Did the Spanish Armada get eaten by a giant beetle? Was Waterloo won when Napoleon found himself scythed into chunks by the talons of a sphinx? Did Cromwell seal a decisive victory at the Battle of Naseby by the tactical deployment of a minotaur? No, and if you're like NGamer, you think that the world is a slightly sadder place for it. Similarly aware that pikemen are less fun than eagles that shoot lightning, THQ and Griptonite Games have decided to ditch the historical stodge for the latest Age Of Empires game. Instead, they've created a game based on units raided from the fevered imaginings of nutbags across the ancient world – namely the Egyptians, Greeks and Vikings.