Docked: Age Of Mythology Tale Of The Dragon Out Now

Age of Mythology [official site] came out in 2002, a more innocent time when people spent their time pretending Half Life was actually going to get a sequel. “Valve can’t count to two,” guffawed the internet. “Ha ha ha.” More fool the internet, which failed to predict the appearance of Left 4 Dead 2, Dota 2, Portal 2 and, yes, Half Life 2.

The short-sighted global system of interconnected computers we now know as Charlotte’s Web also failed to predict Tale of the Dragon, an expansion for Age of Mythology, which came out yesterday, almost fourteen years after the game originally launched. Stupid internet.

Tale of the Dragon hasn’t had the warmest welcome. With 115 reviews tallied at the time of writing, Steam rates the response as ‘Mixed’ and there are all manner of complaints. Some people reckon it seems like a mod rather than a ‘proper’ expansion and others are struggling to get it running at all.

The core of the package is a new civilisation, the Chinese, who have their own 12 god pantheon and a full campaign. If the internet is to be believed – and as I scientifically verified above, it isn’t – there are lots of recoloured units and ropey voice acting.

The developers have been working to fix, or recommend fixes for, some of the crashes that were affecting people at launch. Basic advice is to disable all mods that are running if all necessary files are in place and have been verified.

Hopefully the major issues will be sorted and people can dig into the new pantheons and powers. Forgotten Empires and Skybox, who worked on the expansion, have done solid work before – they were responsible for Age of Empires 2’s recent revival.


  1. King Rhirid says:

    Age of Mythology is one of my favourite ever games. Can’t believe they gave the amateurs of Forgotten Empires permission to do this. Especially as there are loads of AOM modders who have been making good mods, with good new models, animations, textures, campaigns, et al, for upwards of 10 years.

    • RanDomino says:

      I was extremely disappointed with AoE 2:TC:HD:FE:XP:PhD:BBQ:”Now With More Flavor In Each Bite” edition so I think I might give this a pass for a while.

    • Viral Frog says:

      We must not have played the same Forgotten Empires.

  2. kud13 says:

    I enjoyed AoK HD and most of the content in the expansions. Been playing it for almost a months non-stop, with close to 300 hours played of just the single player content (and I’ve barely scratched the surface on mods)

    From what I’ve seen of AoM, there’s a bunch of AoK units thrown in as “Chinese”. I’ll certainly be picking this up at some point, but not right now.

  3. Warduke says:

    Some pretty spotty player reviews on Steam on this.. Many saying the mod scene did a better job