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Rift

We have seen many self-proclaimed WoW replacements in the past few years but lucky 2011 brought forth a challenger that seems to be a tough contender, and now has gone free to play. Carrying all the elements of a classic RPG, Rift is a game which pays equal attention to the modern day requirements and veteran gamers’ expectations. Now that the game has added free to play there is really zero reasons for any player not to take a look at Rift and see what the hype is all about.

Rift is brought to us by developers and publishers Trion Worlds, the award winning company from the US. The name might not ring many bells in MMO enthusiast’s ears but let us tell you that the company was formed by the people who have previously worked on popular titles such as EverQuest and WoW itself. The very first thing that makes Rift seem promising is its HD quality graphics. Of course, this isn’t the very first time we are seeing an MMO with this feature. So, what else is so extra ordinary about this free MMORPG? Let’s find out!

A little Background

Since this is a game developed with an effort stand out as the next big thing , the developers started with the most basic formula – find a good back story and merge the storyline into the gameplay. Rift revolves around the story of Telara, the only world created entirely out of sourcestones. This makes it the most prosperous and diverse of all the lands. Seems like some gods didn’t like the idea of a prosperous world, and unleashed elemental torments in Telara. Now heroes must rise and fight against the dark powers and for this they will have to learn from their past.

Faction, Races and Classes

One thing most lovable about Rift is its variety and diversity of content. The game does not offer a choice of factions but classes and races as well. The game has two factions the Guardians and the Defiants. The fun part is that almost every race has a unique and interesting lore to it.

Each faction has three races and each race further divides into four main classes. These classes and subclasses that further evolve into several souls. Soul is a unique feature indeed. This system allows you to choose the right kind of hero for every situation. Hence, if character progression and evolution is what you need to see, Rift is really the one setting new standards.

Main Classes

Warrior– The warrior can branch out and either become a tanking type character or a major damage dealer. They have unmatchable physical abilities. Warrior classes are Champion, Reaver, Paladin, Warlord, Paragon, Riftblade, Void Knight, and Beastmaster.
Cleric – Cleric is usually seen as a healing class, but in Rift they can also be a tank or a DPS. They use magic to heal their allies as well as to deal great damage to their enemies. The Cleric classes are Purifier, Inquisitor, Sentinel, Justicar, Shaman, Warden, Druid, and Cabalist.
Rogue – These are agile fighters with sharp blades and active mind. They wear light armor to maintain their speed and this makes them a little weaker in defense. The rogue classes are Nightblade, Ranger, Blade Dancer, Assassin, Riftstalker, Marksman, Saboteur, and Bard.
Mage – Mage uses energies and spells to destroy and devastate their enemies. They can do great damage from a long distance but are vulnerable to more damage during close combats. The mage classes are Elementalist, Warlock, Pyromancer, Stormcaller, Archon, Necromancer and Dominator.

General Gameplay

On the very starting note, the gameplay of Rift implies that this is a game meant for veteran players only. Probably the developers had in their mind all those layers who are now sick and bored of WoW. While the basic gameplay elements are all very typical of the genre, playing the game requires a slightly higher set of skills than most noobs would have.

Variety from the Start

The game starts with the usual character customization screen and this is where you will actually realize the true quality of what you are about to experience next. Not only the character details are extra ordinary, the variety of content is really mesmerizing. Almost each class and race has its own set of customizations. Later on, you will be amazed at the variety and content in every single aspect of the game, ranging from maps to weapons. Yes, the game currently has around 1200 0 weapons, including common and rare ones.

Character Progression

The overall character progression in rift depends on the soul system. Each player gets to choose three souls in the beginning. Each soul has a versatile soul tree. You earn soul points at every level and that is what you use to advance on their soul skills an abilities. This opens numerous progression opportunities or each player but beware, you might also end with a jack of all and master of none.

