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Aion (Windows)

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4.4
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Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 5.0
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Overall MobyScore (2 votes) 4.4


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91
Impulse Gamer
In conclusion, Aion is a very entertaining MMO game that although doesn’t challenge this genre too much, still uses the traditional Dungeons & Dragons archetypes. However there are some new twists and turns to the gameplay and if you’re looking for something different than World of Warcraft, (like we were) than you’d be pressed to finding something better than Aion. With new content planned, let’s hope that Aion takes off because it's already had over a year in Asia to establish itself as one of the best MMO available. Even if you're not a fan of online RPG's, the graphics will probably draw you in. Nice!
91
The A.V. Club
In the battle against World Of Warcraft’s supremacy over the MMORPG genre, Aion’s greatest weapon is beauty. It lacks the depth and experienced wisdom of its 4-year-old rival, but Aion manages to make WOW show its age. The graphics are impressive at every level. Enormous serpentine creatures soar through the air; strange elephant-like beasts water themselves in frozen lakes. The combat skills produce vibrant visuals.
90
GamingXP
Generell kann „AION“ all jenen empfohlen werden, die von „WoW“ schon zu viel gesehen haben und ein frisches Rollenspiel ausprobieren wollen. Wir erwarten noch einiges aus der Welt Atreia, besonders da die Geschichte wirklich toll aufbereitet ist.
90
RPGFan
In retrospect, I believe the similarities to other well-traveled MMORPGs works in Aion's favor. Players will be able to instantly interact and participate in its world without fuss or confusion. Only gradually does the game introduce new elements to its palette; before long the whole breathtaking picture comes into view. Without a doubt, Aion is an incredibly polished experience that refines the best aspects of the genre and creates a spectacular new world. As a fan and critic of the genre, I wholeheartedly recommend Aion to both casual and experienced gamers.
90
Gameplanet
With the game almost two years in development and beta, and the pedigree of previous games created by NCSoft, Aion fortunately isn't plagued with the usual opening night jitters. It's finely balanced and very well engineered. It delivers some real innovation in the genre, particularly in game balance and graphics, and it's a refreshing and very real alternative for MMORPG players. If you are tired of the cry of the murlocs, pack your bow and spell book and enter the world of Aion.
88
NZGamer
It's not that different to WoW but the differences are quite noticeable - whether you like them or not is something only you can determine. If you're looking for something with a different storyline to WoW, don't play WoW for reasons other than its gameplay or want something more than combat, Aion is well worth checking out. It's arguably the best MMO at launch that we've ever seen - it took years for WoW to get to this level of polish and in some ways Aion tops even that.
87
MMORPG.com
I have to figure that in, as it is part of the quality of the game. Yet, it is an unfortunate blemish on what is otherwise a very solid, very enjoyable MMO experience. So, even with that said, I am still more than willing to recommend it.
87
AusGamers
Overall, the key experience one looks for in an MMO, with numerous people active in a persistent and changing game-world are shared experiences. From tackling a dungeon as part of a group suited to your skill and role, to defending a large enemy invasion at a friendly controlled fortress, Aion utilises well executed RPG and character building mechanics to make these things quite accessible. For a person who has no qualms immersing themselves in a deep single-player RPG for numerous hours, playing an MMO like Aion, feels both different and very similar. Instead of a world filled with countless NPCs there're real people, and much like NPCs in single-player games, you pretty much avoid the majority. But when you find a group of like-minded players and work as a team in tackling a simple quest or large dungeon, Aion definitely shines.
85
Jeuxvideo.com
Très accrocheur sur la forme et beaucoup plus conventionnel sur le fond, Aion est un MMORPG somme toute classique dont la singularité réside dans un mélange d'emprunts à l'école occidentale et au modèle traditionnel coréen. S'il se montre à l'évidence trop frileux en termes d'innovations, son univers envoûtant, ses combats dynamiques sur terre ou dans les airs, son PvPvE bien fichu et ses options de customisation physique devraient séduire de nombreux joueurs. Les autres grogneront, à raison, face au peu de latitude et de profondeur offertes dans le domaine de l'évolution des personnages. Mais parmi tous les jeux du genre sortis ces deux dernières années, Aion est tout de même le mieux fignolé, le plus agréable à jouer et celui qui semble promis au plus bel avenir.
