I haven’t played Aion yet, but like a fool, I’ve downloaded the OST. It is very much like stealing a magic ring, only to find yourself completely addicted to its presence. Often music is left as a secondary addition with MMOs, especially with raids working oh-so-perfectly with ventrillo, but Aion’s soundtrack is very appealing to my ears. Many a day have I spent listening to it while transporting myself from one place to another. Given the grindy nature of MMOs, people probably are more comfortable with their own anthems. Still, music’s important. I’m getting totaled by my own personal hyping.
Yeah. It sucks.
This is an extremely problematic issue I have. A couple weeks ago, I was preaching about how Aion isn’t anything new, and now I’m considering cashing gift cards into measly heaps of bills to purchase Aion on a whim. How could such a metamorphisis happen? Starts with A.
- A friend mentioned it favorably – Roll a will save for me, DM. I play MMOs for friends, but the last endeavor the whole crew was interested in was Granado Espada. The mere concept of playing with the old team would make something as lame as Hello Kitty Online. Also, I leave MMOs once the friend-core is gone, simple as that.
- Already invested in it – Secretly, I have been hoarding two-year-old Lineage 2 game card from when Bandit, a name you might hear often, and I were considering playing it when it launched. Turns out, neither of us had the time or the patience. However, old Lineage 2 cards act as a universal time currency for all of NCsoft’s P2P MMOs as far as I know. I had full intentions on using the key on Aion two years ago, it hasn’t changed.
- Anime isn’t that bad – Some people seem to link triple-digit episode anime to Aion, when it should be linked to the solid sub-genre of Asian-interpreted European Fantasy, which is more colorful, more idyllic and far more fantastic than the grim western interpretation. More often than not, the asian interpretation is vapid, but dark western versions also have a tendency to be flaccid. It’s a matter of preference more than an intrinsic flaw with the game’s art direction. I happen to enjoy the genre with a more vibrant spectrum of colors and the copious use of pretty magic. No, scratch that, I freaking love it.
- An engine I can run – I use a semi-unconventional budget midrange rig of two years ago. An E2140 OCed to 3.2 Ghz, 4 gigs of PC-3200 and a 8800GT. Most games are playable, but not exceptional. AoC taught me that I need to seek out games that function very well at my range, instead of risking complete inadequacy during huge raids. Aion is very, very kind to my range.
- Alluding to safety – The game seems pretty solid given its base over in the east. Unlike, say RF Online, Aion is probably the spiritual successor of L2 and will continue to have plenty support down the years. Even if I don’t like the game now, it’ll most likely still be solid and stable down the line when I pick it up a year or so later.
Damn you, NCsoft. I was going straight to DDO, guns blazing, but Aion is really weakening my resolve.