Excerpt: It has finally happened, after years of waiting I can finally play Age of Mythology. There's no doubt that Ensemble is a great developer, their Age of Empires series has long been one of my favorites, not just in the real-time strategy genre, but for gaming in general. Did Ensemble innovate the real-time strategy genre like they have done in the past, or is this game just the same game with updated graphics? Is Age of Mythology worth buying?
Excerpt: Age of Mythology is the heir to the Age of Empires series of games. The game features a new 3D engine and a host of new unit types and gameplay tweaks, but at its heart it is very much like its predecessors. This is not necessarily a bad thing, though, as it continues the series' tradition of great and challenging gameplay.
Excerpt: I thoroughly enjoyed playing the original AoE - it was fresh, innovative and a joy to play - not too frenetic, but not too laid back either. With AoE II I seemed to lose my way - seen it all, read the book, got the T shirt etc, so much that I couldn’t be bothered to buy the bolt ons as it was all ‘much of a muchness’. So, despite the hype (or possibly because of it), it was with a great deal of trepidation that I approached AoM.
Excerpt: PROUD TO BE A GAMER Age of Mythology from Ensemble Studios is a rare example of a game that makes me very proud to be a gamer. I have spent the better part of a week finishing the very powerful and immersing 35 scenario campaign included in this strategy game. The designers, musicians, artists and all other departments are to be complimented for creating the masterpiece that is Age of Mythology .
Excerpt: I can hear the cries already "Jeesh, not yet ANOTHER RTS with a twist!" But wait until you have tried this new offering from Microsoft Games and Ensemble Studios before ye judge to harshly. Anyone remember that old classic - Populous? Remember how you had god powers granted based on the number of followers you had? Well, Ensemble Studios has worked this into Age of Mythology quite nicely! What you have is a world dominated by three cultures - Egyptian - Norse - Greek.