It's time for me to "Officially" review a game, and the first one I have chosen to review is Rift, By Trion Worlds.
Rift was first released as a pay to play game, and has adapted the free to play model. No Tricks, No Trials, No Traps. I believe the stick to that, the free to play model does not limit game play, areas, zones, pvp, etc. Some may call it truly free to play, and some say it's one of the best free to play models out there right now. I tend to agree with that. It is a wonderful free to play game. Top tier, if there is a tier of Free to play games, Rift is defiantly up there! But is everything about Rift good? You are about to get some insight of Rift, the good, the great, and the terrible. This review is going to be brutally honest, and hold nothing back. That's not how I do it here. So, I have laid out the first thing about Rift for you. It is truly free to play. So, nothing to lose right with playing it! There is always an upside to that.
Graphics: I ran Rift on the maximum settings, and the game looks great. Is it the best out here? No, but it does look really good, and somewhat detailed. I thought the look of the game, and the world around it, was really pretty. Though the one thing the game does lack in graphics, is optimization. The game itself is poorly optimized. I would lag for no reason, and the animations would as well. It mostly during big Rifts, or something like that. I wish Trion would optimize it, it would run a lot smoother for other people, and many, many people have complained about this issue as well. If you can get past that, the game looks great. I think some of the Animations are really stellar. I don't think it will make your jaw drop, but it will impress you nonetheless. It's not the flashiest, or the best, but it has some eye candy moments, hell every game does I think.
Game Play: This is where I am sort of hit or miss with the game. A lot people, and when I say a lot, I mean most of the people who talk, or play Rift, will call it a "WoW" Clone. I'm going to totally avoid saying that, but the game doesn't add anything new to the Genre. I mean, I have fun playing the game, doing quests, doing crafting, etc. Typical MMO stuff. The game doesn't add anything new, but what it does have, it does pretty well. They do have the "Rift" system, which is pretty fun. Random events, and you get some sweet stuff to go along with it. Though, that can get very boring after awhile. But that is what happens with most games, you do the same thing over again, and it gets boring. It's bound to happen. To that effect though, like I said, what it has, it does well. The classes are really fun, and unique. A healing Rogue? I'll take it. I would like to say this, with all the classes, and souls are available. There is a lot of fun things you can do within the game, class wise. I think this is one of the game's strong points. It's many classes. 3 races per faction, and there is only two factions. A lot of people are used to a lot more races being available. So I would like to see the game add a new race. Trion does continue to add new classes/ souls. Along with new crafting classes.
Storm Legion, added a really cool feature to the game. Dimensions. It's basically player owned part of the game. You build, and add what you want to it. Think of it as housing sort of. I have dabbled a little into this, and I found it fun. It can be very annoying to get into, and the quests involving it really bored me, but I guess in the end, the reward of what you can do is really cool. Housing was never really big with me, but I did dabble into it, and it was worth mentioning in the Review, because it is a cool feature.
To add to the classes, I like how you can change the souls on the fly. Even the website mentions that. Six Races, and 36 souls. So you can see how many things you can do with that. The game does have a good Holy Trinity i'd like to believe. For a free to play game, the game offers a ton of stuff to do.
Social: This is where Rift really doesn't shine for me. The community in this game, is extremely toxic. A new forum policy was even put in place by Trion, because it go so toxic. Inside the game, it can be hit or miss, but most of the time in chat, in the server I played on, level 1-29 chat was spammed with curse words, making fun of people, and racism. Now, you get this in every game, free to play or sub, but the amount I saw in this game, was astounding. The ignore feature was used a lot in this game. Though, find a good guild, and make some friends, and that sort of goes away. With a general chat spammed like that, and the amount of people that talked like that, was just so off putting. It kinda sickened me the way people talked. I mean, they were making fun of people with Down Syndrome. I mean, seriously? Like I said, ignore feature was used to the max. Sadly. At least on my server. It was also a PvP server, I don't know if you want to delve into that, because of the type of server it was, but it was bad. The server I played on was Seastone.
