Titan Quest Review
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC
Developer: Black Forest Games
Titan Quest is a loot-gathering dungeon crawler that was first released on PC in 2006 and was one of the main contenders up against Diablo 2. Titan Quest, and it’s expansion ‘Immortal Throne’, were both critically amazing games and ranked up there with the best of the games within the genre. Fast forward to today, Titan Quest has been released on current gen consoles, but can it hold up to its success from 2006?
The story in Titan Quest is pretty good. The Titans once ruled the primordial darkness before the Olympian Gods appeared and thus begun the great war. The Titans were all exiled and imprisoned whilst the Olympians ushered in a golden age all across the mortal realm. Sometime later, three smaller Titans called Telkines had managed to break the communications conduit the Olympians held between the immortal and mortal realm and thus, summoned hordes of creatures to terrorise the humans and prepared the release of the mighty Titans.
You take control of a character, which you can only customize by sex and color of their tunic, who is learning of these events. You begin by running into enemies terrorizing a horse in a field, but before you know it you will be battling with hordes of enemies across all of the land. Through your journey, you will travel to Egypt, China, Greece and Olympus. You will encounter many different creatures of the underworld as well as mighty Titans and even Olympic Gods.
As with most games released on PC only in this genre, they were originally controlled by keyboard and mouse. Having multiple menus and interfaces may be difficult to map onto a controller, but Black Forest Games did a great job of mapping these controls without causing too much confusion. Navigating to the different menus is pretty smooth and easy to learn. However, the basic movement controls of your character are not as smooth. Pressing the stick slightly in one direction or another moves your character quite drastically, making precision movement very difficult.
Another issue I have with the controls is that you cannot choose who you are attacking, you are simply locked onto the nearest enemy. I found myself in multiple situations where I wanted to attack a distant enemy first with my bow, but was not able to because other enemies were closer.
Another question most people have about a game first released in 2006 that is re-released in 2018 is how well do the graphics look? Titan Quest was remastered with updated graphics and it looks pretty good. While you can’t move the camera around, you can zoom in and out and when zoomed in you can see the great detail put into remastering the visuals. All of the models look very good both zoomed in and out.
Being a loot-gathering game, there are a vast array of weapons and armor which you can pick up off dead bodies, find in chests and buy from the merchants. With that said, most of these are purely stat-increases and don’t really make a huge difference in combat. There is a decent selection but you will find yourself with multiple duplicate items.
Titan Quest can be played single player or online co-op with up to 6 people. Unfortunately, there is no local co-op, which is a real bummer. However, the online play works very well and is a lot of fun.
Overall, Titan Quest is a good remaster of the 2006 original. Fans of the original will likely enjoy the remaster, as long as they can get over the wonky movement controls. Others that enjoy loot-gathering dungeon crawlers may enjoy Titan Quest, but they should understand that it is a remaster of a 12 year old game before jumping in.
- Nicely remastered textures and environments
- Menu system and UI remapping were done very well
- Entertaining storyline
- Movement controls are not very fluid
- Cannot choose enemy to lock onto
- No local co-op (online only)
Thank you to Black Forest Games for providing us a copy to review on PS4.