Ryse: Son of Rome Gladiator multiplayer mode asks you to keep an audience entertained

Tuesday, 20th August 2013 11:19 GMT By Dave Owen

A new trailer for Xbox One exclusive Ryse: Son of Rome shows off Gladiator Mode, a multiplayer mode where you have to rack spectacular kills to keep a baying audience entertained.

According to Crytek: “Ryse offers a large variety of armour, weapons, shields, and consumables to customize your own unique gladiator.

“These items are earned through gold rewarded from victories in combat and impact your stats by improving your focus, XP, crowd reaction, and health. Consumables are elixirs that have a temporary effect, such as improving health or allowing instant kills.”

The idea seems to be that you and a few friends team up to enter an arena and slaughter waves of woes in order to fill an audience entertainment meter. In the trailer we see it go from ‘bored’ to ‘amused’ to ‘entertained.’ It’s a neat gladiatorial twist on a horde mode.

Arenas feature “dynamic tile sets”, movable tiles that make hidden obstacles and scenery rise from the floor. This allows for a variety of battle scenarios, such as strongholds, ruins, and naval arenas.

Ryse will ship with 11 multiplayer maps, with an additional map for anyone who picks up the Day One Edition of the game.

The trailer also gives us another look at Ryse’s combat, which has raised eyebrows in the past due to its apparent reliance on QTEs. Those are in evidence here, but we also see combat that looks a lot more fluid and deep. It also looks absolutely brutal.

Ryse: Son of Rome is in development at Crytek and is an Xbox One launch exclusive.



  1. monkeygourmet

    This looks fun, needs more animals to kill and fight though.

    Also, I would like to see ‘nets’, for trapping enemies.

    VG247 is sponsered by Brighthouse today by the looks of it… A new low.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Gojira77

    @1 Animals incorporated into the Arenas and Traps would def make things more interesting. Throw in a chariot riding around the ring.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. viralshag

    Well I thought that looked great. I’m really on the hype train today and I just can’t help myself.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Mike W

    you know now that I think of it, Capcom made a game back in the day that was exactly like this…..I think it was called Shadow of Rome.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Max Payne

    @4 Yea Yea that was cool game.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Mike W

    I have to get an XBO man, but I can’t afford both at launch :(

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Unlimax

    Shadow of Rome wannabe !

    #7 1 year ago
  8. FuntimeBen

    I’m glad this appeals to somebody. I canot see the allure of this game. If it was an open world game in Rome as a gladiator – I would be into it. The graphics do look pretty.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Doppleganger

    Needs more realistic fighting style and 1 on 1 combat. That looked way to arcady for my taste

    #9 1 year ago

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