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Posted: Jun 17th 2009 8:07AM Tom in VA said

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You *should* add a voting option. :-)

* Aion
* Champions
* Meh...

Just be sure to add "meh, I'm not interested in either one as a third possibility" since that's about where I am on those two MMOS.

Posted: Jun 17th 2009 8:28AM (Unverified) said

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I'll take Option 3, Tom.

"Meh..."
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Posted: Jun 17th 2009 9:51AM Scarecrowe said

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Agreed. Option 3.
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Posted: Jun 17th 2009 11:28AM (Unverified) said

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AION WILL PREVAIL!!!

Posted: Jun 17th 2009 8:16AM (Unverified) said

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Couldn't care less about either...

Posted: Jun 17th 2009 3:39PM (Unverified) said

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hrmm an interesting combat. On the one hand the powers and power system in CO is maybe not unique but interesting, vs the more tried and true approach of Aion. Aion offers breathtaking graphics and CO...well cell shaded has it's high points of making for some unique screenshot opportunities but then so does Aion. Here it boils down to the end game. Aion promises some impressive sieges and RVR while tbh i haven't heard much about CO's endgame for that matter the leveling experience as a whole.

Winner: Aion.

Posted: Jun 17th 2009 8:19AM Halldorr said

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I can't say much since I am under an NDA for CO but I will say this, I am currently looking forward more to Aion after REALLY being excited and looking forward to CO. So...we'll see...maybe I'll be playing CitiesXL instead (of which I just got a beta invite as well)

Posted: Jun 17th 2009 8:31AM Wispur said

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Yeah, the combat system in Champions Online leaves ALOT to be desired. ....like a combat system.
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Posted: Jun 17th 2009 9:31AM Minofan said

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I'm in a similar situation to Halldorr - very unsure of Aion now (yet to be invited to any of their betas) but, in light of my experiences, of the two I'd still give the edge to Aion.

Market prediction? Aion all the way.
I have a hard job seeing at as a game I'd play zealously (but then I've never really been smitten with the WoW/Everquest playstyle), but I'm confident it will grab a good share of that market.
More importantly though it should hit the ground running, while Champions is odds-on to follow the AoC and WAR model.
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Posted: Jun 17th 2009 8:27AM Dlangar said

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I'm looking greatly forward to both. And I think they both bring some good things to the table. Of the two though, I think Champions Online has to win out.

1.) It's only the second super-hero MMO ever out. Aion is gorgeous, but erm.. we've *been* here, done this.

2.) Contemporary setting. In line with the above, Champions is not-another-fantasy-based-world.

3.) Veteren developers.

Having said all that, Champions still doesn't get a free pass. I've heard grumblings like those mentioned above from a number of people -- that having played, now they're, well, "less than impressed". And Cryptic just delayed Champions -- so apparently they're realizing there's still something missing in the sauce too. We'll have to see if they can find it by September.

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Posted: Jun 17th 2009 8:44AM (Unverified) said

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Of the two, I'd lean more towards Champions Online. I'm just so darned sick and tired of High Fantasy that Aion has lost all appeal to me. But quite honestly, I won't be joining either at launch either way, since

a) Jack Emmert and Bill Roeper are involved in CO, which makes me incredibly gun-shy.

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b) Aion seems like just another Korean Grindfest MMO. But with Wings!

Posted: Jun 17th 2009 8:47AM elocke said

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Since I will play anything MMORPG related, and as I haven't played either yet, both look appealing to me so I will be trying both. However, based on what I have read I will probably lean more towards Champions. But I have been wrong before.

Posted: Jun 17th 2009 8:56AM (Unverified) said

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I am very much awaiting Champions Online. I tried COH/COV and was sorely disappointed. I am a big fan of the superhero genre and love the look of this game. As far as Aion, I play WoW for my fantasy fix (but will play FFXVI when it releases, but that is more of a FF fan thing) so at this point I am not looking to leave WoW.

Posted: Jun 17th 2009 8:57AM (Unverified) said

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Really? You have to ask this? A Cryptic superhero game vs. yet another craptacular final fantasy-ish, anime inspired Korean excuse for an MMO? Come on. Has anyone tried any of NCSofts other games besides CoH? Utter crap. Crap is not going to fall far from the crap tree. The only reason CoH gets a pass is it originated from Cryptic.

Posted: Jun 17th 2009 9:02AM (Unverified) said

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CO.

Aion looks nice but it's all been done before.

Plus grind-fest. Plus bad translations. Plus lack of polish. Plus NCsofts usual limp support for new games. Plus everyone will play a woman to leer at the anime boobs.

CO has flying (from what I've seen with wings if you want) and you can be a robo-ninja-pirate-cowboy. That is made of win.

But personally I'm voting for Jumpgate instead, because in all honesty I'm pretty much sick of the copy-and-paste with a new-skin MMO we're seeing.

Posted: Jun 17th 2009 9:04AM Seare said

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Hate fantasy, love superheros, so CO. That being said, once SWTOR comes out, nothing else will matter.

Posted: Jun 17th 2009 4:29PM Master Bruce said

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Amen to that...I pretty much consider all games to be be something to tide me over until SWTOR.
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Posted: Jun 17th 2009 9:15AM Aganazer said

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I am in both betas and played both. There is no comparison. Champions Online all the way. Whoever that was in an earlier reply that complained about Champions combat system obviously hasn't played Aion. The Aion combat system is even less exciting than WoW as if that were even possible.

Right now Aion has two things going for it. It has the advantage of being a released game for about a year. Its very polished and balanced. Champions is still getting the balance worked out and is still adding lots of polish. The other thing that Aion has going for it is the PvP system. I would fully understand why RvR fans would like Aion. Other than that I am not finding anything new or exciting about Aion.

Champions has a faster paced combat system with all the cool things we can expect in a superhero game. You can pick up things in your environment and throw them at enemies. There are multitudes of status effects like knockdowns, knockbacks, stuns, snares, holds, fear, etc. There are the *unresistricted* travel powers that make Aion's wings look like kid's toys. There is REAL character development with lots of cool options in how you develop your character with stat point allocation, power selections, AND gear choices (Aion's only character development is in gear choices... *yawn*). And I haven't mentioned the character creation system, nemesis system, public quests, and a few other nifty things that would break my NDA if I mentioned them.

There is no comparison.

Posted: Jun 17th 2009 9:32AM (Unverified) said

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Thanks for that write up. I haven't heard many people with hands on CO experience and it's great to hear it compared so favorably to Aion.

I'll give CO a try, total pass on Aion and will probably end up going with EVE or a T2A UO shard. Screw graphics, I want gameplay.
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Posted: Jun 17th 2009 9:21AM (Unverified) said

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Well Champions will be short lived lots of fun,
and Aion will be short lived garbage for ill informed, and immature that will buy games like guild wars and heavenly sword, They like the curvy box art.

IMHO.

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