Ryse’s Graphics Compared With and Without Some of its Advanced Visual Effects

Ryse: Son of Rome has been developed by Crytek as a visual showcase of what the Xbox One can do, and in order to achieve that, they had to work very intensively on the small details that make the difference.

During GDC a series of screenshots was shown with and without the game's visual effects. Here's a comparison.

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SonofGod1487d ago (Edited 1487d ago )

When you look at Killzone SF and Ryse one can only imagine how games will look like later in this generation.

Bathyj1487d ago

Havent graphics come a long way. I can remember how excited I was when I first noticed in Tekken a character had moving fingers, or you could make out their ear.

Now we have pores showing and light that actually penetrates the skin and scatters.

All that in less than 20 years.

What will our grandkids be playing? Scary.

BOLO1487d ago (Edited 1487d ago )

You do realize Virtua Fighter 2 from 1994 had all that before even Tekken 4. Moving fingers, balling up fists when they crouch, moving their heads to track the opponents movements. That game was ahead of everything until DOA 2 came out. Before the disagrees, check out the Sega Model 2 or Sega Saturn emulated version before disagreeing.

hkgamer1487d ago

that move from ps1-ps2 was pretty amazing.

ShinMaster1486d ago


You do realize he's talking about his first experience seeing this. He didn't claim Tekken was the first game to do it.
There's a difference.

Sugreev20011486d ago

I still remember being amazed by Donkey Kong Country on the SNES as a kid.

Madderz1486d ago


DOA2 was my absolute favorite fighting game EVER.

So fluid and you could just combo forever. Jan Lee (If i remember his name correctly) with his dragon elbows "WAPAAAAAAAAA".

Oh the memories....

Muzikguy1486d ago

I also remember being amazed at Donkey Kong Country. I couldn't believe that was on SNES at the time. Tekken was my favorite fighting game back in the day. Oh those days with Tekken3, good times. Thinking back I was big into Goldeneye and Perfect Dark on N64. Good old days? Nah, there's plenty more to be had

Bigpappy1486d ago

It was DOA3 trailer that made me buy the first Xbox, not Halo. The particle effects with leaves blowing around, foot prints in the snow, water effects and fighters being knocked off buildings while you follow them to finish the off. All too much to pass up.

I had missed the whole PS1 and a good part of PS2 era. Was actually at work, not thinking about game when I saw it on a web page about a week before Xbox was released. I stated to look in to what this new console was all about and came across Halo. I was sure I was done with gaming back then. But here I am still engaged.

redwin1486d ago

Lol, Tao Feng for Xbox had one of the best graphics of its time, just horrible camera angles. Lol, I remember ONI by rockstar had good graphics for that time

Bathyj1486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

We used to stand slackjawed in amazement at the loading screens on C64 games. No way was that possible. The future was now.

For your enjoyment.

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nukeitall1487d ago

Frankly looking at those pictures, it is really hard to make out the differences.

Point being, diminishing returns on graphics. Rather more excited about gameplay and new technology. Kinect, Azure and maybe VR if they can fix the VR sickness and uncomfortable headset.

darkequitus1487d ago

Maybe it is my eyes, but when those images are moving, I will not be able notice the difference.

hkgamer1487d ago

VR needs to be wireless. if it isn't then its most likely pointless.

frostypants1486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

Good observation. As we progress with graphics tech it's going to take more and more horsepower to make improvements that are immediately obvious to the naked eye. Eventually we'll reach a point where perfect photo realism is possible (which would be powerful enough to do pretty much any other creative approaches you can imagine) to a maximum observable rendering distance. When that day comes, it truly will be all about the gameplay, because there won't be anywhere else for the GPU hardware to go. We're a good 30-40 years from that, though, in my estimation....again, because of those diminishing returns you mention.

Maybe after that we'll get holodecks or something...

MorePowerOfGreen1487d ago

Nah. His motive way to make a me too comment mentioning a PS4 game in a xbox article.

Bathyj1487d ago (Edited 1487d ago )

I thought you had changed your username.

Thats a bit rude, I mean, how many Tom Hanks money shots do we need. :)

scott1821486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )


So it's ok for you to troll PS4 articles to no end, but not ok for him to simply mention a PS4 game in an Xbox article? Makes sense...

Picnic1486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

Probably little better in Xbox One's case sadly. Xbox always pours all its resources to start of gen. And even if the Xbox one is capable of more do you think the likes of Project Spark, which looks Xbox 360-like, is going to do it?

Quantum Break may look nice but we all know that Sony games will look nice too.

pheature1486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

its a tough job if you can only imagine what games should be like by focusing on early release games.

