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About the game:
Title: Aion: Ascension
Status: Released Graphics: 3D
Genre: MMORPG
Developer: NCsoft
Publisher: NCsoft, Gameforge

Aion: Ascension is a free to play visually stunning 3D MMORPG where your character wields devastating powers and sweeping wings to explore a celestial world of breath-taking beauty and epic adventure. It features cutting-edge imagery, gorgeous environments, and a unique fantasy world. Your character plays a pivotal role in the fate of Atreia, where the enemy is not only the other player faction but a deadly ancient evil as well.

Aion: Ascension is a powerful combination of its Free business model, and the anticipated 3.0 update. Aion: Ascension introduces new and existing players to refined starting areas and mid-level zones and advanced content for the more experienced Aion player base with no subscriptions, no account tiers and no purchase requirements.

Choose between two divine factions, the Asmodians or the Elyos, and save your people from an ancient evil that threatens to destroy everything in its path. Over 2000 story-driven quests lead you through a wondrous and expansive world like no other.

Explosive Features:

  • Intense land and air battles
  • Over 3,900 story-driven quests
  • Impressive Graphics

News and Updates

Aion Announces Server Consolidation

A server merger has been announced for Aion. On May 22 NCSoft plans to shift players on the game's newest server, Ereshkigal, to Katalam....

Aion Offers A Peek At The Ereshkigal’s Wrath Update

When Aion's Ereshkigal's Wrath Update hits, it will introduce several new instances as well as adjustments to the Glory Points system and class and...

NCSoft’s Q4 and 2018 Financials Are Down Almost All Across The Board

Usually, the fourth quarter of a year, which includes the Holiday Season, sees a bump in sales for corporations. Not so for NCSoft, which...

Aion: Legions Of War Arrives Jan 24

So, yes... we know we generally don't cover mobile games. This is just a PSA for the Aion fans out there who may be...

Collect Snowballs And Get Special Prizes In Aion’s Holiday Event

Aion may have been all dressed up for the holidays for a bit now, with the capital cities decked out in trees, snowmen, and...

Aion Lakrum Assault Event Starts Today, Free 7 Days of Prestige

Starting today, a special event is under way for Aion players level 75 and above. King Shugoling, the leader of the Shuoling invasion, and...

Aion’s Next Class Brings A Lot Of Color To The World

A new class is on the way for NCSoft's MMO Aion and when it hits it's bringing a lot of color with it. The...

NCSoft Offers A Behind The Scenes Look At The “Philosophy” Behind The Awakened Legacy Update

Just a little under a month ago, NCSoft dropped the Aion: Awakened Legacy update, literally changing the game's world, removing some zones and adding...

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System Requirements

Aion: Ascension Minimum System Requirements:
OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8
Processor: 1 GHz Processor
Memory Ram: 1GB
Hard Disk Space: At least 5GB of free Space
Video Card: NVIDIA Ti 4800 or ATI 9800

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  1. Out of the MMORPGS out right now, this is still by far the best as everything else out right now sucks.

    AION did many things right for a MMORPG. Although the EU publisher gameforge is horrible I recommend playing the NA version from NCSoft.

    I hope a AION 2 comes out because this one was amazing. the lore, music, armours and classes.

  2. DONT PLAY THIS GAME FROM GAMEFORGE EUROPE.
    Please, stick with NA/RU/KOR versions.

    Gameforge ruined this game by making it 1000% P2W. It’s a very bad experience if you just want to have fun. Players are doing riots ingame to protest and GF doesn’t care at all.

  3. reasons why not to play aion in 2017:
    1. to much p2w elements in the game
    2. player base is declining at a rapid rate
    3. the game is not long rewarding
    4. nc soft does not give a shit want players have to say
    5. too many hackers
    6. forget about trying to catch up to hardcore/p2w/hacker on your server

    reasons why you should play aion:
    if you are waiting around for a new mmo to hit the market and have nothing to do in the mean time

  4. Was the best back in the days. But now…. NCsoft have gone too far with the p2w.

    Dont expect be competitive at all in pvp unless you grind for months or just pay.

  5. I will head straight to the point with this review. I have played Aion on NA since 2011, and I did stop for a year before coming back again but I have to say, the game has become a mess with each update. As of this review, the current client is 5.0.

    Tips to new players: If you are a new player trying out, this game still has its charm. Its graphics may not be as great as some of the modern games today, but it is still pretty great. Even the music is marvellous to this date. However, despite the number of servers present, the only one you should be bothering to try out is Siel. The community in Siel is very much active. Even though my own server Tiamat has its own players, they are mostly inactive and only alive for sieges, or at least that was what it used to be anyway (the governor of Tiamat Asmodians quitted and things have been woozy then).

    At the moment, the level cap is 75, and everyone was trying to rush for it. Unfortunately for the servers except Siel, everyone seem to have given up and are either lazy or taking it slowly to grind it out (you can picture why then I said most servers are not alive?).

    For players who are steadfast to not paying a single cent to play: the good news is you can still make your mark, although it takes a longer while and maybe more prayers to RNGesus. I certainly did hold out a long while as a non-payer, although I did have lots of help.

