The very definition of P2W.
Paid-for bag slots.
(Even an entire bag slot that cannot be unlocked without buying a collector's edition of what is supposed to be a "free" game.)
Paid-for bank vaults.
Paid-for instant level 60.
Paid-for class specs.
Paid-for auction house.
Paid-for achievement rewards.
(You know, like, achievements in normal games that would otherwise reward you with something. Yeah. Those kinda achievements. For doing something awesome. Yeah................. you will have to pay real money to unlock the reward of the achievement you "earned." Yup, just check the Trophies section of the store.)
For the love of baby jeebus, just go pay for a subscription based game already. In the long run, it's so much cheaper and so much better then these games that drop hidden expenses on you nearly at every single turn.
But don't take my word for it. Waste the 25GB+ of bandwidth and the several hours it will take you to download this game. Then press the "]" key to open the RIFT store (or click on the shopping cart icon), and see for yourself. Fanboys of this game will repeatedly say that it's completely free to play; and they would be right. The game is "free to play," but if you expect to enjoy this game you will spend money. A lot of money. You will spend more money on this "Free to Play" model then you will on a traditional subscription based MMO.
Anybody who has played any MMO on a "hardcore" level knows that other players are treated like garbage for what they haven't unlocked or the item level of their gear. Is that very fair? No not really, but that has become standard MMO behavior. Now imagine trying to be taken seriously by the time you spend all that time leveling up to end game to have never put a single dollar into this game, thus preventing you from unlocking abilities that will seriously make you better to your raid party. Do you think the raid party is going to take you over somebody else who has paid to unlock abilities that will not only let them DPS, but instantly switch to a tank or a healer on the fly?
Do you really want to play a game with other people who paid to instantly have their character leveled up to 60, so when you are randomly paired with them via looking for group they literally have no clue what they are doing and you have to carry them?
Do you think bag slots are worth $5 to unlock? Not for all your characters. Just ONE of your characters. That's right, if you have more then one character you will need to buy the bag slots for each one you have. And the $5 doesn't unlock all your bag slots. Haha, oh no, it only unlocks a single bag slot out of multiple ones. You can easily spend $50 before you know it on just unlocking the bag slots for a meager two characters. One of those bag slots being completely unobtainable without spending at least $20+USD. (However, the $20 bag slot will at least be granted to all your characters, at least there's that. Seriously what a rip off.)
Do you think achievements you've earned should cost you money to acquire the actual reward?
If spending absurd amounts of money on those sort of things is your cup of tea; by all means, play this game and be happy with it no matter what I or anybody else says.
And a little bit of additional information about the quality of customer care in RIFT: support tickets can sometimes take as long as a month for a reply. But hey at least they reply right? Better late then never? Heh.
Also I should note that Steam's version of my hours played is totally inaccurate. I own two collector's edition of this game that I had to buy before this game was ever free to play. Before this game was ever even on Steam.
</completely truthful rant>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnzafqZqFf0
I am *not* suggesting that RIFT's advertisements are sexist. I am posting the above video in my review because it makes valid points about nearly all supposed "free to play" games. Also, after writing such a serious review I needed something to make me laugh. So if you took the time to read my entire rant, you deserve a laugh too. :)