JETSTREAM SAM REVIEW

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MGR JETSTREAM SAM

 

Platforms: XBOX 360/PC/PS3

Game supports English, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and German text.

Audio support English only.

Supports 1p.

 

Story: Learn how Jetstream Sam joined Desperado.

Good or Bad Story?: The story is not bad, its serious and Sam will at times throw some remarks to make you laugh a bit. But I would have preferred this be an origin story of how he became Jetstream. G00D!

Graphics: It looks just like the main game since you go through the same levels. Besides that there is nothing new that will blow you away.

Audio: The music is epic and awesome, nuff said. The voice acting is good with Sam and other returning characters being voiced by the same actors from the main story.

Gameplay and Features:

Good: Jetstream Sam DLC follows the same core mechanics as the main game, so you have combos done by mixing light and heavy attacks, parries, lock on, sub-weapons, items, vr missions, dodge, jump, dash, stealth, boss fights(3 and their bosses that Raiden fights), and blade mode. But Sam also has things that Raiden and Blade Wolf don’t have like an air dash, double jump, a chargeable heavy attack, and a taunt that will enrage enemies. Beyond that there is not much else to say about the DLC, but except this of all the 3 playable characters in Rising, Sam is the most difficult character to play.

Bad: The camera is once again a problem in fights as it moves around too much and it also positions itself in certain parts when fighting. And do to Sam fighting like a samurai, he won’t stealth kill anyone.

Overall: Jetstream Sam DLC is not bad, better than Blade Wolf’s DLC, but it doesn’t capture the same awesomeness that you get when playing Raiden. I really wished this was an origin story of how he became the person he is now. So if you want more action for MGR than give Sam a chance.

And on a side note Sam’s DLC cost more than Wolf’s DLC when both are the same length and I don’t know why is that?

Likes: Graphics, Story, gameplay, music, voices.

Dislikes: No stealth kill, camera.

Wishlist: Better camera, stealth kills.

Score: 4/5 G00D BUB!

Recommended for fans of: Action, MG, DMC, Konami, Platinum, Wolverine, Samurais.

BATTLEFIELD 4 REVIEW

FROSTBITE 3 ENGINE AND BATTLEFIELD 4 PUT CALL OF DUTY: GHOST TO SHAME.

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BATTLEFIELD 4

(STORY MODE ONLY)

 

Platforms: XBOX 360/ PC/PS3/XBOX 1/PS4

Game Supports: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, & Portuguese text.

Audio Support: Japanese, English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, & Portuguese.

Supports 1offline, 2-66p online multiplayer(XBOX 1/PS4/PC only).

Played in Polish.

 

Story: The Russians and the U.S are at high tensions and China is at the brink of war. So it’s up to Recker and his pals to make sure this doesn’t happen.

Good or Bad Story?: BF4’s story is something you will expect from watching war movies, reading about past wars, and if you are in the military than you know what happens. It’s not special, but it’s good enough to give you a reason to fight and it is good. G00D!

Graphics: BF is probably the best looking game on the XBOX 1 that I have played this year. Everything is so well detailed from the environments to you and your weapons. And in BF4 you can pretty much destroy anything and even that looks good as it resembles the destruction seen in movies.

Audio: The music in the game which pops up at certain moments is good and it is the type of music you will hear in war movies. This is the first game I got to play with Polish voice acting and at first 1 Irish’s voice was weak, but the more I played it ended up being good as the other character’s Polish voices. Oh and unlike the majority of games where the only way to access the other voice tracks which is done by changing the console language, in BF4 you have 9 voice tracks which are all accessible through the options menu in the game, sweet!

Gameplay and Features:

Good: BF4 is 1st-person shooter and has the standard fps mechanics like shooting, changing weapons, throwing grenades, tbagging, jumping, sniping, melee, and running. So what separates BF4 from other FPS?

