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Age of Conan - Hyborian Adventures (U.S. Version)

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"A Feast for your eyes"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Great game amazing graphics, a small amount of bugs in the game but that’s to be expected with a new release. Very mature game , not made for the kids that’s for sure, blood splatters on the screen for the fatality hits is always fun. A different combat system that relies on skill over having the best gear, and an Oceanic server for us NZ’ers allows us to have a low Ping, Gwahlur for those who want to join its seems there’s always people around.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
"Improved"
5 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Age of Conan was shocking at release. It suffered from bad ping and an unstable client, but I must say the game has come a hell of a long way. It's combat is satisfying and unique for an MMO, servers are extremely stable and i have a steady ping, around 300. While I haven't played too far into the game (it's my brother's so I don't play it too much) I've seen enough to recommend it to any MMO enthusiast. It's a refreshing change to the tired World of Warcraft formula. I'd also recommend Warhammer Online, that game is outrageously entertaining.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Epic Rage"
5 stars"

How good is this game?? No good if you want an easy point-and-click RPG, but if you want something with some challenge and want to be blown away by outstanding graphics in the process, GET THIS GAME NOW. I promise the only thing you will regret is not having a 80–100 ping like the Americans. R18 so maturity isn't lacking.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Epic"
5 stars"

The screenshots posted here don't do this game justice – absolutely epic environment and combat. Far more visceral and exciting than WoW for sure. I'm sold. If you buy this be sure to roll on Bloodspire with the rest of us New Zealanders!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Hell yeah I like Arnold!"
4 stars"

Waiting for the male, real excited its almost here! Courier comes, YAY, stick the discs in…hour later.....half an hour later, next disc.....hour later, disc 1 back in, now to kick some ass.....OK 5mb update thats ok…12mb…632MB??? ON LAUNCH??? Fine, I'll leave it to download while I'm at work, then finally, after all that wait…maintenance, OH COME ON, apart from all the waiting, the launch day patches and the instant maintenance this game is pretty fun, the multi directional choice of attack is an interesting addition which makes you think a bit more than just click on a character and wait for him to fall, a bit disappointed about the Killer Rhino, I bought the Special Edition and it doesn't seem to be working (I get it at level 40 I know but theres suppose to be a belt to use before level 40 that won't appear, the ring and cape I have), the start seemed a bit easy, taking on a mini-boss, his 2 panthers and a minion seemed a bit easy but after that it started getting harder, leveling to begin with is easy but apparently its almost impossible once you get to 40 or 60 (I forgot which but pretty positive it was 60), all in all I think this IS better than WoW, I would prefer this to WoW, but only time can tell if it will truly be better.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"Potentially very good game, ruined by tedious combat."
3 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

Reviewed up to level twenty.

It's hard not to love an adventure role playing game like this. I love these kinds of games so much I can put up with a lot. But this game has just ground me down.

First off I should say I'm not familiar with MMOs. This is my very first one so I've nothing to compare it to. It may be that the things I like and dislike about it are common to MMOs, so take it with a pinch of salt.

When I first started playing I was really pleased. I have a fairly old computer but thanks to the highly customisable engine I managed to get it running fairly well with shadows and grass off and some affects toned down. Even then it's a nice game too look at (even if there's no difference between well lit and dark areas and the nights are nearly as bright as the days). Also, the HUD and user interface is very customisable so you can (thankfully) turn off all the target highlights and damage floaters and crap like that.

I started out on the beach, exploring, killing a few crocodiles and talking to the two characters there and generally being quite impressed by it all, and soon eagerly set off on the first quest. It's here my opinion of the game plummeted as it turned into a tedious grind. There are enemies every few feet. Literally. You just hack your way through one after the other after the other. They made no effort at all to try and space them out in such a way that keeps the action flowing but doesn't get boring and loses suspense. It's kill a few enemies, run a few feet, kill a few enemies, run a few feet, kill some more enemies ect.

