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I have the Trial on my computer for about four days.
The first two were ok but now I'm rarely able to log on. Yesterday afternoon as I was logging on I got the standard message of the day stating that " the servers are full, multiple channels are available " . Then " you are not connected to a server ". It's hit and miss as too logging on. More miss.
I'm totally serious on finding a new mmo. I'm not the type for just getting something for free. I'm still on the fence if I like it or not, but if NCSoft can't give a good trial I may have to drop this mmo, and rack it up as a bad experience.
Does anyone else have a problem logging on in the Trial ?
My experience so far :
Since it's 8 am EST and all ready to play, but unable to log on I'll give my assessment so far.
Graphics are just OK, not great like I expected. Like I stated before the world looks like an over colored water painting. At times my eyes bleed over the exaggeration of reds, yellows, and greens. My character seems to be sharply defined but the world looks cartoonist somewhat like the Burning Crusades expansion pack in WoW, nothing better. WITH ALL MY GRAPHICS MAXED there is still no grass. It's like a bland carpet. In the few areas I had encountered they seem to have the same model with the exception of just outside Altgrade Fortress. It was snow covered, not deep rich snow, but A flat white surface again like a bland carpet or white plastic, would be a better way to describe it..
The beginners area up to level 10 is defiantly on Rails. Sure you have side quest that can be done but you also have to follow your personal quest line that takes up your entire experience. Put it this way, you can bring up a transparent map and it showed a bee line of what you had done so far " a rail line ". At level 10 I made it to the main city of Pandemonium got my wings, new abilities and the personal quest line sent me to Altgrade to complete quest there again on rails. As before I found side quest, but my personal quest line is so full of quest that I feel compelled to do only them. I must say that the story line is well done but I like to make my own fun. If I liked to read a story I would play a solo game like Dragon Age.
In the Trial your unable to chat. I received many invites to group but turned most down because of the chat. I had one exciting encounter around level 9 where I was un able to shut down these generators by myself. Others were having the same problem, so I took an invite from this guy that was having a hard time learning the game. He was a tank and I was a Mage. He had me agro the mobs because he just would not tank. His health was always low because he would not sit between fights. Un able to chat I could not help him. Now this was all ok, and it was fun anyway.
No talent tree's or anything really to set you apart from other mages, tanks or DPS classes, but sockets where you can put equipment to make you somewhat different. I don't have extensive knowledge of this as I CANT GET IN THE GAME !
The official manual for Aoin is very short that explains almost nothing. I had to learn from YouTube videos.
I guess this game is more for PvP experience. I'm sure the PvP is done well, but I don't think this game is for me. I'll try to play later. If not I'll have no choice but to uninstall and move on.