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Launched just over two years ago, Funcom's Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures brought to life the fictional, barbaric world created by author Robert E. Howard. The game's overall story stays true to Howard's timeline, taking place a year after the events depicted in his novel, The Hour of the Dragon.
Although Age of Conan suffered a rough start, it has received favorable reviews over the years as Funcom has diligently applied performance improvements, new adventuring zones, revamps of existing dungeons, a player-vs.-player (PvP) system, and more. Players create their virtual avatar by choosing from four races: Aquilonian, Cimmerian, Stygian, and Khitan. The first-three characters offer archetypes including Rogue, Priest, and Soldier and various sub-classes, such as Ranger and Guardian.
While the game does offer a free-to-play, "unlimited trial" model, there are certain limitations: gamers only play the content available on Tortage Island, they cannot trade with others, they cannot use in-game email, nor can they post on the forums. Naturally, the limitations are lifted once players upgrade their account to the full version of the game for $29.99 plus a $14.99 per month fee.