Age of Empires: Mythologies will combine one of the most successful Windows PC franchises of all time with the innovative style and controls of Nintendo DS, bringing a totally unique experience to handheld gamers,” said Kevin Kraff, vice president of global brand management, THQ. “With three playable civilizations, a fast-paced combat system and extensive multi-player options, Age of Empires: Mythologies will be one of the must-have tactical strategy games this year.”
Age of Empires: Mythologies is inspired by the hit Windows PC series Age of Empires and built on the Age of Empires: Age of Kings’ critically-acclaimed game engine. Featuring three playable civilizations with individual campaigns – the Egyptians, Greeks and the Norse – Age of Empires: Mythologies will allow players to lead mighty heroes and legendary monsters, call down divine powers of the gods, and change the tide of battle with an all-new active combat system. Age of Empires: Mythologies will also offer an immersive multiplayer experience with unique maps, customizable rules, a new skirmish mode and single-cart game sharing, allowing players anywhere to go head-to-head worldwide.
The Egyptian Culture
Built through struggle and determination along the fertile Nile River, the Egyptian Culture is one of great faith and imagination. Some of the greatest monuments of the ancient world were built by Egyptian hands, and their empire once stretched across much of northern Africa and the Middle East. In Age of Empires: Mythologies, the Egyptian Culture is most adept at solid defensive tactics. With an emphasis on economic improvements and powers, Egyptians benefit from thinking long-term about their strategic goals. Neither as fast as the Norse nor as flexible as the Greeks, the Egyptians maintain a steady defensive push while they build up for crippling late-game gambits.
The Greek Culture
The Greeks are a culture of art and sophistication built around tightly knit city-states scattered across the Greek Peninsula. From the kingdoms of Athens, Argos, Sparta and Ithaca, the heroes of ancient Greece are legends that transcend their time. Children of the Gods and a hearty and determined people, the Greeks stand strong against even the mightiest of foes. In Age of Empires: Mythologies, the Greek Culture is one of balanced offense and defense with some unique twists. Greeks boast the most powerful individual units, but also the most expensive. The Greeks also have the ability to train a second Hero unit in the Heroic Age, making them uniquely suited to defeat enemy Myth Units.
The Norse Culture
Forged of iron in the frigid cold of the north, the Norse Culture is stubborn and strong. A violent culture known in myth for its boisterous heroes and very human deities, the Norse are a culture whose warrior caste is hard and unstoppable. Each Norse warrior hopes to one day serve alongside Odin and the Aesir Gods when Ragnarok comes to Asgard. In Age of Empires: Mythologies the Norse are built for aggressive combat. Norse units are inexpensive and efficient, allowing for the Norse player to jump into combat faster than any other player. Where the Egyptians and Greeks gather Favor from the gods through worship and monuments, the Norse earn their Favor through combat, making the steamroller of Norse advancement only grow in strength as they fight.
Age of Empires: Mythologies is scheduled to debut on the NDS system in fall 2008.
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