A First-Look at Star Trek Online

With the NDA lifted on Cryptic Studios’ latest MMO release early this morning, a lot of fan fare and information begins to trickle through the news in regards to Star Trek Online. I got a chance to sit down and play the latest build of the beta for two hours before the servers crashed, and after a whopping 8 GB download, followed by a 2.5 GB patch, there I was, faced with character selection. For those that do not know, the guys over at Cryptic are the brains behind the original superhero MMO, City of Heroes. Likewise, Cryptic’s latest release, Champions Online, also boasts an amazing character creation system that really allows for any look imaginable. If you are the type of person that likes to fine tune everything from the size of your feet to the width of your jawbone, Cryptic’s games are second to none in this area.

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Aion, The Tower of Eternity, Part 2

When we last left off with our hero, the level 17 Assassin named Sprawl was on a race towards the Abyss. Be sure to read the second part of this two-part Sprawl’s Scrawl feature where we take a look at the final days of Aion closed beta. Take a sneak peak at the Abyss and what you should expect in the ways of PvP come release.

If you are new to the IGN Vault exclusive column Sprawl’s Scrawl, Sprawl is the longest running Vault columnist spanning multiple games and over a half of a decade of coverage. Issues #114 and #115 takes a look at the closed beta of Aion, the Tower of Eternity. Be sure not to miss this WoW Vault and Aion Tower joint-feature.

Aion, The Tower of Eternity

Sprawl hasn’t been Scrawling as much recently because he hasn’t been playing as much World of Warcraft as he used to. Don’t get me wrong, I still love World of Warcraft, but alas, I’m struggling with sitting on the computer for four hours straight, multiple nights per week. This however gives me the perfect opportunity to experiment with Aion’s Closed Beta weekend!

This was my first time in the world of Atreia, so I wasn’t completely certain what to expect. I have heard it said that this is “just another Korean MMO”, so my hopes weren’t very high when I received my beta invite in the mail. If it weren’t for the fact that a well-known gaming company was publishing this game, NCSoft, I probably wouldn’t have even tried it.

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Since 1999, Stephen "Sprawl" Russell has provided written video game and convention coverage for industry leaders such as IGN Entertainment, Beckett Media, Voodoo Extreme 3D, NCSoft, Stratics, Gamespy, Curse Gaming, Wikia, and the Vault Network.

Sprawl is available for hire! :)
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