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4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Shallow Gameplay, Epic Storytelling, Incredible Visuals., 13 Jan. 2014
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
This review is from: Ryse: Son of Rome (Xbox One) (Game)
This got pretty middling reviews all round, so I didn't go in expecting much. My jaw hit the floor at the presentation though.

It's honestly the best looking videogame I've ever played, including high end PC stuff. Some of the animations when you're running about look a bit ropey, and they can be a bit janky moving between stances and things but the fidelity and the facial animations are the best I've ever seen. It just looks incredible, the characters are so expressive and well performed/captured that I completely forgot I wasn't looking at real people.

Gameplay is really basic and repetitive, and the combat never clicked with me to the point where it was as satisfying as something like Arkham, so gameplay-wise it's pretty unremarkable. It is shortish though so it didn't get a chance to really get old on me, and the presentation of what's going on around you during the fights can at times make the fighting feel super epic. The sense of big battle scale and visual set-piece splendour is brilliant.

It also has (really surprisingly) one of the best, most well told stories in a videogame. Really gripping, and I totes gave a s*** about all the characters, and the performances are absolutely fantastic. Given all the praise for The Last Of Us in that regard (and I do genuinely think TLoU deserves a lot of praise for those aspects), I find it really surprising that no-one is bigging up the fact that Ryse does all of those things at least as well as it (and in all honesty I preferred the story/characters/writing in Ryse). I'm guessing it's probably the same kind of snootery that means genre films don't get considered at Oscar time, Ryse will just never be seen as being as worthy as something like TLoU I guess.

On reflection, I actually liked it a great deal. It's short and the gameplay is deep as a puddle, but it's elevated by every other aspect.
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