You dont play Rift for free >.>
Also, if anybody is on the edge of buying this game, but is worried it isn't any different from any MMO.. well.. you're wrong
I've been playing WoW on and off for.. 5 years? And the first night of Rift, I already think it is a much better game.
I have yet to find something I dislike about Rift, especially compared to WoW. It has a great photorealistic quality to it, and the graphics are beautiful (I'm on Ultra with great FPS). The sound is fantastic too. The music is great.. there's battle music like Final Fantasy >.>
The class system requires you to be creative, and gives you an awesome amount of freedom to create a class really. It's been good fun for me and my brother.
We both rolled toons on Neddra, on the Guardians.
My name is Lux, I'm a mathosian mage
He is Garen, mathosian warrior
We're going to start a guild called League of Legends
TL;DR - Rift is better than WoW IMO, as it has many of WoW's great ideas, but it has improved on them. And it isn't cartoony like WoW. Visual effects, sound, graphics quality, concept, storyline, classes, battlegrounds.. ALL of them are better in Rift than WoW IMO.