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.
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