Ryse: Son of Rome's story trailer is a marketing pitch

Whoops, someone forgot to explain to Crytek that a "story trailer" for a game should probably focus on game's story. But when your story is pretty much the story of another popular video game series, it's understandable why you'd want to pivot.

Instead, this new narrated video for Ryse: Son of Rome showcases the many bullet points that make the upcoming Xbox One launch game. unique. Specifically, there's a lot of focus on the CryEngine-powered visuals, motion and performance capture, and the authenticity of the weapons and tactics used in the game.

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EZMickey1675d ago

This is kinda weak.

I agree that if it's a story trailer they should focus on exciting the audience about the story but a game trailer is a marketing pitch at it's core and at the end of the day we're all just happy to see more of a game.

What really irks me is how giving a two paragraph opinion is now considered journalism or news. This is blog or twitter material. It's not like Crytek pulled a Gearbox/Randy Pitchford and hyped the world up about something that doesn't exist. Ryse is an action game and the trailer focused on action more than story? Colour me befuddled.

PoSTedUP1675d ago (Edited 1675d ago )

upon reading your huge article sized comment (aparently). i agree with your article instead of his. id be stupid not to. im also contemplating on writing my own follow-up article (with just a few more lines) to support yours and combat his, but it seems as if you already hit the nail on the head. well said bub 4 u.

4Sh0w1675d ago (Edited 1675d ago )

Yeah I don't get what the author is saying. lol, If he wants more story buy the damm game...I dont want spoilers from now until launch. Every damm thing shown for any game prior to and even after a game launches is a marketing pitch.

"Ryse: Son of Rome's story trailer was a hella-sweet marketing pitch"


crxss1675d ago

looks really good but the narrator kind of ruined it

Eonjay1675d ago

That was the most scathing assessment of any trailer ever. Crytek is under incredible pressure.

P0werVR1675d ago

"But when your story is pretty much the story of another popular video game series, it's understandable why you'd want to pivot. "

How he confused Greek and Roman is beyond me. Does he know that the Greeks were Roman slaves?! So I don't understand what this has to do with God of War when it's more about real human sentiments than steep mythological stories.

mhunterjr1675d ago (Edited 1675d ago )

he's so wrong. while GoW and Ryse are both classic greco-Roman tragedies, they are individual odes to the an era of storytelling, yet take on the subject of mythology in completely different ways. It's just ignorant flame-bait parading as journalism.

In other words, there is nothing original about GoW's story and Ryse doesn't even borrow from it.

robotgargoyle1675d ago

Anymore devs won't "give up the ghost" on story details. May ruin the journey. I'm expecting something beyond the whole "avenge my dead family" storyline that has been "beat to death" (with QTE events, ha! jk!). IMO- the more they show of RYSE, the better it looks.

JackISbacK1675d ago

yeah trailer was action packed but give the hint that how the game is going to be like ,from cutsenes it looks like a political story of kings and revenge ,like that fat guy smiling and fearing,it looks like he is kind of villan,it also looks like ,marus is kind of imotional guy ,but when marus rises from that dirty war it was epic ,i think they have represented a revenge story in an masturfyll way but you are right it was more focusing on visuals and action ,i think they are not going to spoil amzing cut senes and story.

iamnsuperman1675d ago (Edited 1675d ago )

I agree with what you said but this trailer is pretty weak. I hope the narration isn't a sign of the storytelling because it just seems to be going from one environment to another with a weak plot attached on (provided by the narrator). Story is still important to a game (it has become very important in recent years). It is nice to see more of it but we should criticise (not in the way this article has done because that was weak) how they are presenting it. People do not like these types of stories unless it is an FPS (but even then some get it wrong like battlefield 3 because they don't have the over the top cinema moments) because it tends to feel like a hoarde mode (killing waves before moving to the next section)

Edit: I may have not made this clear. The narrator made this trailer weak with what he was saying. The voice actors and character should be telling the story and that would have made it better

DiRtY1675d ago

The number of PS Fans in the comment-section for a Xbox One exclusive tells you how much they want this game. And because they can't get it, they want it to be bad.

I don't care, I will enjoy the game and start my marathon playthrough November 22nd!

