Reviewing a remake of a game that is over ten years old is a little difficult, especially if the remake is nearly an exact copy of the original game. In this case, “Age of Mythology: Extended Edition” is nearly identical. Everything from the character models to the level design remain the same. Don’t get me wrong, it looks much prettier than I remember it…but aside from the extras, you’re getting the same game you played years prior. Same scoop of vanilla ice cream if you will, but with jimmies and chocolate syrup on top. Shadows, lighting, water effects, time of day, antialiasing, ambient occlusion…all great additions, I just wish there was a bit more. Twitch users will be pleased to know that there is Twitch integration, though I personally haven’t tried it to know if it works.
With that being said, I do appreciate the remake, even if it’s almost the same game as I played years ago. Seeing the updated graphics was nice, though I admit the appeal was mainly centered around the fact that I didn’t have to enter my blasted serial key each time I wanted to install the game. I also don’t have to worry about managing discs…all three products (“Age of Mythology”, “Age of Mythology: The Titans”, “Golden Gift Campaign”) were all condensed into one nice, easy to boot up package. It’s hard to justify that convenience into a thirty dollar price tag however, the going rate as of 4/29/14. If you’ve never played “Age of Mythology”, love RTS’s, and don’t mind the outdated character models/interface, then picking this up is most certainly worth your time and money. If you have your own playable copies of the game from years ago and want to know if buying the extended edition for the effects is worth thirty bucks, then I’d have to say (with heartfelt regret) no.