Well in BF4 you can change the fire mode of some weapons, most guns have an accessory on it like a scope/laser sight/flashlight, you can lean from the sides of a wall and shoot, you can aim from cover, you can give orders to your teammates, unlock dog tags in story mode, you have deposits which are your bombs and can switch them at any time when there is a deposit armory, and vehicles that you use to run over baddies. Unlock other fps’s in BF4 you unlock weapons by either picking up an enemy weapon or by doing certain task and once you unlock weapons you can go to the armory that is in each level and switch to the guns that you want to use.

Also in BF4 running and gunning won’t work all the time so you will need to figure out the best way to beat the baddies or you’ll die quick, and to help in strategizing your given a binocular that can highlight all the threats in each level. Another is everything can pretty much be destroyed so don’t rely on the hard surface to protect you forever. And the game has 3 endings and a level select.

Bad: Since Recker is always with his friends, it comes as shock that there is no co-op in the story mode. It would have been nice to have this feature. Your pals can push you from cover when their moving around so make sure that they are not too close to you, otherwise they will leave you open to attack. For the most part vehicles have controls; however, the tank and truck are a bit harder to control from my experience. All vehicles are controlled from 1st-person, but the tank and truck should have been in 3rd-person as they don’t benefit being in 1st-person especially the tank which is harder to know where its turning.

And from my experience playing all the guns have a large recoil that can make shooting harder and sniping from a far is not easy unless you do it a lot closer and the game pretty much wants you to be really good with your shots or you’ll waste ammo. And you can execute the baddies with your knife, but when the animation for the execution happens it makes it look more like a karate chop to neck and that really makes it look bad, could have been better.

Overall: So does BF4 put COD: GHOST to shame? I don’t know since I haven’t played the full version of Ghost. BF4 is a solid fps and it surprised me that I ended up liking it since the last BF game I played Bad Company 2 I ended up not liking. The controls are good for the most part and aiming is ruff along with a terrible execution from the knife among other stuff. BF4 is really good, but it does give off a feeling that it might get boring overtime. And next time add co-op.

Likes: Graphics, story, gameplay, voices, music.

Dislikes: No co-op, tank/truck controls, stabbing, friends can push you, aiming is ruff.

Wishlist: Co-op, tank/truck get better controls, better stabbing, no pushing, fine-tune aiming.

Score: 4.5/5 REALLY G00D!

Recommended for fans of: Battlefield, EA, DICE, COD, military, vehicles, Brothers in Arms, Titanfall, Respawn, Infinity Ward.

LOST PLANET 3 REVIEW

DON’T EAT ICE CREAM!

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LOST PLANET 3

(SINGLE PLAYER ONLY)

 

Platforms: XBOX 360/ PC/PS3

Game Supports: Japanese, English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, & Portuguese text.

Audio Support: English, Spanish, German, French, & Italian.

Supports 1offline, 1-10p online multiplayer.

Played in Spanish.

 

Story: Jim Peyton(he is in fact Jesus, but he cut his hair after he left Family Guy and decided that he need to leave Earth so he contact Capcom to star in the next Lost Planet) is a contractor who is working for Nevec on EDN3 to get payed and feed his family, but while doing his job he is going to discover the secrets that EDN3 holds.

Good or Bad Story?: The story is meh, but the ending is good and it maybe a cliffhanger to what is to come. The story is not the most important thing to game as something else is. BAD!

Note that Lost Planet 3 is the prequel to whole series.

Graphics: Lost Planet 3’s graphics are good, but some parts look better than the others. For 1 the environments and the akrid all look really good with the environments looking better in 3 than the previous games. And 2nd the humans have some good designs like the main character and his jacket while others looks weak or plain which makes the game look better than the 1st game, but not better looking than 2nd game. And there is minor loading textures and references to Lost Planet 1 and 2.

Audio: There isn’t a lot of music in the game, but the ones you hear at times are of action and horror film themes. You have music in your mech that Jesus’s wife installed and you can play your music inside the mech if you don’t like the music that is already there. And the Spanish voice acting is really good.

