Ryse: Son of Rome looks to be one of the games Microsoft hopes is a system seller for the Xbox One. The impressive visuals provided by developer Crytek definitely will catch people’s eyes, but can the actual game draw in players with its ancient Roman setting?
Combat itself was better than expected, Ryse plays a bit like a modern brawler. While combat isn’t as fast for fluid as say, God of War, it is satisfying. Using both a sword and shield you can perform light, heavy, and special attacks. Timing blocks with the shield allow you to parry and weakened enemies can be finished to the delight of the crowd.