RYSE: Son of Rome: The Review

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On the 22nd of November was the release of the much awaited Xbox One. Like every other gamer that got their lucky hands on one of these, I ordered a handful of games – one of them being RYSE: Son of Rome. This game had me hooked when I first saw it at E3. It looked like something I had rarely (if ever) seen before, so of course I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it myself. On the 22nd of November, I finally did. Could this game be the warrior that it promised, or was it just going to be another soldier that died in battle?

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Crytek gave RYSE a lot of hype during E3

So, with this game being my most anticipated game on the Xbox One, I did not want to be disappointed. I wanted to play a game that was refreshing, and new. I just wanted something different from the usual FPS game that has been driven down our throats every year since 2006/2007. With RYSE, we have something different, we have something fresh and it is great. I’m not going to say that this is the best video game as of now! That wouldn’t be true. This doesn’t have to be the best game though, that’s the thing. It just has to be new, and refreshing. I keep linking those two words a lot, and that’s because the gaming industry needs to take note. We need games like RYSE to keep gamers interested, to keep them (dare I say) entertained. With RYSE, I got what I expected. I had a good time, and that’s what matters. Video games are a form of entertainment, and a lot of people forget that.

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Are you not entertained?!

RYSE brings us an adventure that is different from other titles. It brings us a hack and slash story that plays quite well. One of the main aspects that caught my attention, was how the game felt like you was watching a movie. This has been tried and tested in the past and has never really taken off. Crytek has turned that around and made this game as enjoyable as they possibly could. Yes, the gameplay is quite repetitive at times, but what would you expect from a hack and slash set in Roman times? You are not going to see the protagonist doing any major moves, or I should hope you don’t see that anyway! That would be very unrealistic and Crytek would have a lot to answer for if they did that. With that being said, you will see the protagonist blocking, attacking and executing enemies in a very gory fashion. It’s what any gore-lover would want!
RYSE is also a beautiful game to look at. The graphics are extraordinary to a point that makes you question if this is a movie, or just another video game. Well, it feels like both, as I stated earlier, and that’s not a bad thing. Crytek have always had an outstanding engine, as we all know and they use it’s full potential in RYSE. 

One of the many executions in Ryse

One of the many executions in Ryse

The campaign is good. It’s not amazing, but it is good. You will see tons of action as you wade through each of the chapters. In RYSE you will see our protagonist (Marius Titus) join the Roman Army in Britannia after he witnesses the murder of his family. Marius seeks revenge on the Barbarians, and he must overcome the odds as he slashes his way through the enemy. You will come up against tough enemies throughout each chapter, and as the story progresses you will come up against a handful of bosses.
The campaign isn’t too long, which isn’t usually popular amongst gamers, but the story it tells is wonderful. Crytek have done an amazing job of making you want more from RYSE, and with it being a first attempt on the new console, I can only say that they have done a great job.

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Marius doing what he does best

Along with the single player campaign, Crytek gave us a Co-op multiplayer game mode known as Gladiator. In this game mode, you and you friends can team up against waves of enemies inside of a Colosseum. Each wave is different, meaning that you will have to work well as a team to take down the different enemies that this game mode presents.
You can “Be Your Own Hero” in this game mode. With the gold you earned in combat you can purchase different types of equipment. RYSE multiplayer offers a wide range of equipment, such as: armor, shields, weapons and consumables to customise your own gladiator.
This game mode is fun, and it offers a lot to the gamer. They could have added a few more game modes on release, but I’m sure they will bring in more in the future. Nonetheless, this is a lot of fun with your friends and I would recommend it to anybody who is a fan of the hack and slash genre.

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It’s time to entertain

So after playing this game for a while, I must say that I wasn’t left disappointed. It was everything that I expected. A lot of critics have been saying bad things about this game, but I can’t see why. It’s everything you would expect from this type of game. You’re not going to see spectacular movie moments and you’re not going to see tons of explosions. You are going to see swords swinging, archers shooting and a lot of people dying. This game is a lot of fun and if you were lucky enough to get an Xbox One, I would suggest you try this out. Crytek could improve on this game and have themselves a nice little franchise going for them, and I don’t see why they won’t do that. This game is fun. Go and buy it if you haven’t already!

