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By Brian Albert

Ryse: Son of Rome is about going to beautiful places và repeatedly stabbing everyone you meet there. Developer Crytek’s Roman tale looks magnificent, & its typical revenge story setup is handled with great care, but the combat doesn’t always keep up with the high bar Ryse sets for itself in all other departments.

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Ryse’s story is delivered out of chronological order. Rome is crumbling under a barbarian assault, & Marius, a proud & decorated Centurion, is escorting Emperor Nero through his palace. One moment later, Marius is a fresh-faced greenhorn of the Roman army. As I progressed, I enjoyed learning more about how the circumstances became so dire. And despite the abnormal structure, the story was never difficult lớn follow even when it took a few unanticipated turns.


If you want to lớn show off the capabilities of your shiny new Xbox One to lớn your friends, Ryse is more than capable of lending a h&. Environments don’t just look terrific technically; they have great variety. There’s plenty of Roman architecture, but Ryse also takes you khổng lồ beaches dotted with shipwrecks, trap-filled swamps, & Crytek’s sgiaithuongtinhnguyen.vnature lush forests. Characters’ animations look fluid và natural, even during hectic fights with dozens of fighters going at it. It sounds great as well, with special mention going lớn the excellent voice acting. Strangely enough, Emperor Nero’s sons sound a lot like Bane và the Joker from Nolan’s Batman films. If it’s supposed khổng lồ be an homage, those voice actors nailed their roles.

Ryse, Rynse, and Rypeat

Ryse’s biggest issue is that not even halfway through its modest six-hour campagiaithuongtinhnguyen.vn, you’ll have seen và experienced a vast majority of your offensive sầu options. Combat consists of basic hits, bashes, blocks, và heavy attacks. In most battles, you can chain these actions together in nearly any order và still be successful, which remains fun until the flashy animations start khổng lồ thảm bại their luster. There is a system in place to land perfect attacks, but those too are easy to exexinh đẹp once you underst& them.


What’s there isn’t at all bad, it just feels lượt thích a foundation for something far greater và more nuanced that never comes. Enemy variety does a bit of work lớn liven things up. Some foes are unblockable, some charge you, & some assault you with a flurry of dual-sword attacks. Dealing with them requires you to care about your blocks, attacks, và movements, which is fun until you figure out their repetitive patterns.Stuông chồng in the Past

Many games of this style rely on upgrades in the khung of unlockable combos & items to add mechanical depth. But most of Ryse’s are boring passive sầu bonuses that don’t change the way you fight. Your health bar can be extended, as can your slow motion power-up. Executions, which are gory displays of dismemberment that Ryse revels in, are the other thing you’ll spover experience points on, but they’re focused more on the showy outcome than the work it took khổng lồ make them happen.


When an enemy is weakened, you can initiate a brutal execution with one button tap. From there, you simply match your button presses to they color the enemy glows – either xanh or yellow. You’re given ample time to hit the buttons, and even if you miss the execution still goes through. Hitting the prompt in time just earns you a higher rating for the kill & rewards you with more health, experience, or whatever else you have sầu selected as an execution reward. Upgraded executions give sầu you larger bonuses for completing them, but the đầu vào hardly changes. So what’s the point? This one mechanical decision managed lớn extract most of the danger from a game about burly, cruel men who savagely kill each other.

The standard hack-and-slash combat is occasionally broken up by special gameplay sections that, at the very least, give sầu you a break from the norm. Sometimes it’s as simple as manning a crossbow turret with unlimited ammo & mowing down barbarians. Other times you arrange your warriors inlớn a phalanx & march them forward inlớn fortified territory, blocking arrows & chucking spears. Like your normal actions, none of the activities ask much of you. They’re about the spectacle, which, to lớn be fair, is pretty impressive sầu.

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New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

boss khủng battles aren’t common, but when they do rear their heads, they can be frustrating. On one hvà, bosses often attack faster or have heavy attacks that can’t be blocked, which is a nice change from the rhythm of combat you’ll have sầu grown accustomed khổng lồ by then. On the other, Ryse likes to lớn lean on the old regenerating-boss-health triông xã khổng lồ extkết thúc the fights, but doesn’t bother khổng lồ change up their behavior when their bar refills. You don’t fight the same boss in a markedly different way now that he’s really mad – you just fight hlặng again.


The co-op multiplayer modes let you disthành viên enemies with one friend in the famed Roman Colosseum. Before each fight, you piông chồng a god to lớn serve sầu, each with different bonuses. One player might allow both to lớn recover health with executions, while the other might allow both to lớn earn focus. Having to defover another guy, and thus preserve your own bonuses, is an extra layer of strategy that isn’t present in the single-player mode, và it’s badly needed. However, aside from ensuring the right player lands an execution at the proper time, the combat remains held back by the same passiveness of the campagiaithuongtinhnguyen.vn. The environment does shift constantly, with new blades, towers, and pits springing up every few minutes as the objectives change. It’s a cool way lớn keep the combat dynamic within one round.


PC Version -- October 9, 2014

Ryse: Son of Rome for PC makes this already great-looking game look even better, with tư vấn for high-resolution monitors & settings for shadows, shaders, and even the unique of animations. Our GeForce GTX 780-equipped PC ran Ryse without a hiccup, but mid-tier GPUs might have sầu khổng lồ settle for medium settings - which still look excellent.

The visual spectacle is the best thing about Ryse, which means the PC is the best place khổng lồ play it. But as you’d expect for a port, this new version does nothing lớn correct any of the issues I had with Ryse’s repetitive sầu combat when I played it on Xbox One. In fact, its new multiplayer mode, Survival, actually amplifies them a bit.

The premise is that you’re bleeding out, and you must constantly kill to keep refilling your health bar. (Because you’re a vampire, I guess?) I’d hoped for exciting pacing, but in practice you’re forced to vì chưng the repetitive sầu tasks of combat over and over again even more quickly than normal. At least the multiplayer DLC maps are included in the PC package, which gives it some improved variety in scenery.

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Ryse has an entertaining story và sky-high production values. The gameplay that’s there isn’t bad – it just stops in its tracks before it gets anywhere near cthua to lớn demanding. The multiplayer mode has some neat ideas, like a deadly, shifting Colosseum, but it’s hamstrung by the same combat issues that affect the main campagiaithuongtinhnguyen.vn. But if spectacle is what you want, Ryse: Son of Rome will keep you entertained.

This cinematic action game follows a fearless Roman soldier named Marius Titus who who joins the army to lớn avenge the slaying of his family.
Sexual Content, Svào Language, Blood & Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Includes online features that may expose players khổng lồ unrated user-generated content