Rift game first impressions and experiences playing in headstart

25 02 2011

Rift game defiants logo

After the beta 7 of Rift I decided to pull the trigger and pre-order Rift and jump right into playing headstart before the official March 1st release of the game.

When I first tried to login to Rift after the initial server list was up for seven hours it took about 30 min. This was of course trying Wolfbane shard first which supposedly had a eight hour que, nah think i’ll hit up another Shard lol. I then tried my second choice Shard named Greybriar and it had a two hour que so I gave it a whirl which turn out good cause I was able to login within 30 min.

After logging I and creating my Defiant Cleric it was pretty much smooth sailing from there, only a few 2 or 3 second lag/latency spikes at first but once I finally got out of the starting area it was smooth sailing from then on.

My initial impressions from beta 7 is it looks like Trion may have tweaking the graphics and performance capabilities of the game slightly, I seemed to notice better frame rates from 30-40 in beta 7 to 40 to 50 in the headstart release with my current graphics/video setup and overall smoothness of the game and playability seemed pretty much on par.

So thats pretty much it, nothing but fun from here on out looks like, just plain “Technomagic”. See you in the Rift…


Can I run Rift MMO game on my Mac? Why yes Timmy, you can!

22 02 2011
Play Rift on your Mac

Play Rift on your Mac

K, just a headsup for all you Mac users out there asking about possibly playing Rift. Yes there does seem to be a fair amount of interest at least from what I see on the gaming forums about this. Trion makers of the MMO Rift currently do not have a Mac OS version planned but I remember reading somewhere they will reconsider sometime in the future maybe.

So what’s the best way to enjoy Rift on your Mac. Very simple, install Boot Camp which comes with every Intel/Leopard Mac system. Here are my quick steps to get Rift playing within an hour or two on yer Mac. You’ll also need a install disk of Windows, Windows 7 should offer you the best compatible experience.

Step 1. Go into your utilities folder and fire up Boot Camp Assistant.

Step 2. Go through the steps to partition your drive, I would recommend maybe a couple of hundred gigs, come’on everyone has terabyte drives now and you know yer gonna install tons more games anyway 😉

Step 3. Boot Camp will partition your disk and ask for a Windows install disk, I used Win. 7 Ultimate.

Step 4. You’ll go through the whole Win. 7 system install process,  installing drivers etc. and probably will need to do a few restarts too. If you accidentally boot into Mac OS just do a shutdown and boot up with your option key which lets you select which OS you want to use.

Step 5. If all goes well you should be running Windows flavored OS on your Mac now. If you have any problems this page will probably help you: http://klauskjeldsen.dk/boot-camp-imac-error-fix-black-screen/

Step 6. Now that you’re all good, go to Trion’s site to grab a copy of Rift, riftgame.com, set up an account, install Rift and splatter dah cybermatter 🙂

My overall experience playing Rift on my iMac via Boot Camp and Win. 7 is pretty damn sweet. I’m running Rift on an iMac 27″, i5, 4GB RAM, 4850/512MB ATi, via Boot Camp and Win. 7 Ultimate. I grinded through beta 7 with no problems to speak of. I have built my share of “Gaming PCs” too boot and this is pretty much the same. On the plus side I don’t have to have two puter rigs hogging up my desk now. I was getting around 40fps with various medium video settings and around 100ms latency coming from the So. Cal. area.

If your looking for a more in-depth Boot Camp install guide take a gander at: http://gizmodo.com/#!5387353/how-to-survive-boot-camp-and-run-win-7-on-a-mac

So there you go, hope to see all you MacHeads turning into RiftHeads 🙂

Time to kick some As… er, Rift!

22 02 2011
Well THE day has finally come, I feel my WoW addiction has run its course and now the curtain must be slowly lowered and while my toons take their final bows, wait, awe heck, lemme que real fast for a Heroic, pull the first boss and ninja log one last time :p

I was totally hooked in Burning Crusade. Excelled in Wrath and for some reason slowly came to a slow steady halt in Cata. Why? Not sure. Don’t think it was one major issue I had with the game, really wanted the warm fuzzy feelings of fun and accomplishment to continue. Rather I think it was many very small things I started to experience in game like dungeon grieving, re-specing my toons playstyle every patch since 4.0.xx and just plain old boring stuff to do.

The overall fun was starting to become a dull lifeless grind, more specifically, a boring, stale, frustrating mess. I don’t blame Blizzard as much as I may blame myself for possibly not adapting fast enough, then again, maybe there was no blame at all. Maybe the TIME had come to just… move on. Thank you Blizz and Warcrafters for all the fun we have shared, I may visit from time to time but thinks it’s about time to hit that dusty road…

And what will my cyber-grubby hands do to satisfy my next gaming addiction? (In Tony Montana’s voice) “Say hello to my little Rift!” Err, I mean Big, Bad-Ass Rift with tons of evil goodness spewing forth in my direction. I won’t go on and on and on about all the delights I have discovered in this wonderful new MMO, i’ll just reiterate… Rift is one Bad-Ass game… period and exclamation point! To drive the point home, It just f-in feels right man.

Not to bore you with more of my salivating drivel… Here are some Vids. and resource links regarding all things Rift. If you have some kewl and otherwise informative links please feel free to share 🙂

Video host and MMO reviewer Mike B. aka Fony, or the more humorous demeanor “Ball On Point!” does a humorous/fast paced overview of topics related to Tripping the new Rift MMO, they are worth a view and nice quality too boot, (Also checkout some of his UI arrangements in some of the videos 🙂

(The Zam Video links are on blip.tv/games if you have Netflix 🙂

Video: Rift Overview, 7 min. video

Video: RIFT (Dungeon Guide) 9 min. video

Video: Rift PVP Warfronts overview, 6.5 min.

Site: Rift Server status
(Note: Not sure if this will update correctly with the new live servers but hopefully the site will.)

Site: Rift slash commands

Site: Rift IncGamers

Site: Rift Network

Site: Zam’s Rift portal

I’ve played the Beta, pre-ordered some Collector’s Edition goodness and waiting with bated breath for the head-start to kick in. How bout you? Got Rift?


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