Age of Conan: Unchained is an award-winning and critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online game set in the sexy, savage and brutal world of Conan the Barbarian. Tread in the footsteps of the greatest fantasy hero of all time, and explore the vast reaches of Hyboria.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (305 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 22, 2013

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Second Chances are rare in this market, but when they happen, they create great things. Age of Conan is the perfect example of that.

9/10 - http://www.dualshockers.com/2011/09/16/review-age-of-conan/

With the right eye players will find a magical world full of rich lore, gruesome gore and plenty of barely clothed wenches. What more could you truly ask for?

8/10 - http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/game/191/view/reviews/load/157/Age-of-Conan-Unchained-Youve-Come-a-Long-Way-Baby.html

Actionreiches Online-Rollenspiel für Erwachsene.

9/10 - http://www.gamestar.de/spiele/age-of-conan-unchained/test/age_of_conan_unchained,47087,2324194.html

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About This Game

Age of Conan: Unchained is an award-winning and critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online game set in the sexy, savage and brutal world of Conan the Barbarian.
Tread in the footsteps of the greatest fantasy hero of all time, and explore the vast reaches of Hyboria. Choose between twelve different classes, from Barbarian to Demonologist, and fight your way to riches and glory as you battle creatures straight out of hell or even engage in colossal guild vs. guild warfare!

Key Features:

  • Unprecedented character development:

    Age of Conan: Unchained offers a wealth of character development options, and through 80 levels of content your character will grow in power and influence.
  • Choose between twelve diverse classes:

    Play as a Cimmerian, Stygian, Aquilonian or Khitan - and choose between twelve diverse classes before venturing into the depths of Hyboria.
  • A world of breathtaking beauty:

    Age of Conan: Unchained features the groundbreaking graphics of our proprietary DreamWorld engine, ensuring the world of Hyboria is rich, lush, and vibrant. From the vast forests of Aquilonia to the mountain tops of Cimmeria to the burning deserts of Stygia - Conan's world is one of infinite adventure and amazing wonders. Search for treasure in the deepest dungeons of the world, or engage yourself in the gang rivalry of the Tarantia underworld. There is always something new to see and do in the world of Conan.
  • Rule your own guild and build entire cities:

    Rule your very own guild, work together to acquire renown, and build your very own guild cities complete with buildings and decorations.
  • Battle other players in epic siege warfare:

    Age of Conan: Unchained offers a wide variety of gameplay experiences for all kinds of PvP gamers. Throw yourself into epic guild vs. guild battles, test your mettle in the mini-games, and claw your way up the PvP ranks.
  • Unique, action-oriented MMO combat:

    Age of Conan: Unchained features a unique, action-oriented combat system never before seen in an MMO, where you control every swing of your character's weapon for a truly immersive combat experience.
After installing the game, you'll create a unique game account from the in-game log-in screen. Good luck and enjoy your journey into the barbaric lands of Hyboria!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows XP / Vista / 7 or later
    • Processor:3Ghz Pentium IV or later
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Shader model 2.0 and 128 MB RAM: NVIDIA GeForce 5800 or ATI 9800 or better
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:30 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
29 of 41 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,475.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
The game had Potential,just as did ESO. both failed right out the gate in their first year. The glue that has held AOC together was the players. That glue is losing it's integrity. The PVP code was easy for Hackers to breach and inject their own sub routines in. In fact each PVP mini-game seems to have at least one hacker in it. Funcom allows this. They also allow gold spammers. When issues of exploits are brought up in the Funcom forum's they act like the NAZI Descendents they always wanted to be. They stifle free speech and communication. They have added no new content to the game since RoTG. In short they took all of the Sub money from AOC and used it for TSW. In addition the former CEO the week before TSW launched sold all of his stock when he knew that Funcom was tanking. This triggered a raid at Funcom HQ. They have consistently lied to their subscribers.

The game has many bug's that are serious enough to hinder game play. Grinds are excessively long and ranking /renown system is broke this limits what dungeons you can enter and raids you can join.

It is a cash shop money mill your FTP account will have no storage space, you cannot complete the main destiny quest, you will be spammed to "Go PREMIUM" each and every time you log in. You will not have access to most of the content of the game as you have to buy each "Country seperate" and if you cancel your sub you lose access to what you paid for. In short when you see FUncom. Remember what that FU stands for.

The Game is dying and hopefully FUncom will die as well. I hope the entire funcom staff chokes to death on Legos.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
I've read a lot of reviews and I will say afew things in regards to my own personal view.

If you like the Conan universe, you will love this game. It's very well represented, and the musical ambiance is spectacular.

If you are one of those storyline players, that loves main quests you will definitely enjoy this.

Now on to my main points:

- Huge world
-RPHEAVEN. If you like RP'ing look on google and find a large RP guild. RP in Conan is awesome.
-did I mention RP? I thought I would since nobody ever mentions that aspect of the games.
- classes are great.
- armors and mounts etc look great.

Overall I recommend this.

Yes a sub makes it even more entertaining but there's noothing that can stop you from leveling other than you.
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27 of 42 people (64%) found this review helpful
49 people found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Adjustable breast size 11/10
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
Best, soundtrack, ever. Period. <3 xo
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
77.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
There is a lot of things that keep drawing me back to this game, but I have no friends. thats why I keep leaving :C
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
271.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Awesome MMORPG. After switching around MMORPGS quite often, I still find myself returning to this world. The most interesting and "participating" in the right manner mmo.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
162.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
One of my favorite MMOS of all time, one that stands on it's own in terms of gameplay and environment. This game is intended for mature players who like a mostly realistic tone to their games. It has blood, it has nudity, it has what you would expect in the world of Conan. The combat is fantastic, unlike most MMOs out there, it keeps you engaged instead of hitting buttons like a trained monkey you have to use your brain and do combos based on the defenses on your opponent and it makes the game that much better and more fun. I love the world and the environment, it feels like you are in the world of Conan. This game is awesome, everyone should at least try it out and find the class they love the most because you'll be hooked once you do. Oh and I forgot to mention you can do fatalities to your enemies such as cutting their heads off or slitting their throats among many others depending on what weapon or magic you may be using, it's awesome and it never gets old!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
291.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
i love the combat in this game i just wish the community was larger and more active. also the pve and story line are very well done
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Ive played it before I found it on steam but its over all a good game in my opnion
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
200.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
This game is my favorite MMO of all time. You can really lose yourself in this game for hours! First of all the Storyline is rich in details and and voice acting makes the storyline so much better. You are in the shoes, or should I say the "robes" of a slave that is on a ship working for his/her's slavemaster. In the ship, you will customize your character. There are 4 Races to pick from. The fourth Race is not for FTP's. The Aquilonian, Cimmerian, Stygian, and the Khitan. There are 12 total classes to pick from and each race can only use certain classes. Each Class can only use 2 weapons that have combos.
The Gameplay
The Gameplay in Age of Conan is really intense and awesome. You can get fatalities which humiliate your opponent and looks awesome too! Every weapon has different fatalities so it's nice to see even yourself get murdered in a cool way. XD
Age of Conan would always be my favorite MMO out and nothing will compete with it as far as now at least. My only problem with the game is that its dying. More and more people are leaving the game and it makes me sad because of how good this game is. I'm trying to get some of my friends to play this game but I feel like more and more people are losing interest in MMO's which make me sad. Every one of my friends don't have the patience to play this game and absorb all its amazing contents and scenery.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
GET THIS GAME!!!




This is a great game! I wish they had it for a mac platform too but hey too bad. The game is basically sort of a World of Warcraft but it is different in a few ways. I love the story line, its very easy to follow and the side quests do not take you far from your main quest destination. I started WOW and didnt like it (im a level 10 human hunter) and found that WOW is useful for wasting time. This game is very addicting and you dont feel like your running half way across the world just to gather a single flower from a old farmer in a hut surrounded by annoying enemies. Yes you can purchase a few classes but this game is playable without paying a cent... so far for me.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
48.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Got to see pixelated breasts without needing to mod the game. For this reason, it is perfect.

10/10 would undress their female character again.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
As I'm writing this review, this game is actually very nice, despite that not a lot of people are playing this nowadays.

I don't see how people are exclaiming that this game is dead, but it's not. I see some players in the game, which makes it clear that this game is not yet dead.

If you love adventure MMORPG games, Age of Conan: Unchained is it.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
A very good game that was lost to the glut of competition in the genre. Great character classes, and dialogue choices for missions offer a variety of playstyles and personality types. Fans of the Conan universe will find a huge amount to love, especially the music and "mature" tone.
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7 of 14 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
The good-

Excellent voice acting
Heavily quest driven
Interesting landscape
Feels a lot like a Neverwinter title.
Really interesting combat system with tons of interesting combo's, High skill cap, really low learning curve.
Fairly interesting jobs

The bad-
No community. The game has been basically abandoned by everyone
Expansion content required in a free to play game. Just to make the race I wanted, I'd have to pay.
Race Locked Jobs
Progression seems odd and slow, and to a point I had no idea if I even really was progressing other than occasionally a new skill would occasionally just show up on my bar
Poorly modeled npcs, extremely outdated graphics.
Tries way too hard to be "Muh mature mmo"


This game does a lot right, but it just isn't good enough in our current mmo market to be worth playing. Especially with amazing (even free to play) titles coming out extremely soon.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
232.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Great game and a lot of fun, especially if you're a fan of the Conan the Barbarian books or movies.
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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
The game feels more like an adult game. Dialogue is vulgar and men aren't the only ones who can fight bare chested.