    Current situations that make me terribly upset about the game:
    1. We used to have pvp instances that we can enjoy everyday. Thanks to our wonderful 5.0 update, no more dredge is available, until 5.1 anyway.
    2. We used to be able to do arenas everyday. Thanks to a recent ninja update, arena has been removed for people above 65. #seeyouat5.1
    3. No lfg? Before 5.0, people are still alive and talking, even if it was craptalk. Now, you just don’t see any words appearing… Even bots seem to have given up on the game.
    4. Persistently trying to drag sales by placing a further limit you can reach, mostly through paying unless you are an extremely lucky person with friends who have reached that limit, or have the means to reach that limit; sure, every mmo developer wants that, since you can only maintain the game through $$$.
    5. The new 5.0 instances makes 70% of people give up. There are two types of instances in 5.0: 1. your group have to work out the mechanics to beat the instance (adma/theo), I’m proud to say I have managed this part and also worked out a guide for everyone on youtube; 2. your group needs insane dps, perhaps about a min of 5k dps (AOE/akhal). In the case of 1, most people can at least overcome the obstacle if they work out their own strategy or follow my guide, but it only rewards ONE ITEM to ONE PLAYER. For a group instance, that probably is only going to work out for friends or legion groups. In the case of 2, players will need to raise their gear quite a fair bit, especially if they are new (refer to point 4).

  6. Aion Upheaval is the Aion you download and play. And its a very common thing for players that while playing you get jittery screen when turning and/or running forward.
    I can’t seem to fix it. It must be server side cuz I have no issues running Guild Wars 2 on max settings and still have high fps but even setting this tolowest settings it is still jittery. tried using fixed fps turning off vsync turing off fxaa and other combos, etc. and still it jittery.

  7. Needs an updated review! Aion has came a long long ways since this review was made, it basically is a new game and has released many expansions over the years changing gameplay, graphics, classes, story-line, sieges, etc. This is a must try for any true MMO lover.

  8. Disconnected so much it was unplayable for me, and no, it was not a local issue, and yes, I gave it 3 days. I couldn’t stay online for more than a minute.

  9. This game is built for large scale PvP but lacks the player-base to support it. Too many servers, and just not enough players in general. Not to mention the way people rarely talk at all when they’re online. You’ll try to talk to everybody around you and be ignored 98% of the time.

    Then we move on to the differences in skill. I was on a level 20 grinding and had my fiancee on her level 50 helping me, and she couldn’t even one-shot the mobs! Then I entered a 1v1 arena on my level 50 Gunslinger and another level 50 gunslinger one-shot me! The differences between levels are minor, and spending enough money lets you run the show.

    Recap:
    Not enough players
    Low player interactions
    Pay-to-win system

  10. This game is so fun! I was in high school when I discovered it, and decided to install it during my Winter Break. At first, I had a negative view towards it because it took so long to install, and took up a LOT of space, (40 GB??), but I think they changed it now so that it takes significantly less space (Thank goodness).

    Anyway, the graphics are AWESOME. If you are a person that loves personalizing your character, this game is for you, because you can seriously make your character look funny, pretty/handsome, or just darn awesome. The skills for each class are also very pretty, and I am a sucker for pretty graphics. Also, you can FLY. DAFUQ. This game can make you feel like you are in another world, and on an adventure in this beautiful and awesome fantasy. Also, I made a lot of good friends from all over the world and of all ages, this game community is very helpful and friendly! The quests get a little mundane after a while but don’t they all? The PvP is also friendly fun and competition.

    However, if you have slow internet, don’t bother downloading this game, otherwise it will be very painful, laggy, and annoying! But if you do have fast internet, and bored, and want to make new friends, this is the game for you! 🙂 Definitely one of my favorite games.

  11. I don’t really recommend this game, you don’t really have any choice if you don’t invest money in this game you’re practically screwed. If you don’t spend money you will end up walking around in the game with maybe tons of damage but, you will always have the starter gear looking items. I really don’t recommend this game for people who don’t have in mind to spend money.
    R.I.P Engrish

    • You really don’t know what you are talking about. Aion has one of the most extensive verity of skins and gear around. I’ve been going back and forth between aion and many other mmorpg’s for the last 5 year and Aion is still the best. The cash shops does not give people the ability to rise above other with the uses of real money. The instances (dungeons) are well balanced and fun. The Pvp is a well tuned machine. The fan base is helpful and nice. I would recommend Aion to anyone who likes this type of gaming.

      • The cash shop provides title cards, form candies and mounts that cannot be rivaled by in game means. that sound like pay to win to me.

        • Lol! I’m no “payer” here and I have a mount and title with the same stats as the one they sell on the shop. The only difference is the appearance. xD

  12. I don’t really recommend this game, you don’t really have any choice if you don’t invest money in this game you’re practically screwed. If you don’t spend money you will end up walking around in the game with maybe tons of damage but, you will always have the starter gear looking items.

  13. You should update this. The game has had 2-3 recent, major content updates since Ascension and is now called Aion: Steel Cavalry.

    The game is awesome but grind heavy and unapologetically PvP-focused. The game does everything it can to put you in contact with the enemy faction and sometimes in the most sadistic ways.

    Some things are rage inducing, like the enchantment and mana socketing.

    Also, you will get nothing free in this game, other than a 1 room studio. Every rank, title, level, piece of decent gear, etc. has to be earned. This turns a lot of people off and that’s okay because the games grindy nature and brutal PvP weeds out most of the players you don’t want to play a game like this with anyway.

    On the upside the game is still gorgeous after all these years, there is a HUGE amount of content with classes (and subclasses) and skill sets that are second to none and an expansive character creation and appearance customization system that is still unrivalled by any MMO to date! The game is very nearly bug-free, support is incredible and on the off chance that the servers go down for an extended period or maintenance runs unusually long they often reward players with some very nice gifts. Once I got a stack of 5 Major Ancient Crowns because maintenance took all day!

