Navea City Square
I give Aura Kingdom a big Thumbs Up. I’ve been playing for a few days now, and AK is a welcome relief from a lousy game like Allods. This is not an in-depth review, but some first interesting impressions that may cause you to seek a more in-depth review, of which there are plenty. One of the best reviews is the one on YouTube by MMO Grinder. But here are some of my thoughts. I may have covered some things that MMO Grinder didn’t talk about.
Low Stress Game to Play
First of all, AK is a low stress game to play. You level quite quickly. In an hour or so you’ll be at level 10, if you read all the text of the quests, of which there is a lot, but the story is interesting. If you are an AltaHolic [ addicted to many toons ] then the next times through you can click Skip, but the first time though it’s best to slow down and read the dialog. There is almost no voice acting. So put on your reading glasses and settle back. The story is worth it.
Allods Priden Race of Wolves
I played Allods back in 2011 when gPotato had it, and it was pretty clunky. Since then it has gotten much better. It no longer feels clunky. Let’s talk about the good news first. Here is an album of recent pictures from the game.
There is an interesting race that is unlike anything I’ve seen in other games. The Gibberlings are three characters, which you can design individually as you create them. But they act as one in the world. Here is a Gibberling family which are druids, with their pet squirrel.
Gibberlings are Three as One
The graphics look better than Wow – at least better than the historic places of Wow. The character models are better than the old Wow models, but not as good as the new Wow character models.
Some shots taken in Skyforge. Click to see these on Flikr.
Skyforge is a Science Fiction based MMO. I’m not impressed. The graphics are pretty good, but don’t show much imagination. And the animations are stiff and clumsy.
BTW, I have no idea why this system shows an Alienware Logo in the System Control Panel. I have completely swapped out the guts of this system and reinstalled a new copy of Windows 7.
I just upgraded this system to Windows 10 using the DVD burned last time and did the following steps:
- Backup everything on the system drive from C:\Users\Yournamehere\My Documents etc., if not to another system, at least to one of the data drives.
- Uninstall any crufty old programs that I’m not going to need in the new world.
- Make a record of all the things you have installed by taking screenshots of the “Programs and Features” control panel list.
- Download the latest Nvidia drivers for the card for both Win 7 x64 and Win 10 x64.
- Update the [Nvidia 560ti in this case] driver to the latest and greatest for Win 7 x64.
- Run setup from the Windows 10 DVD.
Photos App – Fail
First of all, I give the photos app a fail. It tries to be helpful, but if you are organized, then it gets in your way rather than helping you.
Now that Windows 10 has been released, it’s time to start upgrading my four windows systems. Starting with the oldest system I began last night.
Starting with the article on the Verge, I downloaded the ISO for x64 and burned a DVD.
The Gerbil Siblings
I stopped by the pet store today and they had two gerbils. They are apparently siblings – brothers or sisters? Not sure. I’ll have to do more research to determine their sex. But it looks like they are the same sex, so no little ones.
They get along very nice together. And they are not babies, but look like adolescents – a few months old probably. As you can see here, they are not really young babies.
Hurray! Level 65
Hurray. I’ve reached level 65 with a character. No surprise, it was a gunner.
But, to be honest, the end-game story content leaves much to be desired. There is a straightforward story line to discover the whereabouts of Dakuryon, the Archdevan lord, and to take him down. The whole story line takes only about two days to play through from the Airship Docks at Velika.
The end of the story line leads you to level 65 and gives you an almost complete set of Idoneal gear. This gear cannot be enchanted, but it has extra buffs as you have more of it equipped. And you get all but the belt and brooch. The belt is available for about 4200 Vanguard Points, and at this point you may have a little more than 2000 points. A very nice brooch is available for an easy quest line at the Nakatam Tower that introduces you to the Lightbringers who created the sky castles.
What are all those red orbs?
They make up for your class not being able to heal.
This is a warrior working Solo at level 59 in Tirkai Forest. As you can see, killing a few bears drops a ton of these orbs of two types, long term and instant heal.
As it turns out, I didn’t need them very often. But sometimes you get a ton of them, and sometimes you get none. So if you are working an area, and you don’t need them now, you might want to let them lie about on the ground in case you do need them.
But why do we need these random heal drops? In my view, it’s because BlueHole designed the Tera classes based on Dungeon activity and the Holy Trinity of Tank / DPS / Healer rather than designing balanced classes that could solo PvE and PVP.
Scenery from Amadjuak Trading Post
Some of my toons have reached level 60 and so can participate in the new content of the “Fate of Arun” update that arrived in Tera recently. The content begins with story quests that you are given when you reach level 60. At this point these stories begin at a new Airship Platform just outside of Velika and you begin a series of rather simple quests that lead you to the new content to deal with the new threat posed by the Archdevans. Continue Reading