Game Informer- Ryse: Son Of Rome Is As Fun As Dialing Phone Numbers

GI:I've never wanted to leave a demo as badly as the one for this tedious, uninspired Xbox One launch title.

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majiebeast1384d ago (Edited 1384d ago )

Dat burn

"With my left hand completely off the controller, I was able to slice and dice through tons of enemies simply by inputting the same sequence ad nauseum. On a couple of occasions, the game would shift to sequences that involved me defending an area with crossbow stations or ordering my men to block arrows with their shields. These were somehow even less exciting than the tedious swordplay."

Crytek continues their trend of making tech demos instead of games.

NewMonday1384d ago

"Ryse is undeniably pretty, but that’s about all it had going for it"

sums it up

AlexanderNevermind1384d ago (Edited 1384d ago )

Ouch.....But this is not the 1st time I've heard that.

Articles like this and DR3 coming in at 720p. Man MS still can't catch a break.

PoSTedUP1384d ago (Edited 1384d ago )

wow that sucks... i wouldnt blame crytek tho (even tho they are somewhat known for this) bc MS are the ones who called for this, they gave them a kinect game and said "here, we need another exclusive X1 game, do what you can, you have X amount of time, throw some sparkles on it, deal with our awkward hardware, and try n fix the clunky kinect controls/animations".

thats what i saw anyways...

good thing KI looks good.

JokesOnYou1384d ago (Edited 1384d ago )

Edit My bad, I guess headline is right but this is just 1 preview of many, some liked the combat some didn't well see.

No FanS Land1384d ago

I want the AVGN to review this, or at least jim sterling!

Boody-Bandit1384d ago (Edited 1384d ago )

I've been saying this since it premiered earlier this year. This is a very simplistic and clunky engine. There is nothing to it. I agree this falls completely on MS for going to Crytek and pulling the plug on it being a Kinect game for the 360 and trying to make it a launch game for the XBOX ONE.

It's impossible to make a complex combat engine in a rush. It takes years. I don't understand why they don't just push this game back and see if they can really turn it into something special or at least better than it's current form.

I'm starting to think that the rumors were true. MS was originally planning on releasing the XBOX ONE next year. How else can you explain dev kits not being sent out in time, games not being shown on their hardware, most multiplat titles barely being seen and now that they're done running at 720p, all the poor messaging and PR, turning over restrictions and mandatory implementation? They just don't seem like they were ready to launch in 2013.

Enemy1384d ago (Edited 1384d ago )

Here come the 4 and 5's out of 10. There's been endless bad press since it was revealed.

mewhy321384d ago

Wow. Is the ANY good news for the bone? At least it's a pretty game.

darthv721384d ago

I guess it would depend on the number. If we are talking 411 (information) then yeah that isnt really exciting.

If we are talking 976 numbers (the dirty ones) then....hey now!

Kujii1384d ago

Welp. At least Xbox fans have the option to rent it now.

GiggMan1384d ago

I stopped reading at the title of the article. lol. Funniest title ever.

On topic, that sucks for Ryse and it's defenders. I can honestly tell you that I didn't have to wait for a pre/review to realize that this games was mostly a miss.

morganfell1384d ago


Regarding the 720p matter, people should realize this is the result of a very intentional policy decision. Microsoft stated succinctly ‘We purposefully did not target the highest end graphics. We targeted it more as a broad entertainment play'. It was only after having designed their machine and witnessed the public reaction they attempted to back peddle on that particular remark. And therein lies the rub. While their marketing line was drastically altered their hardware was not. The gap between these two machines is going to widen rather than narrow. Some members of the gaming demographic should brace themselves for more unpleasantness.

asmith23061384d ago

"Crytek continues their trend of making tech demos instead of games." - absolutely. I have been saying this for years. Can't stand Crytek's arrogance about 'how good the next Crysis will look on PC compared to consoles'. Up their own arses and all they care for is graphics, their games are shite.

ShinMaster1384d ago (Edited 1383d ago )

I told people they were getting too hung up on the graphics and polygons and not paying attention to the gameplay.

Since I actually watched gameplay videos for the gameplay, I can't say I'm not too surprised by this. Not to mention this used to be Codename Kingdoms, a Kinect game on 360 before they upgraded to Xbox One.

RedDevils1383d ago

lol so true, Crytek are known of making boring ass game don't know why people even got hype for this game, maybe because the graphic

titletownrelo1383d ago

I'm just imagining Angry Joe's insane rant when he reviews this on his YouTube channel!!! XD

IVanSpinal1383d ago

Crysis on PC
Killzone on PS4
Ryse on XB1
Waste of money

FamilyGuy1383d ago

Whoa, I'm a bit surprised a game informer journalist is getting away with being this critical.
Raises my respect for big name sites/magazines a bit as they usually seem restricted in how much they can talk about a negative experience.

Anyone without fanboy goggles could see the game play in this one was going to leave much to be desired but we're all here still saying "I told you so" anyway. LOL

I can't wait for the reviews to roll in at the levels we've been expecting for months.

Computersaysno1383d ago

Whats the phone number?


mikeslemonade1383d ago

Well the xbox zealots still were saying how good the game the looks and the game was transitioning to less "rails" and qte gameplay.

I was already saying during E3 this is a 6.5 type game but might get higher reviews just because everyone's scale seems to be only 6.5-10.0.

SilentNegotiator1383d ago

IGN called the MP "boring"

Game Informer is calling the demo they've played "as fun as dialing phone numbers"

Can we stop pretending like this is the game to justify packed-in Kinect? Or even a good game?

ThanatosDMC1383d ago

I hope they dont lynch this guy.

n4rc1383d ago

One persons opinion... I dont care what website he works for.. Its still just one guys opinion...

Some people think cod is the best game in the world and Justin beiber is the best singer.... doesnt make them right to me, just themselves..

Beautiful game with batman like combat... Sounds like a blast to me

dmeador1383d ago

Thats disappointing, I'm picking up an X1 at launch, and am a huge fan of the Roman Empire. After the bad press planned on picking up this on a rental, but it might not be worth that.

To those saying its not fair that they were asked to make an X1 game, I think thats a little much. They are a major game developer, they should be up to the challenge.

mistertwoturbo1383d ago (Edited 1383d ago )

Whoa whoa whoa now, I love dialing phone numbers.

*Pre-orders Ryse*

Kryptix1383d ago

It has been stated throughout the months that the gameplay needs a lot of work. Delaying the game would of been the best choice but I guess Microsoft decided to rush the game to make themselves look like they have more exclusives for next gen than Sony.

The main problem why Ryse is still being released with awful or mediocre gameplay to some is because the Xbots will still buy it. I mean, notice the comments above, look who's in denial and I respect the people buying an Xbox One taking this into consideration that gameplay matters more. Of course, Ryse 2 will fix the problems if there ever is one, but I don't blame Crytek...Microsoft gave them the cards and they had to play them in a short period of time. All the glitches we see in previews with the engine and A.I. tell the story.

The_Con-Sept1383d ago

I foretold this game would be the "Lair" of this generation. And it did worse than that.... Now Ryse is the new example of a trash exclusive. It makes Lair a double a game when compared to ryse.

PSX041383d ago (Edited 1383d ago )

I'm not serprised because it's a native kenict game so it's no controller needed game

BlueShirt77491383d ago

I'll wait for the game to come out before I stick a fork in it. Looks great obviously and could be a fun launch title.

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TheTwelve1384d ago

Looks like this will be Microsoft's "Lair".