Review: Rift: Storm Legion offers a ton of content
11 December 2012
Excerpt: The word massive isn’t a simple exaggeration of how much content is available in Rift: Storm Legion . While most expansions add a combination of new classes, races, and a small explorable area befitting the new level cap, Rift takes a different approach. Storm Legion offers content that rivals the original game, if not more, making one’s stay a more permanent one rather than a temporary one. However, all is not without faults.
Summary: Parents need to know that Rift is a massively multiplayer online game with a monthly subscription fee to play in the world of Telara. There is player-versus-environment combat and elements of the game that include player-versus-player battle. The battles can be intense with seemingly hundreds of players onscreen at once during the big invasions. Multiple weapons can be used and there is some blood seen.
Conclusion: experience that they perhaps come closer to being a WoW-killer than any MMO to date. When you examine the visuals for Rift, you come away feeling very impressed. The art team clearly wanted to make the environments that the players move through feel like an actual environment as opposed to simply a zone. Forests feel like actual forests instead of just collections of trees scattered about here and there. Desert canyons feel arid and wind scoured.
Conclusion: Rift provides a unique, rewarding experience and proves to be a worthy alternative to some of the best MMOs available. However, there is plenty of more work to be done in the areas of end-game, PvP, and professions.
Excerpt: These days, it feels like MMOs distinguish themselves mainly on the subtle ways they differ from World of Warcraft. Rift is very much a creature of this era, albeit an uncommonly comprehensive one. Its designers are betting that Telara, a world more hazardous and less predictable than Azeroth, will prove enticing enough to encourage you to revoke your citizenship--or at the very least take out a tourist visa. Is time to start collecting your vaccinations?
Excerpt: Dictionary.com defines addiction as: a noun- the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma. After playing Rift since Beta and now into the first month of release, I am expecting the definition to include "See Rift.
Excerpt: MMORPGs are becoming a regularly released genre lately. Within the last few months, we have had eleven games and various expansion packs released. Rift is the most recent release from this genre, and it is an impressive offering at that. Rift is a unique game. It features a story and setting that actually breaks away from the traditional orcs and wizards, introducing a two-tiered enemy system.
Excerpt: Breaking into the world of MMOs is definitely a daunting task. These days, you are inevitably going to be compared to Blizzard's monster, and for good reason. That game is truly a trendsetter.
Pros: + Rifts add to the gameplay, + Souls add twists to classes, + Extremely polished
Cons: Steep learning curve, Story fades after a while