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When I first started the game I thought "I often see it in the promotion, there must be something wrong with it." But to my surprise, Crytek did not disappoint and even created a good hack'n'slash in the ancient Rome. Beautiful graphics and interesting story can satisfy everyone. Already at the beginning of the game, we witness an assassination against the father of the main character Marius and the player's goal is to avenge a dead father and kill all who stand in his way.
Ryse: Son of Rome looks stunning, but is let down by linear repetitive gameplay and the constant intrusion of cut scenes that didn't end up telling much of a story. The consolation the game offers is that it's short (~6hrs) so that it doesn't get even more repetitive. The core game mechanic is the beat-em-up that Batman Arkham Asylum did so well. Ryse's addition to the genre was to break free of the combat to perform executions - something that broke the original mechanic while adding little to the game. If it wasn't a way to regain health or collect extra experience, it would be more a hinderance than a feature. The extra gameplay mechanics like advancing a legion or picking off archers with spears never really integrated into the game. Gameplay never really felt organic, which is something other beat-em-up games do much better. One final thing to note is the story, because a lot of effort went into rendering the tale. This could have been where the game could have set itself apart by being like a graphic novel. But the story was mediocre, and the amount of time taken to tell the story kept breaking the already fractured gameplay up even further. With a bit more variation in enemies, a more streamlined (and less intrusive) story, and a few tweaks to the core gameplay, Ryse could have been much better. As it stands, it's a gorgeous mess that pales in contrast to the other games in the genre.
Embark on a tragic journey of a Roman legionnaire. Ryse: Son of Rome is a short-ish but highly action-packed game that puts us right there on the frontline of some epic and visceral battles. Majority of the game involves combat of various sort - fighting small groups of barbarians, fighting side by side with your allies against armies, blasting enemies with a scorpio/ballista, using ranged weaponry, managing siege defences, and marching in a testudo formation. A lot of the fights are fast-paced, requiring full awareness of any nearby enemies (as you get attacked from behind a lot when in the thick of battle), as well as parrying when necessary. As you pummel the enemies down, you get to perform stylish finisher moves on them, which also give you a small bonus, be it health regen, experience boost, and so on. So if fast-paced combat is your thing, you should find the game enjoyable. If not, then you likely won't. Combat can feel repetitive at times, but overall it's pretty fun.
This game is just so pretty! It almost looks better then the movies made about this era! also, the action never stops here! The enemies don't have firearms here, yet somehow, these battles seemed even harder then the modern wars! My only problem with the game, is that it's rather short. I finished in in 4 hours at the first time, and got it down to one and a half. Then again, any game I can play five times is recommended in my book!
The graphics of this game is definitely awesome and I think no one will doubt with it. With a epic battlefield scene, I believe that most of the people will enjoy the campaign just like watching a epic war movie. The campaign is attractive to play, but the game is not really that good. The execute motion will easily get you bored after you played for an hour. Moreover, the boss in the campaign is not unique enough. You may think"that's it?" after you defeat the boss. It's still a fine game anyway. If there's 75% off or more, I still suggest you to buy it to enjoy the epic scene of the Roman's battlefield.
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