Albion Online is many things, but it certainly isn't shy about its huge grind. In fact, where most games try to hide their grind behind neatly dissected levels and gradual spoon feedings of content, Albion displays it proudly on its Destiny Board—a map that helps you chart your progress through the game. "Look at me," it says. "Look at how many countless hours you will need to spend to ever wield the best items in the game." And right now, with Albion being in a closed beta that you can buy into at various tiers, I certainly don't blame anyone for feeling a bit put off by that grind. Simply put, there's just not a whole lot of "game" there right now. Much of what you do in your first hour within Albion Online will be the same things you are doing in your tenth and hundredth hours.
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