PvP: Another bad thing I found about Rift. The pvp was unbalanced, and bland to say the least. I found myself just wanting to leave in the middle of the matches, and just go do something different. I like PvP, I was huge into it in other games, but Rift's pvp, was just to say the least bad. After my first few sessions with it, i just dropped it completely, and didn't touch it again. My opinion. Some people I talked in the game, really spoke highly of it, and enjoyed it. But, I didn't. I played multiple classes in PvP, and just didn't click with me, I wasn't bad at it, I just felt like it was highly imbalanced. So, PvP wasn't a thing for me in this game. Now, why did I play on a PvP Server? Who doesn't like excitement right? I did the same thing in World Of Warcraft... I mean, who doesn't like getting ganked, and then returning the favor later in the game? Am I right here?
PvE: I guess this could go along with Game Play, but I think this is where the game truly shines. I had a blast in the PvE Aspect of the game. Raids, Dungeons, Rifts, and overall questing. Yes, it does have quest hubs, and go here, kill X things, and return to me. Like I said, it doesn't add really anything new to the Genre, but I found myself questing for a few hours, and the time went by, and I didn't really get bored, thank the lord for that. I get bored easily, people know this. I mean, yes, I did get burnt out after awhile, but who wouldn't. I didn't want to treat the whole game as a Hardcore experience. I casually played the game, into late game, and enjoyed the journey. Though the story line is poorly done, it makes up for it in other aspects. Rifts was fun, but can be boring after just following them for awhile. The game has a lot to enjoy, a lot of zones, and dungeons. Typical "Themepark" MMO stuff you could say. I would like to add that Instant Adventures made the game a lot more fun for me to be honest.
One of my favorite Raids the game had to offer was the 20 man, Infernal Dawn. Just because I had some awesome fun with it. I suggest looking up a YouTube video on it, to see what I mean! I did it as all three roles. I think the most fun I had with it though was DPS, I don't know why. Usually I don't like end-game dps, but hell I had fun with it.
I would like to think Rift has some sustain. It has held me long enough to play through the "End Game", and so on. It's far from the perfect game indeed, but it's lasted this long with me, and I continue to play it. Now with every game comes the boredom factor. I think rift does an excellent job defeating that factor, with all the classes/souls you can play. In my book that adds a lot of value, and does a lot for the game's sustain. With all the stuff you can do with classes, and the fact the game has a holy trinity, you can do a lot with that. Sure, it's the same old thing, Healer, DPS, Tank, but I mean rogue healing, that's kinda cool right? I know I keep going back to that, but I think that's just a neat thing. You know? There is defiantly some things I would love to change with Rift's PvP, and PvE. I mean, I think everyone would, in any game.
Will Rift last the next couple of years, and with all the new MMOs releasing? I think it can, and i'll tell you why. Well, first thing is The game is truly free to play. I think that will make the game last as long as it's profitable even past then, with all the updates Trion has done over the past, they do have the intention of keeping it running. I believe if they keep coming out with great updates, and even down the road an Expasion like Storm Legion, the game could last a lot more than I think. It is defiantly one of the best free to play games on the market in terms of content, and things like that. Trion does have a lot of work ahead of them if they want to keep it up to par with the latest and greatest so to speak. I think the best thing Trion could do to this game, is add more classes, races, etc. I.E with an Expansion of some sort.
Playing a lot of subscription, and free to play games, with Rift keeping my attention for a long time, it is indeed a fun game. The best MMO on the market? No, I don't think there is one. It is one really fun game though, and I will continue to play it. My list of playable MMOs is a short and sweet one, and I am happy to be able to add Rift to that list. I still play it, and I still level some alts, while doing some end-game content with my mains.
I really don't know how to end this review, but I guess I can do it with a grading score. I would defiantly give Rift a 7.5/10. If the community wasn't so bad, it would be higher. If you have any questions about my review, or wanna discuss it, leave a comment below, or tweet at me, @SirIsaacJewton. Cheers!