A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Rift is a massively multiplayer online game with a monthly subscription fee to play in the world of Telara. There is player-versus-environment combat and elements of the game that include player-versus-player battle. The battles can be intense with seemingly hundreds of players onscreen at once during the big invasions. Multiple weapons can be used and there is some blood seen. This game requires a high-end computer (the minimum computer specifications include a dual-core processor, two gigabytes of memory, an nVidia GeForce FX 5900 or ATI/AMD Radeon X300 or better graphics card, and a high-speed Internet connection.)
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What's it about?
Telara, the world of RIFT, is being torn apart by invasions from other planes as well as from the threat of the demonic dragon known as Regulos, who is also seeking to rule the lands. Warrior souls, known collectively as the Ascended, have been brought back by the gods to battle the invasions. But even though the overall goals are the same, the Guardians (those who abstain technology) and the Defiant (those that embrace a sort of steampunk technology) are opposed and will battle each other if the chance permits. You decide to join the ranks of either the Guardians or the Defiant to thwart the attacking evil.
Is it any good?
Rift is a well-designed and entertaining MMO that seems to combine elements from other previously released games and meld them together in a fresh and compelling manner. Crafting may be a touch simple, but the result yields better gear than can be often found on drops from monsters or gained by questing. Players will work through quests and storylines that are entertaining and woven nicely together, and some of the environments are truly visually compelling. Though definitely not for younger players, the older teen and adult MMO players may find this a challenging and enjoyable adventure.
Online interaction: Rift is a massively multiplayer online game that takes place in a persistent world with players running about. Generally, the community is friendly and welcoming, but like any online game, there are a few that like to verbally taunt others and can be rude. The chat censor keeps language from getting out of hand.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how to stay safe while playing online games.
They can also discuss understanding the difference between the real world and fantasy video-game worlds in terms of violence.
Families might want to discuss how to avoid the pitfalls of becoming addicted and spending too much time playing a game.
Discuss how to get the most value from playing online games.
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