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Conan Exiles genre-wise is a survival sandbox fantasy game, which cleaves to the ideas and aesthetic of Conan quite nicely. I've read virtually every bit of Conan literature there is to read, and seen the movies, followed the comics. As a fan of Conan in that regard I'm really happy with Conan Exiles since it brings to life part of Conan's world extremely well. From harsh desert climes, to deep jungles and frosty northern wastes, there's a lot to see and do here and many hidden dark secret places that can corrupt the mind just as much as they destroy the body.
I played the PC version of Conan Exiles for the purposes of this review. From the perspective of a fairly demanding PC nerd, I found the game to be more than adequate. While it has lots of the classic rough edges common to survival games, it can be outright beautiful at times. I encountered no performance issues on my machine during play and the game has all the graphical options and settings you'd expect from a competent PC release. The game works well with high resolutions, ultrawide configurations, and high refresh rates. I found it to be very playable with the Xbox One S controller, though I used a mouse and keyboard for the majority of my time. The game runs on Unreal Engine 4, so users can expect the usual strong point or quirks common to games that license this popular engine.
This is one of those games that I constantly go back to when I'm bored or need some excitement. The endless treks into the desert will never get old and there is always something new to discover. Whether I want to spend all of my time building on the beach, or adventure into the wild to take down a boss or a wild animal for fur, there's always something to do. For the best experience, play on an official server with a high population.
Aside from being upset about the US not getting a full nude version of Conan Exiles on the console, this game is pretty damn good. The crafting system is extremely complex in regards to the variety of things you can make and their uses. The access to those recipes and the actual creating of the items is easy and even a brain dead horse would be able to manage it. The thrall system (Servants) makes this even easier and speeds up the process of everything as well as beef up your base defense. The single player is great for people who prefer solo play but it takes some fun out of the game in my opinion.
Conan Exiles may not have the budget and finesse of those Triple A games, however at the end of the day, it is a decent open world survival game. The inconsistences with the gameplay and at times buggy graphics can be forgiven because it has charm and more importantly it successfully draws you into the world of Conan as you build your own Kingdom in an attempt to make your own mark in this godforsaken world.
Overall, the game is superb. I love the hack and slash dynamics. The crafting system is awesome because you really need to go through the hardships and challenges just to craft even a single item. I would recommend that this game be played with friends as it’s the type where it’s more fun playing with others. One of the things I didn’t like is the story, it’s kinda difficult to understand especially to those who haven’t seen anything that’s Conan-related.
After finally going out of Xbox Live Preview we get an unstable mess riding on the wave of Ark and similar titles. Interesting setting may not be enough to offset all the flaws. But it looks good, plays alright, and gives us direction, which is way more than other titles of this genre can offer.
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There are many dangers and challenges in the lands of Conan the Barbarian. It is great open world survival game with powerful building system and many possibilities.
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I really liked Conan Exiles. It drops you into an intense and brutal world, and it has deep gameplay mechanics that rewards you for digging deeper into the game. There is potential for some really cool things you can do, and this is the type of game in which you can spend 100+ hours playing. The combat is a bit too simple for my taste, so hopefully that is improved as the game is updated. I'd also like to see how Funcom can evolve the Thrall system some more but, overall, this is an easy game to recomend.
Conan Exiles is probably the most interesting survival game yet, despite the minor technical issues. If you're looking for an original survival title with enjoyable gameplay, you've just hit the jackpot.
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Conan Exiles really shocked me in a good way because honestly I didn’t expect such a huge amazing survival game that could make me to play over 70 hours in just few days! Man… this game is really really huge game with amazing amount of content that worth your every penny you sold to buy this game. We must mention that Conan Exiles has some technical problems, bugs and also big voice issues but these problems are so Negligible prepare to positive elements of the game. Conan Exiles is a really “Survival” game and you need to be extremely patient when you play it and be ready to click on every points of its huge world and collect items to become stronger very slow, specially if you play offline solo. In fact playing this game in offline solo is so overwhelming and I absolutely suggest you that play Conan Exiles online and co-op to see all beautiful contents of the game and more importantly grow faster in its huge world. Conan Exiles Undoubtedly is one the best survival game that we ever seen and worth your time and money very well.
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Conan Exiles is a game where you make your own experience. Much like Minecraft, Exiles will have you exploring, creating, and building, while also providing a fully immersive game set in the world of Conan the Barbarian. Most of the time that will equal out to fun.
Given its dark and mature fantasy theme, Conan Exiles is a surprisingly accessible online survival experience. Even under the most generous conditions the game will still challenge you as you make your mark on the world, and players who fancy themselves as survival game experts will find plenty to pit their abilities against. No matter your level of experience, Conan Exiles is a survival experience that is very much worth investing in.
Despite its issues and flaunts, I couldn't keep myself away from Conan Exiles. Its meaty combat, huge map and nicely paced objectives made the game morish, even when I got lost (in the menus, not the jungles).