Rifts and Quests

Questing is pretty exciting in Rift. There are several rifts around Telara. These rifts will open up and give you some kind of quest to complete. The very first quest, for instance, is to kill x number of goblins and it is quite fun. Later on, these rifts will create events which require all the player s on a particular server to take part in. these events will rain an army of enemies upon you and this is where it becomes impossible to play solo.

PvP

As for the PVP, Rift offer both instanced and open world raids. Different warfronts keep unlocking throughout the levels. Until level fifty, there are four war fronts. Among these are the usual ‘capture the flag’ types and a few unique ones. Although the game defines the rifts as their cornerstone of entertainment, the PvP somehow manages to be more exciting. Maybe it’s because of the exciting warfronts or because the game is just well made in every aspect.

Free to Play

Rift follow the suite of many other subscription model games and started out without even a free trial, but after a few months and with the ever growing popularity of F2P, that seemed to really gain steam in 2011, Rift broke down and added a free trial. That has since been overhauled and Rift Lite has been born, giving players an unlimited amount of time to play the game, but limiting their progress in many other ways. Including a level cap of 20 for free to play players, chat and trade restrictions, zone limits, novice crafting ability cap, item limitations, and a few others that still allow players to enjoy the game, but if you truly want the full experience then you are going to want to upgrade to a subscription.

Graphics and Sound

Rift is truly a treat to the eyes. As we have mentioned earlier, the game is very first HD quality MMO around. The game really has set standards for upcoming WoW wannabees. The effort of graphics team is also quite eminent in character customization and the smallest details in the world of Telra. The environment is full of details which is a lacking component in most of the MMOs be it a pay to play or a free to play.

As for the sounds, Trion seems to be a company which really invests on their games’ audio. Almost every map has its own theme which sounds pretty original. Sound effects truly compliment the gameplay and make up for a very essential part of the overall experience.

The Final Word

Of all the MMOs reviewed so far, Rift, although not completely an FTP, seems pretty promising. The reason of course can be its crisp and futuristic graphics and its variety of content. However, a lot of credit also goes to the way the developers have managed to make the usual MMORPG components look fresh and exciting. The gameplay is not only engaging, it makes you want bid your usual MMO a farewell and commit to Rift for the coming decade.

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  • herban123
    February 3, 2012
    Reply #1

    [..YouTube..] a little late.

  • herban123
    February 3, 2012
    Reply #2

    [..YouTube..] a little late.

  • TheMMODen
    February 3, 2012
    Reply #3

    [..YouTube..] @herban123 It only added a free to play element two days ago. Since I only review free to play games, I would consider this to be pretty spot on. =)

  • TheOnlyZombieHunter
    February 3, 2012
    Reply #4

    [..YouTube..] :0! SOMEONE DISLIKED! I SHALL BRING IT BACK TO A 1 RATIO WITH A LIKE 😀

  • RadiiTV
    February 3, 2012
    Reply #5

    [..YouTube..] @herban123 A little dumb?

  • Reloading26
    February 3, 2012
    Reply #6

    [..YouTube..] @TheMMODen no there was a trial before….

  • Reloading26
    February 3, 2012
    Reply #7

    [..YouTube..] I can’t stand the game. The classes are boring. It has no art style at all, and the graphics engine is poorly built. It lacks any polish that WoW and SWTOR has.

  • jeozerkz
    February 3, 2012
    Reply #8

    [..YouTube..] @Reloading26 really boring??? did you reach level 50 of all the classes??? Ive played rift since beta…till now..lots of pepple playing it..

  • TheMMODen
    February 3, 2012
    Reply #9

    [..YouTube..] @TheOnlyZombieHunter You are too kind =)

  • jeozerkz
    February 3, 2012
    Reply #10

    [..YouTube..] I’ve been playing rift since beta..Im a Warrior..i know this game is hard for all of you..basically because maybe you didnt reach the end game content..thats why u got bored quick..this game..has the best RAID of all the MMO’s..its really challenging..i recommend you guys try this game…im still playing it today…i played SWTOR..but i came back to Rift..end game on SWTOR is still lacking..not like rift..overall ..rift is great..

