This might be because I'm late on this thread, but half the negative things people are saying about AoC aren't even true. So for people reading these reviews, keep that in mind before you decide for or against buying AoC. I read all sorts of this crap, then went to a friend's house and played some AoC. I would start bringing up things about what you can and can't do in game, and I constantly got the response, "um no, watch this." Before experiencing the game, I was positive I didn't want it, based on the reviews, but now I actually want it after seeing how the game ACTUALLY is.
It's a different kind of mmo than darkfall, in that it exists, it doesn't have full loot, it has levels, and it has instances. It is a different style, that isn't better or worse, just preferable to some, hated by others. However, if you are going to put down a game, don't make up shit like "the entire world is instanced" or "you don't actually get a free month." The amount of lies I've read here are laughable, especially about the invisible walls. Seriously, your navigation skills must be garbage.
One true disadvantage to AoC is the system requirements. Do not buy this game unless you have an 8800 or better. My friend has an 8800 gts, and he runs the game perfectly fine on max settings, but performance decreases drastically on even slightly worse cards. I will say I never experienced any lag or choppiness or even glitches of any kind the entire time I played.
Bash a game that sucks, go ahead. But if you think it sucks, you would probably better off mentioning things that you think suck, and not coming up with imaginary issues in AoC. What is the point?
Oh, and despite how much it hurts everyone around here, know that Age of Conan is the absolute best mmorpg out in the market at the moment. Sure, that doesn't say much, but if there isn't a superior alternative, you can only criticize so much.
And the fact is, AoC will have 10x the community of Darkfall when/if Darkfall comes out. So, even if Darkfall is a better game (which, yes, it probably will be), it won't be nearly as fun due to a small and shitty community. Look at you guys, getting pissed at people who like AoC, making up lies, EVEN THOUGH the people that said they enjoy AoC admit they will probably like Darkfall more.