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Hudson's Hideout

Ramblings of a MMO player and Miniature wargamer

Author: pvthudson01

Hudson hits the Aion beta!

Posted by pvthudson01 Saturday June 20 2009 at 5:28AM
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What a crazy night Friday was. Our power went out for over 8 hours and I was RIGHT in the middle of playing the Aion beta. Needless to say I was little pissed, and power came back at 3am and awoke me with the shrill death knell of the fire alarm going off. The other day I pre-ordered Aion. Yes, I gave in. It looked cooler the more I read and studied up on it and when I saw how slick the gameplay was, WoW clone type or not, I had to bite. With my pre-order I got early access and an immediate beta key. I am not telling everyone to drop every game they are playing or that this will be my next MMO, but I had some cash and decided to use it on this and Red Faction:Guerrilla for the XBOX 360 a few days ago.

I couldn’t sleep so for the first time in a while I loaded up FRAPS and started taking some in game movies of the Aion beta with my Priest Azmodius.

The first movie, up on YouTube and embedded here, is just a quick film showing the combat responsiveness in the game and how fast things go. No delay here and the interface is intuitive and easy to master. So in the combat video I made it short and sweet. I wanted to show the movement during combat, the spell casting and the looting, that was it. No long speeches here just a super quick look at how fast and well oiled it was.

Find that video here:  and here

My next video is one showing gathering and how fast it was. Then I also show all the screens and the options for the interface. Gathering is fast and simple. While I am gathering I will show off the interface options and how fast it moves while you drag icons and place them where you want and how you can add additional quick bars. You can also set the POINT TO CLICK MOVE OFF thank God! You can of course adjust key mappings and several other standard features that make the game very customizable.

I also show how easy it is to modify the chat tabs and change the colors and filter the channels. A simple right click on the chat tab and you are there, no lag and quick and easy. You can also drag all your emotes out to the action bars and use them as well. They all have minimal voice and are well done.

Find the interface video here and here