Above: Follow the jump to see the rest of Xfire’s infographic Free-to-play is the future of the games industry, says Xfire in a recent report. The F2P titles supported by micro-transactions were once thought of as a niche market, but according to the numbers, mainstream monthly fee titles like World of Warcraft, are on the decline while free games are on the rise…
We collect a lot of gaming merchandise at GamesRadar. While we buy some of it ourselves, one of the perks of working in the industry is that a week rarely goes by without some new item of promotional gaming paraphernalia finding its way to our desks. And generally it's a pretty even mix of awesome and crap
You’re not supposed to like griefers. You’re supposed to look down on their childish pranks designed to frustrate and humiliate. You’re supposed to frown at the way they ruin it for everyone else. But we don’t care as long as it’s funny. That’s why we’ve collected some of our favorite game-related pranks of all time.
Funcom has revealed what players can expect to see added to Age of Conan over the next couple of months, promising new content, gameplay and social mechanics that should fatten out the MMO.Top of the list is a PvP update, scheduled for later on this month.It will include ten PvP character levels, specific gear and unique weapons, and a fugitive system that will penalise players who hunt low level characters. If you do, other players
Making an online game these days is tough, as there are few interesting settings left to force into the bizarre mold that is the MMO. Luckily for us, there’s a chauvinistic lore-trove waiting in the wings: Robert E. Howard’s Hyboria - the world of shirtless sword-swinger Conan the Cimmerian - which has now become the most brutal MMO in existence.
Age of Conan developer Funcom has apologised for accidentally reducing the breast size of all of the female characters in its MMO. The apology comes after many Age of Conan users spotted the breast reduction on their female game characters and complained on the official forums, even providing evidence of the boob
If there's any game likely to remove GTA IV from the top of the German charts, it's a PC game, and Age of Conan has gone and done it.Funcom's Hyborian Adventures went and nabbed the number one chart slot from Rockstar in both Germany and Sweden, sending GTA IV to number two in the territories.In the UK, GTA IV still reigns supreme, with Conan sitting in the number two slot.In Spain though, both Conan and GTA failed to
Over Memorial Day weekend my girlfriend decided the shower curtain rings in our bathroom were the wrong color, which meant a trip to our local Ikea. Yes, I went too; I’m not completely whipped (yet), but going on couple-y expeditions like this buys me points that can be redeemed for several hours of uninterrupted gaming time that I can spend on my latest addiction, which at the moment happens to be Age of Conan.Thus, barbarian warriors
Funcom released 111,000 copies of the Age of Conan Collectors Edition, and every last one has been sold. That’s a big enough deal as it is, but you really know a game’s got traction when it starts showing up on Craigslist. And that’s just one ad in Washington, D.C. - we found them in
Before there was Conan the Barbarian, there was Robert E. Howard. The prolific author practically invented the sword-and-sorcery genre of pulp fiction in the early 20th century, and Conan was his most famous creation. In 1932, inspired by the lush hill country of central Texas, Howard envisioned the ancient land of Cimmeria and its champion, a brave and headstrong warrior named Conan.
Like a medieval NCAA tournament, raiding in Age of Conan is about gradually making your way to the big showdown. Dungeons raids will be handled by groups of 24 (though 16 highly skilled players may get the job done) in three stages; completing each tier gets you access to the skills and equipment you’ll need to tackle those that follow. Above: Guilds need to divide and conquer if they're going to beat back multiple bosses per
Tortage Island is "the jewel of the Barachan Isles," but it's a gem with some sharp edges. You'll spend all of Age of Conan's first 20 levels in, around, and in some cases under the island's many and varied environments, all of which are populated by flora, fauna, and folks who'd like to see you six feet under. As in any MMO, travel time is also a factor - expect to do a fair bit of running between points - so the better you know your
Even the most solitary pre-level 20 young warrior will eventually have to dive into Age of Conan’s multiplayer mode in order to earn enough experience to progress in the main story line. Luckily, diehard soloists shouldn’t fear Age of Conan’s multiplayer side. Once you tell your trainer at the Thirsty Dog Inn that you’d like to adventure with others, the game will transition to daytime, bringing you together with all the other “day questers” on your server.
There’s been no shortage of confidence from the Age of Conan camp, perhaps befitting the game’s namesake: the last press release we received from developer Funcom heralds the game as “one of the most highly anticipated MMO games in history” - and announces that the PC version’s gone gold, despite much Internet buzz among beta testers that it needs more polish than the remaining weeks to launch can possibly
We've got two exclusive videos of Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures to show you. They come from a demonstration of the PC game, hence the guy speaking enthusiastically into the microphone. With some swearing, which is why there's an age gate on the video. Well, that and the bra-less succubus
Age of Conan goes live on May 20 in all of its Mature-rated, graphics-intensive, literary-high-minded glory, but beta testers have been blabbing about the game for weeks now. Far be it from us to keep our mouths shut when everyone else is yakking - we played the first 20 levels of the beta, including a straight shot through the game’s single-player quests.In the single-player game, you’re pursuing your character’s
Fancy playing Age of Conan a couple of weeks before its release? Well, as luck would have it, we've got 500 beta keys up for grabs, courtesy of Eidos
Funcom's taken the time out to create a little tutorial video focussing on combat and magic use in Age of Conan. You will have read about the game's real-time combat countless times in countless previews, but here you can finally watch it - and that magic use - while having it all explained to you in this walkthrough movie voiced by a very well-spoken gentleman. He says "self-buff" like he really means it.
Just to prevent any potential collapsing in shock upon discovering subscription costs for Age of Conan on launch day, Funcom's revealed the full pricing structure for the MMO three weeks before release.In the UK it's £10.34 per month - which is £8.99 plus VAT - £28.95 for three months or £53.06 for a six-month block. So obviously it works out cheaper if you pay for the subscription in three- or six-month blocks
Funcom's seen fit to conjure up details on Age of Conan's PvP modes as the MMO creeps ever closer to release.The big, big, big end-game PvP feature in the title is siege warfare, which finds guilds and players fighting for control of battlekeeps with might of arms and siege weaponry. Successful conquering of enemy-held battlekeeps and subsequent ownership rewards all members of the conquering guild with buffs and bonuses.On top of this Funcom