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Secrets of Dragon's Spine updates headed to Age of Conan


New dungeons, enemies, and areas on the way
Sep 03
// Joshua Derocher
Funcom has announced a rather large-looking set of updates for Age of Conan: Unchained, the massively multiplayer game based on the writing of Robert E. Howard. These Secrets of Dragon's Spine updates will allow level-80 char...
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The DTOID Show: Halo 4 Vs Conan, Dishonored, & Ni No Kuni


Apr 18
// Max Scoville
Surprise, everybody! Here's another episode of the sensual guitar-shredding tri-weekly wonder that is The Destructoid Show.  Last episode got a bajillion views because we put "Skyrim DLC?" in the title, and since writin...
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Age of Conan - The Savage Coast of Turan goes live


Sep 09
// Fraser Brown
Sweaty men, loincloths, busty wenches and lots of blood. Age of Conan: Unchained has something for everyone. Now it has something for fans of the latest movie.  The Savage Coast of Turan is a premium adventure pack which...
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That's So MMO!: Playin' Republic Lotto


Sep 03
// David Moore
Hello MMO fans and welcome to another go around with That’s So MMO! With PAX Prime having just ended and Dragon*Con now in-session, I’ve barely managed to get my Gollum loincloth dry cleaned in time for the costume contest.  

Introducing That's So MMO!, a weekly MMO news column

Jul 09 // David Moore
  “Battle of the planets” - SOE has been busy shuffling its deck. After killing off one eight-year-old game, Star Wars Galaxies, they’re pumping new life into another eight-year-old game with the confirmation of a long-rumored sequel to PlanetSide. PlanetSide 2 doesn’t yet sport a release date, but Sony is promising that “technology” has now caught up with their original “vision.” Those looking for a space age Call of Duty, with customizable players and weapons, may want to enlist.   “Let the blood flow freely” - Funcom’s barbaric MMO Age of Conan has gone free-to-play. If you have any desire to quaff mead with brazen wenches, ride exotic beasts and behead your sworn enemies, now would be a good time. Check into AoC’s “Unchained” offering and commence with the slurping and slaying.   “Raid Aid” – You may have heard about World of Warcraft’s new “Starter Edition”, which allows prospective players to fire up a character and reach level 20 without time constraints. What’s new and fabulous for the subscribed faithful? Patch 4.2 introduced a Dungeon Journal containing locations, loot tables and boss abilities for all instances in the game. Your need to Alt-Tab out of WoW for tips & tricks has just decreased.   “Origin Story” – EA’s recently announced Origin digital download service will be the only way to obtain a digital client for Star Wars: The Old Republic when it launches later this year. No Steam for you! If you are worried about lack of content in SWTOR, simmer down. EA Games President Frank Gibeau has stated that each character class in SWTOR offers 200 hours of fresh gameplay. Let’s see: 8 classes x 200 hours = like … a bazillion hours! Not bad.   “Trails and tribulations” – With the new "Waves of Madness" Update 1.3 certain shards (servers) in Rift have been re-designated as “Trial” servers. These Trial shards will be destinations for the waves of incoming newbies sampling the game with trial accounts and promotional offers. What does this mean for paying players with characters already living on these shards? Eviction notices!   “Macro not micro?” The just introduced “Incarna” patch for EVE Online brought with it the Noble Exchange (NeX), or “Item Shop.” Many players are up in arms at the high prices and possible future introduction of non-vanity items, such as ships and powerful guns, which could unbalance gameplay, favoring those with thick wallets. Player protests are ongoing. Stay tuned.   “Opening the gates of Hell” – T3 Entertainment has remade Hellgate: London and are inviting interested adventurers to jump into the fire with the debut of the Hellgate Global Open Beta. Is this formerly derided and failed game now worthy of your time? Hey, it’s free-to-play. You’ve got nothing to lose by burning your shoes with a download.   That’s going to do it for this time around worldly ones. I’ll see you next week with the latest and greatest in Massively Multiplayer. Keep it logged-in.
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[Editor's Note: Hey, everyone! I would like to introduce David Moore. He has run the site gamebunny.com for the past ten years and co-runs torwars.com, a site focused on all things Star Wars: The Old Republic. Basically, he i...

