Aion is great at the beginning. The tutorial is well designed and entertaining and it does a good job in introducing the new players into the Aion world. The game comes with plenty of quests and zones to explore. Once you get close to level 20, the game will take you to the cities that are close to the border (the world of Aion is divided) and members from opposite faction can slide trough. At this point, from a player vs. environment perspective, the game changes to a player vs. player perspective. High level players can hunt younger players because there is no restriction in moving inside the areas controlled by the opposite faction.
Aion is the story of a world divided, with 2 races living separately from each other, with a growing hate between them. First, we have Elyos. They have w
hite wings, they are pure and they live on the bright side of the world. On the other side we have Asmodians. They are darker, with black wings and they live in a world of perpetual dusk. Both races have some particular attributes (including different looking armors).
In Aion we have 4 major classes and each class can be divided into subclasses: a warrior can become a gladiator or templar, a priest can be a cleric or chanter, scouts can become rangers or assassins and finally mages can transform into sorcerers or spirit masters.
There are some special designed areas for new players. There, you can find quests that will help you understand better you class and the story behind it. Also, these areas are designed to level up a player, more precisely to level 10, when he will receive his wings and he will gain the rank of Daeva. As your character advances trough the game, you will have to gain new skills. These skills can be purchased from skill trainers or from other players.
The world of Aion has its own economical system which is formed of two parts: the world market (based on factions) and private stores. At the world market, players can put an item for sale with a fixed price on it and possible buyers from all around the world (again based on factions) can purchase that item. The private stores work on a different idea. You can find yourself a camping position while you walk away from the game. This seems as a good idea until you walk into an area jammed with private stores. Somehow, the entire economical system of this game is bugged because most of the players are struggling to raise enough gold to pay for skill books, to upgrade their weapons and armors, travel and crafting.
The number of quests drops as you reach level 20 and those that remains will send you over distant lands. This will require you to spend a huge amount of time to complete them and combined with the ridiculous cost of transportation, the reward for completing a quest is hardly worth the effort.
One major step back for this game is the gold farmers. They are basically everywhere spamming the cheat with their sales. You can block some of them but you have a limited amount of names that you can ignore and soon you will find yourself forced to remove some older spammers just to make room for the new ones. Overall, Aion combines some welcome features with beautiful graphics. The main problems for this game are the spammers, the never ending struggle to gain some gold coins and the fact that the story stops when you reach the level cap.