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I am surprised this was not more popular. I think the story is good, the graphics even now look good, it is linear in that you follow a path but I am fine with that. Combat is repetitive but they are for these sort of games. It is very cheap now especially preowned and I would highly recommend it.
I think the reviews by professional reviewers have been unfair to the game. It does have repetitive gameplay, same enemies and only has about a 6 hour campaign. It does have co-op which is good if you have a friend. However video games reviews should be on fun and this is where Ryse: Son of Rome excels above most other games released in the last year or so. It has addictive gameplay that will make you wanting to keep playing it until you finish it.
The story in this game isn't the best story out there but holds together nicely and has a good line of characters. The story is linear and you do not get to make any choices or go out of the pretty small confines of the map for any of you wondering.
Overall I would recommend you pick up this game if you do not mind it being only a 6 hour length game. What you will get is a satisfying experience and a story that keeps your interest throughout.
This game feels more like it was written to showcase the capabilities of the new Xbox One than as a fully-realised game in its own right. And let me say this: the graphics are astonishing! Particles and lens flares, smoke and fire, water and facial expressions... gaming has moved to a whole new level, and Ryse demonstrates that admirably.
But as a game, Ryse disappoints. All you do is move from fight to fight. I was hoping for something a little more Assassin's Creed / Uncharted / Tomb Raider - at least the ability to interact with the environment, climb or even jump. But, no, you simply move about, automatically climbing or jumping as required by the environment.
The fight sequences are very well animated and the executions are entertaining and brutal. In terms of sheer spectacle, Ryse delivers, but as a game to sit and play for any length of time, it is boring, repetitive and the campaign is way too short. Had this game been on an older platform it would have got one star.
Ryse is little more than just a way of showing off what the Xbox One can do, and its does it well. In game the graphics are the best thing, textures are defined and beautiful as well as seamless transitions from cut scenes into game play that truly create an immerse experience.
As expected the story isn't a rich tapestry of Shakespearean quality writing, in its essence it's a revenge fantasy equal to that of Ridley Scott's Gladiator. It is basically Gladiator the game.
The game play is fun, for something described as 'Quick-time event simulator' or Quick-time even the game' it really is quiet satisfying pressing a button and slicing of a limb from a dirty barbarian. Teaming up with a friend in multilayer can leave you with some fun experiences but after a few hours you'll have done everything there is to offer.
Overall its a tech demo but a fun one, don't expect much and don't pay full price and then you'll enjoy it.
A love it or hate it game. At launch it may have looked good but underneath it was a bit wonky and lacked depth. Saying that though the production level and story was good. I was okay with the gameplay as it had a sense of progression and felt a little old school in that area. I originally had this game on my now long sold launch day Xbox One. I picked this copy up cheap to use on my Xbox one X. I don't play it often due to PS4 and Pro being dominant in my gaming room.
Visually this is a stunning game -easily the best looking game I have seen. The story line is gripping throughout and is more like watching a film than a game.
Gameplay however is a slightly different issue. To begin with it is great and fluid -but after a while you realise that you will be repeating the same thing over and over again for the rest of the (very short) game. Also the upgrades that you receive in the game don't seem to make any discernable difference to actual gameplay-which is disappointing.
Overall I would recommend getting this as it is more of an experience than a game - but if you pay under £20 its well worth it
This game looked great on the trailers so I ordered for day one release. Graphically it is very 'pretty' which you'd expect from a launch title for a next-gen console. Sadly that is about all I can say positive about it. The campaign is too short and repetitive. It took me five hours from start to finish - and I'm not a 'hardcore' gamer. The gameplay is so 'on rails' it really disappoints. All you can do is follow the set path to the next fight. Even the boss fights are a case of pressing the right buttons when prompted.
I traded my copy within a week while I could still get a decent price. I expect this will be in the bargain bin before long.
The game is really great, I have only played the storyline part of the game and found it amazing graphically and playing was great too. It does has online option where you can compete with others in gladiator combat. I did try to go on but it took ages to try and find someone to compete with that I gave up after 5 minutes of waiting with no challenger to play against. Definitely a good title for launch and shows power of the xbox one console. I found the Kinect feature like calling for archers to attack,etc a nice little add, you can do it manually but it is much faster to say.
Waited a while before buying as I was not sure and wanted a cheaper price. Wish I had waited longer. Very linear game play. No real free roam. Took 6 plus hours to install and needed internet connection whole time. Couldn't even start playing until fully installed unlike assassins creed and even titan fall. Both needed only partial install begore game play and titan fall was a non disc / downloaded version. All told very disappointing