    Be prepared for a massive download though. Last I checked it was something like 40gb but well worth it IF you’re looking for a game to dedicate yourself to. If not, you should probably look elsewhere.

    • Wow I had 52 GB free and I could not get the whole thing downloded it’s alot of upgreats and paches wich is fine need to conect onother Hard Drive Thats all

      • That doesn’t surprise me. The game is massive.

        Here’s some tips:

        There’s a feature in this game called the Atreian Atlas. As you progress and complete certain quests you can go here and collect rewards. It’s on the game’s website. Your first reward will be your choice of black or white dye. Make sure you get it once you reach Sanctum and choose your subclass because the stuff sells for 2-6 million kinah each. It’s a good idea to check the trade broker before you pick one to see which one is selling higher because the price difference can vary by 2-3 million. As long as either is in the 2-5 million range there’s no reason to reduce your own by more than 1 kinah. This dye is extremely popular and sells quickly.

        Get the free studio as soon as you’re eligible. It can be used as a source of income and/or for free crafting and gear upgrade items and AP/XP boosts.

        You can collect these rewards (most of them) over and over with each new character and “dye farming” is an excellent source of income early in the game.

    • I loved this game back when it had a large population of players. Hated some of the forced PVP quest lines. Massive PVP battles just destroyed the bandwidth too. Then you had all the people who cheated early in its release and had all lvl 10 gold gear. Made it really hard to have a chance to play in some of the zones when those guys showed up. Main reason I quit playing. But man, I loved tanking that game too. Skills were awesome! If they would only restrict players to the zones they were at level with, and ban those people who clearly cheated, it might make it more appealing again.

  14. This game is the best game ever created, and when you log into in, you will see that they’ve done a lot of work and have really worked hardly to make the perfect online free game ever!

  15. This game is the best game ever created, and when you log into in, you will see that they’ve done a lot of work and have really worked hardly to make the perfect online free game ever.

  16. The game is a major gear grind or u can buy with $$$ money in game and with it gear and all stuff,,,,If u dont plan to play it a long time and dont like pvp zergs dont downolad it..The game is a major pvp zerg 1v1 is rare as gold..u must give up social life to be good in it if u dont invest RL,Money.

    PS:GAME has great race inbalance its stupid.Sry bad engrish q.q

    • There is a PvP-free fast track server but you can only use it until level 50 or 55. I don’t like PvP all the time but you just need a friend or two to run with and if you’re getting griefed, link their location in chat.

      It usually doesn’t take long for your allies to come and mop them up, especially if it’s a purple.

      The enemy’s level in comparison to your own is distinguished by colors and serves as a warning. Enemies with faded red names are 10 levels or more lower than you, bright red enemies are 9 levels higher or lower than you and bright purple enemies are 10 or more levels higher than you and will almost always destroy you.

      To be honest, they need to adjust the color distinction to 4-5 levels. 9-10 is just too much as there is often a marked difference in the gear advantage/disadvantage once you get beyond 5.

  17. Best f2p game ever, Join NA servers (Siel,tia recomandet as best servers with high population) Once u hit 65 and learn how to realy play the game it will be extremely fun , it may be hard at first but there are so many nice ppl who can help u ingame. 🙂 Enjoy !

  18. Another one to stay away from…NCSOFT has a Reputation of NEVER controlling the gold sellers and spammers in their games with the exception of COH…and this one is NO DIFFERENT…They clearly are in violation of their own Terms of Service on many levels. This is so sad as this game had so much potential to be one of the best MMO’s out there…They use one of the best graphics engines the game has solid play but the management chooses to ignore what the player wants unless you spend a fortune in their cash shop. They didnt even have a Christmas event this year…WTF afraid to offend EVERYBODY??? The game is Dying and I seriously doubt it will turn around without the Koreans pulling NCSOFT out of the picture and allowing a real game publisher take charge of the game. This is reflective of the NORTH AMERICAN SERVER ONLY..I have not played any other.

    • I have played since 2009 headstart and Chinese Open Beta. As PvE-er even I thought they broike rifting which was the main cause imho for Aion P2P going F2P due to a mass exodus due to rifting being nerfed. They later fixed the rifting by making it accessable again and giving PvE-ers a fast track server. Something that would have fixed the problem INSTANTLY if that would have been their solution from getgo.

      RMT has always been a problem in Aion. Even PvP areas are riddled with bots. Part of this is a lazy shithead community who buys kinah from these goldsellers and the lack of a 0-tolerance policy by NCSoft. Now with the F2P business model in combination with NCSoft’s pispoor management of this fundamental problem RMT is a cancer that will not be cured anytime soon.

  19. Having Aion download now. I am pretty impressed with the reviews on just how F2P it really is. Regardless of the face that I would pay 10 a month for the gold pack anyways. It is good to see that society still indeed has hard working people that looks out for the interests of their players and fans. And because of this selflessness it actually ENCOURAGES ME to pay a monthly subscription fee. When i don’t get bent over backwards to pay for some extra game space.. well it is nice. Anyways, got about 20% left. Happy Gaming!

    • seems you play on NA servers, because gameforge for EU players does nothing to encourage them. game is still preety active on EU, but community is awefull, noone wants to help and only looking for the top gear player to group with, and gameforge doesnt create any kind of events, just the basic season events that we see on NA also.

