Ryse: Son of Rome screenshots show swordplay, shield bashing

Thursday, 7th November 2013 18:14 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Ryse: Son of Rome is set to launch alongside Xbox One on November 22, and today, Crytek has released a new batch of screenshots as well as another look at the box art. Gaze upon the lot below.



  1. Nephilimator

    Good idea to only show screens instead of gameplay footage.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. POOhead

    @1 gta 5 did the same thing…

    #2 1 year ago
  3. ps4fanboy

    dead rising 3 looks better than this to me

    #3 1 year ago
  4. DrDamn

    I think this looks like the best X1 game in technical terms at launch. Really cohesive and polished. Completely not my thing game wise but very nice graphically.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. UuBuU

    @1 The gameplay is beyond awful. The visuals are the only selling point, so it makes sense to only show screenshots and cinematic trailers.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Djoenz

    Can you back that up? Opinion is opinion. I”ll wait for the solid reviews.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Opalauge


    No he can’t and the first previews proof him wrong.


    Gamplay footage has been posted yesterday!

    #7 1 year ago
  8. UuBuU

    @6 I can just tell from all the footage i’ve seen so far that the gameplay will be terrible. But if you want the opinion of someone who’s actually played the game:

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Djoenz

    lmao I knew it talking BS. Also previews dont mean shit. I need me some solid reviews then we’ll talk.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. UuBuU

    @9 That gameinformer preview is as honest an opinion as you’ll find about the game from game journalists.

    Most will be paid to give it good reviews, or they’ll let the impressive visuals cloud their judgement as they rush out a review on launch.

    For a common monkey like you, impressive visuals and a 9/10 from IGN will be enough. Gamers with taste and experience will see Ryse for what it really is – trash.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. bobnice

    @1 unless you havent been paying attention this week. There are tons on new gameplay videos, big 5 minute – 10 minutes gameplay previews on IGN, Gamespot, Gametrailers, Rev3games with adam sessler, and escapist…all within the last 2 days. There was even a preview video posted here on VG247 yesterday, why so critical?

    #11 1 year ago
  12. Dendroball

    @10 This game is trash ! How dare you monkeys like a game I don’t like ! Every game review outlets are being paid except the ones I agree with !

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Djoenz

    You are too quick to bash. Im a Sony fanboy tbh but you just eager to find shit to bash about.

    Previews are glorified demos. 2 hours of gaming doesnt mean shit. For all we know chapter 1 is a failure but might pick up later on and maybe have the best ending ever.

    Its about the whole package.

    I’ll wait for reviews. Until then you are just talkin bollocks.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Phoenixblight

    The game definitely looks pretty but I have seen enough game play and played every single Crytek game to know what it will be which is all flash, no gameplay. The Crysis series has that problem so somehow they went and focused on gameplay? Suuuuure.

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Djoenz

    New IP man they better dont fuck this up.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Super Girevik

    Several users seem to loath this game, targeting the gameplay as the main culprit. But just to even things out a bit, didn’t Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls have gameplay that revolved around quick-time events? I’m assuming the main selling point for BTS was the story and it’s characters. Maybe Ryse will have an engaging story ;)

    As for Gameinformer’s critique on Ryse, don’t forget that quite a few reviewers rated Beyond: Two Souls below average. Actually when you look at the list of reviews, you have some high scores and some low scores. That should remind us how different our opinions can be.

    Making a personal choice dependent on another person’s own personal preferences reveals a lack of confidence in our own judgement.

    For me personally, while the visuals are truly impressive, this is not my cup of tea.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. Djoenz

    I dont think its a lack of confidence in my own judgement when I base my purchases on reviews.

    Like everyone was like wow uncharted this and that but I never fell for the hype until I saw some reviews and gameplay and bought it super cheap.

    I like to research before I purchase a game. I didnt do it with Dead Rising 2 and oh boy I was disappointed as fuck.

    #17 1 year ago
  18. Phoenixblight


    I don’t think Beyond and Ryse are in the same field. They are completely different demographics. Quantum Dream is all about telling a story to its audience. That is not the case here with Ryse. Ryse would be more comparable to Arkham series.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Super Girevik


    So if 5 out of 10 reviews give it a thumbs up, who do you believe? If one reviewer, for example, says COD:Ghosts has the best maps in the series and another says the complete opposite, who do you believe?

    Reviews can be helpful but I think at the end of the day, you have to be able to see a game for yourself and make the call. Youtube and Twitch are great tools for getting a real view of what a game is all about.

    That’s my point of view.

    EDIT: Just noticed you mentioned how with Uncharted you did your own research by watching some reviews and actual gameplay videos.

    So in that case, you didn’t rely soley on the reviews. You used your own judgement while watching videos and the reviews were used to compliment your own research.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Djoenz

    Hell yeah sorry forgot to mention Im an avid youtuber sometimes.
    I love gameplay vids of genuine ppl on youtube. Amazing stuff sometimes although some ppl man damnzz.