Gameplay and Features:

Good: Lost Planet 3 is an action adventure game like the previous Lost Planets; however, 3 is kind of open world and it is also a horror game. At its core this is still Lost Planet, but there are new additions that were not in the previous games and these are welcome addition. You play from a 3rd person view and you’ll shoot, throw grenades, throw punches, sprint(this time you can sprint infinitely without getting tired), change weapons, use the ancher(only on certain surfaces) , zoom in on your targets( holding the aim button puts the camera over the shoulder while pressing the melee button when holding a sniper rifle enters you in first person), use a mech, and fight bosses(on the size scale of LP1 and their weak spot is still the orange part of the body).

The new additions that are in Lost Planet 3 are a dodge and cover system(you can dodge in any direction and cover only works when you’re in battle, but this is not a cover based shooter), you have a main and sub-missions and with a press of a button you can check your job listings as well as other things like messages and what you have collected. Since it is also a horror game it will try to scare you at times, while I didn’t find the game scary it is; however, creepy in some parts and it does a good job at that department. Unlike the previous games where you only could carry 2 weapons in 3 you carry a main weapon and a sub weapon, but you will always have your 3rd weapon the infinite ammo pistol at all times(hold the change weapon button to use the pistol).

You have your very own mech known as a Rig that can make some fights easier since it can block, grab, and drill enemies up the ass, but when fighting bosses you will have to have patience and know when to attack and counter like in Punch-out. And unlike the previous mechs if its health drops to 0 it won’t self destruct it will instead repair itself, what a nice feature. And the best part is 3 has a shop that allows you to upgrade the Rig and upgrade Jesus’s armory with thermal energy, another thing to note is that you can change what weapons your carrying at anytime as long as your mech is near you or a computer with a image of a gun is nearby. The load screens have hints in them, you can walk around your base and hear conversations, and the game has a movie browser just in case you miss a cutscene.

Bad: The frame rate always drops from 30 to 20, but it doesn’t hinder the experience. There are a few times where the game will load the level while you’re moving, but this only takes 2 seconds so it’s not a major hinder to the game.

Questionable: In 3 thermal energy is the currency while in the previous games it was your health and in 3 your jacket always keeps you warm since it has thermal energy built in, so why in LP1 does your health always decrease every time you walk in the snow. Also the Rig can self repair, so why can’t any of the mechs in LP1 & 2 do self repair?

Overall: Lost Planet 3 is a really good action adventure horror that improves the series with the better controls scheme in the series and adding new mechanics and things like a upgrade system to both the mech and human. While the frame rate does drop it never hinders the experience. The story is not great, but you probably won’t care since the gameplay is where it’s at and that is the most important part of the game. This is a very underrated game, but it is really good and this is my favorite LP game. A must have.

Likes: Graphics, music, voices, gameplay.

Dislikes: Story, some human designs.

Wishlist: Sequel, Better graphics than 2, costumes for both you and the mech.

Score: 5/5 DAMN ITS COLD!

Recommended for fans of: Lost Planet, Capcom, Aliens, Gundam, Robots, Snow, Spark Unlimited.

HALO COMBAT EVOLVED ANNIVERSARY

CHIIIIIIEEEEEEF!

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JLO/GAYLO(HALO COMBAT EVOLVED ANNIVERSARY)

(SINGLE PLAYER ONLY)

 

Platforms: XBOX 360/XBOX/PC

Game Supports: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, German, French, Italian, & Portuguese text.

Audio Support: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, German, French, & Italian.

Supports 1-2p offline/online coop, 1-4p offline multiplayer/2-16p online.

Played in Japanese.

 

Story: The Covenant have destroyed the planet Reach and are aiming to destroy Earth next. So they created the Halo a weapon which can destroy whatever the Covenant want, so to make sure that doesn’t happen Captain Jacob entrust Cortana to make sure the awakened super soldier Master Chief puts a stop to the Covenant and to ensure the safety of humanity in his hands.

