Everyone and their dog’s grandma is playing Rift. Or wants to play Rift, since the price tag is “husky” and the free trials are few. The wise gamer will look to find a friend who was suckered into buying the game and then beg for the freebie that is certainly enclosed (which it isn’t). While the lucky gamer will have a brother with sharp eyes who sees mmorpg.com had keys for a free weekend!
The lucky gamer will bemoan the fact that it starts at 10:00 am Friday morning and ends 10:00 am Monday morning, because it will INEVITABLY fall on the busiest weekend of the gamer’s life. Regardless, the key will be obtained and the game will be played.
And thus begins the Non-Review, Review.
The truth? Just like World of Warcraft (herein referred to as “WoW”). Disappointingly so. The Tech Journal called it, “…the most complete with full-featured MMO experience you’ve been dreaming of.” Uh, unless you have been playing WoW these past 6 years. TO BE FAIR, the reviewer wasn’t able to find the desire to put in enough hours in the game to get past the starting zone. And yes, some people will be all, “Well, OF COURSE you didn’t like it! The starting zone sucks!” But isn’t that the point? If a game doesn’t grab you by the hair and permeate your dreams, is it really worth playing?
Everything about the play was intuitive, if you are familiar with WoW. Everything from the character icon, to the tool placement was the same. Even the decorative bits were so similar, many eye rolls were endured. The females were intended to all be beautiful (except the dwarfs, what’s up with that?) and wore very little. Nobody actually cares about the males because no one rolls a male with the thought, “If you’re going to watch something, may as well make it something nice!”
Huge disappointments for the 3D work. It was rough, at best. Seams could be seen on pets, like they were costumes for some unlucky toon. The landscape seemed flat and washed with a texture that implied the creators were trying to convey pain and death. Of course, the constant screaming that occurs in the Guardian starting zone helps.
This is a Non-Review, Review because there simply wasn’t enough play time given to be fair. The review was given as a first impression and should be taken as such. While other games do it better (or at least as good), Rift would be great for those who like the game play style but just want fresh story lines, zones, races and classes. Keep an eye out for trial weekends, as that appears to be Rift’s current mode of offerings.
As an aside: It appears, from reading forums, that armor color can be changed. Perfectionist (or Everquest) gamers can rejoice that boots will now match helms! Assuming your super hot elf warrior is wearing enough armor to actually color. And luckily for you, everything matches skin.