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Age of Conan's 'Rise of the Godslayer' expansion dated


Apr 23
// Brad Nicholson
Still playing Age of Conan, Funcom's Conan MMO? Great, OK, know this: the launch date of the prequel expansion, "Rise of the Godslayer," has been confirmed as May 11th. It will be available as a retail package as well as a do...
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Age of Conan is one year old, Funcom giving away free stuff


May 18
// Brad Nicholson
On the heels of a formal announcement of solid growth in Age of Conan, Funcom would also like all of you to know that a pyrotechnic one-year anniversary contest is happening in Hyboria right now. During this week, the skies w...
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Progress: Age of Conan has more players playing longer


May 18
// Brad Nicholson
Age of Conan is faring better financially. Eurogamer recently ravaged Funcom’s financial report and found two interesting truth nuggets. According to the documentation a “significant increase in new customers in Q...
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Funcom offering Age of Conan free trials


Apr 02
// Brad Nicholson
How many days does it take to get a person hooked on Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures? Funcom are guessing the magical number is between seven and fourteen. Starting today, Funcom are offering free trials for the PC MMO. If ...
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Funcom are positive about Age of Conan's future, Xbox 360 version still coming


Feb 26
// Brad Nicholson
Okay. It only seems like things are bad for Funcom and their MMO Age of Conan. A few days ago, we reported that the company’s CFO, Olav Sadnes, resigned after revealing a nasty 23.3 million dollar fourth quarter loss. I...
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Xbox 360 version of Age of Conan is still coming ... probably


Jan 22
// Brad Nicholson
About once a month, Funcom assures fans that Age of Conan is still coming out for the Xbox 360. It's about that time again. In an Eurogamer live interview, the game’s director Craig Morrison answered a reader’s qu...
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Xbox 360 version of Age of Conan not a 'key priority'


Oct 07
// Brad Nicholson
The last time we checked in the Xbox 360 version of Age of Conan, it was Funcom reiterating that the title was still on its way. The story has changed quite a bit since then. In an interview with Strategy Informer, product di...
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EXCLUSIVE: Age of Conan cybersex player talks to Destructoid


Aug 11
// Conrad Zimmerman
Yesterday, I posted about the firing of an Age of Conan GM for cybersex with a player. As you may recall, the player invited a sexual encounter with a Funcom employee following an assistance request. After a bit of humorous b...
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Funcom employee fired for cybersex with player in Age of Conan


Aug 10
// Conrad Zimmerman
It seems that somebody has been sticking their sword into the wrong dungeon. The story goes that an Age of Conan player summoned a GM and convinced them to engage in a little "role-playing". The GM then took the pla...
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Age of Conan now the second largest subscription-based MMO


Jun 30
// Justin Villasenor
We already know that Age of Conan enjoyed healthy preorder and launch sales, but has its momentum carried over into the summer months?  According to Age of Conan’s developer-publisher team, Funcom and Eidos, it mos...
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Future Age of Conan updates detailed


Jun 13
// Justin Villasenor
Funcom sure does have a lot to be happy about with their new MMORPG, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures. Having already shipped over a million copies and enjoying generally favorable reactions from reviewers, the game certainl...
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Age of Conan: Hyborian Fashions


Jun 11
// Justin Villasenor
Have you recently found yourself thinking “You know, I sure wish I had a shirt with Age of Conan’s logo plastered on the front” while playing Funcom’s latest MMO? If so, then designer Inno-Wear has you...
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Tits or GTFO: Age of Conan devs apologize for shrinking in-game boobs


Jun 05
// Colette Bennett
This story has been the best of my day so far. Apparently, Funcom, the developers behind Age of Conan, started to get complaints recently that the female characters in the game had decidedly smaller breasts than they had spor...
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Age of Conan gets a hardcore remake: now with 100 percent more boning!


May 26
// Colette Bennett
Porn is great for many reasons, but infinitely better than the sexiest all-star cast ever is parody porn, which is so painfully ridiculous that it renders it useless for mastubatory purposes but makes up for it with belly lau...
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Hands-on: Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures beta


May 05
// Shane -Lifebane- Phelps
"My name is Ash, and I am a slave…." That line is a quote from a classic film, and yet sadly it is also used as a hook for a story all too often. Being the eternal pessimist that I am, I immediately bra...
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Age of Conan tops sales charts despite being unreleased?


Mar 24
// Jim Sterling
To all who deny the might of Conan, hearken to a tale of his unbridled strength! Upcoming MMO Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures isn't slated for release until May, yet it has somehow topped the sales charts for March, accordi...
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Schwarzenegger steps away from the Conan to breathe


Dec 11
// Jim Sterling
This is quite funny, probably because no videogame example could better highlight Arnold Schwarzenegger's blatant hypocrisy better than THQ's recent, awful, Conan game. The California Governor, as we all know, has tried to pa...
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Age of Conan trailer: Will this suck any less than the last Conan game?


