The story of Conan
revolves around the greatest Barbarian and Cimmerian of all time...
Conan the Barbarian with this current tale being cleverly narrated
by a mysterious elderly woman. When Conan attempts to steal an ancient treasure, he unwittingly
unleashes an ancient mage that has forced our hero to now fight his
way through a plethora of enemies in order to prevent this nefarious
wizard from threatening the lands.
The story is
masterfully directed by various cutscenes that nicely move the story
in the direction intended and needless to
say, the chronicle of Conan the game is quite engaging and entertaining.
This game is one of those rare titles where I can sit hours upon
hours playing the game and even thinking about it while I'm not
The gameplay of
Conan is extremely reminiscent of Sony's Gods of War with the
various maneuvers and killing techniques that Conan has access to.
Although Conan has his stock standard maneuvers such as fast attack,
slow attack and block, as you progress through the title you are
awarded rune points that can then be used increase your artillery
of attacks such as X X Y etc to pull off a variety of Barbarian
For certain creatures (ala Gods of
War), Conan can also perform various different killing blows that
are time limited such as pushing B on the controller in order to
slay your foe, failure to do this will see your combatant rewarded
with a small amount of health and you will need to engage them
The battles of Conan
are quite diverse and entertaining with a wide gamut of creatures
available for you to challenge from dastardly pirates to
otherworldly spirits. Conan also has access to a variety of
different weapons from swords to axes which are virtually littered
throughout the gaming environment. My favourite methods for changing
my battle strategies is to pick boxes and boulders that can then be
thrown at your combatants. With that said, the environment is quite
interactive and there are a variety of puzzles along the way which
makes this title the perfect action adventure game.
When your health starts to get low, you
can smash the smaller boxes in order to find health or find health
urns that are located conveniently throughout the gaming environment. The
game has a range of difficulty settings which impact how well the AI
of the game plays so once you have finished the title, some gamers
will give it another show at a higher difficulty level. The boss
battles are also thoroughly enjoyable and sometimes frustratingly
annoying such as the Sand Dragon.
Graphically, Conan is a rather impressive looking game on the
XBox 360 for the majority of time, however it does suffer from a little
lackluster in some of the textures. The characters themselves are well animated and move with a
real-world grace but it's the small things in the game that make the
world of Conan quite impressive. Whether it's the leaves of the
trees moving in the wind or the realistic shadow effects, everything
comes together quite well. As briefly mentioned, the characters
although detailed look a little plain on the XBox 360 but
considering the realistic animations, it's almost forgivable and how
many games can actually get away with partial nudity? For
those that are a little squeamish, be wary as Conan contains a
healthy amount of blood, violence and half naked wenches that need
to be saved... I think I already touched upon that!
The soundtrack of Conan is brilliant and is almost
reminiscent of the
two Conan movies starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. As soon as the
battle heats up, so does the music and in the quieter places in the
game, it sometimes serves as peaceful background ambience but in the
world of Conan, this happens rarely.
The voice acting
is pure cliché and unfortunately Conan sounds a little too
American which is a shame but then again, I'm probably use to
Arnold Schwarzenegger's version. The strange thing about the voice
acting though is that all the other characters sound perfect,
whether it's the villains or the damsels in distress. The game
contains a variety of battle hardy sound effects from Sand Dragons,
pirates and strange beasts being slaughtered by our very own Conan.
In conclusion, Conan
is a great game on the XBox 360 that we could recommend to a variety
of gamers as this is what the console world need, a game that is not
using a first person shooter or racing engine. Finally, a worthy
game in this dry period of repetitive genres... Conan is here to
stay! Great gameplay, decent graphics and good old fashioned arcade
action fun... best of all... refreshing fresh on the XBox 360!