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Review: Path of Titans

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Dinosaurs fascinate me. Consequently, I love anything that has these scaly beasts at its core. I’ll admit, I adored Jurassic Park as a child, and I played Ark a little too much. However, I regret nothing! Whenever a new IP is released, that allows me to fulfil my dinosaur-loving ways, I jump at the opportunity. Path of Titans does that even though it is still in Game Preview.

Developed and published by Alderon Games, this is a role-playing open-world dinosaur simulation title. It focuses on MMO mechanics and can be played solo or online. Furthermore, it has Cross-Play features, and this ensures you can play with friends no matter the system. It is still early days for this title, but the potential is plain to see. Accordingly, this is one game that has a bright future and, therefore, it is appealing.

The selection of creatures is crazy.
You are big enough not to be messed with.

Path of Titans will be amazing. 

Thanks to a large array of herbivores and carnivores to pick from, you are spoilt for choice. What’s more, each of these beasts has unique strengths and weaknesses that must be understood and exploited. You are free to play the game as you wish, but the core concept revolves around a plethora of quests. These tasks are essential as they force you to explore the monstrous map while gaining XP.

You may wonder why a dinosaur needs XP, well without it, they won’t grow. Yes, you read that correctly, your character (the dinosaur) starts as a weak juvenile and grows into a massive, hulking creature. As they age, they learn new abilities that help them to fight and complete quests. Alongside this, you are expected to climb mountains, explore woodlands, swim in lakes, and more. 

In theory, there is plenty to do. However, the quests are quite repetitive, usually straightforward, and need some fleshing out. Sadly, this is one of the biggest shortcomings in its current build. Unless you have a great group of friends to roam with, it gets quite tedious. Subsequently, I could only play for short periods of time and this surprised me. I expected to be sucked into the wonderful Jurassic world, but I never was. In part, this was down to the ridiculous nature of the tasks at hand. I mean, why would a carnivore collect lychees or pine cones?

Empty plains and not a dinosaur in sight. 

My biggest concern is the lack of creatures. No matter how far I walked, or how many quests I completed, the world was empty. I’d look up, and the sky wasn’t filled with quetzals or pterodactyls. No, instead there was the odd cloud to look at. Furthermore, there is even less life at ground level. I had expectations of a brontosaurus eating trees or being chased by a spinosaurus. Yet, the biggest risk was falling from a boulder or drowning in a river.

It is true that I was disappointed. But, I still enjoyed what I experienced. Losing yourself in a prehistoric world was incredible, even if it was devoid of life. However, I can see the developers adding to this as the game evolves. If this happens, it will be a fascinating and thrilling time whether you play alone or with friends.

Path of Titans has a fantastic range of dinosaurs.
Now,who is a handsome dinosaur?

The multiplayer action is king.

Unsurprisingly, this MMO comes to life when played with others. Alderon Games desperately wants Path of Titans to be a role-playing experience. As such, to get the most out of it, you must be willing to think like your character. Now, a few of my online compatriots took this to the next level. Though I couldn’t bring myself to become a dinosaur, I could tell they were completely invested in the situation.

On top of this, the community is fantastic. I’ve played many MMO games, and the toxicity is unreal. Fortunately, Path of Titans has plenty of players who adore the theme and like to be helpful. However, there is always one bad apple and you can be killed at any time. Consequently, being savvy and teaming up with fellow triceratops or the likes is a wise move. 

Path of Titans looks spectacular. 

I can’t say enough how much I loved the visuals within this game. Graphically, Path of Titans looks spectacular. From the excellent models to the lush vegetation, it is phenomenal. Then, there is the smooth animation, the excellent abilities, and the aggressive but interesting combat moments. Alongside this, I witnessed no major bugs or glitches, nor were there any frame rate issues. I fully expected there to be a plethora of problems, but its polish and finish were a pleasant surprise.

Disappointingly, the same can’t be said for the audio. For unknown reasons, it is extremely quiet and rarely present. Subsequently, the empty world feels starker. This is then enhanced when dramatic music accompanies your journey. Whenever this occurs, the gameplay is instantly improved. Sadly, though, it is so sporadic that you become accustomed to the silence. What’s more, each dinosaur has a set vocabulary of calls. These are so hard to decipher that they become redundant. This was a shame, as in theory, it was a spectacular idea that should work. In reality, though, it is confusing and needs to be filtered and simplified.

The creatures and landscapes are incredible.
Is something hiding near those rocks?

Excellent controls. 

Thanks to the considered UI, Path of Titans works extremely well. Furthermore, an intelligent and thorough tutorial explains the fundamentals. This was an extremely good idea, as it could have been overwhelming. Luckily, the clearly explained mechanics allow you to jump straight into the action. Alongside this, a mix of radial menus and sub-menus enables you to manage every action. Even when new abilities are unlocked, you always feel in control. Subsequently, it is an extremely user-friendly title that can be enjoyed by everyone.

The lack of other dinosaurs and repetitive tasks may impact the replay value. However, if you play this with friends, there’s plenty to do. Also, the developers will add more content and hopefully beef out the lifeless environment. If these things happen, the gameplay will be vastly improved. In its current build, it will only appeal to a niche audience. Yet, I can see this expanding as the core action improves, and the world is as alive as it should be.

Path of Titans is a slow-burner. 

Path of Titans will be a fantastic title once it fulfils its potential. There are many routes it can take, and this is what makes it exciting. I loved spending time with its enthusiastic community, improving my dinosaur, and exploring the incredible world. However, I simply wish it grabbed my attention for longer. I strongly believe it will improve as it’s currently a bit of a slow-burner. I enjoyed it and I recommend you to buy it here! Will you become the dinosaur you are destined to be? Play solo, or with others as you roam a beautiful prehistoric world. 

SUMMARY

Path of Titans is a beautiful role-playing dinosaur simulation title. Enjoy a sandbox experience as you take the giant steps of some prehistoric beasts. Work alone or in a pack with other players as you complete tasks and evolve to become a highly adept and strong adult dinosaur.


+ Stunning graphics.
+ Wonderful landscapes.
+ Fantastic animation.
+ Well-considered controls.
+ Great fun with friends.

- The tasks need more depth.
- The action is repetitive.
- The world lacks atmosphere.
- The audio is too quiet and often lacking.

(Rating: PEGI 12 Moderate Violence. Release date: 27/07/2022)

(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X.Also availble on Xbox One, PC (Steam), PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5)


Daniel Waite
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for www.bonusstage.co.uk, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email: Daniel@moviesgamesandtech.com

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Review: Path of Titans<p class="has-text-align-justify" style="font-size:14px"><em>Path of Titans</em> is a beautiful role-playing dinosaur simulation title. Enjoy a sandbox experience as you take the giant steps of some prehistoric beasts. Work alone or in a pack with other players as you complete tasks and evolve to become a highly adept and strong adult dinosaur.</p><br/> + Stunning graphics.<br/> + Wonderful landscapes.<br/> + Fantastic animation.<br/> + Well-considered controls.<br/> + Great fun with friends.<br/> <br/> - The tasks need more depth.<br/> - The action is repetitive.<br/> - The world lacks atmosphere.<br/> - The audio is too quiet and often lacking.<br/> <br/> <p class="has-text-align-center" style="font-size:10px">(<b>Rating:</b> PEGI 12 Moderate Violence. <b>Release date:</b> 27/07/2022)</b><br/> <p class="has-text-align-center" style="font-size:10px">(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X.Also availble on Xbox One, PC (Steam), PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5)</p><br/>