  • Reloading26
    February 3, 2012
    Reply #11

    [..YouTube..] @jeozerkz I have tried mostly ever class. There is TOO much way to combine a class and it is hard to find a class I can even like. It is boring.

  • Reloading26
    February 3, 2012
    Reply #12

    [..YouTube..] I have tried mostly ever class. There is TOO much way to combine a class and it is hard to find a class I can even like. It is boring.

  • Reloading26
    February 3, 2012
    Reply #13

    [..YouTube..] @jeozerkz not to mention there is only 2 starting zones in the game!!! LAME

  • Reloading26
    February 3, 2012
    Reply #14

    [..YouTube..] not to mention there is only 2 starting zones in the game!!! LAME

  • xdkisingerx
    February 3, 2012
    Reply #15

    [..YouTube..] So did they change the class system? You used to be able to choose your three souls individually. Are they just preset now?

  • SeuGualda
    February 3, 2012
    Reply #16

    [..YouTube..] This seems too much like WoW…

  • djm0ns
    February 3, 2012
    Reply #17

    [..YouTube..] I know this game latde going free2play

  • Reloading26
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #18

    [..YouTube..] @SeuGualda it is basically an unpolished WoW with 2 starting zones….>->

  • Reloading26
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #19

    [..YouTube..] it is basically an unpolished WoW with 2 starting zones….>->

  • Reloading26
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #20

    it is basically an unpolished WoW with 2 starting zones….>->

  • Falstaff510
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #21

    [..YouTube..] @Reloading26 i think you just trolling. you have tried mostly every class. there are 4×8(bevor it was 9) Souls you can choose as main =32 or 36 classes. and these are even individual costemisable. Two startingzones hast two do with the storyline but you don’t much rerole beacuase you can respec. unpolished and you bring up swtor? and wow had some time. There you should see that rift gives huge patches every 50 days for free. They addid a lot. yes a play rift but when criticise do it correctly.

  • Falstaff510
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #22

    @Reloading26 i think you just trolling. you have tried mostly every class. there are 4×8(bevor it was 9) Souls you can choose as main =32 or 36 classes. and these are even individual costemisable. Two startingzones hast two do with the storyline but you don’t much rerole beacuase you can respec. unpolished and you bring up swtor? and wow had some time. There you should see that rift gives huge patches every 50 days for free. They addid a lot. yes a play rift but when criticise do it correctly.

  • PNNentertaiment
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #23

    [..YouTube..] @TheMMODen its free to play to lvl 20… and you sould make a review of aion when it comes free to play in february.

  • PNNentertaiment
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #24

    [..YouTube..] its free to play to lvl 20… and you sould make a review of aion when it comes free to play in february.

  • PNNentertaiment
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #25

    [..YouTube..] its free to play to lvl 20… and you sould make a review of aion when it comes free to play in february.

  • PNNentertaiment
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #26

    its free to play to lvl 20… and you sould make a review of aion when it comes free to play in february.

  • Bobtehnerd
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #27

    [..YouTube..] It looks much like Warhammer Online.

  • Bobtehnerd
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #28

    It looks much like Warhammer Online.

  • Reloading26
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #29

    [..YouTube..] @Falstaf510 I am not trolling. I played the game and could not a find a class I liked. One of the reasons I like WoW is b/c classes are much more fun and they’re easier to find one u like. 2 starting zones turn off. Art style is non existent. Graphics engine is built badly. I am not trolling.

  • Reloading26
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #30

    @Falstaf510 I am not trolling. I played the game and could not a find a class I liked. One of the reasons I like WoW is b/c classes are much more fun and they’re easier to find one u like. 2 starting zones turn off. Art style is non existent. Graphics engine is built badly. I am not trolling.

