Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 77 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 77
  2. Negative: 9 out of 77
  1. Nov 21, 2013
    86
    When I finished playing this game, I felt like I wanted more. That’s the mark of a good game.
  2. Dec 31, 2013
    83
    Overall, Ryse: Son of Rome is a solid launch title that tells a good story, looks freaking amazing, and plays great.
  3. Dec 2, 2013
    83
    Ryse: Son of Rome is a solid game and arguably has the best graphics of any console game to date.
  4. Nov 21, 2013
    80
    With satisfying combat, breathtaking visuals, a decent campaign and a surprisingly entertaining multiplayer mode, it may not break new ground in terms of gameplay, and it offers little in the way of variety, but what it does, it does well.
  5. Sep 8, 2014
    75
    Ryse is a bit of a marmite game, if you are looking for a great gaming experience that takes forever to perfect then Ryse is not for you. If you are interested in a Roman interactive movie with a solid story line then I’d say give it a shot.
  6. This is all fun enough stuff. There’s a nice mix of split-second tactical thinking and deep brutality – I could almost feel each blow through my controller.
  7. Nov 21, 2013
    75
    For those who enjoy a simple hack-n-slash game, Ryse: Son of Rome fits the bill. This is no deep adventure, but rather a chance to burn your aggression by chopping your way through hundreds of barbarians, slowing only to enjoy the carnage during the brutal executions. Still, the stunning visuals and compelling setting will keep some gamers engaged throughout, making Ryse a flawed-but-interesting addition to the Xbox One launch lineup.
  8. Nov 21, 2013
    75
    Technically speaking, Ryse is a masterpiece. A new step in gaming evolution. Unfortunately the combat is - although fluid - suffocating: from the beginning to the end, you slash the same enemies in the same ways. After few hours, you'll start feeling quite tired.
  9. Dec 9, 2013
    74
    The campaign is short and linear and the gameplay does get repetitive, but I dug the setting, characters and visceral combat enough to overlook its shortcomings.
  10. May 11, 2014
    73
    Ryse is visually stunning, but the combat system lacks finesse and gets kinda repetitive. [Feb 2014]
  11. 70
    It’d be unfair to criticise Ryse too much since, at least Crytek is trying something new. The combat could be better, but the Roman setting does feel fresh.
  12. Dec 27, 2013
    70
    Even though the visuals are astonishing and very 2014-proof, the gameplay is as old as Rome itself. There are not a lot of surprises there, but Ryse: Son of Rome still is a very nice launch title for Xbox One. We really like the story.
  13. Dec 11, 2013
    70
    If Ryse were a longer game full of interesting foes that deserved to be brutally chopped to pieces, it could have been great. Instead, it has to settle for being almost there.
  14. 70
    Even with its faults, Ryse is a game that one should experience as it does offer a glimpse of what next-gen can be on the Xbox One.
  15. Nov 27, 2013
    70
    Graced by stunning and truly next-genish graphics, Ryse: Son of Rome unluckily stumbles on too-repetitive fights: the combat system itself proved do be quite solid but it lacks variety in enemy types and weapons used. Upon this we find an overly short story balanced by a valid co-op experience. It's undoubtedly a game to try for every Xbox One owner, but one that you could be willing to wait to find at a more appropriate price.
  16. Nov 24, 2013
    70
    With a little love, I could see a sequel to this game with several playable characters, combat styles, and a more diverse command structure that could seriously take this game to the next level. But for now, it is just a “pretty good game.”
  17. 70
    There’s more to Ryse than its glossy exterior suggests, and Marius’ tightly told tale makes for an entertaining journey filled with its share of surprisingly considered carnage, but as the credits rolled, we dreamed about what a sequel might be like. Take it off its rails, inject more variety and depth in its systems…now that’s a game we absolutely want to play.
  18. Nov 21, 2013
    70
    Ryse delivers what people where looking for, graphics to be remembered in the upcoming months. The problem is that this game plays like an idea which Crytek wasn't able to transform into an all around good project.
