Reviews by pjcnet
Better Than World Of Warcraft and £19.99 is a Bargain!pjcnet | June 5, 2011 | Review of Rift - Digital Collector's Edition
If you enjoy World of Warcraft, then you'll love Rift. Initially however Rift looks and plays so similar to WOW that I'm surprised Blizzard aren't considering court action, but it also means that WOW players will pick-up the game immediately. The controls are identical, many features are identical and even the settings screen looks almost the same. Once you start playing Rift however you'll soon release that the game is considerably better than WOW in various ways.
They've made the game much more dynamic and exciting with special events (Rifts) that can suddenly occur anywhere, Rifts are often also exceptionally good at getting people to work in co-operation with each-other, even if you've never met them before. There's many more extras that are not found on WOW including a much better abilities system with 3 different soul trees per character that gives masses of different combinations. The graphics are excellent and much more up to date than WOW which was first released back in 2007, yet the minimum system requirements are still quite low for people without super powerful PCs. The only bad thing is Rift is currently only about the size of WOW without any expansion packs along with a relatively low level 50 cap, compared to WOW's latest expansion Cataclysm that has a level 85 cap. I'm not saying that Rift isn't big enough however as there's plenty to keep players occupied for a good few months at least, especially with the many PvP features, but there's certainly room for future expansion packs too that are bound to eventually appear in my opinion (obviously at an extra cost).
£19.99 for the Digital Collectors Edition of Rift is a real bargain and it includes 30 days of play time, but as an extra bonus, game time is also cheaper here at just £7.49 for 30 days or £14.24 for 60 days. If you're unsure about paying £19.99 straight away followed by your game time payments, then why not try out the 7 day free trial as you've got nothing to lose except your bandwidth for a 7GB+ download? There's truly no obligation and I didn't even need any credit card or payment details for the trial (I signed up on Rift's official site, but the free trial is also available here too).