The Xbox One may have the least bit of push in the hardware department, but it’s also home to the single game in the last year with the best real time graphics. That’s according to SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on GRAPHics and Interactive Techniques), the annual conference on graphic related malarkey.
Ryse, Son of Rome has bagged the award for the best real time graphics in any game over the last year.
“Ryse was released last November for Xbox One, and has impressed players and press around the world with its groundbreaking visuals,” says Crytek. “During the game’s development there was a special emphasis on realistic characters and immersive story-telling; all of which helped to catch the eye of SIGGRAPH’s judging panel and earn Ryse a top spot in their Computer Animation Festival awards.
Ryse: Son of Rome was released last year as a launch title for the Xbox One, and it’s true – it really is one of the most visually impressive games available on any platform right now. It’s just a pity that in true Crytek style, the game is all style and little substance.
The game was universally panned by critics, who awarded it top marks for graphics, but scored it low on fun.
Eurogamer – 5/10: There’s no brains, no muscle, no fibre beneath Ryse’s extravagantly engineered good looks – this game rings loud but hollow. Crytek likes to contrast Marius’ moral strength with the vanity and cruelty of Nero and his made-up sons, but Ryse feels like a product of their dying empire. It’s just empty decadence.
Joystiq – 2.5/5 : Ryse: Son of Rome falls into the trap of your typical launch game: it does well to show off the power of the system, but it’s slim on substance. Production value aside,Ryse is short, easy and lacks the punch of other action games. For all of it’s pomp and flash, Ryse: Son of Rome is a shallow bore.
Polygon – 6/10: It’s a gorgeous, dark and bloody tableau. But all that visual beauty and dramatic gravitas goes to waste with an aimless plot and a monotonous combat system. Ryse has all the guts of next-gen — often quite literally — but none of the glory.
The award does how highlight that for all its failings, it is capable of pushing out eye-ball melting graphics. Just not in 1080p and 60fps, which is the standard measure for fun, right? It also shows that no matter how pretty a game is, it doesn’t mean it’s any good to play.
Last Updated: August 6, 2014