RIFT: Storm Legion Review
RIFT: Storm Legion Box Art
System: PC
Dev: Trion Worlds
Pub: Trion Worlds
Release: November 13, 2012
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Alcohol Reference, Blood, Mild Language, Violence

A new feature here, however, is the option to create your own "Dimension"—basically, a patch of land with a dwelling on it. You start by either buying one from a vendor or completing a quest series, and from there you're allowed to customize your living space by buying items from vendors and placing them wherever you want. The creation tools are impressive—you can move items, rotate them, and so on. If you have too much time on your hands, you can even buy individual tiles and wood planks and install them as flooring. Honestly, this type of thing has never been my cup of tea, and I found the process to be a needless distraction from doing more important things in the game, but Dimensions do provide another, uh, dimension to the gameplay.

RIFT: Storm Legion Screenshot

Another thing that's worth noting is that aside from the Dimensions, Storm Legion offers little for low-level characters (who can already play for free until level 20). It seems that Trion is content with what it has, and won't risk alienating its fan base by changing the core game—instead, the goal here is purely to retain existing customers. So, naturally, there's nothing along the lines of playing as a panda.

There are also no significant changes to the graphics, combat system, sounds, or controls. Visually, RIFT is still a solid step up from World of Warcraft, but it can also leave something to be desired. Most annoyingly, no matter how you arrange the video settings, you'll be able to see grass and other items being drawn in the distance as you walk toward them.

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Basically, Storm Legion doesn't move beyond RIFT any more than RIFT moved beyond World of Warcraft. It gives fans precisely what they want: more of everything they're already enjoying. Some might wish for an expansion that pushes the boundaries a little more, especially when so many other MMOs are shaking up the genre with radical new ideas. But at the end of the day, Storm Legion adds a ton of fresh content, including two enchanting new continents, at a reasonable price. For the game's fans, this expansion is a no-brainer.

By
Robert VerBruggen
Freelance Writer
Date: November 20, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.5
Graphics
Storm Legion continues RIFT’s trend of providing great graphics for an MMO.
4.0
Control
Cribbed directly—and competently—from World of Warcraft.
3.8
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Epic sounds for an epic storm.
4.0
Play Value
Storm Legion doesn’t revolutionize RIFT, but it does continue it.
4.2
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Two huge new continents that more than triple the size of the existing world.
  • Experience epic stories that reveal the true power in Telara. And the gateway to the planes.
  • A new Soul for each calling expands the Ascended Class System: Build the hero you want!
  • Rise to new heights of power through ten challenging levels, increasing the level cap to sixty.
  • Achieve greatness with seven new dungeons, three raids, a Chronicle, and more!


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