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  • Summary: Age of Mythology transports players to a time when heroes did battle with monsters of legend and the gods intervened in the affairs of mortal men. Players wage war using human armies and diplomacy, progress through development ages, enhance military and economic performance withAge of Mythology transports players to a time when heroes did battle with monsters of legend and the gods intervened in the affairs of mortal men. Players wage war using human armies and diplomacy, progress through development ages, enhance military and economic performance with improvements, and manage economics through resource gathering and trade. Mythology enters the mix when players call upon the gods to act on their behalf or reinforce their armies with more than 20 mythological creatures. Ensemble Studios' new 3D engine adds a deep richness of graphical detail and creates a unique new title based on the ancient cultural history of the Greek, Norse, and Egyptian cultures, which are divided into nine detailed civilizations. [Microsoft] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 31
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  1. 100
    The balance between the powers, the factions, the troops, and the monsters lends the game tremendous depth and replay value.
  2. 100
    It's certainly the closest I've ever gotten to a perfect gaming experience with an RTS game.
  3. Game Informer
    95
    Drives the gameplay stake through the heart of this genre, and keeps on stabbing. [Jan 2003, p.116]
  4. Computer Games Magazine
    90
    The unit AI is good enough that you can give broad orders without worrying about your men and monsters doing too many dumb things. [Jan 2003, p.60]
  5. Games feature furious battles over centrally located resources, enormously powerful mythological units wreaking havoc, and players competing for the favor of ancient gods. The result is fantastic, fun.
  6. Felt tired in its singleplayer campaign – though it was still far better than "WarCraft III."
  7. My experience with Age of Mythology was one of apathy and boredom... Think of AoM as Led Zeppelin’s "Stairway to Heaven." Sure, it’s a great song, but do you really want to hear it over and over again?