  19. Nov 21, 2013
    70
    Ryse: Son of Rome tells its story well. It has amazingly enjoyable and ruthlessly violent combat, which pairs incredibly well with the stellar graphics quality. Sadly, the experience is over all too quickly, and you'll be left wondering where the rest of your game is.
  20. Nov 21, 2013
    70
    Responsive controls and steady momentum will keep you engaged in Ryse’s constant war-making, but repetition unavoidably dulls the edge.
  21. Nov 21, 2013
    70
    Ryse: Son of Rome is a good action game with an interesting cooperative multiplayer and solid next-gen graphics. The lack of variety of its combat system is Ryse's bigger issue, but if you like action games this could be a nice first step into your next-gen experience.
  22. Nov 21, 2013
    70
    If you want to show off your new console's next-gen graphics, this entertaining romp is the game to get. It looks absolutely stunning in its effects and even the lush design of its world. Still, in the not-too-distant future we'll get games that look this good while offering considerably more depth than Ryse's beautiful, but ultimately shallow puddle of a brawler. And that are considerably more exciting.
  23. Nov 21, 2013
    70
    An incredibly pretty game with some impressive ideas, and it's going to surprise you with its engaging story and weighty combat. The short campaign and repetitive battles hold it back from greatness, but it's a journey through Rome absolutely worth experiencing, if just to see exactly what the console is capable of.
  24. Nov 21, 2013
    70
    It'll vanish from your brain as soon as you've finished it, but before that, Ryse is oddly fun.
  25. 70
    Ryse looks fantastic - a genuinely promising example of what the Xbox One can do. But if you're not interested in co-op arenas, Ryse's five-or-six hour campaign might not offer you great value for money. If you are, you might find your weak, loinclothed gladiator is getting bullied into the gold shop.
  26. Dec 2, 2013
    69
    It’s a shame there appears to be components of the Kinect-only version of Ryse in the final product, which would account for the design that bounces between overly easy and challenging.
  27. Nov 21, 2013
    68
    Ryse has an entertaining story and sky-high production values. The gameplay that’s there isn’t bad – it just stops in its tracks before it gets anywhere near close to demanding.
  28. Dec 12, 2013
    66
    Ryse is a title that should be played when you have nothing else to play or are bored with what you do have. But I do not recommend sitting down and playing this from start to finish in one swoop – which you can do, it is only about nine hours – as you will get bored relatively quickly and often.
  29. Jan 29, 2014
    65
    Ryse is fun at points but is ultimately held back by its repetitious nature. Still the game is a great way to show off the graphical capability of the Xbox One.
  30. Dec 1, 2013
    65
    Ryse: Son of Rome is not only a magnificent shell with an inconsistent soul but most of all a colossal wasted opportunity: at the dawn of a new generation, it's sad to see a game so incredibly beautiful to look at, yet at the same time so shallow to play.
  31. Nov 24, 2013
    65
    Ryse: Son of Rome is typical Crytek stuff: beautiful enough, but not so deep if you look at the gameplay or the story. It's pretty easy on the eyes, but everything isn't perfect though. The plot could will keep you playing till the end, but it tastes like déjà vu and it's far too easy sometimes. Above all, Ryse's gameplay would have been a shame in 2003.
  32. Nov 21, 2013
    65
    While Ryse's production values are amazing, its gameplay is painfully superficial.
  33. Nov 21, 2013
    65
    Beautiful, next-gen visuals can’t redeem lacklustre gameplay.
  34. Nov 21, 2013
    62
    Action games are not known for being particularly long, but they've gone too far this time. You can enjoy the game – a lot, actually –, but before you realize it will be over, and there's not too many reasons for a second play-through. Unless you're looking for a great-looking game on your brand new Xbox One, there are better options out there.
