Games like Ryse: Son of Rome are about a cinematic experience. The game follows a single protagonist, Marcus Titus, on his quest for revenge after the murder of his family. The game itself is set in an alternate history room and has the player fight through the invasion of Britain and its ramifications back in Rome. Players fight across a number of locations.
The gameplay is a standard hack and slash in a third person perspective. The key word in the game’s combat is flow, referring to the ability of the player to move from one enemy to the next without a pause. The combo-based fighting system rewards players for combo length and complexity.
Special execution sequences can occur when sufficient damage has been dealt, allowing for a series of quick time events. These stylistic execution moves grant additional resources to the players, such as extra experience points or restoring health.
The nature of the game means that the player will find themselves in the midst of large battles as much as the chaos of one on one combat. Players will be forced to cooperate with or take charge of units, being able to order catapult fire or archer support for example.
It is a beautiful game with stunning visuals. Combined with its gripping story and fast-paced gameplay, it’s a game that should be on every gamer’s shelf.