I almost gave up here but I held out until I reached the first settlement, the city of Tortage, and things improved… somewhat. Here's one of the main things I like about the game; the quests. There're tons and tons of quests to do. A seemingly endless supply of them. I really can't get over just how many there are. I love quests no matter how basic, which is good because most are simple bring it/kill it jobs, but that's fine with me. Usually. Even I, a self proclaimed quest-a-holic eventually get a bit bored with the collect thirty crocodile skins, or twenty snake venom glands or whatever, but the characters are good and often have little back stories to tell which helps make the quest more interesting. The main story quests are better so I would be prepared to stick it out. But I'm just SO SICK of the endless grind of the combat. Not to mention the respawn. That's the other serious issue, how ludicrously quickly the monsters respawn. I know things have to respawn because other players are doing the same quests I am, but sheesh… it's literally seconds! You haven't even finished fighting them when they start to respawn. Let's say you take a quest to kill some pirates and pick up some gems from their corpses. You head to where they are, kill them and start to loot their corpses, but before you finish they respawn and you have to kill them all again. You can easily find yourself being stuck there… killing the stupid things over and over as they respawn again and again! And if you try to run away they chase you and somehow manage to continue to do damage to you even though they're literally meters away! I was running away from a pirate and turned the camera around so I could see how far back he was, and I could see him swinging his knife and hitting me… and he was about six meters away from me! WTF?! Plus the fact that as you flee you'll just run into more monsters and end up with them chasing you as well. You can quickly have a small army chasing you, all easily hitting you again and again no matter how fast you're running. So in short if you run you die.

I literally got sick of doing quests because of all this. As hard as that is for me to believe, I ended up ignoring people when I knew they had a new quest because I just couldn't face the complete and utter tedium of the combat that was sure to be involved. I also find myself actually not wanting to explore. Normally, give me a large open area to explore and I'll happily spend hours poking my nose into every corner and looking under ever rock. But the endless grind of the combat and the frequent respawn discourages me, and I find I just want to finish the quest and get out of there before I have to kill another hoard of damn crocodiles or gorillas or whatever.

The game looks and feels as good as you'd expect in a modern big budget game. I like the look and feel, which is so important to me. The animations are good for the most part (though my character runs as if she's suffering from some sort of affliction). Voice acting is good and the dialog is well written, and very importantly the language sounds appropriate to the setting, which I find makes a huge difference to immersion. I can't stand games with a medieval or fantasy setting and people are using modern language or speaking with broad American accents. I'm actually quite impressed with the dialog. Quest givers offer a bit of a back story and you even have options on the tone of your reply (helpful or snarky, sympathetic or indifferent). You feel you're having an actual conversation with the person.

The monsters are cool, some of the landscapes are gorgeous, the music's fine and all that. I love the design of some of the clothes and armour, but weapons, particularly bows, look oversized.

There is definitely a lot to like about this game. In fact, it's quite tragic because I can see how good it could be if not for the combat and respawn issues. And it's possible I'm not being fair because like I said, this just might be what MMOs are like. But it's such a shame because this kind of game would be sheer bliss to me. Bliss. And I really want to like it, but I just can't stand the utterly tedious grind that the combat becomes. Though I will probably stick it out to the end of my trial period, I won't be subscribing for another month.

Tip: If you don't know what server to choose, and you're into role playing and not PVP, I can recommend Gwahlur (Oceanic) as a role play friendly server with not too many other players.

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Description

Age of Conan is an online game that requires a monthly subscription to play. This box comes with 30 days free play time included.

In a world filled with cruel gods, mythical creatures, lost civilizations and a struggling human race, the mighty barbarian has finally seized the throne as king of Aquilonia. But Conan’s rule is on the brink of chaos, spiraling towards the doom of ancient evils. In this twisted fantasy world, dark magic and brutal combat lurk around every corner, and each man and woman must carve their own unique destiny under Conan’s reign. In the true vision of Robert E. Howard’s dark universe it’s now time for you to become a messenger of death.