85
Everyeye.it
Dopo questa lunga recensione, che speriamo vi abbia ben descritto la vastità e la caratterizzazione di Aion, e dopo numerose ore di gioco, possiamo concludere che Aion raggiunge esattamente l'obiettivo che si era proposto, ovvero offrire un'alternativa valida e ben fatta nel campo degli MMO appartenenti al filone di World of Warcraft.
85
Multiplayer.it
Aion è un MMORPG incredibilmente rifinito, curato e valido, tecnicamente ottimo ma leggero, intriso di lore e dettagli. Il gameplay è solido e ricco di varietà, il PvP è promettente già ai livelli più bassi, il volo è ben implementato... peccato per quel residuo tutto asiatico di grinding che, davvero, sconquassa l'intera struttura. L'esperienza iniziale è fantastica e consigliata a tutti gli amanti del genere: se NCsoft saprà risolvere i problemi nelle prossime settimane, aggiungendo quest e opzioni per far crescere il proprio personaggio, allora Aion resterà una validissima alternativa all'innominabile tronista del genere. Chi ama il grinding lo reputerà facilmente un capolavoro, tutti gli altri un accecante bagliore nel buio.
85
IGN
Aion is a beautiful, well-polished, well-presented game that introduces a new combat mechanic in fantasy MMOs, fighting on wings. In fact, it's such a lovely game that we wish there were more of it. While it offers something for both PvE and PvP-oriented players, it will only truly appeal to those who enjoy both, as the full Aion experience can only be achieved both by leveling up through quests and by playing in the Abyss when you're strong enough. The developers have actually added a great deal of PvE content in the process of localizing it for the North American/ European market and the potential is definitely there for the game to grow in that aspect but as it stands, ultimately the heart and soul of Aion is the Abyss. So obviously, if you enjoy both aspects in an MMO, Aion is definitely for you. If you lean towards PvE, there is enough content for you to enjoy for a few months but longevity may be an issue.
85
Gamer Limit
Aion may not the new messiah, but it’s certainly an alternative for those who haven’t been all that satisfied with other titles in the genre. It’s a polished, complete, interesting, graphically breathtaking example that proves other companies can develop intuitive and playable MMOs. It doesn’t re-write the rulebook nor introduce generational change, but it does make other failed contenders (Warhammer Online, Age of Conan) look like mauled, decaying animals in comparison. If you’re looking for something new to suck up all of your spare time, then you could do a lot worse then Aion.
85
Spazio Games
In definitiva Aion risulta essere un ottimo MMORPG ed in apparenza una degna alternativa a WoW, ennesimo gioiello in un autunno davvero irripetibile per gli appassionati del genere, che possono dunque scegliere tra Aion e Champions Online, la cui recensione arriverà prestissimo sulle nostre pagine.
83
Fragland.net
As end conclusion I can only say that Aion has had a more than decent launch. The game offers a solid base for both PvE and PvP and if we look at what the devteam still has planned then the future looks bright!
83
Gamers.at
Aion macht definitiv jede Menge Laune und weiß nicht nur durch seine optischen Qualitäten, die auf dem MMO-Sektor ihres gleichen suchen, zu überzeugen. In Sachen Design, Qualität und auch beim Soundtrack haben die Entwickler ganze Arbeit geleistet und ein sehr stimmiges MMORPG auf den Markt gebracht. Leider gibt es für jede Level-Range nur ein passendes Gebiet pro Seite und zudem gleichen sich die jeweiligen Gebiete außerdem noch wie ein Abziehbild dem anderen – lediglich das eine Hell und das andere Dunkel. Gerade hier wird einfach zu wenig und vor allem zu ähnliches Geboten, was viele Spieler sicherlich davon abhalten wird, mehr als einen Charakter zu leveln. Negativ fallen außerdem die teilweise etwas rar gesäten Quests ab Level 15 auf, die in manchen Bereichen das weiterkommen ohne nerviges Grinden schier unmöglich machen. Aber Aion ist ja noch jung und jede Menge Potenzial ist vorhanden, das war bereits in der Beta deutlich erkennbar.
