Ryse: Son of Rome

Ryse was recently released for PC and I got my hands on a copy, or rather my PC got it’s hard drive on a download…or whatever. Either way we got it, and I’ve been playing a lot of it. It’s still the only game that I wanted from the Xbox One lineup and almost bought an XBone just to get it. Luckily I found it was released on PC and Steam had it on sale for $19. Score! I’ll still pick up an XBone when Halo 5 releases I’m sure.

It runs very well to my surprise. PC ports are usually not optimized the best but this runs well on my system which has a AMD Phenom II x4 945 running at 3.3Ghz, 8GB of DDR3 and the GTX 750ti SC video card that was featured in the install video about a month back. Not a major powerhouse compared to what’s out there, but more than enough to keep up with the latest games at very playable resolutions and frame rates. I did notice some frame rate issues at first but a few helpful guides on the internet had that sorted quickly.

Ryse on PC
Should I have bought a GTX 980 instead? It would have had 100% more YOLO…

The story seems straight forward enough though I still didn’t get a handle on exactly what’s going on. I was fighting barbarians, flashed back to where they killed my family and came back to the present. Yup, still fighting them. It’s enough to keep the game moving along without over complicating the story and making things too confusing.

The game looks beautiful! This is probably the best looking game overall to me that I have on my PC. Shadow of Mordor is also pretty to look at but Ryse beats it in my opinion. The lighting is done well and adds a lot to the atmosphere. I don’t know a lot about the technical side of game design so I can’t comment on that but as a gamer I’m very happy with the visuals. It looks realistic enough, the environments look very well done and the level design has been varied enough without feeling like it’s deliberate.

Ryse on PC
I used to have a boat like that.

The action plays out well and I never really grew tired of the executions even though I performed them on nearly every battle. It actually feels like a better version of the combat in Shadow of Mordor. It’s similar in style but has just a tad better control, feels more forgiving and like a typical hack-n-slash game. You have perks as well that activate on executions which can refill your health, power up you damage, give you extra XP and add more focus which is basically “Bullet Time” for swords.

At the end of it all, Ryse is a good time that any fan of the action genre should play. Now that it’s on PC and available to a wider audience I hope more people get to experience it and hopefully have the same amount of fun I had with it. At only a few hours long it’s a nice quick trip through Rome that’s worth taking a few times. Light enough to be easy to pick up, and engaging enough to stop you from putting it down.

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