Summer of MMOs: Rift, Defiance, Guild Wars 2

Defiance 2050

My little rogue in Rift (Prime) is still little. Well, she is a dwarf, but she still hasn’t reached the level cap yet. Ember Isle has been released on Prime and since I never experienced this region when the level cap was at 50, I would actually really like to make it there. But levelling seems to go very slowly, so I am not sure I will get there fast enough. Don’t get me wrong: I do not complain about the slow levelling curve! I just don’t have that much time to play, so that’s why it’s taking me ages. I still enjoy levelling through the regions as the last time I did that was ages ago and Trion released things like instant adventures that made questing through the original areas basically a waste of time.

Rift Prime Meffanda rogue Death rift

I did not spend much time playing Defiance 2050 lately, because I kept having freeze frames at odd times. My whole PC froze. I have never experienced that with any other game. I did find a post from another player suggesting that turning off the shadows may do the trick. I have done so, but haven’t yet had the time to properly test it, but it seems to be gone now (*knocks on wood*). The freezing didn’t always occur and it was worse at some times, less bad at others.

Defiance 2050

Also, who makes a re-release of a game like this and does not take the chance to add a functionality to take screenshots? Or, come to think of it, who releases such a game without the option of doing so? Especially since this is from Trion, a company that added the functionality to take a screenshot and tweet it automatically as well as the functionality to take a video and upload it to YouTube directly from within the Rift client? I know there are a lot of things to be annoyed with in Defiance and I am, but this missing feature is driving me crazy!

Last, but certainly not least: The Bazaar of the Four Winds is finally returning to Guild Wars 2! It’s been four years since we last saw it. Since it’s been one of my favourites, I am very much looking forward to its return! Additionally, the Crown Pavilion will also return. I still remember fondly how I learned to play my engineer during this event. :p I’m considering taking my necro there since my brain just refuses to learn the shroud skills. I would also rather take my charr necromancer there than my asura one, but the charr has even less abilities unlocked for the reaper. I do know that I’m not too happy with how the asura looks anymore, but I still have makeover kits, so that’s not an issue.

GW2 asura necromancer

I am a bit at a loss with my mesmer and her build. I got her condition damage gear long ago, but with the – not so recent anymore – changes to the illusions, I guess I would actually play a power build now instead. I also need to rely on ranged damage due to my ongoing hand issues. Melee in Guild Wars 2 is too much of a strain on my hand. So I’m not really sure which build to go with now… maybe it would be easier if I actually had the new elite specialization unlocked, but I don’t. And without a build I like, I don’t see this happen anytime soon. Vicious circle there. Then again, as much as I love my mesmer, who has become my main now and will probably stay my main (yes, that is a crying warrior you hear in the background, but her ranged damage abilities are just too limited), the necromancer is calling me!


  1. Mesmer power build is my goto player. I love the damage and the CC control. I can solo most mid-level open world bosses by spamming clones. It’s the most fun to play and best for achievements given the extras like blink and portal.


    1. I’d definitely play my mesmer that way. But I don’t want to get her new gear… At least, I got used to the illusion changes quickly. And no other profession is even close to the mesmer for me… so I guess I don’t really have a choice there. ;)

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