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Submitted by Abriael 177d ago | news

Ryse’s Advanced Graphics Tech Explained; How it Became a “Visual showcase” for Xbox One

When CryTek was tasked with creating visually stunning game for the Xbox One, they found themselves with a problem to solve: how to create an experience that would show off the graphical fidelity of the console on a weaker hardware than their usual PC target?

The technology and solutions they used was explained in depth during a panel at the Games Developers Conference titled “Moving to the Next Generation – The Rendering Technology of Ryse“, hosted by Senior Rendering Engineer Nicolas Schulz. (Ryse: Son of Rome, Xbox One)

lifeisgamesok  +   177d ago
I knew Ryse had some form of raytracing the way lighting reflects so realistically

Those are the best facial animations I've ever seen in a game

Ryse is a good purchase too... Don't let haters cloud your judgment it has unbelievable graphics, a good story and good gameplay

Ryse 2: Knights of England. I can't wait
Alan_Shore  +   177d ago
It is a beautiful game.

I hope if there is a sequel that they give more weapon choices and maybe different types of levels horses charriots ect.

The storyline is decent heres to me hoping for a sequel
BX81  +   177d ago
It is beautiful. I really enjoyed it. It could use some tweeks but I'm with you on waiting for the sequel.
deadfrag  +   177d ago
And the gameplay was average and the game run like crap hitting framerates of 10fps!What a technical marvel..more like, what a technical joke,Crytek!
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OpieWinston  +   177d ago
Did you play the game? Why do I doubt you did.

Gameplay was average? Yeah it was like any other Hack & Slash game...So if you're going to call it average...Might as well start bashing on the whole genre.

Game ran like crap? I think my game only hit 10 FPS when I was in the Siege mission. Other than that I found no problems with frame rate through the whole run through and multiplayer. Stable 20-30 FPS.... That's all a game like that needed.

Technical joke? Crytek did what they do best at...Creating beautiful looking experiences.

Haters gonna hate.
thezeldadoth   177d ago | Immature | show
cubcake  +   177d ago
Deadfrag, go home, you're drunk.
assdan  +   177d ago
The game was technically very impressive, but was hampered down by sub-par hardware.
ScottyHoss  +   177d ago
@assdan I strongly agree with your comment, Ryse is a technical marvel and the fact that it looks so good on a console with relatively weak graphics capability is remarkable. Its a shame that its an exclusive, as it would look and play excellent on a good PC. Unfortunately optimizing make a complete masterpiece into just a masterpiece.
dmitrijs88  +   177d ago
Its true, it is a “Visual showcase” and that is pretty much all about this game.
MichaelLito79  +   177d ago
@ Lifeisgamesok

I agree RYSE is an awesome game the story, hack and slash elements, the matrix style/300(movie style)brutal attack was well executed made you feel like a Spartan. Can't wait for Crytek to work on a sequel.

Note: MS don't give up on this franchise has a lot of potential.
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Bigpappy  +   177d ago
I still play this game in solo Gladiator. Very challenging. Very beautiful. Very brutal.
christocolus  +   177d ago
@lifesagame

Imagine how good the sequel will look and play with dx12 and todd papy working his magic.
TheSaint  +   177d ago
The gameplay is sub standard at best, the AI is shockingly bad.

This is just a glorified tech demo, not saying it isn't impressive in places but it's just a showcase game.
jetlian  +   177d ago
you haven't played it! ive seen reviews claim the combat is like AC!!! lol

this game ai even on normal attacks your back all day unlike AC. All it needs is a few styles and more free form moves
TheSaint  +   176d ago
@jetlian is that what you fanboys say to anyone that has something negative to say about any Xbox game? You whine about not having played it?

Well I'm here to shatter your delusion as I own both consoles and have played, completed and returned Ryse.

It's too easy and the AI is bad. Maybe you could cry some more about me not having played it to try to make yourself feel better about yourself.
GearSkiN  +   177d ago
i do agree it was a good lookin game, but the game play got old plus it was short, ill prob but it again down the road just to collect it.
Raider69  +   177d ago
Framerate sucks,gameplay sucks frankly i have played and didnt like it.It can look good in some parts,but runs so badly and the gameplay is so boring that i dont recomend this game.I dont find admissible that after buying a new console like the Xboxone;new hardware for the price its selling i still have to play games that cant atleast run at 30fps lock!
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donnieboy  +   177d ago
You obviously don't have a Xbox One...
GW212  +   177d ago
I do have an xbox one. Ryse is bloody horrible. The graphics aren't even as good as some xbox fanboys would like to believe. Infamous crushes it (yes I have that game too).

