Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Titan Quest:Immortal Throne Review


Titan Quest™: Immortal Throne™ is the action-packed expansion to the 2006 RPG hit, Titan Quest. Brian Sullivan, award-winning co-creator of Age of Empires and Titan Quest, continues the epic story across the dark and more sinister Underworld of Hades.

In this epic quest of good versus evil, players will encounter the greatest villains of Greek mythology, brave the attacks of Cerberus, and hazard the banks of the River Styx. Along with new foes, players will find new allies. Players will interpret the prophecies of the blind seer Tiresias, fight alongside Agamemnon and Achilles, and use the wiles of Odysseus to conquer this dark new adventure.

  • 10 Additional Character Levels - allows players to bring existing and new characters to new heights, along with higher level equipment and skills
  • 8 New Character Classes - The expansion pack features an entirely new skill mastery, which combines with existing skill masteries to create eight new exciting character classes.
  • New Exotic Monsters and Locations - Quest through exotic locations in the Mediterranean area and ultimately descend across the river Styx into the heart of Hades. Defeat terrifying new monsters on your way to victory!
  • Artifacts & Enchanters - A new type of rare equipment that gives the player characters a powerful bonus. Plus, new non-player characters that can create artifacts from recipes.
  • More Unique Equipment - Uncover hundreds of powerful new unique items and use Caravans to store them as you quest through the Underworld of Hades

Alright, lets get one thing straight about this game. There is killing, LOTS AND LOTS OF it. The main point of this game is run around KILLING anything you see, until you find bosses which you will KILL to forward the story, which also has sidequests which will involve you to KILL something or find something which is usually guarded by something you will have to KILL. After you KILL pretty much everything you see that doesnt have a quest over its head or is not human you will end up in the 2 final bosses which you will KILL, especially the final boss of the expansion which you have to KILL 3 times. After all this KILLING and more KILLING you will save the world twice and everyone will be happy, except the millions of creatures you just KILLED. Then you will be able to pass through a portal and RE-KILL everything in a harder difficulty which will give you access to better looking merchant equipment and generally more badass items and harder things to KILL. Now, some of you might wonder when will I start making any sense. Well that will never happen and you know it, however i will break down the KILLING in its parts.


Now, the first part of the game before the expansion is pretty interesting. You wake up in a house somewhere in Helos, in Greece...yes...IN GREECE BITCHES WOOT. And after you KILL a few satyrs and a boar you enter the main storyline. Monsters are running around in Greece causing mayhem (which you will KILL every single one of them or something) and you have to go and save the village. When you do that by KILLING the satyr shaman you get the quest that you need to give a message to Leonidas the king of Sparta, but when you reach there, in order for Leonidas to see you, you have to diplomatically talk down a centaur chieftain to stop his attacks.....Haaha I almost got you there, no you just KILL him and get on with it. Take the whole KILLING aside (which is pretty much the whole game) then you have a pretty interesting story. I think it had potential with the whole, 3 sort of mega monsters are severing the bond between the gods and mortals and free the Titan Typhon who threatens to destroy everything starting with the gods and blah blah blah.

It was rather nice that they managed to blend in Greek, Egyptian a bit of Babylonian and Chinese mythology into the game. And they managed not to completely destroy everything that is Greek in the process (I cant speak for rest of the nations since I dont really know how they were. But they seemed pretty close, at least Egyptian).

However the expansion came and they just could not resist butchering Greek mythology. Despite the undeniable epicness of the whole thing and the pretty clever and unique addition they did, meaning that you get to fight in the elysium fields to stop the army of Hades from killing all the spirits of the dead. So you get to fight (or more correct, just talk to) many legendary heroes like Agamemnon and Odysseus. Its pretty epic at a point where you actually enter the front lines and there are battle sounds, you see explosions from catapults from the BADASS spirits that are holding the advance of the EEEVIIIL armies of Hades, and eventually you kill Hades...

I know what many of you will say "but he is the god of the underworld he is eeviiil" BULLSHIT! Hades in greek mythology is the god of the dead, ergo he is dead, meaning he has no emotions. That does not make him evil. I know that many of you would say that he is probably pissed that Zeus got the whole epic Olympus theme and he got the stinking dead, but you forget one thing. He is DEAD, so he CANT FEEL the need to be jealous and stuff. Quite honestly, Poseidon seems more likely to be the one waging that kind of a war since he IS resentful and jealous of Zeus, unlike Hades who, well doesnt really give a crap. But, if you manage to accept the fact that the Greek underworld in the game is pretty much like Hell, then ok, its a nice game.

Here is where the game really shines. The classes are well versed, pretty close to what they could be in the ancient times and the fact that you can combine 2 classes and create one hybrid class was pretty interesting. There were so many ways to KILL something in this game it is just plain funny. You could even manage to recreate a hoplite with spear and shield which I have never seen so it was a bit of a bonus. They also managed to grasp the idea of the ancient times and what they considered magic. I believe they did a tremendous job making everything appear heroic meaning that even if you pick the healing class you get a couple of badass wolves and a nymph to KILL stuff. In short, you can be pretty amazing no matter what you do, the question is, what do you feel like playing?

Then we go to the whole item features. Well lets face it, those types of games are about 2 things, KILLING stuff, and looking good when doing it. So in the second part they did a pretty good job. Depending on where you are in the game you get to look in 5 ways, 1st like an ancient Greek badass hero, 2nd like an ancient Egyptian badass hero, 3rd like a Babylonian badass hero, 4th like a Chinese badass hero and finally like a Roman-like or ancient-looking like badass hero. The badass part is unavoidable. And just when you think its over, there is more. SET ITEMS! because looking good when KILLING stuff is important to this game. As it SHOULD.

Summing it all up:

I know most of you are not sure if this is a positive or negative review. Well here is the final answer. I pretty much liked the game. Yeah i know it was inaccurate in a lot of stuff, it was also repetitive and boring and, lets face it, finishing it without a trainer is almost impossible without at least another player to KILL stuff with you. But it is a good game when you are bored and want to KILL something. Overall, its an ok game that it is bets played with friends when you feel like having some fun without thinking about, anything pretty much :P. I recommend it as a stress reliever as well. Its a game that is worth its space

1 comment:

  1. 28 times the word kill, that game is epic XD
    I only played the first game, before the expansions and I didn't finish it, I got a bit bored of all the killing and there were other games released that period so I gave it up...


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