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Be a God amongst men

PUBLISHED: 11:47 03 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:01 11 August 2010

A CONFESSION to start - I m not a big fan of the hack em, slash em brand of RPG. As a result, I wasn t expecting to be wowed by playing Greek legend Jason in Rise of the Argonauts. So it was something of a surprise when I looked at the clock and realis

A CONFESSION to start - I'm not a big fan of the hack 'em, slash 'em brand of RPG.

As a result, I wasn't expecting to be wowed by playing Greek legend Jason in Rise of the Argonauts.

So it was something of a surprise when I looked at the clock and realised I should really be in bed and had lost a whole day.

The game itself doesn't break new ground in the genre, it is what you would expect from an RPG, and maybe falls short in some areas.

But the storyline, inspired by the stories of Greek mythology, are so interesting, awe-inspiring and immersive that you will want to go on and on with your quest - venturing into new lands, finding new weapons and solving more puzzles.

The story starts when you, as King Jason, see wife-to-be Alceme killed by an assassin's arrow in the middle of your wedding vows.

Jason locks her body in the temple, but refuses to read her last rites.

Instead, he sets about finding a way to bring her back, which sets him on a quest to find the Golden Fleece.

He must find decendants of gods Athena, Ares and Helmes on his mission, and along the way he and friend Hercules join forces with the rest of the Argonauts, Achilles, Atalanta, Pan and Medea.

The game takes you from Jason's home land of Iolcus to see the Oracle at Delphi. You then take to the Gladiator arena on Mycenae, protect Centaurs from a supernatural monster on Saria, and encounter natives encased in stone and the infamous Medusa on Kythra.

There are downsides to the game, it certainly isn't free-roaming, which you might expect from a next-gen offering, and it occasionally suffers from slowdown.

But on the whole, the subject matter and storylines set it apart for most of its rivals and makes the game as interesting as it is fun and challenging.


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