Conclusion: That being said, the emphasis on grinding, the linear environment and the rather uninspired early levels pose a serious threat to this games growth. Whilst these are things that cannot be changed, it will depend on what NCSoft will do next which will ultimately make or break it.
Conclusion: I'd like to say that there's nothing really special about Aion without sounding overly negative. It's likely the best MMORPG released since Lord of the Rings Online, with many appealing qualities and a decent chance of retaining players. There aren't many games that have put as much effort into persistent world PvP, and that is the deciding factor for some people.
Fantasy MMO set in war between two races has bloody combat.
Common Sense Media
3 February 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that Aion is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game that takes place in the middle of war between two races. Players choose to join one of two factions: one is light-skinned and the other is dark-skinned which may lead some to think of racial stereotyping. The game has player versus player combat where the aim is to kill and defeat other players using weapons and magical attacks.
Excerpt: Whenever I try to imagine what the development process might have been like for Aion , I usually picture a circus performer trying to manage half-a-dozen spinning plates on sticks. See, NCSoft's latest MMORPG tries so hard to simultaneously cater to a number of divergent tastes: Namely, fans of either Western or Eastern MMO design. The developers have made an admirable effort, for sure, but I'm afraid it's one that's doomed to disappoint on more than one front.
Pros: you have time to grind out a MMO and you've had enough WoW .
Cons: MMOs are time-killing, life-draining, relationship-destroying crutches for our long, hard existence.
Conclusion: Assault on Balaurae is definitely geared toward the hardcores, the very players the developers want to keep interested. They haven’t forsaken the lower-levels players by any stretch, encouraging them to gain experience to access the new content. It’s not going to be easy for any player, but this game isn’t meant to be completed in a few days.
Summary: Upon entering Aion's world for the first time, you can't help but notice how beautiful it is, and for the first few hours it seems that as much attention has been lavished on the engaging quests and interesting characters as has on the CryEngine-powered visuals. Play past the first dozen or so character levels though, and Aion's grind-happy design becomes increasingly apparent.
Pros: Visuals impress both technically and artistically, First 10 to 12 levels are a joy to play, Fast-paced and intuitive combat system
Cons: Grinding quickly becomes an obtrusively big part of gameplay, Servers seem unable to cope with large-scale PVP battles, Invisible walls make flying much less fun than it should be, Sound design is all over the place