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A long anticipated sequel for the Nintendo DS

  • Dec 31, 2008
Rating:
+3
**** NOTE *** in this review I will be comparing Age of Empire: Mythologies to theAge of Empires: The Age of Kings both are Nintendo DS versions. My thought process is if you liked the original you will have interest in the sequel.

Age of Empires: The Age of Kings is my favorite game for the Nintendo DS. In fact, it is about the only game that I play on a consistent basis. The problem is that I have beat the game dozens of times and I have been eagerly awaiting a new challenge. Age of Empires: Mythologies offers me new albeit slightly modified challenges.

The differences- (I am listing just a few)

- Age of Empires: Mythologies lack the overall depth of Age of Kings - there are fewer technologies, soldiers, heros, maps.... and so on. Basically, the newer version lacks the overall depth of the previous.
- Soldiers/Heros do not gain "Experience" by fighting additional battles. In fact, they stay at the same fighting level until you advance to a new
- Mythologies has better graphics that the original.
- Heros only have one special ability instead of four.
- Wi-fi abilities have been added to Mythologies.
- There additional ways to win instead of just "total conquest". By capturing and keeping temples you can earn a "Temple Victory".
- When you "Age-up" in Mythologies you add a new God to your temple. Each God has special powers and abilities that you can research.
- Only three civilizations - Greeks, Egyptians, and the Norse to choose from.


Things that are similar
- Battle sequences are nearly identical.
- building farms,town,mines
- Both games offers campaigns and features that can be unlocked.

**** NOTES TO PARENTS****

Age of Empires is a war based game, however it is not overly violent. The game does not feature any type of bloodshed. Depending on your child's interest in Mythology the game can be educational since many of the characters and scenarios are pulled straight of ancient literature.

In terms of gameplay - Age of Empires (both versions) are somewhat complicated and may be difficult for kids that are not strong reader or if they do enjoy analytical problems.

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Final Verdict - If I was on an island and could only choose one Nintedo DS game it would be Age of Empires; Age of Kings, since it is a game that offers more depth. However, Age of Empires: Mythologies offers a nice addition and has the added benefit of online play.

4 stars

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Inspired by the hit PC title and built on the game engine behind the critically acclaimed Age of Empires: Age of Kings, Age of Empires: Mythologies will be the ultimate portable tactical strategy game with its refined gameplay, inspired design, fantastic multiplayer, and extensive replay value. Age of Empires: Mythologies for the Nintendo DS is a compelling new turn-based strategy game that challenges players to shape the destiny of three unique cultures in a fantasy world filled with mighty heroes, legendary monsters, and powerful gods. Players will lead their Egyptian, Greek, and Norse heroes to victory by raising massive armies, waging war, exploring new frontiers, and advancing through three distinct ages that offer fantastic new units, abilities, and god powers like lighting storms, earthquakes, and devastating plagues that players can call on to smite their enemies.
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Console: Nintendo DS
Genre: Strategy

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