Microsoft Age of Mythology v.1.0

Strategy Game - PC - English - MPN: Z0900001
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Age of Mythology transports players to a time when heroes did battle with monsters of legend and the gods intervened in the affairs of mortal men. Players wage war using human armies and diplomacy, progress through development ages, enhance military and economic performance with improvements, and manage economics through resource gathering and trade. Mythology enters the mix when players call upon the gods to act on their behalf or reinforce their armies with more than 35 mythological creatures. Ensemble Studios' new 3-D engine adds a deep richness of graphical detail and creates a unique new title based on the ancient cultural history of the Greek, Norse, and Egyptian mythologies, which are divided into nine detailed civilizations.
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Game Genre Strategy Game
Required Operating System PC
ESRB Rating T (Teen)
Media Format DVD-ROM
Expert Reviews
Age of Mythology
5 Star Review  GameZone - Nov 1, 2002

It has finally happened, after years of waiting, Ensemble Studios has unleashed Age of Mythology upon the world. The colossal war for the best Real Time Strategy game has come upon us once again. The question remains, did Ensemble innovate the RTS genre like they have done in the past, or is this game just the same game with updated graphics? This is the lastest chapter in the Age of Empires series, and it changes things up quite a bit. In the previous versions, players would have to just level up to the next age to try to beat their enemies. In this game, players are given a few choices that could determine the entire game; players have to choose a God they wish to worship.

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AgeMythology
4 Star Review  GameSpy - Nov 26, 2002

Before there was history, there was mythology: tales of heroes and gods, adventure and war, death and the afterlife. This rich universe of fiction and fable sets the backdrop for Ensemble Studios' newest real-time strategy game, Age of Mythology. Delving into the realms of myth marks a departure from the historical authenticity of the other RTS games Ensemble made famous . While AoM sports a new graphics engine and three unique factions, on the whole it plays very much like its predecessors. Too much like its predecessors, if you were hoping for a truly different game experience.

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AgeMythology
5 Star Review  IGN.com - Nov 4, 2002

Ensemble's Age of Mythology is fit for the gods. Check our full review.

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Age of Mythology
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 7, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 4 expert reviews for Age of Mythology and the average expert rating is 83 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
4 Star Review   By member password - Feb 2, 2004   

Strengths: Fun Campaign, satisfactory internet play, and an incredible expansion. This game is something you can play over an over.

Weakness: The campagn lacks in "fun", and a strong storyline. Internet Play can get boring, because everyone only plays 1v1.

A very fun game.The campagns are pretty fun, I personaly like making my own maps, or doing a 2v2 with computers. I also enjoy the cheats, for example, you can ake a gaint purple elephant pop out of your town center.

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5 Star Review   By member tonesin29 - Jan 9, 2004   

Strengths: Everything!!!

Weakness: None!!!

This is a work of art! Graphics and movements are amazing, so much better compared to AOM II, very smooth flowing. Campaigns are amazing, much better then AOM where you would have to walk your team for a half an hour before you finally got to the target. A lot more options, everything that always annoyed you in the AOM II is now fixed. Powers and mythical creatures give it a very exciting theme, you can never get bored of this game, so many possibilites that it never gets boring. Not at all high system requirements, absolutely great. This game is a must have for anyone who likes strategy!!!

85% of readers found this review helpful.

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5 Star Review   By member fobulous - Mar 30, 2003   

Strengths: Depth of gameplay.

Weakness: Campaign could be better

One of the best RTS games out there. Way better than Warcraft III. There are so much stratgies involved in this game and this is what's making this game so much fun to play with.

82% of readers found this review helpful.

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5 Star Review   By member sgthalka - Mar 13, 2003   

Strengths: Beautiful 3D graphics. Well-written single-player campaign. DEEP unit development ... it'll take you long enough to master one race/god, let alone nine.

Weakness: Totally overshadowed by Warcraft III, which is a shame because AoM offers excellent strategy and civ-building gameplay. Good balance of economy and fighting, whereas WCIII is ALL fighting.

I really wish this game caught on as well as Age of Kings. At first glance, it plays so similarly to AoK that I'm sure most people are like, "I've seen this a million times before". But this game has HUGE depth to gameplay ... the nuances between races are subtle, and the gameplay is a lot different than AoK... much more about smaller armies, owning the map, and wildly different strats for Greeks vs Norse vs Egyptians. lots of different ways to play, whereas Age of Kings basically had two ways to play (Flush and Imperial boom).

73% of readers found this review helpful.

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5 Star Review   By member rockzulu - Feb 7, 2003   

Strengths: This game offers much gameplay variety for multiplayer. Plus the ability to download off the internet additional single player and multiplayer campaigns makes the gameplay unending.

Weakness: Single player story is a little weak, but missions like the pig escorting are quite amusing.

This game will get you addicted from the start. My friends and I haven't even played as the Norse because it is such a challenge getting used to other civilization(Greek, Egyptian, Norse). We know we have just touched the surface of this game. Also, the game manufacturer has already shown that it is here to support the game by releasing multiple patch updates already. Also, the talk of an expansion pack to add another civilization (Aztecs) shows this game is here to stay for a long time.

