April 3, 2008

Exclusive Age of Conan screenshots at IGN

If you have been following the news on the Community Site, you probably know that IGN has launched their own website about AoC which can be found at conanvault.ign.com. Now, I don't like IGN much because of the annoying ads (the ones that take up whole screen and you have to click to continue to the actual content), but there's no denying it's a big gaming portal, and Age of Conan could always use some more publicity. Anyway, the people at IGN posted 3 exclusive Age of Conan screenshots yesterday:

IGN screenshot 1 IGN screenshot 2 IGN screenshot 3

Frankly, I don't understand what's so "exclusive" about these (aside from the fact that Funcom allowed the testers to post them, of course). They look plain weird, not to mention way too dark to me, and the ground textures are all blurry. Thankfully, people at the official forums explained the screenshots were probably made by a beta tester who just doesn't have the best computer - so there's no bloom effect or anti-aliasing. That reminds me, the games usually do look a whole lot brighter with bloom turned on. It doesn't look like the owners of lower-end PCs will be able to enjoy the graphics of Age of Conan much, though. What do you think?

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