    EDIT: You’re a cool dude man. Its refreshing. Hope you stick at VG247. (not starting a bromance or anything)

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Super Girevik


    But the gameplay is still rather poor, isn’t it? If you detest quick-time events, you detest quick-time events.

    Story is a different topic.

    Just to be clear, I’m not implying Ryse and Heavy Rain or Beyond: Two Souls should be compared as a whole. I was just referring to their gameplay, which is what people are talking about here.


    Twitch is really good too.

    Btw, you some like a cool dude yourself 8)

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Phoenixblight


    Yeah and? Batman is built upon those QTE through gameplay.

    Beyond Two souls is a modernized point and click adventure so you know what you are expecting especially with Quantum Dreams history of games. Without QTE there would be no game it would be like watching a CG film. Ryse is not trying to be that if they were than their marketing, interviews, etc are showing something completely different. I have yet to see anything related to plot though then again Crytek’s history with plot…

    #22 1 year ago
  23. Super Girevik


    I personally don’t have anything against quick-time events (QTE). But aren’t QTE the main complaint against Ryse’s gameplay?

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Phoenixblight

    Not just QTE but the lack of depth of combat. QTE just exaggerate the issue since its the most obvious to point out.

    #24 1 year ago
  25. bradk825

    I am growing a little weary of comments based on the unfinished build shown at E3, but on the other hand that wouldn’t happen if they hadn’t been dumb enough to show an unfinished build at E3 instead of just a video or something.

    It has mixed reviews on the gameplay, and it’s not the QTE fest many people think it is. In the end, for me, if the gameplay is at least “acceptable” it comes down to the storytelling. If that’s good, it’ll be a good game. If the storytelling doesn’t measure up I’ll find it disappointing.

    #25 1 year ago
  26. Phoenixblight


    I hadn’t realized that people that played it this week were playing the E3 build. Wanna try that again?

    #26 1 year ago
  27. Super Girevik


    Thanks for pointing that out. I really haven’t kept up to date with Ryse since it’s doesn’t call my attention. But with so much bad publicity via the comment sections, I’m intrigued to do a little investigation on this game.

    After all, it can’t be all bad :)

    #27 1 year ago
  28. Phoenixblight


    People said the same thing about Colonial Marines :P

    #28 1 year ago
  29. bradk825

    @26 Thanks for being a dick. I made no comment about people who played it this week. Fuck, I just got here and you’re jumping down my throat. Is that how you deal with people normally? You must so well-liked.

    Those who played it this week can feel free to say what they want. I am referring to people who make comments about the gameplay they saw from E3, which is still happening in forums with frequency. As for people who played this week, reviews are indeed mixed. Some like it, some don’t. Fair is fair.

    So nice though to be able to come and say what I think without being afraid that some nutsack is going to be way too eager to fight and argue over one part of it.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. Phoenixblight


    Ahh I see so your comment had nothing to do with the actual thread of comments. My bad.

    #30 1 year ago
  31. Opalauge

    So where is the problem (expect the fact, that the opinions from the previews are mixed and are based on the easy mode)?!
    This is a Hack’n'Slay and the combat system is based on the “easy to learn and hard to master” philosophy.
    Will it work? No one knows yet.

    So wich game is an icon in this genre? Yes…God of War. Is the combat system of God of War deep? Fuck NO!!! You can beat every single God of War Game with “Sqare, Square, Square and hold Triangle” only using the Chaos Blades…the rest ist QTE. Every other weapon or combo in theese games is completly useless (except the moments when the developers force you to use them, cuz they realized how useless they are).
    The rest is presentation and “story”.

    #31 1 year ago
  32. Phoenixblight


    That is true except this game is based on reality so no bad ass bosses, no interesting looking monsters and characters. It does look pretty but the game looks bland especially since it just you vs barbarians with simplistic controls. If I were to get an Xbox One at launch it would be for Dead Rising because at least that looks interest to play along with not based on reality.

    #32 1 year ago
  33. Hcw87

    So you’ve played the game then? There’s been some rumors of some supernatural elements in the game, so don’t play this and expect a 100% authentic experience.

    Obvious spoilers.

    #33 1 year ago
  34. TheBlackHole

    Wow… okay. Too much uninformed verbal diarrhea on this thread.

    Anyone else actually PLAYED this game yet? Anyone?… No? Just me then.

    I’m not going to acknowledge the obvious stream of fanboy wishful thinking (on either side of the fence), but I will address the broader issues brought up in the thread. And as for my opinion, you can take it or leave it.

    - The graphics are fantastic. Detailed, sharp, great colour palette. 900p seems to this game no harm. Looks as good as ANYTHING else coming out at launch for either console. Shows that in the right hands the One has no problem producing stellar graphics.