I can't see myself playing it again with Titanfall out and other more impressive titles on the horizon. Quantum. Break, Halo and other exclusives come to mind.
Prime157  +   177d ago
Ryse was OK to me. I don't actually own an X1, but there's one in my family room owned by my roomates. Ryse is a small, short game, that I really liked the plot on. Not that the plot or the characters are incredibly new, but it was done very well; thus, Ryse is ok, but worth owning if you have an X1.

Also, Crytek is good at making things visually appealing.

Now, slightly off topic, what's funny about this article's comment section is that there aren't a million PS4 trolls pointing out the absurd amount of xbox fanboyism going on. Raider69 is the first of the (percievibly) ps4 trolls.

SHERIOUSHLY, if this is "PSN4G" where are all the normal ps trolls hating as much as KZ and Infamous get from xbox trolls?

No really, there's more love on Ryse articles than KZ/Infamous articles. I hate that my comment here will get downvoted, but I'm just pointing out to everyone that WE'RE ALL FANBOYS AT TIMES.

God, why do I post only when I'm drunk?
thezeldadoth  +   177d ago
the rage, the high blood pressure. Can't just read an article about technical aspects of a game, you have to descend into ape like shit slinging
Boody-Bandit  +   177d ago
This game gets WAY TOO much praise for a game using the most simplistic combat engine I have played since the original PS1 and N64.

The story was decent, voice acting good, didn't care for the ending and overall I thought it was a mediocre game at best and I'm being kind.

It was linear, had poor frame rates, lacked enemy variety and the Marius moved like a tank.

So this is a really bad game to be touting as a graphical marvel considering how basic the game was from top to bottom (scope, depth, variation, length and content) and overall below average performance.

If RYSE had the game engine depth of a Ninja Gaiden (as an example)? Than I would be all in joining the praise of the graphics. RYSE was more like a tech demo than an actual game. It could've used another 6 months to a year of polish.

Now if Crytek was to make a sequel and add to the combat engine while smoothing out the performance? They stand a good chance of having a hit on their hands.

FYI, I've played it from start to finish and I love hack and slash games.
XBL - BoodyBandit
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jetlian  +   177d ago
And yet it looks better than knack which is also very simple. Every game isnt gonna be NG.

It has around 100 executions and around average length with all the staples of modern day gaming. frame rates werent bad and enemies variety was normal. and he wasnt a tank.

linear like what NG, gow, bayo, dmc yea ok lol
guyman  +   177d ago
The only reason why you're getting disagrees is because fanboy's refuse to accept the truth. However, i don't believe it's bad because of it's linearity, some of the best games of last gen were mostly linear, and i personally prefer linear games to open world one's... not supporting Ryse because there's nothing really good about it besides its graphics and MAYBE the story but that's it.
Trekster_Gamer  +   177d ago
Spoken like a true pathetic troll. You are so full of sheet your eyes are brown.

Go troll elsewhere and stfu!
ramiuk1  +   177d ago
a game dropping below 30fps is not acceptable.
the reason i dint buiy thief on ps4 was because they was lazy and didnt deserve my money with bad coding,but i assume the xbone games struggle is because of the bone,not the devs.

dead rising had similar issues.
oh and to the person way above.
20-30 fps isnt stable lol
OttoniBastos  +   177d ago
"How it became a visual showcase for xbox one?"

It's simple,sacrifice the framerate.
Alan_Shore  +   177d ago
Got a ton better after patches
NeoTribe  +   177d ago
Game ran bad. Played bad also.
cyhm3112  +   177d ago
it doesn't even look that good compared to Infamous, second son.
GW212  +   177d ago
I have both. You're right.
No_Limit  +   177d ago
For a multiplatform owner like myself, I can clearly state that Ryse is the best looking game so far in this generation. I am playing infmaous now and it is not better than Ryse in the environment or the character models. It has better particles effect and better lighting but the edge still goes to Ryse.
Hicken  +   177d ago
The problem with you saying that is that no matter how multiplatform you claim to be, your bias toward the Xbox is clear.

