Outrageous scoring. Rift is the most linear on-rails MMO I've played to date, and I've played a lot of them. You barely touch upon one of the most important factors in MMOG's, questing, relegating it to a scant mention at the foot of what is practically a two page advert. Rift takes so much from other games and hardly even gives them a Trion twist, such as the click by numbers WoW inspired crafting/gathering. So many UI pieces are clearly inspired by WoW, there's even a fatigue bar. There's no synergy between souls, the abilities have been ripped from other MMO's so blatently it's painful and there are even Hessingwary Big Game Hunter achievements.
I understand Rift's whole tilt was not to reinvent the wheel, but you ought to at least put trimmings on it. Rift plays like a tribute to World of Warcraft. Yes, WoW plundered other MMO's but no other MMO sports as many features from one game as Rift does.
How you can score the gameplay at 97/100 when the questing is just so mind numbingly poor, I cannot fathom. I'm so bothered by this review I am unsubscribing as a Premium Member and deleting my bookmark to TTH. If you cannot be honest, or you feel obliged to knock out a review that just lavishes praise because you and Trion worked out a deal for beta keys, then you do not deserve my business.
By the way, it's spelled "Conclusion". Or "Shill Mode", if you prefer.
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