  20. To be honest.. I loved the game at first. I thought it was the best MMO i’ve ever played but, then I got towards end game and everything went downhill. first of all the community is TERRIBLE half the time i just gave up because i was sick of the class discrimination+level and egotastic people on there who think they are better than everyone and treat the game like its a giant high school of 16 year old’s. Personally I wished there weren’t so many classes because it’s hard to choose the one you want when they are all pretty similar in awesomness but, it’s also nice because of the unlimited selection and wide range of class and character creation. Big props for graphics and art base of AION but they need to do a sweep of everyone on the game and start with a nicer community.

  21. I can go on and on about this game, first of all i LOVE the character creation its almost unlimited and you can do anything to your character that you want to. I have never seen such eye candy graphics before and stunning combat graphics. The controls are super easy to get use to and almost common sense. I give major credits to the artists who created AION and other NCsoft games they are stunning. On the side of all that greatness there’s always a negative side. Maybe its just me but still after 3 years of playing this, I can’t decide on a class at all yet. I’ve done every single class, so far the only class i have been able to max was cleric but later as i tried to be a DPS cleric because they do have pretty amazing DPS skilles i got judged a lot and it became hard to do group dungeon runs or finish leveling because nobody would accept me. I’m not complaining about it to much its my char and ill do what i want to it but seriously, that leads me into my next problem with AION, the community is ab.. horrible. Not everyone is terrible on there i’ve made so many friends but 2x the enemies because most of the time everyone thinks theyre better than EVERYONE so it frustrates me such a awesome game has been corrupted by such not so awesome community members. I had a funz 3-4 years on this game but i’m pretty sick of not being able to choose my class and getting sick of the unwelcoming members. so I guess its time to find a new game.

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  27. The game is completely amazing.

    1. Now, it is Truly Free too .D.
    2. The graphics are beautiful. Sometimes, I just take my time to stare the beautiful landscapes throughout the world.
    3. Very awesome character customisation – everything is completely customisable on the character.
    4. The Quests and monsters are interesting, exciting, and actually fun to play – they vary, and none are at all the same.
    5. I’d rate it 9/10 *^*

  28. The North American version (from NCSoft) is truly F2P. You can try it… they have no IP block.
    AION is the BEST MMORPG EVER MADE! so fukkk Terra. Aion 100% better!

  29. This is not F2P, this is P2P 100%, us a free play you dont have acces to basic channels (region, trade etc.), you dont have acces to sell any item in ah. That is shit… MMoBOMB pls remake this one and dont inform pep wrong. IS NOT F2P! you have to buy gold pack to have acces the basic interface and many others basic thinks…

    • What you say is true, but only for the European version. The North American version (from NCSoft) is truly F2P. You can try it… they have no IP block.

  30. After 2 years in aion EU , under NCsoft and now gameforge management, i can say that this game is great…if we only speak for the game. Great graphics , balanced classes , both tactical and fun pvp, , well made pve and great loe (for those how are interested). BUT! Aions player community totally SUCKS. Greedy , trolling, egoists that only care for their own gain , completely destroying the “faction” point . For those that want to start in EU , just be ready for level-based discrimination and unlimited greediness till you get end game and become like so.
    Also , until you get you 1st gold pack (the FTP way to say subscription) , you wont be able to really feel the game , so unless you want to pay to play for a while don’t bother.

    + the fly-pvp concept , although worked for 1.XX patch , after 2.XX was left aside . So all the pvp is grounded.

    Ill try US aion to see if US community is better. Its a pity a great game like this to be soiled be its community. Never the less try it if you want , just make sure your nerves are ready and your chat ALWAYS in group tab (youll thank me later)

  31. wow, anyone who’s saying this game is good just has not played any decent MMO ever imo. movement is sluggish, fighting animations are sluggish, questing is dull, combat system is abc-easy, and regular mmoers, this is missing all those refinements and features that make an mmo enjoyable long-term. i’m really tired of reading how great “X” mmo is only to find its the same old BS in another skin. Virtually nothing original or enthralling about the game. AoC, TSW, SWTOR all leave this game and anything like it for dead. Fingers X for ESO.

  32. hey ive been playing aion nc version for a week now and i like it but there is no music at all does any body know y

  33. This game offers a lot, such as: A wide range of customization, equipment, skills, worlds, and etc. Many will find this game appealing, and it goes for the same for me. However, there are many things that don’t really satisfy everyone. Some may prefer a flashier battle system; some might want things, for example, clothing and skills, to seem more sophisticated. There are also other players who want to access more activities a character can do within a game other than flying, killing, and creating.

    Overall, if you are a person who loves to free-roam and socialize, you might find a shining gem glittering within this great game. For those who prefer games with dynamic battle techniques and such, maybe you should take a look at other games and see which one comes to your liking.

  34. 100% Bugs, 100% working cheats… Aion gameforge 100% pay to win… Aion Gameforge = 80% Cheater and bots 20% normal players! DONT PLAY AION….its just fail. Bigggeeessttt fail game ever.

    • My wife and I love it. Haven’t encountered any bugs. And personally, we couldn’t care less if people can somehow pay to win or can otherwise cheat, we just enjoy playing. The graphics are awesome, with some of them absolutely breathtaking. It is as far from a fail as you can get, and we are very thankful that we can enjoy it without having to pay. And if we run into something for which we have to pay (which we probably won’t), that’s only fair, is it not? People complain about almost everything, and it makes one wonder how unpleasant their lives must be because of it.

