Ryse: Son of Rome isn’t the worst game available at the Xbox One’s launch, but it may be the most cynical.
From its setting to its scope to its bloody tale of revenge, Ryse is every inch a calculated contender with the competition’s God of War franchise. With the latest iteration of developer Crytek’s powerful CryEngine technology, it seeks to be even more of a visual spectacle.
While the end result is polished, entertaining to look at and even sometimes a little fun, Ryse doesn’t embrace the endless possibility of the new hardware it’s helping to debut. It drags you through the motions, and those motions get pretty mundane.