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Rift: Nightmare Tide

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

A beautiful, interesting, but violent multiplayer game.

Game Windows 2014
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Rift: Nightmare Tide is a fascinating expansion thanks to the clever use of the water theme, which takes the ocean's strange beauty without forcing you to spend all your time underwater. Its greatest success is the way it evokes a convincing dream world that's simultaneously familiar and surreal. Nightmare Tide is home to a collection of terrifying, Cthulhu-like creatures with the result being an atmosphere that's spooky and strange. Boss fights evoke an awestruck reaction, and who wouldn't be awed when faced with a tentacled menace the size of a skyscraper? Add in the new skill sets for masteries and the collectible minions that can perform separate side quests and mini-adventures on your own, and you have an exceedingly deep expansion for a multiplayer game.

The graphics are stunning and the music -- especially the ethereal song of the sirens that comes out of nowhere to send shivers down your spine -- definitely pushes the notion that you're in an alternate plane of existence. Unfortunately, what also adds to the surreal setting is the low server population. If you usually play solo and need help with a specific quest, it can be a challenge to find someone to help because there may only be a handful of players in any given zone. It's too bad because, from an exploration standpoint, Rift: Nightmare Tide is an unusually creative expansion. Though its prone to stumble on the same things it and other MMOs can't seem to avoid, it's well worth playing if only for offering some of the most fantastic fantasy-narrative experiences seen recently in a modern MMO.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Pricing structure: Free (The game and expansion are free, but there are three tiers of Collector's Editions for purchase, ranging from $25 to $150. There are also paid "Patron" subscriptions that reward players with extras like mounts, store discounts, and dungeon queue priority.)
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Trion Worlds
  • Release date: October 22, 2014
  • Genre: Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG)
  • Topics: Magic and Fantasy , Adventures , Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
  • ESRB rating: T for Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence.
  • Last updated: September 10, 2021

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