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  36. I really like this game. The graphics are really nice and the flight system is really cool. I do think its a bit annoying that you can only fly in some zones, but awell, the wings are very nice :).
    I play from EU and I dont think there are to many limitations. Sure, if you want some bonusses like superb armor or cute pets or nicer wings and the such you can pay for them, but otherwise its a truly free to play game.
    You can make a truly unique character. It kind of reminded me of the Sims, because you can choose from dozens of hair styles, you can customize the size of about everything of the face (elven ears, huge eyes with stars in them, anything). You can even choose a voice for your person.
    The download is rather steep, but personally, I think its worth it.

    • Not many restrictions? lol..
      As a free player you can’t use probably 50% of the chats, you can’t trade, you can’t use the broker..
      Those are the most important things, and they deprive you of that..
      So yea, those are pretty major limitations..

  37. Gameplay does seem a little, idk clunky? at least compared to WoW, and don’t hate me for the WoW comment, its the only other game like this I have played

  38. I aint got no french fries, but I tell yous what, this game here made me punch myself in the face as hard as I could as many times as I could do it until I was all “ouch, my damn face is hurtin” so go outside and water your damn flowers

  39. I’ve been playing this game for about 2 years, and I can honestly say it’s the best fantasy mmorpg I’ve ever come across. The graphics are amazing, the plot is fun, and there’s so much variety in how your character can look. The only con of this game: It takes about 8 hours to download, and if you let your computer fall asleep, it pauses.

    • took me about 1 hour for download, guess I got fast internet and you got kinda slow, so most will be in between, also, I enjoy your insane rant Unclebillcrockpot, you should get some meds for that

    • u need to make sure to have atlest 40gb hd free and dont interupt instalation progres once all is instaled and patched u will have 23gb from aion

  40. Aion is the best game ever,accept it or not but u know it is the best because of the crazy awesome graphics and the awesome gameplay,all europeans try it it and join anuhart server because all the good guys are there and the game is just the top!

  41. Aion is a great game and u can play american version from eu cuz i do.
    Only thing is to get good pvp gear u need alot i mean alot time to get it and balance betwen factions just SUCKS.
    THIS GAME IS PVP ORINTED IF U DONT LIKE PVP DONT TRY PLAY IT ull just waiste ur time :O
    and geard ppl will rape u xD and level in the game isnt important only gear cuz lv 40twinks can kill lv60newbies
    The download can bee tricky but if u do it corect ul have 22gb from the game not 40gb >_>
    Sry bad eng

    • I bet u are one of those who suck at PvP and you get you ass kicked everytime haha! Stop flaming the game if you’re a noob!

  42. I’ve been playing Aion for some time now.. Its true what you’ve read, an amazing game. No doubt. Played all the classes, tried all the features, just to play the game to its fullest. And while its true that there are a lot of players on all the servers, you’ll still find yourself alone. A lot. From my experience, players are generally quiet and uncooperative. And there are times where your fellow Elyos/Asmodian brethren are rather hostile. Exp is slow to acquire, and its gonna take a lot of quest-grinding before you can actually be satisfied with your character. Both in aesthetics and abilities. Which is a good thing to some. Shows that the game requires dedication and that said dedication pays off. All in all its still a fantastic game with regular updates and events. Aion 4.0 should be rolling out soon, bringing with it 1 new main class and 2 new sub-classes, along with an assortment of other pixelated goodies. Highly recommended. Try this game.

  43. It’s awesome on my lappy. No prob.

    OS: Win8 64-bit
    CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz 2.50GHz
    RAM: Corsair DDR3 8GB 1600MHz
    Graphic Card: nVidia GeForce 610M 2GB

    Overall, it’s smooth, fun and will continue to play until Blade & Soul Online ENG ver. comes out.

  44. Guys I heared that the US server has no restrictions but the EU one have I see the sites of both and they are diffrent is that restrictions thing problem still true ? Thanks and please reply

    • Hi Gamer X,

      Apparently yes, the EU servers have indeed restrictions, so the ones that I experienced while levelling in EU servers is that for example you can you can only gather 150 (if I’m not wrong) per day, you cannot buy anything from broker unless you buy a 30 day package which you can buy from broker or official site which will remove all restrictions. (this was like 5 months ago). But if you don’t want to waste your time in trying out these restrictions, just go for US. And yes you can play on windows 7. Here are the system requirements: http://gameguide.na.aiononline.com/aion/System+Specifications

      Good Luck!

    • you play for free from lvl 1 to lvl 60 but with some restrictions, wich are removed if you pay a subscription.
      most common restrictions are higher instance cooldowns, only 2 character slots, auction house trade limits and on european version you also have some chat restrictions as a free member, and other restrictions that i dont remember now. but you can play all the game content for free (all maps, pvp, sieges, all instances, can get all gear, etc)

    • keep trying, maybe you tryed it on a maintenance time. try to search aion on facebook or twitter for news about server status (keep in mind that american aion and european aion have diferent facebook/twitter pages).

    • for normal graphics play
      CPU minimum – Intel Pentium4 2.8Ghz / AMD Sempron 2800 or better recommended – Intel Pentium Dual-Core / AMD Athlon64 X2 or better
      RAM minimum – at least 1GB recommended – at least 2GB
      VGA minimum – NVIDIA Geforce 6600/ AMD Radeon X1550 recommended – NVIDA Geforce 7600 or better / AMD Radeon X2600 or better
      Hard disc Minimum 30GB
      OS Windows XP (Service Pack 2), Vista, Windows 7
      DirectX 9.0c(2008. 6)

      for high quality graphics
      CPU minimum – Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5500 / AMD AthlonII X2 recommended – Intel Pentium Dual-Core E6700 / AMD AthlonII X3
      RAM minumum – at least 2GB recommended – at least 4GB
      VGA minimum – NVIDIA Geforce 8600, AMD Radeon HD4550 recommended – NVIDIA Geforce 9800, AMD Radeon HD4850 or better
      Hard disc Minimum 30GB
      OS Windows XP (Service Pack 2), Vista, Windows 7
      DirectX 9.0c(2008. 6)

      taken from aion free2play website (gameforge/europe version) http://www.aionfreetoplay.com/website/download

