The final game I saw and actually played at the Eurogamer Expo this year was Crytek’s Xbox One hack & slash beat-em-up Ryse: Son Of Rome. Well, I say I played it but I literally only got a couple of minutes to play by the time I got in right at the end of the show after waiting about 30 minutes (I was told the queue was up to 2.5 hours at one point!) and I got the last available demo so my Brother wasn’t able to play so just recorded my whole brief session on his phone, which you can watch above, despite the fact that it was another booth that you weren’t supposed to film in!
The Ryse booth and part of its massive queue as seen from the Kinect Sports Rivals booth.
As I said before Kinect Sports Rivals was the only game that day that actually had Kinect 2 enabled so I couldn’t try out any of its features in the game. In fact I didn’t do that much at all in the demo as I was figuring out the controls and only as I was leaving did I notice that there were instructions taped to the table. Doh! So unfortunately I can’t give much of a preview at all as I honestly can’t judge the game from what little I played. All I can say is it seemed to control well enough when I did something intentional and that the general combat is NOT QTEs at all, it’s just like any other beat-em-up and there are just optional QTE’s during finishing moves that give you XP or something if you succeed, but if you fail nothing happens as graphically you perform the full sequence anyway. Also as you can see in the video they’ve changed the finishing move indicator from button prompts to skull icons above weakened enemies’ heads and they’ve changed the QTE’s from button prompts above the enemies’ heads to highlighting the enemies in the colours of the buttons you’re supposed to press, which makes it a bit more challenging, especially if you’re totally mentally exhausted after a day at a videogames show like I was, lol!
The graphics looked great and the video doesn’t quite do them justice as it’s from a phone’s camera in a dark booth, but the demo was just the multiplayer mode so the players’ characters are wearing helmets that cover their faces and it’s set in the Colosseum with pop-up “sets” that are enclosed areas so you don’t see as much graphics as you would do during the single player campaign.
Because I had so little time there’s not much more I can say about it other than as much as I like these sort of joypad-based beat-em-ups I really wish I had been playing it in first-person with Kinect like how the game used to be as was briefly shown in the original Xbox 360 trailer a couple of years ago. Personally I think they should release that version of the game on the Xbox 360 once they’ve launched the Xbox One as I’m sure there are plenty of people who would buy it!
The huge Ryse statue.
(Click on pic for larger & less compressed image.)