1.5 Impressions Here!! Get Your 1.5 Impressions!!!

A really nice article about Aion version 1.5 was put up Kotaku.com yesterday.  It gives us an idea of what 1.5 brings to the table and how NCSoft is handling content in the future.  Armor set bonuses, a tighter more integrated story, rested XP, tons more quests and even more character customization are all headed our way with 1.5, which coincidentally is the version Aion releases with in North America!  An excerpt:

Four of the 14 New Instances in Aion Version 1.5!

Four of the 14 New Instances in Aion Version 1.5!

The one thing Knox doesn’t want to hear about Aion version 1.5 is the dreaded “G” word. Grind, in his opinion, is something that’s monotonous and Aion goes out of its way to never be that. It’s tough, he says, because the term “grind” has been blown out of proportion in the last five years of MMO history – and that’s a lot of time for his game to fight against. But he’s confident that his team has gone through the game enough to respond to criticism like “there’s nothing to do at level xx!” and prevent mid-level lulls.

A really fantastic read and you can find the rest of it right here!!

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Before I Head into the Beta, a Video!

Evening folks, just got home from work and going to jump into Closed Beta 5 in a sec.  Before I do I thought I would post up the 1.5 patch trailer.  Many of you have probably already seen it, but just in case, here it is!

Draupnir Instance Boss Video and Info.

I found another really nice video by Fylina (Fylina probably is making the best most informative Aion videos right now!), this one showing a brief walk-thru of the Draupnir instance boss, General Bakarma.

Keep in mind that General Bakarma is a level 50 instance boss and Fylina and company are only level 45, which is the maximum level currently in Chinese Aion.  Consequently, they chugged a lot of potions and had a couple of deaths.

The boss seems to be one of the more complex bosses I have yet to see in Aion.  The fight includes positioning, AoE damage, stuns, adds and debuffs in various phases.  One thing that I was wondering after watching the video is about the positioning of the boss.  Running clear to the other side of the area to get away from the spawned adds seems like it may be an exploit, as does positioning him higher up on the wall in order to outdistance the AoE.  I may be completely wrong about this, however.  If it is an exploit the fight would be ratcheted up quite a few notches if and when they fix it.

Either way, it looks like a fun boss and it looks like NCSoft is serious about getting content in for the PvE’ers as well.  Now without further adieu, Brigade General Bakarma, downed by Fylina and Company!

Dark Poeta (New Instance in 1.5) Screens and a Small Bit of Info!

I found some information on the new Dark Poeta instance that is coming in 1.5.  From Fei of the Dark Avalanche Legion:

It’s a pretty big map ( ~same size as the lvl 10-20 area)
There are 16 Bosses, and you have to kill them in less than 4 hours. Heroic armors drop on these bosses, heroic weapons drop on the last boss. The last boss’ power depends on your score i.e if you reach the final boss pretty fast it will be stronger and it will drop some pretty good stuff. ( unfortunately we sucked and wiped 2 times, therefore we didn’t get the biggest boss (S grade is the best score.)

In addition he passed along these screens:

Nice armor on Fei

Nice armor on Fei

Ugh.  Flashback of Fungal Giants from WoW!

Ugh. Flashback of Fungal Giants from WoW!

Tree boss!  MMOs can always use more Tree bosses, imo.

Tree boss! MMOs can always use more Tree bosses, imo.

I'm not quite sure what that is in the background, but it looks mean....

I'm not quite sure what that is in the background, but it looks mean....

Hmm, guess it wasn't too mean....

Hmm, guess it wasn't too mean....

Flashbacks to Metroid.  Reminds me of Mother Brain for some reason.

Flashbacks to Metroid. Reminds me of Mother Brain for some reason.

This is the Timer after you finish the instance, before the last boss.

This is the Timer after you finish the instance, before the last boss.

And this is the last boss.  Onyxia eat your heart out.

And this is the last boss. Onyxia eat your heart out.

That’s it.  You can find a couple of more screens and a thread on this topic here.