First Impressions – Age of Conan

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6 Responses

  1. Pete S says:

    I’m sure plenty of people have told you this, but the game changes a lot at level 20. I really enjoyed it up to then, but after 20 it just felt kind of “meh” to me. Now that may have changed since launch, but I’d urge you to try to get past 20 on your trial if you can, before spending money on the game.

    I actually really liked the solo/mp dichotomy of night/day in Tortage

  2. James T says:

    I found that putting the graphics on the preset “High” settings fueled better performance than the default or medium settings. Oh, and make sure you have the shader version set to the highest (I think it’s 3.x).

    I have never made it past ~21 in AoC, but I definitely think you need to make it out of Tortage and to your race’s first quest hub in the “real game” to get a good grasp on whether or not you like it.

    I’m more interested to hear your thoughts on the community. I’m guessing you weren’t playing on a PVP server? If not, then good job – you’re one step closer to a better AoC experience than I was when I first tried it. PVP servers in general are cesspool’s of immaturity and angsty teens, but in Age of Conan it’s ten-fold worse than most games it seems.

  3. stargrace says:

    Trial accounts have all channel privileges taken away so I honestly don’t know about community – I am playing on a pve server, and by default the high settings is what it set me at for my computer. I fiddled though and turned it up from there.

  4. redheadedtim says:

    Can’t wait to hear your thoughts as you progress. I can give you a buddy key, though I honestly don’t know if you can “extend” a trial after it’s out with a buddy key. Also, for what it’s worth, I play on Cimmeria (RP-PVP) and while global chat isn’t Shakespeare, general game play has been fine. Although I play what may be an over powered class (barbarian), the time’s I’ve de-stealthed to harvest or just run around and been attacked, it’s always been 2 or 3 players of equal or near level. And thanks to my ridiculously handy class, I’ve come out on top everytime but once. Really gets the blood pumping and has been the first PVP I’ve engaged in since my toons in other MMO’s are low level and thus, not fit for the designated PVP zones (SWG and EQ2 are my others).

    Keep em coming, love your writing. You and Tipa are some great, regularly updated reads.

  5. Dlangar says:

    I think it’s a good question — “How is this different than the other MMO’s out there”. And the answer was, at least for me, it isn’t, all that much. Once you get the graphics set up correctly (set to high, turn off shadows, good to go), it *does* look better, imho, than quite a few offerings out there. The combat system is pretty interesting, and I encourage a melee character to take advantage of it. Also, before you leave the game, make sure you try a Herald of Xotli, at least to 15 or so. They’re a huge amount of fun, and you get a nice mix of melee and magic (and an awesome shapeshift). But it boils down to what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for something innovative and different, you won’t find it in AoC. But if you enjoy the lore of Conan at all, or are interested in seeing new places and killing new beasts, then AoC provides plenty of that.

    Also, at least at the time that I was playing (from launch for about the first three months), AoC had an excellent and growing RP community on the RP server, if you enjoy those types of communities.

    Enjoy!

    “Welcome to the Thirsty Dog, stranger!”

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