Into the Desert with Conan Exiles
Conan Exiles comes from the same universe as Conan the Barbarian. Here is a little bit of reference to get you into the mood.
Conan Exiles is set in this savage world filled with legend, myth, and magic and having tons going for it. It is a survival game with a hefty crafting element and simple yet interesting leveling mechanics. It has a controversial character creation element that basically any non-US based console gamer can enjoy. The server-based system the game runs on could be a little bit annoying at times. However, with a good group of consistently playing friends, you’ll find yourself coming back and playing regularly.
The story begins with Conan strolling by and reviving you and releasing you from crucifixion. A neat little bonus gives gamers the reasons for their character’s unfortunate situation as well. You have a bracelet on that apparently if you remove you die. As of right now, I haven’t run into anything story-wise that points you in the right direction. From some research and near death encounters I have found that the point is basically to kill the major bosses of the game so that they drop key items. The said key items then get traded/combined towards the end of the game and you are given the option to remove the bracelet.
Since you start butt naked in the desert, your first goal should be to pick up everything in the assumption you can use it for some kind of crafting. Just about everything has a purpose. Plant fiber can be used to create beds and as components to larger items like chests and weapons. Iron can be used for upgrading your harvesting materials, armor, and so many more things. You can smelt ore, tan hides, press fish for oil. I can literally go on for hours on the amount of stuff you can craft.
Along with the crafting comes the leveling system. As you level you gain the usual “points” to put into your character. In Conan Exiles, you are doing this across two different systems. You level up the basic crafting recipes trees you start off having access to. This is probably so that people don’t run straight to some OP resource and start building a server ruling outpost. Thankfully the game starts you off with the basics for you to survive.
Speaking of survival, a bed is your save point, so if you don’t make a bed your priority, then be ready to start off in the desert each time you die. A shelter will protect you from sandstorms and any other “outside” related damage. The other attributes go into your stats, giving you a variety of perks when certain gates are met. Also for first-person fanatics, just press up on the D-pad and you’re up close and personal. Here is a fantastic showcase of the perks your characters can take advantage of in the game:
While a Single Player mode is a fun version where your items and save file are safe, you won’t run into anyone but NPCs here. If you are doing a private co-op game, do not expect your visiting friend to be able to go far. A tether prevents them from going beyond a certain distance from the host player. At first, this isn’t much of a real bother but later in the game when you want to go separate ways for some productive reason, you are out of luck. If you are a solo player, a single player game is the best bet for you to enjoy Conan Exiles I just didn’t feel any purpose playing alone.
The graphics of this game vary on just about every TV you can watch it on. The landscapes are amazing, the shading is great, and the whole map feels very natural. The human characters of the game while ugly, don’t look horrible. The creatures you run into also have a lot of detail on them as well. Every model moves kind of funky, however. When you get mobbed by alligators, its an intimidating spectacle, but when they reach you at certain angles it makes them blend into one model. Not a big deal but it kind of cuts out the immersion of the game.
The best way, and the worst way, to describe this music is Epic. The grand orchestral pieces and even the “oh shit monster is chasing me” music is really well done. The sound effects are pretty close to the real-life counterparts. When you knock some wood, it sounds like you’re chopping trees, etc. I can’t really say anything negative about the music of the game. I had to hunt down some of the music you’ll hear as you explore the massive map.
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 is a sandbox game that blends crafting and survival seamlessly. It is worth just as much as it is priced if you’re willing to put in the time.