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I picked this game back up due to a few reviews I read on here and was let down by Aion in it's current state.vI played from 1-30 on a new character and my impressions are below.
1-10 - semi interesting, learn about the game a little bit and test out your character. Flying and stuff is cool.
11-15 - GRIND. This is where the boring grind starts. I don't find the quests in this game to be entertaining, it's basically run to point X, run back and turn in quest. A lot of the time I wouldn't even be paying attention to what was happening, and just having my character run back and forth.
16-24 - I was about to give up at level 15 but the game is actually fun here. You get to do the first dungeon, get some double XP from the event NPC, and level up quickly using new skills. At level 20 you also get to have a house which is a plus. This was the pickup I was looking for in the game and was hoping it would continue.
25-30 This is where the game dies again, you're stuck the grind again. Worst part about it is that they have dungeons and "PVP" during these levels but they are worthless to you because it's hard/impossible to find ppl for lower level dungeons and no one does PVP around lvl 25-46. I can't really understand why they don't have "solo" modes for the instanced dungeons.
To conclude, if you came to this game for PVP, you're out of luck until lvl 46. If you came to this game for PVE get ready for grind spots and having to run the same quest over and over again to get out of it as fast as possible. (everyone runs the bronze coin quests).
Another major issue I had was that for some apparent reason they bounce you back and forth between the server your character is on, and a server for 2x XP. The main problem with this is that in PVP zones you get taken off the the 2x XP zone and put into your solo server, aka it's empty.
I'm not saying the game is horrible, and it has a lot of interesting features like flying, having pets and having your own home, but you would be better off paying for something like ESO where crafting actually matters, the quests are more involved, and you actually see people in the PVP zone.