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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Titan Quest Anniversary Edition is a downloadable action role-playing game (RPG) that takes place in the time of gods and titans in ancient Greece, and evolves around the player's character running across the world killing hordes of monsters. This game is easy to pick up thanks to its point-and-click gameplay, and it offers multiple difficulty levels for players while also offering a multiplayer online component where players can join the quests of others. There are some references to nudity and vengeful Greek gods. While violence is frequent, with bodies of defeated enemies littering the ground until you leave a map location, there isn't an emphasis on blood or gore in combat.
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What's it about?
In TITAN QUEST ANNIVERSARY EDITION, monsters are running amok in the world and it's up to the player to discover the source of the mayhem, eradicate it, and help embattled villagers and towns. This anniversary edition features two games (Titan Quest and Titan Quest Immortal Throne), with a fresh coat of graphical paint, new and improved multiplayer, new content and bosses, upgraded enemy AI, and better overall game stability. Players can either adventure through the world, discovering areas covered in the fog of war and exploring dungeons, or create an online game and allow other players to join their quest lines. Players can multi-class as their character gains experience and levels, incorporating magic and melee or ranged attacks with the class they choose to begin the game.
Is it any good?
While the hack-and-slash gameplay is familiar to action fans, dropping the player into ancient Greece and incorporating mythology gives it a different, interesting feel. Titan Quest Anniversary Edition follows the familiar gameplay mechanics of games like Diablo but is graphically superior while packing just as much enjoyment into the setting. The game features nice special effects as well as the opportunity to host a multiplayer game (or join one) that works directly off the storyline. Essentially, that's like getting help to succeed over a scenario you may be struggling with. The element of multi-classing (there are 10 sets of class skills) is also a really nice touch. Plus, the point-and-click style of gameplay may be an old-school form of play, but this isn't a game that's hard to navigate through. Besides, players can pick up numerous side quests to keep things interesting. There are times when the side quests overlap with the main quest, so you can accomplish two or more quests by attacking and defeating the same groups of monsters.
A drawback to Titan Quest Anniversary Edition's gameplay is its limited inventory space. While you can create artifacts to enhance weapons, collecting enough cash takes time due to the limited inventory. Sure, you can clear a dungeon, load up the inventory, teleport back to a city to sell your loot, and then make several more trips back and forth, but that's more of a time sink than an element that enhances gameplay. Also, the game doesn't appear to generate content randomly, which would have added to the replayability measurably. If you fight a boss, and then stop the game and come back to it, the boss is in the same place, with the same number of minions waiting for you to try again. While Titan Quest Anniversary Edition doesn't stray from a well-worn classic gameplay formula, this is a game that's still enjoyable, either in small doses or in prolonged game playing sessions.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about appropriate amounts of screen time, either playing games or watching television. What are alternatives to video games that embrace a younger player's interests? What are reasonable limits and expectations for different age groups?
Talk about mythology. What's the difference between a myth and the truth? How did the myths and gods of ancient civilizations shape not only that civilization but the world?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading, reading comprehension
Social Studies: historical figures, history
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, strategy
Self-Direction: achieving goals, set objectives
Collaboration: cooperation, teamwork
- Price: $19.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: THQ Nordic
- Release date: March 20, 2018
- Genre: Role-Playing
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, History
- ESRB rating: T for Suggestive Themes, Violence
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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