As mentioned in my "about me" post, I love to play MMORPGS. I've played my fair share of them... (Runescape, Mabinogi, Ragnarok, A very little bit of WoW) And now i have been getting into this MMORPG called Aion: The Tower of Eternity. This game was produced by NCsoft, the same people who brought you Lineage II, Guild Wars, and a few more well made MMO's. This defiantly does not fall off the branch of their good MMO's either. The first thing that really caught my eye was the graphics.... These are not your standard wow graphics. The detail on armor and surrounding objects is just beautiful.
Besides that, the requirements of this game make the game playable by almost virtually anyone. As for playability, it's your generic Korean/American MMO, either you can grind or do quests, but the real fun begins when you reach higher levels. At that point a lot of fun instances/other things that require a Legion (guild)/alliance or even just a group open up more as a possibility. One major thing that separates this game from other generic MMORPG is the lore, and the fact that it’s full PvPvE game. Before I tell you of the cooler stuff you need to learn about the story behind Aion.
In the beginning, Aion benevolently watched over his world Atreia. He created the humans, and the Balaur to safeguard and watch over them. Eventually, the Balaur became obsessed with power and subjugation. Five of the Balaur rose to a height of strength above the rest, and became known as the five Dragon Lords. When Aion refused to grant them the power they desired, the power to rival his own, they revolted and declared war on the god that created them. Aion's hand was forced, and he created the twelve Empyrean Lords, beings of divinity and power to protect the Tower of Eternity.Some humans "ascended" to become Daeva and, like the Empyrean Lords, had wings and the ability to fight the Balaur. With time, enough Daevas rose to form an army. The Empyrean Lords would lead the Daeva into battle and fight ceaselessly. Eventually an attempt at peace with the Balaur was made. The five Dragon Lords were invited inside the barrier for peace talks, but before the peace-talks could begin, one of the Dragon Lords was slain by an unknown assailant. In the fighting that followed, the Tower of Eternity was destroyed, resulting in the cataclysm that broke Atreia in half. Those Empyrean Lords who opposed peace came to power in the dark part of the world, and became known as the Shedim Lords. Those who had desired peace became the Seraphim Lords and ruled over the lower half of Atreia.Those that lived in the light part of the world, the Elyos, saw little change. These followers of the Seraphim Lords created the city of Sanctum. The inhabitants of the upper part, the Asmodians, saw many changes. Their hands became claw-like, their feet became talons. The darkness made their complexion deepen, and their eyes grew red adapting to the absence of light. They live in the city of Pandaemonium under the rule of the Shedim Lords.
Due to this lore, you can easily see that there are two different races. The Elyos and the Asmodians (and then there are the Balaur.... but there AI controlled). These races are all in war together, and when the world shattered, a area in between the two factions appeared, they call it the Abyss. This area is accessible by all races, and it's a war-zone for everyone. This area contains fortresses that can be captured by either race, and held. This fact gives the game a sense of serious team-based PvP. There are also a series of classes, Gladiator (warrior type), Templar (the tank), Assasin (the deadly poison type), Ranger (the archer), cleric (hard core healer), Chanter (more self sustaining/offensive cleric), Sorcerer (DPS style mage), Spiritmaster (summons spirits for attack.). Each of these classes are balanced against one another, but at the same time as a team, certain units put together will make an unstoppable force.
Overall, one or the greatest MMORPGs I have ever played. I think I will going to be playing for a long time before I get bored again!