A free-to-play AGE OF CONAN tries to live up to Arnold by Chris Perry
I didn’t last long in Age of Conan when it launched. I spent a few hours wan- dering around, and then I just plain got bored. With the free-to-play model now firmly in place, however,
I was tempted back by the promise of an
innovative combat system and a vibrant
world. That expectation wasn’t an inaccurate one—not two minutes into my
journey, I was set upon by evil pirates intent
on turning my insides into my outsides.
AoC ’s epic combat system means there
is no auto-attack, and you have to pick
attack “combos,” much like a fighting
game. It provides for some exhilarating
moments, but sadly that’s countered by
the frustration of character creation. The
two character slots are standard, but the
pitiful four class choices for free players
(out of a possible 12 unlockable through
subscription or à la carte at about $5 each)
had me spending money to buy points
Insert pointy end here.
“To crush your enemies, see them driven before you,
and to hear the lamentation of their women!” —Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1982 film Conan the Barbarian
tips for a great start in Age of Conan: Unleashed 3
1 Play melee! The ranged class available for
free players in AoC is tricky to
play, and will make your start
in Tortage very challenging.
2Get potions! You’re going to get yourself into
situations where you’re
fighting three or four NPCs, so
you’ll need to pop potions in
order to survive.
3Complete your destiny quests!
Great XP, awesome story, and
tons of fun. Completing these
quests will speed you on