Dec 07
// Jim Sterling
Conan is one heck of an awesome guy. Drinking, fighting and shagging, he's the classless, baseless individual who exists in all our sordid male hearts, and he's getting yet another game. Age of Conan has been on the cards for...

Destructoid review: Conan (Xbox 360)

Nov 15 // Jim Sterling
Conan (PS3, Xbox 360 -- reviewed on Xbox 360)Developed by NihilisticPublished by THQReleased on  Jim SterlingWhen I first played Conan, I was having the time of my life. It had been an age since I last played a pure action game, so this was filling a hole most adequately. Conan rips off limbs, sends blood splashing all over the place, and rescues damsels with their breasts hanging out who say things like "take me and crush me with your love." It was a joy to behold for all of twenty minutes as I laughed at the shameless dialog, rampant misogyny and unapologetic gore. There was only one big problem with the whole thing. After ten minutes, the game stopped being very fun to play. Now don't get me wrong, Conan is not a terrible game. It's certainly not a great game, but there are far worse out there. Where it fails, however, is in trying to be superficially difficult through cheap enemies with aggravating attacks and the ability to instantly block all your moves until you level up enough to find the one attack that breaks their defenses. There are elite guards later on that have spiked shields and they are infuriating to face, able to block everything and even damage you with that block if you so much as think about hitting them with a shield-breaking move. What this amounts to is a frustrating amount of time trying to attack these near-untouchable enemies until you find that one Achilles' Heel, then hitting them with the same attack over and over again. That's not very enjoyable when you have a whole arsenal of special moves. Even Dynasty Warriors has variety in the moveset, but I found no fun in rolling to an enemy, doing the same combo and rolling away until it dies -- which can often take a needlessly long time. It also doesn't help that, unlike yourself, enemies can shrug off attacks like they were nothing and complete their own moves unhindered -- which makes tackling big enemies like the gorilla monsters a chore. There is nothing amusing about being able to land one or two hits at best then having to dodge another boring, long sequence where a big red monkey waves his arms around like he's having an epileptic fit. I have no problem with difficult games. God of War could infuriate me at times, but I stuck it through, and Metal Arms: Glitch in the System is one of my top titles of all time, but if you're going to be taxing, you have to do it in style and you have to be an awesome enough game to justify making me work. Conan neither handles difficulty well, nor is it worth so much effort. Considering the story is rubbish (Conan must fight a wizard who is evil, also, bewbs), there's not much incentive to play through boring and cheap faux-difficulty to see what happens next. There are times where Conan shines. The level-up system is ripped from Onimusha, where you collect runes from fallen enemies to spend on new skills, and the game takes a "not broke, don't fix" approach. The moves you can unlock are, of course, a joy to behold when you find enemies that actually let you do them. Being able to lop off a bandit's leg and watch him hop around on one foot for a moment never gets old, it's just a shame that too many enemies can shrug off your attacks and stop you from pulling them off. One of the main features of combat is the parry system. Blocking just before an enemy hits allows you to parry their move and turn it into a deadly, insta-kill counter. This is where things really get gory and deliciously ridiculous. Once you block at the right time, you simply follow a randomly selected one-button prompt and Conan will do the rest. Depending on your weapon and the button, you will get to do anything from pulling some poor fool's guts out to jumping on his chest and stabbing in in the neck before leaping off in a blaze of showboating glory. As with everything in this game however, there are setbacks. Enemy AI is such that there are times when they mostly won't bother attacking at all if you stand perfectly still. Rather than be a game of timing, you can sometimes stand there like an idiot while they stare at you, possibly admiring your loincloth and turning it into a boring goading/waiting game. Also, as seems to be Conan's calling card, the over-the-top nature of these kills gets real old real quick.At least I can say that a number of Conan's boss battles are epic, bringing back an old tradition that's lacking in a lot of modern games. Every now and then, we gamers need some huge, ridiculous monster to test our mettle against and Conan has us covered. From elephant demons to sand dragons, there are some huge foes to decimate, all of them broken down into multiple stages which both adds variety to the fight, and provides in-battle checkpoints to save on the (all too abundant) frustration. While the final boss is one of the most rage-inducing and horrible gaming experiences I've had, the majority of boss fights are excellent indeed and you feel real satisfaction when they've finally been slain. Altogether, Conan is not what it could have been, which is terrible considering that it wasn't even aiming very high. While its heart is in the right place, I grew to loathe the restrictive and cheap combat, grew tired of the gory finishers and hated how I could never finish a combo against most enemies that weren't the weakest of peons. Even saving the naked women grew tired after about the tenth time I heard some tart squeal "where are my clothes?" My love of repetitive action games is well known, so