Titan Quest is an action role playing hack and slash video game developed by Iron Lore Entertainment for Microsoft Windows personal computers. It was published by THQ in 2006. It was released on Steam in 2007, and later ported to mobile devices by DotEmu and released in 2016; later versions were published by THQ Nordic. Versions for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch were released in 2018. The gameplay is similar to the Diablo series, with player navigation being handled with a mouse-driven tile-based interface, and gameplay revolving around role-playing mechanics and real-time combat. Three expansions were released for the game: Titan Quest: Immortal Throne in 2007, Titan Quest: Ragnarök in 2017 and Titan Quest: Atlantis in 2019.

Plot

Titan Quest begins with a narration, detailing how the Titans once ruled the primordial darkness before the light of the Olympian Gods appeared: after a great war, the Titans were exiled and imprisoned, and the Olympians ushered in a golden age for the mortal world. An unknown time later, a trio of lesser Titans known as Telkines broke the communication conduit linking Olympus with the mortal world, and summoned armies of monsters to terrorize the world and prepare for the release of the Titans. The player character begins their quest at the village of Helos, where beasts are destroying the local crops.

Gameplay

Titan Quest’s campaign has six chapters set in different places of the ancient world like Greece, Egypt, Hades and Atlantis. Every Act offers, along with the main questline, tons of side quests and a wide variety of enemies and world bosses. There is no help indicator with the quests, meaning that you need to read carefully the descriptions in order to complete them.

In the beginning of the game there aren’t any classes, so every new character is basically the same except the gender. Progressing through the game though, you get to choose up to two Masteries that will define the class of your character. There are currently ten Masteries, and each one has it’s own play-style and skills (either passive or active). The second way of character customization are the Attributes (Strength, Dexterity and Intellect). Every time you level up your character, you will be rewarded with 3 Mastery Points and 2 Attribute Points along with some extra Mana and HP.

Movement and auto-attack uses the left mouse button, like every ARPG. You also have an Action Bar to organize your active spells, scrolls or potions. For the sake of your mouse, the game let’s you open a portal, when you are out of combat, to teleport back to a main town and vice versa as long you have visited this town at least once in the past. If you die, you will respawn to the closest rebirth fountain that you visited and you will lose a big portion of your experience. You can reclaim some of that exp back if you manage to reach your tombstone without dieing again.

Items in Titan Quest come in five different rarities colors (White, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple). Purple pieces will not be available until you finish the main story on Normal Difficulty. Most of these items can be looted from dead enemies or are available at town merchants using the only currency of the game, gold.

Online Features

If you want to play online with your friends, you can host / join servers that allows up to 4 people to make a party and play together. The downside of this is that there are no PvP elements in such small servers.

Graphics / Sound

For a 10+ years old game the graphics are extraordinary. Every piece of the map is well designed, cinematics are perfect and all armor and enemy models are very detailed. There are zero graphic glitches and the gameplay is smooth. The music, a very challenging feat due to drawing from multiple cultures, and then being brought together into a cohesive score while keeping each region distinct from the other. To get the right feeling, the team did research into the historical musical instruments used in each of the game’s regions. Finally, combat sound effects are decent and monsters reaction sounds will change depending on the current scenario.

Unique Features

Titan Quest is a well designed hack and slash title, combining cultures and mythologies of different continents in the ancient world. It has one of the biggest class selections pool ever for an RPG game, featuring 55 different Mastery Classes.

Replayability

The main story takes around 34 hours to complete, the main+extra 43 hours and the completionist 60 hours. The game provides you with three difficulty modes (Normal, Epic, Legendary) , adding new loot tables and World Bosses with satisfying mechanics to higher difficulties. No matter how much time and effort you invest in Titan Quest, there is always room for improvement.

Pros

  • Wide variety of weapons and gear

  • High replayability

  • Interesting boss mechanics

  • Insane amount of classes

  • Mythology-related lore

Cons

  • PvP does not exist

  • You can’t make parties of more than 4 people

  • Many cheaters and exploiters in Online Mode

Rating (7.9/10)

  • Online: 6/10

  • Plot: 8.5/10

  • Gameplay: 8/10

  • Graphics: 8/10

  • Sound: 8.5/10

  • Uniqueness: 7/10

  • Replayability: 9/10

Primary Version Tested: PC

Foivos Karkanis

Leave a comment