Rise of the Argonauts is a Multi-Platform video game based off of the myth of Jason and the Argonauts, developed by Liquid Entertainment and published in 2008 by Codemasters.When his bride-to-be Alceme is murdered, King Jason of Iolcus sets out to find the Golden Fleece, which is said to have the power to raise the dead. Apollo's oracle tells Jason that he must find the bloodlines of Ares, Athena, and Hermes to open the path to where the Fleece is located.Rise of the Argonauts is built around a conversation tree system similar to the one in Mass Effect, with choices drawing from the virtues of Ares, Athena, Apollo, and Hermes. The gods also have favored weapons, respectively the mace, spear, shield, and sword, all of which Jason carries into battle.
Tropes appearing in this game:
Absurd Cutting Power: sword finishing attacks can bisect the target at the waist. Spear finishing attacks can include decapitation by shield strike.
Adding onto that, there's also Pytheas and Eratosthenes, more people who existed in history, and at some point Plato and possibly Homer were included in the game. Maybe the blend of historical and mythological history was intentional?
At the start of Mycenae, Sinon salutes Jason with a modern military salute. Said salute has its origins from Medieval knights raising their visors to reveal their faces.
And I Must Scream: it appears that the people on Kythra had some semblance of consciousness while turned to stone. Prometheus and Epimetheus are trapped in Tartarus and used to create the Blacktongues' constructs; Jason has to end their suffering to proceed.
The Fagin: the Stork, a crime boss on Mycenae, uses children to pick pockets and learn secrets.
Foreshadowing / Harsher in Hindsight: when Jason makes him regent, Pelias tells him that any who would do harm to Iolcus will have to come through him. He says "come through me," not "go through me." He lets the Blacktongues and Ionians into Iolcus.
Guile Hero: Hermes encourages employing diplomacy and cunning, and acting like this earns you his favor.
Pet the Dog: Apollo-favoured choices are generally of this flavour.
To a lesser extent, Athena-favoured choices can also result in this, since Athena favors "just" choices, which in general means "doing the right thing." Of course sometimes "doing the right thing" means declaring someone guilty, but when it doesn't, Athena choices can also pet the dog.
Taken for Granite: Everyone on Kythra was turned to stone in the middle of an Ionian attack.
There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The boss of Saria is killed using all of Jason's weapons: crushing his weapon hand with the mace, slipping a spear between his ribs, and finally sending a sword through his throat and decapitating him. Hermes deems this to be awesome enough to warrant a statue.
To Be Lawful or Good: The difference between Athena and Apollo, with Athena leaning more towards Lawful while Apollo is more about Good.
Trailers Always Lie: the trailer shows Jason confronting an enormous angry rock-man. It's Prometheus, who only wants Jason to end his suffering.
Trial by Combat: King Lycomedes of Mycenae forces Jason to fight in the arena to prove that Alceme's death is not his fault. The first trial puts him in the arena alongside Pytheas, a debtor. If Pytheas survives, his debts are forgiven and he decides to leave Mycenae.
Vapor Wear: Medea and Atalanta clearly wear nothing under their dress and skirt.
Weapon of Choice: In an interesting variation of this trope, each of the patron gods has a lot of "feats" related to a different weapon. The list, as follows:
Apollo and Hermes have a lot of sword feats (though some of Hermes' more passive feats work just as well with spears, and Apollo's feats also tend to strengthen your shield).
Ares has a lot of mace feats.
Athena has a lot of spear feats.
Shipper on Deck: Khromis, of Jason and Atalanta. More to tease Atalanta, though.
Dummied Out: There was an arena you could practice combat in at any time, including choosing which and how many enemies to spawn and if an Argonaut fought beside you. A fan by the name of lordbulldog reportedly got it working, but said the enemies didn't attack.
What Could Have Been: A truck ton of unused content, from models to story content to an AI difficulty slider to a rain system, remains in the game files. There's a developer video on IGN featuring a sacred island of Artemis, which was scrapped entirely from the published game.