Thursday, June 30, 2011

Age of Conan Goes F2P

Age of Conan goes Free-2-Play today or tomorrow.

It's odd, because the truth is that I ragged a lot on this game when it came out, but AoC has somehow become my favorite non-WoW MMO. I'm not 100% sure why, but here's a list of reasons that you should try out AoC.

1. Sensibility

It has a very different feel than a lot of other MMOs. The setting feels older and rawer. A lot of MMOs feel quasi-Medieval-Renaissance, but AoC is Bronze or Iron Age.

2. Similar, yet different.

AoC is similar enough to WoW that it's easy to adjust to. But it's also significantly different, and at a deeper level than you'd expect. For example, AoC is a tank-healer-dps trinity game. But the default group is 2 tanks, 2 healers, and 2 dps, and that makes the actual experience very unique.

It often seems to me that AoC tries new things at a deeper level than the other game companies. Sometimes they fail, but I give credit for the attempt.

3. Music

The music in Cimmeria is amazing.


Give Age of Conan a shot. You might be pleasantly surprised.

One piece of advice, you really need a good set of keybinds in this game. It makes a huge difference. I use the numpad on my keyboard, and have 4,5,6 bound to the direction attacks and 1-3 and 7-9 bound to specials.


  1. It earns its 'M' rating, correct?

    At least with WOW or LOTRO, I don't have to worry about kids looking over my shoulder, but I'm more apt to play an M game in the time when they're not awake. (or home.)

  2. Technically, I suppose it does deserve the 'M' rating.

    Violence-wise, certainly. There's lots of blood, and the game has fatalities which occasionally trigger when you kill an enemy.

    Nudity-wise, I suppose so. But in an odd way, any nudity is sort of incidental. Not especially blatant, just part of the setting.