Foxhound9221675d ago (Edited 1675d ago )

I usually keep my mouth shut when it comes to things that don't interest me, but its ignorant comments like yours that always get to me. I can't wait to see your explanation when this game gets an overall score of 63 on meta critic. Anyone who has seen the actual gameplay (not in game cutscenes aka the trailer) can tell that this game is a rushed, extremely buggy, dull, and choppy animated mess. Watching the protagonist waddle around and monotonously hacking people for 12 minutes almost killed me. The AI is something akin to PS1 hack n slash. The enemies huddle around you and wait for "their turn" to attack. The animation are choppy and don't look fluid or realistic what so ever. Anyone can make a game with good graphics and splice together epic cutscenes to make a game look awesome, but from all the gameplay I've seen, your suggestion that ps fans like myself are dying with jealous envy is completely and undoubtably false. Before you call me a fanboy let me say that there are quite a few games that I do wish were multi platform. Left 4 dead, Halo, Alan Wake, and the upcoming Titanfall (which will be on ps4 eventually) to name a few. But in all honesty, this game does nothing in the slightest to get me to want to buy it, and that's saying a lot from a true hack n slash fan. So before you spew bullcrap that all ps fans only comment from jealousy, let it be known that a lot of people, including Xbox fans, think this game looks like crap. It's not for everyone. Good day sir.

darx1675d ago just described Foxhound922

Foxhound9221675d ago

Judging from his two bubbles, and your complete lack of any kind of rebuttal to the facts that I posted, it seems me that both of you lack the knowledge and capacity to understand anything that I say.

Oh wait, you guys are both right, every single person in the entire galaxy has to like Ryse, or they are an automatic Sony fanboy. My mistake....

No rebuttal?

4Sh0w1675d ago (Edited 1675d ago )

Dirty you hit the nail on the head with their
"they want it to be bad" mentality. The worst part is since they can't have it on ps4 they are trying very hard to convince themselves its garbage and that sonys indie lineup is even comparable to X1 launch exclusives. I personally love sony as a company, PR wise they've done fine for the most part and the ps4 will be awesome. Im not bashing sony its their insane group of fanboys who just hate on anything or anybody who doesnt follow their hive-mind mentality and the truth is right now ps4 doesn't have much of interest going on at launch for me, and while their diehard fanboys wont admit it they come to X1 threads to downplay X1 because at least for now thats where the biggest and best exclusives are.

Here I have a rebuttal for you Foxhound922:

Im pretty sure like any game everybody does not have to like it. Thats besides the point because when normal people dont like something they say so and move on, not follow it hating, no thats what haters do. I think knack is embarrassing example of a full retail game to showcase next gen hardware as powerful as ps4, jeesh ps2 had better looking platformers, but you wont find me constantly following knack saying how much I hate it over and over again.

lol Foxhound922 started with
"I usually keep my mouth shut when it comes to things that don't interest me,"

Yet his latest comment history reads like he copied and pasted from the sony bible= downplay xbox constantly, praise everything sony. wow, gtfoh and go stand in the next "I hate Ryse because its jot on ps4" haters line. You sound so fake.

Foxhound9221675d ago (Edited 1675d ago )


Obviously you had a hard time deciphering what I said. The word "usually" means most of the time. When did I say I've never commented on something I wasn't interested in? Out of the hundred or so Ryse articles I've read, I've commented on what, like 4? Get out of here with your sad attempt of a rebuttal. Like I said before, I HAVE seen many gameplay videos for Ryse, the game is a mess. Many well respected gaming mediums and their previews can attest to that.

Also, it seems you forgot about the Xbox games I mentioned that I wished were on PS. Although, judging of your mental caliber, it doesn't surprise me. I would love it if halo and left for dead and other various title were on ps, because I've played them and they are great games. I also mentioned Titanfall because I haven't played it, but is HAS gotten me excited. Your whole argument against me is redundant for that fact alone. I don't bash games because they are on a certain platform, I simply call it like I see it. If I was in every Ryse, or every Xbox exclusive article saying how the games suck, then you would have a point. Unfortunately for you and your pathetic attempt to ride in on a white horse of the x1 fanboy brigade, your rebuttal falls short.

