With each edition of So I Tried… a GameGrin writer takes a small look at a game they've never played before. The game in question has exactly 30 minutes to sell itself, and that decides if we keep playing it or not. Today, I take a look at the PlayStation 4 version of Conan Exiles.
What I thought it was
After watching a hundred and one reviews about a game which was set in a universe I had enjoyed spending time in as a young child, I was ready for a mature take on a dystopian wasteland game not unlike Mad Max and Fallout. It looked like a great crafting-based RPG that would allow me to live out my barbarian fantasies of capturing fortresses, destroying settlements, and annihilating tribes of enemies. I thought I would be able to do all of this while being regaled by tales of heroism which are relayed through interesting dialogue options and found scraps of old books and parchments.
What it actually is
A sub-par RPG set in the world of Conan which combines elements of The Forest and 7 Days To Die and delivers a terribly complicated crafting system, which seems to enjoy being at odds with the player at almost every turn. Starting out as a ‘condemned’ criminal for crimes which you can specify if you so wish, you must travel across the low-quality landscape while battling variations of the same copy-paste NPC’s and discovering settlements with which to interact.
Will I keep playing?
The game is a complete mess and a huge disappointment. Conan Exiles is an example of a poor use of a licensed material. Combining the worst parts of mid-tier survival games from the past 10 years, it only boasts one real selling point it; it contains gratuitous nudity and ‘graphic’ violence. This however falls flat on its face as the violence featured in the game is only as graphic as Fallout 3, which was delivered 11 years ago. Being set in the Conan universe, it had the potential to be something amazing, unfortunately what surfaced is not unlike the hundreds of survival asset-flips which plague the Steam storefront every day.
I rue the day I ever played this game and I hope never to see it again. Thanks to the developer’s inability to lock the admin (cheat) mode, I will never have to as the game takes less than an hour to complete and platinum.