Good or Bad Story: The story starts really slow, but half-way through the game it gets better as the story starts to pick up a lot more. The thing is I found the story to be overshadowed by the game’s gameplay. The story ends up being entertaining even though Chief doesn’t interact a lot with others and have conversations, he just takes orders and does all the fighting while everyone else is on vacation. G00D!

Graphics: Halo CEA runs on the Reach engine and it allows the visuals to have more detailed textures and better effects as well as better graphics than the original. The game looks good, but it doesn’t look better than Halo3-4. The visuals are at the same quality as the 360 launch titles, but in a way it also looks like it could run on the original XBOX(not a bad thing if it could). And finally 1 cool feature is the ability to switch between the remake and original visuals all through a press of the back button bringing that nostalgic feeling back(even the remade visuals give off a nostalgic feeling).

Audio: Halo CEA contains the original themes and remastered versions of the original themes with both being really good. The voice acting in Japanese is superb although you won’t hear Chief talk a lot, he barely does.  What’s weird is Halo CEA on 360 is the only Halo game on the 360 that contains multiple audio options in all regions where you can buy the game since the other Halo’s do have multiple audio options, but you have to buy them in specific regions to hear the character(s) speak other languages. For example if you want to play Halo 4 with Japanese audio then you will have to buy the Japanese version otherwise the USA version will only contain the Japanese text. I would like to see the other dubs be included in all regions in future Halo games.

Gameplay and features:

Good: Halo CEA is a sci-fi fps with an almost open world like world. As Master Chief you will be gunning down, tbagging, grenade throwing, punching and car crashing the Covenant(or your AI friends) all day long. You have at your disposal human and Covenant weapons(can only carry 2 weapons at a time and can switch weapons with Ai teammates) as well as 2 types grenades a sticky and a time sensitive 1. You can go at it alone or with a friend(offline/online) in story mode(note both players will be Master Chief, but with different colors). Halo contains different types of vehicles, some are for land and others are for flying and some vehicles allow for more than 1 person to be on it. The controls for both Chief and the vehicles are responsive and tight.

The game’s levels are big and allow for more than 1 way to get to some main objectives like your enemies could be in cave and the cave has 3 ways to get in so you can pick which way to get in and surprise them from nowhere. If you explore around the levels you can find, skulls(can alter the game in your favor or not in your favor), health packs(Chief can recover health units with these) , terminals(new to the remake these give you insight on the history of the Halo universe and things that could come in the future), and orbs(red for armor and blue for camouflage).

There are some cool feature to some of the mechanics like when crouching if you move the LS stick a bit then Chief will walk, but if you push the LS stick/dpad all the way forward then Chief will stand up and walk like normal, but if you stop he will crouch again a very nice feature indeed. Chief has 2 ways of recovering, he can recover health when he’s not taking damage and the health packs can recover his health units that he lost so he can recover faster. The Ai for the Covenant is good as depending on their class they will run away, dodge, or rush at you. And the last good feature is the ability to select levels.

Bad: The frame rate does drop a bit at times. And the PC version does not include coop only the console versions.

Questionable: The Ai for your teammates is odd when their on a vehicle. For some reason if you want to say use the turret or be on the passenger seat as soon as you press the button to interact they leave the vehicle and instead of getting in on another part of the vehicle they will go back to the beginning of the level. I find it strange that they will just leave you, but the funny thing is if you get in the driver’s seat then they will return to the vehicle. None of that makes sense. The good thing though their barely with you.

Overall: Halo CEA is a really good game that gives off that nostalgic feeling and it can be enjoyed with friends. It has good story that starts slow, but gets better half-way. Having the ability to switch between the new and old visuals is a plus. The gameplay is so satisfying that it will makes you want to play more of it and find everything that you may have missed. It has some minor issues with the frame rate and a shame that the PC version doesn’t have coop, but it is so fun it’s definitely a must have. And it has a really cool looking character.

