Holy long-time since I’ve posted batman.Â Sorry about that guys.Â Â This has been a killer week on my time.Â Good news though!Â The game has been functioning great for me and I’ve been timing it just right to avoid the major queues.
I’m having a blast in Aion.Â I reached level 16.5 tonight and I’ve had the opportunity to experience Asmodian content that I have never seen.Â I’ve been spending most of my time questing solo because, until now, most of the people I usually play with have been higher level than me.Â Putting in many hours today after class allowed me to boost from 12 to 16 and start hunting in the elite area.Â The elite area, which Asmodians refer to as “Black Claw” or “BC” is gorgeous.Â What I’ve seen so far is a forest-like area with lots of hills and cliffs that borders the ocean.Â Inside as you go deeper you come across enormous tree-like mushrooms and all sorts of really fantastic sights.Â Â The hunting there is also a lot of fun because it brings that serious group-dynamic to the teens: Crowd control, dps, tanking, healing is all needed.
There is a real sense of cohesiveness in this game.Â Everything feels brought together and a harmony exists between the world and the gameplay.Â I’d call it immersion but it goes beyond that becasue it captures that “wow, I feel comfortable” sense.Â Some guildies and I were talking about it today and the best description we could come up with was “This feels really good”.Â It’s true, Aion does feel really really good.Â Â It feels traditional and grassroots mmorpg.Â As I level up and observe my surroundings it feels like that sense of comfort and “goodness” is increasing.Â Man, what an awesome thing that is to feel in a mmorpg again.Â I’ve been saying it for a while — when something is done right, you notice it.
I’m anxious to play tomorrow and reach my 20’s.Â I think I’ll probably hit the high teens and do a lot of the the group quests in BC as well as some more solo content.Â The pace I’m playing at right now is definitely behind the curve, but there are so many people playing that it feels like a massive world and I can just sit back and enjoy the ride, letting levels come to me instead of chasing them.
Aion’s launch is right up there with LOTRO in smoothness.Â Hats off to NCsoft.
More to come tomorrow, including the pictures I’ve taken.