Even if you discount inFamous- and I don't think you actually can on environment; the linear maps of ode versus the open world of the other?- Killzone surpasses Ryse in everything but facial animations.

Oh, and the main character's poly count that everybody wants to treat as if it applies to all the others when it didn't.
dantesparda  +   177d ago
Well in my opinion KZ and Infamous look better. And not only do they look better, but they both run at a highr res and a better framerate.

Edit: hmm, it seems the MS fanboys are out in full force, disagreeing away. Nice, on a so called Sony site.
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ltachiUchiha  +   177d ago
No_Limit

See I know u own both systems, i'll give u that but come on mate, we all know u lean way more towards XB1 then PS4 so your a bit bias. Everyone who knows me know I also owned a 360 & ps3 last gen but I was like u & supported ps3 more because sony has never disappointed me like microsoft has & is why I havent bought an XB1 yet, its not that I dont have the money, I can buy one right now if I wanted but I still dont fully trust them to jump onboard yet. If they can show consistency with new IP's & not fu** us over towards the end of the console life cycle then maybe I might just give them another chance. I didn't just hate microsoft for no reason, they made me hate them with how they treat us as a consumer.
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GW212  +   177d ago
Stop. You are not a multiplatform guy. You're an xbox fanboy trying to play yourself off as anything but.

Infamous is materially better in every aspect graphically. I actually do own both and it's not even close. Maybe you could make an argument for Ryse facial tech but that's it. Even then I think it's a toss up. My IDs for both XBL and PSN is GKW212 in case anyone doubts that I own both games.

Guys, PS4 is stronger graphically. Whatever. Get over it. I enjoy both consoles. We should move past the graphics argument.
No_Limit  +   177d ago
Replying to all the haters above:

N0_Limit comment history:
http://n4g.com/user/comment...

"Non-scripted gameplay, that is what I'm talking about. Preorder justify. My next game purchase after MLB The Show 2k14. There is only one baseball game this year that matters and it is the Show on PS4"

"The haters that don't have all the consoles. I have both and loving both of them from Titanall to Forza 5 to inFamous. Have a chance to play Halo 5 and Uncharted 4, what is there not to like?"

"inFamous is definitely a great game. The acting is kind of amazing for a cheesy B movie type of a setting for the game. Definitely the best game I've played this year. For some reason the game felt 60fps even though it is mostly 30fps. It moves smooth as butter."

"What, I thought you have a PS4 all this time. Get it soon mate, inFamous is fantastic!!"

"Thanks for the Tomb raider link, got the PS4 version!"

"I just pre-ordered MLB The Show 14 at Gamestop today. Got 40% trade in value for some old games and can't wait to play it comes May."

"Day One for me if The Last of US HD on PS4 is true, already beat the game twice but I would love to play it again on HD like the Tomb Raider Definitive edition. Hope it is like any HD remake in the past and it is $40 or below"

"hmmm, saw a few Wii U on the cheap on Craiglist so this might be a good time to buy that system. Mario Kart was my most played game last generation so this is a system seller for me"

The truth of the matter is I am a lover of games and I'll get all the consoles to play it and pick the best version if I can regardless of console bias cr@p that you guys keep accusing me off. I just can't stand obvious haters of XBox (which are many)coming in to XB related articles and talking smack. When I say Ryse has better graphics because I actually owned and played both so I can compare and not based off of screenshots or preference of a console. Bunch of haters. LOL

@GW212,
"Stop. You are not a multiplatform guy. You're an xbox fanboy trying to play yourself off as anything but."

Yea, you can add me to your friend's list with my user tag info in one of the pic link below. ;)
http://tinypic.com/view.php...
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CernaML  +   177d ago
lol You called The Show 2k14.
mediate-this  +   177d ago
I dont understand in this day and age why both can not be superb,great graphics and a great story, not one or the other.
Animal Mutha 76  +   177d ago
Nice reposte No_limit.

Nothing wrong with being a multiplat gamer. Shame you have to get called a fanboy or bias every time you express an opinion.

Owned those people with logic, balance and evidence to support your argument.
cfc78  +   177d ago
Although ryse was an ok game with great visuals it's just more proof that gameplay should always come before graphics in certain cases.
deadfrag  +   177d ago
@OpieWinston

"Stable 20-30 FPS.... That's all a game like that needed."

