Originally Posted by Zen00
Level 20 something now.
Rift lets you play ALL of the game for free (just limited number of bag slots and character slots. You have the same access to ALL the dungeons and zones as all the other level 60 characters who pay. Just when you pay, you get more than a slots for bags, up to 6 characters, and a bunch of other perks (like bonus to experience points and money gained, etc).
I hate to say it, but I actually sort of like those models. Yeah, I played Rift since Alpha testing, and even spent $99 on the Limited Edition boxed version, but honestly, since there is very few games out there that are TRULY innovative, and many games who are just riding on their previous releases names, I'd much rather see a system like Rift, where you can play ALL of the game, just in a SLIGHTLY limited fashion and if you like it, then you can pay and get MUCH more (granted the stuff you get isn't new areas, or really anything that will make you unbeatable over a F2P person, just nice "conveniences").
To me, F2P (TRUE Free to Play) > Buy once, play free forever > Subscription Based > P2W (Pay to Win, when they say Free to Play)