I don't know what this says about RIFT, but yesterday I downloaded the 14-day trial for Star Wars: Galaxies. I may be crazy, so is this just proof that I should take "may be" out of the statement? I'm not so sure.
I've been playing RIFT, and while Trion created a nice game, I played similar DIKU-style push button combat games, between WoW and EQ2, for over 4 years. And after realizing that Eve University was created before WoW was published, I figured that maybe I needed to look at some of the older games for some avatar combat. Besides, with The Old Republic due out in the near future, Star Wars: Galaxies may be in its final months and I'd be kicking myself if I never gave the game a try.
I do advise that anyone who wants to try SW:G first try the free trial just to make sure it runs on your system. I have doubts it will run with my ATI 4800 series video card (and yes, the drivers are up to date) but it runs okay on my computer with an NVIDIA 7950 GT card.
I've only played a couple of hours so far but the combat is different. I actually have to target with my mouse and fire, not just click on a mob and mash buttons on the action bar. It is a little bit twitch-based combat, which is something I'm not really good at, but I'm looking for something different.
Each character profession is also supposed to have a different storyline. For my first character, I chose a spy. I've already run into one mission that was a bit difficult until I realized exactly how stealth works. After that, I had to do something a bit unexpected, but running out of a successful mission followed by a hail of gunfire was pretty cool.
I don't know if I'm really going to play much, but I haven't played RIFT in about 2 weeks now and I want to get some avatar game play in. CCP just did too good a job with the Future Vision video and now I want more. Maybe I just need to stick to science fiction from now on.