83
GameStar (Germany)
Gottchen, diese Sammelquests! Da hätte sich NCsoft schon mal ein bisschen mehr Mühe geben können. Allerdings sind die drögen Aufträge schnell vergessen, wenn man abends mit einer gut ausbalancierten Gruppe durch den Abyss flattert, um ein paar Feinde zu vermöbeln. Und selbst die riesigen Schlachten um die Burgen machen mir Freude, auch wenn ich die Optik dafür ganz schön runterfahren muss. Aion ist ein Spiel, in dem man oft arbeiten muss, in dem man für die Arbeit aber auch belohnt wird. Das Fliegen ist einmalig super, Kämpfe in der Luft rauben den Atem. Und gewonnene Luftkämpfe lösen grandiose Glücksgefühle aus. Das macht dem Spiel so schnell kein anderes nach.
82
9lives
Het is nog te vroeg om te zeggen of NCSoft met Aion een blijvende topper te pakken heeft, maar ze lijken zeker goed op weg. Hoewel een aantal van de features diepgang missen, is Aion ongetwijfeld één van de meest solide MMORPG’s die we de afgelopen jaren voorgeschoteld kregen.
82
Vandal Online
Por lo demás, estamos ante un juego terriblemente divertido, con gráficos de infarto, lleno de usuarios dedicados y con un maravilloso testeo técnico previo (algo normal, teniendo en cuenta que han tenido un año entero desde su lanzamiento en Asia para pulirlo). Por eso, AION: Tower of Eternity, puede convertirse en la opción predilecta para aquellos que estén cansados de la obra de Blizzard o quieran una alternativa real en el complicado y convulso mundo de los juegos de rol multijugador. Por ello, desde Vandal Online, os recomendamos encarecidamente al menos, probar el juego. Si os gusta el planteamiento que ofrece AION: Tower of Eternity mínimamente, quedaréis absolutamente encandilados.
80
GamesCollection
Aion è un buon MMORPG, non ci sono grandissime innovazioni e molte cose sembrano la fotocopia di altri MMO (lascio a voi scoprire quali), ma tutto sommato è piacevole da giocare. Può soddisfare sia il giocatore a cui piace entrare subito in azione che quello a cui piace seguire l’evolversi di una storia che pare essere interessante e ben articolata. Se siete in cerca di un nuovo MMORPG fantasy giusto per cambiare un po’, Aion potrebbe fare al caso vostro. Tenendo sempre in considerazione che... de gustibus non disputandum est.
80
The MMO Gamer
Aion brings an enjoyable experience to the crowded MMO market. From its visuals and gameplay to the ability to fly, it is worth the price of admission. While it does falter in some regards, none of the downsides detract from the overall enjoyment of the game.
80
Meristation
Como véis, salvo por el apartado gráfico, hay pocas cosas que resulten llamativas a simple vista, pero como decíamos, la verdadera fuerza del juego radica en lo bien cohesionados que están todos y cada uno de los elementos clásicos de todo MMORPG, y el mimo que se ha dedicado a cada uno de ellos. Aion es al PVP lo que Lord of the Rings Online fue al PVE, para que nos entendamos. ¿Es Aion el MMORPG que cambiará el género por completo y nos ofrecerá una experiencia jugable única e irrepetible? No, desde luego que no. Pero, ¿es Aion uno de los MMORPG's más cuidados y recomendables para todos aquellos que disfrutan con este concepto de MMORPG y quieren buscar un nuevo mundo en el que sumergirse sin problemas ni falta de contenido durante los próximos meses? A esa pregunta, nuestra respuesta es un rotundo sí.
80
Boomtown
Aion is a very worthy purchase in the saturated field of MMOs. It looks great, is colourful and well designed and plays well apart from the grinding (a curse of all MMOs) needed to ascend to the higher character levels. Is Aion a WOW beater though? Too soon to tell. One thing is certaini; NCSoft's latest RPG has gotten off to a flying start and will be hoping to steadily gain altitude until it climbs to the lofty heights of long term RPG greatness.
