Verfasst: 23. Dezember 2014
As you see I've spent over 600 hours playing this game, and that is not even a lot when you compare it to the time I played the original game for. Definitely had to re-write my review since my other one was made after 30 gameplay hours.
Age of Mythology takes you into one of the most unique and timeless RTS experiences I have ever seen. You have to pick between 4 civilizations: the Greek, Egyptian, Norse and Atlantean - each have 3 major gods to pick from. There are 4 ages to guide your civilization through, each of which unlocks new buildings, upgrades and units. Each of these presents you with two choices for minor gods that you can worship. Every time you choose a god(including the major god), you will unlock a god power that can be used only once (up to 3 times if you're Atlantean) as well as a mythological creature or two that are associated with your god choice + unique upgrades. These god powers can change the tide of the game entirely.
Each civilization is completely different in their design, and there can be differences between identical major gods as well thanks to the minor god system.
The units classes featured are infantry, cavalry, archers, siege, heroes, mythological creatures and ships. The game makes these interact in a rock-paper-sciccor mechanic.
The campaign is very high quality for its time, it can be highly entertaining even now, though. A total of around 50 missions is more than any RTS game will give you. The voice acting is great, though the dialouge and the plot get cheesy at points.
Graphically, the shadows, the water improvements, the map texture improvements are nice, but they cannot hide the dated models and textures. I wish those had been areas of focus when it comes to visual improvements. The lighting is terrible in a lot of cases, so I would recommend turning the "lights on units" option off.
The multiplayer is awesome design vise. A multitude of game modes, custom scenarios (aka minigames), supremacy(standard mode), deathmatch(high starting resources, all upgrades researched) etc will definitely keep you hooked for months, if not years. The only problem is multiplayer performance. Make sure that your system is above the recommended requirements. If it isn't, either upgrade, or delay your purchase until you do in case multiplayer would be your focus. Once you start playing, try to avoid playing people with red ping and try to find practise partners with good computers until fixes arrive at least.
Another thing that needs to be said about multiplayer is that matchmaking is difficult due to custom hosted games having the option to be ranked. I believe this is ruining competition. This is why I will take off points on replayability in my rating. If they fix this, I will change my review for sure.
Overall I am happy with the game, but it could have been so much better. Rating it below:
Single player content: 10/15
Multiplayer content: 12/15
Music, sounds: 10/10
Moddability, replayability: 6/15
Stability, bugs: 3/15
E-sport features (replays, observer mode): 8/10
Final score: 60%