Conan Exiles feels like an unfinished game. A unique survival experience, full of potential, but also full of bugs and broken elements. It may become one of the best in its genre, if Funcom continues working on it.
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The game is a great addition to the likes of Minecraft but they are looking for something deeper and realistic, suffering from the disadvantages and technical errors that limit the pleasure but play online makes it amusing anyway.
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Funcom has created the largest Conan video game to date. This title has a successful commitment to survival and free construction in a large and rich environment. There are other mechanics, also good, such as combats with Souls-type action, or the search for sanctuaries and divine invocations to gain power and presence in these wild lands. The technical issues are the usual ones of early access games, such as framerate, the AI or the animations.
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This is a game with a huge map and with almost infinite content. Funcom has brought Conan the Barbarian's world to a very complete game and improving what we saw in the early access, even though it has some flaws to be fixed.
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Conan Exiles is a pretty good game with some excellent visuals, but while the Early Access was perhaps 50% there, the full release only reaches about 75%. Perhaps one day it will reach 100.
Conan Exiles actually surprised me with how much fun it was and how deep the various gameplay mechanics got. The team at Funcom have done a great job in taking on user feedback and developing the game throughout early access and delivering a final product which actually works without too many issues. As a single player game, you will find many hours of rewarding experiences as you learn the basics and develop your own skills and knowledge. As a multiplayer game, you and your mates/random people will find hours upon hours of enjoyment as you either work together or against each other and fulfil your destiny.
Conan Exiles offers hundreds of hours worth of addicting gameplay for those who love the grind and tediousness of crafting combined with the challenge of survival. The play modes are so flexible that anyone, regardless of experience with the genre, can jump in and get a fair start.
Conan Exiles is enjoyable enough, but it does reveal some fundamental weaknesses in the survival genre; it's not one that can be tuned effectively to storytelling, and that means that if you're using a storytelling property, such as Conan, you're going to need to exhibit a great deal over control to bring the necessary focus into the experience, and unfortunately the developers weren't able to quite get there with Conan Exiles.
Conan Exiles has several flaws that can ward off players interested in the world of the famous barbarian, but also shows quality in their primary functions. A cooperative experience further enhances the quality of the game and ensures good fun if the various technical and visual problems are ignored.
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Conan Exiles is one of the more polished survival games out there. The exploration and flow of combat is some of the best in the genre too. I just wish I had more personality to make it stand out from the rest.
Conan Exiles is a fantastic survival game, arguably one of the genre's best. Right now the game suffers from some ropey console performance, server issues and a range of bugs. But despite these issues the game is a whole lot of fun, especially with friends. Don't sleep on Conan Exiles.
Conan Exiles is dated and full of bugs, but it's also very fun due to a good story and huge amount of contents, and if you can overlook its many technical issues, you might end up having a great time playing it.
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Conan Exiles isn't revolutionary, and it has its fair share of issues, but it's also a very engaging, addictive experience that can keep you hooked for dozens of hours.
Conan Exiles is not a bad game, although it's not a great game either. It's far more enjoyable than Sea of Thieves thanks to giving players more direction, although gamers that don't play survival genre video games aren't going to enjoy this game a lot. Only gamers that have many online friends and love survival games are going to get the most enjoyment out of Conan Exiles.
I had a lot of fun while playing Conan Exiles, despite the fact that playing MMO game in solo mode makes almost no sense and that you have to join a clan pretty quickly. Even though it doesn't offer anything new nor it is better than the competition, it is still a good game. Really!
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In fact, that pretty much sums up the game as a whole. It's a game of magnificent vistas and embarrassing glitches, epic ambitions and humdrum work. The world is vast and beautiful, yet filled with dumb animals and even dumber enemies. While never less than absorbing, it can be hideously annoying too.
Conan Exiles brings you in a violent world, full of background stories and dangerous places, but still feels crippled due to technical flaws, despite the time passed in early access on Steam.
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Conan Exiles is often slow and arduous, but even after 70 hours – 40 since launch – the idea of returning to the Exiled Lands still holds some allure. Crafting is largely a tedious grind, especially the higher up you get in the crafting tiers, and it's surprising that in a world about brutal combat, Conan Exiles falls flat there. However, the beautifully realized world is a joy to explore and it nails the atmosphere of the source material.
Funcom has delivered an above-average open world survival game that lives up to the mythos created by Robert E Howard. It fits in perfectly with the rest of the lore. However, while it is a fun game, it lacks a lot of polish, but if you can look beyond the flawed exterior, Conan Exiles will deliver hours of enjoyment.
While some of Conan Exiles has rubbed off a bit for me thanks to friction with its more cumbersome aspects, it remains a genuinely engrossing experience to play... if you can find a spot in the queue.
Half-broken and needlessly obscure, but if you have the patience this challenging survival game can be extremely satisfying – and it'll be even better when it's finished.