80
GameZone
Aion offers some new ideas and the whole wing dynamic is wonderful. The game is a real treat for the eyes and there is no ugly race. Players can, however, choose to create a beautiful being, or an ugly creation – mostly tied to Asmodian – in the character creation process, though. Even the starkness of some environments contain some amazing elements and interesting creatures. The problem with the game, though, is that it is a grind and at a certain point the story ceases to matter as much and raiding becomes the focus. That, and the economic woes, may be the undoing of this game.
80
Cynamite
Die ist grafisch jedoch ein zweischneidiges Schwert. Die Einheiten sehen klasse aus und sind hervorragend animiert. Die Umgebung wirkt aber mitunter etwas steril und lieblos zusammengeklatscht. Daneben stören langweilige Berg- und Bodentexturen. Das kann die hier eingesetzte CryEngine genau wie die Konkurrenz besser: Obwohl das fünf Jahre alte WoW technisch hinterherhinkt, sieht es vor allem in den neuen Kontinenten deutlich stimmiger aus.
75
Peliplaneetta.net
Aionin parissa touhuaminen jätti käteen aika ristiriitaisia tuntemuksia. Se ei ole missään nimessä huono peli. Toisaalta sisältö on puuduttavaa toistoa monella eri tavalla, joista yksikään ei ole erityisen hauskaa viihdettä. Erään pidemmäksi venyneen pelisession päätteeksi huomasin miettiväni pelaamisen järkevyyttä tosissani. On toki hyvä, että peli herättää kysymyksiä ja laittaa ajattelemaan, mutta tässä tapauksessa totesin Aionin itsetutkiskeluni kautta totaaliseksi ajanhukaksi. Parempina hetkinä Aionin pelaaminen on juuri niin koukuttavaa kuin verkkoroolipeli voi olla. Siinä on tiettyjen turhauttavien pelillisten ratkaisujen vastapainona monta hyvää ideaa, ja se toteuttaa itseään näyttävästi omalla tyylillään. Jos Aionin lupaukset eeppisistä pelaajien välisistä mätöistä ja pitkäkestoisesta tekemisestä kiinnostavat, kannattaa peliin ehdottomasti tutustua tarkemmin. Ennakon loppukaneetti tuntuu pidemmän testin jälkeen jopa vielä osuvammalta: Aion ei sovi kaikille.
75
JeuxActu
Beau comme un ange, doté d'un univers original et muni de quelques vraies bonnes idées, Aion a a priori tout pour séduire l'amateur de jeux en ligne massivement multijoueurs. D'ailleurs, certains voyaient déjà en lui le messie, celui qui saurait enfin détrôner l'indéboulonnable World of Warcraft. Malgré le succès manifeste du jeu au vu de la surcharge actuelle des serveurs, nous sommes prêts à parier que le titre de NCSoft n'arrivera finalement pas à faire vaciller le hit de Blizzard. Les graphismes enchanteurs, ainsi que la possibilité de se déplacer et de combattre dans les airs, font certes passer de bons moments, mais les défauts de linéarité et de répétitivité empêchent d'atteindre réellement le septième ciel.
75
Strategy Informer
This is a game that is geared towards the end game. Subtle things such as Daeva Points, a power metre that only fills up when you’re online, encourage the player to play, and to play for as long as possible for maximum effect. Even the PvPvE system encourages (or forces) players to see things through to the near end in order to get to bits that everyone prefers – battling other players. There are only so many ways for constructing an MMO, and this is one of them. It’s probably not the best, but it’s at least different, and despite its flaws Aion is setting up to be one of the more successful new MMO’s.
74
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Een oogstrelende MMORPG die leuke en uitdagende PvP-gevechten biedt, maar op PvE-vlak heel wat steken laat vallen.
74
Cheat Code Central
In the end, Aion is one of the best, most well-polished MMORPGs to be released in a long time, which is reinforced by its popularity and hype. It stays within the traditions of an aging genre and makes sure to maximize on it at the same time. Nevertheless, its lack of unique components doesn't help set it apart from the competition, and calls into question Aion's ability to establish a solid, faithful, and long-lasting community. The bottom-line? If you're looking for innovative design concepts and new avenues of gameplay, then Aion won't impress, but if you're just looking for solid gameplay you already know and love, then it's definitely worth your attention.
