Ryse: Son of Rome was one of the more surprising games to be shown at E3. The title was originally intended for the Xbox 360 and Kinect, was canceled after hearing nothing about for two years. The title was revealed to be an Xbox One launch title at E3, however, and it even ditched the Kinect in favor of quick time events. The gameplay centers on the control of a Roman general named Marius Titus. It will feature working with Roman infantry by giving commands to them as well as quick-time event controlled finishing moves during combat. It is a historical fantasy in alternate world that is not historically accurate in either the story or the shown weapons and tactics. The story follows Marius’ life from early childhood to becoming a leader in the Roman Army. The story is described as an “an epic tale of revenge spanning an entire lifetime”. Players control Marius using the controller, while simultaneously controlling his legion through kinect voice commands.
Only time will tell whether Crytek made the right decision to ditch Kinect in this 7-minute gameplay demo. The experience will be even more pleasant this time around as Microsoft has fixed the audio issues that plagued the original trailer: