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. 

ROCKET KNIGHT REVIEW

ASSH0L3!

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ROCKET KNIGHT

 

Platforms: XBOX 360/PC/PS3

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

Supports 1p.

 

Story: Sparkster is doing some yard work when all of a sudden a airship which containing wolfs attack his home, seeing this Sparkster goes inside his home to get his gear to became ROCKET KNIGHT. Now he is the only hope his people have, can he stop the villains or will they lay the smack down on him?

Good or Bad Story: The story is not bad, but it’s mostly overshadowed by the game play. G00D!

Graphics: The graphics are great, the characters have a cartoony look to them, but the menus could do without that bright orange. And  because of the menus being bright orange depending on what language you have the menus on it can be hard to see the text.

Audio: The music is good and its has a heroic feel.

Game play and Features:

Good: Rocket Knight is a action-adventure plat former where you can fly, jump, slash, shoot, solve puzzles, and tbag. You can fly at anytime as long as you have rocket fuel, you can jump and after a jump you can use some fuel to hover for a few seconds. You can hang from ceilings and from there you can attack and fly. Sparkster can use his sword to land a hit on enemies as well as reflect some projectiles. He also has a gun for range attacks and using some fuel allows him to use more powerful attack with both weapons. All of his attacks will fill up his combo meter.

There are levels where your grounded and there are some that take place in the sky. In the sky levels you have speed boost, slash/shoot attack, and charge attacks. When taking damage you need to find heart tokens and you can find Sparkster tokens to gain extra lives. Rubies are available to build up your score. All loading screens contain hints, the game also gives 2 modes of play arcade and free play(level select), there will be boss fights, and unlock able costumes.

Bad: Your shots are only medium range and cause of that the gun feels worthless unless you use to solve some puzzles. There is no options to upgrade your character’s stats which would have been helpful.

Overall: Rocket Knight is fun and enjoyable on all levels, however; with the gun not being great for fighting and the bright orange menu making certain text be unreadable, it has some work that needs to be fixed in future entries in the series.

Likes: Graphics, music, game play, and unlocks.

Dislikes: Orange menus and gun.

Wish list: Upgrades and better menu color.

Score: 4.5/5 REALLY G00D!

Recommended for fans of: Action, adventure, plat formers, Rocket Knight, Konami, Climax.

RAIDEN FIGHTERS ACES REVIEW

  ACE UP MY SLEEVE

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RAIDEN FIGHTERS ACES (1,2, & 3)

Platforms: Xbox 360

Game Supports English text only

Supports 1-2 coop offline and online

Story: Destroy the enemies defenses.

Good or Bad Story?: That’s all there is to a story in the game since it doesn’t focus on 1. NOT IMPORTANT!

Graphics: Raiden Fighters Aces looks like a SNES game and looks really good. The 3 games included have graphic filter options that allow the player to change the look of the game and change the screen size.

Audio: All 3 games have really good music for each of the levels you play through and the main menu.

Game play:

Good: Raiden Fighters Aces is a 2d shooter where you blast enemies to get powers-up and try to get to the boss at the end of each stage. You have a good selection of jets to play with on all 3 games with #3 having a playable rat that can fly which freaking amazing. You can play arcade, score, and training modes both offline and online. The game also empowers the player with the ability to select which order to play each level in 1 &2 as well as how many continues, and changing the difficulty can result in maybe just fighting bosses or go through each stage and then fight the bosses. In #3 the levels select works different as that game has a smart computer that will select levels based on how well you do in each level like if you do bad then the game will select easier levels, but if you do good then you will play harder levels.

Bad: ?

Overall: Raiden Fighters Aces is a really good collection that contains the first 3 games in the series. It empowers the player with many options of play which not many games do. This is a must have collection.

Likes: Music, game play, coop, and graphics.

Dislikes: ?

Wish list: Sequels.

Score: 5/5 AWESOME!

Recommended for fans of: Shooters, jets, arcade, rats, coop, bro-ops.