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Rift: The Official Review

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,572MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Today marks the official review of Trion Worlds' Rift. MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy takes on one of the year's most keenly anticipated titles. Does Rift live up to the expectations of its fans? Find out in Bill's review.

Let’s face it. Rift is a very well made game from top to bottom. From rookie development studio and publisher Trion Worlds, Rift is a flagship title that has launched with perfect timing to draw gamers’ attention. It is both highly polished, and technologically innovative. It may not stray far from tradition in terms of gameplay, but what it strives to do it does exceedingly well. In an age where many gamers have grown impatient with unfinished products, Rift is a very welcome addition to the stable of MMORPGs.

Read more of Bill Murphy's Rift: The MMORPG.com Review.


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  • onehunerdperonehunerdper corpus christi, TXPosts: 837Member

    "That said, Rift is not without flaws.  In a lot of aspects, its systems have become dated.  Combat, questing, and crafting all function superbly, but are bland due to the simple fact that they have been done this way before."

    8.7? Really? No offense, but shouldn't something that is pretty much a copy in almost every way have a little more of a hill to climb?  That's like giving "Skyline" two thumbs up because it looked good, even though it was a regurgitated Independance Day / War of the Worlds / any other alien invasion movie...

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  • TimukasTimukas TallinnPosts: 693Member

    Originally posted by onehunerdper

    "That said, Rift is not without flaws.  In a lot of aspects, its systems have become dated.  Combat, questing, and crafting all function superbly, but are bland due to the simple fact that they have been done this way before."

    8.7? Really? No offense, but shouldn't something that is pretty much a copy in almost every way have a little more of a hill to climb?  That's like giving "Skyline" two thumbs up because it looked good, even though it was a regurgitated Independance Day / War of the Worlds / any other alien invasion movie...

    Rift is a solid game so in my opinion it is not over rated.

  • Hellfyre420Hellfyre420 Oakland, CAPosts: 861Member

    Aw, this comes with perfect timeing as Rifts servers just went down for 50mins for another patch.. Im lovin rift and how much Trion is patching+updateing this game.. 1 month after launch and were already into a world event + on the way to a brand new raid instance.. Awsomeness!


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    Rift + Starcraft II + Gears Of War 3 Beta

  • ZeroxinZeroxin LondonPosts: 2,521Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Timukas



    Originally posted by onehunerdper

    "That said, Rift is not without flaws.  In a lot of aspects, its systems have become dated.  Combat, questing, and crafting all function superbly, but are bland due to the simple fact that they have been done this way before."

    8.7? Really? No offense, but shouldn't something that is pretty much a copy in almost every way have a little more of a hill to climb?  That's like giving "Skyline" two thumbs up because it looked good, even though it was a regurgitated Independance Day / War of the Worlds / any other alien invasion movie...

    Rift is a solid game so in my opinion it is not over rated.


     

    Neither is Skyline...

    This is not a game.

  • Short-StrawShort-Straw Berthoud, COPosts: 422Member

    Played Rift in the last 2 Betas but decided not to sub. Review seems spot on from what I saw. Oddly enough, the only reason I din't sub is because I didn't like the artwork/graphics. In your article, you mention that the graphics look better now then in Beta, may warrant a second look.

     

    While some may question the "8.7" rating, I can easily see why you gave it your rating. Compared to what's out there 8.7 is reasonable. The question is, if any of the upcoming hyped realeases deliver, will we have our first 10?

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  • onehunerdperonehunerdper corpus christi, TXPosts: 837Member

    Originally posted by Zeroxin



    Originally posted by Timukas



    Originally posted by onehunerdper

    "That said, Rift is not without flaws.  In a lot of aspects, its systems have become dated.  Combat, questing, and crafting all function superbly, but are bland due to the simple fact that they have been done this way before."

    8.7? Really? No offense, but shouldn't something that is pretty much a copy in almost every way have a little more of a hill to climb?  That's like giving "Skyline" two thumbs up because it looked good, even though it was a regurgitated Independance Day / War of the Worlds / any other alien invasion movie...

    Rift is a solid game so in my opinion it is not over rated.


     

    Neither is Skyline...


     

     

    This thought process reminds me of the reason Microsoft Windows has been around for so long.  I guess eventually more people will grow tired of the same old outdated software and call for something new, but in the end it's just a cycle.

     

    It is kinda funny though, some people complained about Apple releasing the iPhone 3Gs, claiming it was just a way for them to make another pile of cash while offering very little improvment, but that's the environment we've created.  As long as it's "solid" we'll pay for the same thing over and over again.

     

    I will say that RIFT looks way better than WOW, I still don't see how there are people that will defend the visuals of WOW, it's ridiculous.

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  • shakermaker0shakermaker0 SheffieldPosts: 194Member

    Agree with the review: Rift isn't new or entirely unique but it is fun, polished, and well supported. Thumbs up to Trion

  • DarkPonyDarkPony RotterdamPosts: 5,566Member

    Sounds pretty fair and balanced. It IS a very high score but there are a lot of redeeming aspects to Rift I guess. I can't judge whether its lack of more novelty would have merited a lower score.

    I do consider it a "few months in" review and score though, in which longevity can't be measured yet. I also enjoyed games like WAR and AoC for around three months until the fun was suddenly over. After that period it is all about depth of content.

    So I'm real curious to see how Rift's retention rates will pan out after a three month period. If it stays stable they have done an amazing job in my book.

  • hitsuji182hitsuji182 LukPosts: 16Member

    Lol, I'm wondering what score GW2 will get then.

  • AnubisanAnubisan Boulder, COPosts: 1,801Member

    The game is polished and fun for a while, but I do not think it deserves an 8.7 by any means. The game does not do enough that is new and exciting to merit that score.

    I played the game for two weeks after release and have already burnt out. It feels far too much like WoW... a game which curiously is rated far lower on this site despite having massively more content and features.

  • Hellfyre420Hellfyre420 Oakland, CAPosts: 861Member

    Just got done finishing the review and it's pretty spot on.. Would've been nice to see some comments on the end game raids since i'am only lv 25 myself and looking forward to getting info on those.. But still, very good review and very informative :)


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  • AlotAlot BredaPosts: 1,948Member

    Originally posted by hitsuji182

    Lol, I'm wondering what score GW2 will get then.

    Not to forget SW:ToR, I think that's an 11.5 for each.

  • Bob_BlawblawBob_Blawblaw Montreal, QCPosts: 1,278Member

    Glad to see the 'buy it!' stamp is absent from this review (regardless of the score). 

    'Second opinion' = very nice idea.

    Much better review format guys.

  • onehunerdperonehunerdper corpus christi, TXPosts: 837Member

    Originally posted by Bob_Blawblaw



    Glad to see the 'buy it!' stamp is absent from this review (regardless of the score). 

    'Second opinion' = very nice idea.

    Much better review format guys.


     

     

    Agreed

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  • LiltawenLiltawen San Antonio, TXPosts: 245Member

    Originally posted by Bob_Blawblaw



    Glad to see the 'buy it!' stamp is absent from this review (regardless of the score). 

    'Second opinion' = very nice idea.

    Much better review format guys.


     

    I really like the way this was done. A column for the good points,a column for the bad, and a column summing it all up. The additiononal mini-review from Suzie was a bonus.

    Too many times I read a review wishing to have more information than just a writers summing up-however interesting it might be.

    Not so many MMOs are released that there needs to be such a rush on it.

    I hope that when Tera, Star Wars,etc. come out that you will continue to use the same in-depth format.

  • TealaTeala SomewherePosts: 7,430Member Uncommon

    Why even bother have a scale from 1-10 if the games you rate are always 7 or better.  Personally I feel Rift is a good game if someone has never experienced an MMORPG before, with that said, Rift has quite a few short comings that I think many veteran players will agree either gives the game to much of a "been there - done that" feel or completely misses the boat.    In my opinion, based on my experience with the game, I see it only rating a 6.5 at best.  

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  • deadmilkdeadmilk Auburn, INPosts: 173Member

    Originally posted by Teala

    Why even bother have a scale from 1-10 if the games you rate are always 7 or better.  Personally I feel Rift is a good game if someone has never experienced an MMORPG before, with that said, Rift has quite a few short comings that I think many veteran players will agree either gives the game to much of a "been there - done that" feel or completely misses the boat.    In my opinion, based on my experience with the game, I see it only rating a 6.5 at best.  

    Completely agree

  • blueturtle13blueturtle13 chapel hill, NCPosts: 1,779Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Anubisan

    The game is polished and fun for a while, but I do not think it deserves an 8.7 by any means. The game does not do enough that is new and exciting to merit that score.

    I played the game for two weeks after release and have already burnt out. It feels far too much like WoW... a game which curiously is rated far lower on this site despite having massively more content and features.


     

     New isnt really what the majority of mmo players want. This has been proven over and over again with games that try something new.


  • blueturtle13blueturtle13 chapel hill, NCPosts: 1,779Member Uncommon

    I love Rift and I agree with the score. The game is a marriage of many games into one. For some that is a bad thing. For me that is the reason I love the game. For those wanting something new and different you will be let down and probably will allow yourself to not like the game because of that. For others we finally have a game that combines the things we liked in other games without the things in those other games we didnt like. (WAR- no pve)  (eq2- walk ten feet zone walk ten feet zone) (wow- cartoon graphics-never took itself serious-no sense of danger)   I would like to see the crafting expanded. Not the biggest fan of the crafting. But anyways....day off and a world event is happening! off to Telara!


  • eddieg50eddieg50 Tolland, CTPosts: 1,613Member Uncommon

    The bar is now set so low that almost anything can pass muster.  can you play it on most machines? you can-well it must be a great game. Do they have a ton of quests?-they do then it must be a great game. Is there any type of crafting?-there is wow must be a great game. can you chat easily?-yea must be a great game. Do the mobs give me any type of resistance?-they do while it must be a great game.     How about some type of creativity! Are the quests well thought out, do they have any type of story line that continues for many levels. Is combat fun or do I just keep swinging my sword or throwing my fire ball til I start to cry with boredom. Do I just run around collecting stuff then throw it on a table and voi-la there is my nice shiny bobble-or do I have to work just a little combine a few ingrediants a bit of magic and then voi-la. Can you fly , go underground make a clone of yourself-just something different. Are the mobs just standing there or do they move with any purpose maybe even hiding behind that rock.  

