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Age of Mythology is one of the classic Real-Time Strategy games now released on Steam with a High-Definition make-over and a few tweaks here and there.
+ Adequate Graphics
+ Easy to Learn
+ A lot to Master
+ Lots of Units (Air, Water and Land)
+ Different Civilisations (4 lots of 3)
+ Civilisations have very different play styles
+ Lots of different Civilisation specific units with their own unique specials
+ Fast Gameplay
+ UI is easy to understand and learn
+ Stalemate Breakers (Titans)
+ Balanced Gameplay (Each Civilisation has good and bad points ranging from economy to combat)
+ Greater focus on Economy
+ Randomly Generated Maps/Terrain
+ Bots with varying difficulties and play-styles
+ Small Details such as Day/Night cycles
+ Great to play with others
+ Runs perfectly on my machine (Sub-Par PC)
+ Massive Re-playability
+ Achievements and Trading Cards
- Graphics could be better
- Far too pricey for an old game (I'd get it on a sale if I were you)
- Multiplayer is a bit buggy at times
- Almost Identical to the old game with no changes
- Online is relatively dead (Apart from the ~30 consistent players)
I like it; I really like it in fact! I was genuinely surprised about how much I actually enjoy this game and how much I will play of this for the days to come.
My Personal Experience:
Before I get into all of this, I should probably tell you that most of this pros and cons are compared to Age of Empires 2 HD which me and friends used to play before we got this game. After playing Age of Empires 2 HD for ages my mate decided to get us all a 4-pack and subject him further into his completely unnecessary debt that he had collected - regardless he made a good choice - Free Gayumes!
Age of Mythology - unlike Age of Empires 2 HD - is very driving, it actually has points of interest that you need to focus on, you're limited to 115 population after building all of your houses and in order to raise it you must then start making Town Centres on top of the Settlements that are strategically placed around the map. At first we were 'iffy' about these but after playing for about 20 minutes we realised they made the game far better than Age of Empires 2 HD was. The thing is, Age of Empires 2 HD isn't very driving, it's quite slow paced and the only real strategies are to either rush them early or build your economy up and attack them in one final push; basically you only really have one properly battle in Age of Empires HD but Age of Mythology on the other hand - you'll have many. You'll find yourself fighting over these Settlements purely for the fact that they give you 15 (+3 from an upgrade) which is enough to turn the entire game into your advantage. This allows for a snowballing effect which feels extremely fresh after playing Age of Empires 2 HD for so long. What I'm trying to say is that this game is better than Age of Empires 2 HD!
The Civilisations though - these are fun! You've got 4 main groups of Civilisations; Greek, Egyptian, Norse and Atlantean. Each of these have 3 counter-parts to them but there's no real point in me going into those, they have some differences but those in the same sub-groups are very similar to each other. The main point are the Gods though, each Civilisation has a total of 9 different gods which you have to choose from in tiers unlocking you God specific creatures such as Hydras and Manticores (Greek Myth Units - Myth are basically a type of Unit). This just makes up for so much customisations from your type of early-game economy build, to the overall God build you pick from, to the creatures you decide to fight with, to the buildings you decide to build, to the upgrades you decide to pick first, the list goes on and on - no doubt there's meta-builds somewhere though if you're that kind of person.
Like I said, the graphics are nice but there's no excuse for them not being better, this is 2015 and these graphics don't look any near that! When you compare it to the original is extraordinary but when you compare to other RTS games of this time... Oh wait... There are none...
It still looks pretty good none-the-less though and you'll be spending most of your time zoomed out anyway to see what the hell is going on anyway so that's why I don't really see this as that much of a problem.
I've said all I really want to say about this game, I like it; I really like it in fact! I was genuinely surprised about how much I actually enjoy this game and how much I will play of this in the future. Link to my YouTube Channel. Link to my Twitter Page. Link to my Blog. Link to my Curations.