Likes: Graphics, music, voices, gameplay, story.

Dislikes: Frame drops and no coop for PC version.

Wishlist: Multiple audio options in all versions of Halo in all regions.

Score: 5/5 AWESOME!

Recommended for fans of: Halo, Bungie, Microsoft, shooters, Conduit, sci-fi, action, adventure, coop, Aliens, 343.

BLEED REVIEW

JEEZ ITS BURNING UP IN HERE. ON THE UPSIDE IM BURNING LOTS                                                        OF CALORIES

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BLEED

Platforms: XBOX 360/PC

Game Supports: English text only.

Supports: 1-2p offline.

Story: Its 20XX and people have forgotten about the heroes that once saved the world. Cause of this there has been no new heroes inducted into the Hall of Heroes. Now a young girl named Wryn wants to be the next hero so she has decided to defeat the previous heroes so she can become the best hero ever.

Good or Bad Story: The game only mention the story before the main menu, pressing a button to learn of the heroes, and near/at the ending. The stages themselves tell the story of the heroes even though you don’t see text during any stage. And 1 more thing Wryn is self-aware that she is in a game as if she dies she will tell you things on the game over screen like “Don’t worry it’s just a game I will be back in a sec”. G00D!

Graphics: Bleed looks like a SNES game and it looks good. The 16-bit visuals suit the game and everything is nicely detailed.

Audio: The music is top-notch and it gives of a nostalgic feel.

Gameplay and Features:

Good: Bleed is a 2d side-scrolling shooter that uses 1 of the most odd controls ever. It is a twin stick shooter meaning you will use the LS stick to move and the RS stick to shoot in any direction. Using the RS stick to shoot is awkward at first, but the more you play the more you will get used to it. The game also includes a jump and dash mechanic mapped to the RT, again its awkward and eventually you will get used to it over time.

You can also switch weapons, but can only carry 2 at a time; however, the games inventory is on the pause menu so you can always switch the weapons your carrying at anytime. And the best mechanic that the game includes is slow-mo as long as you have meter you can use it and it recharges overtime. The game also has a store where you buy weapons and upgrades, as well as a level select, coop(both players share health and slow-mo), additional character(must be unlocked) and additional modes like story, arcade, and challenge. The games highlight is the good level design and boss fights.

Bad: There is nothing wrong with the game except I would have liked the option to change controls as there will be players that will not like the controls and would like to have the controls set up to something that their accustomed too.

Overall: Bleed is a really fun old school type of game that now offer coop(originally it was single player only) the controls are awkwardly mapped on the controller, but the more you play eventually you will get accustomed to the controls. A must have.

Likes: Graphics, story, gameplay, and music.

Dislikes: no control options.

Wishlist: Control options, Sequel.

Score: 5/5 SELF-AWARE GAME OVER SCREENS!

Recommended for fans of: Bootdisk Revolution, Megaman, Arcades, 2d, action, coop, Metal Slug.

BATMAN ARKHAM ORIGINS REVIEW

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BATMAN ARKHAM BEGINNING(ORIGINS)

(STORY MODE ONLY)

 

Platforms: XBOX 360/PS3/PC/WII U

Game Supports: Italian, German, Spanish, French, Korean, Russian, Polski, and English text.

Audio Support: Italian, German, Spanish, French, and English.

Supports 1p offline story mode and 3-8p online multiplayer.

Played in Italian.

 

Story: It’s been 2 years since Bruce Wayne became Batman and he has been stopping crime left and right, up and down. Cause of this the criminal overlords have been in panic mode so a criminal that goes by the name Black Mask presses the “Super Panic Button” and puts a bounty on Bats on Christmas eve and 8 assassins are now after the Bat. Can Batman defeat all 8 assassins and get his hands on Black Mask or will he die before he opens his presents?

Good or Bad Story?: The story is really good. It is on the same caliber as the 1st Arkham game, it feels like you’re watching the story of the 90s Batman cartoon and it’s that good. G00D!

