For the Gods
Titan Quest: Legendary Edition is the definitive mobile experience of an already beloved action RPG. Published in 2006 by THQ, Titan Quest has a peculiar history as far as release dates go. The game received three expansions: Immortal Throne in 2007, Ragnarok in 2017, and Atlantis in 2019. All these expansions come with Titan Quest: Legendary Edition. The game is the complete experience for any fan whether they be veterans or newcomers.
The game’s story by itself isn’t anything too amazing. The main game has you, the hero, take on titans that are causing havoc throughout the land. You’ll travel all over ancient Greece in search of putting an end to the titan menace. It’s a story that does its job and nothing more. But for players looking for a bit more narrative oomph, the expansions have more going for them story-wise. Immortal Throne has the hero travel through the gates of Elysium and into the underworld, Hades. Ragnarok has a more Nordic feel as you march across German lands and explore the city of Corinth. In Atlantis, the hero teams up with an explorer and together they set off in search of the legendary city. These expansions provide three epic adventures set in diverse locations with new loot and monsters if you find the base game lacking.
The gameplay itself is reminiscent of the Diablo series. You have a God’s eye perspective of the world below with enemies coming at you in the hundreds. The ancient Greek setting of the world works great to the overall gameplay and aesthetic of Titan Quest: Legendary Edition. Playing it makes you feel like a classical hero from one of Homer’s myths, doing battle against truly mythical foes.
Powers are granted to you in the form of masteries. There are ten masteries in total, two of which come from the Immortal Throne and Ragnarok expansions. Each mastery has unique skills that help you turn the tide of battle. All of them can wildly influence the way you play the game. If you’re having trouble deciding on which one you wish to pick, don’t worry. At level eight, the game allows you to choose a second mastery. This encourages multiple playthroughs with varying playstyles and combinations.
Along with mighty powers, there are several weapons to choose from, such as swords, clubs, bows, and more. Being a hack and slash game in the same vein as Diablo, you better believe there’s plenty of loot. This, along with the many locations, weapons and abilities make for a journey worthy of the mighty Heracles himself. Or Hercules if you want to be Roman about it.
An Ancient World
All that being said, one should keep in mind one thing. This is a game from 2006. It’s a game that has gotten a resurgence in players, hence the reason for the later expansions. But I wouldn’t exactly call the game timeless. For starters, the models and animations are bland and the voice acting is overdone. Oftentimes the individuals you meet speak like they’re in a play making the whole thing feel cartoonish. The music itself isn’t memorable either. The soundtrack does enough to put you in the mood of the period you’re in, but that’s about it. There are plenty of games that would do a better job at scratching that Greco-Roman itch than Titan Quest. Still, these problems aren’t really the faults of the developers but more it being a product of its time. I felt it worth mentioning for anyone going in not knowing what to expect.
It wasn’t the graphics, story, music, or voice acting that brought players back to this game, it was the gameplay. Featuring several mythological creatures to battle with, players can expect a truly epic adventure awaiting them. The large number of unique combinations in masteries and builds leaves much freedom for the player to create something unique. The expansions build upon an already well-loved game, each of them bringing something new to the table. Titan Quest: Legendary Edition doesn’t hold up too well in most departments other than gameplay. However, players can go back to a wonderful time in gaming. A time where all you needed for an adventure was you, your sword, and a swarm of evil monsters. And on that, Titan Quest: Legendary Edition certainly delivers.
Is it Hardcore?
While the visuals haven’t aged great, Titan Quest: Legendary Edition is the definitive edition to a game that still holds its own a decade and a half later.