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Conan by THQ

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  • Intense Violence
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Conan is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 6.
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  • Platform: PlayStation 3
  • Publisher: THQ
  • Developer: Nihilistic Software
  • Category: Action , Adventure

Product Details:

View Back of Box Conan is an action adventure video game featuring a story of epic brutality, sheer evil and visceral combat within an expansive fantasy setting. Players will follow the journey of Conan the Cimmerian as he fights a vicious battle against a variety of enemies and an elusive power that threatens to consume the world. Using everything at his disposal, including deadly weapons and environmental objects, Conan must fight everything in his path as he traverses a variety of unique realms within the Hyborian world.

Developer Q&A for GameStop

Name: Robert Huebner

Company: Nihilistic Software

Job Title: Project Director

What was your biggest challenge when setting out to design Conan?

One of the biggest challenges was trying to be true to the original books, which have quite a different feel from the Conan movies from the 80s. The majority of people when you say it's a Conan game, their first question is "Is Schwarzenegger in it?" and of course we are telling a different kind of Conan story. The Conan in the original books is a much more thoughtful guy, and has a quick wit and dry sense of humor. So perhaps the biggest challenge has been explaining to people how the literary Conan differs from the well-known film Conan.

But honestly the Conan from the books and comic adaptations is a relatively easy character to design a game around because he's such a skilled warrior and really has a love of life that is easy to get across to the player. The player has a good time being Conan, because Conan has a good time being Conan. So it's a lot simpler to make that into a fun game than a story that's really dark and psychological or spooky. Not having fun being Conan would be like being bored at an open-bar party at the Playboy mansion; it's possible but it would take some work.

Were other games used as inspiration when designing Conan?

Probably one of the biggest influences on the combat system was Ninja Gaiden. We tried to not be quite as hard-core and difficult as NG:Black, forexample, but we really liked how there were a lot of layers of complexity to the combat system. So we tried to make sure Conan's combat system has similar depth by adding things like shield and shield-breaking, grapple attacks, environmental hazards, thrown objects, even grenades to spice things up. The best combat games are those that don't let you settle into a rhythm of just using the same attack over and over, and force you to respond to what your enemies are doing on-screen. So we tried hard to make sure each new enemy type forces the player to find new tactics, but also that those tactics make sense and are logical.

God of War was an inspiration for how the camera was handled for certain, they really nailed that and kept the camera from becoming a major factor in the game. Usually if the word "camera" comes up in a game review, its followed by the word "frustration" so anything that makes the camera as invisible as possible is a good thing.

What aspects of the world originally envisioned by Robert E. Howard are used in the game?

As much as possible, frankly. We visit a lot of familiar locations that are used frequently in the books, and try to stick to the core themes of Conan. We also wanted to make sure there were women in the game; both strong aggressive women like A'Kanna, and more sultry women as well. We also wanted to portray Conan as fighting both man and beast, so we have multiple enemies who are non-human and tried to make sure that those fights feel a lot different than fighting another trained warrior.

What are the key differences between this game and the upcoming Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures from Eidos?

Other than the setting, I think it would be easier to try to find similarities than differences. Both take place in Hyborea, and both I think try to remain true to how people and artists have envisioned that land.

Beyond that, the character you play, the sort of combat you engage in, and the storylines are, from what I gather, pretty different. For instance, Age of Conan is an MMO whereas Conan is an action/adventure game. Also, our game is all about being Conan and experiencing an adventure as the larger-than-life barbarian. In Age of Conan, you develop your own character, rather than playing as Conan, himself.

What are the 3 biggest, most exciting features of Conan?

The biggest feature and focus of the game is, of course, the combat. Make no mistake, this is a fighting game at the core. So most of the time is spent encountering new enemies, finding new weapons, learning new combat movies, and trying out new combat tactics.

Another big feature, related to combat, are the bosses. We wanted to give a big variety of bosses, and especially show some bosses that are less about size and cinematics, but about brutal pitched toe-to-toe battles with an enemy that can block, counter attack, and so on. There are a lot of great "huge boss" battles, and we have a few as well, but I actually like the challenge of fighting a guy more directly and feel like I've really had a duel with him, rather than solved a puzzle. Since we have a mix of large and human-sized bosses, there's hopefully something for fans of both types of boss battles.

The last feature I am really proudof are the settings you travel through. Part of that is the sheer variety of the settings our artists have created, each of which has great lighting effects, a unique look and feel, and unique combat hazards or advantages. I love how the environment itself becomes a weapon. When you're in the Bone Cleaver's encampment at the start of the game, look like sharp spikes in the fences and throw your enemies onto them. When you're in the caves beneath Kush, try to throw your enemies into the hazardous black goo pools. Or when you're fighting on the dry plains of Kush, picking up a torch and lighting your enemies on fire is a nice shortcut. Each environment presents something unique for the player to discover that can help them in battle.

Can you describe how the fighting moves and combo sets differ by weapon type?

Conan has three main skill trees for fighting with 1-Handed weapons (possibly with an additional shield, torch, or other special item), another completely unique set of moves for fighting with two 1-handed weapons, one in each hand, and a third set for fighting with larger 2-handed swords or pole-arms. The player can decide whether to spend his earned points on moves from one of these skills, or all three.

Each style of combat has particular strengths and weaknesses against specific enemies. The Dual-wield tree is great for clearing out large numbers of weaker enemies fast, but becomes ineffective when you meet tougher guys with shields. The 2-Handed tree is great against armored enemies, but is too slow to fight against faster beasts. So it's all about experimenting and building skill in each tree, and finding what works for the player.

Fans who are familiar with Conan know that he doesn't really like magic. Is magic used in the game?

