Invictus starts where Homer's Odyssey leaves off. Athena, goddess of wisdom and war, is quite proud of Odysseus' victory, as she was the one who mentored him through his battles and adventures. She even brags to the other gods that she could take any mortal and change him into a hero of epic proportions. Poseidon, who has never been known as a gracious loser, spreads rumors that it was just dumb luck that Odysseus didn't die and that Athena couldn't do it again if her divine life depended on it.
The divine gauntlet has been thrown.
Athena happily accepts Poseidon's challenge: she's always looking for ways to show him up, especially in front of their fellow gods on Mt. Olympus. Poseidon is so confident that she can't turn an ordinary mortal into a hero, he'll even throw in some real heroes to help this poor soul on his quest. If the player can win the ultimate battle, he will transcend into a hero, a demi-god.
<li>Carefully shape your war party - recruit new members from over 30 distinct units like Gorgons and Harpies with abilities like turning flesh to stone and insidious poison. Manage your band well, as everyone improves with experience and the war party carries over from mission to mission.
<li>Ten legendary heroes can be at your beck and call - order any four into battle at any time. Command Orion to summon the Rain of Arrows to pierce enemy flesh, bid Hercules to call forth ground-warping Earthquakes, and order Cadmus to Raise the Dead for additional troops!
<li>Incredible scenery - Combining 3D environments with Voxel animations, the game world comes alive in beautiful, vivid detail. Intricately detailed heroes trek across unbelievably convincing worlds - from craggy mountains and boggy swamps to liquid lava fields and ancient bone worlds.
<li>Customize your formations like wedge, box and line, enabling you to attack with impunity or defend yourself until reinforcements arrive. Rotate, tilt and zoom in on the world to suit your playing style.
<li>Interaction with NPCs is vital to winning - actions in early scenarios affect your later battles. Make alliances, start blood feuds, and play the fool if it suits you.
<li>Perfect your War Party in the single player game and use it to compete with human opponents in multiplayer. Test their heroism against each other via IPX, TCP/IP and modem play.</ul>