Story - 41%
Graphics - 70%
Audio - 82%
Gameplay - 97%
Replayability - 100%
After playing Conan Exiles for a full month, grinding out hours and hours of game time with friends from all across the world that I have carried through from Ark: Survival Evolved, I can genuinely say that I have a sense of what exactly this game has to offer.
First of all, I want to thank the Developers of this game, Funcom, for taking time out their lives to make this gem. Conan Exiles is an Open World survival based video game that tests the limits of man. If you are a fan of these types of game, then boy have I got some good news for you! Conan Exiles offers the most versatile and complex survival experience I have encountered thus far, giving the player control of everything you can imagine. Everything from your religion and race to your character traits and abilities are customizable with progress, this creates a more unique experience per player on servers.
Conan Exiles is obviously based in the world and realm of Conan, which is an old franchise with a huge name originating as far back as 1932. The most famous version was the movie, where Conan the Barbarian is played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. I think they used this name to create a sort of world and experience around that character and premise, however, you only really see Conan in the beginning when he cuts you down from a cross and give you some hardcore advice about surviving the vast land of the Exiles. There are monsters, animals, and NPC’s that roam this land, with some (if not, all) trying to kill you. Oh, and also, the environment is trying to kill you too, well not trying but it does. From sandstorms to brutal falls, you can pretty much die around every bend.
The game has its bug and glitches, which is perfectly fine. You are playing an open-world survival game that’s environment is continuously changing and molding, if you expect a flawless gameplay then your expectations and reality are skewed. The game runs perfectly and I experienced A LOT less challenges compared to playing Rust, Ark and Skyrim.
Visually, the game isn’t exactly fantastic. Independently, the game is subpar and definitely lacks that finish that gives AAA titles that “Je Ne Sais Quoi”. When comparing it to other similar type genre of games, the game is definitely one step above the rest, detailed and precise in comparison. There is one thing I can give this game and that is the distance rendering and anti-aliasing on things like distant sand storms, pure perfection and “eyegasmic”.
Having never actually played this previously on PC or XBOX, I was opened up to the Conan Exile world fresh and new, probably with a huge number of improvements before official release. The interface and menus are easy to navigate and pretty self-explanatory, which is great, considering that there is basically no tutorial, well barely. The game style and movements are a little rigid but smooth once you learn to maneuver your character through the different terrains. The building mechanics on Conan are definitely some the best I have seen. Besides being extremely hard to craft, the building can be fun and you can real creative with the non-restricted building type (TAKE SOME NOTES ARK). But gameplay, overall, is a great experience, the 3rd person really works here and this is probably my favourite open world survival user interactions thus far.
Overall, probably one of the best survival games in the market at the moment. With some rumoured patches coming through, like the ability to tame animals and use them as farmers, gathers, etc., I expected this game to only get better and better.
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Reviewed on: Playstation 4
Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Age Rating: PEGI 18
Estimated RRP: R799.00
Release Date: 06 May 2018
- Fair Grind
- Fun and Community feel
- Servers are poor
- Graphics could improve