Xbox One exclusive, Ryse: Son of Rome, getting bad reviews

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Ryse: Son of Rome is definitely an Xbox One exclusive launch title that I was looking forward to. It looks like Crytek didn’t get enough time to make the game be great, and thus it’s definitely the case of Microsoft rushing the developers to pump out a launch exclusive. The reviews are pouring from the major video game outlets, and the game isn’t faring well.

One of the highest review for the game comes from EGM. The site says that the game looks great, but the issue lies with the repetitive combat and the shallow gameplay. That seems to be the general consensus from a lot of the gaming sites.

EGM – 7.5/10

“For those who enjoy a simple hack-n-slash game, Ryse: Son of Rome fits the bill. This is no deep adventure, but rather a chance to burn your aggression by chopping your way through hundreds of barbarians, slowing only to enjoy the carnage during the brutal executions. Still, the stunning visuals and compelling setting will keep some gamers engaged throughout, making Ryse a flawed-but-interesting addition to the Xbox One launch lineup.”

Official Xbox Magazine – 7/10

“There’s more to Ryse than its glossy exterior suggests, and Marius’ tightly told tale makes for an entertaining journey filled with its share of surprisingly considered carnage, but as the credits rolled, we dreamed about what a sequel might be like. Take it off its rails, inject more variety and depth in its systems…now that’s a game we absolutely want to play.”

The Escapist and IGN enjoyed the story, but said that the experience was a short one.

The Escapist – 3.5/5

“Ryse: Son of Rome tells its story well. It has amazingly enjoyable and ruthlessly violent combat, which pairs incredibly well with the stellar graphics quality. Sadly, the experience is over all too quickly, and you’ll be left wondering where the rest of your game is.”

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.”

Game Informer – 6/10

“When I show my friends what Xbox One is capable of graphically, I’m going to pop in Ryse. The visuals are breathtaking, but the gameplay flips on a dime between being legitimately fun and downright bad. There is no middle ground. It’s very much the extreme of both.”

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.”

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.”

Destructoid – 5/10

“Ryse looks great and has a lot of great ideas, but it falls flat in nearly every respect in regards to its core story. If you’re a hardcore action fan you may get some satisfaction on the highest difficulty setting, but even then I’d wait for an equally hardcore price drop.”

GameSpot – 4/10

“Ryse is all sizzle and no steak, a stunning visage paired with a vapid personality. Everything from the leveling system that’s so painfully easy to complete (and so devoid of any impact on the game that it might as well not be there), to the story that does little to flesh out its lead characters beyond puerile notions of revenge is a testament to how little Ryse can back up its gorgeous visuals with anything more than a shallow set of fisticuffs.”

So far I’m not really excited about any of the exclusive launch games that the PS4 and Xbox One are offering. I’m just going to have to wait until games like inFAMOUS: Second Son and the next Uncharted game for PS4, and Quantum Break and Titanfall for the Xbox One.

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