Age of Mythology is a branch of the infamous Age of Empires, which is a firm favourite of mine and a game that even today I still go back to and play from time to time. In fact I daresay that I have spent hundreds of hours over the last year playing Age of Empires such are its game play and attention holding capabilities. This is perhaps the reason why over 11.5 million copies of the Age of Empires Franchise have been sold worldwide to date with Age of Mythology itself currently having sold over 1.2 million copies worldwide.
With the launch of this The Titans Expansion a whole new and enthralling game arrived. The Titans adds a fourth Mythology, the Atlanteans, to the existing Greek, Egyptian and Norse Mythologies. Selecting a single player campaign now gives you an additional twelve story driven scenarios with Atlantean players being able to call upon the might of the Titan gods multiple times throughout a game, they also have the ability to upgrade human units to heroes.
The game for those that don't know is based upon the popular god type game format in that you direct the actions of your villagers, troops, heroes and in this case even titans, building a prosperous village and growing your armies whilst fending off attacks and planning for ultimate victory.
Each story based scenarios is just that a story, as you play the game the story unfolds as you complete certain tasks, etc... Thus the more you play the more the story unfolds this is extremely absorbing and many, many hours can pass in a single session if you are not careful.
There is nothing remarkably new about the game itself, however the world it conjurers up is astonishing, the graphics are out of this world, the game play is as usual easy and intuitive and one feature that I particularly like is the actual skill level settings. All too often games are either way too hard or way to easy, often with game settings having very little real effect with The Titans I actually found that you could set the game to suit your particular skill level with the hardest levels definitely being the reserve of experienced gamers whilst the easier levels should enable everyone to thoroughly enjoy this game.
Lets face it, loosing oneself in a computer game is an extremely relaxing way to pass the time even if it is a little on the antisocial behaviour side of family life.
With Age of Mythology: The Titans I've personally found a game that will be a firm favourite of mine for many, many months to come. It is one of those games that will have you coming back to time and time again. My personal favourite being the death type matches that are possible, with myself pitted against numerous computer controlled opponents, some teamed together others not. This sort of challenge is shall we say what computer games are all about to me.
And with 12 new God powers and 18 New Human units, and 10 formidable myth units added to the game I imagine I'll spend numerous hours simply exploring all of the possibilities these features provide.
If I didn't already have a copy of Age of Mythology: The Titans it would most certainly be at the top of my Christmas list, and if your seriously looking for a game that will appeal to teenagers or those of just a little older (I'm 38) then look no further, Age of Mythology with The Titans expansion pack is the game for you,
Game play: 10/10