Last week Ryse was added to Xbox live’s Games With Gold program. How does it measure it with some of the earlier freebies?
Ryse: Son of Rome is a third person hack ‘n’ slasher, originally released as a launch title for the Xbox One. It got fairly mixed reviews, with some praising its graphics and gameplay, while others criticised it for being too linear and basic its approach. Its fairly short aswell, with the main campaign taking anywhere between 5 and 6 hours for most players. And it’s not like much is packed into it either – there’s no exploration, and all the battles come to you. The actual fighting is quite good however, the best bit being the executions – pressing either Y or X utilises either sword or shield. The enemy flashes with the colour you need to press, however if you miss a button press the animation goes through anyway, you just get a bit less EXP. For the first 20 minutes or so the brutal executions look great, but after seeing the same moves 4 or 5 times, it gets a bit stale. The flow of battle is pretty good however, seemlessly moving from one opponent to the next, and bloking with your sheild that is just as important as your sword. If you get two opponents execution ready, you can do both at once, although two is the max. Considering how long this game was in development (it was originally developed for the 360) there isnt much to keep you focused.
The plot is fairly thin to be honest – you start by playing as Marius, who has just finished training in the Roman army. After arriving home, his family is killed, which leads him to revenge against the Barbarian horde that killed them. That’s about it to be honest. The whole game is like a long flashback when Marius saves the emperor. To be fair, the game looks incredible. Faces are expressive, surroundings look great, and voices are properly scripted. They’ve made full use of the Xbox One’s processing power, and it’s still one of the best looking games I’ve played, even after 4 years since it’s release.
That’s about all I can come up with for that. Its a fun enough game, it looks amazing, but there’s little else. There is a multiplayer mode which sees you enter the gladitorial arenas of Rome, with you and one other player defeating others, and allows you to taunt and shout at the crowd to extend combos. 2 person executions can be unlocked also, but the main battles could be taken straight from single player campaign.
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