This is were the gaming industry loses out big time, its people like you and all the 77 people who agreed with you have not got one clue about how software/hardware in this generation is put together and what we should be expecting or in your words imagination. sad really that you can only imaging with the aid of a really poor game.

if everyone think ryse is good, it spreads around and the devlopers do not push the boundrys, as they will always take the easy route, althou there is a few companys that actually don't like i can remember when epic made gears of war with ms studios. that was pushing the boundry with the 360 software and set a bench mark, ryse is most certinly not a bench mark so ur imagination is weak for this day and age.

I am slating you because it is people like you who spread the word of "average games" to be great to aspire to when clearly the consoles power can produce much more. I know this as i am software enginer and i have a degree.
for example, i know the playstation 4 is capable of playing 4K on a lcd television as small as 32". that shrinks the pixles to 10x smaller the size of the average 1080p.. and the reason i am saying average for 1080p as people like you have settled for less which the companys producing these will keep spitting them out to churn the money wagon.


UnholyLight1486d ago


My roommate and I have been talking about this a lot lately. We play the crap out of Battlefield 4 multiplayer and we always laugh at how realistically people die and how funny sometimes the deaths are...and yet, I can't help but feel like we are going to stop laughing about it soon. That game doesn't even run the multiplayer at the graphical levels that might be attainable in just a few years.

It's hard to fathom how profound I believe the effects ultra realistic graphics (like faces) are going to have the next time you get that sweet sniper kill or tank splatter..especially if Virtual Reality becomes commonplace.

The next gen beyond this one is going to likely bring us to those levels of realism that are going to really affect us while we play.

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Agent_hitman1487d ago

Well, Ryse was a great game graphically. But of course PS4's games will be more appealing, especially the 1st party games like The order 1886.

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SonofGod1487d ago

Why can't we have a game-tech article without fanboyism? WHY?

TheDarpaChief1487d ago

Pro sony here but I agree, that was ridiculous lol.

MetaReapre1486d ago

because fanboys are everywhere on the internet. you can't say any one gaming platform without someone opening their mouth to tell you something else is better... lol

Trekster_Gamer1487d ago

Of course not!!!

Xbox has hit the ground running with better and more variety of games.

Of course here at n4sg news for Sony gamers the Xbox One is hated on and constantly lied about!

scott1821486d ago (Edited 1486d ago )

What do people lie about? Just curious. It seems to me people have opinions and they voice them, which is a great thing. And if more people on here/ the internet like the PS4, then that's just how it is, more popular... no? People need to stop with the Sony conspiracy nonsense.

You have the opinion that the Xbox has better games, others may or may not agree. You are entitled to your opinion like everyone else is.

nukeitall1487d ago

To fangirl, everything has to do with the PS4!

Bathyj1487d ago (Edited 1487d ago )

While I agree with what you said, its irrelevant to the topic and didnt need to be said so Im disagreeing.

Beastforlifenoob1486d ago

It's funny how gamers these days have to turn ANYTHING into a console war...
Next youll hear about a new Toyota car coming out and will somehow manage to turn it into an outrageous console war.


aLiEnViSiToR1486d ago

You are drunk... go home !

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lets_go_gunners1487d ago

Are there any first party studios that use Cry Engine? Conker bad fur day on Cry Engine would be orgasmic.

No_Limit1487d ago

Games will look even better in a few years like what Uncharted 2 looks like compared to Uncharted 1 or Forza 4 compared to Forza 2.

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christocolus1486d ago

Definitly ...imagine what the next ryse running on dx12 will look like or the next uncharted.

Moncole1486d ago

Since the console use an x86 architecture the devs already know how to use it good and wont need to get to learn the system so it wont be like that this gen.

Raiden1486d ago

Hey I'm not replying to your comment as such but too the gaming community as a whole.
1. I'm disappointed as great and as good uncharted and infamous games are, they visuals shouldn't be compared with a multiplayer type games, show me any game that is a single player that can't out perform a multiplayer game. The gpu has a very easy job. Compare single player with single player Tomb Raider v Uncharted for example.
KZ v GEARS and so on.

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B1uBurneR1487d ago

Ryse keeps getting attention for its graphic which validate X1 capability as a next Gen console that others like to downplay

Convas1487d ago

Yup, expect Quantum Break, Sunset OverDrive, and Forza Horizon 2, etc to continue to demonstrate that the XONE is still plenty capable.

lifeisgamesok1487d ago

Exactly! And I'll add Halo 2 anniversary, Halo 5, Gears of War 4, and Fable Legends

hkgamer1487d ago

crytek has been pretty amazing with graphics. Crysis 2 &3 looked amazing on consoles and that was a multiplatform title.

SonyKong641486d ago

you could make a 5 min game contained in a single room on the ps3 that graphically could look almost as impressive as ryse on the one.

would that then make that game a benchmark for the generation lol?