70
GameSpy
So why do I recommend Aion, despite its shortcomings? It's a well put-together package that only falters in that it sticks to the same formulas that I've seen in MMOs since their inception. It's a highly polished experience that will satisfy if you're looking for yet another MMO, albeit one with a few more bells and whistles.
70
Eurogamer.pt
Se o jogador estiver cansado de se aventurar sempre pelo mesmo MMORPG, Aion é uma óptima escolha, mas se está contente com as alternativas que já criaram um bom suporte para as suas aventuras, então Aion é algo que pode deixar mais tempo em banho Maria, não só porque ainda está algo fresco e apagado, mas porque com o tempo existe espaço para criar algo bem mais aprimorado e desafiante.
70
AceGamez
A few years ago, Aion could have emerged as the seminal MMO experience. Unfortunately, the market has become more crowded recently; World of Warcraft continues to grow, fuelled by its regular expansions and, with more progressive titles such as Bioware's The Old Republic due for release next year, Aion runs the risk of disappearing into obscurity - especially if its server issues aren't quickly addressed. It's with a hint of sadness that, even for all its charm and original aspects, I'm not able to recommend Aion over a game five years its senior. NCSoft have produced a fine game but, in the end, it's simply too little, too late.
70
Eurogamer.net (UK)
You'll either like the sound of this singular blend of MMO play-styles or you won't. If you do and are prepared to take the quality and sustainability of the high-level content on trust, for now - trust which, to be fair, the game seems to deserve - I'd recommend it. Aion's particular vision is built on a rock-solid if uninspired foundation, a meticulous mastery of the traditional MMORPG form. It might as well have been made by Toyota or Volkswagen. It won't let you down.
65
GameSpot
It's a shame that Aion's early engaging gameplay so quickly devolves into a mind-numbing grind. This is a great-looking game with an interesting premise, and its combat system--while flawed--could certainly teach other MMOGs a thing or two about accessibility. If the zones you spend your time in from levels 10 to 50 were half as well put together as the starter zones, then this would be an easy game to recommend, but that's currently not the case.
60
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Assigning a grade to an MMO is an excruciatingly painful task. I’ve spent hours trying to come to some sort of a reasonable conclusion. As far as I’m concerned, World of Warcraft is a 4-star game, and since I like it a bit better than Aion, I’m inclined to give the latter a 3. On the other hand, I’ve played WoW for years and am too used to it to remain objective. Just because I happen to prefer something else doesn’t mean Aion is bad; in fact, it’s better in many aspects. I can see how someone could give it a 4 or even a 5. This is a matter of personal taste, plain and simple. The only thing I can definitely suggest is to give Aion a try and judge for yourself.
58
Game Shark
If you play MMORPGs for the journey and the storyline, then Aion: the Tower of Eternity is not for you. There aren’t enough quests to engage you in the story, and spending days grinding mobs just to level is not something many people relish doing. The main focus is on PvP, particularly at end cap (let’s face it; from levels 25-40 you’re just a gazelle waiting to be devoured by a pack of level 45-50 lions), but it would be nice if NC Soft made the journey to level 50 not so painfully boring. While there is hope that more quests will be added in the future to lower the amount needed to grind, it remains to be seen whether people will tolerate it long enough to continue playing, or bother to subscribe in the first place.
50
1UP
Because of the relatively short amount of time I've had with Aion, and, to be honest, a general apathy toward playing any further, I've not yet experienced the so-called "PvPvE" endgame that lies in the central Abyss zone. It sounds like a genuinely fascinating mix of competitive multiplayer and co-operative raid content, and if the game hadn't bored me to tears at such an early stage, then I might have gone on to enjoy it. But if even I can't be motivated to reach the level cap -- and I'm being paid to play this game -- then what hope is there for your average World of Warcraft subscriber?
42
Game Revolution
Overall, I cannot recommend Aion to just about anyone. Folks who were big into Lineage 2 might get a kick out it, but I don’t think this is the game for the Western audience. At its best, Aion plays like a constrained, low-content version of WoW. The game is not at its best frequently enough to give it even that small praise; Aion is simply a poor game.