Conan - blood soaked first look

The Cimmerian barbarian from Robert E Howard's books wants to bathe your TV in blood

"Ahnuld" Schwarzenegger is not Conan the Barbarian. Never has been. His fighting isn't as brutal or dirty as the real Conan's. He doesn't chug as much alcohol as much as the real Conan. And with all respect to Mrs Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver, we're quite sure the Governator doesn't spend as much time banging the bed's headboard into the wall as would the real Conan.

No, the real Conan the Barbarian is the Cimmerian meat sculptor from Robert E Howard's novels. He's the most hard-drinking, wench-laying, enemy beheading savage in history. And he's out to prove it in THQ's newly-revealed action game, simply titled Conan. Don't confuse this with the MMO Age of Conan - this is a totally separate game, from another publisher, a different developer, and with enough bloodlust for any three other games.

Naturally, much of the game is about combat - gloriously gory, bathed-in-blood combat. Conan typically wields a sword, but we saw him carve limbs and heads from torsos using two swords, an axe, a polearm, a shield and torch, a huge, two-handed bastard sword... you get the idea, right? Basically anything that can be shoved into another man or beast's body and twisted to induce injury is fair game.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I was the founding Executive Editor/Editor in Chief here at GR, charged with making sure we published great stories every day without burning down the building or getting sued. Which isn't nearly as easy as you might imagine. I don't work for GR any longer, but I still come here - why wouldn't I? It's awesome. I'm a fairly average person who has nursed an above average love of video games since I first played Pong just over 30 years ago. I entered the games journalism world as a freelancer and have since been on staff at the magazines Next Generation and PSM before coming over to GamesRadar. Outside of gaming, I also love music (especially classic metal and hard rock), my lovely wife, my pet pig Bacon, Japanese monster movies, and my dented, now dearly departed '89 Ranger pickup truck. I pray sincerely. I cheer for the Bears, Bulls, and White Sox. And behind Tyler Nagata, I am probably the GR staffer least likely to get arrested... again.

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