Aika is a PvP heavy free fantasy MMORPG that closely resembles the PvP elements in pay to play MMORPGs like Dark Age of Camelot and Warhammer Online. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the game’s Realm vs Realm battles is that the game can handle up to 1000 vs. 1000 battles, which is quite a feat as the game has beautiful graphics and effects. Aika is actually one of the first free to play MMORPGs with a large scale Realm vs Realm system and the first to actually have solid, genuinely fun gameplay. With many playable classes, a unique ‘Pran’ pet system and many more interesting features, Aika is certainly well worth checking out. The game’s six playable classes are:
Fighter (M) - Like in most other MMORPGs, the fighter in Aika is a powerful melee oriented class. They have high hitpoints and defense and make great tanks. They wear metal armor.
Dual Gunner (F) - Dual Gunners specialize in mid-range DPS and Damage over Time skills. They wear leather armor.
Warlock (M) - Warlocks are the primary offensive spellcasters in Aika. They can deal quite a bit of damage with their spells, but have low hitpoints and defense. They wear cloth armor.
Paladin (F) - Paladins are a mix between warriors and clerics. They are capable fighters as well as a good supporting class. They wear metal.
Rifleman (M) - They specialize in dealing damage from a long distance, making them the ideal long-range DPS class. They wear leather armor
Cleric (F) - They are the primary supportive class in Aika. They are incredibly helpful to any party as they have both healing and supportive skills. They wear cloth armor.
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Aika Review 2013
By Jordan Hall (ApocaRUFF)
Aika Online is an MMORPG that features an RvR-centric game style. Because of its focus on realm versus realm, Aika attracts many players who enjoy PVP combat. Another feature that attracts players are the Prans, which are fairies that you raise from a fairy into a full-grown Pran – evolving based on your choices on how you treat them. While keeping the traditional MMORPG model, Aika has managed to create unique game features and that isn’t something we get to see often, unfortunately. Aika Online has been a staple in the F2P market for many years now, and it’s time that we give it a re-review to see how it stands up to the market today.
This is one of Aika’s weak points. There are gender locked classes, of which there are very few to choose from. As well as the gender locked classes, there are few customization options when designing your character. You get a small selection of hair styles, colors and face types and that’s it. Some people may not be bothered by this, but after having played modern F2P MMOs that have incredible character customization, I find it hard to be satisfied with what I found in Aika Online.
Even after character customization, Aika manages to provide a stunning lack of customization in any form. Sure, you can dress up your Pran in cute costumes, but there is only a limited number of options and it is not uncommon to find Prans that look exactly like yours, or other players who are your exact clone. This goes for abilities and stats as well. Progression for one class will basically always be the same no matter what; you won’t be any different than any other warrior except in maybe gear quality. To me, this isn’t very fun as I like to be different – I like to forge my own destiny in a game. Not be constrained by lack of options because some development team or publisher found it not to be necessary to extract cash from a player’s pocket.
I’m sure at one time, Aika Online was a beautiful game. However, by today’s standards, I don’t think anyone will be impressed. There is a shallowness to the design that gives everything a “thin” feeling, and it isn’t uncommon to find your camera to have clipped into a building or under terrain and thus ruining any tiny bit of immersion you might have gained. But this isn’t completely negative as this means those players who lack a powerful computer will be able to run Aika with ease. With the usual level of graphics used in most recent MMOs, a game that doesn’t require an expensive computer can be a valuable commodity to some people.
What I found the most disappointing about Aika’s graphics was the clipping – I just can’t stand it when I’m running down a mountain and then I suddenly find myself looking under the ground at an endless blue sea. I did enjoy the architecture of the buildings and the way that some of the objects were designed. Despite the overall poor quality of graphics, I found myself stopping to take in my surroundings which seemed to have a type of beauty that is hard to explain. Honestly, it was probably nostalgia more than anything. Playing Aika instills a feeling of, “I’ve been here before.” in you that is hard to match and it will help put things into perspective (in terms of gaming history).
Aika Online features two types of movement. You can either choose to use WASD, or you can use the point-and-click method. However, you likely won’t spend too much time getting around with these, as Aika (like most Asian F2P MMOs) features an auto-pathing option for questing. Combat wasn’t impressive either. There is no dodging or rolling, and you are even forced to stand still while attacking. You will use the 1-8 keys to activate your abilities. Basically, if you’ve played an MMO in the past decade, you will be extremely familiar with Aika Online – even all the key bindings are almost exactly the same as every other Asian F2P MMO.
As I mentioned in the start of this review, Aika Online attracts PVPers thanks to its Realm Versus Realm PVP. As most people know, PVPers tend to be a bit harsh towards each other, so it is unlikely that you will find a warm welcome. There was near-constant arguing and shit-talking in world chat, and I even spent some time trying to figure out how to disable it just so I didn’t need to see it. I wish I could turn around and say that while world chat was a cesspool, actually interacting with individual people was better. But I can’t as I had absolutely zero luck talking to other players, and the few that responded seemed to be annoyed at me. I’m sure eventually I would find someone who is helpful and would do stuff with me, but it almost seems like it would take too much effort.
