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Posted: Aug 13th 2009 4:23AM Jesspiper said

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Aion #2 MMORPG in NA?

I had no idea Mark Jacobs is now writing the script for NCSoft's earnings calls and press releases.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 4:41AM (Unverified) said

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I can see it having about the same success as Guild Wars.

I dont know much about the game, but when i look at it all i see is Guild Wars w/ wings. Only not free to play.

The art style really doesnt appeal to me. And from what I've seen the char customization is still as severely limited as all the old MMOs (barring CoX)

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 5:16AM (Unverified) said

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I'm glad I got a key but in other site. Now my question is, regardless where we got our keys for the last phase close beta 6. Do the keys work just the same as all been distributed? Like we're all have access till open beta in September?

I had enough of WoW. My options are Aion and AoC for now. I don't care much what other people are telling / trolling around here. Bashing other games besides their beloved WoW. All I want is what I like about the game itself. Like in AoC I really love the environment, everything on it (especially the gameplay, top notch non-robotic click watch affair like in WoW). And tomorrow here in Aion I would expect more casual players than in my previous AoC adventure.

I can't say a thing for Aion right now because tomorrows my first beta in Aion. So we'll see.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 6:18AM Miffy said

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What did anything I say got to do with being homophobic? Saying something looks ghey has nothing to do with sexuality.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 6:48AM phobic99 said

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Nothing at all? Really? Hmm...
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Posted: Aug 13th 2009 8:10AM (Unverified) said

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Here is an appropriate review from the chinese AION

http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/Aion/index.html

Alot of the haters here need to chill out and give the game a try before they flame it, and not just log in and play till level 10 or something.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 8:55AM (Unverified) said

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NCSoft...enough reason to never touch this game.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 8:57AM wjowski said

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Having said what I said, I'll still say that some of the subtle and overt racism in this thread is bile-inducing.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 10:06AM (Unverified) said

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I'll chime in too that the game runs really well on a mid-range system. I have an AMD Phenom 9600/Nvidia 8800GT/4 Gigs of Ram and I can run it max out with 2xAA and still be above 20 fps in the cities or crowded areas. While the characters are very detailed, the environments cut corners here and there on polys and textures so it runs smooth.

And the character customization is one of the best I've ever seen, including Champions Online. The nose alone has like 4 sliders to mess around with. I think the only problem might be that there isn't really a diversity in gear looks, so CO would beat it in that regard in terms of overall character look. You will be able to have something akin to LOTRO's costume system though so you can tailor your look however you want it (Provided you have the money).

Does it bring anything new? Besides flying air combat and the PvPvE premise, not really. It is, however, a solid game and one I think is worth purchasing. The fact I can run it so well compared to a game like AoC and not have it look like turd is a big plus for me. That and Aion would basically be a bridge game for me until SWTOR hits and after that Blizzard's next MMO.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 12:38PM J Brad Hicks said

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An Nvidia 8800 is not a mid-ranged graphics card, not when people are used to running World of Warcraft perfectly well on an x2xx or an x5xx Nvidia card. We're talking the difference between a $35 to $50 graphics card and a $200 to $350 graphics card, just to play a game whose game play is, by all reviews, just not different enough from WoW's to hold people's attention.

The US doesn't have the same MMO economy as China, and I'm not talking about gold-sellers. US MMO players don't pay by the hour at shops that upgrade to the highest available graphics card every year. They play at home on machines that they buy every 3 to 5 years, they're very price-sensitive, and the vast majority of them never swap out a single component. No MMO that needs an Nvidia card from system 8 or later, or with a 2nd digit above 5, to run at 20 FPS, is going to sell a million copies in the US; there aren't a million machines that can run it.
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Posted: Aug 13th 2009 2:35PM (Unverified) said

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By todays standards, the 8800 is medium graphics card. The good high end cards are about $140-$200, anything above that is overkill and only enthusiast running monitors at insane resolutions would need the $200+ cards.

But really, if your computer is starting to get old, like 3-4 years old and was a decent setup at the time, it will still play aion. If you want to play it with all the bells and whistles though you are gonna need an upgrade. Which is super cheap compared to how prices where a decade ago, you can get a "High end system" for around $500-$600, not the $1500-$2000 that many people believe.
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Posted: Aug 13th 2009 11:58AM Cendres said

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Okay...

You know what Aion is a great game, it's probably the first really good PVP game out there right now, regardless whether you approve of the art style or not, so I think it's going to do rather well. BUT second only to WoW? Words like these and wow-killer should NEVER be said.

I also grew cold when they mentioned Tabula Rasa, that's just nasty guys can't take responsibility for your mistakes much?

While I really love Aion as a game and think it's fantastic, NCsoft as a company does not charm me. Exceptions are Liv and Ayase

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 1:28PM (Unverified) said

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IMHO, AION is going to do very well just like AoC and WAR did initially. The difference here will be AION will NOT lose 80% of the player base because of technical issues.

It's pretty clear the players of this genre are hungry for something new that actually works when they install it at launch.

