Codemasters Rise of the Argonauts
It wanted so very badly to be a thrilling action adventure.
- Inventive skill system, varied combat system, solid action
- Substandard graphics, bland level design, meaningless dialogue choices
Rise of the Argonauts had mythic origins -- it's based on Jason's legendary quest for the fabled Golden Fleece -- but the only thing epic about it is the amount of failure it produces. Solid action and a cool skill system isn't enough to save a game marred by a poor presentation and dull design.
Price$ 109.95 (AUD)
Rise of the Argonauts wanted so very badly to be a thrilling action adventure and sought to draw gamers in with a combination of entertaining gameplay and stunning visuals. However, this adventure falls flat with a disappointing mix of substandard graphics and mediocre design. An inventive skill system rises to the occasion, but it's not nearly enough to save the game from epic shortcomings.
The story, which was long ago told by Greek bards and here rewritten, crowns you as the fabled King Jason of Iolcus. Following the unexpected murder of your wife Alceme, you vow to find the Golden Fleece in a desperate effort to bring her back to life. As the Oracle at Delphi explains, recovering the elusive relic requires an arduous journey to track down the bloodline of the gods themselves.
Getting blood isn't a problem for Jason whose combat prowess pits him against man and beast across all of Greece. Rise of the Argonauts focuses on combat above all else: you're granted three hot-swappable weapons-lance, mace and sword-which you can switch between with a tap of the bumper buttons. For all weapons, pressing the X button initiates a basic attack and Y a more powerful one; moreover, holding down the right trigger allows you to augment your blows for greater damage. It's a simple, yet satisfying system that performs well enough. Swapping weapons isn't nearly as smooth and seamless as promised, but Jason moves with great agility and you're given plenty of flexibility in varying attacks.
Basic role-playing elements ensure you're rewarded for exacting massive damage on enemies thanks to an inventive skill tree that's tied to your combat performance. A star map outlines deeds that Jason can perform to curry favor with the gods Aries, Athena, Hermes, and Apollo. These range from killing a certain number of enemies to completing specific tasks. You're constantly acquiring news deeds, which you then commit to one of the four gods to receive an aspect point; you then use these points to unlock more skills, so the more deeds you finish and aspect points you earn, the more powerful and diverse your skill set will be.
This concept successfully elaborates on a fundamental cornerstone of role-playing games: character development. Since each god entertains a distinct set of skills related to their divine attributes-for example, Aries, the god of war, grants skills focusing on aggression and combat-you're given a wide variety of skills with which to tailor your character. It's a rather phenomenal breed of strategic character development.
Talk To The Hand
Other role-playing conventions find their way into the game, although with less aplomb. Traveling in search of the Golden Fleece means conversing with locals of the various domains you visit. The gods play a role in the rudimentary dialogue trees as well: Aries responses are naturally hot-headed while Hermes responses are witty. Sadly, your choices don't hold much consequence. Conversations are boring to begin with thanks to dull writing and knowing your choices rarely matter only encourages you to flip through through as quickly as possible.
The level designs also leave much to be desired thanks to an unnecessary amount of backtracking. Unimaginative, often silly objectives force you to waltz back and forth to instigate lame conversations or activate switches. Perhaps if the visuals were more pleasing it wouldn't feel like such a chore but the graphics are underwhelming to say the least. Most of the characters and environments are lifeless and ugly, which is shocking considering the game's built on the Unreal Engine 3-the original God of War looks better in spots.
It's a real shame that the developers didn't surround the solid action and innovative skill progression concept with better presentation and design fundamentals. If they had, perhaps the game could have lived up to the epic majesty of the myth that inspired its creation.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Acer Swift 7
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Huawei Mate 9
Lexar® Portable SSD
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Google Daydream VR headset
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Surface Pro 4
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
- 2 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 3 Fetch TV Mighty review: Better than Foxtel
- 4 Fetch TV Mini review: Make your TV a smart TV
- 5 Panasonic Viera DX900U UHD 4K smart TV review
Latest News Articles
- You can download Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes for iOS and Android today
- Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes looks sharp, but will it survive the freemium transition?
- Nintendo's bringing Super Mario Run to Android in March, but Fire Emblem's coming first
- The Switch is a mix of Nintendo's past consoles
- Dead Rising 4 impressions: 'Tis the season to BBQ zombies with your flaming sword
GGG Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- Horizon Zero Dawn review
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Japan's pop culture, anime-friendly, J-Pop shrine, Kanda Myojin
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTInfrastructure Architect (Adelaide Based)VIC
- CCDigital Communications ManagerNSW
- FTAndroid DeveloperNSW
- TPSenior Analyst Programmer - ContractQLD
- CCBusiness AnalystQLD
- TPSenior Project CoordinatorNSW
- CCSOA Oracle DeveloperNSW
- CCFirewall EngineerNSW
- TPSenior Business AnalystQLD
- CCWPF .NET EngineerNSW
- TPEnvironment Specialist(DevOps)QLD
- FTBranch Practice Manager - SecurityQLD
- FTFull Stack Web Developer .NET or JAVANSW
- CCSenior .NET DeveloperNSW
- CCERP Business Analyst (Time Capture/ Management) - Contract - Sydney CBDNSW
- TPSharePoint AnalystQLD
- CCData ArchitectNSW
- CCSenior Automation TesterQLD
- TPSenior IT Business AnalystVIC
- TPAEM DeveloperNSW
- FTClient Delivery ManagerSA
- CCTechnical Support AnalystACT
- FTSAP BW ConsultantACT
- CCService Desk Quality Assurance AnalystNSW
- CCPMO ManagerNSW