Aion: Assault on Balaurae Review
Aion: Assault on Balaurae box art
System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: NCSoft 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: MCSoft 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Sept. 7, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-Massive Online 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Imagine living in a surreal painting. The graphics in Aion are so stylized you don’t have to imagine. The only word I can use to describe the overall look of this game is “art.” Reminiscent of a watercolor landscape, each scene is a virtual work of art with incredible attention to color, detail, and atmosphere. The pets are lifelike both in appearance and interaction. Characters differ in appearance and animation, adding a sense of realism to the Aion universe. You may experience some slowdown if your PC isn’t up to it, but what’re ya gonna do? It’s not a fault of the game. The damn thing is almost faultless.

Aion: Assault on Balaurae screenshot

Literally in tune with the visual ambience, the musical score is equally artful and imaginative. It never becomes overbearing, highlighting the appropriate situations. This is one orchestral and classy soundtrack. The voiceovers are hit and miss. They aren’t in the same league with the rest of the production, but they serve to propel the story. The fighting sound effects are great. The recordings are spot-on, the triggering is precise, and there’s enough variety to prevent ear fatigue, although the pets will create an annoying cacophony when multiples of them appear onscreen.

The developers of Aion: Assault on Balaurae want to capture a huge slice of the MMORPG pie, and to do so they are offering the expansion pack for free, as long as you’re a subscriber. In addition to this free version, players can also purchase the original game and expansion pack either online or the physical package. You’ll also get a few extras including unique pets for each of your characters.


Assault on Balaurae is definitely geared toward the hardcores, the very players the developers want to keep interested. They haven’t forsaken the lower-levels players by any stretch, encouraging them to gain experience to access the new content. It’s not going to be easy for any player, but this game isn’t meant to be completed in a few days.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

These are mazing artistic renderings of all characters and environments.
Some combat moves are difficult to execute, but otherwise the controls are smooth and responsive.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Soundtrack is brilliantly blended with the onscreen action. Realistic sound effects, but voiceovers are hit and miss.
Play Value
Play this game for the rest of your life if you want.
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • In this stunning MMORPG, you are a winged Elyos or Asmodian, sworn enemy races, exploring a world of breathtaking beauty ripped asunder by a celestial war.
  • Take the fight against the dragonlike Balaur invaders into Balaurea, your common enemy’s homeland, to save the shattered world you love!
  • Lots of pets can help accompany and assist you on your quests. Collect them all.
  • New zones, new combat, new pets, new characters, new dungeons, and lots, lots more are awaiting.

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