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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.
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.
Great game with the best looking visuals I've ever seen. I would recommend this just for testing the xbox one and setting its benchmark. I thought the visuals were really impressive. The Campaign was short but to the point and the multiplayer isn't at all worth doing unless you don't own BF4 or COD. Give it a go if you like decent game-play but don't mind it being borderline shallow.
Very good game but let down by a few silly mistakes. gameplay story and graphics are fantastic but the boss battles are very samey and tedious. same combos and attacks from the bosses. Shame. Its a beatiful game so if you could explore a bit more that would have made it a 5!!!