Now, would you like me to post some links of 100% real Ryse gameplay? Not cinematic cutscenes and bullshots, just pure controller in hand gameplay? I don't know if you've noticed, but I find them more comical than I do a serious videogame.

I'll reiterate this just to make it clear. I genuinely find the game unattractive. In contrast, I find many current and upcoming Xbox exclusives enjoyable and exciting. As I stated in my original post :)


Your "rebuttal" also seemed lacking in the sense that you had nothing to say about the majors problems with Ryse's gameplay. ie choppy animations, horrible ai, repetitive gameplay etc...

Conveniently left that part out ha?

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SharnOfTheDEAD1675d ago

They should have sacked off the narrator he sounded out of place, they should have got Russel Crowe, David Wenham or Sean Bean just to give it that raw feeling.

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kungfuian1675d ago

Hope the narration in this ad is not an indicator of the story telling in the game! Seriously, that was so poorly written and narrated it makes my head hurt. That said, the actual story rarely matters in games like this (99% of games have shit stories really so...)

It def has good art design and a solid engine to back it up. Looks very very pretty, and is a promising sign of things to come from a graphics perspective!

For all you x-1 buyers, hope they get the game play to match the visuals. Very interested to see if they can nail things like overall variety and responsiveness of combat, is it fun?, is it buggy?, is it repetitive?, etc...

horndog1675d ago

Those are very legit points and questions to be answered as I've wonder about those same things myself even though I have pre-ordered and paid for it already. Bubbles for bringing out some good points without having to bash the game. Lets hope that the gameplay is worthy and can match with the graphics and so far I like what I've seen.

Cueil1675d ago

at least we know that actors are all good actors who work the stage for a living and not the silver screen so they add more to the game then you would see if maybe they did the voice in a sound box

wtopez1675d ago

When did every game "journalist" become so goddamned jaded?

CrossingEden1675d ago

Um, so is every trailer ever!

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AutoCad1675d ago

Cant wait to play this masterpiece.

Parapraxis1675d ago (Edited 1675d ago )

This game looks like a steaming f**king turd.
Are you blind or what son?

demonddel1675d ago

Name a non PC game that looks better don't worry I have all night

Parapraxis1675d ago

Infamous Second Son, absolutely miles beyond this.

Skips1675d ago (Edited 1675d ago )


Pretty much... Anybody who says otherwise is straight up delusional. XD

Infamous SS is fully open world, (unlike linear Ryse), every single building being traversable, destructible environments that lasts similar to Red Faction, (unlike the uninteractive environments of Ryse), and not to mention it's running in 1080p, (unlike Ryse at 900p). lol

All while being more graphically impressive without the need for brain dead AI in recycled looped animations to give off the illusion of "scope". lol

Loki861675d ago (Edited 1675d ago )

Trolls getting up-votes sigh, if you knew anything about multimedia and art design you can clearly tell this looks better than Infamous SS. Although, I will admit we haven't seen anything beyond alpha for SS, but Ryse is looking like the game to get on day 1.

HappyWithOneBubble1675d ago

As a PS fan I think the game looks good. You guys are being to hard on this game. If it were a PS4 exclusive you wouldn't be saying that.

JackISbacK1675d ago

i think you are blind ,do you use to use worship sony everyday ,we dont worship either of them we use to play amzing games and have good time ,you fucking parapraxis,what the shit are you turd.

iamnsuperman1675d ago

Come on it looks very good. My only issue is that it doesn't look fun to play (something that was echoed by Ign and gametrailers at gamescom and that won't change without a huge delay because they would have to rework the game from the ground up)

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SharnOfTheDEAD1675d ago

Looks good I wouldn't say master piece till it's been played. Not sure how comparisons are being made to 2nd son, they are very different games.

AutoCad1675d ago (Edited 1675d ago )

i played the game already, well the coop part and it was amazing.even though it was kinda hard and had limited time ewith it,i was very impressed with it graphically and gameplay wise. youtube videos dont make these next gen games any justice,u have to be in front of the tv to really see and know how better it looks in person.

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