The Hittites are a playable civilization in Age of Empires. They are an excellent offensive civilization on both land and water maps on all sizes. Their variety of bonuses in military combat makes them one of the best civilizations for beginners since they have almost all the technologies available for combat. Their only major deficiencies are at the Temple and Dock.
The Hittites are based on a powerful Iron Age civilization once located in Anatolia with their capital situated at Hattusa in the 18th century B.C. They spoke a language from a now extinct branch of the Indo-European language family. They were rivals of the nearby Egyptians, a conflict which culminated in the battle of Kadesh, one of the earliest well recorded battles in world history. Both sides made heavy use of chariots and advanced infantry tactics.
The Hittites were conquered by the Assyrian army led by King Shalmanesar some 700 years later.