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Issue 278, March 28, 2011
In the news
Last week's Friday Update included a detailed look at the armor progression of Star Wars: The Old Republic's Jedi Knight.

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Trion Worlds has aggressive plans for the first major update to RIFT.

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Trion Worlds' MMO collaboration with the Syfy Network gets a name, and that name is Defiance.

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Aion: Assault on Balaurea Re-Review
Originally released in 2009, Aion was cast as a mold-breaking MMO by NCSoft. It didn't, however, measure up to its hype. In the years since then, the dev team has worked quite hard to make Aion into the game it should have been on release. With the Assault on Balaurea expansion, did the team reach its goal? Find out in Lead Writer Bill Murphy's re-review of Aion in the post Assault on Balaurea era.

Back on September 7th of 2010, Assault on Balaurea launched as a massive free expansion to Aion. Its aim was to give more life to the high level experience, as well as flatten out the curve and grind that turned off many western gamers shortly after the title's original launch. A host of other features came bundled in and recent patches have further addressed many issues players once found off-putting. The result is an Aion of today that is much more approachable by western gaming standards. It's a traditionally molded fantasy MMORPG with an Eastern artistic flare, and if you haven't yet tried the game now would be a great time to do so.

You can read the full review here.

More reviews can be found on our site here.
The List: Five Things Rift Did Right
Rift has been in commercial release for nearly a month and we will be launching our official review very soon. In the meantime, Lead Writer Bill Murphy will be spending the next two editions of The List discussing both those things that Trion Worlds did right with Rift and those things that could use some work.

I sincerely did not expect these ad-hoc open world raids to be as fun as they turned out to be. There are downsides, namely that in an empty zone they become something you avoid rather than something you rush toward. But as the game's population is still pretty hefty, that's rarely a problem in my experience. Tie in the rewards that can be somewhat easily obtained in through partaking in each different type of invasion and you have a winning formula for fun. There's rarely been a time that an invasion which happened when I was logged in wasn't an immediate call to arms for all able-bodied Defiants to band together and bust some NPC skulls. What's more fun though is when PvP comes into the mix. Invasions, once something I saw as a slightly improved Public Quest, are now one of the chief reasons I like Rift.

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RIFT is a fantasy MMORPG developed and published by Trion Worlds. In RIFT, the world of Telara is being invaded by six different planes (fire, earth, air, water, life, death) through tears in the world called "Rifts." Players fighting for either the Guardian or Defiant factions are tasked with keeping the planar forces at bay in order to save Telara and drive back the forces of the game's villain, Regulos, the dragon god of extinction.

The aforementioned rifts make up the game's dynamic content features, as the rifts can open up in any part of the game world. The forces that spill out of these rifts will seek to spread their influence throughout the game world and even take over territory, leaving both a tangible and visible mark upon the game world.

RIFT also features the "Soul Attunement" system, which essentially allows players to multi-class. Different souls are acquired throughout the course of the game and up to three can be arranged at a time to create a build. Builds can be stored for use in several loadouts, allowing players to prepare different builds for different situations.

Learn more about Rift here, or check out our game list here.
The Week that Was
Monday, March 21
Guild Wars 2: The Evolution of Attributes

Tuesday, March 22
PAX East 2011: Panel Report Pt. 1

Wednesday, March 23
Star Wars: The Old Republic: Guild Headquarters = Awesome

Thursday, March 24
The Secret World: The Modern Setting

Friday, March 25
PAX East 2011: Panel Report Pt. 3
Did You Know?
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