In order to be able to enjoy this game you need to have patience and be interested in Greek Mythology enough to know about Jason’s story. Even though when you first look at it, Rise of the Argonauts looks like Darksiders, they have almost nothing in common. The gameplay is completely different and it mainly relies on the story and I think one of the biggest reasons for that reliance is that the story is already written by the Greeks. Of course that’s not a bad thing, it’s just, if you are not patient enough, you might start getting bored from the game too soon and unfortunately if you don’t listen to the conversations at all, it would feel like you skipped the whole game.
The story of this game is basically Jason’s quest on the golden fleece. One of the most famous Greek Myths, golden fleece has been interpreted in so many different ways, but the interpretation in Rise of Argonauts is something you don’t want to miss. If you are interested in mythology, I am sure you will enjoy talking to the sun god Apollon as much as I did. There aren’t many games about mythology on the market and the ones that are there, like Smite, makes you want to kill yourself when you see the gods. If you want a game, which is serious and handles the story properly, you should definitely try this one and shouldn’t skip the conversations quickly apart from the ones, that seem unnecessary.
This game, which tells the tale of Jason starting from his preparations for the long way to his recruitments of names like Hercules and travels land by land, will steal the hearts of the mythology lovers. As you lead your team of Argonauts, who take their names from their ship Argo, you will be amazed by the environment at every moment. Rather than it being realistic, the fact that it reflects the ancient Greek architecture so well gives us all a historical joy.
I can also say, that there are a lot of bad parts to this game too. Even though compared to other hack & slash and role playing games it has a good battle system, you get so few chances to fight at the beginning of the game, that you start wondering how much more you can play it. As I said before, it requires some patience. I guess role play was given importance to the most, but it feels more like you are watching a bad movie with game graphics. I guess sometimes you just need to choose.
Before acting so biased we should consider that this game came out in 2008 and be a bit understanding. I assume most of you haven’t heard the name Liquid Entertainment and I think coming from not so much of a successful company, this game is quite successful. If you give this game a chance and try to learn the story, it becomes playable and nice but I accept, it’s a bit hard to play this game. Even though I am a huge mythology lover, if people who aren’t into it quit playing this game after the 10 minute mark, I would understand.
There are definitely some problems about the gameplay on PC. I think the game was actually made for PlayStation and they just published it on PC too without properly adapting it, because you can’t even set the mouse sensitivity in-game. The gameplay could have been way better, but I think we need to make do with this.
The year is 2008 and Grand Theft Auto IV has just been released. Even though the graphics aren’t amazing, I am not going to judge it, because it gives us the ancient Greek concept so well. Water coming out of walls, enormous temples, statues, clothes… It’s obvious, that they were all prepared with putting a lot of thought in them. You could even play the game just to see the structures in the beginning of the game.