Conan Exiles

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Barbaric adventure fails to live up to its potential.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

All about trying to stay alive in a harsh realm, where rule of life is survival of fittest. Players encouraged to be more ruthless than merciful, live in a world where people are executed, made into slaves on a whim.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No "positive" role models, as much as there are "less negative" ones. World is brutal, unforgiving; inhabitants need to be the same. While NPCs are at least predictable in behavior, player characters are anything but, leading to some potentially nasty confrontations.

Ease of Play

Although lots of game options, controls feel sluggish, forced. Surprisingly high difficultly at start; glitches occasionally plague experience.

Violence

Hack-and-slash fantasy violence in all its bloody, gory glory. This includes more decapitations, dismemberment than most horror movies. Events in game spotlight other forms of brutality, including cannibalism, human sacrifice, torture.

Sex

During character creation, players can choose options, including just how much nudity is allowed in their games. Some players will choose full nudity, leaving nothing to proverbial imagination; even choosing a server that doesn't support full nudity leaves fairly extreme partial nudity throughout game.

Language

Though actual in-game dialogue is light on profanity, online nature exposes players to unfiltered conversations of other players, potentially exposing them to obscenities, other offensive commentary.

Consumerism

Based on Robert E. Howard's popular Conan series, which has spawned numerous books, comics, films, TV series, more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Numerous references to, instances of alcohol use. One potion described as a "potion that causes hallucinations and visions."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Conan Exiles is a downloadable online open-world survival game based on Robert E. Howard's popular Conan the Barbarian franchise. Currently in Early Access, the game features support for both single-player and multiplayer gameplay, with players able to choose features such as player verses player (PvP) and player versus environment (PvE) servers, as well as full or partial in-game nudity. The game is extremely violent, with scenes of dismemberment, decapitations, executions, and human sacrifice. Due to the online nature of the multiplayer component, with players interacting with each other in various ways, language and other potentially offensive content can be difficult to avoid. There also are references to and instances of drinking, and one potion provides hallucinations to characters that choose to drink it.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJack G. August 18, 2017

Absolute garbage

This game is absolutely rubbish I bought it for 30 pound I expected a little bit of lag but it's constantly and the crashing is crazy I cannot even play th... Continue reading
Adult Written byHans.s November 15, 2018
Teen, 16 years old Written byLjkmpljkmp October 26, 2018

It’s ok

It’s an alright game better than it used to be and mostly just building and surviving in a mystical world pretty much even the videos show how’s its played

What's it about?

In CONAN EXILES, players become a part of the Hyborian Kingdom, the sword-and-sorcery-fantasy home of Robert E. Howard's epic hero, Conan. Sentenced to die the desert, you're set free after a chance encounter with the Cimmerian. Left to fend for yourself, naked and alone, you must scavenge for food and water to survive. But survival isn't enough. You must prove your strength by overcoming your hardships, defeating your foes, and building a new life for yourself. In time, your legend will grow and so will your power. Before long, you'll have your own followers, your own servants, and perhaps even the gods themselves bending to your will. Just remember that you're not alone in your quest for glory. There's always someone else ready to challenge your strength and take your place. Your decisions will dictate your fate, and through your actions you will rise from exile to conqueror. 

Is it any good?

It's a fairly safe bet that any time if your name is best recognized when followed by the words "the Barbarian," you're probably not known for your subtlety. It also follows that a game based on that world would be anything but subtle. That said, Conan Exiles doesn't shy from its "barbarian" roots or use the violence of the world as simply a backdrop for adventure. Instead, the game puts that violence front and center, relishing in its brutality. Whether you're chopping the arms off an enemy, torturing a potential "thrall" into submission on a Wheel of Pain, eating the flesh of another human, or performing a human sacrifice to one of the game's pantheon of gods, Conan Exiles never lets players forget for a moment that the Hyborian Age is one of savagery and ferocity. One of the funny quirks about the game is that it gives players the option of including full nudity, but it never once questions its violence. Apparently, it's perfectly acceptable to carve the heart out of another human being, but potentially seeing bare breasts (and more) is a decision best left to the player.

Even for all its brutality, Conan Exiles has a deeply engaging setting and a fascinating lore. It's a gorgeous-looking world, provided you're running it on a system capable of really showing off its splendor. It's also an ambitious game, promising players the flexibility to make the world their own by not only surviving but also building their own legend. Unfortunately, interacting with the world around you feels forced and cumbersome. The game's unforgiving difficulty also means you'll likely have to restart numerous times, getting more and more frustrated with the experience before you even scratch the surface of it. And that's before you ever deal with any of the game's various bugs and glitches. Sure, the game is in Early Access, so some of this is to be expected, but nearly two months after release, it doesn't feel even close to complete. In fact, the most frustrating thing about Conan Exiles is that there's so much obvious potential, but when you're actually playing, it always feels like the game comes up short of what it's truly capable of.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in entertainment. How different is it when the violence portrayed in books is brought to life in film or games? Does the direct visual translation have a deeper impact than the words on a page?

  • Talk about gaming online. What are some ways that parents can protect kids in an online gaming environment? What rules should be in place, and how should kids respond when presented with offensive content?

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