publisher: Deep Silver / Koch Media
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet
Ryse: Son of Rome for PC and XONE is a dynamic action game set in the ancient Rome. The game is developed by Crytek from Germany, known for the first-person shooter series Crysis. The PC version is a console port of the Xbox One launch title released in November 2013. First information about this game appeared in 2011. According to Crytek’s plans from that time, Ryse was meant to be released on Xbox 360 and support only Kinect as a controller.
Plot and Mechanics
You play as Marius Titus, a Roman centurion, who is seeking revenge for the death of his loved ones. In addition to cutting his way through hordes of enemies, he also has to command his subordinates. The combat mainly boils down to pressing button combinations, resulting in Titus performing combos and spectacular finishers.
We can give orders to our men (like throwing a pilum, shooting a bow, blocking enemy attacks etc.). There can be up to 100 characters on the screen at once, each with their own, individual AI.
Ryse: Son of Rome also offers a cooperative multiplayer mode. You can fight along your friends in the Roman Colosseum as gladiators who focus on defeating waves of enemies.
The PC version of the game includes all released DLC and the content which was available only in the Limited Edition of Xbox One version. Therefore, Ryse on PC has more weapons, character skins, a dozen or so maps for single and multiplayer modes and survival mode. However, the most interesting innovations are in the graphics. The game uses CryEngine 3 and can be challenging even to the most powerful computers. The game supports 4K resolution and advanced effects which could not be possible on Xbox One.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Core i5 3.3 GHz, 8 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB (GeForce GTX 660Ti or better), 26 GB HDD, Windows Vista(SP1)/7(SP1)/8 64-bit