Codemasters released Rise of the Argonauts on Xbox 360, PC and Playstation 3 in the US this week, while everyone in Europe but the UK got it last friday. Some of you might have seen the launch trailer we put up last week, and I was really skeptical about it after watching it. Fact is, that the game looks pretty acceptable except for the cut-scenes, and more importantly it's pretty fun to play.
The game is an action game centered around the Greek mythology. Tge story includes several mythological figures, like Titans and magical beasts. Interacting with the characters is pretty advanced for being an action game, using a system similar to Mass Effect. Several answers are sometimes available, like choosing what weapon you request or what direction you want the conversation to take.
What I first experienced with the controls was that they are very instant. When pressing attack, there is an instant response from the fighter. This makes the fights pretty interesting, though some might find it a bit unrealistic with the lightning-fast combat.
There are several weapons to chose from, and attacks are created by pressing different combinations of X and Y. Using the spear gives the option of either swing it with X or do a straight thrust forward with Y. As shown in the video below, X can be used to shatter a shield and Y to attack those without shields. During a fight there is also aid available from both simple guards and more famous figures.
The game suffer from some technical issues. There's the occasional framedrop and sudden "teleport" of characters. I didn't find it game breaking at all, but it is worth to be mentioned. The animations also tend to look pretty bad in some situations.
There is pretty heavy editing in this video - I wanted to fit the first level/tutorial in one video, so I removed some of the opening combat sequences. The first three fights or so are pretty dumbed down anyway and there's tons of better ones in the video later on. Enjoy!
@Tinks: they started screwing over some of their long time 2nd party partners like Argonaut and (to a degree) Rare. (3 Hours ago)
during the 64 era Nintendo at least had Rare in their prime, but it was the start of real painful gaps in content. (7 Hours ago)
if you skipped the 64, Gamecube and Wii you may not feel their software issues the same as others. From what they've shown so far they've done little to correct their previous console issues. (7 Hours ago)
I don't think Nintendo can or will fit the mold he expects them to though. They never have, really. (8 Hours ago)
Jim always presents a solid argument. I think Nintendo has more wiggle room with this thing than people think if the market responds poorly to it. A portable SKU for example. (8 Hours ago)
@droezelke: The complaints he has in that video are mostly valid I'd say, sadly. (8 Hours ago)