  • CreaterOfRazer
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #31

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  • CreaterOfRazer
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #32

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  • nethstar
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #33

    [..YouTube..] @Reloading26 Yup…you’re trolling. There are multiple soul/class changes you can make in Rift. The graphics *are* actually better than wow…Btw – How are you measuring the “quality” of the graphics engine’s build?

  • nethstar
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #34

    [..YouTube..] Yup…you’re trolling. There are multiple soul/class changes you can make in Rift. The graphics *are* actually better than wow…Btw – How are you measuring the “quality” of the graphics engine’s build?

  • nethstar
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #35

    Yup…you’re trolling. There are multiple soul/class changes you can make in Rift. The graphics *are* actually better than wow…Btw – How are you measuring the “quality” of the graphics engine’s build?

  • nethstar
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #36

    [..YouTube..] *Sigh*…people equating Today’s WoW to Today’s Rift are missing the plain fact that Rift was only released around mid 2011. WoW’s been around since 2004 to tweak elements of the game (which Trion are doing constantly now).

    Like comparing a 18 year old’s life experience with an 11 year old’s.

    Pretty Pathetic.

  • nethstar
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #37

    *Sigh*…people equating Today’s WoW to Today’s Rift are missing the plain fact that Rift was only released around mid 2011. WoW’s been around since 2004 to tweak elements of the game (which Trion are doing constantly now).

    Like comparing a 18 year old’s life experience with an 11 year old’s.

    Pretty Pathetic.

  • Reloading26
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #38

    [..YouTube..] @nethstar I am not trolling! Like I said, I hate games with TOO many choices. That is why I hate the class system. IN MY OPINION, it lacks art style and the graphics are poorly built.

  • Reloading26
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #39

    [..YouTube..] I am not trolling! Like I said, I hate games with TOO many choices. That is why I hate the class system. IN MY OPINION, it lacks art style and the graphics are poorly built.

  • Reloading26
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #40

    I am not trolling! Like I said, I hate games with TOO many choices. That is why I hate the class system. IN MY OPINION, it lacks art style and the graphics are poorly built.

  • nethstar
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #41

    [..YouTube..] @Reloading26 Less classes…more starting zones…? I doubt that will make the game any better. You’re in the starting zone for a few hours, and most likely don’t see that area again, (in rift you’re literally transported out of that zone). Again, you still haven’t stated what makes it “Poorly built” on the graphical side of things? Mismatched textures? Badly baked lighting posing as dynamic lighting? Mis-use of G.I on low graphics settings? Graphically from a user point of view it’s not faulty

  • nethstar
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #42

    [..YouTube..] Less classes…more starting zones…? I doubt that will make the game any better. You’re in the starting zone for a few hours, and most likely don’t see that area again, (in rift you’re literally transported out of that zone). Again, you still haven’t stated what makes it “Poorly built” on the graphical side of things? Mismatched textures? Badly baked lighting posing as dynamic lighting? Mis-use of G.I on low graphics settings? Graphically from a user point of view it’s not faulty

  • nethstar
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #43

    Less classes…more starting zones…? I doubt that will make the game any better. You’re in the starting zone for a few hours, and most likely don’t see that area again, (in rift you’re literally transported out of that zone). Again, you still haven’t stated what makes it “Poorly built” on the graphical side of things? Mismatched textures? Badly baked lighting posing as dynamic lighting? Mis-use of G.I on low graphics settings? Graphically from a user point of view it’s not faulty

  • Reloading26
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #44

    [..YouTube..] @nethstar I hate the graphics because I think it lacks art style. No but It would nice to have a different starting zone for each race. Each race would seem more purposeful. Having 2 zones just makes your decision in race not important at all.

  • Reloading26
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #45

    [..YouTube..] I hate the graphics because I think it lacks art style. No but It would nice to have a different starting zone for each race. Each race would seem more purposeful. Having 2 zones just makes your decision in race not important at all.

  • Reloading26
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #46

    I hate the graphics because I think it lacks art style. No but It would nice to have a different starting zone for each race. Each race would seem more purposeful. Having 2 zones just makes your decision in race not important at all.

