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WoW versus Aion: Graphics comparison of the MMORPGs

With Aion NCSoft is going to introduce a new rival for World of Warcraft soon. The current open beta phase of Aion is accessible for all gamers who pre-ordered the game - therefore PC Games Hardware assembled a graphics comparison between Aion and WoW.
Aion: Graphics comparison with World of Warcraft
Aion: Graphics comparison with World of Warcraft [Source: view picture gallery]
On the occasion of the open beta phase and the forthcoming release of Aion: The Tower of Eternity PC Games Hardware took a look at the game and its established competitor World of Warcraft. The result is comparison of the graphics quality - primarily of the trees, water and characters as well as ground textures, stones and animals. Thus you can see what Aion has to offer in comparison to WoW.

In both game we used maximal details for our screenshots. In Aion we played for the Elysea in Poeta and in WoW for the Alliance in the Howling Fjord.

Water: Click to select the game

Trees: Click to select the game

Characters: Click to select the game

Ground textures: Click to select the game

Stones: Click to select the game

Animals: Click to select the game

The first visual impression of Aion is impressive -due to the Cryengine 1. Aion offers a huge richness of detail and the character creation delivers a lot of options - thus it might be unlikely that you will encounter virtual twins. In matters of graphics the new Aion wins, as expected, the comparison with WoW. But gaming is not all about the graphics; a MMORPG has to offer more than just the looks. It will take at least weeks if not months before a final conclusion for this competition between WoW and Aion can be drawn. Furthermore Blizzard will introduce a big graphics update to WoW with the third add-on Cataclysm - we will keep you up-to-date. PC Games Hardware also got the Aion system requirements. If you want to know more abut the echnical background of Aion, take a look at our interview with the producer Brain Knox.

What do you think about the visual differences between Aion and Wow? Give your opinion in the comments.

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Author: Mario Riemann (Sep 08, 2009)

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