  35. Feb 10, 2014
    60
    It has some really good moments but overall it’s just a presentation of Xbox One’s graphical capabilities that bores you with primitive combat and does little to keep you playing. [02/2014, p.55]
  36. Jan 20, 2014
    60
    The weakest launch title of the new Xbox One, suffering from the form over content victory. While Ryse has a fine look, its head is empty, and it flourishes a wooden sword in front of your eyes. It's able to entertain you, indeed, but it cannot reach the stars of the genre.
  37. Dec 23, 2013
    60
    It comes off as boring and repetitive – and since the long game is combat in the co-op arena, you’re not going to find much more single-player value once you’ve completed the 6-8 hour story.
  38. Dec 19, 2013
    60
    A typical launch game: gloriously pretty, but shallower than an evaporated puddle. [Jan 2014, p.60]
  39. Dec 9, 2013
    60
    The perfect launch game, doing nothing new, arguably less so than current gen games but adequately showing off the new hardware - think of it as a tech demo with quick time event executions and you will not be disappointed.
  40. Dec 9, 2013
    60
    Ryse: Son of Rome is a perfect launch title - it's easy, understandable and extremely pretty. But is it a good game, worth a considerable amount of your money? Not entirely - for instance, you can complete Ryse in a few hours without a sweat. Still - I liked it, but remember: if not for my huge hunger for the new generation, I would wait until the game's price drops. A lot.
  41. Dec 7, 2013
    60
    Ryse: Son of Rome is a game with great potential and even greater production value, but the experience is muddled with repetitive combat, recycled enemies and a general feeling of being rushed towards the Xbox One's launch.
  42. Dec 4, 2013
    60
    I wanted so much for this game and at the end of the day, it's more a tech demo than a fully fledged game.
  43. Dec 2, 2013
    60
    Ryse is an absolutely beautiful game, but all the beauty in the world can't make up for repetitive gameplay that will most likely bore the average gamer, even those who like hack-and-slash.
  44. Nov 28, 2013
    60
    Beautiful on the outside but empty on the inside. Ryse has incredible graphics, but the story and gameplay are extremely shallow.
  45. Nov 27, 2013
    60
    Ryse has the look and feel of a stellar AAA action game, and it even has the makings of a combat system that can be positively compared to the highly regarded Batman games. Unfortunately that combat system remains underdeveloped as the game goes on, and as a result, the game becomes a repetitive trudge through its brief 6 hour campaign.
  46. Nov 25, 2013
    60
    Ryse has an interesting dilemma. It contains a fun combat system, a fine story and beautiful visuals, yet fails to make an impact. It’s damaged by being painfully short (under six hours), linear and repetitive, the combination of which proves hard to overcome.
  47. Nov 24, 2013
    60
    Ryse makes a good showpiece if you've bought into the Xbox One early, but at full price it feels a little thin.
  48. Nov 22, 2013
    60
    I almost feel like Ryse wants to be the Xbox One’s Gears of War – a new intellectual property by a studio known for visually stunning games, and a title that can perhaps kick off a franchise. But Ryse is too shallow, too simple and too familiar to be anything more than a fleeting bit of fun.
  49. Nov 22, 2013
    60
    Its mechanics are thin, its micro-transactions are annoying and the plot in the campaign makes the story in Call Of Duty: Ghosts look like high art. But if you fancy thumping barbarians and you don't mind the lack of depth, Ryse is arguably the most beautiful hack 'n slash you can play on the Xbox One.
  50. Nov 21, 2013
    60
    RYSE's stunning visuals, solid story and a nearly unmatched cinematic flair, are unfortunately offset by simple and repetitive combat, and gameplay that offers little challenge.
  51. Nov 21, 2013
    60
    Like the first Gears, Ryse is a simple game loaded with small-scale encounters and rudimentary set-pieces with the intention of hustling you towards something beautiful. Both have their own ‘horror’ stage, both have sieges, both have stationary guns of sorts, and Ryse, like Gears, has room to grow if given the chance.