It is, but in a way that is true to the Conan character. I don't want to give too much away, but basically an evil wizard-type has cursed Conan and forced him into a situation where he must use magic, despite his distaste of it, to regain what he has lost.

Do you have any hints or tips you can share with us on how to play the game?

Sure. My best advise would be as you learn each new combat move, make sure to use it several times until it becomes mastered. Mastering moves gives you a hefty XP bonus that moves you along toward more move unlocks, and also means that whenever you kill with that move in the future, you'll receive the move's "mastery bonus" which can be health, more XP, or other rewards.

Also be sure not to rely too much on the same move, even if it is effective against the enemies you are fighting. If you over-use the same move repeatedly, you will stop receiving any mastery bonuses for those kills, and also the AI will start to counter those moves more harshly.

Lastly, if you start getting beat up badly in a fight and are close to death, look around the environment and see if there's something you can pickup and throw. Sometimes backing out of a tough fight and tossing in some heavy ammunition can get your health back into the green and make the difference in the outcome of a battle. It's easy to get surrounded by weaker guys and lose more health than you realize, especially when animals are involved! But objects break after a couple throws, so this is a limited use tactic.

Good luck!

  • Intense Action Combat: Playing as Conan, players will utilize a deep and gratifying combat system that offers a variety of fighting styles to battle enemies. Through multiple movement trees, players can string together combos and fight foes using grappling moves, hand-to-hand combat, sword fights and dual-wielded attacks.
  • Interactive Environments: Highly interactive combat locations and real-time physics will allow players to pick up any weapons in sight, such as swords, axes, spears and torches, and use surrounding environmental elements to inflict damage on enemies.
  • Cinematic Game Play Experience: The Conan video game harnesses next generation hardware to deliver a cinematic game play experience, complete with innovative special effects, lighting and a powerful, epic soundtrack, to capture the essence of the Conan universe.
  • Rated 5 out of 5 by from this is one game i cant let go!!!!!!!!! one of the greatest games i have ever played hands down got this when it first came out and its one game that i wont part with everything about this game is great basic pick up and play and have a good time game trust me after you play this you will want to play it over and over again and for the price they want for it now its a steal one thing though its not a easy game to find .
    Date published: 2013-11-26
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Blah After reading all the great reviews and loving GOW I saw it for $8 which was a no brainer. Once playing I noticed that it was very simular to GOW but man it was so boring, even mindless slaughtering became boring fast. Enemies are dumb and all look and interact the same.
    Date published: 2011-11-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from good for 9.99 i read the first review and i got to tip my hat to this game. if u are a fan of god of war's and dantes inferno then you wud love ths game. the challenges are not that hard which suc's so u can run thur this wit no problem. the graphics are good, just get it you will not be disappointed. cant beat it for 9.99 may be less by the time you read this
    Date published: 2010-10-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Conan is great fun! Conan is awesome and just bought it by chance. I was taking back DMC4 because i got sick of fighting the same jesters over and over and backtracking constantly that i wanted a more enjoyable hack and slash experience with some old school fun to it. Slashing someones arm or head off with your sword as blood splats out of your victim is always great entertainment. The gameplay is just great fun and has been very enjoyable.This is where Conan takes the cake! The enemies and bossess are fantastic! I usually am very hard and critical on a game, so theres gotta be something about it for me to really get into it. I am loving Conan and am glad i exchanged DMC4 for it. Go get this game! I hope they release a sequel as i can see what some of you fans mean. I remember Conan books and the movies from the 80s, so this is a real treat. Great job THQ, do another one! [-] Minimize Comment
    Date published: 2009-08-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Overall really good game! Game makers can learn alot from this game. Many people probably are not to keen on the character or title of Conan or maybe they instantly think of Arnold and this being a movie game (which it's not), and because of so many other characters out there to play out there, this one may be shadowed over. I wasn't a huge fan only playing the demo got me interested in playing the game. The demo was so fun, I bought the game. The only thing I can say negative is the forced control and not totally open play, but the fun of the game fighting with swords and shields, and tossing a flaming stick playing with fire at the bad guys can be pretty fun. When I saw the gorillas I instantly thought of the old movie, 1960's "The Time Machine" with the creepy yellow eyes! Those were not gorillas in the movie, but resemble them none the less. I wonder if that's where they got the idea from? Great enemy bosses, the sand Dragon is almost comical not wanting to ever give up, and soon as you think you got him, he's back again! If your a fan of the original comics Conan, this game is for you! If you want to just play a fun game where you can use swords and shields as your weapon of choice, this is also for you! I also appreciate the fact that you can go back and pick up a sword or shield that you have hidden somewhere, and it doesn't disappear. One thing I can't stand more than long story boards, and forced play is when things disappear on you! I wish the guys you killed would stay after you killed them, so you can see how many people you took out and it's just fun, but I guess you can't have everything. The graphics, controls, sounds are all good. Playing on a 1920x1080 HDMI with a PS3 just makes it all better. Thanks for a great game! A+
    Date published: 2009-05-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Action Adventure This I thought was an awesome game. I really enjoyed it and would refer it to anyone. The entire game you hack and slash, I love it. When you get two blades and you hack and slash in a continuous combination then your blades begin to glow. This is a game that will occupy all of your time if you like to slash and kill all of your enemies. Try this game and I believe that you will not be disappointed. There were these huge gorillas, when I first saw them I thought to myself, "Now how am I gonna kill this thing?" after dying a couple of times I caught the concept and realized that they were very easy to defeat if you have two axe's in your hand. You have to go through each part of the game and save the tied up half-naked damsel. I must admit I thought it was great at first saving them, but after a while after you have died about a million times, all you want to do is just kill the damsel because this game will get frustrating because the levels are not easy. All I can suggest is to just try it. I believe you won't regret it.
    Date published: 2008-04-10
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