Aion : Towers Of Eternity I

The waiting is over, fans all over the world can now enjoy the next step in online mmo-rpg with the launch of AION worldwide. I will try this time to do something totally different and present you this review as a beginners guide ,as much as possible ,to the new world that awaits you. That being said I will start by saying my personal opinion and then present all the new features that make it a excellent title. Aion provides a unique impressive action packet world also with the stroryline well drawen, it all start in the world of Atreia who is being split in half and becomes divided in two half that will form the two different factions of the game: The Elyos who are always on the sunny part of the world and the Asmodians who are left in the top part of the world always shaded in darkness.
The story is so well done that everything feels in place and nothing is out of the ordinary making it very captivating in all ways.

Aion World

Aion World

First of all the main thing you will see is the perfect graphics that a online game never dreamed before to accomplish; the game itself uses CRYTECH engine that has a lot of potential in it and further patches for the game will only improve the already stunning visual effects. The second feature you will see is the overwhelming features in customization your selected class, you will have 4 main classes to pick from:

Warrior (they split in Gladiators: these are the pure dps root that is focused on wielding powerful two handers axes and pole-arms or swords to inflict massive damage and knock-back enemies and Templars the root that is focus on tanking, you can say there is no group without Templars in it since they are the only ones that can hole the first line against the enemies)

Aion World

Aion World

Mage (they split in Spirit Master the root that has a summoned spirit of fire,earth,water or air , they are a pure dps class but with the ability to have a controllable pet also and Sorceror a massive area of effect damager that inflicts waves of destruction upon enemyes.)

Scout (they split in Rangers the root that is focused on a bow as their main damage weapon and killing enemyes before they can reach him and Rogues quiet stealthy assassins that surprises the targets and inflicts massive damage from behind)

Priest (they split in Clerics that are the main healers in the game , again there cannnot be any succesfull groups without this class and Chanters the one class that I can say its “something new” its like a fighter with a staff that can inflict good amounts of damage but can also heal itself and allies to a certain degree, chanters beeing very nicely done and considered to be the buffers of the classes , especially melle dps). From the hair type to the length of your toes everything can be customized in the character customization screen, you can be three meters long or as small as one meter, female or male you will be able to change everything making it very special in this way that you can ensure a unique character in the new world. The producers really spent a lot of time to accomplish this feature and made ever more effort in allowing you to customize your armor in-game so that they take unique customization to a whole new level; thus even tho someone else might have the same armor they will not look the same because you can change it in a manner of your liking.

OK lets start now with introducing the new elements present in the world :
FLYING
The Angle/Demon Wings

In AION after reaching level 10 and becoming a Daeva you will get you pair of wings and with them a whole new world to explore , but there is a catch you will be able to fly only a period (at the beginning) of 1 minute with a recharged timer of 2 minutes (depending on how much you flew , the reuse timer of the wings is about 30 seconds before you can deploy again the wings). At first it might be frustrating but the producers really thou it out and it all makes sense with the storyline. Flight is powered by aether, and a players aether has to be replenished. As long as you have even just a little aether you can fly, but how long you fly depends on how much aether you have. As stated already it takes two minutes to fully “recharge”. Aether is recharged by not using your wings to move around in any way, or if you’re in the Abyss you can fly through the numerous aether rings. There is also a cooldown on how often you can take flight/glide and it’s a mere 10 seconds. Your aether level is indicated by a segmented green bar over your head(when flying) and it is always in your hud’s lower right.

Flight in Aion is limited to certain zones/areas,so to help with this there are also flight path depending on the area. Using a flight path to get to an area will not exhaust your aether as you are using some form of spiritual bird rather than your own wings. It is a much faster means of travel than standard flight. Flight in the Abyss is virtually unlimited. You can go the abyss at level 25 and there’s stuff to do there until end game and beyond. Your aether still runs low in the Abyss, but there are aether rings you can fly through or hover in to recharge your aether as you go. It’s rumored that wings can be personalized or upgraded through PvP, specifics are yet to be announced. It is true that some player skills act differently or are available only when you are flying which makes the flight system more of a strategic element than a transportation mechanic. As your character progresses there will be items/abilities/situations that will result in higher flight times/speeds etc. I have heard from multiple sources, but not confirmed that endgame you can get up to 3-4 maybe up to 5-10 minutes of flight time.

Aion - Flying

Aion - Flying

You can also Glyde as stated previously, flight in Aion is limited to certain areas and zones to avoid players getting ahead of the game or making it too easy. Remember flight is supposed to be a strategic element, not a mount. If you find yourself in a zone in which you can not fly, you can still “glide”. This is true in all zones! To glide simply jump in the air and then jump again in mid-air and you will unfold your wings and ride the air currents. Holding W will help you push forward and holding S will help you catch air currents for longer air time. The effectiveness of this is based on your environment, if you’re going down hill you can expect to ride longer, but once you hit ground your wings go away. Gliding does eat up your aether, but only half as fast as flying (so if you can find a big enough hill you get 2 minutes to glide). You do move faster while gliding then you do whilst running, so gliding is typically used to escape aggro. You can also toggle in and out of gliding from flight by tapping your jump button. This might seem trivial, but remember gliding costs less aether and thus gives you more air time. If you hit the ground while gliding, but you had a flying start you will automatically go back into flight as opposed to landing.

You can also purchase major upgrades of the wings and these will also change the look of your wings and also give you additional flight time :

  • Level 10 – One minute of flight(60 seconds).
  • Level 30 – +30 Seconds of flight time(90 seconds total).
  • Level 30CE – +40 Seconds of flight time(100 seconds total).
  • Level 40 – +60 Seconds of flight time(120 seconds total).
  • Level 50 – +35Seconds +120HP(95 seconds total).

This tickles me as a PVP thing honestly, since flight time is much less limited in the Abyss due to the aether rings and HP is key for mitigation.

Here are some pictures at different levels and the difference between the major upgrades:

Elyos

Elyos

Aion - Asmodian

Aion - Asmodian

Aion - Final Upgrade to Asmodians

Aion - Final Upgrade to Asmodians

Aion - Wings

Aion - Wings

Movment

In AION the developers wanted to make something even more pleasant with the movement and not be something plain and simple like in all of the mmo-rpg until now, so they implemented a new movement system that is entertaining and also helpful if used correctly .

As you can see in the image presented further down you will see the different buffs and de-buffs that you will receive when you are walking in a certain manner.

Aion - Movements

Aion - Movements

Enough for today, but stay tune, I will write next part asap.

For the North American players: http://na.aiononline.com/
For the British players: http://uk.aiononline.com/
For the German players: http://de.aiononline.com/
For the French players: http://fr.aiononline.com/

Update

The second part is here Aion : Towers Of Eternity II




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