This article is about my first experience with Aiko Online, published by gPotato. As I’m writing this, the game is loading. To say the absolute least, it is taking a tremendous amount of time. The bar progresses slowly, but then finally speeds up near the end.
I am eventually greeted by a little laggy introduction, which is a sign I need to lower the settings. I lowered the settings by one degree and tried again. Luckily, the loading didn’t take nearly as long this time. However, the intro still lags the same. I might better reduce the resolution. Now, I’ll create a character. Apparently, there are six classes (gender-locked): Warrior, Paladin, Rifleman, Dual Gunner, Warlock and Cleric. Upon first glance, the dual gunner and cleric appeal to me the most. Although I usually go for fighter types, I initially chose the Paladin. However, I created a Dual Gunner later on and am certainly not regretting this.
My adventure starts in Regenshein where I will be introduced to the game with quests. Due to quite a number of people standing around the NPCs, they are kind of hard to notice. The quest dialogs are interesting and unique – the screen alternates between the NPC and your character while you converse with the NPC. NPCs also say something (real voice) upon clicking them and the background music may change.
I navigate using the mouse, point-and-click, and I use the W, A, S, D keys when it’s hard to click on the screen (when objects are in the way). Aika offers a lot of quests that keep me busy for long time. Upon accepting a quest, you can find the info in your quest log or on the side of the screen, with the exact information that you need. VERY useful! On top of this, and I love Aika for this, the game has a Navigation UI. I can simply select a quest and an arrow will guide me to the area with monsters/npc.
Attacking monsters is simple, by double clicking on the monster your character starts attacking. Any items the monsters may drop go directly into my inventory. That’s nice!
So far, I have encountered several problems while playing Aika. Luckily, I’ve also found out how to fix them, so maybe one of these issues could help out a fellow player when they’re stuck.
- Incomplete Map
On my way to Regenshein, halfway on the bridge, the rest of the map didn’t load. This automatically fixed itself while I walked around there, puzzled and wondered what was going on.
- Run Feature
The Run feature doesn’t seem to work too well for me. I fix this by manually traveling.
- Confusing Quest Info
I had some trouble completing the quest to obtain my Pran. The quest info stated I needed Fire Essence, Water Essence and Air Essence. However, the quest on the side bar stated I needed 5 apples. Truth is: You need to get a food item, whichever it states on your quest side bar.
- Invisible NPC
In Regenshein, I couldn’t see Otto von Schroder where he should be. In other MMOs, NPCs sometimes only appear during certain times, so I wondered if that could be the case. I asked a fellow Aitan, who advised me to logout and log back in, and otherwise try a different server/channel. Logging out and back in did the trick for me.
I can only end this article positively: I love Aika Online! I will definitely continue playing it. I have found a new amazing MMO to play.