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RIFT Pre-Release Preview Review

If you’ve been keeping up with me, I’m the Site Manager over at IGN’s Rift Kingdom. Our staff of seven has now played through six closed beta events and one open beta, which includes 42-levels of gameplay, a half dozen PvE dungeons, and three PvP Warfronts.

Our verdict is that RIFT has enough content to keep the casual player going for a few months alone, so generally unless you are the type that wants to race to the end, there is $50 worth of fun to be had if you enjoyed any of the beta tests.

Still not sure if you should pre-order for the March 1st release? Be sure to sway yourself with the latest issue of Sprawl’s Scrawl.

RIFT KINGDOM: Riftstalker Rogue Tanking in RIFT

Interested in tanking as a Rogue Riftstalker in Trion World’s RIFT? Look no further than the latest issue of Sprawl’s Scrawl that focuses exclusively on the infamous scout tank. This is not your traditional warrior tank that stands in place while absorbing massive amounts of damage. The nimble Riftstalker uses a plethora of teleports and finisher buffs to thwart its foes.

Learn the secrets of tanking as a Riftstalker – what to do and more importantly, what not to do in Sprawl’s Scrawl: Riftstalker Rogue Tanking in RIFT.

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IGN: RIFT’s Closed Beta 5 Impressions

As you may or may not already know, I am the current Site Manager for IGN’s Rift Kingdom. Closed beta 5 for RIFT is currently underway, and I thought I would take a few minutes during the current server downtime to reflect on the new stuff so far. We are currently on the second day of the most widely available beta so far, and the developers are applying the second update to help improve stability and performance.

For people that participated in the earlier betas, a lot of the existing content remains the same. The starter area plus the first two faction specific zones are full of new players. Trion has opened up a ton of new servers and a new shared zone called the Scarlet Gorge, which includes a new dungeon and an increased level cap from 27 to 30, as well as a whole lot of polish.

Read more over at IGN’s Rift Kingdom or stay here and view my screenshots from the event.

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