UGO: Age of Conan Hands-on Preview

UGO writes: "Conan the Barbarian is on his way up once more, and this time it has nothing to do with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Created in 1932 by Robert E. Howard for Weird Tales, the muscled warrior and the alternate universe in which he exists have been revived several times since, as short stores, comic books, films and, most recently, video games.

First, there was Nihilistic Software's Conan, a God of War inspired hackfest featuring many bloody stumps and bared breasts. Now we have Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by The Longest Journey and Anarchy Online architects Funcom. The Norwegian outfit is hoping to set a new standard for online gaming with Hyborian Adventures, which features some incredibly detailed environments, player re-creation options, a fairly close approximation of stat-based real-time combat and a beefy story component.

Players don't actually play as Conan, who happens to be the king, in Hyborian Adventures. The game is set after the events of Howard's The Hour of the Dragon, also known as Conan the Conquerer. Before play begins, a character is created using a highly detailed face- and body-modeling interface. We didn't get to play around with it, but from the looks of the options list, every feature imaginable can be adjusted. Players even have the option of adding tattoos, piercings and scars."

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