Bringing VR out of office and study spaces will serve to help it attract the new audiences it needs to continue growing
- Non-stop action, fun storyline, cinematic landscapes
- Overly-complex moves, fixed perspective, Ron Pearlman
Fans of Conan will appreciate this game as much as hack-and-slash fans who've never heard of the franchise. It's a lot of fun, challenging without being frustrating and all in all, a great example of its genre.
Price$ 99.95 (AUD)
After starring in countless stories, comic books and a few movies, everyone's favorite Cimmerian (we cannot believe that spell check recognises Cimmerian) finally gets a video game worthy of his barbaric stature.
If you aren't familiar with Conan mythology, short movie clips will fill you in as you go, but the gist is: Conan, a pre-civilisation barbarian, must recover individual pieces of his lost armour by hacking off enemy limbs and spilling blood across the land.
The original hack and slash
Each level presents you with a task and a seemingly endless amount of enemies between you and your objective. Though you start off with a small sword, you can pick up the weapons of your vanquished foes and use them as your own and taking advantage of different enemies' weaknesses. There's never a shortage of weaponry to choose from, and you can even decide what combination of weapons or shields you want to use.
Conan has a somewhat interactive environment that allows you to make use of boulders, fire and anything else you feel like wielding, which you use in conjunction with the over one hundred moves and combinations that can be bought throughout the game. Master these moves and you can slice arms and heads, break though armour and unleash geysers of blood that would make Peter Jackson proud.
While Conan is responsive to commands, there is a tendency to get caught up in combinations when they aren't necessary, leaving you open to combinations from enemies that never seem to end. As the game progresses, your enemies become increasingly difficult, and you'll need to learn advanced moves if you want to move on quickly. Some will appreciate the more complex moves, simpletons like us will first need to master some patience.
This isn't exactly a thinking man's game
A minor aspect of the game involves laughably easy problem solving, but the diversity and creativity of the bosses and tasks make up some lost ground. Sequences in which Conan must climb over and sometimes break through barriers usually require a timely combination of button presses. Although they look cool, they play out like movie clips rather action sequences.
Conan is full of epic landscapes and big, bold colour. And unlike many third-person games, the camera is fixed which can cause some perspective problems during the action, but overall tends to give the game a cinematic quality. The high-definition visuals really create a sense of interaction that's lacking in other games. Sound quality is good, but not perfect, and we have to say, we love Ron Pearlman but unfortunately don't think he's the best voice for a barbarian -- maybe Arnold was busy.
Conan is one of those games that appears to have an open landscape but actually guides you along a set path that is impossible to break from. While there are plenty of bonuses to be found, looking for alternate routes almost always ends in frustration.
Join the newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Samsung Galaxy S9+ review: A predictably-exellent flagship uplifted by a standout camera
- 2 Panasonic Lumix G9 review: A mirrorless moulded to the needs of still-shooters
- 3 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Ring Video Doorbell review
Latest News Articles
- High Court dismisses Valve’s special leave to appeal $3 million fine
- Wargaming signs publishing deal with Mad Head Games
- Serious Sam 4 teased ahead of E3 showcase
- Ballistix Launches Tactical Tracer RGB DDR4 Gaming Memory
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Exceeds 30 Million Players Milestone
PCW Evaluation Team
Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category
The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
- Netgear Arlo Go review: An expensive but comprehensive home security solution
- ASUS ROG Zephyrus M review: Leaner and meaner
- Frostpunk review: A richly conceived and vividly realised city sim
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies