Wednesday, 30 May 2018 12:10

REVIEW: Conan Exiles (Xbox One)

Written by Brett Hale

Conan Exiles is a game set in the days of Conan the Barbarian. Now, while Conan is in the games title, you don’t play as him nor do you really ever see him. This is a action survival game that has a cool concept but falls short from time to time.

Conan Exiles spent a fairly long time in Xbox One’s preview program as well as in Steam's early access program. Having had plenty of updates in that time, even since the game left both programs it's still continued to be updated.

The story begins with you on a cross as an outcast who’s sentenced to die in a horrid wasteland, but Conan comes to remove you from the cross and this is when the game begins.

There’s a choice of playing single player, co-op or online. Sever rentals are seen in the main menu but doesn’t seem to be working at the time of me doing this review. Online multiplayer is in two formats, PVP and PVE. The difference between the two is simple, PVP is fighting other players, destroying their buildings and depending on the server rules you can steal loot. PVE is about working together, you cannot fight other players instead you’ll fight creatures and take on survival together in this harsh world.

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You can’t make a decent “survival game” and not make it difficult. Conan Exiles is a hard place to stay alive, you’ll need to stay hydrated, eat often and have shelter without one of these, it will make your time playing very hard. On top of that there are other humans who will attempt and sometimes succeed in killing you, but humans aren’t all you should worry about. Animals can be okay at times when your close but some just want to chase you down and eat you.

It is quite early on that you discover that a sense of direction is missing, it's like being blind folded and driven to a isolated location and chucked out having to find your own way home. It was the thing I disliked the most about the game, a little help wouldn’t go astray.

When playing single player/co-op there are 3 difficulty settings plus a custom setting that's far more in-depth. Easy, normal and hard are your standard difficulties and each has its own pros and cons that you can go over before deciding. The pause menu is where you will go to check the world map, craft loads of items from beds, weapons and even armour. Your character has an attribute system that you can slowly increase, stats and inventory can be checked too.

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Prior to playing you’ll create your character either male or female. The most notable thing about Conan Exiles are the “character enhancements”, but before I go into that there is a free DLC pack that allows for full nudity. You can choose either no nudity, partial or full. While creating your character females can have their breast size small or very large but that's not as out there compared to being able to make the male genitalia very big, and not because I’m a creep and more for comedic reasons I played with my character fully nude. Upon choosing the sex of your character you’ll choose a race, religion, voice and head. There are 6 religions and 14 races to choose from.

This game actually looks good! Base hardware really doesn’t do all that well with visuals, but having played it on Xbox One X I had the X’s power at good use with the game running at 1440p which is technically upscaled to 4K, through the UI on the One X is 4K. Gamers on the PS4 Pro will achieve 1080p, base PS4 and Xbox don’t quite reach 1080p, though across all platforms it's roughly 30fps and frame rate issues are noticeable with dips that caused stuttering even when nothing really was happening on screen. The HUD is basic showing very little, button inputs, health and stamina bars and drink, food and temperature levels.

Is Conan Exiles worth playing? My response is if it goes on sale and is fairly cheap maybe, but full retail price unless you are a die hard survivalist game lover it’s not worth the price tag.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 3.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: Funcom
  • Publisher: Funcom
  • Genre: Multiplayer, Action / Adventure, Role-Playing