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Phinz420
04-04-2008, 10:26 PM
http://www.millenium.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=559&Itemid=99999999&limit=1&limitstart=1

A nice write up with a good mix of info for those of you who haven't been keeping tabs on AoC but are interested in the game.

Covers the deep Character creation (http://www.millenium.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=559&Itemid=99999999&limit=1&limitstart=1), the newbie tutorial area for lvl 1-20 (http://www.millenium.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=559&Itemid=99999999&limit=1&limitstart=2)(quite possibly the best tutorial ever done in a MMO from what Ive read about it), The Dynamic Combat System (http://www.millenium.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=559&Itemid=99999999&limit=1&limitstart=3), Instances (http://www.millenium.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=559&Itemid=99999999&limit=1&limitstart=4), Cities/Fortresses & Siege Warfare (http://www.millenium.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=559&Itemid=99999999&limit=1&limitstart=5), and Mounts/Mounted Combat (http://www.millenium.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=559&Itemid=99999999&limit=1&limitstart=6).


I think this game is going to be amazing. There will be a hell of a lot more of a point to pvp in Age of Conan as compared to other MMOs. PVP in general should be a lot more interesting as well since its no longer a hotbutton/macro clickfest.

The game is currently scheduled for release May 20th for the PC, with a Xbox 360 version coming the following year.

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Phin-o-rama
04-05-2008, 10:31 AM
I'll prolly check it out, although Warhammer is the one I'm really looking forward to...

FinsNCanes
04-05-2008, 11:51 AM
I was reading on a forum that has beta testers and alot of people are saying the world is kind of funneled (invisible walls and such) and doesn't leave much for exploration. I know AOC is relying heavily on zoning, which isn't a huge deal (not like Guild Wars) but I'm hearing the loading screens take forever and breaks immersion and there is just to many zones and it's not very seamless. I hope this game is good though. There is a bunch of new beta videos all over youtube.

The fact that sieging isn't in on release and spellweaving probably won't be either is kind of dissapointing. If you go to www.betaleaks.com (http://www.betaleaks.com) they some good info from testers. We'll see...

Phinz420
04-05-2008, 01:11 PM
I was reading on a forum that has beta testers and alot of people are saying the world is kind of funneled (invisible walls and such) and doesn't leave much for exploration. I know AOC is relying heavily on zoning, which isn't a huge deal (not like Guild Wars) but I'm hearing the loading screens take forever and breaks immersion and there is just to many zones and it's not very seamless. I hope this game is good though. There is a bunch of new beta videos all over youtube.

The fact that sieging isn't in on release and spellweaving probably won't be either is kind of dissapointing. If you go to www.betaleaks.com (http://www.betaleaks.com) they some good info from testers. We'll see...


-Zoning is compared to EQ2. There are quite a few zones but they aren't small by any means.

-Loading times in MMO beta pretty much always suck, I know this from experience. WoW may be seemless but considering that the game uses textures from last century and barely has any geometry at all.

-" Terje Lundberg: We still have a spellweaving as part of the plan for release. We've revamped it some to make it more simple and familiar. It still will be a big part of the magic system. We have the first test phase running upstairs already, but it still has not reached beta."

-Siege is there...Battlekeeps(9 per server), Keeps(for those who arent strong enough to take a battlekeep), and resource node warfare.

The fact is that Funcom tests internally pretty heavily before putting anything on beta. They arent even into "Open" Beta yet, though it is coming soon. So when you hear an uproar from people breaking NDA by crying foul because certain features aren't in beta yet, it has no bearing on the status of the game.


I'll prolly check it out, although Warhammer is the one I'm really looking forward to...

Warhammer is delayed and delayed and delayed some more. Im not even going to expect them to meet their next deadline of fall 2008. Mostly due to the fact they had to kill huge sections of their beta because of how people were responding to it. They are now scrapping their open world RvR and attempting to completely overhaul it. The reasons were because people thought their open world RvR sucked and everyone was doing the instance RvR instead, which is exactly the opposite reaction that the developers were hoping for.