Graphics: Origins got a graphical upgrade over its predecessors not in a graphical style, but it has more textures and it looks sharper. It looks good and a cool about the game is the more you get further in the game the more you will see the damages on Batman’s suit. However, there is a bit of screen tearing, but it is barely noticeable.

Audio: The Italian voice acting is really good and the Batman and other characters from the previous games are voiced by the same actors from the previous games. The music is really well done and it has the feel of the live action movies and it works for the game.

Gameplay and Features:

Good: Origins is a action-adventure stealth game that is set in an open world Gotham City. You can explore the city at will(and get to use the Bat jet)  and in the city you can solve puzzles, fight crime, do sub-missions, story missions,  and just look around if you choose to do that. You can use the map to find anything and the good thing is you can mark a spot on the map and the bat signal will guide you.  As Batman you can handle any situation in 1 of 2 ways:

1. Use stealth and spread fear to all that oppose you.

2. Start punching foes 1 by 1 until they can’t get up.

So choose wisely.

For both styles you can use your gadgets(many are unlocked in the beginning) , use detective mode to see all the threats, and use your mobility. Detective mode allows you to not only see foes, but it also is used to solve crime scenes and when using it to solve crimes you get to see how it happened. Bat’s mobility is really good he can walk, run, slide, glide, and crouch(also tbag). The combat is really good you can attack, counter(you can counter more than 1 attack), and stun your foes. If you can build up your combo you will be able to use takedowns. Your combat skills, stealth skills, and weapons are all upgradeable. You can zoom in on far away objects, unlock bio’s, do challenges/play challenge mode, and unlock costumes.  The highlight of the game is the boss fights, each 1 is design for Batman to use his knowledge to defeat them meaning he has to use certain skills to even touch them.

Bad: ?

Questionable: 1. The game is called Arkham Origins, but the game’s story is not an origin story of Arkham Asylum and not even the origin of Batman. So why call it origins?

2. Why is the city full of criminals only? Where are the citizens?

3. Why are some of the assassins in sub-missions and not in the main story missions like the others?

Differences between versions:

The 360/PS3/PC versions include story mode, challenge maps, and online multiplayer. These versions will also include dlc.

The Wii U version includes story mode and challenge maps. However, it does not have online multiplayer since WB chose to screw Wii U owners and they may not get dlc and if the Wii U version does get dlc it will likely be a released really late.

If you own multiple consoles I recommend getting the 360/PS3/PC versions if you want the whole package. If all you want is 1p content than the Wii U version is the 1 to get, but you will have to pay the same price as the PC version for the Wii U version so your pretty much getting ripped off.

Overall: Origins feels familiar since it goes by the same basis as the previous games and that is good, but it doesn’t do anything new and to some they might not give it a try as the want something new. But even though it doesn’t do something new it is still a great experience to have. I consider this the best Batman game to date, it tops Asylum and it is a whole lot better than City.

For the next Batman game I would like it if it was set in a different Batman universe since the Arkham universe already feels done. It’s time for something new like a Batman Beyond game that is a sequel to the show or maybe a Batman game set in a not so popular Batman universe?

Likes: Graphics, gameplay, voices, music, story.

Dislikes: Screen tearing.

Wishlist: New Batman game in a different universe.

Score: 5/5 IM BATMAN!

Recommended for fans of: Batman, DC, Justice League, Superheroes, Time Warner, Remember Me, Spiderman.

RYSE SON OF ROME REVIEW

OH JESUS! ARMAGEDDON, MICHAEL BAY

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                                                RYSE SON OF ROME

 

Platforms: XBOX 1

Game Supports: Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English text.

Audio Support: Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and English.

Supports 1p offline and 1-2p online co-op

Played in Italian.

 

Story: Marius is on the road to avenge the death of his parents and will punish those responsible. Will he get his revenge or will he die trying?

