I recently just visited my girlfriend (out of town) for our 1 year anniversary, missing the opportunity to go to PAX East (although it was equally as fun as PAX sounded, just wish they were on different weekends). I found that I missed playing Guild Wars, but not for the game strangely, but solely for the people I played with. In this recent boredom due to the staleness of Guild Wars combined with the long wait ’til Guild Wars 2, I’ve found myself drawn toward looking for a fresh game. Granted that I continue to play Guild Wars (more socially now than anything), I need something to fill that gap.
Note – Yes, I understand I could always play WoW, but masochism was never really something I got off on, what with the 50 levels of grinding that no one really likes to group up in unless you know each other. And before you decide that you need to get defensive and play a tank to protect your favorite game, understand that 1) you aren’t going to change my mind and 2) I respect you enough to have your opinion, respect me enough to have mine.
Now, with that said.
I am really finding myself drawn to Rift. I love the class system, I love the fact that mid-levels are not super grindy, the rifts really seem to break up the monotony of questing and makes uncommon or rare ocurrances more prevalent in world pvp (if you happen to be on such a server). I’m not necessarily looking for a permanent home, though I would like something to fill the gap.
Now, the problem:
I played the beta and since I don’t have anything higher than the crappiest, most generic graphics card in exsistance, I could barely play Rift, if at all. Even once I circumvent this obstacle, should I get really involved in Rift, it might be necessary to make a crucial choice between that and GW2 when it comes out. This would involve a thoughtful consideration between paying a subscription, time involvement in either game, and should I feel obligated to play just because I am paying for the time to play it. GW2 doesn’t have this problem, but if I’m spending time playing a game when I am paying for another, should I feel guilty that I am wasting money? Should I pick one or maintain both? I’m reaching the eternal conflict of time vs money.
Rift looks like a great game, but is it more trouble than it’s worth in my predicament? For now, I will watch the gameplay videos and follow you Rifters as you adventure through Telara, taking pride in your achievements as though they were my own adventures.