TBH, im not impressed the slightest by the look of Warhammer either. It looks like WoW with beefier textures(thank god about the textures at least...) but complete *** animations.

Im going to keep my eyes on Warhammer to see how it progresses, but its so far down the track compared to AoC and is having far worse problems internally.

That said, I fully expect WAR to be just fine come release time. I was hoping to get my hands on it around the same time as AoC to decide which I wanted to play more.

TheMageGandalf
04-07-2008, 02:46 AM
Looks good...

I'll wait a few months after release though to make sure they iron out some of the kinks before I go in.

FinsNCanes
04-07-2008, 02:55 PM
420 are you testing AoC? There is either alot of rumors flying around or we are all just speculating. I could of sworn neither of those 2 (sieging, spell weaving) were going to make it to release. Just haven't seen enough on it. I hope the game is good because I haven't been able to get into an MMO for a good 7 years or so.

Phinz420
04-07-2008, 03:57 PM
420 are you testing AoC? There is either alot of rumors flying around or we are all just speculating. I could of sworn neither of those 2 (sieging, spell weaving) were going to make it to release. Just haven't seen enough on it. I hope the game is good because I haven't been able to get into an MMO for a good 7 years or so.

No, Im not testing.

To clarify though, the reason why Beta testers would be posting negatively in regards to spellweaving is that it is not up on the beta servers yet. I posted the quote from the developer from that very recent article where they stated they have spellweaving working fine on their in-house build. They said they "revamped it for simplification"...which means gutted im sure, so we shouldnt expect everything we read about spellweaving last year to make it in at launch. But he did say that Spellweaving will make it to beta soon, and they just released 4 new screenshots of their spellcasting classes too.

About Siege, I believe it is the same situation. I havn't heard about that being actually in beta yet, but there are many developer interviews & videos where they say it is going to be in game at release. After a quick search I came across this one.

http://www.guildcafe.com/Favorite/Age_of_Conan/AoC_PvP_siege_demonstration

The beta is by no means going great though. From what I read there is major problems with basic things like PVP Safe areas/PVP Rewards/Guards at quest hubs/class inbalance that is going to make life excruciating on pvp servers if they dont get all of this ironed out before launch.

Wildbill3
04-07-2008, 04:28 PM
AOC is going to KILL some other MMOs. I think it has over 500k preorders etc? well 500k + 1 lol.

FinsNCanes
04-07-2008, 05:21 PM
I did a little more reading on a beta site. I guess both are in, althoug at this point you would think there would be more info on the game in general. I keep seeing people say they're using an older build for testing and in the "new build" alot of things will be fixed. I don't expect it to be flawless when released because no MMO is..I just hope it isn't broken.

FinsNCanes
04-07-2008, 05:22 PM
AOC is going to KILL some other MMOs. I think it has over 500k preorders etc? well 500k + 1 lol.

Is that total or just U.S? It hasn't been advertised that much.

FinsNCanes
04-11-2008, 02:22 PM
High quality Ranger video..

http://deardevs.com/

Here is one explaining in detail the combat for anyone who isn't familiar..also nice footage.

http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/age%2Bof%2Bconan/video/x4urq2_age-of-conan-hyborianinsider-episod_videogames

FinsNCanes
04-13-2008, 08:41 PM
Assassin video..

http://www.vimeo.com/882473 (http://www.vimeo.com/882473)

Bear Shaman..

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=_N7Cu9L5XYQ (http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=_N7Cu9L5XYQ)

And for anyone who bothers checking this they just did the stress test today, released a huge patch that fixed supposedly tons of bugs and made the game run 10x smoother, also from what I'm hearing is (outside of the crashing, etc that is suspected on a stress test) the game is pretty awesome. I hear the sound is great, graphics are great and the combat is a breath of fresh air.

