Coming In Under The Radar – Part 3
Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
©2008 Jim (James) McIntyre
3. Age Of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
Published by: Eidos Interactive
Developed by: Funcom
Genre: Online Action Rpg
Release Date: Q2 2008
Massively multiplayer online role-playing games have never had much success on consoles. Funcom is looking to change that this year with Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures. The reason this one has made it to the list is simple, nobody seems to realize its coming out on the Xbox360 as well as the PC. That and it looks really good.
Firstly you will create a character from a fairly detailed character creation menu. You do not get to pick your class straight away, but instead you pick your race from one of three races Aquilonian, Cimmerian or Stygian. At level five you choose your class. This means that you get to figure out what you are doing before being forced to make such an important decision. The classes are priest, rogue, soldier, and mage.
From level one to twenty you can choose to play by yourself or online, but once you reach level twenty the game becomes a completely online game. Also at level twenty you get to choose your class specialization. For some classes the specialization options differ depending on the race you have chosen.
Leveling looks like it will play out the same as most MMO’s with the player completing quests and generally killing things to gain experience to level up. The developer has said that there will not be as many grinding quests as in most online games and that many of the quests will involve puzzles that require solving.
All that is pretty much standard fare for MMO’s, with players leveling, forming guilds, and fighting each other. Although unlike most MMO’s this game is dark, violent, and mature, but where AoC:HA really sets itself apart is both the combat and the cities.
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