Gameplay seems a bit light, but I kind of want to see where the story goes.

Personally, I think censorship is perversion but society dictates morality so I end up in direct conflict with society over that issue.
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90 of 95 people (95%) found this review helpful
305.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 8, 2014
May 23, 2014:
I hit level 80 with my main last night, and I'm very excited. My first level 80 character in any MMO, ever. :)

In getting from 63 to 80, I continue to feel like it wasn't much of a grind at all, even though in two zones I ran out of solo quests to do and was forced to move on before I felt ready to leave. Levels 75 to 80 were a bit harder. First I went to Keshatta, and died a lot. Then I went to the Tarantia Common District, and died a lot more. Keep in mind that since I don't group very often, and thus basically never go into dungeons, I have played the entire course of the game with nothing more than the usual green and some blue (rare) drops, which is to say, some of what my main was wearing was pretty bad. :) This was never really a problem until I got to these two zones, and the Common District in particular, which has a lot of powerful mobs. It's probably the one zone I have found to be the most frustrating in the entire game to date. Still, I made do, and swapping between these zones, plus doing some repeatable quests here and there, was okay.

But! There has been something else to keep my attention too.

In December, Funcom added a new and permanent feature to the game: the Twelve Portents. These are "world bosses", one for each month of the year. One boss appears per month, and only for one week at a time, in a specific location. They are raid-level bosses so a great number of players are required to bring them down...but they don't require actual organized raids to do. These bosses sit out in the open (and are easily avoided if you don't care to partake) and anyone of ANY level can help fight it so long as the character can get into the zone and make it to the spawn point. I've gotten raid-level gear from these bosses, and now that I'm level 80, it means I can use it. Very spiffy stuff!

Still having loads of fun, and looking forward to getting into the endgame content now. :)

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January 8, 2014:
I have been playing this game on and off for over a year and recently downloaded it through the Steam client to begin tracking the amount of time I actually put into it. :)

I really enjoy this game. I play primarily solo with three characters in various stages of levelling: one at 63 and the other two are in their 20s. I primarily like this game because of how much solo content it has. I don't feel pressured to "have" to raid or team up if I don't want to--which is something I felt other MMOs basically force players into after about level 40 or so.

Some people have commented on the Steam forums that levelling to 80 is "such a grind"--I don't agree. Each of my characters have different roles and I'm levelling them in different areas of the game, and each of them has been a reasonably unique experience. Sure, some of the quest content is a bit static--gathering or harvesting quests, for example. But in every zone I've been in I always run across quests which I find quite interesting story-wise. You can tell where someone has put a lot of thought into the more complex quests. The dedicated solo content for character progression is really neat too. Every time I get to go to a new zone I'm inevitably wowed by how it looks.

Is the game easy for a solo player? No. I die a lot. Does this mean it's stupid hard? Not at all. There's always something else to do or another way to defeat the enemy. The key is getting to know your character class and making the best of how that class works.

Other Steam users have also said the community for this game is supposedly "garbage". I can't really comment on that... Playing solo means I don't have any real exposure to it. But! Quite frequently I have been rescued/buffed/randomly traded better gear from other players who just happened to be running by when I was getting blapped or otherwise minding my own business. At times I've been politely invited to team up with players who are obviously doing the same kinds of quests as me and I've had fun with them. The one time I have asked for help in the general chat I got loads of helpful feedback. So...my experience is positive. Besides, I don't play the game for the community...I play for the game.

The GM support for this game is amazing. I've had to submit petitions a couple of times because I got stuck or couldn't complete a quest due to a bug. Responses and live support while logged into the game itself came back within four hours and once within 20 minutes. In another MMO I play, you're lucky if you get any kind of reply in a week or two. Tech support outside the game has been really good too. I have a recurring hang issue which the techs have been working with me on for a good month. Even when I was frustrated and a bit short with them they were always friendly and patient.

The graphics are great. There is a DX9 and a DX10 client so you can use whichever one best matches your hardware. I use the DX9 one and while sometimes I can see obvious texture borders and some jaggies despite playing on high quality settings, it's not a huge deal. The zones still blow me away: god rays, foliage that reacts to my character running through it, etc. The first time I found fish jumping up a waterfall I just stopped and watched for a while.

Depending on the importance or complexity of the quest or character offering the quest, there is voice acting. When I was new to the game I figured the voice acting was something I would only see while I was "new" and it would quickly end. Nope! Characters are still talking to my level 63 character. The quality of some of the voice acting could be better but for the most part it's quite good for a free to play game.