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5 Star Review   By member Dr_Hullo - Jan 13, 2003   

Strengths: Very strong AI - much better then both the first and second of the AOE series, this game is reccomended to all! Make sure you play the multiplayer which is the best part of the game.

Weakness: The campaign is a bit weak but do not focus only on that aspect of this incredible indepth game. It also needs an updated computer - older computers will cause this game to lag

This game is one of the best ever played - some may find it slower due to slower computers - if you only play the campaign you will get tired easily so make sure you play online! That is the best part of the game!

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2 Star Review   By member repsychoed - Dec 9, 2002   

Strengths: decent story, decent controls, easy to learn

Weakness: WAY too slow-paced, controls could use improvement, by the time i got done with each mission i'd already forgotten what had been happening in the storyline...

can you get hours upon hours of play out of the single-player missions? absolutely. would you rather just get the friggin mission over with to move on to the next one? absolutely. custom games aren't much better- you start from scratch and have to wait... and wait... and wait till you get strong enough to attack. then you have to wait... and wait... and wait for your guys to tear down those stupid walls to get into their base. the whole point of making a strategy game real-time is to make it fast-paced, to get excited while you play, to have your fingers tingling afterward because of the adrenaline rush you just got. this game could put me to sleep its so slow. if I'm going to spend this much time on one game i would rather be building an empire. it was definitely NOT worth my $50 and i wish I'd never even bought it in the first place. the other guys in the dorm like it, though, but they're the type who can't play a fast-paced rts successfully. this game is not for the hardcore gamer, for sure, but if you're more casual and often find yourself unable to keep up with the competition, you'd rate this game higher. as for the playability and controls, it's pretty much straightforward and easy to learn. unit queing, number-key groupings, left-click select, right-click comands, but i found it lacking. you'll want to tweak the hotkeys for sure, because some of it just doesn't make sense, and often the unit formations should be disabled.

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Description
Age of Mythology transports players to a time when heroes did battle with monsters of legend and the gods intervened in the affairs of mortal men. Players wage war using human armies and diplomacy, progress through development ages, enhance military and economic performance with improvements, and manage economics through resource gathering and trade. Mythology enters the mix when players call upon the gods to act on their behalf or reinforce their armies with more than 35 mythological creatures. Ensemble Studios' new 3-D engine adds a deep richness of graphical detail and creates a unique new title based on the ancient cultural history of the Greek, Norse, and Egyptian mythologies, which are divided into nine detailed civilizations.
Quick Glance
Game Genre Strategy Game
Required Operating System PC
ESRB Rating T (Teen)
Media Format DVD-ROM
Summary
Product Title Microsoft Age of Mythology v.1.0
Manufacturer Microsoft
Lowest Price $70.00 from Amazon.com Marketplace
Power Score 4.5 | 11 Reviews
Software
License Type: Full Product
General
Category: Entertainment
Class: Software-Entertainment
System Requirements
System Requirements: Standard Requirements: Computer/Processor: P2 450 Memory: 128 MB of memory Hard Disk: 1.5 GB of HD space Drive: CD-ROM (2) Display: 16MB 3D video card Operating System: Win98/2000/XP Peripherals: MS mouse or compatible pointing device Miscellaneous: Optional 56K modem connection
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URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Required Disk Space: 1.5 GB
Software Main Type: Game
SKU: D719546186382
Description: Age of Mythology
Required Processor Speed: 450 MHz
Software Name: Age of Mythology v.1.0
Language Support: English
Required Processor Class: Intel Pentium II Processor
Brand Name: Microsoft
Required Memory: 128 MB
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Expert Reviews
Age of Mythology
5 Star Review  GameZone - Nov 1, 2002

It has finally happened, after years of waiting, Ensemble Studios has unleashed Age of Mythology upon the world. The colossal war for the best Real Time Strategy game has come upon us once again. The question remains, did Ensemble innovate the RTS genre like they have done in the past, or is this game just the same game with updated graphics? This is the lastest chapter in the Age of Empires series, and it changes things up quite a bit. In the previous versions, players would have to just level up to the next age to try to beat their enemies. In this game, players are given a few choices that could determine the entire game; players have to choose a God they wish to worship.

Read the full review »

AgeMythology
4 Star Review  GameSpy - Nov 26, 2002

Before there was history, there was mythology: tales of heroes and gods, adventure and war, death and the afterlife. This rich universe of fiction and fable sets the backdrop for Ensemble Studios' newest real-time strategy game, Age of Mythology. Delving into the realms of myth marks a departure from the historical authenticity of the other RTS games Ensemble made famous . While AoM sports a new graphics engine and three unique factions, on the whole it plays very much like its predecessors. Too much like its predecessors, if you were hoping for a truly different game experience.

Read the full review »

AgeMythology
5 Star Review  IGN.com - Nov 4, 2002

Ensemble's Age of Mythology is fit for the gods. Check our full review.

