‘Ryse: Son of Rome’ developer explains ‘God of War’ differences

P.J. Esteves has issued a response in regards to his upcoming video game, “Ryse: Son of Rome,” being frequently compared to the “God of War” series.

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Thepharaoh1738d ago (Edited 1738d ago )

Just because it's set in a similar time period it isn't a copy.Didn't see many people talking about god of war being a copy of prince of Persia. This whole argument about the game being a god of war copy was founded by ps4 fan boy hate anyway so i don't see why their entertaining it.Rome copied off of Greek culture that is true however Marius looks nothing like Kratos, their backstoies and dead relatives are all very familiar with mythology and general history,Many people us swords,Many people wear sandles,And Marius has no god powers and he doesn't fight giant exaggerated enemies.The games are only similar in background environments and weapons like spears and what not.Everything else is pretty parallel

Nitrowolf21738d ago

Honestly, this is the first time I ever heard of this being compared to God of War. I mean, the game looks nothing like it and in fact seems grounded to reality (unless I miss something?). I don't think the game ever came off as presenting itself as a fast pace hack and slash title, platforming, ect ect that's in God of War. In fact, gameplay is completely different. I don';t get the comparison if there are some.

JokesOnYou1738d ago

Agreed Nitrowolf2, I don't see the comparison both play totally different.

CryofSilence1738d ago (Edited 1738d ago )

Yeah, God of War is actually fun. *troll face* I kid, I kid. Don't crucify me! ;)

I actually never made the comparison between the two. God of War is a Greek crazy action game with over-the-top set pieces, whereas Ryse seems to be a more tame Roman game with a rythmic, gruesome pace (even if it is reportedly like playing a dial phone).

rainslacker1738d ago

I don't ever recall seeing anyone compare the two. They are different genre's(sort of), different presentations, and different time frames for story.

I think the only real quantifiable resemblance is the character's motivations, which are rather cliched and used in hundreds of games or movies, but even those motivations are aimed at different antagonists, and for different reasons.

I'd more likely compare this game to being a ripoff of the movie gladiator, before I'd say it was a GOW type game or ripoff.

Salooh1738d ago

Same here , where did that come from . God of war have completely different gameplay and it's vision is a lot more brutal . Rise gameplay is like assassin creed but in a bad way judging from the videos unless the final version is improved.

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Pope_Kaz_Hirai_II1738d ago

Ryse: Son of Rome’ developer explains ‘God of War’ differences

The difference is ryse will get about 65 on metacritic while god of war will get 80+

Bigpappy1738d ago

And then what will happen after might one. Please do tell.

lifeisgamesok1738d ago

I bet you Ryse gets a good score

Xsilver1738d ago (Edited 1738d ago )

we betting alright lets bet

Brazz1738d ago

not 65, but i bet that Ryse will get below 80, for sure!

Tontus1738d ago

The lowest rated GoW is Ascension at 81% (80.63% on Metacritic, worked it out myself) which is still a great average. Does Ryse have a chance at topping that? I don't think so but it would be great for the genre if it is a hit. I think Ryse will average around ~70% based on previews I've read.

Definitely won't come close to the GoW Trilogy though, 93/94% averages won't be topped until GoW4 on PS4 directed by Cory Barlog, even then it'll be very hard to top those games.

To be honest I don't think the games should be compared, they're very different.

bobtheimpaler1738d ago

Ancient Rome just copied ancient Greece anyways.

Joking aside, no matter how 'rooted' in reality Ryse is compared to GOW, there's just no comparing them. One has excellent gameplay and combat that is tough and rewarding on its harder difficulties, puzzles, variety, epic boss fights and story.

Ascension might not have had a great story, it just can't escape feeling redundant being a prequel, but I liked the changes to the combat and the boss fights were awesome.

Ryse has none of these elements. It doesn't have to. But it just doesn't look exciting. It only has it's visuals going for it.

It's combat looks so simple as if it's been designed to hold a monkey's hand. I see that it's more akin to the Arkham games, but those games look more challenging and you ARE punished if you screw up.

There doesn't look to be much variety in Ryse and it looks incredibly linear. It's story might be good, but it doesn't look like were getting anything that's going to be the least bit original if were being honest.


