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I played Aion in CB and really enjoyed it. Got a couple of characters into the 20 + level range and found I liked the PVP elements too.
So then OB starts and get it all loaded up, create my first toon and start to play. Well, I know lots of people like myself had lag issues due to some ISP, blah, blah but that is not the issue.
I found myself not wanting to do it again. I know my toon will be wiped at the end of OB and just did not feel like grinding through the same stuff for the 5th time only to do it again on release. Then I was thinking, do I really want to do that on release too? I was suprised because I enjoyed the game a great deal.
At any rate, I am now debating on whether to keep my pre-order or not. hmmm....I will have to think on that.
The real issue of discussion here is that most of the MMOs have the same starting static points and ramping up new characters may give you a few different options but is it enough. Some offer a little variety. Aion has basically two starting zone depending on which race you pick but essentially they start and progress much the same way "Wake up, you need to get up and kills some basic puds and then move on to the first town and some quests". No real variety between the two.
With AOC it was one starting location but you could make a few choices of where to go to get most of your early leveling done (White Sands Isle, The ruins, or t he Underhalls). Ulitmately you had to do some of each and it was not enough variety.
Champions Online is great fun but there is no way to skip the tutorial (thank god it is not long) and then you have a choice of two locations. This needs to be expanded because the making alternate heroes with different powers is a big deal in a supers game.
Fallen Earth had the right idea. Skill based so you can vary the characters, mutliple starting zones and factions. it falls short, in my opinion, with the execution and gameplay though. Game was just not for me.
I harken back to the original EQ. Many starting locations, many races, many classes and all started and felt different. Same with WOW and Vanguard. Lately though, they all basically give little variety and if you want to ramp up multiple toons it is a snore fest after the 3rd time or so.
Aion may not keep me even though it is a fine game. Future games may not keep me either unless they start to enhance the replayability and create a more interesting way to make and start new characters.