There is a pretty good chance AION is going to "win" by default simply because there is no real competition out there. Who makes a complete & working game first is gonna mop up this market.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 3:24PM (Unverified) said

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Bash it all you like. This is typical of epeen wanna be's. Aion is pretty to look at. And a little more old fashioned in its centric grind oriented play. Which for western give me easy mode game aka WoW players since TBC, has been changed and quests have been added. However where most of you will in fact fail is that NCSoft does not and will not allow add-ons. Yes ! You actually have to learn to play your class without cheating! So go on bashing no biggie. But I see hundreds of ex-wow players signing up on the Aion forums everyday. I was one of them some time ago now. This is not Easy Mode WoW so really you would all be better off to stay where you are. And to some nyerk above it has not ever been free to play in China or Korea. You are sadly out of touch. And it grows over there due to the fact that chinese WoW players have not even been graced yet with WoTLK. Not to mention they could not play it for some months due to server outtage. As the bulk of WoW's subs are in fact Asian or were look out. And pls Blizz is the worst at counting dead subs, inactive players and such to add to their *cough* superior numbers *cough*. Most of you do not have a clue about what your talking about. If you could take your head outta Blizz's butt for about a minute , clean off that brown nose. Maybe just maybe you would realize your favorite game has been made a shadow and a joke of its former self.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 5:10PM Grumms said

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I guess you didn't hear they lost about 5-6 millions subs when they lost China?

And no, they are NOT growing whatsoever.

New features? You mean the turtlefest of a new battleground? The same boss encounters they keep bringing back?

Also, let's not forget that they are making the game EASIER and EASIER by the second.

Posted: Aug 13th 2009 11:48PM (Unverified) said

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As Whi stated, Blizzard has made a move to water down their game play to cater to a broad audience of casual players, and in doing so, forced their "hardcore" players to sift through mindless PvE content and lackluster PvP that is supposedly balanced and fair for everyone. Gone are the days of true MMO architecture as the overall intelligence of the average gamer drops to a zombie-like stasis.

Having read a fair amount of information on Aion and playing through the initial beta, it does have the potential to hold on to a fair target market, however I don't see the largest portion of MMO'ers being able to stick with it for very long. It has become the nature of the beast that is online gaming and the real gamers will continue to long for a real challenge for quite some time.

I still chuckle when I hear Warcraft referred to as the 500 lb gorilla of the online world. It captured the same mass appeal as the original Super Mario Brothers for Nintendo. While it may stand the test of time, every juggernaut title loses its sex appeal eventually. In the flood of new MMO's gracing the market over the next 12-18 months, it will be tough for Aion to keep its head above water. While it is far from a bad game, I think it just comes down to an issue of timing. Let Blizzard continue to fail and turn its subscription base against them. This may just open the door for the next breakthrough MMO to really shine.

As for right now, Aion may just end up being Ai'off'.

Posted: Aug 15th 2009 8:37PM (Unverified) said

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Ok, I'm tired of seeing all these Aion fanboys coming out to defend it and bashing everyone who has valid reasons why the game will not be as successful as WoW. I have my own, AND YES, before you call me someone who has never played, let me tell you I DID in fact test the game, because I wasted 80$ of UNREFUNDABLE money on this pos game (that is my opinion it is not a fact, but I have a list of reasons) My collectors edition will be on-sale on ebay come launch day at a ripe $40, so one of you fanboys go buy it please, at any rate here:

#1: the game is a grindfest, Autopsia, said it right, its not WoW, its not, WAR, the game is a REDONKULOUS Grind, that doesn't make it a bad game, I'm just saying, that IS a severe turnoff for a lot of people

#2: The lack of customization really is depressing, I have to look like everyone else, Double-you Tee Eff. Again this will be a turnoff for a lot of people This guy from NCSoft is OUT OF HIS MIND, if he thinks he can touch WoW (btw don't call me a WoW fanboy, because I also hate WoW)

#3: I do not think this game really has enough content to keep up with games that are getting constant content releases, like WoW.

#4: Aion is a beast to run, I run a great graphics card (4850), with 8 gigs of ram, and a triple core AMD, and it still runs poorly to the point where I have to turn the graphics down.

@Autospia, you sir, are a complete jackass, and have NO IDEA WTF you are talking about, most people here have valid reasons and you all calling them people with their heads up Blizzards ass is only making YOU look like you have YOUR head up NCSoft's ass, so go on, play your crappy Aion game.

Now to look forward to a real good game *cough* Champions Online *cough*
Something actually worth my money.

Posted: Aug 16th 2009 7:14PM (Unverified) said

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NCsoft can "aim for" whatever they want. The truth is that Aion brings absolutely nothing new to the table, apart from technical excellence and not being broken at launch. Granted, this is more than every single WoW challenger has managed so far, but it's nowhere near enough to pull a significant amount of people away from WoW permanently.

Posted: Aug 18th 2009 10:06AM (Unverified) said

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I just played the Aion closed beta and actually its one of the better MMOs I've played....

It has 2 problems that need to be fixed before it can hope to claim US #2 though:

1) It has very little group content and no raids

2) It's really linear until the end game

Posted: Aug 18th 2009 11:49AM (Unverified) said

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I played the closed beta over the weekend on a AMD II x3 with only 2 gigs of ram and an onboard intergraded graphics card 6150e i believe, and without flaw on gameplay. the intro was choppy but thats it.

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