DARKNOVAFORCE REVIEWZ

                                                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. 


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