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October 13 2008
Rise of the Argonauts - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
18/12/2008AtariCodemastersLiquid Entertainment
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
1None$109.95
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Some of the many ROTA characters.
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Action looks pretty brutal!

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Another battle in Rise of the Argonauts.
Greek mythology is one which hasn't really been over used in video games. In fact until God of War was release on the PS2 it could be said that the entire genre had been rarely considered for video games. Now, several games are turning to the mythology for inspiration and why not. Fantastical creatures, warring gods and dozens of characters are perfectly suited to video games. Rise of the Argonauts is one of the latest contenders, and it really does look quite wonderful.

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Captain Idas talks to Jason.
In Rise and the Argonauts you take on the role of Jason, King of Iolcus and pwerful, battle-hardened warrior. As the story begins you have everything - a prosperous kingdom, the respect of your citizens and the love of Alceme, your beautiful bride to be. This charmed existence ends when Alceme is killed by an assassin's arrow on your wedding day.

Overcome with grief you vow to do anything to restore her. You hear of the Legendary Golden Fleece, on the list Isle of Tartarus, which is said to bring the dead back to life. In order to reunite with your beloved you must now prepare for the greatest voyage of all.

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Character in Rise of the Argonauts look great.
Developed by Liquid Entertainment, and published by Codemasters Rise of the Argonauts this game is an action RPG. As Jason you will battle alongside iconic mythological heroes including Hercules, Achilles, Atalanta and others. As Jason grows from young king to true legend, set sail aboard the Argo and explore the vast Aegean a dynamic world of islands filled with shining cities, lush jungles and deep forests. Jason will gain the favour of the gods and earn special abilities, but his actions may please some gods and displease others. Earning a god's favour will grant you powers within the god's domain, but drawing a god's wrath may cause them to inflict a torment on the heroes at the worst possible moment.

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Setting sail on the high seas.
Naturally combat plays a key role in the game and Liquid Entertainment have streamlined the combat so you won't have unweildly menus to navigate through, and everything happens in realtime on screen. The D-Pad is used to map godly powers and while there will be many more then 4 god powers available players have the ability to select what powers they want to map to the D-pad.

In order to keep the game running smoothly the developers have included 'deed' these are little notes or symbols to let you know when you have unlocked, for instance, new god powers. Rather then stop the game, these deed notices pop up for a few seconds. You will also notice that there are no health bars on screen, or stats, which are common in many RPG. The developers want to keep this game as 'non-game' as possible by removing all the small distracting details. The one disappointment we have at this stage is the lack of any multi-player options in the game - hopefully they will be added via a patch at a later date, but don't hold your breath.

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Effects are quite spectacular.
Graphically Rise of the Argonauts looks quite impressive with large, well crafted, characters and a wide range of locations of offer. Voiceovers are impressive, and we can expect some epic music from composer Tyler Bates as well (Tyler has worked on the movie 300 and the TV show Californication).

From what we have seen Rise of the Argonauts this could be a brilliant RPG. With a focus on gameplay and story above lengthy menus and stats this is a game to keep an eye on. With a release late in 2008 - hopefully before Christmas - we won't have long to see if Liquid Entertainment achieve what they set out to do.