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Aion, the fantasy free to play MMORPG from NCSoft, only recently went free to play in both Europe and North America. It is always nice to see titles that were once pay to play switch over to the free to play model. It is even more encouraging when logging into a game like this and seeing the newbie area filled with new players. Aion was developed and launched back in late 2008. The game actually enjoyed a solid player base for quite some time. With the recent explosion of free to play gaming though, Aion watched its player base dwindle. So last 2011 the decision was made to switch the game over to the free to play model. Something that NCSoft has been doing with many of their titles so this really came as no surprise to anyone.

Getting Started

As with any game of the genre getting started is very simple. Go to the website, register for an account (or add the game to your existing NCSoft account), and download. With the game having been a premier title for so long, expect the download to take a little bit, as the game files are of decent size. Once installed though the game loads and updates very fluid. Once you are logged in and choose a server you will begin the process of creating your first character.

First though you will need to choose between the Asmodians or the Elyos. Once you create a character of one faction you will not be able to create a character on the same server from the opposing faction, no spies allowed! From there you will be given the simple option of selecting on of four classes, the warrior, scout, mage, or priest. Both factions have the same four character classes, and there are no race choices, only class and gender. This we found odd as the games character creation options are quite extensive and very detailed. Once a player select their class and gender they are given a wide range of options to customize every last detail on their character. For those that are not looking for as much detail, the random button will be your best friend to make sure that you are not running around with a character that is a clone of another.

Once through the character creation, the player will be able to get quickly into the action after selecting the created character and hitting start. Well after entering a security pin that is. A quick cut scene and you will be dropped into the newbie area and your adventure begins from there. Keep in mind that free players are only allotted two character slots, but for those players who have paid to upgrade their account or were previous subscribers to the game, you will have access to the premium options that will allow for 8 character slots and also far less restrictive game play. With that said, all areas of the game are open to free players, there are no DLCs.

Gameplay

Being dropped into the game world starts very much like many other games in the genre. You are dropped pretty much directly in front of the first quest giver and directed around the newbie area to talk to different people, kill helpless animals, and collect a certain number of items for NPC X. While learning the basics can be similar to many other games, there is a slight charm to what goes on in Aion. Maybe it is the glow that exists on the game as a whole or maybe it is just the way quests and NPCs present themselves. There is no denying that it is there though.

Leveling up happens rather quickly. With level ups comes new skills. Purchasing skill books will open up many new skills to players. Once a player learns a few new skills they will shortly have access to their first chain skills. Chain skills will allow a player to use two or more skills back to back and create a more powerful effect. Very useful for taking monsters down much more quickly.

Once a player reaches level 10 they will be able to ascend, and once the player ascends they will choose a new direction for their character class. Each class has two potential ascension classes with each one opening up a whole new branch of skills and gameplay options.

Aion does an excellent of creating mini-milestones for players to reach and attain certain gameplay aspects. Starting with the first Chain Skill, then moving to the Ascension, and so on. These continue till level 25 when players will be able to fly for short periods of time. Learning how flight works and mastering it as a skill is important as PvP in the Abyss requires a player to utilize flight to their advantage if they want to be a successful PvPer.

Graphics, Sounds and UI

When ever a game migrates from pay to play to free to play one of the greatest advantages is always the effort and money that was put into development and therefore into the games graphics and sounds. Aion is no different. From the moment you log in you can see and hear the quality. That quality extends the moment you start working your way through the character creation. With cut scenes not only when you start your character, but many cut scenes exist when you are just picking up a random quest here or there. All of these small details that are done with excellent attention, add up and make the overall experience one to enjoy.

All of the above comes with great sounds as well, not only the sound effects, but also the music and the voice acting during cut scenes and certain quests. The music score deserves a bit more kudos though as this is one that I can see players easily listening to outside the game and enjoying in a mix with other video game scores that they create play lists out of.

User Interface is such an under rated aspect of any game. When you have a bad UI you immediately know it. Some times you have to play many many games to truly see what a bad UI looks like. Any time you have had that experience it creates a joy that rises up inside you any time you see a UI that is well done. Aion’s UI isn’t the best I have seen or even in the top 10, but the UI is certain well done and works well to keep itself out of the way.

The Final Word

Said it before, a couple times, and I will say it again. When pay to play games migrate to free to play the winners are always the players. Aion’s migration to free to play has been great not only for the game but also for the players and the growing player base. Players who were once pay to play players are now seeing more players joining the game again giving them many more allies and opponents alike. Aion is a treat to the senses as well and really pulls a player in with several game mechanics that are either unique to the game or done equally as well or better than other games. If you have been wondering if you should try Aion, you really have zero excuses any more.


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  • xpatrickvux
    May 8, 2012
    Reply #1

    [..YouTube..] 1st

  • o0OAloneHeartsO0o
    May 8, 2012
    Reply #2

    [..YouTube..] Oh God Why… I can already hear annoying 12 year old’s. -.-”

  • Reloading26
    May 8, 2012
    Reply #3

    [..YouTube..] the game went free to play for a reason…not that geat

  • Shalazen
    May 8, 2012
    Reply #4

    [..YouTube..] You can change the graphics in game. It’s in the advanced with the arrow in graphics options. Toward the middle right. 🙂

  • jred0
    May 8, 2012
    Reply #5

    [..YouTube..] um i thought the graphics looked better then this

  • m0s1ah
    May 9, 2012
    Reply #6

    [..YouTube..] If you can run it, they are. Seeing from when he opened up his graphics options, the game is not running at max settings.

  • m0s1ah
    May 9, 2012
    Reply #7

    [..YouTube..] The private store is available to all accounts, seeing how there are no premium accounts in aion.

  • xoyondaimeox
    May 9, 2012
    Reply #8

    [..YouTube..] Actually at level 10 you can fly after changing the class/job,but you cannot fly in all areas!

  • Nanbopally
    May 9, 2012
    Reply #9

    [..YouTube..] I am surprised people payed for this. So many bugs. In a full bag, most items stack, quest items etc.. But when you harvest, you items dont stack unless you free up a space. So if you had 3/10 apples, and you pick a 4th, it wont stack unless you empty a slot, not that it will fill the slot, it stacks directly, but yeah, its like wtf. Then the auto walk is strange. Auto walk, cast (Stops in place to cast), then keeps walking, like WTF. So many other things, annoying voice at each action.

  • Nanbopally
    May 9, 2012
    Reply #10

    I am surprised people payed for this. So many bugs. In a full bag, most items stack, quest items etc.. But when you harvest, you items dont stack unless you free up a space. So if you had 3/10 apples, and you pick a 4th, it wont stack unless you empty a slot, not that it will fill the slot, it stacks directly, but yeah, its like wtf. Then the auto walk is strange. Auto walk, cast (Stops in place to cast), then keeps walking, like WTF. So many other things, annoying voice at each action.

  • Nanbopally
    May 9, 2012
    Reply #11

    [..YouTube..] I saw gold spammers in known guilds, at the lvl 1 starter area, and the GM’s do nothing, I know gold spamming is a hard ting to tackle, but here, it could be taken care of at least 80% if GM’s active (welcomme to f2p help). Also, the population was immature as the game is nothing but grind X bugs to get you to PvP. I know so many top guilds in P2P version that quit due to “game got repetitve, we had top gear, nothing but grind, F2P meh, and now we go to TERA”. That all said, they still like AION

  • Nanbopally
    May 9, 2012
    Reply #12

    I saw gold spammers in known guilds, at the lvl 1 starter area, and the GM’s do nothing, I know gold spamming is a hard ting to tackle, but here, it could be taken care of at least 80% if GM’s active (welcomme to f2p help). Also, the population was immature as the game is nothing but grind X bugs to get you to PvP. I know so many top guilds in P2P version that quit due to “game got repetitve, we had top gear, nothing but grind, F2P meh, and now we go to TERA”. That all said, they still like AION

  • Nanbopally
    May 9, 2012
    Reply #13

    [..YouTube..] Also, for a game this tested, it DOES need a dungeon / group finder, more events, and AUTO PATH. I understand no auto path for games that have explore features, and dynamic maps. This game is “Farm X and Y, and move to next map”. So, Auto path is nice. Especially when you are sent back in forth the same patch, over and oever while farming.

  • Nanbopally
    May 9, 2012
    Reply #14

    Also, for a game this tested, it DOES need a dungeon / group finder, more events, and AUTO PATH. I understand no auto path for games that have explore features, and dynamic maps. This game is “Farm X and Y, and move to next map”. So, Auto path is nice. Especially when you are sent back in forth the same patch, over and oever while farming.

  • Lonewolf3000X
    May 9, 2012
    Reply #15

    [..YouTube..] purple haired chicks are my fav

  • Lonewolf3000X
    May 9, 2012
    Reply #16

    purple haired chicks are my fav

  • mitchi822
    May 9, 2012
    Reply #17

    [..YouTube..] complain to much o -o

  • mitchi822
    May 9, 2012
    Reply #18

    complain to much o -o

  • mitchi822
    May 9, 2012
    Reply #19

    [..YouTube..] when u play the game small things like that shouldent bother you cause it not really a big deal

  • mitchi822
    May 9, 2012
    Reply #20

    when u play the game small things like that shouldent bother you cause it not really a big deal

  • mahin1islam
    May 9, 2012
    Reply #21

    [..YouTube..] “certain companies”=perfect world 😀

  • mahin1islam
    May 9, 2012
    Reply #22

    “certain companies”=perfect world 😀

  • TheMMODen
    May 9, 2012
    Reply #23

    [..YouTube..] 😉

  • TheMMODen
    May 9, 2012
    Reply #24

    😉

  • SylverMMG
    May 11, 2012
    Reply #25

    [..YouTube..] from what i know this game is made by the same team who makes GW2…Arena net (NcSoft). Anyway, this seems good, considering its f2p.

  • SylverMMG
    May 11, 2012
    Reply #26

    from what i know this game is made by the same team who makes GW2…Arena net (NcSoft). Anyway, this seems good, considering its f2p.

  • RAPIDFIREGUN
    May 12, 2012
    Reply #27

    [..YouTube..] F2p really blew up these few years. Back in the day, it was rare to even find a f2p mmo that uses WASD for movement. I started on Runescape and I played that for a while. Then i found out about Rappelz, and Rappelz graphics were far superior to Runescape that it was hard to believe it was a f2p game. But Perfect World really blew my mind since Rappelz. Better graphics, deep customization and rich in content. Now we have Aion, Allods Runes of magic etc…

  • RAPIDFIREGUN
    May 12, 2012
    Reply #28

    F2p really blew up these few years. Back in the day, it was rare to even find a f2p mmo that uses WASD for movement. I started on Runescape and I played that for a while. Then i found out about Rappelz, and Rappelz graphics were far superior to Runescape that it was hard to believe it was a f2p game. But Perfect World really blew my mind since Rappelz. Better graphics, deep customization and rich in content. Now we have Aion, Allods Runes of magic etc…

  • Mismo055
    May 19, 2012
    Reply #29

    [..YouTube..] agreed… Every f2p now is so boring and it repeats.
    F2P is now like a ostinato in music … everything repeats

  • Mismo055
    May 19, 2012
    Reply #30

    agreed… Every f2p now is so boring and it repeats.
    F2P is now like a ostinato in music … everything repeats

  • malumo4a
    May 21, 2012
    Reply #31

    [..YouTube..] Then both go pay blizzard and play wow 🙂

  • malumo4a
    May 21, 2012
    Reply #32

    Then both go pay blizzard and play wow 🙂

  • Mismo055
    May 21, 2012
    Reply #33

    [..YouTube..] I wouldn’t dare pay hard earned money for virtual gametime

  • Mismo055
    May 21, 2012
    Reply #34

    I wouldn’t dare pay hard earned money for virtual gametime

  • RoughGeneration
    May 28, 2012
    Reply #35

    [..YouTube..] as soon as you said you could fly, i was like im GETTING THIS GAME RIGHT NOW !!!!! 😀

  • RoughGeneration
    May 28, 2012
    Reply #36

    as soon as you said you could fly, i was like im GETTING THIS GAME RIGHT NOW !!!!! 😀

  • ShironTheWindragon
    May 31, 2012
    Reply #37

    [..YouTube..] Aww, I thought Balaur was a playable faction… :/

  • ShironTheWindragon
    May 31, 2012
    Reply #38

    Aww, I thought Balaur was a playable faction… :/

  • jb7dragon
    June 14, 2012
    Reply #39

    [..YouTube..] NCSoft is the publisher, Arena Net is a developer, they did not make Aion.

  • jb7dragon
    June 14, 2012
    Reply #40

    NCSoft is the publisher, Arena Net is a developer, they did not make Aion.

  • SylverMMG
    June 15, 2012
    Reply #41

    [..YouTube..] aa..ok…thanks for clearing that up. Cheers. (i thought Arena net it’s a subdivision of NC Soft).

  • SylverMMG
    June 15, 2012
    Reply #42

    aa..ok…thanks for clearing that up. Cheers. (i thought Arena net it’s a subdivision of NC Soft).

  • linpei5189
    June 16, 2012
    Reply #43

    [..YouTube..] aion is free to play now??? whaaaaa…….

  • linpei5189
    June 16, 2012
    Reply #44

    aion is free to play now??? whaaaaa…….

  • 96Iheb
    June 17, 2012
    Reply #45

    [..YouTube..] chest…if you know what I mean

  • 96Iheb
    June 17, 2012
    Reply #46

    chest…if you know what I mean

  • 96Iheb
    June 17, 2012
    Reply #47

    [..YouTube..] sexy females the only thing making RPG’s more fun XD

  • 96Iheb
    June 17, 2012
    Reply #48

    sexy females the only thing making RPG’s more fun XD

  • shadowismykittycat
    June 18, 2012
    Reply #49

    [..YouTube..] The worst thing they ever did to us players that had been paying every month prior to this.

  • shadowismykittycat
    June 18, 2012
    Reply #50

    [..YouTube..] The worst thing they ever did to us players that had been paying every month prior to this.

