Rift is a new MMO coming out soon and I've been trying it out in the recent betas. The obvious pro is that it's actually a polished game. No stupid bugs (AoC), no extreme lack of finished content (WAR), etc. It feels like a finished game even in beta (although I am only level 12, I haven't seen anything "end game" yet). The UI is also extremely customizable which removes a lot of the need for third-party addons. The "rift" idea is also really cool, it's something you can get into even at lower levels. It takes on the feel of a party quest from WAR, something I always wished they'd implement in WoW, and yet it's even more dynamic than a PQ. They can open anywhere in the zone, with mini-packs of rift mobs patrolling the zone. You get loot and exp. from killing these packs and for closing rifts, so it's a nice break from the monotony of questing. I hope they get more involved at higher levels, though, as at level 12 it's mostly just button mashing.
There's other things I haven't gotten a chance to see like PvE dungeons or any type PvP, but I hear are pretty good as well. But, the major drawback for me is the cost... $50 for the game, $15 a month. I'm dwindling on funds as a college student, so I'm still not sure if I want to spend the money on it. Maybe if I had a job... but then I'd have to get a job.
Anyone have something to add about it that I don't know? Anyone else playing in the betas and/or thinking of buying it?