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Posted: Mar 21st 2011 7:56PM The Minn said

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@darkogele someone needs a hug. if it makes you feel better NCsoft will let you play for free starting the 24th

Posted: Mar 21st 2011 7:58PM The Minn said

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@darkogele someone needs a hug. if it makes you feel better NCsoft will let you play for free starting the 24th

Posted: Mar 21st 2011 7:59PM The Minn said

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aw crap double-post. c'mon Massively....allow deletions?

Posted: Mar 21st 2011 8:00PM The Minn said

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@darkogele I can see your logic for battlegrounds in a pvp game but there is arena-style gameplay in Aion. When was the last time you played? Currently I am playing RIFT (I shift MMOs, I go back-and-forth to keep longevity) but the last time I played Aion (December) I was blown away at how much better it is now. Like AoC's launch it has been hard for NCsoft to gain back those who once played but, again, like AoC...Aion is a solid MMO now.

Posted: Mar 21st 2011 8:47PM wfseg said

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I agree with darkogele's strongly worded statements. It's nice of the article to explain all that about AP, but lets face it, it's pointless to start now. All the geared twinks will just one-shot you, and there goes all your AP. Hyperbole, granted, but the point is gear > skill. PVP fails in this game.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 1:14AM The Minn said

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@Puremallace yes, they are backing it but they're not the ones making it, at all.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 5:11AM xBludx said

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@wfseg

I'm concerned about this. Is this really true? If so, that would suck.

Questions about Aion as of today's state of the game and the 2.5 expansion:

1. Is rifting a gankfest now (or will it become one after 2.5)?

2. Is it really that hard for new players to progress and keep AP without losing it to gankers?

3. Can you keep your gear for a long time in Aion after grinding for it, or does it quickly become obsolete like in WoW?

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Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 12:35PM Zyrusticae said

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@xBludx

1. All open-world PvP is ALWAYS a gankfest. That is what open-world *is*. Very rarely you might get even fights, but those are the exception, not the rule.

2. No. AP loss is insignificant until high ranks (rank 2 or higher), and there are several exclusively PvE options for gaining AP.

3. You most certainly can. Classes that are less gear dependent, i.e. casters, can actually do just fine going up to 50 wearing level 30 gear thanks to enchanting, which increases p.def, HP, and crit resist for armor and attack + magic boost for weapons. It's certainly not *optimal*, but it's serviceable enough.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 1:31PM Integral said

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@Puremallace

NCSoft is publishing not Aion, not developing it. Big big difference.
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Posted: Mar 21st 2011 10:42PM Krayzjoel said

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This game is funny.
Everytime they lower the defense buffs the following happens:
1. The pve'ers get 1-2 shotted by twinks who cant defend themselves.
2. The amount of ppl being online goes down or they are on low lvl alts. Many ppl just hang out in either Sanctum or Pandamonium.
3. The broker prices that are already high go even higher because stuff cant get farmed.
4. The twinks begin to cry and complain that no one is around and say that "fair" fights are happening all around or they dont attack low lvls (yeah... right). These same twinks then cry and complain when lvl 55's go in to defend the helpless and get owned.

NCSOFT need to completely overhaul how equipment gets upgraded in this game. This imo would solve some of the rifting issues.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 12:10AM Laren said

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@Krayzjoel

The problem is, the people who got continually griefed left before ncsoft did anything. Then they changed how rifting works to stop the griefing, which pissed rifters off, who left as well. The game, in the west, is done.
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 10:27AM Krayzjoel said

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@Laren

So true...sooooo true.....
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Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 12:37PM Zyrusticae said

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@Krayzjoel

I agree, changing the equipment differential would go a looong way to helping the game regain much of its lost subs. It's annoying that people give up so easily just because they're at a disadvantage, but when that disadvantage is 20% or more, it's pretty much true at that point.
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Posted: Mar 21st 2011 10:58PM Laguna said

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AP in aion is a joke. But one could say that aion is a joke itself.

Apart from graphics this game has nothing worth mentioning in terms of content.

Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 1:12AM The Minn said

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@Puremallace don't you dare? really? how many soap operas do you watch? you literally said 'dont you dare?" ha ha ha

Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 4:37AM Addfwyn said

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@darkogele Actually I have to disagree with that, BGs are what killed pvp for me in WoW. It changed fun world pvp to a stagnant minigame within the game itself. I miss the days of actual city raids to take out other faction's cities (if for no other reason than to deny them quests).

Posted: Mar 22nd 2011 8:05PM Naru now in 3D said

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@darkogele You can rage all you want about Aion, but I'm gonna go ahead and have fun playing it (at least during the reactivation week and maybe this summer if I have time to subscribe again).

Maybe I'll understand what everyone's flaming about when I hit 55, but so far Aion's been nothing but a very competent and all-around beautiful MMO that merely has some controversial design choices. I don't love some of them either, but I still have lots of fun playing.

Frankly, I think today's MMO players are pretty babied if they think Aion is nothing but a grindfest. Coming from Ruins-of-Kunark-era Everquest, I can tell you that Aion's grinding/difficulty is nothing that daunting or repetitive.

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