Ryse: Son of Rome
Embark on a journey of revenge, betrayal and divine intervention:
Ryse: Son of Rome tells the story of Marius Titus, a young Roman soldier who witnesses the murder of his family at the hands of barbarian bandits, then travels with the Roman army to Britannia to seek revenge. Quickly rising through the ranks, Marius must become a leader of men and defender of the Empire on his quest to exact vengeance – a destiny he soon discovers can only be fulfilled much closer to home.
As most of you know, Ryse originally started out as a Kinect only title in a first person perspective. However Crytek decided to mix it up and change it to a 3rd person perspective hack and slash action title that mixes fluent Batman Arkham-esq combat with brutal execution moves, and it’s looking gorgeous.
Ryse is one of the better looking launch titles on the Xbox One and the reason we can’t wait to get our hands on it, is because it’s a brand new IP and not one of the many sequels on offer at launch. As with a few of the launch titles, Ryse will be integrating Microsoft’s Smartglass app in to the game, however it won’t be a huge part, it can be used to track achievement progress or even look up videos for an parts you are finding particularly troublesome.
The story of Ryse is promising to be the most immersive that Crytek has ever done, and as part of the Roman Empire, we are finally taking control of an era in history that hasn’t really been touched upon until now.
As well as the single player campaign, we will be graced with a brutal gladiator mode that can be tackled solo or co-operatively with a friend or over Xbox Live. We got hands on with the Gladiator mode recently, and it is brilliant! Unlike other horde type modes in other games, you have objectives to complete in each arena, and once they are complete it’s just a case of mopping up the remaining enemies before advancing on to the next objective.
Ryse is probably our most anticipated launch title, and we just hope it doesn’t disappoint.
Dead Rising 3
Now anyone who knows us would be rather surprised as to why this game is among our most anticipated. The reason being is we have yet to fall in love with the series, due in part to not being overly fond of any of the other instalments.
However, that being said we love what we are seeing with Dead Rising 3, and I think any game that can make us think like this after not being overwhelmed by previous entries deserves to be on this short list.
Set 10 years after the events of Fortune City in Dead Rising 2, players are introduced to Nick Ramos, a young mechanic with a strange tattoo and a mysterious past, who must find a way to escape a city full of zombies before an impending military strike wipes the city of Los Perdidos, California, and everyone in it, off the map. Nick can’t do it alone – he must join up with other survivors to stay alive. They must fight their way out before it’s too late.
The main thing that has drawn us towards Dead Rising 3 is it’s integration with both Smartglass and Kinect. With Smartglass you will be able to connect to the game and use the app to call in an air strike to wipe out a huge amount of zombies in one go to clear a path for yourself, or even receive a phone call when Nick Ramos’s in game phone rings meaning you will be able to use your phone to listen to what is being said.
With regards to the games integration with Kinect, the Kinect sensor will pick up the sound of the environment you are playing in. So if you are trying to be all stealthy in game, and are in a quiet room then the Kinect sensor picks up on that and the zombies are more likely to ignore you, however, should you make a lot of noise the sensor will pick up on that and it will draw the zombies in.
It is because of features like that, coupled with the ludicrous amount of customisation available in the game that has gotten us to pretty much throw our money towards the retailer to put us down for a pre order.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
OK, so this isn’t actually a launch title, but it is coming out the week after launch so for us that pretty much counts.
Now we have been looking forward to this ever since it’s announcement. LEGO games for us are our guilty pleasure. They are fun games that absolutely anyone can enjoy, and best of all they don’t take themselves too seriously in our eyes.
In LEGO Marvel Super Heroes you will be able to smash, swing and fly in the first LEGO videogame featuring more than 100 of your favourite Super Heroes and Super Villains from the Marvel Universe, including Iron Man, Wolverine, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Loki and Deadpool.
Just the thought of LEGO and Deadpool paired together makes us smile, knowing full well that once unlocked he will remain in our playable team as we can only imagine the one liners that they will have conjured up for him.
Marvel has been one of the franchises that we have been wanting LEGO to tackle for some time now, and we are so glad that they have finally done it, and for it to be on next gen as well makes it even better (ok we know it’s also current gen too, but shhhhh).
And from what we’ve seen in footage, this game is not going to disappoint anyone. It’s kept the LEGO charm and coupled it with plenty of humour, and added a tonne of your favourite Marvel heroes and villains (and Stan Lee) for you to team up and tackle the bad guys.
LEGO Marvel from what we have seen is looking like it will take place in a bigger world than that of LEGO Batman 2, which to us is very impressive.
All of this plus the fact that it’s being offered at half price with Xbox One console bundles at certain retailers, we’d be mad to not get this game.
Well there you have it, the 3 games we are most looking forward to with the launch of the Xbox One. What games are you looking forward to at launch? Let us know in the comments section below.