As someone who was invited to the Age of Conan technical beta testing for several months, yet could never log in due to a combination of bugs and timing issues, I was absolutely sure that AoC was going to be trainwreck merged with a car fire on launch.
I was wrong. Apparently Funcom have mastered the art of the magical launch day patch (or sold some souls to infernal deal makers) because AoC looks to be the most exciting MMO launched in a long time. I haven't bought a copy yet - I'm waiting for the first major content patches to go through - but it has been hard to resist picking up a copy.
So well done to Funcom. Suddenly The Secret World looks like it might have a shot at launching.