Aion: legions of war

     

The điện thoại market is absolutely flooded with gacha RPGs right now, with at least one new one launching pretty much every week on Google Play. So to say we’re a bit tired of them at this point is something of an understatement.

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Yet we will admit lớn being somewhat intrigued by Aion: LegionsofWar, NCSoft’s first foray into mobile gaming. For those unaware, this is a gacha RPG that takes place in the same universe as quảng cáo trên internet NCSoft’s smash hit MMORPG Aionon PC.

But this is not an MMORPG in any way, shape, or form. You won’t create a character, explore a virtual world, and soar across the skies with your signature wings. Instead, it’s a linear hero collectathon, in which you participate in hundreds of identikit battles in the name of progression.

Progression, in this instance, is making numbers go up. Your team of five heroes has a power score, which is a combination of each of their individual power nguồn ratings, và getting this as high as possible is pretty much the aim of the game.


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Aion: Legions of War isn’t an MMORPG like its PC sibling

Sure, there’s a plot, và it is admittedly better than most, but that’s not going lớn stop us from skipping most cutscenes in a frenzied attempt to lớn get stuck into the next battle. That’s a bit of a shame when you consider how much effort has gone into this one in particular, with its fully voice-acted cutscenes và plot that you can actually follow.

And the characters are actually quite likeable, if complete & utter cliches. It very much reminded us of playing a B-tier JRPG – in a good way.

Battles are where Aion: LegionsofWar separates itself from the rest of the Google Play chaff. They’re more lượt thích those found in FinalFantasyXII, with your characters auto attacking until you order them to unleash a skill.

These skills perform various different effects, from healing to dealing damage and even interrupting enemy attacks. Certain skills can even combo off others. We particularly enjoyed knocking an opponent down with an interrupt then dealing enormous damage with a follow-up that dealt more damage to lớn knocked down opponents.

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Performing combos is immensely satisfying stuff

And there are a ton of skills lượt thích this, which were always satisfying. Curing status effects, taking a blow for a weakened các buổi party member, và unleashing a huge chain of damage is incredibly satisfying.

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That is helped, in part, thanks khổng lồ the insane level of polish. Your characters pull off some seriously stylish moves with some terrific skill effects. This is a tremendously gorgeous game, & if you have a powerful enough device you can run it in 60fps, which is very welcome.

The biggest problem with the battle system is a common one in the world of gacha RPGs: it doesn’t matter. As soon as you’ve unlocked the automatic function you’ll never go back, preferring to lớn watch your characters fight it out in super speed.

Why wouldn’t you? It’s faster, often more efficient, and it allows you to be lazy. It’s a win all around until you realise that you’re no longer actually playing a game.

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The tactics system does offer a little extra to the world of tự động RPGs

To be fair khổng lồ it, Aion does attempt to tackle this problem by allowing you to pick from one of three tactics before entering battle. Put simply, these allow you to attack harder, defend more, or focus on using skills. It’s a nice touch, & does make you feel like you’re a bit more a part of the action, but the inability to lớn swap these on the fly is disappointing.

But then that would only be a problem if this trò chơi was ever actually challenging. Sure, you’ll die at times and lose fights, but that’s not true difficulty. It’s just a paywall to lớn get you to go out và buy the horrendously expensive IAPs so you can progress.

And while Aion: LegionsofWar is one of the most polished offerings in this genre we’ve played, it’s still a gacha RPG. If you genuinely enjoy this genre, we vì recommend giving it a go, as it does offer something a little bit different. It also oozes quality, & we’d love khổng lồ see what NCSoft is capable of if they ever choose lớn make an actual game on mobile.

We’ve played enough of these gacha RPGs now lớn know where this goes: right to the paywall.

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Next time, just give us a port of Aion please

Aion: Legions of War is probably the most polished gacha RPG on mobile, but that doesn't make it a good game.