Like I mentioned, Aika Online doesn’t have the most unique gameplay. It’s a traditional F2P MMO to the core, and it’s something you’ll notice time and time again. Whether or not this will bother you is up to you as a person. Personally, I didn’t enjoy it as it’s the same mechanics that I’ve played literally hundreds of times before. Of course, the nostalgia factor, or just a plain liking to the way the game is played, along with the PVP may get you past Aika’s short-comings and allow you to enjoy the game a great deal.
One of the more unique and interesting features of Aika is the Pran system. With this system, you choose a Pran based on an element – fire, water, or air – and then raise it from a fairy until it becomes an adult. What makes the system interesting is that the decision you make when feeding and talking to the Pran, as well as other factors, will affect how its personality and looks develop. However, that’s not the only thing you can affect with the ways that you treat your Pran. If you treat her well enough she will gain the ability to use more powerful abilities and may even give you some rare items. It’s basically a Tamagotchi that you don’t have to clean the poop of, but will help you kick ass in a fight, and I personally loved this feature and I wish more MMOs would put effort into this sort of system and create something even more in-depth.
Combat by itself isn’t the most fun I’ve ever had. It’s your typical point-and-click system where you use the 1-8 keys to activate spells and abilities. Fighting the monsters for quest and grind was quite repetitive. Luckily, they put your basic attack on an auto-cycle so you can, usually, start attacking and then alt-tab or something while you wait the 10-30 seconds for the monster to die. Of course, you can take a more active role and get the killing down faster, but the outcome is still the same. It is quite literally possible for you to macro a majority of the game thanks to the simple combat, easy monsters and quest auto-pathing.
It is for this reason that the only thing that makes the combat fun, at least for me, is the PVP itself. It’s one of those situations where the game mechanics aren’t the greatest, but the meta of the PVP and the struggle against other players make it enjoyable to a point that it can be tolerated. However, as with most games, zerging seems to be an issue as people enjoy winning and I’ve noticed that certain nations – of which the game has five and you choose yours at character creation – have much higher populations than others. Luckily, it’s possible to change your nation so if you’re unhappy with where you started you can go somewhere else.
The questing is also standard. You go to NPCs who have issues (a lot of which seems to be repeatable), and solve them. Funny enough, most of these issues seem to be solved by mass-murder and looting the corpses of the fallen. Don’t get me wrong, killing hundreds of sentient creatures can be fun, but it gets a bit boring after a bit, you know? Luckily the auto-pathing feature helps alleviate some of the repetitiveness in the game, but not much. If I haven’t made it clear, I hated the questing in Aika Online.
Aika Online has three things going for it – Prans, PVP and low-spec requirements so that just about anyone can play it. Unfortunately, the questing isn’t enjoyable and it has a lot of repetitive gameplay features that will make it a hassle to play if you don’t like that sort of stuff. Based on what I saw, a decent number of people seem to have struck a balance with the game that allows them to enjoy it quite a lot, so while I personally can’t enjoy the game enough to stick with it, others have been able to do so. Overall, Aika is a bit of good mixed with (from what I experienced) a lot of bad, but it’s a nice trip down memory lane and the PVP can be a lot of fun.
By, Jamie Skelton
Aika is a fantasy MMORPG published by Gala-Net (Flyff, Rappelz, and Allods Online) and produced by JoyImpact (Neo Steam). Combining classic MMO elements with special twists on ideas like the personal pet (Pran) and rewarding PvP combat, Aika is a beautiful game with potential to be one of the best F2P MMOs available.
The Dark Arts are for Men Only
Aika offers six classes to choose from: two melee (Warrior and Paladin), two ranged (Rifleman and Dual Gunner), and two casters (Warlock and Cleric.) Classes are gender-locked, meaning only male characters can be Warriors, Riflemen, and Warlocks, while only female characters can be Paladins, Dual Gunners, and Clerics. Character customization itself is not fantastic, but there are enough options for hair, hair color, and face to feel at least a little bit apart from the rest of your newbie brethren. Although gender-locked classes are a disappointment, each class offers something unique to both PvE and PvP elements. Regardless of class, players won’t feel unwanted for groups or PvP.
Involved in the Story
Aika has a great deal of classic MMORPG components, including storyline-based questing. Quests in Aika are made more intriguing, partially because to receive them, players must go through series of scripted dialogue between the player character and the NPC. This is a different system than the traditional block of text followed by objectives and a reward. The artful story-telling doesn’t get in the way of clear quest objectives, which are included in both an on-screen tracker and decent hints in your quest log. Even when the quest dialogue fails to expose where the “bad guy” is, the quest interface will direct players to the name of the enemy they need to find and what area it can be found. And, as a bonus, Aika is well-translated and localized – the “Engrish” common to many free-to-plays is nowhere to be found.
