Since it was first shown off, Crytek’s Ryse has been getting flak. It’s a giant collection of QTE’s, some said. Then it was discovered the game only ran at 900p, which caused another uproar. Recent previews have said that the game was as fun as dialling phone numbers, and Gavin said that the later embargo for the game signalled trouble. It looks like he was right.
Critics have called the game pretty, but pretty damned dull; pretty much like most Crytek games.
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.
IGN – 6.8/10: Ryse has an entertaining story and sky-high production values. The gameplay that’s there isn’t bad – it just stops in its tracks before it gets anywhere near close to demanding. The multiplayer mode has some neat ideas, like a deadly, shifting Colosseum, but it’s hamstrung by the same combat issues that affect the main campaign. But if spectacle is what you want,Ryse: Son of Rome will keep you entertained.
Shacknews – 5/10: Ryse: Son of Rome had potential, but Crytek did too little to expand upon its repetitive combat. While I ran through the campaign in about five hours, it honestly felt like 20. And with the formula becoming more and more boring with each by-the-numbers execution, the addition of throwaway collectibles, like vistas and scrolls, couldn’t save this game. Ryse doesn’t come close to living up to Roman standards.
That sounds dull. Once again, Crytek’s proved that they’re wizards when it comes to graphics, but not especially good at actually making games. This was one of the Xbox One’s big 3 launch titles..and it’s a big dud.
Last Updated: November 21, 2013