Overdue Game Review – Ryse: Son of Rome
“Ryse: Son of Rome” is a 3rd person “shooter” game – except with swords and shields.
Full of gorgeous visual cutscenes, the story follows the life of a Roman centurion Marius Titus in his quest for vengeance against those who wronged him. Along the way we follow his rising career and participate in many battles.
While an entertaining game, the single-player campaign is rather straight forward and can get repetitive as the game goes on. However that being said, it is a bit of a surprise there was no follow-up game created, given the tendencies to make every title part of a trilogy or series these days.
WHAT I WILL REMEMBER
If anything I remember this game being a goldmine for Xbox Achievement points.
There are several times within the game during a cutscene I’m earning 30, 60 game points just by watching. Granted, these are rewards for completing the previous level, but nevertheless there are an abundance of gamer points available even when playing the campaign on normal.
The story being told through cutscenes are almost more memorable than the gameplay itself. Having never played a game that was set in Roman times, there was a plethora of fantastic visuals and landscapes making this a new and fresh experience.
WOULD I PLAY IT AGAIN?
Games like these that basically come down to button mashing and following a direct route through the game can be difficult to get up for a second time. True, there are many collectibles hidden throughout that I didn’t find the first time around, but I’m struggling to think it will be worth it to go through the game a second time again just for that.
While there are little pockets of spots in each level you can explore and search, “Ryse” could have benefited from being a little more open world than it currently is.
While hacking up barbarians with my sword and smashing their face in with my shield was a lot of fun, it got old rather quickly. The streamlined gameplay and limited space to roam (pun intended) didn’t help either. Commanding a legion of troops was also entertaining, but again – there isn’t much to it and a lot of repetition.
The story and the cutscenes were the saving grace, and overall I’m glad I played it and would recommend it for at least one go-around.