gave up aion in beta when there was no official tech support for errors with patching etc, so i couldn't play. grindy game, not for everyone, pvp was a joke though and losing all your mats by RNG is also extremely fun.
Aion just looks like one of those free to play oriental MMOs. Except you have to pay for it....
Support is more presant and you should give the free, FREE trial a shot.
-- I remember WoW first time it was out, I quit the game after I reach level 30. It was that painful!
Didn't start playing enjoying WoW before late in The Burning Crusade, then I tried the game again and it was fun!
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But not found a site like that yet
1 patch wont fix a repetitive grind and making a free trial of it just means you have lots of temp subs for 30 days and maybe a handful stick around.
Life is repetitive, you need to learn HOW you can enjoy it, if not. Shame.
They're also reactivating all accounts soon so people that already got old accounts can try it without starting a new trial account.
Reactivation Starts: 3 June, 2011 on 17:00 CET
Reactivation Ends: 13 June, 2011 on 17:00 CET
So the fact that they boosted XP for quests in 1.9 AND 2.1 didn't fix that? I swore it had. I've still yet to meet this 'Mr. Grind' since then that you so speak of.
Yes leveling takes longer per level. Yes the higher you go (in levels) the more XP is needed to get to the next. This game is NO more of a grind than WoW or Rift. WoW's 84-85 'grind' is worse than any level I've done in Aion. So much as I -hate- leveling thru Cata, due to that one damn level!
Dungeons aren't tank and spank, well once you get past Haramel and NTC, cause those are the 'beginning dungeons,' and like old DM/SFK/WC/RFC the fights were boring and didn't teach you anything. Past that is different.
Oh and did you happen to see that shiny new dungeon, called Empyrean Crucible? Care to look at that? Eh, didn't think so. I guess a 50 boss dungeon isn't good enough to be noticed lololol.
PvP isn't the most balanced, SM usually def melee, blah blah w/e. The reason is it not really 1v1 based. It's got duels, but PvP is more for Forts, and well, nobody solos those. It's more of a mob mentality. Whomever has more wins, but isn't that the same in WoW? If you're trying to take a flag in WSG and you have 6, and the defenders have 2, or 3, sorry but you're 99% of the time gonna get that flag. Just because it's it a more massive number (up to just below 200 ppl) doesn't make it ANY different.
As for 'community.' On Istraphel I have NOT had an issue with this. The legions (guilds) I've been in and the lolRP I've seen make me believe this game actually has a better community than WoW. 99% of WoW's forums is QQing about X class. In Aion, call me cynical, but we've come to realize that NCSoft isn't gonna fix things in a 'hotfix tomorrow' so we kinda bend over and take the little problems and balancing issues. This turns the 'OMG BLIZZFIXTHISNAO OR I LEAVE' talk to 'so post screenshots of your toon in fun areas.'
It's enjoyable, moreso than WoW. Only reason I'm still subbed to World of Warcrap is my RL friends are here. Though the Aion free trial is at least planting a seed of hope
I'm going to try this trial out, and see how it goes. Just for reference, what's the Aion endgame like?
Just got an email saying my account will be reactivated from June 3rd till June the 13th so that I can test out this new change. I might log in to try it out and see how it goes, it's a free trial for 10days after all and I don't have to start again.