Rise Of The Argonauts

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Written by DM on Monday, December 22 2008

Back to the grind, as they say, today, we continue with our Postview 5 game reviews, this time looking at Rise of the Argonauts. Most people will likely pass this game by, as there are so many others this Holiday season to spend money on. Does that mean the game is not worthy of a look? Let’s find out, shall we.

The story behind Rise of the Argonauts is pretty much ripped right from history. You play King Jason of Iolcus, the Jason of “Jason and the Argonauts” fame. When you begin, your Queen and Wife, the love of your life, Alceme, is murder by the mysterious Blacktongue faction. This group of magic-using hoodlums was thought to be completely wiped out, so begins the great mystery. Jason, the character you play, vows not to give his wife last rites until he is sure there is no way to bring her back from the dead. Well, it turns out, there is a way, and once you discover what that way is (no spoilers here), you begin your long and arduous quest to obtain the object needed to perform this miracle. Along the way, you also must discover just what the Blacktongues are up to, and why they have resurfaced, as well as vowing to kill them all.

This game is a hack and slash game above all else, make no mistake. While it does have RPG elements, it is mostly a button mashing adventure. You are able to use three types of weapons, a mace, a spear, and a sword. As you progress through the game, more powerful versions of each weapon will come into your possession. Your quest is basically divided up into four main islands, and each island has different quests you must complete in order to continue, and also to earn points for the RPG side of the game. The RPG elements of the game are implemented using four main gods, Athena, Ares, Hermes, and Apollo. Each deed you complete, a.k.a. mission, will earn you the ability to trade that deed for points with a certain god. Each god has a chart of abilities that Jason can enable, once he has enough points to purchase it on the god chart. These powers are your basic battle-type enhancements, such as increased resistance to damage, and a rampage mode that greatly increases attack but lowers defense. If you have played hack and slash games before you should be able to jump right into Rise of the Argonauts.

The game itself is very choppy. What do I mean by choppy? Well, the action scenes in the game where you actually fight others, where you actually use your weapons, are few and far between. Often, you will spend most of your time running around, performing quests and talking to NPCs before you are given the chance to fight 5 or 6 enemies at once. The battles are basically staged at certain instances, you cannot just walk up to enemies and start hacking away – you will have to wait until the game starts the battle and draws your weapon. It is one of the worst ways I have seen a hack and slash game done, and I suspect it was made this way in order to emphasize the story. Unfortunately, it really breaks up the flow of the entire game.

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