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I was considering Aion or Rift.
I decided to give Aion trial a shot, as I'm very serious in looking for a new home.
So far I'm very impressed with Aion but I'm only a Asmodians level 8 Mage. My game plan is to play a Elyos Priest if I decide to buy the game ( I never play the class I would really like to play in a trial ).
The first few lower level quest seem boring but I stuck with it and seem to get more enjoyable as I branched out. The UI is the same as in most all mmo's but the menus seem to have a lot of intriguing stuff going on with attuning loot into your equipment, and other stuff I'll not get into. Getting around seemed confusing as with all new games, and at first I figured I'll get used to it. But then I found the on screen transparent map that made everything much better.
I have a good gaming computer and I waisted no time in maxing everything out, again at first i was not impressed as the world looked like an over colored water painting that you would expect from an Asian game, but again I was wrong as I branched away from the 1-4 starting area, and now I would give the graphics an 8 out of 10.
I played for a few hours stopping to admire the complexities of the game now and then. I was beginning to think I found a home with Aion. BUT I'll admit I play mmo's for grouping. Once I get a handle on a new mmo I search out others to play with. By level 20 I don't think I'm ever alone. I think that's why I love Vanguard so much because of it's overwhelming instances.
Now here is where things turn bad..... I can't seem to find much group content or instancing on the web. The first is "Haramel" and that's a solo dungeon after that is " Nochsana Training Camp " level 25 and up, and very few after that. Some even require keys for everyone in the group and many have cool down that you can't go back. ( why mmo's make groups struggle I'll never know ).
In my goggle search, the best i could come up with are from the Aion Online web site :
Rift seems to have the same amount of instances but much more is given on the Internet, and no pre- requisites. Here is the best I found for Rift :
Aion may not be for me