  52. Nov 21, 2013
    60
    Ultimately, however, while there's fun to be had, Ryse: Son of Rome is a little too shallow to conquer the Xbox One's launch lineup.
  53. Nov 21, 2013
    60
    Too simple, too linear and way too much QTE that adds nothing. An exceptional visual show for Xbox One, with really great graphics that are promising for the future, but we wish the core game was that good.
  54. Nov 21, 2013
    60
    Ryse: Son of Rome is a splendid technological showcase, probably the most beautiful Xbox One game with Forza 5. Unfortunately, in terms of gameplay it's far below what we would expect from a beat-them-all in 2013.
  55. Nov 21, 2013
    60
    It’s easy to see a new franchise in Ryse; one that could potentially rival God Of War if it maintains the momentum of the latter half of the campaign. However, the gameplay is so rote and uninspired that it merely hints at a more robust and rewarding experience that it fails to deliver. Ultimately, it makes for a few hours of passing entertainment, but it’s certainly not one for the history books.
  56. Nov 21, 2013
    60
    When I show my friends what Xbox One is capable of graphically, I’m going to pop in Ryse. The visuals are breathtaking, but the gameplay flips on a dime between being legitimately fun and downright bad. There is no middle ground. It’s very much the extreme of both.
  57. Nov 21, 2013
    60
    It's a gorgeous, dark and bloody tableau. But all that visual beauty and dramatic gravitas goes to waste with an aimless plot and a monotonous combat system. Ryse has all the guts of next-gen — often quite literally — but none of the glory.
  58. Nov 21, 2013
    55
    It's a Greek myth that best describes the experience of playing Crytek's Rome-em-up: that of Sisyphus. Ryse: Son of Rome's hack and slash action does offer some fun, but the repetitive nature of its combat will eventually grind you down.
  59. Sep 4, 2014
    50
    Ryse: Son of Rome is a really good looking game, but at the same time incredible stupid. Thanks to the graphics and the amount of brutal combat the adventure managed to entertain, at least for a bit. If you find Ryse on sale it can be worth a closer look, but for a full price game it’s a disappointment.
  60. Dec 5, 2013
    50
    Ryse: Son of Rome is pretty. But that's pretty much it. The combat system is sluggish and boring. The story manages to get more interesting towards the end, but it'll take a lot of perseverance to get there.
  61. Dec 4, 2013
    50
    It’s a shame that its brains can not match its looks. If you want a visual tech demo to showcase your shiny new console to your mates, Ryse performs that role with some gumption. But at its core is a violent, shallow and desperately limited hackathon.
  62. Nov 27, 2013
    50
    If you can disengage your brain and just plough through the endless array of same-faced enemies, you’ll enjoy the glorious visuals and well designed audio – but this is a game destined to be forgotten fairly quickly, even if it does help prove the Xbox One has more power than we first thought.
  63. Nov 21, 2013
    50
    Ryse is a marvelously beautiful game. Unfortunately, under such beauty there's absolutely nothing. The campaign is flat and monotonous, the gameplay is simplistic and poorly-balanced, and even the story is bland. What an incredible waste.
  64. For lack of a better description, it’s Microsoft’s attempt at a more realistic version of rival Sony’s highly successful mythological God of War series. But where the PlayStation’s brawler games have been inventive and varied in the action and scenarios they’ve thrown at players, Ryse is a monotonous drone that keeps pounding the same one note over its 10-hour-or-so campaign.
  65. Nov 21, 2013
    50
    Ryse: Son of Rome had potential, but Crytek did too little to expand upon its repetitive combat. While I ran through the campaign in about five hours, it honestly felt like 20. And with the formula becoming more and more boring with each by-the-numbers execution, the addition of throwaway collectibles, like vistas and scrolls, couldn't save this game. Ryse doesn't come close to living up to Roman standards.
