I’ve Pre-Ordered Rise Of The Godslayer
Oh how impressionable I am. All it takes is Conan The Barbarian to be shown on TV and a pretty email in my inbox from Funcom about their new Age of Conan expansion to get me as excited as a spotty teenageer. Ah, how I missed hacking someone’s head off and then laughing down their stump of a neck. And who says violence warps people?
I’ve just pre-ordered Rise of the Godslayer from Amazon UK as they have it on sale for quite a reasonable £25.99/$40 and, as it contains the original game as well, not only does it mean that it will be easier to install but I can also just create a brand new account and claim my first month’s subscription free. Even though I played AoC for 3 months or so after it came out, I’m not very attached to any of my old characters so I’m happy enough banishing them to digital purgatory and starting afresh on a new server.
To be fair, I actually liked Age of Conan a lot when I first played it (being a big R.E. Howard fan I was hugely excited about it all) and enjoyed it a lot… well, at least the first 20 levels. Tortage was, and is, perhaps one of the best introductry areas to any MMORPG I’ve played and it’s just absolutely dripping with lore, atmosphere and immersion. Wandering around the jungle, slaughtering Picts in the most horrendous ways possibles whilst tracking down ancient Lovecraftian bat-demons was a truly engaging experience. The big problem with Conan was that the rest of the game, to put quite bluntly, utterly sucked.
Several of the classes were terribly rough and unfinished, the entire 20+ game was lacking content and there just plain wasn’t enough depth to keep me (and thousands of other players) interested for the long term. Still, I always believed that AoC had the foundations of a great game whilst the Conan IP, the developers demonstration via Tortage of what they can accomplish when given the right opportunity and Funcom’s reptuation of being able to necromance lagging MMOs all pointed that it could one day resurrect itself like a Tauren Shaman.
The one thing that I am finding incredibly baffling about Rise of the Godslayer though is the absolute lack of information about it. The official website is devoid of useful info and even people on the forums and other sites don’t know what classes the new Khitan race can be. Apparently it’s still all protected by the NDA, very strange considering the expansion comes out in two weeks. Still, maybe this air of mystery is a sign of Funcom’s confidence and, hopefully, a way of keeping the lid on some exciting features.
So this is me giving AoC a second chance and I hope it pays off. Combined with me signing up to WAR again with it’s endless trial, it looks like May could the month of the comeback MMOs.
-Gordon The Barbarian