Ryse: Son of Rome New Combat Video Released

Crytek has released a video that showcases the combat of the upcoming Xbox One-exclusive, Ryse: Son of Rome.

Ryse: Son of Rome is an upcoming Xbox One exclusive title being developed by Crytek and today a video was released to showcase some of the game's combat.  Crytek is the same company known not only for its signature game engine, CryEngine and its successors, but also for many popular game titles such as the Crysis series, the first Far Cry, and Warface.  If Crytek's previous releases are any indication then Ryse: Son of Rome will be a game worth looking into.

Ryse: Son of Rome will put players in the shoes of a Roman general named Marius Titus from the days of his early childhood and will follow him to the point where he is made a general in the Roman army.  The game will feature Kinect controls for controlling Marius's legion through voice commands and gestures.  From the combat video, Marius will play like a true, disciplined warrior and his attacks look powerful and brutal.

Slight warning: Ryse: Son of Rome is an M-rated game and the video does contain violence, as well as some blood and gore.

One of the most interesting parts of the video is that Crytek brought in a Roman Combat expert, Christian Eckert, so the combat should look and feel authentic.  Eckert brought a collection of swords, two shields and a set of Roman armor so that the developers at Crytek could get hands-on experience with the weapons of the game.  This is exciting because the combat will also be fluid and natural. 

Players will not be able to effectively have Marius focus all the attacks on one enemy and then finish him, but will need to fight and counter all the enemies around Marius.  Whether Marius is swinging his sword or bashing with his shield, you can see how the developers have managed to make him use his full body in the motions of attacking.  Players will need to balance their offense and defense to keep Marius from taking too many hits from enemy soldiers.

Ryse: Son of Rome will also feature finishing moves that allow Marius to quickly dispatch his foes, and the executions look awesome and powerful at the same time.  Marius can hit his enemies into the air and execute them before they have time to hit the ground.  Some executions are triggered by the environment such as backing your enemy up against a wall and eliminating him, or knocking him down into a creek and holding him under with your shield. 

Ryse: Son of Rome looks awesome and potential Xbox One players should definitely keep an eye out for this game on the launch date.  Currently, Crytek is planning to release Ryse: Son of Rome on the launch day for the Xbox One, and that should be sometime in November 2013.

What parts of Ryse: Son of Rome have got you interested so far?  Sound off in the comments and let me know what you think!


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Published Sep. 3rd 2013
  • Courtney Gamache
    Featured Contributor
    This reminds me so much of Rome Total War! I love the theme of Rome and Greek, but not so happy about the blood and gore involved in the game. Gotta say, I have quite a weak stomach so IDK if I'll be able to handle/play it.

    After watching the video above, DEFINITELY not for young children!
  • MyNameIsProjekt
    Oh, but blood and gore is what makes games fun, right? I would imagine that Crytek is going to have the ability to turn off the blood and gore for gamers that don't want that as much. Or at least, it would be smart to do so. I know other game companies have done that with games in the past...not sure if that is still a thing companies do though.

    The game has my interest for sure though! It might not be the first Xbox One exclusive I pick up but I will definitely try to get it before the end of this year.

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