If you have set your resolution to be larger than what your monitor can support you might encounter the Age of Mythology Initialization Failed error. This error has also been known to be caused by out of date directX or video card drivers. The message you’ll get is:
- Right click on your Age of Mythology shortcut and select properties.
- Add the xres=640 option. Under the shortcut tab of your properties menu, in the target field add a space and then the following option after the location of the .exe file:
E.g. “C:\Program Files\Age of Mythology\aomx.exe” xres=640. This option will force your game to run with the lowest supported resolution: 640 x 480.
- Start the game from this shortcut.
- Change your resolution in game and remove xres=640 from your shortcut. If you don’t remove the xres=640 option it will continue to override your ingame resolution. After you’ve removed this option and changed your in game resolution, try restarting the game again and see if you’re still experiencing the Age of Mythology initialization failed error.
Occasionally this error has been seen to be caused by other issues as well. If you find that the above fix didn’t solve the Age of Mythology initialization failed error try checking the official Microsoft Support Ticket for more information. If you’re still having issues or have found a better solution please it the comments below.