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  1. Positive: 74 out of 84
  2. Negative: 4 out of 84
  1. Nov 17, 2010
    10
    favorite game of all time, played the campaign multiple time, and LAN it with friends almost every weekend. the graphics still look amazing. 8favorite game of all time, played the campaign multiple time, and LAN it with friends almost every weekend. the graphics still look amazing. 8 years later still the best looking RTS in my opinion. gameplay is perfectly balanced soundtrack is outstanding there is so much content in the game, it could last me forever. it is so good i have bought it 4 times and 3 times was for myself. Expand
  2. Aug 30, 2021
    10
    The best „Age of“ game. It adds gods, mythological beasts / units and favor (faith) to the mix and has a remarkable story campaign based ofThe best „Age of“ game. It adds gods, mythological beasts / units and favor (faith) to the mix and has a remarkable story campaign based of Greek, Norse and Egyptian legends aka methodology. It is the same real time strategy concept as the other “Age of” games. You are gathering the resources
    gold, wood, food and added for this game favor (faith) to develop your kingdom. With the resources you can construct buildings, create units and research improvements. For a bigger chunk you can advance to a new age (archaic to classic to heroic to mythic age) each time unlocking new stuff. There are 3 different factions with Greeks including Atlanteans, Egyptians and Norse (Vikings). The new parts are the gods. You start with one of the main gods of the pantheon including bonuses and with each advancement you can chose between 2 different additional gods with different improvements. For example the Greek god of metalwork, blacksmiths and carpenters Hephaestus will give you benefits for weapons and armor in each age. Also each god gives you access to a one time wonder (magic). This can be a benefit like for example a charm that attracts deer to make hunting faster (and more productive), a meteor strike or a treasury with a slow but steady gold income. The higher the age the better the wonder. Of cause there are mythological units you can unlock. Greek have for example Minotaurs, Centaurs and legendary heroes, Norse have Giants, Trolls and Valkyries and Egyptians have (giant) Scarabs, Sphinxes (multitude of Sphinx), and Mummies to name a few. Each mythological improvement or unit needs favor (faith), How this is acquired is depending on the faction and is well researched. Greeks get it by sending workers to temples for praying, Egyptians by building monuments and Vikings / Norse by fighting (lesser by hunting and fishing). This alone gives variation but it ends not there as all factions have more difference. For example: While Egyptians have weaker units (until later ages) they have priests that can heal while the other factions are very limited in this. Norse have wagons that work as mobile storage houses while the others have to build appropriate buildings. Greeks have stronger units but those are more expensive and the favor gathering limits your resource gathering and available unit number. To shorten this the gameplay is excellent, balanced and enjoyable. It is a game that you will replay from time to time and a true classic. Now to the story. Like I said it is excellent and uses old legends aka methodology (I know that the time frame is wrong but I don't care as it is entertainment not accurate history or methodology). You play as Arkantos admiral and hero of Atlantis. He was on his way to retirement but a war between their independent Greek colonies and the Trojans broke out and it would be an insult to send a lesser military leader to their aid. He does not know that this Trojan war will just be a small prelude to a far bigger conflict. The story is excellent and uses a lot of elements from lore and legends. They exceeded all my expectations here as it is far more than just simply connecting missions. A lot of games in the genre fail in this regard and so I should praise this even more. Also it is really long with 32 scenario's. Those are diversified and never felt boring. Atop of this there is also a multiplayer mode and a really good editor for you to create your own scenarios. Graphically it looked really good for its time but aged a bit which I see not as a negative. Especially the introduction cinematic was truly excellent. The soundtrack is still excellent. No matter how often I replay the game it becomes never boring nor fails to deliver. Overall this is my favorite game in the franchise and probably also in the real time strategy genre. An easy recommendation and I hope they continue the franchise in the future with new games.
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  3. GMD
    Jun 29, 2013
    10
    The Best Strategy Game I ever played. First I played AOM when I was 9 years old And it was AWESOME then and it is AWESOME now. 19 years oldThe Best Strategy Game I ever played. First I played AOM when I was 9 years old And it was AWESOME then and it is AWESOME now. 19 years old one. The only thing I cant understand why them stopped improving game? AOM 2 AOM 3 AOM 78 Expand
  4. Mar 16, 2012
    10
    AMAZING! in every fooooken way. I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like thisAMAZING! in every fooooken way. I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good.I like this because it is good. Expand
  5. BillyS.
    Oct 23, 2003
    9
    Age Of mythology certainly is an amazing work of art by ensemble studios, it plays much like earlier "Age of" Games (which is good) yet Age Of mythology certainly is an amazing work of art by ensemble studios, it plays much like earlier "Age of" Games (which is good) yet add's so much more innovative things such as god powers. and a whole new game engine which really add?s to the game play, along with the whole experience. Age of mythology is (in my opinion) ensemble studios greatest work so far, and this is coming from 6+ years of playing Age of Empires games. As you can probably tell I highly recommend AOM to any Real Time Strategy fan, along with the average gamer. AOM has 3 civilizations (Greek, Egyptian and Norse) all three totally unique from the other, to add upon that, each civilization has three god?s to pick from at the beginning of each game. Each god will grant you special god powers along with technologies and mythic units. The downside is, having all of these options leads to a certain god to be overpowered and will dominate the other gods. Ensemble studios has now pretty much have each god to be equal to each other, yet it was a very bumpy start for AOM. The online match making service ESO (ensemble studios online) is very new, and has a quite abit of issues with it, yet again ensemble studios is doing a great job to improving the online service. And is getting better with every patch. Expand
  6. SamP.
    Nov 26, 2009
    9
    An incredibly well constructed strategy game to put it simply. it does feel like you played something very similar too it before (Age of An incredibly well constructed strategy game to put it simply. it does feel like you played something very similar too it before (Age of empires 2), but inventive aspects like the myth units and god powers keep it fresh and entertaining. One of the best RTS games out there still. Expand
  7. May 11, 2014
    1
    Let me start off my saying that I am a huge fan of AOM, it is one of my favorite games of all time.

    This reboot, however, is simply
    Let me start off my saying that I am a huge fan of AOM, it is one of my favorite games of all time.

    This reboot, however, is simply pitiful.

    Lets start off on price point. Paying $30 for a game that is 12 years old is pretty steep, but they claim to have done some work to it so I decided what the heck, I'll get it.

    Bad choice. Unfortunately several important units are now broken since clearly no one bothered to test the game after they made their changes. Some missions on the campaign simply cannot be beaten without using cheats now because of broken units.

    As for the changes themselves, the water does look pretty. But I probably wouldn't have even noticed changed it i hadn't already known. There is absolutely NO NEW CONTENT added, it is just a rehash. I would hope they would at least do something to the horrible path finding and unit commands but apparently they could not be bothered to do that much work.

    BIG DISAPPOINTMENT
    10/10 for the original game
    1/10 for getting people to pay twice for the exact same thing
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