Next Generation previews Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures

You might not notice from the screenshots – barbarians, giants and demons are ten-a-penny in the fantasy-sodden MMOG genre, after all – but getting hands-on with Funcom's latest you quickly realize that it tries to do a number of things in an unorthodox manner.

The opening portion of the game sees your character, a former slave, washed up on the shores of the tropical island Tortage after a storm scuppers a prison vessel. After a brief tutorial mission in which you free a flimsily clad damsel and clobber piratical goons with a piece of driftwood, you work your way inland towards Tortage's city and find yourself inveigled in a conspiracy to fight an authoritarian occupation while pursuing the larger goal of your heroic destiny.

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