I’m all settled with a new monitor. It’s big and fancy, 24″ and 1980 x 1200 resolution. Rift looks so different on this monitor, the colours are brighter, the detail greater. I keep stopping and going “Wow, I never saw that before.” Now I have to figure out how to lower the resolution of the screenshots I take so you all have a hope of downloading the pretty pictures.
Did we all like our underwater experiences in patch 2.5, ‘Song of Dreams’? I had a few difficulties with it. For starters, everywhere I swam, my pet would swim behind, nicely subservient but blocking my view of my character. That’s a bad pet habit, made it quite a challenge to see which mobs I was about to run over.
Perspective was also difficult. Without the ground to give some idea of distance, I was misjudging how far or close objects were. This lack of perspective was a nuisance when it came to click on quest objectives, but a dangerous hindrance when trying to use ground targeted area of effect spells. Avoiding boss abilities or find the sanctuary bubbles during the underwater event, ‘The Rising Depths’, was also an exercise in missed perception cues. The number of times I died because I couldn’t tell if my avatar was still in the the boss’s area of effect…
Rift’s next expansion is all about the planes of water. Thankfully not all of it will be underwater, just some parts of the expansion. Trion have a bit of work to do smoothing out the underwater experience before it’s release.
Since we’re talking about the expansion releases, did you pick up on the clue? Yes, Solya Karini tells us we have 4 months to practice our deep sea combat and prepare for hordes of wanton minions. Four months would put the next expansion due to release in March 2014. Get your bathers ready!
While I’m wildly speculating on the release of the next Rift expansion, I’ll also predict the weather. It will be a mild sunny day, temperature in the low 20’s with a 40% chance of rain in the late afternoon, cooling to min of 13 celsius overnight. Well, here in Melbourne Australia, anyways.