This Monday in the Xbox Zone we bring you an exclusive Xbox game with a few years overdue, but it’s worth bringing to the present: Ryse son of Rome. Microsoft Studios Yes Crytek Nearly 8 years ago, they brought us a game that was meant to be a business card for their new machine: Xbox One. The console had appeared only a few months ago and needed some muscle building to show itself to the consumer and gain market share after the near technical draw of the previous generation. Ryse It’s a simple game but graphically still today it is still a more than remarkable game and that we are going to analyze.
Welcome to the Roman Empire
Marius Titus will be the protagonist of the story, a young legionary struck by tragedy (which we will not specify, since it is only told in the second chapter). Marius eHe is a born fighter, who thirsts for blood and who will not doubt his enemies or those who threaten Rome. As soon as this story begins, Rome is besieged by barbarians and our protagonist will be forced to fight and organize the defense of the Empire as well as that of the Emperor Nero.
From here, we will recall the history of Marius from his youth to the present moment traveling through the different territories he visited for the defense of Rome and the Empire
The setting for this historical period is not very common. If we look at the historical context of the game’s departure, we can infer why its setting is this. In 2006 the movie was released 300 (Zack Snyder) which without being an exceptional film, stands out for its spectacular and striking aesthetic. It was a before and after in the world of cinema that would involve years of films reflecting this narrative form. The setting in the historical period, as well as the use of slow cameras and spectacular effects, no doubt offered to Crytek the ability to use the same in a video game. And the truth is, it’s applied both in the game itself and in the cutscenes, with great results.
Simple gameplay, a double-edged sword
Rice: Son of Rome could be defined as a beat’em up, because with the use of a few buttons we will start to annihilate enemies in any way we can. Although we can increase certain factors like energy or the recovery of a kind of slow motion that will allow us to easily slaughter large groups of enemies (focus), the game will not allow us to do much more. . Fans of RPG or complex games, with a myriad of factors and abilities to climb, as well as looting or other similar factors, will not have their expectations met by Ryse.
That’s why a set of very simple controls that will allow us to run combos in a simple and very pleasant way. Attacking two enemies, while blocking the attack of a third and a fourth causes great satisfaction. But killing and moving forward without further complications should not be a negative factor. Lovers me against the neighborhood of a lifetime, they will discover a most entertaining game, with very simple and addictive mechanics, not too difficult to master.
We can also finish our combos finish off the enemies in quicktime events in the most diverse ways and by getting prizes for them. These shots are fired in slow motion and can be extremely cruel and bloody, including dismemberment or jugular cuts and blood all over. Therefore, young players or children are not recommended to view certain images.
Other than that, the game brings some variety in its development to power. take control of the crossbows, the possibility of launching pilum (a kind of spear) or form with our infantry the famous Roman formation of the tortuga. This training consists of moving forward completely covered with shields to avoid enemy arrows.
Its difficulty is not very high even in its maximum difficulty level available from the start (you unlock another when you finish the game on “Difficult”). In addition, its duration is between 5-7 hours depending on our capacity. It’s a short but very intense game.
Sensational graphic appearance of today
All of this gameplay is supported by a graphical environment which is still really fabulous to this day. The pageant and the handling of shadows and reflections is truly amazing. Although some effects are already a bit outdated like water, fire or some facial animations, the work is still outstanding.
Engine CryEngine does a great job and the game goes completely smoothly, with no appreciable frame drop although a large number of enemies are presented on the screen. The the scenarios are very vivid and rich in detail and they vary between Rome, forests, buildings … all masterfully put together.
To find us in 2013, just a few months after the launch of the Xbox One, the game manages to fully exploit the capabilities of the machine. This is so and it is that even today, in 2021, the game does not look old or out of date graphically. There are even current non-independent productions, which are below this title.
Ryse: Son of Rome, a highly recommended game
In conclusion, we must say that Rice: Son of Rome is a very entertaining game that brings together the legacy of classic beat’em up with weapons (Knights of the Round, 1991 Capcom,) elevating it to its maximum expression and enveloping it in truly spectacular 3D environments.
The game is very enjoyable and affordable for all types of players and mastering the combos is a challenge that will have us playing over and over again until we have mastered the technique. On the other hand, if you are not a fan of this genre either, its short duration may entice you to try it out and discover a most entertaining game.. Added to this is an excellent dubbing to the Castilian dubbing with very recognizable voices.
The past February 19 from 2019 the brand has been renewed Rice: Son of Rome. This could indicate that a sequel is being considered in the S / X series. On the other hand, it could just be about keeping the rights to the franchise. We will see if Crytek say something about it in the future. In the meantime, don’t stop trying this great game.