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There’s No “Rift” Between Us

March 5, 2011 1 comment

Iceflow and Caoboi in Meridian. Click for larger size.

Renee: Sorry it has been so long since we’ve posted.  But I can blame it squarely on the subject of this post.  Oh Rift…Rift…Rift.  What can I say?  I love the world.  Rift is a brand new MMORPG by the mostly unheard of game developer Trion.  It’s set in the fantasy world of Telara.  I played a bit in the open beta and J and I decided to make the leap into the headstart.  I immediately was in love with it.  The art is fantastic.  I bought a horse mount in game and I couldn’t stop staring.  the muscles rippled and my character actually held the reins.  She even rode the horse differently than she rode her two-headed turtle.  That’s a huge sell for me.

J: The gist of the game is you are a soul of a Hero that’s been saved by the gods or captured by technology (depending on your faction) and you are sent back in time to stop the big bad guy, Romulus. While you are there, there are “Rifts” of different elements (Life, Water, Fire, Death) that open and they are coming to stop you from saving the future. These rifts bring enemies with them, so you can work with a group of people via their public system to get these rifts closed. You receive tokens, prizes for closing these rifts. These rifts are almost to a liking of an alien invasion. When a major rift event happens you can see rifts as far as you can see. You get a feeling like they are coming for you and you must stop them. The graphics are amazing and the water, landscape looks very real and believable.

Renee: So J and I have been playing like we play any MMO together.  Make a character and quest.  There are so many builds you can have within one character, I can easily change between tank and DPS and J can just as easily change between healer and DPS.  The Rift system is amazing and we both have a hard time ignoring one that opens right in front of us.  Everything is new and shiny and not without a few flaws but it’s still fun.  We found a community that we are familiar with to spend time with in-game and that has made all the difference.

J: Like with any MMO that’s what makes the game. The community and having like-minded folks that play along with you. I also must say Trion took elements from MMOs that have been out that made them fun and cool and put them together in this one. Very smart move I must say. So you are probably asking, “Do we still play World of Warcraft?” We will say yes we still do as our friends we raid with are still raiding and we raid with them. That’s what we do together with are friends from the Not in the Face raid team. If we weren’t raiding I can say we probably would be taking a slight break. We’ve been playing WoW for a very long time and that’s where Renee and I met each other so it has a special place in our hearts.

If you’re looking for something new, polished and exciting and you love fantasy I say give this game a try! We only wish there was a Mac client so our Apple friends could play along with us!

Borderlands: Our Trip to Pandora

January 25, 2011 5 comments

Borderlands Cover Art

Renee: J and I bought Borderlands Christmas of 2009 (yes, folks 2009)  and didn’t get further than a level 8 or 9 character I believe.  So imagine my surprise when we got into Borderlands hot and heavy this past weekend.  We played with two good friends that we raid with in WoW and finished the game in two days.  And if you know anything about me, I don’t finish games.  Staying up until 3:30 am did loads for my confidence that I’m not getting old.  From midgets in refrigerators to riding across sandy dunes; This game has it all.  I went for playing with an Xbox wired controller because it made strafing easier for me.

J: When I found out that two of our friends were playing Borderlands I was so excited because as a group of friends we all tend to try to do stuff together. Knowing that we already had Borderlands I went to find our disk to install. Then come to find out they were playing all four of the DLCs which were ten bucks a piece. So it actually came out better to just buy the Game of the Year Edition to play with them. So after transferring my level 10 soldier over to my steam copy I was fired up and ready to play! It’s been a long time since I’ve finished a game outside of just at the arcade and beating Street Fighter 2 on one quarter.

Renee: Street Fighter 2?  You’re dating yourself, babe.  I love how everything in the game (well almost everything) is about shooting.  There are so many guns to choose from and you are constantly getting upgrades.  I chose to go with a hunter and having the bird help you is a nice perk.  I primarily tend to use revolvers and repeaters.  It’s easy to change specs around and try something new if you wanted.

J: The Co-op game is something I really enjoy. I love to play Co-op and I also love First Person Shooters (FPS) which was a good combo here. Being able to play with friends and family and enjoy the experiences together was a HUGE plus for me. I like how you’re able to help each other get caught up on quest and the creatures of Pandora get strong as you bring in more of your friends. I played a soldier and talented into Support which allowed my teammates to regenerate health if they are around me when I kill someone and also my turret had a healing regeneration buff as well. I really loved the fact that me killing would heal those around me.

Renee: Oh yea, that turret came in handy.  Let’s just say…errrr, I didn’t stay alive so well.   All in all, I loved this game.  I don’t know what took me so long to play it!  I can blame it on WoW right?  That always gets blamed for everything in the Valentine house.

J: This game has tons of replay value I mean the story is awesome and funny. The game play is amazing and on top of that you can play it with friends. Which is a huge plus for me that sometimes have issues of playing the game and being that “lone hero to save the world” I like the we as a team can make this happen! I see myself being able to play it alone…well I’ll at least have my turret as a partner. As my soldier Roland says: “It’s like having another soldier on the battlefield!”

Graphics:     8 out of 10

Gameplay:  9 out of 10

Story:  9 out of 10

Overall: 9 out of 10

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