Ryse: Son of Rome is an action game where players take the role of a commander in ancient Rome.
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Story & Themes
Rome is under attack by large force of barbarians. They are winning. Marius, the protagonist, leads the Roman Emperor Nero to a hiding place to escape the barbarians. After reaching the emperor's safe room, Marius begins to tell Nero his life story. He recounts his rise through the ranks of the Roman Legion, which is mostly a tale of several bloody battles with barbarians in which he played an important role. During the course of his tale, the reasons behind the barbarians' attack on Rome are revealed.
The game autosaves whenever you reach a checkpoint.
Ryse: Son of Rome doesn't have many complicated game mechanics, and as a result when you turn up the difficulty settings it mostly just makes the game less forgiving of your mistakes. Lower difficulties are quite easy.
Violence Ryse: Son of Rome is about as violent as they come. There's a lot of blood, as well as slow motion dismemberment and decapitation. There is even a scene that depicts some Romans being burned alive.
Scary Imagery All of your opponents are human beings, but some of the barbarians wear horned skulls over their heads to appear less human and more fearsome.
Sex & Nudity Female are often depicted in a sexual way and partially nude in some instances.
Strong Language The word f**k can be heard in the game, but the language is not pervasive.
Consumerism Additional boosts that help you progress through the game quicker can be purchased for an additional fee.
Discrimination The leader of the barbarians is female and there is an unnamed female goddess who sometimes involves herself in Marius' life. Other than that though, one of the only scenes that involves women is at what appears to be a brothel.
- Does the game offer you any insight into the history of the Roman empire?
- Do you think wars are as violent and bloody as they're portrayed in this game?