When Xbox One launched in 2013, Microsoft had a trio of major exclusive titles ready for gamers to grab. Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3 and Ryse: Son of Rome were the big three. These games brought something different for every gamer at launch and today, all but two have had new iterations since then.
Ryse: Son of Rome is a game that didn’t receive critical acclaim across the industry. Personally, it’s a series that has a lot of potential and could use some embellishment. The game has been available for three years now, but there has not been a new iteration since then.
ReCore is another Xbox One title that is available, but didn’t earn top-notch review scores from critics. As critiques go, it is all in the eyes of the beholder. Everyone sees games differently. Microsoft’s Phil Spencer spoke about ReCore, Ryse: Son of Rome and the topic of sequels for them.
“The reason I say all this is, on Xbox One, I look at ReCore and I’m having a really good time with it. I wish the review scores were higher, but I love the lead character and I love the gameplay. And you can see that, some years from now, people will want to play another version of it because the memories that they have – even though it wasn’t a 95-rated game – stick with them and they mean something over time.
“I always chuckle a little bit when people come up to me and say, ‘Hey, I want Ryse 2!’ When Ryse was a launch game for Xbox One it ran into some review headwinds. Now when people think back it’s like, ‘Okay, there’s something there,'” Spencer told GI.
ReCore is a game I’ve had a ton of fun with over the weeks, and personally is one that didn’t entirely get its due. Say what you will about Ryse, but it is undeniable that the brand has more to offer. The time period of the Roman Empire is one of great intrigue, particularly for a video game.
Assassin’s Creed did a fabulous job with Rome in Brotherhood, and it would be interesting to see what a Ryse: Son of Rome 2 looked like with a more open structure. Time will tell for whether or not a new Ryse: Son of Rome will debut. Microsoft’s last big game for 2016 is Dead Rising 4 and it’ll debut Dec. 6. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Ryse and Xbox One.