When a new MMO like Rift embarks on its journey, countless people in the MMO community flock to examine it under the Warcraft microscope. It’s easy to understand how and why this happens. Love or hate it, the majority of MMO players have, at one time or another, experienced Blizzard’s widely successful game.
The chief complaint amongst those that haven’t already sold their souls to Trion in exchange for a Bogling Wastrel and two-headed turtle mount is that Rift is a Warcraft clone. This isn’t far from the truth. For example, the trade skill and auction house windows are nearly identical in appearance and function. Key mapping is also the same. However, when reviewing an MMO the question isn’t whether or not the game uses a similar recipe. To illustrate this further, take a walk through the local grocery store. How many different brands of macaroni and cheese are there? All of them come in a box and contain macaroni noodles and a cheese sauce packet. Right? Yet, they don’t all taste the same. So yes, the two games share some common ingredients. Rift just tastes better. Mmmm. Mmmm. Mmmm. Good.