I tried getting back into Rift a while back and just found it kinda...dull. After the active combat systems in GW2, Tera, and Neverwinter, I'm not sure I could go back to just spamming an attack rotation over and over again.
had the same issue when I tried going back to Age of Conan last weekend; I used to love their combat system but it just feels clunky now. still, I liked the world of Rift enough to at least give it another go with free to play.
To be fair, AoC as originally released was more focused on key combos, almost like a fighting game. Some required 3 coordinated key presses to trigger an attack.
I liked that aspect (here I even suggested it would've made light saber usage in SWTOR more fun), but the major AoC updates years later seemed to prune back most of that combo-key stuff to the point that it removed the game's most unique combat feature and rendered it a routine key-basher, imho.
I mean, nudity will only get your mmorpg so far.
As for Rift, if the F2P switch at least brings in enough players for the massive combat events to be more massive as they were closer to launch, I might at least re-visit.