Aika On-line Assessment: PvP Tour with GMs
By Michael Sagoe (mikedot), OnRPG Journalist
Tour guides: GMLingo and GMAugury
Aika On-line is a free-to-play MMORPG with a robust emphasis on Participant vs. Participant (PvP) content material. Gamers can create characters with allegiances to 5 completely different nations and compete in small-scale battles for glory and bragging rights, or have interaction in large 2000 participant wars that might form the face of a complete nation. On this tour, we’ll be taking a fast peek at a few of the PvP modes that Aika On-line has to supply, together with Relic Wars, Battlegrounds, and the Aitan Area.
To be sincere, when the tour first obtained began, I used to be feeling a bit nervous since this was my first time masking an occasion. I had the sensation that will miss some vital bits data or one thing, however as we obtained the ball rolling, I felt increasingly snug about the entire thing. So for starters, I met up with GMAugury to check out one of many first PvP occasion of the day: The Battlegrounds.
The battlegrounds is a straight up workforce battle the place gamers of every nation can be a part of up with one another and arrange battles towards different gamers with a number of completely different match choices. Gamers will earn factors for defeating enemy gamers and the primary workforce to achieve the goal rating wins. Organising matches within the battlegrounds makes use of a room primarily based system which is straightforward and simple to make use of for creating and becoming a member of matches.
Battlegrounds ready room
After I entered the primary battlegrounds match, I rapidly realized that I had forgotten to choose up some expertise for my warrior. Fortunately, I used to be capable of make do with out them because of the occasion alliance that was shaped through the starting of the match. My workforce was primarily fixated on speeding the opposite workforce down, and it labored to some extent. With my warrior, I tried to go Rambo on a few of the enemies and was capable of take down a few them earlier than falling to my doom.
My workforce ended up successful the match with a really robust lead and I managed to snag some honor factors on the aspect. Honor factors can be utilized to earn additional EXP, particular tools and extra, so gamers that continuously use the battlegrounds can earn a number of nice advantages for his or her character.
Subsequent occasion up: Relic Wars
Relic Wars is the most well-liked PvP occasion in Aika On-line, the place nations go face to face in large-scale wars to manage objects known as relics. Nations which have management over these relics can obtain many alternative sorts of buffs. The buffs obtained from these relics could be stacked, so nations will do no matter it takes to manage as could relics as doable.
In the course of the first half of the relic conflict, I used to be greeted by Lord Marshall Lashen of the Alethius nation who gave me the fundamentals of warfare. Talking of which: Lord Marshals are the leaders of every nation. They management tax charges, relic upgrades, nation alliances and extra. Primarily, their choices can turn out to be main influences for the effectively being of every nation. Lord Marshall Lashen has been part of Aika On-line since closed beta testing and actually is aware of a factor or two about how relic wars sometimes go down.
When the relic conflict started, Lashen instructed everybody to move straight for the temple on the Ruins of Algon. Sadly for me, I ended up heading for the temple at Tabaza, as an alternative. GMLingo then ported me over to the ruins of Algon in order that I might witness the mayhem. Gamers with alliances with different nations had been gunning for the relics and one another. Even through the mass mayhem of a relic conflict, Lashen was calm and picked up when giving orders (particularly contemplating that he was working within the entrance traces of the conflict, too!). Lashen then redirected all items to move for the temple at Tabaza and we had been capable of seize the relic with ease.
After we captured the relic at Tabaza, Lashen ordered all gamers to hurry again to the Amarkand Temple because the nation of Vanov was attacking a beforehand captured relic. (or was it the Algon Temple once more? I’m undecided.) The confrontation with Nanov was fierce. Swords and shields clashed, magic was solid far and wide, and troopers had been dropping like flies. Making an attempt to pick enemies in on the battlefield was pretty tough for me, however I’d later work out that I might have merely used the TAB key to find and goal the closest enemy. Regardless of the hectic motion going down, I used to be capable of choose off just a few gamers and assisted my allies to re-capturing the relic.
Final occasion: Aitan Area
The Aitan Area is one other workforce vs. workforce primarily based PvP mode with some particular situations. First off, gamers of the identical nation compete with as much as 200 gamers on groups of two. Not like the battlegrounds, in case your character is defeated within the Aitan Area, you’re out for the remainder of the match. Nevertheless, the rewards of surviving and defeating different gamers within the Aitan Area could be nice, as you’ll be able to earn tons of honor factors, medals, and objects. These Aitan Area battles are held twice a day from the PvE channels and anybody over stage 11 can take part towards others of equal stage.
For the reason that Aitan Area can be the final occasion I’d take part in, I made a decision to have one other participant tag alongside for this one. I requested GMLingo if I might deliver good friend who was a reasonably energetic Aika on-line participant (stage 37 spellcaster) to affix me within the Aitan Area. GMLingo agreed and warped my good friend over to our place in a flash.
Each my good friend and I joined the pink workforce for the Aitan Area. We didn’t actually have a plan or technique going into the battle, so we each simply winged it and rushed in as quickly because the doorways swung open. Because the battle commenced, I observed that each groups had been working round in an enormous circle formation towards one another. I wasn’t too certain of both groups’ planning behind this technique, however I went with it anyway.
Aika Aitan Area
After a couple of minutes of working round in circles, I ended up stepping out of line. I ended up getting attacked and defeated by an enemy rifleman. As I watched the remainder of the match with my lifeless warrior on the bottom, my spellcaster good friend managed to do considerably higher and even managed to get just a few kills in earlier than getting thunder-shocked to dying, Sith lord fashion.
After all of the occasions I participated and witnessed, my impression of what Aika on-line was all about was clear: PvP is every little thing. With the Battlegrounds, Relic Conflict, Altar conflict, Citadel Siege and Aitan Area, Aika On-line tailors to probably the most hardcore MMO PvP fanatics on the market, and with the lately launched “Ashes of Betrayal” growth that options new expertise and tools, new additions to relic wars and a brand new nation balancing system, Aika On-line’s PvP side will probably be higher then ever.