Last year I bought into the hype called Age of Conan and found myself heading to Best Buy and picking up a copy of the Collectors Edition. The box was the size of a small car, but that seems to be the standard for Collectors Edition PC Games. (Even my Diablo II box was massive from like 10 years ago, but that's beside the point, Im getting off track here)
And as I gazed into her eyes she told me I looked like a young Patrick Duffy, and I didn't care if she was my 2nd cousin and we were at a family reunion because.....CRAP, see, I'm way off track now, ok, focus, Age of Conan...
I played Age of Conan for a few months after release and got up to level 53 Dark Templar before I lost interest. I played about 99% of the game solo, only grouping to kill a Boss to complete a quest. I was an unsocial bastard, but I just enjoyed wandering around by myself rather than the quest instances the game has to offer. The combat was amazing and pulling off a Fatality made me feel like it was 1995 again and I'm Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat. The combat was the main part of the game that I enjoyed. It was fast, fun, and gory as all hell.
Now that we're all caught up on that, I had an old game card laying around for 60 days of gameplay, so I figured I might as well use it. I re-installed the 30 gig game and downloaded the roughly 4 hours of patches required to get me up and going in Hyboria again. Is it Hyboria? Hell, I don't know, it sounds good though so we'll stick with that.
I decided to play as a Tempest of Set. It sucked ass, I died a lot, and I'm pretty sure the NPC's all laughed at me behind my back. Go ahead, point and laugh you Tortage bastards, maybe I won't stop save your damn town!!! Needless to say, that class wasn't for me, so I tried out a Conquerer. It wasn't bad, but from playing my Dark Templar oh so many months ago, I wanted a bit of magic too. So lets try it again, I rolled a Herald of Xotli. Which I will hereby refer to as HOX because I don't even know if I spelled it right.
As of last night, I'm up to level 30. FINE ok, I'm only 29, but it's my blog so I'm rounding up if I want to. Maybe it's just me, but I really haven't noticed any changes in the game from a year ago. I'm sure spells have been nerfed and a lot has changed, just nothing that really stood out or caught my attention. That's not a bad thing though, since the fast and fun combat I loved was still there waiting for me to set some Red Hands on fire.
All in all, it's a fun game that I enjoy playing. I noticed a lot of people in the starters area, which could either be alts or people using the free trial to test it out. I might join some random group and try some of the dungeons that I never tried before just to keep going a bit more. The fun combat is there, but it just feels like there's something missing. (It's not the loading screens, there's plenty of them so I know that's not what's missing)
My final opinion, if you haven't tried Age of Conan, it's definitely worth trying out the free trial. Once you pull off your first Fatality you won't be disappointed with the combat. Or if one of your hobbies is staring at loading screens, they got that too! It's a fun game, but for me, it was nothing more than something to occupy my time for a few weeks rather than hooking me on to play long term. Oh well, at least I still have the Patrick Duffy thing going for me.