Titan Quest (PC)
Sean W. Gibson / Jul 1st, 2006 1 Comment
From the co-creator of Age of Empires, Titan Quest is an all new RPG set in the mythical world of ancient Greece with travels as far and in between as Egypt. With fast action, and familiar elements from RPG fame, Titan Quest is a visually pleasing title that offers 8 ability types, a flexible class system, tons of unique skills, and over a thousand pieces of equipment to help you slice, dice, toast, and destroy monsters while on your way to defeat the Titans. With a robust storyline centered on the return of the Titans, and the release of demonic gods (such as Medusa) back into the world, it is up to you as the hero to stop their sinister plans.
The list of features as supplied by the manufacturer:
* Explore mystical monuments, lush pastoral landscapes, and barren deserts of the ancient world
* State of the art cinematic quality 3D graphics engine provides a new level of realism for RPG gameplay
* Vibrant cities and villages contain interactive NPC characters who assist you in your efforts in battling mythic creatures and fearsome monsters
* Quickly create maps and levels with one of the most powerful and user-friendly mod tools on the gaming market
* Almost unlimited ways to modify skills provide players with tremendous flexibility in developing one’s character
With the right hardware, Titan Quest is the most visually rich RPG to date. Playing the game settings at 1600×1200 with AA (anti-aliasing) turned on, the game looks gorgeous with varied rich environments, stunning and eye-popping special effects, and beautifully rendered monsters that come in a nice variety throughout the game. The heroes themselves are not too diverse, but constantly change appearance once you put on different types of armor and weapons. Again, you have to have the right hardware, but the upside of the graphics for Titan Quest is nothing short of amazing.
All the NPCs in the game have been given a good voice-over, and the soundtrack to the game is pretty standard adventure game music. Suggestion to the wise is to turn the music down and turn the rest up – the monsters and sound effects to the game are outstanding. Things blow up (when you want them to), skeletons crack and creek, and monsters wail when you deliver a death blow. All in all, it definitely adds to the entire gameplay experience.
The game invariably will be compared to the all-time popular title Diablo 2, since the game acts, plays, and moves in a very similar fashion. Is that a bad thing? Heck no! Titan Quest feels like the latest and greatest to be sure with the awesome graphics, plus the ability to not just focus on one class system, but 2 for the duration of your character. That allows you to really mix and match the classes to make a nice variety of characters to play through more than once. Personally, the first go around I made a guy named “Buff Manly” and made him Mr. Offense (Warrior Mastry + Earth Mastery). Dual wielding weapons, heavy armor, lots of charms, and all the skills I invested in give me an offensive bonus (fire, lightning, and other fun stuff). The result is a Battlemage, a guy that swings his weapons and hits monsters so hard they blow up. It’s a beautiful thing to say the least and very tension relieving after a hard day at the office.
The quests and side-quests are very standard – kill the monster, find the civilians, or get the item. Side-quests are rewarded with experience, skills, and/or items that make them very worthwhile. The main quest takes you on a journey from Parthenon to all parts of Greece, including a besieged Athens, all the way to the Great Pyramids of Egypt. The goal is to uncover the mystery of the return of all these fabled creatures, why they are attacking man and their cities, and eventually put an end to it all. It’s a nice epic hero quest, coupled with three difficulty levels, making the game a worthwhile and fun journey.
ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER
As you can surmise from the gameplay section, the longevity of Titan Quest gets top marks. You can play online with your friends and quest through the game, you can make your own levels with the robust level editor program, or you can just play through the game locally many times over. Since you can make so many different types of characters, you can have a great time questing through the entire game at least 2 or 3 times.
From an originality perspective, the game acts and plays just like Diablo 2. What’s been added on is a ton of new skills and class sets, the new storyline, and amazing graphics. The storyline is unique, imaginative, and draws on a brilliant genre that translates to this type of RPG perfectly. Iron Lore and THQ definitely hit the mark bringing this genre a much needed facelift.
Overall, Titan Quest is an absolute Editor’s Choice winner for quality and fun. If you love RPGs, then this title is a must have for any PC gamer. With the right hardware, it offers better graphics than any game in its genre to date, with a really nice set of monsters that will sometimes scare you right off your mouse. Between the amazing graphics, the great class and skill system, plus the ability to play game through multiple times locally on on-line (with up to 6 players at a time), Titan Quest is a game that will suck you in for hours at a time, and comes highly recommended for purchase.