  66. Nov 21, 2013
    50
    Ryse: Son of Rome falls into the trap of your typical launch game: it does well to show off the power of the system, but it's slim on substance. Production value aside, Ryse is short, easy and lacks the punch of other action games. For all of it's pomp and flash, Ryse: Son of Rome is a shallow bore.
  67. Nov 21, 2013
    50
    Ryse looks great and has a lot of great ideas, but it falls flat in nearly every respect in regards to its core story. If you're a hardcore action fan you may get some satisfaction on the highest difficulty setting, but even then I'd wait for an equally hardcore price drop.
  68. Nov 21, 2013
    50
    There's no brains, no muscle, no fibre beneath Ryse's extravagantly engineered good looks - this game rings loud but hollow.
  69. Nov 22, 2013
    46
    If you ignore the slight framerate problems, this is the first impressive showing of the visual capabilities, an interesting taste of what is to expect in the new generation. Unfortunately the mechanics suffer – up to the point where the game gets plain boring.
  70. Nov 21, 2013
    45
    Ryse definitely looks the part, but the gameplay simply isn't up to scratch. It feels unfinished, or like a hardcore title whose mechanics have been dramatically simplified for the Xbox One TV crowd. Thumb down.
  71. 40
    Beautiful but stale, boring, shallow and lacking in variation.
  72. 40
    Ryse is like someone you notice at a party but after you spend some time together, you realize that person lacks charm and can’t tell the difference between a duel and a duet. [Issue#238]
  73. Dec 5, 2013
    40
    With its pretty pictures, Ryse: Son of Rome doesn't manage to hide that it has the depth of a glass of water. The far from perfect combat system turns the game into a bore in no-time.
  74. Nov 27, 2013
    40
    Ryse represents all that is wrong with the current AAA videogame model: it's epic, but superfluous; its main game mechanics are shallow and boring; its plot is full of Hollywood clichés and, in the end, it feels more like a marketing tool than a real effort to provide gamers with something meaningful and with value.
  75. Nov 21, 2013
    40
    Ryse is all sizzle and no steak, a stunning visage paired with a vapid personality. Everything from the leveling system that's so painfully easy to complete (and so devoid of any impact on the game that it might as well not be there), to the story that does little to flesh out its lead characters beyond puerile notions of revenge is a testament to how little Ryse can back up its gorgeous visuals with anything more than a shallow set of fisticuffs.
  76. Dec 29, 2013
    30
    You'd think a game that started its life on the far inferior Kinect 1.0 would have competent Kinect controls. You'd think wrong. [Feb 2014, p.78]
  77. Nov 21, 2013
    30
    A shallow and unambitious tech demo, of the sort that console launches specialise in. The action works perfectly well but it’s instantly repetitive to the point of inanity.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 1173 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 66 out of 327
  1. Nov 22, 2013
    10
    Very strongly addictive, so everything looks around. This unusual, very beautiful, unexpectedly brutal game so far the only major project forVery strongly addictive, so everything looks around. This unusual, very beautiful, unexpectedly brutal game so far the only major project for this console, from which, they say, "smells blockbuster" and perhaps the main reason to buy this console. Full Review »
  2. Nov 22, 2013
    1
    A very very bad game. The graphics are certainly good but the gameplay is incredibly repetitive, tedious and simplistic. Playing Ryze; son ofA very very bad game. The graphics are certainly good but the gameplay is incredibly repetitive, tedious and simplistic. Playing Ryze; son of rome feels like a chore twenty minutes in. Full Review »
  3. Nov 22, 2013
    3
    the visuals are stunning, the graphics are insane
    but the gameplay is just tedious and boring, extremely repetitive and no fun at all
    CryTek
    the visuals are stunning, the graphics are insane
    but the gameplay is just tedious and boring, extremely repetitive and no fun at all
    CryTek might be good at creating ultra visuals, but they totally forgot they are making a video game, not CG movie...
    a 7 hours long cliche, that's what it's all about...
    disappointing, boring, waste of time and money
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