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Rise Of The Argonauts

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: RPG/Action
Publisher: Codemasters
Developer: Liquid Entertainment
Release Date: Dec. 16, 2008

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by Rainier on Feb. 16, 2009 @ 8:20 a.m. PST

Rise Of The Argonauts is an action/RPG that's set in ancient Greece. Embark on an epic quest and encounter legendary figures such as Jason, Hercules and Atalanta.

Inspired by the greatest Greek myths and legends, Rise of the Argonauts will enable players to live a hero's life, fight a hero's fight and sculpt a hero's legacy. With a distinctive blend of epic narrative and brutal real-time combat, players will be immersed in a story of lost love and a quest for personal vengeance in a world of gods, kings, magic and awe-inspiring mythical beasts.

Embarking on a quest to find the Golden Fleece and revive his beloved slain wife, Jason and his trusted band of Argonauts explore the vast Aegean – a dynamic world of luscious islands, shining cities, lush jungles and deep forests - in a vibrant realisation of ancient Greece. As Jason, players will carve a unique journey through the game world as their choices incur the god's wrath or favour, shape the plot, change the outcome of each quest and open up new story arcs.

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Like all true heroes of Greece, the gods follow Jason on his quests. 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 players 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.

An action RPG unlike any other, Rise of the Argonauts' intuitive real-time combat dispenses with cumbersome menu systems that have become intrusive staples within the genre, providing seamless, spectacular battles. As a true weapons master, Jason has instant access to any of the four upgradable weapons he carries with him at all times; shield, mace, sword and lance. Switching weapons mid-fight at the touch of a button, players can string together stunning and deadly combos, taking out enemies in a blur of cold steel and crimson blood.

Codemasters is is looking to knock Jack, Thomas, Oliver and Joshua from the top of the UK’s favourite boys' names by encouraging parents to name their sons after the game’s hero.

The name ‘Jason’ is from Greek origin, meaning “healer”. It has been considered an English name since the 17th Century, yet – whilst it consistently ranks as one of the US’s most popular names – its popularity has faded in the UK over recent years, dropping down out of the top 50.

It’s now time to bring it back: Codemasters’ goal is to elevate Jason’s ranking in the end-of-year boys names, issued in December 2009.

Over the coming weeks, Codemasters will be running editorial in an effort to rejuvenate the popularity of the name. The blog will look at naming and social trends as well as asking: just what has the UK got against Jasons these days?

Any parent who names their new son “Jason” will be eligible to win a year’s supply of the firm’s videogames on their chosen platform. All they have to do is fax, post or email a copy of the birth certificate for the opportunity to enter the prize draw.

“These days, babies names are influenced by celebrities – and there aren’t that many famous Jasons any more,” says Richard Eddy, Director of Communications, Codemasters. “We hope our Rise of the Argonauts hero can act as a ‘virtual’ star, encouraging new parents to rejuvenate this one-great English name. Jasons, friends of Jasons, and anyone interested in onomastics should keep an eye on the blog over the coming weeks, as we document our quest to re-populate the nation with Jasons.”

Rise of the Argonauts Achievements:

  1. Argo Navis, the Argo: Complete the constellation Argo Navis, finishing the voyage of the Argo (50)
  2. Deimos, Fist of Ares: Complete the constellation Deimos, mastering Ares' combat style (15)
  3. Zephyrus, Wind Shear: Complete the constellation Zephyrus, mastering Hermes' combat style (15)
  4. Helios, Searing Brilliance: Complete the constellation Helios, mastering Apollo's combat style (15)
  5. Parthenos, Spear of Virtue: Complete the constellation Parthenos, mastering Athena's combat style (15)
  6. Ursa Major, Great Bear: Complete the constellation Ursa Major, proving your total mastery of combat (25)
  7. Leo, Savage Lion: Complete the constellation Leo, proving your skill at basic combat (15)
  8. Aquarius, Peerless Warrior: Complete the constellation Aquarius, routing legions of Greece's finest warriors (15)
  9. Eridanus, River Styx: Complete the constellation Eridanus, slaying a host of the condemned (15)
  10. Corona, Crown of Mastery: Complete the constellation Corona Borealis, proving yourself the ultimate hero (100)
  11. Words of Courage: Make 5 Ares-aligned dialogue choices (10)
  12. Words of Cunning: Make 5 Hermes-aligned dialogue choices (10)
  13. Words of Compassion: Make 5 Apollo-aligned dialogue choices (10)
  14. Words of Wisdom: Make 5 Athena-aligned dialogue choices (10)
  15. Stout-Hearted: Earn maximum Favor with Ares (25)
  16. Silver-Tongued: Earn maximum Favor with Hermes (25)
  17. Sun-Blessed: Earn maximum Favor with Apollo (25)
  18. Bright-Eyed: Earn maximum Favor with Athena (25)
  19. Smashing Success: Pulp 25 enemy heads (20)
  20. Severance Package: Decapitate 25 enemies (20)
  21. Piercing Gaze: Impale 25 enemies (20)
  22. Magic Missile: Skewer 25 enemies with thrown spears (20)
  23. Gratuitous Carnage: Kill 15 enemies with dash attacks (10)
  24. Nutcracker: Shatter 30 enemy shields (10)
  25. Wrath of Olympus: Call upon 10 God Powers (10)
  26. Weaponmaster: Collect every equipment piece (20)
  27. Human: Complete the game on Human difficulty (25)
  28. Hero: Complete the game on Hero difficulty (50)
  29. Legend: Complete the game on Legend difficulty (100)
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Rise of the Argonauts, developed by Liquid Entertainment, is in development for PS3, X360, PC, and will ship across North America & Europe on Dec. 16, 2008, while the UK will have to wait until Feb. 6, 2009.


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