Age of Mythology is back! Choose your god and take to the battlefield in this classic, upgraded with full Steamworks integration and enhanced features.
User reviews: Very Positive (3,235 reviews)
Release Date: May 8, 2014

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Includes 5 items: Age of Empires II HD, Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, Age of Empires® III: Complete Collection, Age of Mythology: Extended Edition, Rise of Nations: Extended Edition

 

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"A landmark RTS title that has it all: balance, structure, art, and story. Ignore lessons taught here at your own peril. The most classic of classics. -B"
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June 4

AOM Patch 1.12

AOM Patch: Version 1.12.647985

So our patch number system is changing slightly, the final piece in there is the build ID. This should help resolve any confusion of versioning if we apply a hotfix without a major version revision.

For discussion related to this patch, please see:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/266840/discussions/0/618463738387702123/

As discussed, we had several primary focuses when it comes to AOM for this patch. Thanks to the community for keeping extensive lists of bugs and feature requests, you will definitely notice a few things in here from them. Let’s start with a number of bugfixes that have been made, in particular around some rendering issues. Those changes are as follows:


Rendering Improvements:
  • Siege Tower units now render shadows correctly.
  • Objects (like buildings) are now shaded correctly based on sun direction/rotation.
  • Sun rotation no longer affects ambient brightness
  • Frozen and petrified units now render correctly
  • Freezing and petrifying units no longer effects the player color for units of the same type.



Secondly, there were a number of game functionality or options that were frequently requested, as well as a few miscellaneous fixes for some edge case scenarios (who was disabling their sound card in game? :p )
Those changes are as follows:

Additional Options and Functionality:
  • Custom games are no longer ranked.
  • Titans (default/none) option has been added to single player.
  • Additional civ specific hotkey functionality has been added.
  • Events/Leagues no longer get stuck displaying “loading” text.
  • Disabling the computers sound card no longer crashes the game.


Okay, the last item is by far the most common issue requested to tackle. Since release there have been complaints regarding animation stutter in game, and while we have made a number of fixes across the board to help over the last year, our goal is still to get performance to a level that strengthens the multiplayer experience instead of being a troublesome point for players.

So with that in mind, we’ve been delving into the game system and animation system to determine what is causing the animation stutter as well as the ideal way to fix them. At its heart, animation stuttering is a side effect of network traffic and world speed issues between different players. As the world updates, I’m sending out network traffic – the faster I update, the more frequently I’ll be letting you know about those state changes – and the more traffic I’m generating. If another player is on a slower machine, their update frequency can drop lower than desirable and may have difficulty dealing with incoming updates. This can happen without people realizing, or as the game fills up with more units, etc. So for most customers they should see the following:

Multiplayer Performance Improvements:
  • Animation issues in multiplayer games has been improved.
  • Overall multiplayer performance has been improved.

If you’re interested in how some of this works, we have implemented a system that can identify slow machines and beginning adjusting their detail settings to improve overall performance for everything. The end goal is to keep everyone's world update rate at 30. If the world update rate drops below 15, that’s when we start to see animation stutter crop up for all players. The world rate will change through the course of a match, so we start by monitoring the update rates. As soon as it drops below 27 the player slowing down the global update rate is identified and a number of settings are adjusted on the fly to keep our world running smoothly. It’s important to note that if the world slowed down due to a big battle, after the battle it will rise again – this system dynamically will ramp the slow system back to their preferred settings once they’re back in the green.

How do the settings work? These are the adjustable settings that will go up and down based on current performance, and if your machine is slower you may have some already turned off. Most are based around reducing the main bottleneck for slower machines, the GPU.

  • Level 1: Reduce GPU workload by dropping frames. This will scale dynamically, in many cases a drop to 40-45fps solves it, but worst case would be down to 30 fps
  • Level 2: Reduce GPU overhead by dropping shadows to LOW rendering level.
  • Level 3: Turn off water reflections
  • Level 4: Turn off the SSAO
  • Level 5: Turn off the water refraction (which affects the motion of the water)
  • Level 6: Turn off bloom effect
  • Level 7: At this stage we drop down to LOWEST shadow quality settings
  • Level 8: Turn off full scene anti-aliasing
  • Level 9: At this stage we turn off shadows
  • Level 10: Display message in chat panel, "You are experiencing performance issues and affecting all players. If you see this message frequently, please reduce your resolution to improve overall performance."

Note:
- Quality will go up in levels if performance improves (like after a big battle).
- The chat message may appear as frequently as 2 minutes intervals (if continually low).

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April 2

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About This Game

Age of Mythology

The classic real time strategy game that transports players to a time when heroes did battle with monsters of legend and the gods intervened in the affairs of mortals.

