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Old 30-04-08, 07:48 AM   #1
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So for the first time in ages I logged into my Beta account on Conan last night, and created a new character.

Firstly the actual game is running fairly smooth in the 1-5 starter area. graphics are looking alot better. More eq2ish less wowish. The netcode seems to be smooth, I was downloading at 100kb and my latency was 61ms, try that on wow and it throws a fit.

Anyway I created a female character (hey its a 18 rated game I want to be naked) A stygian (They can be anything but a warrior so more of the magic user) I decided on a Herald of Xotli because the name is wicked and she can transform herself into a demon and breath Fire, how cool is that. And whats really cool is they use weapons Two-handed edged, crossbows, daggers, and thrown weapons.



Fighting isn't like Wow press auto attack then press a few buttons in a random order or in preset way you use your spells everytime. Basically you have left and right swing plus overhead swing. These can be used to find a weak point in the baddies defence and sometimes if you get it right a killing blow straight away.

The Ui is very simple

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Bags and equipment slots no different to any other mmo out there.

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Map and quest tracker, Actually makes questing very easy you can track multiple quests at once and it shows the objectives very nicely. Some would say a little bit to simple.

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Spells and combat skills. So far I have gotten everyone automatically. as I level.

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And finally attributes, and skills. These you get points to spend and level. Apparently a very important one is climbing.

When I got to the city of I can't remember the name. It did get fairly laggy and I got lots of hints that I could climb here onto rooftops. Apparently this is where it goes a bit single player while you are on your own mini quest at nights.

Overall its no WoW killer, WoW has simplicity that this game certainly won't have, and while the graphics, and netcode are miles ahead, It will end up being another vanguard especially with WAR round the corner. But it is enjoyable and while I have never really been a fan of conan lore it certainly has a very jungle feel about it. and some very good graphics. In fact apparently on the beta the graphics have no high res textures.

For all those that love mmos give it a try For those playing wow don't bother. Its like when I first tried WoW on its release after a year on EQ2 it was shite. Coming from a highly graphical polished game to wow in the early days was awful. And wowers will feel the same about AoC, Probably about any mmo they try until they are bored of wow
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Old 30-04-08, 02:02 PM   #2
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This definatly isnt another Vanguard, the atmosphere is great - there is no emptyness ( at leas tI couldnt find it)
Quests really drag you into the story, wich was not the case with neither WoW and Vanguard.

and WAR, thats that overhyped thing right
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Old 30-04-08, 02:09 PM   #3
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Look we know you won't be playing war cause your a carebear

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Old 30-04-08, 02:48 PM   #4
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so you will play WAR because then people stop thinking that YOU are a carebear?

anyway lets stay on topic.. instead of tagging players, who you dont really know, with names you dont obviously seem to understand.
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I'm definitely looking forward to getting my teeth into another MMO after so long...
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Yea me too, i've just joined http://www.lowar.com/ a friendly pvp guild for AoC, it's pretty important to get a guild with high numbers so you can build towns and stuff.

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so you will play WAR because then people stop thinking that YOU are a carebear?

anyway lets stay on topic.. instead of tagging players, who you dont really know, with names you dont obviously seem to understand.
Lestat is the drunken carebear!
See, these new MMos are already causing problems! :P
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Lol I understand what a carebear is you state your opionion I state mine can't stand the heat get out for the kitchen.

As for joining a guild for me I won't probably bother its a okay game but it hasn't got the that something that will make it a great game. I have serious worries about the netcode in the cities, I mean its beta when i was playing and not even open beta and the lag was frankly crap. I think they have made aserious mistake with this single player side.
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Old 01-05-08, 08:58 AM   #9
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The beta client does have debuggers and stuff running on the background, to provide funcom information - so the performance aint like it probably will at the release.
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So I'm on OPENBETA02 server, with a character called 'Mcbain'

So far (and I've not really done anything but create my character yet) it looks very, very nice.

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It does seem to freeze up a bit from time to time. Also, it just took about 5 minutes as I entered the city, to load up...
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Yeah I have since discovered you are on open beta servers while I am on closed beta with no access to each others. And you have to deal with stress tests. For me last night the city was fine it was the instance dungeons that lagged like a bitch when i entered. That said I am enjoying the game more and more.
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this looks like a good game, i was hoping it would be, i think if i can find the money (and thats unlickely) then ill get it.
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I'll come join you on Open Beta 2 mcbain, not sure of a character name yet though .

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Cool Friend me up as soon as you can

For anyone wanting them, there are some useful video's here, some tutorials for beginners etc.
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meh, the closed beta had an update a few days ago, kinda fucked the game for me..

it runs fine on my ___Laptop___
but since the patch the loading times increased with about 3minutes.

Hope They will have that fixed at launch
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