Age of Mythology – The Brief

Fact or Fiction

Let us travel back in time to a period where the distinction between reality and religion was far more indistinct. Anything that happened could have been the will of the gods. Anything that didn’t happen could have been as well. All we know for sure is that this is a game about gods, gods who live in the mortal realm.


For a long time I have enjoyed RTS games. I have never been particularly good at them, bit I had fun playing them. I first played Age of Mythology about 15 years ago. I had been playing many similar games like the Empires series and the 7 Kingdoms games. I was deeply interested in Egyptian history and mythology, so I thought that this would be a good fit.

This game wasn’t (and still isn’t) something which I have found it easy to get along with. While the premise is strong and the gameplay has much more depth than AOE, I regularly get the feeling that something has been missed. It just doesn’t hold the same charm as the rest of the AOE franchise. It still has the classic resource management, base destruction and troop control that made this franchise.

The Extended Edition does make some great quality of life improvements. A lot of time has been taken to make it work with modern rigs and it has paid off. I do rather like playing these games at full resolution (1920×1200), and this edition has made that possible. But… but I don’t think that there would be any situation where I would rather play this instead of Age of Empires 2 or 3.

I would be picking up these games now, not to play by myself, but to play with my friends. While we do all have access to all the games if we wanted, I just struggle to see us choosing this version. It is a great game, but I think it missed becoming a classic.

Julian has been involved in the games industry for more than a couple of years now, from working in retail to developing board games to judging Magic: the Gathering tournaments Australia wide. Now as a writer for OK Games he likes to explore niche titles that try to approach gaming from a different perspective. Now all he needs to do is start finishing all those games in his Steam Library...