Good or Bad Story?: The story is predictable and if you know anything about the Roman Empire than you will know what happens at the end, but either way it’s entertaining to see it play out. G00D!

Graphics: Ryse is a XBOX 1 launch title and oh my god it looks beautiful!  It’s beautiful because it’s made by Crytek. Crytek makes their games to push the limits of the consoles they run on and Ryse is no exception. Ryse is pretty much the best looking game on the XBOX 1 and probably the best looking game of this year that I have played. Oh and Ron Jeremy is in the game as a Barbarian.

Audio: Music is nice and captures the feel of battle. The Italian voice acting is really good and I had to play it in Italian cause Rome is in Italy.

Gameplay and Features:

Good: Ryse is a 3rd person action adventure beat em up where you will fight lots of enemies and in some cases fight a boss at the end. As Marius you will use you cut down foes with your dagger in hand either by just pounding on them(with your dagger and shield) or using executions(must match the glowing color with right button to gain points) which will give you more xp and refill your health or fury. There are perks(story only) in the game that can be accessed by using the dpad and these can help you in battle, as there 4 perks that you can use:

 1. health regain(must use execution)

 2. more xp

 3. damage boost

4. fury regain

          You can use Fury to slow time and be invincible(for a bit) to deal free hits on your foes, but be warn as Fury doesn’t work on bosses. Marius can also sprint, dodge, command(at certain points) his troops, upgrade skills, destroy vases(he should be ashamed for destroying property), throw spears, pick up something’s like scrolls to unlock stuff, look at things that are a point of interest, and parry attacks thrown at him(this is what you will use to survive fights). The game also has a level select with a total of 8 levels, it has 1 QTE, but I won’t say where it is.

          A nice thing about Ryse is it has 2 game modes, a story mode where you play Marius and a co-op arena mode where you can play by yourself or with a friend online and fight in a Roman Arena against the barbarians ranks. Arena mode follows the core gameplay of the story mode, but instead of playing the hero you play a warrior who wants to be the best of the best(no not CM PUNK). You have lots of arenas to choose from, you also can unlock costumes(arena mode only), customize your warrior(must level up), you can create a lobby, use items(area mode only), and worship a god which will give you certain stats like a health boost or a damage boost. I played the arena and I got to say it is fun as well as a good way to keep playing the game if you ever get tired or want to take a break from playing story mode.  

Bad: The load times take like 10 seconds or more to load the levels(only when selecting or resuming the game the next day). You can’t go back only forward in all areas in the game once you reach a certain points in the levels, so if you missed a scroll then you will have to restart the level just to go pick it up. Your teammates in the story mode at 1 point don’t notice enemies that have not been eliminated. There is no reset camera button so anytime you don’t see something in a fight you will have to manually move the camera to see around in fights.

Overall: Ryse Son of Rome is a really good beat em up and is the best looking game on the XBOX 1. It has load time, camera, and ai friends issues, but it ends being fun in the end. These types of games that are beat em ups like Ryse are barely made and it’s good to see this type of genre be available on the console at launch and hopefully more down the road.   While big journalist sites like ign and Rev3 games don’t appreciate games like Ryse because it’s not like modern action games that have these flashy moves like DMC and MGR or being like dungeon crawling games like Zelda since its a beat em up which is an old school arcade type of action games they can’t like it. But Ryse is a good example of an action that doesn’t try to be like a Bayonetta or a Zelda and still be fun.

          If you have an XBOX 1 I definitely recommend Ryse if you want to play something that is old school in terms of genre and something that is not a fps.

Likes: Graphics, music, voices, gameplay, and story.

Dislikes: No reset camera button, load times, and ai friends.

Wishlist: Faster load times, a reset camera button, Ai friends able to notice all enemies that have not been eliminated.

Score: 4.5/5 THIS IS SPARTA!

Recommended for fans of: Crytek, Final Fight, beat em ups, Black Tiger, Madworld, No more heroes, adventure, Max Anarchy, 300.