Use mythological creatures like Minotaurs and Cyclopes to bolster your armies' strength. Call upon the gods for assistance in flattening enemy towns with meteors or scatter opposing troops with lightning storms.

The Extended Edition includes:
Age of Mythology
Age of Mythology: The Titans
Golden Gift Campaign

New in the Extended Edition:
  • Improved Visuals
    • Time of Day
    • Improved water
    • Shadows
    • Bump / Specular maps
    • Global Lighting
    • Antialiasing & Ambient Occlusion
  • Full Steamworks Integration
    • Workshop mod manager
    • Multiplayer
    • Achievements
    • Trading Cards
    • Leagues / Badges / Events
    • Cloud saves
  • Extended Features
    • Twitch Integration
    • Treaty Mode
    • Enhanced Observer mode

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8.1+
    • Processor: 1.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 10+ Capable GPU
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: GPU at least (Integrated HD 3000, 8600GT, etc)
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, 8.1+
    • Processor: 2.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 11+
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: GeForce 9800GTX, Radeon 4850+
Helpful customer reviews
259 of 316 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
My childhood has finally arrived on Steam.
10/10 Pegasus carries my dreams tonight for only 50 food and 2 favor.
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69 of 87 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
I had borrowed AoM from a friend a while back on CD, well I absolutely loved it. It`s really fun, That same friend had gifted to me here on Steam.

✔ pros
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> massive replayability
> you learn alot about Mythology
> various gods and powers to choose from
> (personally) not a turn base game
> online servers / tornuaments
> various maps to play on
> mod friendly


✘ cons
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> barely to almost no changes
> NOT worth full price
> AI are extremely annoying } attacking super early in the match, spamming your towns with soldiers and myth creatures
> some graphical errors, but not a major con. it is after all an old game
> NOT WORTH FULL PRICE AT ALL*

I would recommend this game, but not at it`s full price. I feel like the features it has does not suit the $ 30 , if you are planning to get it I recommend getting it during a sale. It is fun, especially playing with friends and having to pretend to talk to the AI, they say some of the ugh.. stupidest things sometimes lol "JUST SHUT UP CORNITH" (god I hate Cornith lmao) The game is pretty basic too, collecting your basic rescources like wood, gold and food, building up your army to massacre other teams. One annoying thing is as soon as you take over a team you have to make sure to destroy their buildings and kill EVERY unit they might have. this is especially annoying due to the fact that sometimes they have one stupid fish boat swimmin' around somewhere in the ocean and you have no idea where it is.

*Overall, I`d say this game is worth your time but not worth the full price!

TL;DR : annoying wierd AI, really fun, basic game and ♥♥♥♥ you Cornith
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36 of 44 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
45.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
While an old game now I still have fun jumping on it here and there and having a few games with friends of against the AI. For people who have yet to play this game, don't be put off by the mythological theme.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=353515238
This is still a great game that will give you the same satisfaction that you have gotten from the other titles.

The campaign is fun and quite a lengthy investment. The expansion added campaign following the original is fantastic as well. http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=353515278
You can live without the dwarves focused one, while it has some fun ideas for maps it's short, easy and lacks any real depth . The main problem I had with these in the newest steam version was that the graphical quality seems to have been dramatically reduced.

The day and night cycle is over rated and really serves no point, if anything I found it broke the game up more and turned it off.

Multiplayer is fun but expect to play against strong players. Random AI matches are the same as before but with two new game types. They can be fun but I've always been a conquest or occasionally supremacy fan.

Overall it's basically the same game that it was in the past.
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=353515262
The steam community seems to have produced a nice array of new mods to enjoy and I've had fun revisiting this game once again. If you are considering repurchasing this game, wait for a sale and pick it up cheap, it's the same game. If you are looking at this game for the first time and enjoy similar games in the "age of" series you should enjoy this title and get your money's worth from it but it may seem a little dated at first.
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52 of 75 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
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22 of 28 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
I LOVED age of mythology as a kid. It was one of my favorite games. The opportunity to play a new and improved version on steam when it was on sale for $7.49 was too much to pass up.

Unfortunately however this game is one of the buggiest and most poorly optimized games I have ever played. It's multiplayer segment, even LAN, is borderline unplayable in its current state due to absurd lag and desync crashes. A quick glance around the forums reveals that this is not an issue with my system, everyone is having these issues. It has been over a year since the game has been released. It should not still be having these issues. There has been no communication between the developers and the games community over these issues so it looks like they won't be fixed anytime soon. It pains me to have to leave this review, it really does. It's so bad that I'm requesting a refund from steam.
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