  • Enter the true Conan experience – The first official Conan online RPG sends you on a brutal journey in the footsteps of the worlds’ greatest fantasy hero. Meet Conan’s friend and foes, battle demons and monsters known from 70 year of Conan history, and step up to the ultimate challenge and befriend the mighty king Conan himself.
  • Explore the world of Conan – Enter a gigantic and unique gameworld containing more than 30 distinct regions spread across the three mighty nations of Aquilonia, Cimmeria and Stygia. Explore deep jungles, burning deserts, inhospitable mountains, vast valleys, dark dungeons or gleaming cities, and take part in an incredible journey of exploration and adventure.
  • Real Combat Engine – Experience Funcom’s revolutionary Real Combat engine, and fight mounted or on the ground. A new multi-point melee system allows the players to swing their weapons where they direct it, in real-time, going head-on against the formulaic nature of online RPG combat. The Real Combat engine also allow players to team up in battle formations and command both NPC’s and other players in epic multiplayer battles, as well as giving you the chance to participate in massive sieges.
  • Single-player vs. massively multiplayer – Emerge as a hero from the story-driven single-player experience and embark into even greater adventures in the massively multiplayer part of the game. The branching single-player story is created by the award-winning writers behind The Longest Journey, Dreamfall and Anarchy Online so expect something extraordinary.
  • PvP and PvE – Meet the ultimate resistance in human opponents, and enjoy crushing the skulls of fellow players in mini-games, sieges, arena fights and drunken brawls. Charge into the world of Conan, and fight monsters and demons alone or in groups.
  • Extensive guild and solo gameplay – Form guilds in the multiplayer game and lay siege to hostile castles. Let the catapults sing their merry song of death as the enemy is brutally crushed to a pulp. Team up with other players in large guilds, and explore a large range of social gameplay opportunities. ‘Conan’ also offers extensive solo gaming opportunities, taking you through an amazing single-player journey and deep into the lands of Hyboria.
  • Varied gameplay – Besides bringing the most brutal experience ever seen in a MMO, Conan also promises to deliver what all fans of MMOs love and enjoy. Vast character customization opportunities, a deep character creation, lots of social opportunities, crafting, a deep and fun RPG system, exciting classes and player-made cities are but a few ingredients in this powerful RPG.
  • Amazing graphics – ‘Conan’ takes graphics in MMOs to a new level! With the latest and greatest in technology and an amazing art direction the graphics in ‘Conan’ immerses you into a world as never before seen in any online fantasy universe.
  • Stunning Sounds – Listen to a powerful and epic soundtrack in 7.1 surround. Hear gripping voices recorded by professional actors, and enjoy a dynamic soundscape bringing players to the edge of their seats.
  • A story to die for – ‘Age of Conan’ delivers a brutal, mature and compelling storyline that will send you headlong on a journey of brutality, intrigue and depth. Mixing the finest of storytelling found in classic RPG’s with the open-ended approach found in MMOs, ‘Conan’ delivers a rare and special story experience.
  • The first mature MMO – In the true and barbaric vision of Robert E. Howard, ‘Age of Conan’ promises to bring mature online players something dark, new and refreshing. This is no cartoony fairytale, ‘Conan’ is made by grown-ups, for grown-ups, giving online gamers the chance to unleash the ultimate havoc and fury.

System Requirements:

Minimum Specs:
OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista
GFX: Shader 2.0 and 128MB ram, GeForce 6600
RAM: 1GB
CPU: 3 GHz, Pentium 4
Resolution: 1024x768

Recommended Specs:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2,4 GHz or better
GFX: nVidia GeForce 7900 GTX or higher
RAM: 2 GB
Release date NZ
May 27th, 2008
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UPC
788687100670
All-time sales rank
Top 500
Product ID
1515511

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