Excerpt: We can say that we had our fair share of quality role playing games recently, with Fallout 3 and Mass Effect juicing with quality and able to offer endless hours of fun gameplay. However, one can never have enough RPGs in his life, so Rise of the Argonauts , a game published by Codemasters and developed by Liquid Entertainment seemed to be a great backup call for those moments when you wanted a tad more action and a bit less “role playing”. Was it quality or just a fuss?
Excerpt: Rise of the Argonauts was released at the end of 2008 across multiple platforms with little fanfare. The game loosely follows the story of Jason and the Argonauts , yet with its own original twist by pulling other notable Greek figures into it. Making an RPG out of such a classic tale is a very unique concept, and it almost works. Some aspects of this game work quite well, while others just detract from the overall experience.
Excerpt: It's very rare for a story to become so eternal that it is remembered for centuries. Only a handful of writers can claim this, and of all of them, none are more remembered than the epic poets of ancient Greece.
Excerpt: After playing through Rise of the Argonauts, one thing apparently clear with the design team when they out together their storyboards – they had to have been watching Headbanger’s Ball on MTV.
Conclusion: The main problem with Rise of the Argonauts is the fact that it tries to deliver both hack and slash action and RPG, and Liquid’s blender kind of fails. And although this game is far from being a poor one, given it’s setting and potential backgrounds, it is somewhat disappointing. However, if you can take it as it is and stop thinking about what it could’ve been, you’ll get a decent action title with enough depth to keep you busy, with varied enemies and tons of combat,...
Excerpt: For the first hour or so of playing through Rise of the Argonauts , I couldn’t help but think how uninspired it was. Then it hit me – I was wrong. Argonauts is truly an inspired work; it was clearly inspired by hit titles such as God of War and Rome: Total War . The only problem is that the developers at Codemasters failed to retain any bit of what made these games enjoyable, and instead gave us a miss-mash of tired clichés that misses even the fundamental elements of...
Excerpt: For Jason, the classic hero of Greek myth and the central figure in Rise of the Argonauts , "choice" is a core action. In order to search for the Golden Fleece, which may bring his wife back to life, Jason must make a raft of choices. Who will guide his kingdom in his absence? What route will he take to the possible mythical resting place of the Fleece? How will he curry favor with his four patron gods?