I do have a subscription, so all of the areas of the game are open to me. If I was doing free to play, some dungeons and a certain zone would be closed to me. I don't do dungeons that often so I don't think anyone who only wants to play for free should feel they would be missing out. There is so much other content to do, even for groups. The rewards given for having a subscription can be pretty good. I have two level 80 mounts that I'm looking forward to being able to use, and they were given to me because I have had an active sub. :)

Even though the game is free, Funcom is still actively developing it. Character classes were rebalanced in the last year and further changes are planned for things like the crafting system.

If I had to pick something I don't like about the game, it would be the crafting system. It is clunky, and if you want to build a guild city it's also quite expensive (in-game funds). My other complaint might be the tutorial system. There are tutorials in the game and they do pop up at certain times, but I think some areas of gameplay aren't covered as well as they could be, and certain things are hard to find information on at all. Getting to know your character class can be a bit of a challenge too--for example, I didn't really know which attributes were the most useful for my main's class until someone pointed out that the character stats window has tooltips for certain text areas that say which classes benefit from those stats. There's nothing about the design of the window that would have led me to believe I should hover my mouse! Having said that, the UI is pretty minimal and non-intrusive, which is definitely nice.

If you're wanting a fantasy-based MMO that isn't all about the raids, definitely download AoC and give it a try. It's free so the only thing you have to lose is the bandwidth and some hard drive space. I recommend playing until at least level 25 or 30 (which doesn't take that long) before deciding whether to stick with it, so your character can leave the starting area of Tortage, which allows an opportunity to experience the game at large.
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48 of 51 people (94%) found this review helpful
904.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
Let me preface by saying that I don't generally like MMO games. I'm not a big fan of mindless gathering and grinding, or pay-to-win PvP. And sometimes, I just like to be left alone. But, since I enjoy the Conan mythos, I decided to give AoC a try. Besides, at free-to-play, the price was right.

Age of Conan isn't revolutionary, but it certainly exceeded my expectations. I joined the PvE server, and I have the luxury of playing it as a single-player game when I want to, and teaming up when I don't. Even playing solo, levelling up occurs at a reasonable pace thanks to the hundreds of quests to discover and complete. The character classes are balanced enough for PvE that you can choose one to suit your play style without having to worry about being too gimpy to advance. And, what I like best of all, is that there are certain single-player Destiny Quests centering around the plot advancement of your own character. Just imagine? An MMO with a little plot. So, all in all, there's really nothing to lose by taking a chance on the free play.

Just a warning, though - free play can be satisfying, but only up to level 80. Even though 80 is max level, subscription players will continue to advance through an Alternate Advancement tree - so level 80 isn't really the end of your character's evolution. But even if you play to 80 and don't choose to buy a subscription, just getting there can be worth the trip.
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52 of 58 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
158.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
This is it. This may be my favorite game of all-time. It is definitely up there on the list of all-time greats. Why do I like this so much? For starters I am a huge Conan fan. The first movie (the only movie) the graphic novels, I own all the original Robert E. Howard stories. So as you can see I'm a big fan. So am I just a fanboy that would thumbs up this game no matter what? Quite the opposite. I would generally be over critical when it comes to a game made of my favorite fantasy world but they nailed it. Better than I could have ever imagined. Here is why I like it so much...

- Best classes in any MMORPG hands down. Goes far beyond human, elf, orc, etc..
- The music to each zone is like the best hollywood soundtrack for a classic movie. Outstanding.
- Combat feels fun. Doing combos and executing fatalities has not grown stale after close to 150 hours of gameplay.
- Graphics and world layout are wonderful. From the swaying of the grass in the grasslands to the snow-tipped mountains of Cimmeria to the deserts of Stygia and everything else. The animals that roam the countryside that prey on each other to the huge capital city. The world is very much alive and fun to traverse.
- The brutality and mature theme. I wanted a rated R MMORPG. They delivered.

I could go on but you get it. Here is another reason I love this game. I have played every asian kung fu themed game from here to the great wall and none have done it for me until I played the AoC expansion "Rise of the Godslayer" and made it to the far east in Khitai. The area is so well done. The questing is fun. The dungeons are awesome and very challenging. Rather than offering a very family friendly colorful crouching tiger experience, AoC offers a wicked 36 Chambers type experience that I was missing in all other asian games.

It is not the perfect game by any means. On PvP servers gankers are everywhere. The apprentice system is nice but if not used, when in a group with a higher level character it doesn't encourage team work. It is an older game so the player pop is lower than in some new games so finding dungeon mates can be tough at times. Definitely get with a good guild. It is F2P so players can buy top level gear if they want. If that bugs you.

But the Pros outweigh the Cons heavily IMO.

If you are looking for an adult, low-fantasy, brutal, beautiful, vast open world with open world PvP (or not depending on your server) AoC is one of the greatest games ever made in this guy's humble opinion. Good day to you!
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