  45. this is way tooooooooooo similar to world of warcraft, the character makes a thing with his/her hands to activate something, the way they channel skills is also too similar, to me this is a free version of wow, i think both are good games but why is it sooooo similar to wow

    • dude, if you are comparing character animations to say that a game is too simmilar to another, then i believe you arent a experienced player. maybe animations are simmilar, but the game in total is nothing like WOW.
      do you have fort sieges in wow? NO
      do you have great graphics in wow? NO
      do you have housing in wow? NO
      do you have a portal system that aloows you to invade enemy faction in wow? NO
      and thats only 4 points opposite to wow allready, dont make other players give any more, and dont say a game its simmialr to wow just due some animations.
      and im not defending aion, i dont play it for more than a year allready, but if you want to know about a game simmilar to wow (and still has its unique things to make it VERY different from wow) then talk about RIFT. Learn about a game deeper before doing that kind of comparison, and not only you, but everyone ele should.
      if people want to give a meaningfull and trustworthy review of a game, then learn about the game before commenting it poorly just beacause of some small details comparison. peace.

      • Do wow have a terrible player community that don’t care about its faction and see ppl through lvl discrimination and gear ???
        Don’t know bout wow but a trustworthy review need to have this question too.

  46. The ncsoft downloader is crap seriously wtf it keeps starting the aion download from the beginning and rewrites the previously downloaded files each time I log off the pc to work elsewhere and I can never get around to downloading all 16gb of it at 1 time ._. anyone know what to do about it?

    • i believe each version has its own client, therefor if you are using ncsoft downloader for europe version it wont work properly, and gameforge client wont work for EU version. and of course korean client wont work for any of them but korean.
      if you are using ncsoft for american version and that thing happens, then you should contact support and try to solve it, when i was playing gameforge aion i never had issues with theyr client.

  47. Anyone know how big the file size is to download? and if i can play it here in the philippines, is the IP not blocked in here?

  48. I was wondering if anyone went to free to play after being one of the original players. Are the old characters still there or do I have to remake one. Better to start from scratch, how full is the game?

    • about 2 months before the transiction, ncsoft players were givven the choice to migrate accounts from europe servers to gameforge accounts, it lasted a couple weeks after the transiction was made. the europe players that didnt followed this process are most surelly with theyr accounts lost.
      as for american players, i believe old accounts are still valid, its still ncsoft managing the f2p aion in america.

  49. guys i can tell you … i entered aion yesterday and there is not much people anymore in aion
    i mean when i first tried it it was fun in abyss but now is empty seriously…

    • probably because most of the active palyers are in high level areas, but also (wich i believe most) many are indeed playing other games. star wars become free to play, Guild wars 2 is buy to play (buy game, no subscription), the secret world also converted to buy to play model, tera will become free to play 5th february 2013, all good choices against aion unfortunatelly, depends now on the likes of each player.

  50. im just wondering if anyone can send me the link to the download because i cant find it anywhere from the review link plz and ty.

    • game is good but it gets really addictive at higher lvl’s, lets say that fun starts about lvl 35+ because we can do some decent open world pvp also. people might get frustrated at the earlier levels tho, a litle too repetitive. i honestly say i only left aion because europe verion taken by gameforge managment just ruined the game, updates come too late, poor custommer support, some items overpriced in the shop…… in the end im glad i moved on to another game wich i am loving and also no subscriptions….. GW2

  51. Guys i just want to know how much the game is in size is it just 13 gb of game or its just setup or it is even big with update and i will see what the game is after playing

  52. Worst gaming community ever. Filled with repulsive, PvP-obsessed, socially retarded kids, trolls and hackers. Faction PvP is unbalanced.
    A shame because the game itself is amazing…

  53. I just have one thing that really ticked me off about this game. They recently changed it so that you can not chat in general chat, or whisper other players until you are level 20. In my opinion that is ridiculous. The only want you can get a hold of anyone is by getting them to join your group and THEN talk to them. I love the gameplay, you can only have two characters per free play account AND if you go one faction or the other you can only play that faction. No elyos if you are asmodian and vise versa. Still Fun though.

    • indeed in the european version thre is chat restrictions as you say for free accounts.
      however the fact of creating only one faction isnt a bad thing as you say. it is ment that way to prevent friends of logging diferent faction chars and abuse of the pvp ranking system by engaging on fights with the sole intention of earning pvp points to each other. you can create chars of diferent factions, but not on the same server.

  54. This game is epic. It’s probably the best f2p you will find. The cons are the UK version sucks. Go the american. We get alot more things without any limits. You dont have to be a vet like the other person posted. If you do join and go to Tamant server and play Asmo im Ipokepeoples or Avinash hit me up 🙂

  55. Yes indeed! This game is not after on how high level you are, this game is after how you master all crafting skills, all skills, rank points and much more 🙂

    So if you think you are strong because you’re at your max level, I’m sorry to say but you are not! 🙂

  56. Well this is a great game. I play it for 6 months, and i have 3 x lvl 60 toons.Played at least 10 mmorpg so far and nothing can compare AION.
    F2P model is great, not p2w, no limitation, there is no item in the cash shop you can’t get in game to.

