Posted: June 25
Having played Warcraft for a number of years I was looking for an alternative that offered something closer to 'classic' WoW gameplay. Although Rift differs from Warcraft in many ways to me it represents all the good attributes WoW once had in classic. The graphical update alone from WoW to Rift is something to witness. The gameplay is smooth and what really surprised me is although the game really encourages you to spend some of your hard earned cash, you can really play the game (costing you time rather than cash) without spending anything making it truly free to play. The quests are very similar to those you find in warcraft but there are rift events and group adventuring which are different from WoW and a welcome addition especially to beginners. I found the user base to be far less 'toxic' than the WoW community and they embrace rather than try to embarrass new players. I found that gameplay seems 'faster' than WoW action is more immediate and to me seems less repetitive (although I am still new to this and haven’t yet maxed out a character). The instances/raids are interesting and varied with some particularly good boss fights. You still get the same pleasure from loot drops as you do in WoW the 'talent tree' is also available for you to customize your character. I think Rift for me is better its more customizable more user friendly has new content that I have never seen, the community is by far one of the best and friendly online communities I have come across and it recaptures and then adds its own uniqueness to something I used to really enjoy in classic WoW.
Apologies to those that have read this and never played warcraft before but its the only experience I can really compare it to that will hopefully resonate with people out there. All in all highly recommended. I was so pleased with the initial free game I waited for the steam sale and bought Laethy's Fortune Pack which gives you 90 days of patron benefits among many other things. So far I don't regret spending a penny on this game.