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Rygar: Battle of Argus - the only Wii game that matters?

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The Wii, Nintendo's magic money machine, has been crazy successful. Every month it sells an estimated sextillion units, and its games are consistently best sellers. But as we pointed out recently, almost all of its titles for the rest of the year leave something to be desired. Ignoring Nintendo-published titles, almost every game is a cooking title that teaches kids math while you lose weight playing Sudoku on the balance board. Fortunately, there's at least one third-party game that you might be thankful for at year's end: Rygar: Battle of Argus, a pleasantly violent quest through Greek mythology to find a kidnapped girl. Let’s illustrate why Rygar could be the Wii's saving grace: 

1. No idiotic motion controls

This doesn’t mean there aren’t ANY motion controls; they’re just implemented sharply. As Rygar fights his way through the many Ionic pillars of the Greek isle of Argus, basic attacks with the Diskarmor - a bladed Frisbee on a chain - are executed with the A and B buttons. Conversely, waggle is used for completing more complex combos. That set-up makes good use of the Wii’s specialties, without forcing players to constantly wave their hands through every combat-heavy level.

2. But if you like waving your arms like a fool...

... Rygar does have a mode titled Gladiator, the point of which is simply to kill all the enemies on a level before moving on to the next - and you can only attack using different motions to pull off the moves. Beating all 30 levels seems like it might be tough, especially considering how tired we felt after flailing our way to level six.

3. Rygar pwns Kratos

Battle of Argus continues a series older than Final Fantasy, but from its setting, plot and gameplay, you’d think it was ripping off God of War. Rygar’s Diskarmor - a sharp object attached at the wrist - even plays a bit like Kratos’ Blades of Chaos. But the original 3D Rygar adventure beat God of War to market by three years. Who’s the imitator now?

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7 comments

  • misfit119 - October 8, 2008 8:32 p.m.

    Considering that the original Rygar was awesome I expected a lot out of the remake. However the PS2 version was garbage that looked pretty and had an interesting weapon. The enemies and bosses while interesting looking were boring to actual fight. The Wii port doesn't look much better although they took Rygar from looking like a greek hero to some bad anime character. So yay for that I guess... ugh.
  • Cynwyddon - October 4, 2008 4:24 p.m.

    That baby game is real, and I can't wait to play it!
  • BlackOmega - October 4, 2008 10:48 a.m.

    Hang on a sec, that baby game. is that a for real game or did you guys just mock that up, if you did then thats either pretty impressive or you have way too much time on your hands. but if its a real game............. then Lord help us...............
  • garnsr - October 3, 2008 4:21 a.m.

    I played through the PS3 version not too long ago, after owning it for many years. Improvements can only make it an even greater, if somewhat short, game.
  • drprofessor - October 3, 2008 1:27 a.m.

    YES! I was gonna buy this anyway but now I'm def. on it. I bought the PS2 version the day it came out. Hell I didnt even buy Vice City til I beat Rygar. I'm a die hard fan since the great nes days (and arcade)
  • Blade1006 - October 7, 2008 9:50 p.m.

    Who would want to play a game about partying babies? I'd much rather play a game were u can randomly decapitate stuff
  • rockingamer247 - October 5, 2008 9:44 p.m.

    Yer kiddin me right. u actually wanna play that game. I hope ur bein sarcastic.

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