         Rift just seems like they took everyones mediocrity and said " here masses is what I have for you now bow down to the god of sameness and ehhhh"  No I will not bow down to your so called god , save me from this abyss of nothing

  • DeathofsageDeathofsage Winston, PAPosts: 998Member

    Originally posted by Teala



    Personally I feel Rift is a good game if someone has never experienced an MMORPG before, with that said, Rift has quite a few short comings that I think many veteran players will agree either gives the game to much of a "been there - done that" feel or completely misses the boat.    In my opinion, based on my experience with the game, I see it only rating a 6.5 at best.  

    Agreed.

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  • Shatter30Shatter30 Waterford, MIPosts: 485Member Uncommon

    I agree with the review and score.  Rift is a solid MMO, it has plenty of content and fun PvP and the class system is beyond any other MMO out there atm.  The additional bonus of a good Dev team that acknowledges issues quickly and is addressing the areas that need it most is rare in almost all MMO's especially the speed in which they do it.  I also believe Rift set the bar for a solid launch as well, this was the best Ive ever seen in 12 years of MMO gaming.  Sure Rift has some issues, its not perfect but its a decent game and I intend to play quite a while. 

  • DeathTouchDeathTouch Bellevue, NEPosts: 508Member

    Originally posted by eddieg50

    The bar is now set so low that almost anything can pass muster.  can you play it on most machines? you can-well it must be a great game. Do they have a ton of quests?-they do then it must be a great game. Is there any type of crafting?-there is wow must be a great game. can you chat easily?-yea must be a great game. Do the mobs give me any type of resistance?-they do while it must be a great game.     How about some type of creativity! Are the quests well thought out, do they have any type of story line that continues for many levels. Is combat fun or do I just keep swinging my sword or throwing my fire ball til I start to cry with boredom. Do I just run around collecting stuff then throw it on a table and voi-la there is my nice shiny bobble-or do I have to work just a little combine a few ingrediants a bit of magic and then voi-la. Can you fly , go underground make a clone of yourself-just something different. Are the mobs just standing there or do they move with any purpose maybe even hiding behind that rock.  

         Rift just seems like they took everyones mediocrity and said " here masses is what I have for you now bow down to the god of sameness and ehhhh"  No I will not bow down to your so called god , save me from this abyss of nothing

    And here is your reward for best drama queen. You totally moved me!

     

    But I have to agree with the score, Trion earned it, and if they keep up the good work, i'de expect them to get an upgrade to their score.

  • mnemic666mnemic666 asdf, CAPosts: 157Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by eddieg50



     Rift just seems like they took everyones mediocrity and said " here masses is what I have for you now bow down to the god of sameness and ehhhh"  No I will not bow down to your so called god , save me from this abyss of nothing


     


    Not really. They took what works and successfully incorporated it into their game. Sure there isn't a ton of innovation (there is some, the ascended soul system is quite fun and rifts do break up the quest grinding to make leveling a bit less mind numbing), but you don't need innovation to be fun or good. Has CoD fundamentally changed that much in the past 2-3 titles? Is it still fun/good (at least sells well).


     


    Mind you, I'm no fanboi (didn't even buy the game but did play a few closed beta's and the open beta and was very impressed with the quality, just wasn't my cup of tea though), but it's a great game that has a lot of draw. To top that off from what I've heard from friends and read, Trion has amazing customer service (both when you have issues, and especially in listening to and providing feedback to players), which is a rarity nowadays and is, IMO, one of the most important aspects of an MMO. I don't remember them ever saying they were going to break MMO norms and create some game that defies all the currently accepted paradigms.
  • DusntmatterDusntmatter Salt Lake City, UTPosts: 32Member

    I like to think of the MMO genre in terms of evolution (whether or not you believe in it is irrelevant). In evolution there are many major points that can be mapped; the developement of a vertebral column, the developement of a hard shelled egg helping reproduction on land, etc. All these major events didn't just happen overnight. No one organism gave birth to a baby who suddenly had a backbone. All these major events were a culmination of multiple little changes.

    So what I'm trying to say is that the MMO genre, more so than other genres, changes in baby steps and major revolutionary points in the genre are going to be recognized in after the fact. For example, no one could have predicted during WoW's developement the impact it was going to have. All WoW did was take all the little changes in the genre that occured before it and utilize them well. So in everyone's mind WoW marks a major evolutionary change in MMOs, but it could not have done that without the others that came before it.

    Bringing this all back to Rift, while I agree that it is pretty cookie cutter in many aspects (and I don't see myself playing it 4 months from now) it does make its little contribution to the genre. From here on out, it will be difficult for an MMO to be released unfinished and unstable. Rift has left its little mark on the genre whether it fails or succeeds, and can say it contributed to the overall evolution of MMO's.

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