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F1 2013: The Review

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Formula One: it’s not for everyone, but the loyal fanbase that this sport has managed to obtain is incredible. I remember when I was a young child and I would watch the likes of Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard, Damon Hill and many many other great drivers. Back then, the cars didn’t use none of the computer technology that the present cars use. This led to (dare I say) more entertaining races. Although, it was pretty much the same story. We had Schumacher dominating the racing scene – year in, year out, and today we have Vettel doing the same. Whereas the F1 scene has been pretty predictable over the last few years with Vettel winning it, the video game hasn’t. You will see the expected drivers getting the podium finish, but it’s not always Vettel. Now, I know that isn’t enough to persuade you that this game is different than the actual sport itself. So, let me tell you what is good about the game this year.

The 4th time winner.

Sebastian Vettel: the 4th time winner.

F1 2012 was good, there’s no doubt about that, but it still had flaws (just like most games). The biggest flaw I can think of, was the penalty system. That was a joke on 2012. You could literally not do anything and you would get a drive-thru penalty. It was completely shocking. F1 2013 seems to have improved on this system quite a lot. I have yet to come across a time where I have been given a penalty for doing nothing wrong. When I have received a penalty, it has been very deserving.
F1 2013 feels very real. They have somehow improved on the amazing job they did with F1 2012 by making the races feel more alive. You will see collisions (not in every race), you will see tyre wear come into the mix and you will see the difference with each car this time around. On F1 2012 I was racing for Caterham and I would win almost every Grand Prix, which was very unrealistic. This time around, I started at Caterham, yet again, and I never got a victory. I never even got close, and that’s how it should be. This is a major step for Codemasters.
Tyre management comes into play this year. If you are a fan of F1, you will have noticed that the tyres have been one of the main talking points during the season. It is no different in the game. Tyres will wear down very quickly if you’re not careful. I was struggling when I first started playing, but after some practice, I was able to manage my tyres so they would last long enough for me to complete the race.

The very realistic F1 2013 has done a great job this year

The very realistic F1 2013 has done a great job this year

Everything you know from F1 2012 returns in this game. You will have Career, Season Challenge, Time Attacks and every other feature that you love about the franchise. There are also new features that have been introduced by Codemasters. The F1 classics were brought in for everybody to try, and it is perfect. You get cars from the 80’s and 90’s, along with three classic tracks. This is something that people have always wanted. The cars handle exactly how they should and it does take a couple of races to get used to them, but that’s the whole point. It’s something new, and fresh.

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Take the fantastic Ferrari 312 T2 around the classic, or modern tracks

 

Multiplayer is pretty much the same as last year, apart from the change of cars. You jump into a session with people from around the world and you have a great time, racing. What more could you want from a racing game? The best thing about multiplayer is the new and improved penalty system (like I said before). A few times on F1 2012 I would get a penalty for somebody taking my car on a little detour into the tyre wall. Now, this has changed. If you purposely take out the opposition, you will be punished. If it’s an accident, you will be warned. This is a fantastic way of doing things, as it lets the races flow a lot more.
Co-Op season is back, just like you would expect. You and a friend can take on the greatest F1 drivers of the present and see who can top the table at the end of the season. I’ve always enjoyed this mode, as it brings something exciting to the normal career mode. You obviously work as a team and try to finish in the best possible place you can, so your team can claim the ultimate constructors championship, yet you are competing against your team-mate (and everyone else) for the drivers championship.

What most online lobbies look like after a couple of corners

What most online lobbies look like after a couple of corners

So, F1 2013 is a fantastic game. It looks beautiful, it feels smoother than ever and it is a must buy for any F1 fan. I can’t recommend it enough, and it seems to be getting better each year. An amazing job from Codemasters, once again. So, get this game. You will love it, I promise.

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