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ZOOM Age of Mythology
Sold Out (Win98/Me/2000/XP) (Mini Retail) (AGEMYTHPR)
$39.95 (Win98/Me/2000/XP) (DVD Case) (AGEMYTHDPR)

Ensemble Studios / Microsoft

Blood and violence

Ratings:

47/50 from Gamer's Pulse

History Made Larger Than Life!

From Ensemble Studios, the creators of Age of Empires and Age of Kings, comes Age of Mythology, a game that transports players to a time when heroes did battle with monsters of legend and the gods intervened in the affairs of mortal men.

Taking on the role of one of nine ancient civilizations, players guide their people to greatness by commanding all aspects of their empire: gathering resources, raising massive armies, waging war against enemies, establishing profitable trade routes, building new settlements, enhancing production or military might with improvements, exploring new frontiers, and advancing through four distinct ages.

In their struggle for supremacy, players can use mythological creatures like Minotaurs and Cyclopses to bolster their armies' strength. Players may also call upon the gods for assistance in flattening enemy towns with meteors or scattering opposing troops with lightning storms.

Civilizations

Age of Mythology builds on the civilization differentiation that players have grown accustomed to in Age of Kings, with nine unique factions that play dramatically different from one another. Each of the nine unique civilizations are split amongst three cultures: the Greeks, Egyptians, and Norse, with each providing their own special units, gods, powers, heroes, and more

Choosing particular gods for your pantheon influences various economic and military abilities of your civilization, plus which god powers (earthquakes, meteor showers, etc.) and which mythological creatures (Cyclops, medusae, minotaur's, etc.) you can summon

Egyptian
The three primary Egyptian gods are Ra, god of the sun; Isis, goddess of queens and magic; and Set, god of evil. At the top of the Egyptian pantheon stands Ra, who controlled the power of the sun. For the Ra civilization, some examples of god powers that a player would have at their disposal are shifting sands and tornado. Some of the mythological units that a player would be able to enlist are the Wedjat (winged cobra), giant Scarab, and the Avenger.

Norse
The three Norse gods are Odin, ruler of the gods; his son, Thor, god of thunder; and Loki, the ultimate trickster god. Thor, the might god of thunder, is probably the most heroic of Norse deities. A player that selects Thor as their major diety would have access to the god power Frost (large area freeze attack), as well as the Troll and Frost Giant mythological units, amongst others.

Greek
In the Greek culture, the three gods are Zeus, king of the gods, and his two brothers: Poseidon, god of the sea and cavalry; and Hades, god of the underworld. Zeus, undoubtedly the most familiar god in Greek (if not all) mythology, provides the player with a powerful god power (lightening bolt) in addition to several fearsome mythological units such as the Manticore, Minotaur, and Medusa.

Requirements:

Windows 98/Me/2000/XP: Pentium 450MHz, 128MB RAM, 1.5 GB free hard drive space, 16MB 3D video card, audio board with peakers and/or headphones, 56.6 Kbps or better for internet play.

Reviews:

Gamer's Pulse by TBoy

"Age of Mythology signals the peak of the RTS genre. With its highly recognizable premise, the game is engaging. Mythology is brought to full life in challenging, battle-driven gameplay. Novice gamers will find it easy to play and associate with and hardcore fans should revel in its depth and challenge. Despite minor drawbacks, including slowed resource extraction and forgettable audio design, Age of Mythology is the quintessential RTS game."



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