Ryse: Son of Rome Review by Skycaptin5

27 Nov 2013 06 Dec 2018
29 11 8
The story of Ryse is told through basically flashbacks and then real time as the it twists together the pieces to ultimately tell a fairly great story. You are a son of Rome having witnessed your family being murdered by barbarians and then go on an all hell quest for revenge. This leads you to travel across far away lands campaigning for Rome and discovering truth, along with the corruption that is within the government. It was actually really well done and had me questioning what was happening almost all the way to the end as I continued my quest to help and then eventually save Rome as it progressed. There are a number of bosses present throughout this tale with some being rather annoying in how they are handled, though all fit into the story nicely without being ridiculous. Though there was some particular ones that seemed to stale out the game with taking too long, only a small negative though.

The enemies do at times get repetitive as the game is based primarily around hack n' slash though I found the button mashing to be fine. The rewards are what actually made this fine as all of the executions are awesome and tons more are unlockable as you do double executions, arm slashes or a number of dismembering options. Despite this I feel the enemies could have used some more work to make them original as many are the exact same and honestly how many of these large fat guys have the same weapons/beards! There's also a lot of side things going on to witness while traversing or cutting off limbs with small natural pieces floating or folks running about on the sidelines. The environments are what really stand out in this title truly showing off some beautiful graphics with deep worlds that always seem to have something going on. It really is amazing to marvel at the water effects or just walk through a forest as it sways to the wind. This all leads to a very strong campaign that is well put together and works fluid with the game's ability to level your character while speedily returning to combat. Cutscenes are absolutely gorgeous and many are pure gameplay except for those depicting marble work.

The multiplayer area allows you to sync up with a friend or random as you attempt to entertain the crowd in the proud coliseum. It really makes for an interesting mode that can definitely provide some hours of gameplay without getting to rinse and repeat as the story can. It can also be done in solo though you will get slaughtered fairly quickly and it is better to have a pal as double executions are sick. The world also features dynamic moving tiles that shift as new objectives are given or as the world itself feels fit. It's a great mode that adds some value to the game and has a season pass to continue the slaughtering. Will add final note that at times the game freezes where your character cannot move until hit, though i'm sure this can be easily fixed.

The world looks amazing with no noticeable graphical errors present and everything runs smoothly. Some folks may find that the game lacks variety, though it is hack n' slash no repeating combat is expected. Executions are always a joy to perform while always mixing it up to make each one uniquely special with crazy back drops if you line it up right. Some of the bosses are annoying in style and at times you may very well seem over whelmed with enemies, though it is very rewarding to overcome these parts.

The Conclusion
Overall Ryse is a great display of the next generation finally providing me with a story that is in Roman times as many games of that genre are builders of RTS. The campaign was great with rich story, though it is somewhat short with only a small number of customizables to perhaps take you back again. Each level was well detailed and strung together really well that had be thinking things could go multiple ways, though it tied for a very rewarding ending.

Hacking for hours is expected in this title and enemies are fairly much the same throughout with me calling some out that I can't wait to slash their heads off as I was about to most certainly do. Kinect controls add to the game well and are placed usefully within combat. Multiplayer is also a blast providing some hours of random combat in the arena with a friend online while you complete the various objectives and just slaughter enemies in troves. Also rolling is OP there so use it as much as possible. Your time in Rome may be quick, but it is special and worth a visit.

Review of mine on Gamerheadquarters.com
Gave Ryse 7.2/10
Good DetectiveGreat review, I'm only to Chapter 6 and I'd have to agree with pretty much everything you've posted, I can't wait for the climax, and the mp gives a faint ME3 style to the way it's set up as far as the co-op, objectives and equipment/pack upgrades. The biggest thing is this is a launch title and a majority of launch titles pretty much suck balls *cough Perfect Dark: Zero cough*. All things in perspective, very pleased with this title.
Posted by Good Detective on 28 Nov 13 at 07:17
Vermillion HazeI think it's more of a 6/10 title IMO. Little enemy variety, mediocre story and combat. Seriously there is basically no character development. All it really does well is showcase next gen graphics.
Posted by Vermillion Haze on 28 Nov 13 at 17:24
SliktorThat was a good review and I agree with most of it. Though for me, while there are a lot of unlockables, I was able to get ALL of them in my first playthrough (which was only 7 hours). Jumping immediately into my Legendary playthrough the next day, I was disappointed to find that the only obstacle was that I dealt less, and received more, damage. Rolling and the easy deflects made this game way too easy, even on the highest setting.

Despite that, setting up strings of double executions on a blood soaked bridge overlooking the oncoming barbarian horde made all those disappointments just fade away. ;)
Posted by Sliktor on 29 Nov 13 at 01:16
Iceberg082006it should not have gotten the 5's and 6's its been getting, its an 8
Posted by Iceberg082006 on 12 Dec 13 at 16:49
DevilishHazeI just finished Ryse and had to chime in. I felt the story was much better than anticpated, so much so, that it allowed to grind through its gameplay. 7.0
Posted by DevilishHaze on 23 Dec 13 at 18:08
jrod39Pretty fair and balanced review - thumbs up from me. I agree with Vermillion Haze that there's no character development, and there are a LOT of opportunities for the game developers to improve the experience (poor checkpoint placement in the campaign, excessive loading and matching times in multiplayer, etc.).

One aspect that hasn't been called out here is the Companion accessed via the Xbox One Smartglass app (I used it on both my Windows 8.1 desktop and a Windows 8.1 Surface tablet). It took a little getting used to, but once I understood how they meant it to be used, it was extremely useful in hunting down the remaining collectibles.
Posted by jrod39 on 24 Dec 13 at 16:41
Iceberg082006^ I haven't played it but maybe there is a sequel and that's something they hopefully can improve
Posted by Iceberg082006 on 24 Dec 13 at 23:17
FullMoonBeaverFair review. I would rate it a little bit higher, but that's my choice. I have owned my XBO for 3 weeks, and bought Ryse with it. I have completed the story, and enjoyed every minute, including the epic ending. Have started work on the MP, and mainly played the solo maps, as I prefer not to play with randoms, and luckily have now got a few friends playing. The Arena is a great idea to include, although I am surprised that Crytek didn't include a 6 man free for all Colleseum battle. But the co op battles are enough fun, and to be honest, co op is my preferred choice of online gaming. Getting a thumbs up for the review.
Posted by FullMoonBeaver on 17 Jul 14 at 16:07