Meet Your Fairy Daughter
While other MMORPGs may make you wait dozens of levels before earning access to signature things in the game, Aika gets the ball rolling early. You only gain a few levels before you’re sent off to meet your Pran (also known as your “daughter”). The Pran is essentially a pet system somewhat similar to that of Perfect World International. Prans are fairy children, and the first part of getting your Pran is to find three “rare” drops off three enemies found outside the city within an hour. Although these are rare drops, they are relatively easy to get – I got each of mine in less than ten kills of each creature. Next is choosing the type of Pran you want: Fire (offensive), Water (recovery and defense), or Air (evasive). Collect the right amount of elemental essences for your Pran choice, which are rare drops from the creatures nearby, as a sort of tribute to your Fairy and the Pran system. The essences may take a while to get, unless you choose to trade or buy them off other players, who are pretty willing to make that arrangement. Finally you’ll get your Pran, who starts off as a little buzzing fairy that annoys your Captain, but will eventually evolve into a young girl, whose appearance will change based on the choices you make in feeding and talking with her.
Not only do you get your Pran early on, you don’t have to wait very long for grouping, either. Before you even hit level ten, you’ll be assigned to check out a new area via a teleporter. This fortress is designed for groups, and comes both with both a normal mode (designed for levels 10+) and a hard mode (designed for 16+). This actually comes as a pleasant surprise for those who enjoy grouping in MMOs, but often find it sparse before end-game content. An in-game LFG tool, that combines chat with a group search features, is also available. Players who prefer to go solo, however, are free to ignore the instance missions if they like, and come back and solo them at higher levels.
Excuse Me, Lord Marshal
For those who love the adrenaline rush of PvP, Aika won’t disappoint, with several types of PvP events that can host thousands of players in massive raids. A common starting point for players are Battlegrounds, organized arena team play similar to that in World of Warcraft – a sort of PvP training ground. These battles can range from teams of 6 to teams of 24, in matches created by players. Players have full choice when creating a battleground as to team size, time limits, game modes, and the winning score criteria.
PvP opens up further in the world itself, in two other types of PvP: Castle Sieges and Nation Wars. Castle Sieges are regularly scheduled events that pit guilds of players vying for the chance to capture the flag of an enemy castle. The winners become rulers of the defeated nation, and the leader of the guild who contributed the most to the win becomes the Lord Marshal, granting that single player the right to change the nation’s tax rates, withdraw from the national treasury, and even make announcements to the entire nation. Players must be careful not to abuse their power, however, as that may make enemies in future PvP scenarios.
Nations, of course – of which there are five – can also war against each other, invading territories, destroying guardian stones, and stealing from national altars. Lakia’s five nations also compete for control of relic, locked away in Temples. These relics grant nation-wide buffs, but also must be protected in the owning nation’s temple, which Lord Marshals can direct monetary assistance to. The entire Aika PvP system is intricate, and successful nations are those that work cooperatively, planning both offensive and defensive moves, as well as managing resources through the current Lord Marshal.
Gearing Up On Your Own
Crafting is also available for players who enjoy it, allowing them to create their own armor and weapons at a significant discount to directly purchasing them from vendors. Materials are a very common drop from any enemy, and the crafting UI (available at a forge in town) is simple enough to understand with just a few clicks. Gear can also be enhanced through an enchanter, have its requirements leveled down by a smith, or have its properties transferred to another piece of equipment – all convenient ways of managing and enhancing your gear without stress.
An Orchestrated Story
From the moment you set foot in Aika as a young Aitan, the strong tones of the soundtrack surround you. This isn’t a weak soundtrack either, no boring repeats of some generic music. This is a soundtrack fitting of a full-blown RPG. Special events and quests will also suddenly throw in a new musical piece, to switch you, for instance, from the idyllic tunes of the countryside to something more militaristic as you meet your regiment’s captain. At the same time, the system knows that music can be overbearing and will silence itself after a while of staying in the same area. The music isn’t the only thing to amaze you, either: the entire world is populated with beautifully created graphics, natural lighting, and scenery worth pausing to look at from time to time.
Final Verdict: Great
While Aika may not be the most inventive MMORPG on the market, with many systems familiar to MMO veterans, it certainly stands out from the crowd. The game has a charm about it, whether it’s making an individual feel valuable even in the midst of a battle against hundreds, or making social aspects a key element of its PvP system. Aika is a great game for those who enjoy meaningful player versus player combat, and offers a stellar RPG to boot, making it an MMORPG worth trying at least once.
Aika Gameplay Video
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Aika Tran / Fighter Gameplay
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Aika System Requirements
OS: Windows XP / Vista
CPU: 1.5 GHz Pentium 4 or better.
RAM: 512 MB
HDD: 2 GB Free
Graphics Card: Nvidia FX 5200 or better
OS: Windows XP / Vista
CPU: 2 GHz Pentium 4
RAM: 1024 MB (1GB)
HDD: 2 GB Free
Graphics Card: Nvidia 6600
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