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  SBFord

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Joined: 6/28/10
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OP  3/11/11 6:51:14 AM#1

Originally released in 2009, Aion was cast as a mold-breaking MMO by NCSoft. It didn't, however, measure up to its hype. In the years since then, the dev team has worked quite hard to make Aion into the game it should have been on release. With the Assault on Balaurea expansion, did the team reach its goal? Find out in MMORPG.com Lead Writer Bill Murphy's re-review of Aion in the post Assault on Balaurea era.

It’s polished, pretty, and content complete with a much smoother progression that will please most Western gamers looking for an Eastern-influenced fantasy MMO that comes without the mindless mob-grind. Still it does rely a little heavily on repeatable quests to fill in gaps, but new solo dungeons help spice things up quite a bit. By and large Aion of today is a much better game than it was at launch, but it still won’t be a title to attract the masses.

Read more of Bill Murphy's Aion: Assault on Balaurea Re-Review.

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  Illyssia

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3/11/11 7:38:21 AM#2

I think, Bill, you need to let those NCsoft scales fall from your eyes as Aion is DirectX 9 so for 2011 it isn't visually amazing. What I think is that you may be gaming on a mid-range PC as it is favourable to WoW Cataclysm in terms of visuals, but WoW is a very old game. 

 

Anyway, I think we all know that Aion wasn't a game to Western tastes on launch, and while it may have improved it still offers quite a dated mmo game to players, and gimmicks such as wings on the player gets tiresome fast.

  carebear77

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Depth and more Depth is what drives games.

3/11/11 8:04:09 AM#3

Just turned lvl 50 and entered the expansion for the first time and you can really see the Hard work the the dev team have put in since the original release.  I have a high- end pc and gpu and the graphics are amazing with the cry engine really delivering the goods. There is no lag, no dc and a generally mature following to the game.

 

 The new graphics patch is almost here and then Aion will be  the best looking mmo. 

 

Aion is by far the best Epic PVP out there and once you have done a siege you will never look back.  Nothing in wow, rift, war or dcuo even comes close. And i play almost all new mmos just to make up my own mind about the games.

 

Aion has so many amazing character customisation (not talking char creation ) features and depth that it amazes me that other mmos arent copying them left right and center.  A strong char in wow is kinda the same as any other on the server but in Aion you can make an absolute monster.  From armsfusion to enchanting, no other mmo comes close. 

 

Aion assualt on balauria  is probably the only mmo where you can instantly team up with 200-500 other players and wreak absulote chaos and destruction open hundreds of other real players. If you never played Aion you will never know Epic pvp. 

 

 

  Naqaj

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3/11/11 8:09:50 AM#4

He spoke of the games design, which has fairly little to do with the DX version. Good art direction can do much for for the visual appeal of a game than tech specs.

  Ozmodan

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3/11/11 8:15:14 AM#5
Originally posted by Illyssia

I think, Bill, you need to let those NCsoft scales fall from your eyes as Aion is DirectX 9 so for 2011 it isn't visually amazing. What I think is that you may be gaming on a mid-range PC as it is favourable to WoW Cataclysm in terms of visuals, but WoW is a very old game. 

 

Anyway, I think we all know that Aion wasn't a game to Western tastes on launch, and while it may have improved it still offers quite a dated mmo game to players, and gimmicks such as wings on the player gets tiresome fast.

I really get tired of this DX9 criticism, when you get down to it, even DX11 is not that much of a change.  Sure you can spice up the effects somewhat, but most of the games that claim to use DX10 & DX11 rarely use them to the full effect.  So yeah, compared to the competition the graphics effects are still really good.  Anyway graphics are a minor point for most of us, gameplay is what sells games.

  alkarionlog

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3/11/11 8:58:26 AM#6

I just find strange your con and pros,

dungeons are hardly difficult anymore, maybe beshmundir temple on hard mode, but even so the most difficult is the last boss, but people use a res loci thing who make it pretty easy.

its not slow to lvl, hiting lvl cap in 2 months (I start november 2009) and I old my lvl for 1 week on 45 to finish some spy quests.

sounds are not boring, well save for the pets, but most of the time its good, the music is also good, I don't need to run a CD over the music from the game

FOR HONOR, FOR FREEDOM.... and for some money.

  Vannor

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Joined: 8/11/03
Posts: 2884

3/11/11 9:33:12 AM#7

Anyone who says aions gfx are bad must need their head testing.. the only place it falls short is on some ground textures. The character and model (PC or NPC) design is some of the best around.

  Sunioj

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Joined: 8/08/09
Posts: 264

3/11/11 10:53:14 AM#8

Aion has very good graphics, but the story and setup of the world are very drab and make it a chore to want to play.

Momo sucks, I have proof.

  anxhelino123

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3/11/11 1:49:53 PM#9

I want this game back now... Wait... Ill just go re download it and patch it lol

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  Mayadeva

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Joined: 2/14/11
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3/11/11 1:54:00 PM#10

Aion is one of the most beautiful world I played in. Is a game rich of contents, characters are amazing, leveling up is quite smooth- But has a couple of big issues in gameplay. One is the PVP system that is a gankfest, encouraging bullism. The other is the RNG system that affects crafting and drops. Is a gear based game, so beware.

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  Puremallace

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Posts: 1929

3/11/11 1:59:55 PM#11

Core mechanics are still broken. MMORPG can give it a great review, but I played it for 16 months and was a huge fan. Lack of a local developement team is killing the game plain and simple.

You can argue with me if you like, but it is still broken.

  jerkbeast

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Posts: 244

3/11/11 2:30:47 PM#12

One question. Do all of your toons of one faction still start in the same place? If yes I will not try it again, but if you made unique starting areas I will play again.

  GPrestige

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3/11/11 2:57:18 PM#13

I don't think they have or plan on fixing the linear leveling this game offers. Pass.

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  Kanuvani

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3/11/11 3:35:21 PM#14
Originally posted by jerkbeast


One question. Do all of your toons of one faction still start in the same place? If yes I will not try it again, but if you made unique starting areas I will play again.

 

Still only 1 starting zone per side.

  drazzah

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3/11/11 4:04:10 PM#15

Spelled Review wrong on the front page picture (Re-Reviw is what you put)

  jawali

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3/11/11 4:41:59 PM#16
Originally posted by Kanuvani

Originally posted by jerkbeast


One question. Do all of your toons of one faction still start in the same place? If yes I will not try it again, but if you made unique starting areas I will play again.

 

Still only 1 starting zone per side.

 

how many zones do you need for 2 raCES?

  TheMinn

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Kiss me like you mean goodbye," said the spider to the fly.

3/11/11 4:49:16 PM#17

I 100% disagree with your cons. They really make no sense. I have played this game for a very long time. Your 'cons' are nor justified or make any sense. Your cons don't exist in the game nowadays. The only reason why this MMO is not bigger than it should be is because the players will not go back because of how the game was launched. It is a great MMO.

  Sovrath

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3/11/11 5:44:39 PM#18

Well, I'm glad someone noticed that Reviw is not a real world (in this dimension).

  MikeB

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3/11/11 6:29:20 PM#19
Originally posted by Sovrath


Well, I'm glad someone noticed that Reviw is not a real world (in this dimension).

 

I've let the guys know about this. Thanks!

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  ersingible

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Posts: 70

3/11/11 6:29:39 PM#20

"but because it’s pacing and mechanics catered more towards the Eastern market."

Yes..

That and the assumption on the devs part that itwas ok to leave goldspammer garbage litter the game world, because "asians are ok with it".

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