The Age of AION – AverageJoe is Back Baby!!

November 11, 2009

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Well my next adventure awaits me!  AverageJoe has moved onto AION, the newest expansion from NC Soft.  Now NC Soft is not a virgin to MMORPGs, in fact have countless titles that include, but are not limited to, Guild Wars, Tabula Rasa, City of Heroes, and of course the Lineage games.  I am a little worried about the US support offered since NC Soft is actually a Korean company, but we’ll see where things go.  But until an issue really emerges, I’ll continue to look on with a positive mentality and try to enjoy AION just as much as I can!

AION combines PVP and PVE in a concept the developers simply state as PvPvE (that took me like 3 tries to type that out).  Try saying that 10 times as fast as you can….. haha I knew you couldn’t.  So basically it’s a combination of PVE (Player vs Environment) with PVP elements (Player vs Player) to enhance your gameplay.  I haven’t experienced the PVP as of yet, but I am looking forward to seeing it in the next few days.  You can bet that I will be updating you all on how it is.

I won’t bore you with all the details on AION, there’s many things that make AION different from other MMOS, and many that are the same.  Anyway, let’s start!!!

Pretty much started just like any other MMO would… right in front of ol’ boy.  You know who I’m talking about.  Some new quest giver that basically tells you to give 4 of something, come back and then pushes the puck to the next guy.  There you continue to learn the basics; a little adventuring, a little gathering, a little navigating… blah blah same old crap.  AION is no different here, but does offer a really cool tool.  AION has this really enhanced quest wiki built in.  So you literally click a highlighted name or object, it pulls up exactly (in most cases) where the update is.  So at first I was running around actually reading (seriously I was reading the quests at first) the lore, trying to understand what the game was all about.  But soon, I found myself pretty much clicking through the text as soon as I could to get the quest, to pull up the in game quest help, to complete it as soon as I can…rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat.  What game is this again?  ah…nm

UI is pretty good.  I am not having alot of the same issues others seem to have with low FPS, constant disconnects, and crashes.  I did have 2 screen freezes in about an hour until I changed my graphic settings and didn’t have the issue any longer.  I am running AION on my laptop with a GeForce GO 7900Gs with 2GB of memory.  I also installed Win 7 64bit.  I literally run it just fine.  I connected my laptop with a DVI connector to my 31 inch LCD and it looks awesome!!!  It was running a little hot, so I went ahead and put a fan up to it to help cooling.  Other than that, it’s pretty sweet!!

Anyway, so I grind through the first few levels, figure out how to obtain skill upgrades, score a couple of “GREEN” rare items, and complete as many quests I can as quickly as I can.  I also found myself harvesting every (tradeskill I assume) node I can find.  Aria, Iron…  so hopefully this helps me in the near future as I assume there is some crafting element included in the game.  I ran into a couple of bot farmers that literally put up shop right in the first town I came to.  AION has this really cool feature called a “private store” where you can (I guess) set up shop anywhere.  Really cool feature, but not cool to see “RHGWYRTPSLK” selling me shit I can’t even afford (or even know what the hell it is).  But if I ever need 1M cash or powerleveling from 30-40, I know where to find it.

Bots seems to be a big issue in the game.  There’s been a lot of bitching and complaining on the forums about it, so I do worry a little bit about what’s to come soon.  I remember the pretty major problems that SOE had with bots and gold farmers, so I hope NC Soft can learn from this and stop it soon.  Hopefully it doesn’t ruin the game like some say they are.

I rolled up a Cleric (surprised huh?) because I usually don’t like to be in a situation where I can’t help myself or throw in a heal where needed and things seem to be rolling along just fine.  It’s a little challenging, I have to heal myself… but it’s not so hard I can’t complete my tasks.  I went from 1-8 last night in about 3 hrs and I am really looking forward to another session tonight.  Maybe I’ll get my wings!!

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