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Posted: Jul 17th 2009 1:19PM Macabre 13 said

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Can't wait to get home tonight and try out the Abyss.

That'll make it or break it for me in Aion. So far the experience has been good, but way too much "same-ness" to merit a purchase.

I've heard good things about the PvP from those playing the Asian version. If the PvP lives up to the hype, I'll have my new vice.

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 1:32PM MtthwRddl said

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Here's hoping I enjoy this time more than last time, and here's hoping I actually get a character past level 10.

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 2:09PM Triskelion said

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I'm not a big fan of this long drawn-out beta/demo. They should have had maybe a weekend or two of open beta just prior to launch, after those first two weekends my interest has slipped. I'm just not interested in leveling up a char only to see it get wiped.

I mean 2-3 months of beta, every other weekend, really? Whenever I have been in extended beta's like this it inevitably takes away from some of the newness of retail. I've stopped playing after the 2nd weekend.

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 3:41PM (Unverified) said

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I agree that leveling a character only to have it wiped sucks. My girlfriend and I decided on playing Asmodian when the game goes live, so we're playing Elyos during these beta tests. We don't care if those get wiped and we won't have to repeat those same quests again either.
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Posted: Jul 17th 2009 2:11PM Valentina said

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Yeah but they are still putting in the rest of the content that is being localized. The tutorial/introduction, voice overs, extended cut scenes, etc are not in yet.

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 2:22PM JohnD212 said

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Too many people judge games based on Beta...that is why you aren't allowed to discuss the game while its in beta....its in BETA people. It's not finished. If someone decides not to play the game based on the closed beta...then that's sad for them...but good for us since there will be less people to clog up the servers on the first day. CYa in game.

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 2:34PM (Unverified) said

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But Aion IS finished. The North American 'beta' is for localization purposes, the game has been live in Korea for quite a while. There will certainly be content additions as content is localized and made available, but the fundamental gameplay of Aion is NOT in beta -- it's done. If someone doesn't like the game as it stands now, they're not going to like the game. Saying "it's beta" doesn't really apply here.
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Posted: Jul 17th 2009 2:41PM Triskelion said

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LOL, yeah, the game is in beta? Its been out in Korea since November, no, its not a beta. This is a marketing ploy to generate hype, don't kid yourself.

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 4:01PM Macabre 13 said

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Have you ever played any Asian games, especially any RPG's? They're often a mess of grammatical errors and typos, included among various new bugs introduced during the localization process. While I don't doubt NCsoft is going to milk the hype as much as they can, this beta is certainly not just a "marketing ploy".

They've fully admitted it is a localization and "westernization" beta, so there is no "ploy" to pretend it's a full-fledged beta test.

I totally appreciate NCsoft taking the time and resources to beta test the localization, as I can't recall many Asian companies doing so.

Having been in CB2 and 3 so far, beta testers have already found plenty of bugs, errors, typos, broken quests, etc., many of which I'm sure will be fixed for retail.

This process not only adds fun and entertainment for the player-base as we await the retail release, it also adds polish to the localized game, which everyone can and should appreciate.

You might not like the game for whatever reason, but don't knock a company for taking measures to polish a game before release. Too often do we receive games that lack polish, and the result is usually quite disappointing (Hellgate, anyone?).

(sorry for the wall o' text!)
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Posted: Jul 17th 2009 3:53PM Valentina said

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Korea and China are about to be playing version 1.5. Our beta version is what they played in their beta. So it's not up to date by any means.

Posted: Jul 17th 2009 4:45PM (Unverified) said

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Thanks to GameGuard, I'm in midst of cancelling my pre-order for it.

I like my MMOs without malware, thanks.

Posted: Jul 18th 2009 5:53AM (Unverified) said

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True, the latest update of GameGuard became even more invasive. In the case you have Kaspersky or Avast antivirus, it tries to shut them down. I guess without a success, because it leaves your system half-frozen with all programs not responding. This will cause you a data loss, in the case you have been working on something. Hard reset is the only option as GameGuard blocks even Task manager.

Asian players might be OK with such drastic manipulation of their systems, but I seriously doubt western people are going to tolerate that.
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Posted: Jul 18th 2009 12:54PM (Unverified) said

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This is looking sweet.

Posted: Jul 19th 2009 12:11AM Dread said

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I've pre-ordered the collectors edition and spent 20 minutes trying to get Symantec Endpoint working with it - failed. Why Gameguard needs to tamper with my anti-virus package is beyond me. I killed the SEP services anyway, just to see what the game is like. Played for about 10 hours. To be honest - meh. You get to fly - big deal. Just like riding a flying mount in WoW. The air 'combat' I have had so far is me standing in mid air wacking something else standing in mid air.

Combat is far slower, graphics are OK without having that WOW (not the game) factor of LOTRO or AOC. Looks slightly more refined WoW or WAR graphics, but not by much. Ingame mechanics are very simplistic and cater to the Ritalin addicted 12 year old button mashers.....just a little slower.

Not sure whether I will keep my pre-order. Its just a little to same-same for me. I was expecting more given all the hype and attention Massively has given it. Will keep playing for a few more hours but unless something extraordinary pops out in the next 10 hours I think I'll pass.

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