  • nethstar
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #47

    [..YouTube..] @Reloading26 Ok, that’s understandable if you personally hate the graphics after all that’s opinion. However, that doesn’t make it a “poorly built graphics engine”… that’s a pretty definitive comment to make. Especially when you didn’t state what made it “poorly built” besides it being an opinion.

  • nethstar
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #48

    [..YouTube..] Ok, that’s understandable if you personally hate the graphics after all that’s opinion. However, that doesn’t make it a “poorly built graphics engine”… that’s a pretty definitive comment to make. Especially when you didn’t state what made it “poorly built” besides it being an opinion.

  • nethstar
    February 4, 2012
    Reply #49

    Ok, that’s understandable if you personally hate the graphics after all that’s opinion. However, that doesn’t make it a “poorly built graphics engine”… that’s a pretty definitive comment to make. Especially when you didn’t state what made it “poorly built” besides it being an opinion.

  • flowerlight
    February 10, 2012
    Reply #50

    [..YouTube..] love rift. took a while to get into, esp before they streamlined what talent tree to go down. but well worth it as you feal you have created something deffernt to everybody else even if you are the smae class. ty for sharing 🙂

  • flowerlight
    February 10, 2012
    Reply #51

    love rift. took a while to get into, esp before they streamlined what talent tree to go down. but well worth it as you feal you have created something deffernt to everybody else even if you are the smae class. ty for sharing 🙂

  • BirdlySV
    February 17, 2012
    Reply #52

    [..YouTube..] Really enjoy your commentary–I actually made an account just to make this comment because I had something I wanted to say. Your commentary reminds me of Blizzard’s stance to their games: they want someone who has no idea what they are doing to be able to pick up their game and be successful while enjoying themselves.

    Your commentary introduces the game to the extremely new and the MMO savvy alike. I will be trying out Rift now, thanks for the video.

  • BirdlySV
    February 17, 2012
    Reply #53

    Really enjoy your commentary–I actually made an account just to make this comment because I had something I wanted to say. Your commentary reminds me of Blizzard’s stance to their games: they want someone who has no idea what they are doing to be able to pick up their game and be successful while enjoying themselves.

    Your commentary introduces the game to the extremely new and the MMO savvy alike. I will be trying out Rift now, thanks for the video.

  • TheMMODen
    February 17, 2012
    Reply #54

    thank you very much for the kind words. Hope you come back and tell us how you enjoy the game, whether it be here or on our forums. Welcome to Youtube BTW =)

  • TheMMODen
    February 17, 2012
    Reply #55

    thank you very much for the kind words. Hope you come back and tell us how you enjoy the game, whether it be here or on our forums. Welcome to Youtube BTW =)

  • TheMMODen
    February 17, 2012
    Reply #56

    thank you very much for the kind words. Hope you come back and tell us how you enjoy the game, whether it be here or on our forums. Welcome to Youtube BTW =)

  • TheMMODen
    February 17, 2012
    Reply #57

    [..YouTube..] @BirdlySV thank you very much for the kind words. Hope you come back and tell us how you enjoy the game, whether it be here or on our forums. Welcome to Youtube BTW =)

  • TheMMODen
    February 17, 2012
    Reply #58

    [..YouTube..] thank you very much for the kind words. Hope you come back and tell us how you enjoy the game, whether it be here or on our forums. Welcome to Youtube BTW =)

  • TheMMODen
    February 17, 2012
    Reply #59

    thank you very much for the kind words. Hope you come back and tell us how you enjoy the game, whether it be here or on our forums. Welcome to Youtube BTW =)

  • Zanzabilify
    March 3, 2012
    Reply #60

    [..YouTube..] the game sucks , crappy class system.. empty servers..

  • Zanzabilify
    March 3, 2012
    Reply #61

    the game sucks , crappy class system.. empty servers..

