Rise of the Argonauts
Rise of the
Argonauts arrives just in time to give gamers one last blockbuster game
before Christmas 2008. The title is a combination of role-playing and
action as players retell one of the greatest mythological epics of all
time, Jason and the Golden Fleece.
unaware of the story, the King of Iolcus, Jason had a prosperous kingdom
whose life was almost perfect. Unfortunately for Jason, his beautiful
fiancé is assassinated on their wedding day and from there, his life is
thrown into turmoil.
Vowing to the gods revenge and anything to bring his wife back, he is
given the arduous task of retrieving the Golden Fleece and to aid him,
some of the world's greatest heroes accompany Jason as they venture into
With state of the art graphics and 21st century gameplay, Rise of the
Argonauts is your classic RPG title that features missions based on
real-world Greek myths, impressive combat and a story that is easily one
of the move engaging with a few modern twists to thoroughly immerse the
gamer as you control Jason, Hercules and Atalanta to name a few of the
Gamers spend more time playing and less time micro-managing inventory
and resources through a streamlined HUD and inventory system. Players
can earn unique powers and abilities, but avoid tedious record keeping
by dedicating deeds to a god of choice. Characters become stronger with
armor and weapons upgrades significant in scope, leaving enemies nearly
helpless. Players must learn to appease the Gods and interact wisely
with those they encounter, as decisions impact the story flow and
Players assemble the most effective team of Argonauts for each mission
to put the best battle plan forward. Lethal combinations of weapons and
powers granted by the Gods, combined with the battle-tested loyalty of
the Argonauts, make Jason a devastating force in combat. Players can
change weapons on the fly to outmaneuver and inflict lethally
devastating attacks on opponents, decapitating them with swords or
cutting them in half with shields
Players battle deadly foes, fearsome opponents and legendary monsters
while experiencing a living, breathing and vivid ancient world taking
players far beyond the generic broken statues and ruins that so often
define the myth. The thrill of battle and intensity of action is
strengthened through Tyler Bates' (300 composer) epic musical score.
very first scenes of Rise of the Argonauts, you immediately know that
you are in for a treat from the spectacular cutscenes that truly immerse
you into ancient Greek mythology and developers Liquid Entertainment
successfully bring this Greek tragedy to the modern era of gaming.
Fortunately for our hero Jason, he has a variety of Greek heroes to
assist him in his quest as he slices his way through an almost unending
line of foes and if he has to single handedly defeat each one, he will,
for his reward is the touch of his wife again.
Initially the game is quite fast paced as you hunt Alceme's killer which
really sets the scene for things to come and as you progress, so do the
foes that you encounter and needless to say, there are some brilliant
In the game, experience points are handled slightly different in this
title as you use deeds or feats which assist in leveling your
characters. Of course, you need to ally yourself with the one of four
different Greek gods which include Ares, Heremes, Athena and Apollo.
This will also determine your powers and skills which is a great little
change to your standard RPG title. When interacting with characters in
the game, players have a choice of options, each aligning to a certain
god that could almost be considered alignment. This allows you to some
extent to dictate the story and of course assists in the replayability
of Rise of the Argonauts.
At its core, Rise of the Argonauts is a sturdy RPG title that allows you
to perform a variety of maneuvers and combination attacks which assists
in the realism of the title. Featuring elements of Conan and the 300,
Rise of the Argonauts is a perfect blend of action, adventure with a
slight touch of romance thrown in for good measures.
Apart from your melee attacks which include your Conan-esq swords and
battle axes to your long range bow weapons, what would an RPG
title be without magic and Rise of the Argonauts has plenty of this for
you battle hardened warrior mages.
Graphically, the title is a visual treat on the PlayStation 3 thanks to
the powerful Unreal Engine which lends itself to this genre quite well.
When you first witness the vast gaming environments or the gigantic
titans that you meet, one cannot help but be thoroughly impressed. The
characters in the game are extremely well animated and contains some
impressive looking texture details that at the end of the day could be
considered eye candy.
backgrounds are quite detailed and portray what the ancient world may
have looked like from its inspirational temples to underground caverns
that are filled with the undead. Where the title does go beyond and
above are the special effects such as the realistic water effects to the
lighting, it all comes together quite perfectly.
When it comes to music, Rise of the Argonauts features the music of
Tyler Bates who was responsible for the 300 and this majestic score
lends itself quite well to this epic struggle of ancient gods and good
versus order. As with the music, the sound effects go hand-in-hand with
the gameplay and I must admit that the voice acting is quite
professional, although at times clichéd and over the top but it actually
suits the game quite well.
In conclusion, Rise of the Argonauts is a strong RPG title that contains
a different perspective on this genre with a classic story, realistic
graphics and a truly majestic sound track with a Hollywood style of
voice acting. At times, it may seem like Rise of the Argonauts has been
rehashed, however these are far and few as the game continues to shine
through its varied and entertaining gameplay. Definitely one for lovers
of well-made RPG titles.
Recommended for the Christmas
and holiday season!