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Hard To Be A God, the new action and adventure game from Ascaron to be released in April, has an enviable variety of weapons, enemies and gameplay. Over 200 different weapons are available to use on a variety of enemies, as a secret agent from a futuristic Earth explores the medieval and alien planet of Tsurinak.

Choice of weapons

The arsenal includes scorchers, modifiers, mini-guns and sophisticated gadgets, contrasting with the swords, axes and bow and arrows wielded by the combatants of Arkanar. To be successful in the quests all types of weapons must be mastered; a sword will be less effective than a mini-gun when surrounded by a horde of bandits but easier to wield and more effective when duelling on horseback.

Variety of enemies

As the game progresses the character takes on different allegiances as a variety of roles are explored, fighting with bandits during one quest and then against them on the next. It is not just humans that are a concern either, as monsters, immortal beings and 'the gods' all feature in a game encompassing over 350 unique characters.

The range of adversaries to overcome has an impact on weapon choice; guards and bandits can be despatched with a sword, but a giant monster may be best tackled with a scorcher or laser cannon.

Valliant steeds

Horses are an important feature in Hard to be A God, distinguishing it from other games and bringing a new element of gameplay to the genre. Different types of horse, from armoured beast to peasant jade, can be used for travel or battle, providing extra speed when attempting to escape guards or get to different areas.

Horseback combat is a very significant part of the game and an important skill to develop. At times the character may be chasing a bandit with sword drawn, and then in another scenario blades will clash whilst on horseback as mounted guards do battle with the secret agent.

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Fast facts:

Publisher: Ascaron Entertainment / Nobilis

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Developer: Akella/ Burut CT

Release date: 11thApril 2008

Price: £29.99

PEGI: 12+

Format: PC

Genre: RPG/Hack'n'Slash

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About Ascaron Entertainment

From 1989 Ascaron Entertainment has been one of the leading European "boutique" distributors and Publishers of games for the PC, with many successful titles released including DarkStar One, SACRED and more recently, Call of Juarez, American Civil War and City Life 2008 Edition.

Ascaron maintains development studios in Germany, and an International Department in Birmingham (UK).

Ascaron Entertainment (UK) has a professional reputation and a wealth of experience in the games industry. The UK office manages the international releases of Ascaron's catalogue, whilst also providing a bespoke publishing, sales, PR and marketing function to selected affiliate label partners.

About Nobilis

Nobilis Group, founded in Lyon in 2001, is specialized in the publication and distribution of video games and video game accessories. Nobilis produces multi-platform games for PC, XboxTM, Xbox360TM PlayStation®2, PlayStation®3, PSPTM, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DSTM, and Interactive DVD.

Nobilis has distribution subsidiaries in France (Nobilis France in Lyon), Spain and Portugal (Nobilis Iberica in Madrid), Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg (Nobilis Benelux) and Italy (Rome).

Some of the most prominent partners that feature in Nobilis' catalogue feature 1C Company, Akella, Capcom, Cenega, City Interactive, Enlight Software, Focus, JoWooD, Lago, Lighthouse, RTL Enterprises GmbH, ZUXXEZ Entertainment AG

Nobilis' own games include "Destination Treasure Island"(PC), "The Secrets of Da Vinci, the forbidden manuscript"(PC), " Mountain Bike Adrenaline featuring Salomon"(PlayStation®2), "Moto Racer 3 Gold Edition"(PC), "Coffee Break" (PC), "Destination: Treasure Island", "Cleopatra: a Queen's Destiny" (PC), "Emma® at the farm" (Nintendo DS) ...

Nobilis France is also a manufacturer/distributor of accessories thanks to his own brand: Subsonic . Nobilis produces multi-platform accessories for Xbox360TM, PSPTM, PSPTM Slim & Lite, PlayStation®2, PlayStation®3, Nintendo DSTM & Nintendo DSTM Lite and Nintendo Wii.

About Akella

Akella, founded in 1993 and headquartered in Moscow, Russia is a leading Eastern European developer, publisher and distributor of PC, console games and multimedia products. Akella's own distribution network is rapidly growing and, to date, it covers all the CIS countries. A true world leader in naval games development, Akella is committed to constant capacity building. Currently more than 200 qualified employees and top managers are engaged into increasing Akella's position as a powerful, reliable and interesting partner for Russian and international companies. Akella's shareholders include Quadriga Capital (EBRD fund) and Intel Capital.

About Burut CT

Burut CT is one of major Russian companies in the sphere of PC game development. Today Burut CT owns a few development studios, a sound production and animation departments, localization and programming studios. As a whole, Burut CT unites more than 100 professionals - game designers, 3D modellers and designers, 2D designers, animators, programmers, script programmers, vizualizers, sound engineers, translators, artists, and testers.

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