As you play more of Conan Exiles and access higher tier items, it becomes more and more clear that there was serious potential here. The survival aspects of the game are fun, provided survival is your thing, and it brings some new ideas and features to the table. The thrall system in particular is interesting, but ultimately fails in its execution. Considering its price, I can't help but feel the package and its quality is a little lacking.
When things click, Conan Exiles is a unique and moreish survival-RPG that does scratch a primal itch. Unfortunately, it's also sadly mired by a multitude of bugs, framerate stutters, audio dropouts and some head-scratchingly confusing menu systems.
Hardcore fans of the survival genre may find it really fun to try and build a small empire in the exiled lands of the Conan universe but newcomers may find that it is uneven and janky.
Conan Exiles is a surprisingly good open world survival game that does a good job of blending genre mechanics with the harsh world of Conan the Barbarian. It's seriously addictive stuff despite general jankiness and a strange obsession with nudity, but the multiplayer is the real highlight. If you're looking for something new to play with your friends for a bit, look no further.
Conan Exiles is plump with content, combining a sprawling continent with enough progression mechanics to provide endless engagement. However, the game does not feel deserving of its namesake. Between bland combat and an uninspired world, Funcom's Hyboria bears little resemblance to Robert E. Howard's glorious battles and fantastic locales, even failing to live up to its digital forebears. That crafting and community building saves the title from the bin of also-rans similarly seems like a betrayal of the tenets of those time-worn tales. Pedantic literary enthusiasts aside, players will find much to keep them engaged in Conan Exiles, particularly as the developers continue to work on the title in the coming months, ironing out the shortcomings evident in this initial release.
These positives tend to be forgotten though, and can be completely eclipsed by the game's main pitfalls. The frame rate is unacceptable at times, which then affects the already subpar combat. These issues, combined with the numerous crashes, took me out of the experience more than a few times. Sadly, these negatives are nigh impossible to overlook.
Conan Exiles could have been so good, so rich, but instead it turned out to be an awkward and often poor experience just on the gameplay mechanics alone. Add in the poor framerate on consoles and you will likely do as I did and turn the game off for a spell, hoping against hope that further console optimization without any additional loss in graphical fidelity happens (hint, it likely will not happen). Even the animations do not know where to stand in the quality and functionality of Conan Exiles, as many are plastic or wooden looking while others are smooth as a buttered baby's backside. Hell, even the environments are confused … Water? It is stunning but grass and shrub textures? Purely out of the mid-2000's. Once Conan Exiles is able to take itself seriously it may actually turn out to be a decent game, but by then it may be too late.
In this particular version of the Conan the barbarian, the world was too dull and unpolished to lure me in. The crafting system – while confusing – is unquestionably deep, which enabled me to build some cool things in an environment that offered no true variety or immersion.
Conan Exiles is still a very rough survival game after launch. It has a lot of issues and should be better. It is thematically tied to Conan but Conan really isn’t a part of this game. Buyer Beware.
With Conan Exiles, you're either in or you're out. There's a hardcore fanbase out there that loves this game, but there's an exceptionally high learning and enjoyment curve that will keep more casual players from getting invested enough to explore its deepest content or even wade around much in the shallow end. On a quality level, the game simply doesn't feel like it made it out of early access even though this is the full release. Add that the game is hardly optimized for controller and living room TV play, and this is a title that is hard to recommend outright. That said, for fans of survival games, there's a very intriguing game layered underneath walls, road bumps, and cliffs that need to be scaled to get there. And it's easy to lose hours of time simply figuring out how to build a house, or, you know, put on pants, but a lot of that can be chalked up to poor and barbaric design.
Conan Exiles excels in its sense of place, and has an absorbing and complex crafting system that will keep you coming back, but there is no escaping that it is a deeply flawed game that still feels a little unfinished.
Conan Exiles seems to always be flirting with a good idea, before dropping that and doubling down on being terrible. There is a lot of promise when the game starts out, and between the intense mood and solid survival mechanics, it seems like there might actually be a good time in store. However, in the sixty or seventy hours that follow, disappointment slowly builds until the whole adventure ends with a pitiful thud. The combat is dreadfully boring, and there are so many bad ideas that work against its core survival mechanic that it is a wonder the game stays interesting as long as it does. Destined to be exiled to the bargain bin, Conan Exiles is worth little more than a passing glance, and only for the hardcore survival genre enthusiasts.
There is a little potential buried underneath the rubble that is Conan Exiles. The world, though sparse and slightly ugly does fit the license. The PvP is suitably unforgiving, the challenge of surviving the world brings out the worst in people and the best in the game.
Conan Exiles is one of the most disappointing games I have played this generation. I have not experienced another game on PlayStation 4 as broken as Exiles. It is hard to believe that a game could be released for purchase in such bad condition. In another genre, the bugs in Exiles might be fun or amusing. In a survival game, they are crippling. Gamers deserve, and should demand, better.