WTF!Every game this generation should play on framerates higher than 30fps but minimum i has a gamer should expect is a 30fps and above and not 30fps with dips ,ideal will be 60fps..my guess is that you dont have no notion of what is playing with smooth framerates,how in hell can you make such a stupid comment!So you find 20-30fps a stable framerate!!And yes i played the game,i dont own an Xboxone but i have friends that have it!
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OpieWinston  +   177d ago
And that's why you're retarded. You don't understand what games/genres NEED high consistent 60 FPS. That's competitive games like a FPS or TPS. I much rather have a game that runs stable at 20-30 FPS then it spiking from 60-30 FPS...because you notice spikes like that and feel it. If you owned a PC and weren't a total PS fanboy you'd know this.

And judging from your poor grammar and sentence structure you've got a low attention span.

So you think playing a bit of a game at a friends house lets you make an accurate judgement call on how a game plays/feels/runs? Yeah you've got problems kid.

I've been gaming for quite a while and FPS drops and Screen tearing happen in games, if you ever played PC you'd understand that it's part of the gameplay experience...And is usually fixed with patches...And yes Ryse had some amazing performance patches that made it so I didn't have any screen tearing issues.
Hicken  +   177d ago
... Nobody wants any game to have framerate drops into the twenties.

You can't seriously say that and yet call somebody else retarded.
dantesparda  +   177d ago
So MS fanboys disagree that every game should at the very least be a stable 30fps? Cuz i see they are disagreeing away. Also Opie, you said you dont like 60-30fps, then i guess you dont like Titanfall then, cuz its constantly dipping into the 30's. You fanboys just dont know what to say or do anymore, eh?
mediate-this  +   177d ago
Umm... Every game would benefit from a 60fps, not just shooting or driving. Not sure why people always say that. Not saying 30 fps locked is bad, but if these machines could do 60fps locked with great graphics that would be sweet too
MasterCornholio  +   177d ago
I guess Xbox fans dont care about gameplay because 20FPS is just horrible in my opinion.

The framerate should be around 30fps for a good experience. 60fps is great but 30fps is still enjoyable.
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Illusive_Man  +   177d ago
This games sequel will look even better, with better tools and DX12.
stefan771  +   177d ago
Ryse is quite possibly the best looking game I have ever seen
Animal Mutha 76  +   177d ago
@ Stefan771.

Agree. I can't speak for the PS4 exclusives because I've not played them and this article isn't about Ps4 .

For me RYSE is simply the most stunning game I have ever played. I'm still playing and enjoying it on mp and perfecting those combos.

I would highly recommend to anyone.

The interesting thing about that GDC presentation was the fact that even though it ran at 900p the menus and overlays were 1080p and that they didn't bother to use the built in scaler which is supposed to be potent - they went with a software scaling solution.

Stunning game environments, stunning lighting, Marius is one hard mofo. Shame he ....spoiler :-)
mrmarx  +   177d ago
visual showcase lol.. 900p.. sighs
ambivalentFRYER  +   177d ago
I guess I could see how if you're an idiot and a troll and play resolution instead of games, then Ryse wouldn't look impressive to you...

Funny thing, I bet if nobody told you people that Ryse isn't native 1080P, you would never know, or question it because it's sharp and beautiful.
mediate-this  +   177d ago
Ryse is an amazing looking game, worth a play through. But it did lack depth, a sort of substance you need for that extra but of umph. But if they choose to do a sequel, they are going to have to go back to the story board, but with that being said, its a cool game.
Qwagy UK  +   177d ago
And just image how much better it would of look if it was multi platform 1080p @ 60fps on PS4, come to think about it the games naff forget it.
Mkai28  +   177d ago
Hmmm, most adversaries are talking about frame rate.. I suppose they never actually played the game. It was impressive enough with 20 to 30 AI's on the screen at one time. The game has been patch where the frame rate is smoother, they should do a frame rate test again..
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MasterCornholio  +   177d ago
The game looks good but the framerate is what kills it. Seeing any game drop to single digits is unacceptable in my opinion.
Picnic  +   177d ago
Considering later PS3 games like The Last of Us and Beyond Two Souls still look decent it's not really quite the impressive tech showcase that it could have been.

It's impressive looking compared to Xbox360 games which isn't hard.

It's also about as deep as a shallow puddle in terms of what you have to do in any scenario.

But it has some style which counts for something in a grasping at straws ways to justify buying an Xbox One so early.
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