Yes Pope Kaz Hirai, also the next GOW will look completely next-gen on PS4 with 1080p and 60 FPS and also we are expecting the gameplay to berevolutionar for the series. So GOW4 will be on another level, nothing to compare to Ryse in every term. Sorry, but Rome is nothing compared to Greece, Mars is nothing compared to Ares, Jupiter is nothing compared to Zeus, .... is nothing compared to Kratos,...Oh wait! Marius? ...

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Blaze9291738d ago

honestly the first time ive seen anyone compare this to god of war.

I mean really...what is there to really compare? It's so different, even trying to begin showing the differences sounds like a waste of time.

Funnymonkey0131738d ago

While everything u said is true there's one thing that is not true witch is god of war copying prince of Persia y cause god of war is the game that redefined how fast pace quick time action game is today. POP in a lot of ways is like RSOR.

Insomnia_841738d ago

Why is God Of War being compared to this borefest????

mrpsychoticstalker1738d ago

I played the God of War Trilogy, there's a lot of similarities if we compare gameplay. Not on the story. kratos is always upset, this general isn't. Whatever the case this game will turn out to be as big as God of war over the years. Watch and see Mr troll.

bobtheimpaler1738d ago


If Ryse becomes popular, then that's a sad sign for games.

Torkith1738d ago


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

Doesn't sound like its off to a great start...

rainslacker1738d ago (Edited 1738d ago )

I'm sorry mrpsychotic. If Ryse were a mid-gen or late gen release, and was multi-platform, it would likely not gain any foothold outside a loyal following, not unlike games such as Boyonetta have gotten since Nintendo picked it up.

The game is certainly pretty, but the game play looks lacking, and the story seems pretty cliched.

The best thing Ryse has going for it is the fact that it's a launch games, where new IP's can thrive, and that it is very pretty.

However, the game play is nothing like GOW. The pace is slow and the motion isn't as fluid as GOW. There is nowhere near the variety of moves that the player can perform that GOW has. Unlike GOW, the QTE events aren't even that interesting in Ryse. Maybe i've missed it, but I haven't even seen any of the puzzles that the player would be presented with in Ryse, which were quite creative in GOW at times. There is no leveling system where you learn new powers in Ryse, unlike GOW which had many.

Instead of making a hyperbolic statement such as you did, "There's a lot of similarities if we compare game play", why not expand and say what those similarities are. Because I'm just not seeing it.

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Deadpoolio1738d ago (Edited 1738d ago )

Um Spartans and Persians completely different....Last I checked there were no Spartans in Prince of Persia....You couldn't have picked 2 games that are more far apart in comparison...Unlike mediocre looking Ryse...Thats Ok though much like every Crytek game except for Crysis 1 it will get mediocre reviews be called pretty to look at but boring.

rainslacker1738d ago

There won't be any Spartans in Ryse either. Spartans ceased being Spartans(in the context you reference) about 250 years before Ryse takes place. Actually before as their military prominence had dwindled significantly for the 200 or so years prior.

If there are Spartans in Ryse(Like you see in the movie 300), then it will be pretty inaccurate historically.

Trekster_Gamer1738d ago

Lmao the disagrees fron jealous sonybots. I am glad to have them set to ignore.

ThwPharaoh. You make good points and they can't stand it.

mrpsychoticstalker1738d ago

You are definitely right. I love all of the god of war titles. They are amazing and I expect more of kratos to come. But this game ryse is looking awesome in terms of graphics and story and the fact that its based on reality makes it even better. THE ONLY GAME GOW SHOULD BE COMPARED WITH WAS DANTES INFERNO. We don't hear anything from them anymore.

Funantic11738d ago

Ryse looks way more real and God Of War looks like a cartoon animation. GOW has all those light orbs floating around and various creatures. They look nothing alike. Ryse reminds me of the movie 300 mixed with Gladiator. Now Onimusha, God Of War, Dante's Inferno, and the new Castlevania have way more in common with each other. People are trying their best to make Ryse seem like a less original game and appear like a copy cat. When actually it'll be the best looking action slasher game ever created so far. Ryse 2 is already on the horizon.

Volkama1738d ago

The combat doesn't look much like God of War. I sincerely hope they don't have the puzzles of God of War. The setting isn't the same as God of War.

Why does this game get compared to God of War? Because aesthetically there are vague similarities? Or just because most other games have guns?