    At low lvls yeah you move slow, but a bit later you get boots that gives walking speed + mount, even walking speed scrolls.(same for attack, casting speed)
    Pretty sure you didn’t even got to lvl 20 is you say “slow paced”…
    A lot of content, huge lands to explore, dungeons etc…and it looks awesome.

  57. This game is the definition of “slow paced”
    Do NOT play this if you want a fast game
    Game does everything to ensure it stays slow (you walk slow, fly slow, fight slow, flight is super-limited, you will not believe when you see how slow your character flies)

  58. The combat system is horrible. Not nearly fast enough. Reading through dialog can get tiring, but without reading through, you need to constantly check your quest log. The areas are very large and the warp points are very general and there is only one per area. the mini map and the main map seem to be reversed. Some other elements are confusing as well. The customization is a great feature, but other than that, the game is very slow paced.

  59. Aion has single-handed made me love pvp. It might get frustrating at times, but it’s a good kind of frustrated and I can’t stop coming back to it.

  60. Aion gets boring very quickly because of the broken elements in my opinion. PvP is 100% gear dependent. Fight are won or lost before they start based solely upon your gear. If you enjoy this sort of thing, the PvP will be fine. Otherwise? Take a pass on Aion.

  61. Very great game. Great mix of pvp and pve elements and the graphics are astounding. Only problem is it takes forever and a day to download.

    • I’m playing (at least I used to play, can’t play now cuz of college) on the NA server from Europe… the lag isn’t that bad, though I have a 100mbps fiberlink, I don’t know how it would be for other kinds of connections >_>

  62. The game is surprisingly amazing. The gameplay is similar to other mmorpgs but feels really different, graphics are still one of the best IMO, and the content, almost unending, lots of normal / campaing quests lots of monsters to kill many dungeons and a full bunch of awsome gear. I advise trying it if you like mmos that have lots of variety and that offers you choice on building your hero through the lvls.

  63. I played Allods for a longg time. I am downloading this now. Looks amazing all around. Great things in comments. I ignore trolls. Hopefully this game is worth it. It’s downloaded quite slow for me though. :\

  64. Ha Ha ive played Aion for 2 Years now im level 60 and their is so much more thigns to do than crappy wow one you can ur create your own appearance from the best items in game even on just a level 10 character so you already look PIMP the wings are stunning the Combo attacks amazeing graphics the weapon ad amor designs are really detailed if your running full graphic’s like me free pet’s beautiful mounts and enviorments pvp is really fun depending on the people lol.

    and now for world of warcraft it has worst graphics compared to Aion it looks like a kids game compared to aion it dosent have the range of variety as aion does AION DOMINATES WOLRD OF WARCRAFT

  65. “visually stunning” my ass. The look is so bleeeeh despite how sites including the official one makes it seem, plus the combat feels a bit too sluggish for my tastes. For me this goes into the “i can’t believe they used to charge ppl to play this” category. Anyone is free to give it a try, just be ready to quit & uninstall soon afterwards

  66. dude this game is way better than wow, this coming from a hardcore fan of blizzard. it looks better, plays better, and is just better all around 🙂

    • i cant confirm that, but i think both europe and american versions have NO I.P. restrictions, therefor you can probably play both of them.

  67. I trully hope the game is what you all are saying it will take some hours to download it and i am hopping for a fair F2P player game for the first time 😉

  68. Well yeah, WOW rocks if u like PvP only games, but if u like Fantasy Pvp+mmorpg+action+epic aerial awesomeness then this game is more better than your “WoW”

  69. OK, well I´v just watched a gameplay video of Star Trek and it seems to be legit, but I haven´t played Aion for quite some time now because I´v been lately enjoying APB Reloaded.
    But yes I´m quite keen on trying out Guild Wars 2, the graphics look amazing and the gameplay looks even better so I might try it out. 🙂
    Its a pity your on EU, been looking for PT players but all I can seem to find in US servers is BR players, but oh well. 🙂

      • Thanks . You guys say that the eu version has lots of restrictions and i want to play with no restrictions . A word of advice please? 🙂

        • EU does have lots of restrictions compared to NA, but you can buy a GOLD PACK to remove them and those arent cash shop exclusive, you can buy them with ingame currency from broker (action house). although broker has also restrictions to free players, some items can be bought and gold pack is one of them.

          • Thanks a lot i’ll just try the na version first cuz it’s my first time playing the game . By the way i know this is awkward but my sister insists . How old are you?

          • cant reply more below, so here is my reply ash….. indeed a bit akward to ask here, but im a 32 yo male from portugal. may i ask why is she asking?

        • A word of advice is (for anyone who wants to play Aion Ascension) basically if you’re in Europe, the NCsoft Launcher will automatically select europe as your region and you’ll be unable to log in so in order to fix this, open up your launcher and select file -> settings -> advanced tab. Change drop down under region to North America.
          Easy enough, but keep in mind that if your in Europe playing in US servers you will indeed experience lag in your gameplay but other than that you have no restrictions at all. Thanks to Ncsoft.

          • not sure if the launcher will do that now, because EU aion has its own launcher since it went free with gameforge, but thanks for the tip in case NA ncsoft launcher makes that choice automaticaly.

          • Your welcome Mark, well I just felt that maybe there would be many others like me that had the same issue logging on the to the US servers being from EU, because about 3 months ago when I changed to US servers(because of the Eu restrictions) I was not able to log in because of what I commented above.
            But in any case if anyone actually has trouble logging in this might be one solution. 🙂
            So hum are you currently on US servers Mark?

