The introduction of a new video game console always brings with it a number of new games that have been created to showcase the potential of these new systems. Some of these titles become instant classics, like Halo: Combat Evolved, while others are quickly forgotten about. Ryse: Son of Rome was a one-player title set in an alternate Ancient Rome.
Crytek, the studio behind the popular Crysis series, developed Ryse: Son of Rome, which put players in charge of a Roman general named Marius Titus and had them hack their way through massive battles across Ancient Rome. The game also proved to be inadequate in terms of sales, and any hope of a sequel was dissolved.
Ryse: Son of Rome Was a Flawed But Fun Title
As Marius Titus entered the Roman army and protected Rome from barbarian invasions, Ryse: Son of Rome's story developed. Players had to defeat legendary warriors and even the Emperor himself to ensure that Rome had a bright future.
The story of Ryse: Son of Rome was the highlight of the game, which was bolstered by strong voice acting. The world that Crytek built, as well as the characters that inhabited it, were all very interesting to follow. However, a game is only as good as its gameplay, and that proved to be quite faulty.
Ryse: Son of Rome's gameplay was influenced by the third-person hack and slash genre. Players would perform a variety of tasks, including killing their foes. They would also be required to command NPC soldiers across the battlefield via yelling into the Kinect.
Ryse: Son of Rome Needs to Continue
There is no indication that a follow-up to Ryse: Son of Rome will ever be released, and it most likely will not be. The game was a disappointment sales wise, and Crytek had some serious back-up issues since the release of the first game. The IP is still in the hands of Crytek, but the studio seems to be putting more of a focus on Ryse: Son of Rome.
Although the original Ryse was flawful, there was still a lot of fun to be had. Ancient Rome is an unusual game setting, and few games have come close to capturing the feeling of ancient warfare. With a little more focus and less repetitiveness, the game could have been fantastic, and a sequel might be more appropriate.
Ryse: Son of Rome is one Xbox launch-title that people quickly moved on from. It was a great idea, and it's a shame if it was forgotten. Crytek needs to give the IP another go, and Xbox players should also consider revisiting the original game to see what might have been.
Ryse: Son of Rome is now available on PC and Xbox One.