Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Jan 15, 2015
    If you are in the mood to spend a weekend enjoying some graphic ultra-violence with your brain turned off, then Ryse: Son of Rome should make a nice addition to your library, especially if you can find it on a Steam sale.
  2. Nov 1, 2014
    I do not think that Ryse was an instant classic and must be in your collection, but I do highly recommend it by borrowing from a friend or grabbing on sale.
  3. Oct 14, 2014
    On PC, the Cryengine really speaks for itself, and gives Marius Titus and his bloody story the shine it sometimes deserves.
  4. Oct 30, 2014
    Brutal combat and simple mechanics are the “bane and the boon” of this Action/ Hack 'n' Slash game. Impressive in the beginning, grows weary, though, after some playtime, following Marius Titus’ journey for retribution. The stunning depiction of some territories of the ancient Roman Empire make it an eye candy and the extremely interesting multiplayer co-op feature adds extra play hours, making it a worthy buy.
  5. Ryse: Son of Rome has amazing graphics and execution scenes. However, it features a bad story, boring fight scenes and linear gameplay.
  6. Oct 9, 2014
    On PC, Ryse: Son of Rome is technically sumptuous as expected, but apart from that, few will wait for the Emperor's thumb down once a few hundred of butchered barbarians will bite the dust.
  7. Oct 14, 2014
    The PC version of the Crytek’s game is coherent with its roots and that’s at the same time a good and a bad thing.
  8. Oct 14, 2014
    While the PC port features the same shallow gameplay from the console version, its visual quality is boosted to incredible heights. Ryse may not be a great game, but as a blunt spectacle with impeccable graphics, costly cut-scenes and brutal combat it still can be quite satisfying.
  9. Oct 13, 2014
    The action fan in me is entertained sumptuously by the brutal battles and the beefy revenge story.
  10. Nov 11, 2014
    Ryse is very simplistic, but at least it’s beautiful to look at. No wonder Microsoft made it a launch title for Xbox One – it is an ideal introduction to slashers. Unfortunately, if you have played other, better-designed games, Ryse will quickly disappoint you.
  11. Nov 3, 2014
    Crytek offers us the most visually beautiful game in recent months but the improvements that could be done are numerous and concern mainly the gameplay, the campaign duration and some serious bugs.
  12. Oct 16, 2014
    Its gorgeous visuals and in-your-face combat may wow, but their shine dulls with unfortunately little to be offered in their place to reignite that initial excitement.
  13. Oct 9, 2014
    Beautiful graphics and scenery, but Ryse’s combat fails to reach the level expected of modern brawlers. Worth a playthrough for action fans, but little lasting appeal outside showing off your rig’s technical chops.
  14. Oct 9, 2014
    While Ryse's production values are amazing, its gameplay is painfully superficial.
  15. Oct 9, 2014
    There's no doubt Crytek has done a great job on the visual side, also on PC, but the gameplay still feels empty.
  16. Oct 9, 2014
    The new version of Ryse for PC is an exceptional visual show for PC with better resolution and FPS than Xbox One version. However it is a linear and too simple Beat'em Up.
  17. Oct 9, 2014
    Ryse is a decent game, given its length, but it's one that is certainly more fun to look at than it is to play.
  18. Oct 9, 2014
    Ryse: Son of Rome has the visual fidelity of the future, while its gameplay and storytelling are stuck in the past.
  19. Oct 9, 2014
    Ryse: Son of Rome's combat and incredible graphics are entertaining, but it's too narrow and repetitive, even for a short game.
  20. Oct 9, 2014
    A bad port and a gameplay that wasn't that great even on Xbox One.
  21. Oct 29, 2014
    This is a sample of an average hack and slash game of the ancient Rome era with the overpolished graphics, that gets on PC thanks to the well-made conversion. Unfortunately, on the inside it is still that empty game like it was a year ago.
  22. 50
    Looking back on this review, I’m actually a bit depressed that the highlight of the game (for me, at least) was simply how good Ryse looked. It’s obvious that Crytek is capable of so much more, but Ryse simply borrows the best that a few franchises has to offer, and instead chooses to cobble them together quite lazily with a few superfluous mechanics thrown in for good measure, rather than refining and building upon the core game.
  23. Oct 20, 2014
    Even though it looks infinitely better on the PC, Ryse: Son of Rome still remains a dull tech demo that's repetitive and offers very little gameplay-wise. It's very pretty to look at, but extremely boring to play.
  24. Oct 13, 2014
    Ryse is a little better than its reputation as a tech demo in search of a game. But not much beyond a mediocre combat system in want of something more than its predictable, opulent story.
  25. Oct 10, 2014
    I could never call it good, or imaginative, or varied. I can see through its obvious attempts to appeal to my most primitive impulses. But I can also say that Ryse succeeds in tickling your brain stem even when you know your time is better spent. I don't believe, however, that it deserves congratulations for having done it.
  26. Oct 10, 2014
    It could have been a decent game, if the fighting system would be more refined, if the AI would react better. Like this it is little more than a tech demo to show the immense power of CryEngine 3. And as this, it is very powerful.
  27. CD-Action
    Jan 9, 2015
    It treats players like drooling idiots that expect games to play themselves. [13/2014, p.62]
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 761 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Oct 11, 2014
    Love this game, something different from usual FPS and 3rd person game. Most games have same/similar story and can be boring. People do sayLove this game, something different from usual FPS and 3rd person game. Most games have same/similar story and can be boring. People do say that Ryse is repetitive but are not all the other games repetitive? E.G shooting enemies in different maps. People are annoyed because of short campaign but like all of the crytek games have short campaigns. Full Review »
  2. Oct 11, 2014
    Another Xbox One timed exclusive makes its way to PC and once again; it is a game that lacks any real substance or depth. There are muchAnother Xbox One timed exclusive makes its way to PC and once again; it is a game that lacks any real substance or depth. There are much better titles out there for a lot less money.

    Ryse does look fantastic but the combat is extremely repetitive, shallow and tiresome in time. The story is reasonable but the gameplay is desperately lacking and linear. It feels like this game was designed more as a technology showcase for the Xbox One as opposed to delivering an engrossing title on a grand scale.

    On the XB1, Ryse was an welcome game for many thanks largely to a lack of titles available on the system but for PC gamers; it's nothing more than an average hack and slash. At a price of £34.99, this is far too expensive to justify a purchase now and even at a dramatically lower cost down the line; I'd still struggle to justify paying money as there is always a better title out there on the Steam Store.

    With Shadow of Mordor already out and games like Dragon Age: Inquisition and AC Unity on the horizon; Ryse will sink to the genre abyss, so save your money for these or something else.
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  3. Oct 12, 2014
    God of War wannabe, with poor game mechanics, it only exists on PC because it already bombed on the XBone. Quick cash grab, without any depthGod of War wannabe, with poor game mechanics, it only exists on PC because it already bombed on the XBone. Quick cash grab, without any depth or original ideas. They even didn't bother with a decent story, instead the mashed together some ideas from Gladiator the movie and some historic inaccurate **** into a an headache inducing mess. Don not buy it. Full Review »