In a world full of halo's and Grand Theft Auto's it's a strange thing to see an old school hack and slasher like Conan rear it's gnarled old head. Being a fan of classic chop 'em ups, like Golden Axe and Splatterhouse, I have a place in my heart for such titles, as I'm sure a good few of you who where around at the time have, but like I said; with the vast array of quality, varied gaming experiences out there it is a wonder to see something that's about 15 years out of it's comfort zone still floating to the surface. Wherever you read a review of this game you are going to see comparisons to God of War and that is not without justification because A.) god of war and the brilliant GoW2 took this genre to a whole new level on a console that doesn't carry half as much heft as it's next gen brothers, and B.) Conan tries to imitate it, but in a much more watered down fashion and not with nearly enough polish to help it snatch the crown from Kratos' shiny noggin. So this isn't sounding very positive is it, but there are some redeeming features which I attempt shall list below: - the animation for the hugely (and I emphasize the word 'hugely') gruesome and violent moves is top notch, cue tons of slow-mo blood spurting, intestine flinging madness and bodies blitzed in twain (both ways). This makes the moves enormously satisfying to pull off - although the over the top violence will only sate the 12 year old inside of us for a little while and soon it just becomes part and parcel. - The combat system is solid enough and moves can be pulled of with ease and precision. - The achievements are pretty cool and quite fun to unlock (dismember 100 enemies etc.) - There's a few smile educing encounters between Conan and a few naked ladies - but again the 12 year old inside us all will soon calm down and get on with it. - Sticks to the flavour of the Conan books and brings the world alive in a satisfactory manner, but it's still less than what the old barbarian deserves. in Conclusion: A solid enough, middle of the road Hack and slash with a few moves and one liners that make it worthy of a rental if you're not deeply into the genre, and maybe a purchase if you're looking for some violent nonsense to pass a few hours. However there is no denying it is out dated yet strangely likable.