for me of all people to grow weary of Conan says quite a bit. It put me in mind of Spartan: Total Warrior both in terms of look and frustrating gameplay. I never need to be reminded of Spartan. Ever. That's another reason I hate this bloody game.Score: 4.0Verdict: Nick Chester  It's hard to disagree with Jim when it comes to most of his points. Certainly, Conan lacks the polish and ambition of the games that have clearly influenced its design (God of War, specifically). And yes, eight hours of slashing and hacking limbs off of your enemies might seem a bit on the repetitive side. But here's where I don't agree with Jim: The game never really stopped being fun, and like a bad b-movie, was hilariously entertaining from beginning to end.Perhaps it can be attributed to some long-forgotten childhood trauma, but Conan's over-the-top methods of dispatching enemies never got old. Whether it was dual wielding swords and quite literally "disarming" an enemy, or tossing a pirate into the air before slicing him in half, I found the combat to be deliciously vicious and rewarding. The ability to pick up and wield a number of different weapons (from two-handed broadswords to smaller axes) opens up a variety in the combat that Jim seems to ignore.Despite the whining about how the enemy AI being "cheap" and "aggravating," I had no such issues. Save for the final boss battle, I found Conan to be quite a breeze on its default difficulty setting. Knowing the right set of moves and situations allowed me to pull off most of my attacks with ease; while I'll admit that I found myself using the same moves time and time again, it was mostly a matter of preference, and not out of necessity. Once you teach Conan how to lop someone's head off with a shield, it's hard to not want to do that over and over again. For eight hours. But that's just me.Objects in the environment can also be used as weapons, including boulders, and carts. Tossing an enemy onto a spike on a wall is also not out of the question, and throwing a flaming torch at a lion will cause the animal to catch fire. Yes, that's right -- this game features flaming lions, which immediately sets it apart from all of those others games that do not feature flaming lions. I also found that Conan uses context sensitive action buttons in a few unique ways. Like God of War (and so many titles, it seems, that have followed it), button prompts to perform finishing actions and environmental interactions are all over Conan. The variety of these sequences is worth applause, and some I found were extremely clever. Pushing up large gates, for instance, was more than a matter of simply mashing a button -- pulling down on the left stick causes Conan to crouch down, and pulling back up makes him push the door up with force.Visually, Conan is all over the place, and unfortunately, most of it's not good. The scope of the game attempts to be epic, and the set pieces are appropriately large and impressive. The action when viewed from afar is also acceptable, but things take a turn for the worse during cut-scenes. Conan and the rest of the cast certainly are some ugly bastards, with little to no discernible details in the face or body. It's interesting to note that the only character models that do look decent in the game are the naked wenches Conan regularly frees from bondage.The bottom line is that really, Conan is not a great game. I'd hesitate to say that it's even a "good" game. But, just like some of the most poorly executed cult films are fun to watch, Conan is a riot to play through, especially while with a group of (possibly intoxicated) friends. Whether or not the game's developer Nihilistic meant for Conan to be taken seriously is irrelevant. What is relevant is how the player approaches the game. If you're looking to kill a few hours listening to hilarious and poorly delivered dialogue, or laughing at a brutal, misogynistic barbarian man handle both men and women alike, Conan is certainly worth a look. Score: 7/10Verdict:
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There's something about the Conan franchise that brings a smile to my face without fail. The sheer testosterone-fueled, immature male fantasy aspect of it all is certainly worth a chuckle. Conan is not a sophisticated man, bu...

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Nudity is the new black: Dim the lights, Conan gets romantic (NSFW)


Oct 25
// Earnest Cavalli
The Internet is built on three principles: the pursuit of profit, the pursuit of humor and above all, the pursuit of naked chicks with awesome racks. With that in mind, I bring you the above footage from the upcoming Xbox 3...
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Age of Conan slips to 2008


Aug 10
// Nick Chester
Funcom and Eidos have announced that Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, the MMO based off of the Robert E. Howard Conan novels, has been given a new release date. Originally slated for an October 2007 release, the game is now...
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WF Portmanteau: Attack the cosplayers' weak spot for massive damage


Jul 30
// William Haley
Today's World Famous Portmanteau will be yet another experiment, as the "winner" will get to take over the feature this Friday while I play the booth babes and take pictures of the games at Blizzcon. The other difference is t...
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Racism in Age of Conan's Hyborian Age


Jul 27
// Florian Eckhardt
As a black gay Irish albino, I know the sting of prejudice, the invisible walls of racial stereotyping that isolate me from my fellow men. I hate it. I hate and I hate and I hate, even going so far as to declare myself Impe...

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