  • shadowismykittycat
    June 18, 2012
    Reply #51

    The worst thing they ever did to us players that had been paying every month prior to this.

  • XmarcX92
    June 20, 2012
    Reply #52

    [..YouTube..] To horny nerds yea

  • XmarcX92
    June 20, 2012
    Reply #53

    To horny nerds yea

  • 96Iheb
    June 20, 2012
    Reply #54

    [..YouTube..] ye

  • 96Iheb
    June 20, 2012
    Reply #55

    ye

  • NoGround94
    June 25, 2012
    Reply #56

    [..YouTube..] Was remove all the Vet rewards. If they had kept those, fine, but they removed ALL of them.

  • NoGround94
    June 25, 2012
    Reply #57

    Was remove all the Vet rewards. If they had kept those, fine, but they removed ALL of them.

  • NoGround94
    June 25, 2012
    Reply #58

    [..YouTube..] But the twinks still dominate low levels.

  • NoGround94
    June 25, 2012
    Reply #59

    But the twinks still dominate low levels.

  • KajeeZeroOne
    December 21, 2012
    Reply #60

    “sigh ”

  • defiraphi
    December 22, 2012
    Reply #61

    Is it worth to buy this game? i’m a little scared, are there alot players playing this game?

  • TheMMODen
    December 22, 2012
    Reply #62

    Game is free to download and play. No need to buy it. =)

  • defiraphi
    December 22, 2012
    Reply #63

    Ok thank you dude/dudette 🙂 , i will try it .

  • MsReyDarK
    January 2, 2013
    Reply #64

    in first place is Aion the BEst MMORPG of All Times

  • MsReyDarK
    January 2, 2013
    Reply #65

    in my channel have any videos about pvp in aion .. is very crazy

  • MrBoyxboy92
    January 3, 2013
    Reply #66

    Thanks for the review! Looks like this game are a bit too demanding for my computer though. And seems like its pay to win according to the forums so i will probably not try it out. Was still nice to see a preview from it.

  • Michael Mariscal
    January 8, 2013
    Reply #67

    this looks like a point and click… is that the case? can anyone tell me about the fighting engine in this game… cuz Im getting tired of point and clicks…RaiderZ has a great fighting engine but.. not gonna lie… its cheaply put together.

  • Tu Dinh
    January 9, 2013
    Reply #68

    i got my wings at level 9 or 10

  • OfficialIMVUMusicVid
    January 13, 2013
    Reply #69

    hey, lvl 35 here. not a pay to win for sure. the most epic game i’ve ever played. flight is amazing. just in case you change your mind!

  • MrVh2000
    January 23, 2013
    Reply #70

    Can anyone help? i have probelm with update patch. I download the game and game said for me to patch the new update yes thats it but i start updateing and its freeze 14% :/ what should i do helppp pls

  • brownsnation
    February 9, 2013
    Reply #71

    this is a hell of a download.

  • Sinkutzsar
    February 14, 2013
    Reply #72

    Is this a pay to win game?

  • livingtonu
    February 25, 2013
    Reply #73

    This is alot like Tera online.

  • MrIKreator
    February 25, 2013
    Reply #74

    Why is it that every time I look at an MMORPG review they always choose a female character…

  • Jakes Grimley
    March 10, 2013
    Reply #75

    why do you reviewers only review the boring ass newbie zones. that is gonna be the most stock and lame part of it, you should do newbie zone then a few levels up etc.

  • ToneProjectTV
    March 16, 2013
    Reply #76

    I went with the Asmodians because it sounds like Cambodians. lol

  • andrewij1
    March 17, 2013
    Reply #77

    i had that but i got to 16 % i restarted my comp and tried again seems to be working so far

  • Axel sliverspear
    April 7, 2013
    Reply #78

    why does the damn update take to long mine stops after it hits 27 or 28 and I have to restart it and it happends again DAFUQ

  • Juliana Ammann
    April 14, 2013
    Reply #79

    This game takes forever to update :’c

  • KidGengar
    April 17, 2013
    Reply #80

    Because female characters tend to look better in RPGs than their bulky(and sometimes clunky)male counterparts. This is the case in WoW;the males are ugly as hell. Also,because some guys want something to keep looking at while they’re playing.
    Some PvPfags feel a “rush” when they beat up someone else using a female character.
    I’m sure there are many more cosmetic or “macho complex”/insecurity reasons why they pick female characters.

  • fazal rehman
    April 19, 2013
    Reply #81

    can you use gamepad ?

  • TheMMODen
    April 20, 2013
    Reply #82

    You can not

  • GigantGatlingGun
    April 20, 2013
    Reply #83

    i like my characters to look strong and burly like a boss:P

  • ember fly
    May 5, 2013
    Reply #84

    I’ve never seen a male character look as good as a female character in any MMO on the planet.

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