          • im playing on EU now that expansion was (finally) released just to get my main char to 60, playing casually, but lately i been playing most in Star Trek Online and waiting anxious for Guild Wars 2.

  70. ncsoft should really fix the terms of services error soon. They lost a potential player who couldn’t even get past the login screen.

  71. I cant play the usaone but the eu one totally sucks it might as well be single player from the amount of stuff you can do BUT it looks good and from wat ive heard the usa one is really good *considering moving to usa* 😀

    • Just a quick q why does Gameforge own the eu one did they buy it or something? (Hiring sniper to kill Gameforge executives

      • seems ncsoft didnt wanted to form or didnt had enough resources to form a european team and sold publishing rights, wich gameforge bought. and honestly, frogster is part of gameforge also and they are not doing a good job with TERA neither, updates are getting delayed compared to USA version too. they should keep with browser games only -.-

  72. there are 3 version, korean, european published by gameforge, and american still under managment of ncsoft. the article is good however there is a small error in it. aion:ascension is the american version and is NOT published by gameforge, but by ncsoft still. european version is called aion free to play, simple as that, and is managed by gameforge since february 2012.
    i must warn however, and unfortunately, that european version is suffering froma delay on updates, while american version runs 3.0 (and soon 3.1), european is still on version 2.7 i think. version 3.0 adds new maps, instances, gear, housing, mounts. Europe version has currently a test server for 3.0, but no date announced yet for live release.

  73. So everything that is not WoW sucks? Getting tired of WoW fanboys comparing EVERY SINGLE FREAKING game out there with their beloved WoW. Get over it, competition exists. Nothing is a clone of nobody if they have a different name, different art and at the very least one different feature.

    • please dont say words like the ‘p word, you should be respectful when speaking online and in real life , of the person your speaking to. language like that doesnt help others to understand what you are trying to say .

      • You’re fighting a losing battle. Being the “Niceness Crusader” only makes you look naive, especially when you decide to take the fight to the internet. Nobody’s going to listen to you because nobody cares. Anonymity is a bitch, and there’s nothing you or I can do to change that.

  74. One of the best F2P MMORPG out there! Love the crafting system the most, it actually make sense! Plus many more contents and features to do in the game.

    • Maybe if you take some time doing some ACTUAL research, instead of calling this news bullshit, you would realise that you are looking at GAMEFORGE’s website, which is still running the game on an optional payment basis.

      NCSOFT’s version of Aion is totally free to play, with all the features available in Gameforge’s Gold Package Subscription.

    • the game is free to play considering you can get max level and top gear without spending money. subscription options will only unlock more character slots, shorter instance cooldowns and probably some xp boosts, but as i said, you can do EVERYTHING for free, so yes it is fully free-to-play.
      however i agree with dreyzars, american version has more to offer as free, but dont know how much lag a european player will have playing the american version.

    • please stop using three words to represent swearing. it is really disrespectful to use language like that and it makes people think that this is how people should behave online and in real life. it also pushes people into doing the same which is wrong. i hope you will think about what you say before you say it so that you can not only say what you feel but also show your very best highest behavor and inspire others to speak in a more respectful way aswell.

  75. From the main site on the US server:
    Many other “free” MMOs limit players by restricting access to content,
    or force them to pay for a normal game experience. In Aion’s Truly Free model,
    players have unrestricted access to all content from level 1-60, no strings attached!

    Here are some of the key features of Aion Truly Free:
    No subscription fee. Play for free!
    No account restrictions. Visit any zone, chat in any channel, sell any amount of stuff on the trade broker—nothing is off limits!
    Robust countermeasures to combat game abuse. We’re dedicating a ton of resources to preventing account theft, botting, and real money trading.
    No hassles. Create your account, download the game, and play!
    No harassment. Don’t worry, we won’t hound you with constant offers or promotions.

    If you like the game, we’d appreciate a purchase from our store (game developers need to eat too!). If you don’t like the game, can’t pay, or don’t want to pay—no worries, it’s on us.

    That should clear things up for US players. I guess the EU servers are restricted pretty badly.

  76. EU has restrictions on every little thing u cant even wisper to anyone with paying but US has no restriction it is f2p alllllllllllllllllllllll round u can do wat u wat as much as u wat were as EU u cant gather so much a date, cant use the action, cant do anything put it that way

  77. is this a “Pay to Win” (P2W) game?

    IS there guilds that I can join…

    I’m looking for a FREE not P2W type massive PvP or PvE game….any recommendation…..

    • Hmm so you are looking for a well-designed game with a company working for it constantly and you are looking to play it long-term for FREE
      seems legit

    • guild wars 2. buy it once, everything free from then on. FIRST RATE pvp and wold vs world. (PvE is awesome as well, but you were asking specifically about pvp).

    • It’s not Pay To Win. It’s more of a free-to-play with a cash shop. The game’s pretty fine without the cash shop, and the guilds you can join from level 20 up. I reckon that restriction will go, and if you use the US client from NCSoft it’s free just with a cash shop for extra stuff.

  78. This game is awesome, but you got limitations that are vital. 1st. You cant trade, unless you are a veteran player or premium. 2nd Auction house: you cant buy any stuff from it or sell anything in it. 3th Some chats arent allowed for starters. I played the free 2 play version, great game, but i just quit the game because of the limitations :s Its really hard to get good gear.

  79. Amazing!!! Super FUN with cinematics, quest based PVE, good pvp balance (at h levels) air battles, professions, housing (basic free studio), international comunity and individuals/group instances.

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