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Played Aika Global since the first day it went open. Have played all characters bar the priest/cleric and the following are some general observations.
On the global version the bulk of exp is made up from quests. Grinding mobs does actually take forever, so the quests, of which there seems to be an endless supply has you leveling at a fairly brisk pace.
The quests themselves are not actually anything inspiring. Go kill x amount of mobs, collect and deliver this or that item. The good thing is that the kill x amount of mobs does not mean go frag 100 of them. So far the most I have had is go kill 20.
Another good way of making exp, gaining equipment/items to keep or sell and to make new friends is the dungeon run. The worrying thing at the moment is that the first dungeon, Ursula, is difficult to get a party for. The implication is that since it is a newby dungeon ie the first one you do, the lack of party members means a lack of new players.
G.M.'s on all the time 24/7. Nice friendly community. One of the best so far that I have encountered. Nuff said
This is the kicker. PVP sucks big time.
Where to begin.......
In a nutshell PVP is the usual assign skills to keys, lock on target, spam at will. Skill is not a factor, level and equipment is.
General PVP as in defending the nations relics (because they give the whole population buffs) is not worth getting involved in untill you are level 40 at least and have some serious kit. Honor weapons are seriously recommended.
The problem with the whole system is that a 5 or more level difference will have you killed within seconds if you are the lower. You will notice this if you join in the arena battles.
Secondly there are only two melee classes but there are four ranged, 3 of whom really kick ass. If you are a warrior or crusader, you are a primary target and your life span is brief. You do a lot of damage up close so they do their best to make sure you dont get that far. As such the arena battles are now becoming gun duels and not much else. It is not worth getting involved unless you are willing to hang back and let the mages and snipers duke it out.
Thirdly, there is no collision detection on the smaller scale. Arenas are just kill boxes and open terrain can be walked, shot, stabbed through unless it is a huge rock. The upshot of all this is that for a potentially 1000 v 1000 system tactics will not apply and neither will skill. Watching a battle its like watching two schools of fish fight.
A final piece of advice would be dont get involved in arena battles unless you are close to the cap. Join 11-30 battles when you are in your 20's. 11 to 50 battles when you are in your 40's (these are generally acknowledged as newb farms for the higher levs) and for any of the others good luck.
Aika is a nice game with a great community and outstanding G.M. support, but the PVP is the big let down. Although it will allow massive battles with little lag, the wars themselves are class limited, brief , based on what you are wearing, what the level difference is between you and your opponent and unfortunately, your class.