  • iVanQuished
    March 20, 2012
    Reply #62

    [..YouTube..] hey hope your ok 🙂 i have started a new mmo channel have several reviews and gameplay videos up and going to be a very active director with all sorts of content so please jump over and have a look leave some feedback and maybe even subscribe thanks for your time 🙂 rift lite uploaded

  • capucchan8
    April 1, 2012
    Reply #63

    [..YouTube..] so which is better rift lite or runes of magic?

    • chefmadness
      June 22, 2013
      Reply #64

      ROM sucks ass. play rift!

  • capucchan8
    April 1, 2012
    Reply #65

    so which is better rift lite or runes of magic?

  • burgess0513
    April 19, 2012
    Reply #66

    [..YouTube..] Warcraft has ruined any chance of any other pc game for me. :S

  • burgess0513
    April 19, 2012
    Reply #67

    [..YouTube..] Warcraft has ruined any chance of any other pc game for me. :S

  • burgess0513
    April 19, 2012
    Reply #68

    Warcraft has ruined any chance of any other pc game for me. :S

  • MrHazzer124
    June 2, 2012
    Reply #69

    [..YouTube..] thanks for the great commentary

  • MrHazzer124
    June 2, 2012
    Reply #70

    thanks for the great commentary

  • TheMMODen
    June 3, 2012
    Reply #71

    [..YouTube..] Thanks for watching. Glad you enjoyed

  • TheMMODen
    June 3, 2012
    Reply #72

    Thanks for watching. Glad you enjoyed

  • PyleDaAkshin09
    August 6, 2012
    Reply #73

    [..YouTube..] My desktop got some much ram i can download games quick as hell but i just can’t play em .. need a graphic card i guess i don’t know

  • PyleDaAkshin09
    August 6, 2012
    Reply #74

    My desktop got some much ram i can download games quick as hell but i just can’t play em .. need a graphic card i guess i don’t know

  • PyleDaAkshin09
    August 6, 2012
    Reply #75

    [..YouTube..] so*

  • PyleDaAkshin09
    August 6, 2012
    Reply #76

    so*

  • Decency
    October 10, 2012
    Reply #77

    Any person who has played World of Warcraft will feel very familiar with the concepts and fundamentals of Rift. With multiple raids, many dungeons, amazing pvp, and fantastic questing, Rift is a must play for those MMORPG gamers out there. It’s free up to level 20 with a $15/month fee to play.

  • Josef Lundgren
    October 21, 2012
    Reply #78

    Ive got a huge problem registering to RIFT Lite (free trail) When I confirm my register it just resets, the whole window just resets and then that confirm button goes all white with a red cross on the left side of that confirm button… wth is happening? Please help 🙁

  • bogafjellguys
    November 23, 2012
    Reply #79

    Is this game totally free or is it pay2win ?

  • Klint Mane
    December 18, 2012
    Reply #80

    it’s a subscription game, this is just the trial

  • SirRumz
    December 27, 2012
    Reply #81

    enjoyed this enough to make me download the trial version, thanks

  • Reshadae
    January 27, 2013
    Reply #82

    I completely agree with the others, your commentary made me willing to consider this game again. 🙂
    Keep up the good work mate.

  • TheMMODen
    January 28, 2013
    Reply #83

    Thanks, Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Eminales
    February 13, 2013
    Reply #84

    On the official site it write : Free to play . Is is really free to play with all the stuffs , or limited ?

  • PaperChasah
    April 14, 2013
    Reply #85

    Why you copying MMOHut? stupid bitch no one can compare the ALMIGHTY OMER

  • TheMMODen
    April 14, 2013
    Reply #86

    OMER sold MMOHUT 2 years ago. I guess you only eat food at ONE restaurant too right?

  • sunghj11
    April 20, 2013
    Reply #87

    Kill yourself

  • BreatheImminent
    May 4, 2013
    Reply #88

    you’re drunk go home.

  • chefmadness
    June 22, 2013
    Reply #89

    I like mmoden a lot! very dricptive videos & not a jerk like mmobomb.

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