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'Age of Mythology' & 'Freelancer' - E3 Screens

by Thomas on May 23, 2002 @ 9:50 a.m. PDT

We got some good looking E3 screens from Microsoft's upcoming titles, 'Age of Mythology' and 'Freelancer'.

"Age of Mythology " transports players to a time when heroes battled with monsters of legend and gods intervened in the affairs of mortal men.

“Freelancer” is an epic space adventure that combines a deep storyline.

'Age of Mythology'

Product Overview:
"Age of Mythology " transports players to a time when heroes battled with monsters of legend and gods intervened in the affairs of mortal men. Players create armies, develop their civilizations through the ages and manage economics through resource gathering and trade. The mythological excitement begins when players call upon the gods to act on their behalf, or reinforce their armies with more than 25 mythological creatures. Ensemble Studios' new 3-D engine adds a deep richness of graphical detail to create an innovative new title based on the ancient history of the Greek, Norse and Egyptian mythologies.

Key Features:

Graphics worthy of the gods-"Age of Mythology" features beautiful environments, buildings, units and special effects rendered in full 3-D using Ensemble's revolutionary game engine. Hundreds of unit animations bring the game world to life, as players see units fighting, using a variety of attack and defense maneuvers. In addition to beautiful cascading waves and lifelike terrain, the special effects in "Age of Mythology" include water spouts, infernos, lava, tornadoes, earthquakes and lightening with astonishing levels of detail.

A game for everyone-"Age of Mythology" offers diverse game modes and a variety of settings for novice and experienced real-time strategy fans alike. In-game cinematic scenes create a seamless, story-based and character-driven campaign. In addition, "Age of Mythology" is easy to learn and use with an intuitive, streamlined interface.

Replayability-The game offers more than 15 map types, 13 game variants and five starting conditions in its multiplayer lineup. Nine highly differentiated civilizations and the inclusion of a random map generator keep gamers coming back to play.

To Hades and back-Players can now petition the gods for favors in the game. Persuade Ra to strike an enemy's city center with a meteor; enlist Thor to trap opponents in a snow squall; or beg Poseidon to swamp an attacking fleet. Players reinforce their armies with Minotaurs, griffons, giants, Cyclops and many other mythological creatures. In addition, players can seek out hidden treasures like the Golden Fleece and Hades' Helm of Invisibility while traveling through underworld domains, rough seas or a vast desert.

Divine gameplay true to the "Ages"-"Age of Mythology" preserves many familiar elements from the "Age of Empires" games-including wonders, technology trees, ages and civilization bonuses-while enabling skill-based combat decisions. Smarter units allow players to make better use of inherent strengths and terrain advantages.

System Requirements:
Pentium II 450mhz or equivalent, Win98/2000/XP, 128MB of memory, 1 GB+ of HD space, CD-ROM, MS Mouse or compatible pointing device, optional 56K modem for online play.

'Freelancer'

Product Overview:
“FreelancerTM” is an epic space adventure that combines a deep storyline; the action of 3-D space-combat; the exploration of a dynamic, living universe; and trading in a rich galactic economy where the player’s decisions drive the action.

Key Features:

Open-ended universe—Gamers can select to play random missions or follow the storyline. The universe is open for exploration, and the game advances based on decisions players make.

Dynamic reputation—The players’ reputations constantly evolve as they choose their missions, make allies or enemies and succeed or fail.

Distinctive styles of play—Players can choose to act like bounty hunters, traders, pirates or explorers for different gameplay experiences.

Trading—Commodity trading turns the gears of the universe. Mining planets churn out valuable minerals while agriculture planets cultivate grain. Players must find the best trade routes in order to profit.

Compelling storyline—More than two hours of in-game cinematics plunge players into the mysteries of a vast planetary system. Character interaction will emotionally involve players in an intriguing and compelling storyline, giving them a sense of purpose.

Vibrant, rich universe—Political intrigue permeates almost every aspect of the game. Players’ decisions affect the dynamic relationships of other characters, and ultimately alter the gameplay experience.

“Simple” combat interface—The intricacies of space combat can be mastered via a simple and intuitive mouse-driven interface.

Multiplayer—Players may set up their own persistent world servers or play with gamers across the globe through Zone.com.

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