Excerpt: After having the opportunity to witness Trion’s expansion Storm Legion , for their MMOPRG hit Rift , I gained a better understanding of just what to expect. Sure I could mention how this expansion will increase the level cap by ten levels and add an additional four souls, but I’d rather write about some of the mechanics and gameplay already created. The creative team stressed how they wanted more “space” to work with in their world.
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
Excerpt: The question everyone’s asking is – when will the World of Warcraft killer appear? There’s certainly enough players willing to pay a monthly sub for a quality MMO experience; despite the fact that some of what were considered triple-A MMOs have now gone free to play. Enter RIFT, the recently launched MMO from TRION. The game has been in development for quite some time now but TRION kept it well under the radar until early last year.