I can't say that I'm a big gamer, but my husband keeps slowly but surely introducing me to more games that we can play together. One of these games--and my favourite so far--is Titan Quest and its expansion, Tital Quest: Immortal Throne, an Action-RPG on Steam.
If you are unfamiliar with Steam, it is more or less an online platform and online community for PC gamers. Through the Steam website, you can purchase games and dowload them for instant play. Your games and stats, for the most part, stay on your online profile, so that essentially wherever you have a computer and an internet connection, you can have access to your games, without having to reinstall them on a new computer. Through this site, you can also choose to "friend" people that you know, or that you meet during an online game. Steam sends you pop-up notices of which of your friends are online, and which game they are playing, so that you can join along with them.
Now on to Titan Quest. Titan Quest is an action game, which pretty much translates into fighting. This game is very "clean, " however; there is no blood or anything of the sort. You fight your oponent with a sword, bow, etc... and he/she falls down once they have died. The game is set in Ancient Greece, Egypt, and the Orient. The plot of the game centers around the fact that certain Titans (seudo-gods that ruled before Zeus and the Olympians), have escaped from their imprisonment under the earth and are wreaking havoc by summoning monsters (such as minotaurs) to destroy villages. You find youself at first fighting to save one village, but eventually traveling over the known world looking for the source of the monsters, and a way to stop them once and for all.
As a player, you control one character, but you can choose to play a multiplayer game over LAN or the internet, adding other characters as teammates. You are able to customize your character by choosing a primary and secondary mastery. These masteries are: Storm, Earth, Warfare, Spirit, Dream, Defense, Nature, Hunting, and Rogue. Each mastery has its pros and cons, so it is important to choose wisely. For example, the Rogue mastery specializes in poisons and bleeding damage, but they can only wield a small dagger, which means they need to get very close to their enemies. To counter this, you could choose a secondary mastery that has a distance-attack, or choose the Nature mastery which specializes in healing. In addition to the two masteries, you also control your character's attributes such as Health, Energy, Dexterity, Strength, and Intellegence. Certain attibutes complement certain masteries, and give you the ability to use specialized armour and weapons.
The graphics of the game are excellent! I have to keep the graphics on minimum so as not to overwhelm my poor laptop, and I am still impressed by the graphics. The setting of the game does a lot for this, as there is a lot of amazing and pretty scenery throughout as you explore pyramids and travel the Old Silk Road. (Don't tell my husband I just referred to a game as "pretty"!)
I have really been hooked by this game, and play it a lot. I have worked through it completely with two characters already, and keep going back for more so that I can try different combinations of masteries. Your strategy really has to change based on your character's abilities, and I enjoy re-learning how to play the game.
Titan Quest is rated "T".