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ZBlacktt1738d ago

This game shouldn't even get compared to well established AAA games. That's giving it far more credit then it's ever earned. Let it come out and let people play it. I played it at PAX over the summer and I'll just keep my comments to myself. It's nothing like GOW btw.

xPhearR3dx1738d ago

Good because God of War is nothing but a button mashing headache.

ZBlacktt1738d ago

Lets see, God of War been around for years. Very well established in the gaming world. This game, 95% of everyone reading and looking have not played it. Just watched Youtube videos.

xPhearR3dx1738d ago (Edited 1738d ago )

I didn't mention anything about this game. I'm not even getting an Xbox One. I'm getting a PS4. I'm just saying you saying this shouldn't be compared to well established AAA games is hogwash. God of War (like omi25p said) has great graphics and an interesting story, but the gameplay is terrible.


Yes, I played all of them up to God of War 3. I finished GoW 1 because it was fresh and new. 2 I got quickly bored of, and 3 didn't last long at all. I only tried 3 because it was on the PS3 instead of PS2.

PSVita1738d ago

Have you ever played GOW?

TomahawkX1738d ago

Pretty sure Ryse is the poster child for button mashing and QTE.

Tontus1738d ago

Button mashing headache? What's wrong with you?

MysticStrummer1738d ago

"God of War is nothing but a button mashing headache."

A minority opinion at best.

AceBlazer131738d ago

button mashing in GoW won't get you far so I don't know what crap your spewing.

this is coming from someone who dislikes the series.

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omi25p1738d ago

Good i cant stand God of War. Interesting story, Great Graphic, Terrible gameplay. Imo

Utalkin2me1738d ago

Yeah usually people that hate God of war, is mediocre at strategic classic gameplay.

shivvy241738d ago

actually the gameplay is great, but I suck at it lol

Tontus1738d ago (Edited 1738d ago )

So terrible that the series has become genre defining to the point where everything released in the genre is measured and compared against it.

The most acclaimed and bestselling games in the genre of all time aren't terrible in any aspect, even the worst GoW is great. So, you're saying God of War has many millions of fans, countless accolades and consistently garners critical acclaim despite 'terrible gameplay'? Sounds unlikely to me.

Dohv1738d ago

Usually people who hate God of War don't even own a PS.

omi25p1738d ago


IMO: IN MY OPINION. Its was at the end of my sentence meaning. In my Opinion i think the gameplay in god of war is terrible.

I also think the gameplay in Dantes inferno, Bayonetta and any other "hack and slash" games are terrible.

I never said they are terrible games i said i don't like them.


My PSN username is on my N4G Account. Please feel free to look me up before you fail to call me out over my owning of a PS.

Especially considering i own all 3 PS consoles and will soon own all 4.

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urwifeminder1738d ago

Never played God of war will give ryse a go looks very nice.

Brazz1738d ago

go and play GOW I-II-III! It's gold, amazing game! (ascension not so much...)

urwifeminder1738d ago

Do not own any sony products so I will not bother but thanks anyway.

WeAreLegion1738d ago

You don't own any Sony products?

That's...weird. That's really weird. Everyone has at least one Sony product in their house.

NukaCola1738d ago (Edited 1738d ago )


He started gaming on 360 and is a kid. Sad really. Ages of great games that are missed from those kids growing up with a biased attitude.

scott1821738d ago

God of War is one of my favorite games, very fun! I agree with other people on here, I don't see similarities between the two.

Brazz1738d ago

ok, not all of us need to be on the same boat...
If you are a pc guy, go for Pc... if you are nintendo, go WIIU... and if you are microsoft go X-1... there is no wrong choice, there is only the "better choice for you"...

I'm going on Sony boat for now, but this can change... and for you, well... if you fell like going on sony Ps4 boat one day, i'd say "play the 3 GOW games, they are amazing!"

urwifeminder1738d ago

Fair comment I always found games else where born in 73 so no nukacola I did not start gaming on the 360 I started in arcades and then c64.

kewlkat0071738d ago (Edited 1738d ago )

I never heard the GOW comparisons till now...WTF

Seems like more of Batman type game. I'll be playing this and Dead Rising.

Arcanine1738d ago

They are completely different. But once this game releases Xbox fans will be like
Yea ryse is the Gow killer! Just because if the era similarities

Trekster_Gamer1738d ago

More like I am glad they did not copy such a crappy series