    - The QTE thing is a misnomer. Only the executions, which are a relatively small part of each encounter, are even classifiable as QTE, and even then that’s stretching it somewhat. There is no failure for the timed executions like most timed events, only bonuses and better animations when you get the timing right. The idea of each battle is that your moves fit together in an almost rhythm-like way, building a string of hits much like a beat-em-up. Its combat does, as has been noted elsewhere, feel somewhat like Batman AA/AC. That is a good thing, by the way.

    - Yes, the game has real historical context, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t bosses or more fantastical elements. One of the videos I’ve seen posted actually references a Minotaur, although I didn’t see that in my playthrough. You also throw people with your sword, cut through limbs like jelly, and throw javelin’s with the accuracy of a sniper, so yeah – not so realistic. I didn’t find that distracting though.

    - The multiplayer IS a tad ropey. It’s distracting enough, but it’s not as instantly enjoyable as the main campaign, and I don’t think it will grab people’s attention for too long. Multiplayer is not where this game excels. Having said that, the Colosseum and the way it adapts is completely boss. Can’t wait to see how that fits into the campaign.

    - There is a serious case of invisible wall syndrome, but then this is not Skyrim 2.0. It’s like a 3D Streets of Rage with swords, togas and only one playable character. Still, as a launch title I think it’s shaping up nicely, just don’t go expecting 10/10s.

    I can see some bemoaning the style over substance, but it plays like a perfectly fun hack’n'slash that could hold some replay value if the campaign is long/varied enough, and the multiplayer modes come good.

    Just my 2 cents.


    #34 1 year ago
  35. Phoenixblight


    No I haven’t played it but I have watched every video(2 hours worth) of gameplay that I can so just basing off of that which they have all shown you vs other humans of other cultures.


    “One of the videos I’ve seen posted actually references a Minotaur, although I didn’t see that in my playthrough.”

    Yeah I saw him in a playthrough its relatively big dude with a bull skull on his head. This game seems to be more centered on the 13th warrior. It alludes to mythical beings but its really just barbarians wearing dead animal that have been put together to give fear to enemies.

    #35 1 year ago
  36. polygem

    i haven’t played it. i can’t really judge it. it looks interesting. it really is a title that you want to check out to find out what all the fuss is about. that’s a job well done for a launch game.

    #36 1 year ago
  37. fearmonkey

    @35 – Yeah I noticed that about the Minotaur and thought the same thing, that it reminded me of the 13th warrrior, mythical reality.

    I hope this game is really good but the reviews are mixed so far, this game seems to have many people love it or hate it, like a Cage game.
    I am getting a PS4 but that doesnt mean I want all the launch games the Xbone to fail. I’ll be getting an Xbone eventually and picking this up, just because it’s ROME.

    I think that Crytek missed an opportunity with this game though, the look and feel of this game screams for an RPG, and yet it’s a button mash fighter. I would love a RPG like this.

    #37 1 year ago
  38. Phoenixblight


    Well Crytek has never done a RPG. The closest we will get is the talent systems in Crysis and Ryse.

    #38 1 year ago
  39. fearmonkey

    @38 – yeah I Know and they should. I think Crytek would make a great RPG if they actually worked on one. They could still make it a shooter, but add RPG elements, like a Deus EX kind of thing.

    #39 1 year ago
  40. Phoenixblight


    Maybe the new Austin Studio since a good portion of the team worked on Darksiders.

    #40 1 year ago
  41. Super Girevik

    The fact that Ryse went from being a Kinect based title to a gamepad controlled game doesn’t help neither. If this game would have been designed and developed from the ground up using the gamepad, it could have been a totally different beast.

    I definitely have to hand it to Crytek in the visuals department. “Screenshot0002.jpg” looks like cover art for a game, can’t believe that’s a gameplay screen grab. Simply amazing.

    #41 1 year ago
  42. zoopdeloop

    Crytek’s history consist of the best graphics and a lot of marketing hype.Everyone knows well Crysis franchise is nothing spectacular.
    i remember how Crytek continuously hyped Crysis 2 like it was gonna be the pinnacle of story telling and gameplay in the FPS genre and it turned out it was mediocre on all fronts except from graphics.

    Although i don’t see it since Ryse seems to me shallow and repetitive there’s a chance this will turn out to be at least good

    #42 1 year ago
  43. Ekona

    Sometimes all you want from a game is something pretty to look at with some very simple gameplay, and you can be perfectly happy with it. Bit like a Michael Bay film: Not exactly deep, but you can still be entertained by it.

    Ryse doesn’t look particularly intricate at all, but I won’t write it off simply because it’s a QTE-fest.

    #43 1 year ago
  44. TheBlackHole

    “I won’t write it off simply because it’s a QTE-fest”

    Again, for those hard of hearing.

    It is NOT a QTE-fest. Categorically. Factually. Actually. Not a QTE-fest.

    Just so we’re all clear.

    #44 1 year ago

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