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Hey guys, i thought i'd start this thread so we can pool information we know about Aion, as there seems to be little info out there and no fan-sites around yet. If you wish to add anything just state where the source came from and stick it in here I got this e3 review from Gameamp.
"The biggest surprise title of E3 was Aion. One of the up and coming NCsoft titles, this game looks absolutely astounding. Guaranteed to make all the graphics hounds out there drool on their keyboards in anticipation of seeing more from the title. The character design in this game is phenomenal and is a joint effort between a US and Korean team. The game has some of the best graphics I have ever seen in any game any where on any platform. The attention to detail in the game is even more amazing. When you attack an enemy with a weapon, you can actually see the texturing on the model change to reflect the damage! A very Very smooth touch. In addition killing mobs results in the loot flying out in little treasure chests that have real physics applied to them. They will even go bouncing down a hill to rest in a pool of water. The chests also come in different colors and details denoting just how sweet the loot you’re about to pick up is. The modeling and texturing in this game shows a very advanced understanding of what appeals to a world wide market. Very in-depth monsters which ooze detail from every pore down to their death sequences. There was no doubt that Aion would win Best Graphics from the very first moment we laid eyes on the monitors; from color palette to terrain design the Aion design team is definitely comprised of some of the most skilled artists to be found in the world. Aion isn’t just all graphics though; check out the the Full Review of Aion to see just how deep the rabbit hole goes…"
Aion E3 Review - NCsoft
While standing around the Aion portion of the NCsoft booth I continually heard the same expression uttered by almost every person who took their first glance at Aion; WOW! I think this entire review can pretty much be summed up in that single word. Pronounced ion, this is NCsofts heavy hitter in the making. A joint effort between a South Korean and U.S. team this title was completely unexpected. If you came here from GameAmp’s E3 Awards page you would know this was the Best Graphics winner; hands down. Nothing I have ever seen holds a candle to Aion’s graphics. Visually stunning, highly addictive, and we only got to see a fraction of the game. The story takes us to an Angels vs Demons theme. Only the Angel's side was playable and viewable but that’s all you need to see to know this title is going to be huge.
I could keep going on and on about the graphics in Aion for years but I’m sure you would all get bored. Instead I’ll keep it straight and to the point. From modeling to texturing to bump mapping to terrain to visual effects to water to particle systems to character and monster design to anything else you can possibly imagine that involves graphics; you’ve never seen anything better from an MMO. Even the casting progress indicator has been custom designed to look completely unique! This title is a visionary masterpiece brought together by a group of designers who are masters of their trade.
Questing seems very straight forward with most quests coming from NPCs. Keep in mind Aion is still very early in development and only a very small fraction of what is going to be in the final release can be seen. Questing in the demo already displayed creativity and diversity. From kill quests to an exploration quest searching for an item contained in a piece of terrain. There was a small note to be found inside of a mushroom if you shook it. Shake another mushroom to search it and you may find something different or you may even find that you’ve turned into a mushroom yourself! Very creative and fun I can’t wait to see more of Aion’s quest system.
Aion’s Gameplay is fantastic; tons of fun, easy to use controls, and some really powerful skills. Aion also allows you to chain together skill or spell combinations in order to unlock other skills. Playing the four different classes available I found that the combinations could get very complex if the dev team so decided. They have also added a system which allows you to gain points for each monster you kill. These points are displayed in a progress bar and may be spent by using a special skill that is class dependant; unleashing this skill hits for massive damage to a single or group of mobs. One thing that is common across all of these special skills is that the camera becomes animated and does a fly-around above your character as he or she builds up the energy to release at your opponents…
With a short demo available for Aion it was difficult to tell a good deal about character progression. There are however a ton of spells and skills available with different ranks that may be earned at different levels. There is no doubt that character progression will play a big role in Aion but just how much is yet to be seen.
The gear in Aion is absolutely amazing. Each piece of armor and each weapon you pick up looks completely different while still keeping within the same theme and look. Epic drops are shown as completely different looking treasure chests which fly out of defeated mobs. These treasure chests are subject to physics rules and can go bouncing down a steep incline to rest at the bottom of a pool of water! Every piece of gear you pick up in the demo makes you want to continue your quest to see what’s next. One can only imagine what top tier gear in this game will look like!
While still a long ways off till completion and with no demons to be seen at E3 I can safely say this will be a very popular title. Just the graphics alone in this game will suck in players and keep them leveling just to see what’s next. In parts of the game you will even be able to gain wings and fly to new areas. GameAmp will be keeping a very close eye on Aion’s progress and we will be launching our own site very soon. Keep checking back for more information as it becomes available!