Read the full review »

Age of Mythology
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 7, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 4 expert reviews for Age of Mythology and the average expert rating is 83 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
4 Star Review   By member password - Feb 2, 2004   

Strengths: Fun Campaign, satisfactory internet play, and an incredible expansion. This game is something you can play over an over.

Weakness: The campagn lacks in "fun", and a strong storyline. Internet Play can get boring, because everyone only plays 1v1.

A very fun game.The campagns are pretty fun, I personaly like making my own maps, or doing a 2v2 with computers. I also enjoy the cheats, for example, you can ake a gaint purple elephant pop out of your town center.

86% of readers found this review helpful.

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5 Star Review   By member tonesin29 - Jan 9, 2004   

Strengths: Everything!!!

Weakness: None!!!

This is a work of art! Graphics and movements are amazing, so much better compared to AOM II, very smooth flowing. Campaigns are amazing, much better then AOM where you would have to walk your team for a half an hour before you finally got to the target. A lot more options, everything that always annoyed you in the AOM II is now fixed. Powers and mythical creatures give it a very exciting theme, you can never get bored of this game, so many possibilites that it never gets boring. Not at all high system requirements, absolutely great. This game is a must have for anyone who likes strategy!!!

85% of readers found this review helpful.

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5 Star Review   By member fobulous - Mar 30, 2003   

Strengths: Depth of gameplay.

Weakness: Campaign could be better

One of the best RTS games out there. Way better than Warcraft III. There are so much stratgies involved in this game and this is what's making this game so much fun to play with.

82% of readers found this review helpful.

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5 Star Review   By member sgthalka - Mar 13, 2003   

Strengths: Beautiful 3D graphics. Well-written single-player campaign. DEEP unit development ... it'll take you long enough to master one race/god, let alone nine.

Weakness: Totally overshadowed by Warcraft III, which is a shame because AoM offers excellent strategy and civ-building gameplay. Good balance of economy and fighting, whereas WCIII is ALL fighting.

I really wish this game caught on as well as Age of Kings. At first glance, it plays so similarly to AoK that I'm sure most people are like, "I've seen this a million times before". But this game has HUGE depth to gameplay ... the nuances between races are subtle, and the gameplay is a lot different than AoK... much more about smaller armies, owning the map, and wildly different strats for Greeks vs Norse vs Egyptians. lots of different ways to play, whereas Age of Kings basically had two ways to play (Flush and Imperial boom).

73% of readers found this review helpful.

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5 Star Review   By member rockzulu - Feb 7, 2003   

Strengths: This game offers much gameplay variety for multiplayer. Plus the ability to download off the internet additional single player and multiplayer campaigns makes the gameplay unending.

Weakness: Single player story is a little weak, but missions like the pig escorting are quite amusing.

This game will get you addicted from the start. My friends and I haven't even played as the Norse because it is such a challenge getting used to other civilization(Greek, Egyptian, Norse). We know we have just touched the surface of this game. Also, the game manufacturer has already shown that it is here to support the game by releasing multiple patch updates already. Also, the talk of an expansion pack to add another civilization (Aztecs) shows this game is here to stay for a long time.

88% of readers found this review helpful.

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5 Star Review   By member Dr_Hullo - Jan 13, 2003   

Strengths: Very strong AI - much better then both the first and second of the AOE series, this game is reccomended to all! Make sure you play the multiplayer which is the best part of the game.

Weakness: The campaign is a bit weak but do not focus only on that aspect of this incredible indepth game. It also needs an updated computer - older computers will cause this game to lag

This game is one of the best ever played - some may find it slower due to slower computers - if you only play the campaign you will get tired easily so make sure you play online! That is the best part of the game!

86% of readers found this review helpful.

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2 Star Review   By member repsychoed - Dec 9, 2002   

Strengths: decent story, decent controls, easy to learn

Weakness: WAY too slow-paced, controls could use improvement, by the time i got done with each mission i'd already forgotten what had been happening in the storyline...

can you get hours upon hours of play out of the single-player missions? absolutely. would you rather just get the friggin mission over with to move on to the next one? absolutely. custom games aren't much better- you start from scratch and have to wait... and wait... and wait till you get strong enough to attack. then you have to wait... and wait... and wait for your guys to tear down those stupid walls to get into their base. the whole point of making a strategy game real-time is to make it fast-paced, to get excited while you play, to have your fingers tingling afterward because of the adrenaline rush you just got. this game could put me to sleep its so slow. if I'm going to spend this much time on one game i would rather be building an empire. it was definitely NOT worth my $50 and i wish I'd never even bought it in the first place. the other guys in the dorm like it, though, but they're the type who can't play a fast-paced rts successfully. this game is not for the hardcore gamer, for sure, but if you're more casual and often find yourself unable to keep up with the competition, you'd rate this game higher. as for the playability and controls, it's pretty much straightforward and easy to learn. unit queing, number-key groupings, left-click select, right-click comands, but i found it lacking. you'll want to tweak the hotkeys for sure, because some of it just doesn't make sense, and often the unit formations should be disabled.

73% of readers found this review helpful.

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