Phinz420
04-13-2008, 10:22 PM
Assassin video..

http://www.vimeo.com/882473 (http://www.vimeo.com/882473)

Bear Shaman..

http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=_N7Cu9L5XYQ (http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=_N7Cu9L5XYQ)

And for anyone who bothers checking this they just did the stress test today, released a huge patch that fixed supposedly tons of bugs and made the game run 10x smoother, also from what I'm hearing is (outside of the crashing, etc that is suspected on a stress test) the game is pretty awesome. I hear the sound is great, graphics are great and the combat is a breath of fresh air.

Good finds, and that sounds like great news. A couple of my friends who are into other genres are actually interested in this game when I was telling them about it & showing some videos. Im not sure if my buddy who plays EQ2 is gonna come or not, hes into that whole "Im too dedicated to my toon" stage being in a high end raiding guild on my old pvp server there.

Should be great, and I honestly will not miss auto attacking one ****ing bit.

FinsNCanes
04-14-2008, 12:53 AM
Good finds, and that sounds like great news. A couple of my friends who are into other genres are actually interested in this game when I was telling them about it & showing some videos. Im not sure if my buddy who plays EQ2 is gonna come or not, hes into that whole "Im too dedicated to my toon" stage being in a high end raiding guild on my old pvp server there.

Should be great, and I honestly will not miss auto attacking one ****ing bit.

Here is a interview on how city building (although it looks like battlekeeps) is done, but I only watched it once so I might be wrong on which it is they're talking about is done. I know there is an older video out there about this but this one is from GDC 08..looks awesome. I don't get to excited about games, especially MMO considering their iffy history but I have a good feeling about this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZxR21WljNM

FinsNCanes
04-18-2008, 06:52 PM
Just a heads up mounted archery and spell casting is in. A lot of people including myself thought it was out. Yeah..I keep bumping this thread.

Phinz420
04-18-2008, 11:21 PM
I feel like a complete idiot for not being more aware....I missed out on some of the 15,000 keys being given away for a weekend pvp test.

I just read that "Open Beta" starts on May 1st, and it apparently is going to be exclusive to Fileplanet/IGN Members and there is 50,000 keys. I dont have a Fileplanet membership anymore, its been a while since I have....but I am not sure I can justify paying them *******s 15.00 for beta access. :lol:

It will probably be a little smarter to just head down to Electronics Boutique and preorder the damned game...maybe pay the extra $5 for 3 day early access + 10 days extra game time.

FinsNCanes
04-23-2008, 09:08 AM
I feel like a complete idiot for not being more aware....I missed out on some of the 15,000 keys being given away for a weekend pvp test.

I just read that "Open Beta" starts on May 1st, and it apparently is going to be exclusive to Fileplanet/IGN Members and there is 50,000 keys. I dont have a Fileplanet membership anymore, its been a while since I have....but I am not sure I can justify paying them *******s 15.00 for beta access. :lol:

It will probably be a little smarter to just head down to Electronics Boutique and preorder the damned game...maybe pay the extra $5 for 3 day early access + 10 days extra game time.

You didn't know about this? LOL

Just go to the official site (I also believe the NDA is lifted now) and most of the reviews coming back are good. The only negatives I'm really hearing are (which is to be expected out of any MMO release) is it's got it's bugs and glitches but the combat, PvE and PvP from what I'm hearing is a blast. The only people who have an issue with the combat or PvP in general are the ones playing it like they play WoW and not taking the time to learn something different (rushing groups of people and simply button mashing their combos). What I mean by this is they say the combat is "clunky" and what not (you have to time your swings), but a lot of those same people after actually giving it more than 10 min came back and posted how much they liked it after getting the "feel" of it. One thing some people don't like (I do) is the fact you have to stand still when performing combos, although I believe you can still do regular swings on the run, which makes sense to me. It will definetely be different at first. Rumor has it though for the PvP weekend they used an older build so it's very possible a lot of the glitches/bugs will be fixed. You'll see people complaining about class balance but you have to remember they only let you go to level 13..so it's really hard to say especially with no feats, skills and basic armor. Let's also not forget the fact 9/10 people that played had no idea how to ;).