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‘Ryse: Son of Rome’ Review
In the spirit of full disclosure, I have actually completed the game during the holiday break and wanted to wait until I played Ryse: Son of Rome online before I fully judged it. Alas, I haven’t gotten around to the multiplayer aspect of the game and from the look of it, I won’t be able to for some time. So for the time being, this is my review of Ryse: Son of Rome single player campaign.
Before I started the game I had read a lot of reviews about Ryse: Son of Rome being repetitive and figured it would be more interesting to try the game on Centurion difficultly, aka Hard mode. This made the game far more interesting as it was less forgiving when hacking and slashing through barbarians.
For the most part, the game is just that. You hack, slash, dodge, shield and finally execute. Rinse and repeat. But timing all your moves on Centurion difficulty proved to be challenging and sometimes downright frustrating.
The controls for hand-to-hand combat was fairly straight forward. You can do a regular fastish attack, or a longer but more effective attack, all timed between enemy slashes. If not timed just right, you will get hurt and let it happen more than a couple of times and you’re dead.
An interesting game mechanic throughout the campaign were execution sequences. This occurred when an enemy is just about to die and you had to hit “A” on the controller to initiate the sequence. Once initiated, the camera zooms in on you, ignoring all other attackers, and you perform timed attacks prompted by the game hitting “X” or “Y” to complete the sequence. If all goes well, you got one of four bonuses. On Centurion difficult there was really only one bonus worth getting in my case and that was gaining health back. The others were something along the lines of more XP, or whatever. I never used the others throughout the whole campaign.
The story was fairly good, reminded me a bit of one of my favorite movies of all time, Gladiator. Without spoiling too much, the main character, Marius Titus goes on a mission of revenge and self discovery.
My recommendation for anyone getting this game now, play it on Centurion because otherwise it will be just too boring and repetitive. But then again, gruesome and cringeworthy executions never got old for me.