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Ryse: Son of Rome gets character bios & new screens

Friday, 19th July 2013 12:39 GMT By Dave Cook

Ryse: Son of Rome has received a new batch of character and gameplay shots, along with bios for its star cast. Find out who’s-who here.

The Xbox One-exclusive follows Marius Titus as she seeks revenge for the death of his family at the hands of barbarian bandits. He rises – or should that be ‘Ryses?’ – up the ranks of the Roman army and engages in many battles throughout his quest for revenge.

Microsoft released a fact sheet on the game following the reveal of digital comic Ryse: Son of Damocles, spooling off details on each of the game’s key characters. They are as follows:

  • Marius – The hero of “Ryse: Son of Rome,” Marius is a young soldier with a strong sense of duty who is completely dedicated to Rome and her ideals. Initially eager to fight against Rome’s enemies and expand the Empire, he soon realizes that Rome is vulnerable to an even more insidious threat than the barbarians he faces on the battlefield. Ever loyal to Rome, he resolves to rid the Empire of her true enemies.
  • Vitallion – A wise and charismatic general who has served Rome for decades, Vitallion has fought in many campaigns and serves as a mentor to Marius. As events transpire he begins to wonder if duty has its limits, and whether self-restraint is always the correct course of action.
  • Nero – Nero, Emperor of Rome, struggles to maintain his grip on power. He promotes his two sons Commodus and Basillius to powerful positions, letting them take control of the rebellious province of Britannia. Nero feels threaten by all potential rivals and exacts ruthless retribution against anyone who crosses him.
  • Commodus and Basillius – As governor of Britannia, Nero’s eldest son, Commodus, sees himself as a god, and the people of Britannia as his subjects. His reign is characterized by brutal repression. Nero’s youngest son, Basillius, enjoys anything carnal or cruel. At the Colosseum he delights in watching gladiators kill each other, and lords over the terrified slaves he keeps in his harem in the bowels of the structure.
  • Boudica – The daughter of King Oswald, the ruler of the Britons. Strong and resilient, Boudica hates Rome, and with good reason: under Roman rule, her people are made to suffer horribly. When her father faces horrific retribution from a perceived insult, it galvanizes Boudica and she rallies her people to rise against their oppressors. Boudica is a principled woman and has the will to go to the ends of the world to save her people.
  • Oswald - Benevolent king of the Britons. He leads a rebellion against the tyrannical rule of Rome, but when the Romans brutally repress the rebels, Oswald submits to Roman dominance in hopes this will spare his people. His naivety leaves him vulnerable to the Romans.
  • Glott – Enigmatic leader of the Northern barbarians, rumored to be more beast than man. Very little is known about him except that he is fiercely independent and will make war on both the Romans and Oswald’s tribe.
  • The Spirit Gods - Immortal spirit, one who watches over humanity, guides Marius. She appears in mortal form, but radiates an otherworldly aura. Another – known in mortal form as Aquilo – seeks the destruction of Rome and allies himself with her enemies.

Now you’re better acquainted with the cast of Ryse, why not check out these new shots, care of AGB?

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  1. Malmer

    Oh my! That is one good looking game!

    #1 12 months ago
  2. Lengendaryboss

    @1
    Its next-gen after all.

    #2 12 months ago
  3. Erthazus

    It’s not next gen. It’s Crysis 1 PC version from 2007 in Rome. on Xbox One in 2013. cool story bro.

    #3 12 months ago
  4. Lengendaryboss

    @Erthazus
    How else am i supposed to refer to it?

    #4 12 months ago
  5. MCTJim

    This game is going to be a must have for me.

    #5 12 months ago
  6. YoungZer0

    @3: So it is Next Gen. Good to know.

    #6 12 months ago
  7. viralshag

    It is next gen. He’s just gutted he had to wait until 2007 for new consoles to come along and start innovating new games for the PC to start getting something decent.

    Most of them are just bored and angry at playing great looking first person shooters and disappointing MMOs.

    #7 12 months ago
  8. Erthazus

    So QTE’s is innovating? Are you high or what?

    New consoles achieved what was achieved on the PC. This is not next generation. This is past gen.
    All the games that were in PS3 or 360 gameplay wise is 2000+ at best. Only now they started to adopt MMO’s which is hilarious.

    Next Gen experience on consoles my ass with AUTO-AIM, bullet magnetism, regeneration and QTE’s

    #8 12 months ago
  9. zoopdeloop

    Am i the only one that find it’s just gorgeous and nothing else?
    Setting and characters don’t do anything for me as i’m sure the gameplay too.
    When was the last time Crytek made a great game altogether…oh wait

    #9 12 months ago
  10. Eon

    @8 You haven’t read up much about this game have you? Did nobody ever tell you? You should always do your research before jumping to conclusions, it will bare well for you in life.

    It’s a next gen title, fact, not opinion, get over it ;)

    #10 12 months ago
  11. TF_PtMaster

    @9 i’m with you.

    #11 12 months ago
  12. MFBB

    No this game sucks big time because of the combat.

    Good graphics dont make a good game.

    Let us fight instead of making a quicktime festival.

    They should make it so that if your next attacks hits the enemy (is not evaded/blocked) and that would kill him , it triggers a finishing move animation instead of a normal attack animation.

    So the combat would actually be fun and still look great/cinematic due to the finishing animations.

    Quicktime combat, thats such a stupid idea for a combat based action game…takes all the fun away.

    #12 12 months ago
  13. Belmont

    @3
    @8

    Now you can continue playing amazing games on your PC, games that are generations ahead of their time.

    #13 12 months ago
  14. Moonwalker1982

    These screens look really good. A LOT better than those released during E3. The devs have said its not QTE, so who knows.

    #14 12 months ago
  15. monkeygourmet

    When in Rome…

    Do as Crytek do, and turn everything into a QTE.

    #15 12 months ago
  16. viralshag

    I’d love to see a list of games on the PC that are truly generations ahead… most of the time it’s visual and that’s about it. Nowadays, there’s not that many PC exclusives and those that would have been are now making their way to consoles.

    That includes MMOs which these days, are being made with the consoles (or at least pad control) in mind.

    #16 12 months ago
  17. Major Mayhem 70

    If it plays as well as it looks it could become a big hit. Time will tell.

    #17 12 months ago
  18. DreadSabot

    I came on this site to escape the idiots – but all i see is it’s GTE – hey dummies so is God Of WAR BigTime and do not recall any of you crying about it then.

    #18 12 months ago
  19. zoopdeloop

    @18
    On the contrary many people complained about QTE’s in God of War,
    as a matter of fact in any game that has them.Just because some people are on the fence with Ryse doesn’t make them GoW or Sony fanboys.That’s where you’re getting at

    you actually need to figure out how to escape from yourself…sorry!

    #19 12 months ago