YMMV / Rift

  • Anti-Frustration Features: Many, especially as compared to World of Warcraft.
    • In World of Warcraft, unassisted self-resurrection is restricted to one particular class (the Shaman). In RIFT, everyone can do it (once an hour, with an option to buy more)via the Soul Walk mechanic (which is also designed in such a way that you are less likely to get killed again immediately).
    • Similarly, in World of Warcraft, only healers can resurrect others outside of combat. In RIFT, everyone can.
    • In-combat resurrection, which can turn a dead Tank from a wipe to a recoverable hiccup, appears to be more common in RIFT.
    • RIFT's death penalty system is arguably more forgiving than World Of Warcraft's.
    • At the end of almost every dungeon in RIFT, there's either a shortcut or a portal which leads back out to where you came in, removing the need to teleport out.
  • Hype Backlash: This game is advertised everywhere, and got a bunch of pre-release hype about being different from every MMO that's come before. It's pretty much World of Warcraft meets Warhammer Online with a smattering of Dark Age of Camelot.
  • Les Yay: If the Ship Tease between Uriel Chuluun and Kira Thanos isn't canon, it's pretty damn close. In the last part of the story of their "relationship" Mulia says that Kira has entranced Uriel's heart. In the headquarters of The Unseen, one of male agents asks if Kira would find his tunic attractive, to which he is told he is 'squirreling up the wrong tree.'
    • Which, if you think about it, gives the Defiant starting zone a distinct Bury Your Gays vibe, seeing as how Uriel's father Rahn tells you that she died defending the main Defiant city from the Guardians. (Although it's slightly more justified than most: After all, Uriel is a Squishy Wizard—and a reckless one at that—and wouldn't have had Kira there to protect her).
    • There's also Enqyeke Chinua's self-admitted "schoolgirl's crush" on Asha Catari.