Rating: Default
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Rift is very stiff in terms of game play and targets the narrow audience that is sick of WoW.
As with most other new MMOs everyone that is sick of WoW will go, play it a bit, find a flaw, QQ and go back to their precious WoW. Rift will loose most of its core audience and by this time next year will go F2P.

Anyway at the first beta I got to level 23 and got sick of it then went to do some battlegrounds and as i said the character movement is stiff and annoying and honestly after playing the TERA kor OBT the whole game system seemed boring and done better elsewhere.
# Jan 28 2011 at 1:30 AM Rating: Decent
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This game looks awesome! Now just waiting for the next beta event. I'm seriously concidering leaving wow as it has gotten so boring latelly for me. I tried the beta 5 event of Rift for a bit and it left me wanting more. Thanks to BFF report for letting me know about this awesome new MMORPG, because had not heard about it before this. The pvp looks awesome and much more fun than ie. wow BGs. Allways fun stuff Mike B! Keep up the good work :D
Episode 54 - RIFT: Warfronts (PVP)
# Jan 28 2011 at 12:32 AM Rating: Decent
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Another superb episode, MikeB.
Always humourous and informative.
You are too cool.
# Jan 27 2011 at 11:10 PM Rating: Decent
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How does PVP balancing compare to WOW? Since you potentially can play 3 classes i believe there will be major class/balance issues, and you'll end up having in any given warfront/BG multiple people with the exact same subclasses/spec etc. Also is there any form of arena system?
# Jan 27 2011 at 10:54 PM Rating: Decent
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Well thanks to everyone mentioning Curse.com during the Tuesday after party I managed to get in on Rift and have been having a lot of fun with it.

I knew I was going to get it already, I just cinched it now being able to play it.

My favorite role is Rogue probably as it can be the most balanced using both ranged and melee attacks. Warrior though has a GREAT ability to keep attack combo points after the target's death, something Rogue's can't do. I like Clerics and Mages but they seem to spell dependent for my liking =/

I have come to see this as the game of ignorance. The Guardian story leads you to believe the Defiants somehow started this through their ignorant use of technology, while the Defiant story says if the Guardians ignorant belief in the gods hadn't led them to destroy Defiant technology the planet might have been salvageable.

The only thing I don't like so far is the 30g role. The way it looks is that would allow you to pick 3 new souls including ones you don't have. instead it is just another way to reset the ones you do apparently.

Looking forward to having fun with the guild.
# Jan 28 2011 at 3:32 AM Rating: Decent
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I love Rift. And as for the 30g role purchase I thought it was only for the 3 you have also until this beta. You can do the quests for the other 5 souls in your capital. Then you can just click on the soul name before you put any points into it to change to a different one.
# Jan 27 2011 at 10:50 PM Rating: Decent
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Rift is a really great game. It could be better. The way souls are make the game different for everyone. I think that it could still be even better if they made the questing less go here then here then here etc. I do enjoy playing the way I want to and if I stop enjoying it for some reason. I just go and change. This game is amazing and still has room to grow. It is still only in beta so it still has some bugs. But for what I have played of it this game in beta is still less buggy than WoW is right now.
# Jan 29 2011 at 12:42 PM Rating: Decent
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Best thing about rift is the cookie cutter build seems to be gone. Now I can see top lvls finding the one build that tops dmg/ healing/ tanks all that good stuff. However with classes being defined by Mage, Cleric, Warrior and Rogue... You don't rly know what your getting until you see the player play. Even when these cookie builds emerge who's to say another player cant take up the slack in some other aspect with a different build? How many people have you run with in the past that play a class/spec for progression that you knew wanted to try something off the wall, could only do this once it was on farm and they did well?

Love the show
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