Free Ryse: Son of Rome DLC adds new Coliseum events

There's also some paid-for DLC, too.

A free update for Crytek's Xbox One launch title Ryse: Son of Rome will be released today, adding two new level events to the game's Gladiator mode.

As you go about your regular arena business--slaying scores of barbarians--the events will randomly trigger. The first, a turret, will pelt your character with arrows until it's destroyed. The second will cause statues of roman gods to to emerge on the map and offer up a one-time bonus to boost your character's health or focus. It's just like in real ancient Rome!

Another chunk of DLC, the $3.99 Colosseum Pack, offers two new arenas. The first is Henge, which takes place in an ancient forest shrine, and the second is Ascension, which has you fight out of Hades' lair.

The Colosseum DLC also includes the Commodus and Centurion skins.

For more information, check out GameSpot's Ryse: Son of Rome review.

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focuspuller
focuspuller

Does the DLC include a coherent story, better game play and a much better AI for the entire game?


If so, I'm in.

kidflash2000
kidflash2000

Why would they include a DLC to fight out of Hades? That's Greek mythology

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

Wow free DLC for average game. Woooohooo.

dmastor
dmastor

Free oh yeah! This game is not as bad as gamespot reviewed 

niknokseyer
niknokseyer

Wooh.. free DLC !

I think Ryse: Son of Rome is a little underrated. Plus Gladiator mode / multiplayer really gets you hooked.

berserker66666
berserker66666

Is this the anticipated DLC where we get to play as Russell Crowe and shout "ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED"?

GearDoGi
GearDoGi

It's nice to see some Free stuff to thank customers for their support!! (Instead of providing only paid-DLC)

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

I love how they call all rebels, "barbarians", lol in reality nothing is more barbaric than Romans crucifying well to do freedodm fighters and taking their women and children. I really want a game where I can slice and hack up the roman scumbags, and behead Crassus himself.

thomasn7
thomasn7

Love the multiplayer so this is good news.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I'm glad this game suffered. Serves Crytek right for being so shit. When you only care about graphics how is it surprising that you fail to make a decent story? It isn't like this is the only game. Crysis was fucking terrible. It looked very nice but man it was boring. 

Butt_Chunx
Butt_Chunx

I am surprised to see the word "Free" considering this is a Micro$haft published game.

DVONvX
DVONvX

Beat this game in two days. Its good, but not worth buying. 

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Just finish the game and put it out FFS it just came out.


Who em I kidding this is bait DLC.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

Free is always good. 

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

This game is proof that graphics alone will not sell a game. (hint hint PC fans). This game is a failure based solely on how much hype was given to this game leading up to launch and how they lied about the QTE. They had a huge opportunity to make a fantastic game and completely blew it.  

Riddick123
Riddick123

You might be entertained now.  But I doubt it.

sadscooterpipe
sadscooterpipe

@focuspuller I give you a "like" because you are right.  Played the game, enjoyed it*....but, yeah....well said.  Killing the same dude for countless levels got a little old in addition to some other issues.

sadscooterpipe
sadscooterpipe

@kidflash2000 I give you a "like" for being an intelligent gamer, and not a cruel, sarcastic fanboy that is normally  found in the forums...

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@kidflash2000


When the ancient Romans conquered a territory, they more-or-less assimilated the culture of that conquered land, and newly inducted citizens of the Roman Empire were allowed to keep their cultures and traditions, so long as they abided by the laws of the Empire. As Sarg1010 said, they also absorbed the culture of the Greek provinces, and many of its philosophies as well.

Sarg1010
Sarg1010

@kidflash2000Meh, it's not a huge deal. The Roman's pretty much stole from the Greek pantheon of Gods (Jupiter = Zeus, Juno = Hera, Minvera = Athena, etc.) and what was Hades in greek mythology was Pluto in Roman, but the Romans still could've considered the Underworld as Hades (since Hades is a name of a god, as well as the "name" of the Underworld.)

A_Rabid_Dog
A_Rabid_Dog

@ladies_man_xxx Sorry, I was severely turned off when I read that the quick time events that are all over the game affect NOTHING. No input is needed in order to finish the sequence. You can lay the controller on the floor and you won't miss the QTE.


It's bad enough that they implemented the dreaded QTEs, but then they even went one step further and made them virtually useless.

A_Rabid_Dog
A_Rabid_Dog

@spartanx169x hint hint at what? PC gaming isn't about the graphics, though that is a part of it. PC Gaming is about the universal platform and compatibility, the freedom to mod your own games, to multitask while playing games, the ability to use ANY controller, and many many more reasons.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@blackace No I haven't but the key part of that is I never intend to either.

Not to mention as soon as I heard this was Crytek I instantly predicted what it would be like. Naturally I can't back that claim up but it wasn't difficult to work out it would be a good looking turd once again.

blackace
blackace

@A_Rabid_Dog@ladies_man_xxxHhhmm.. you do have to trigger the QTE with the R-trigger. After that you strike with the colored button that flashes on your enemy. You are rewarded for you timing and completing the whole QTE. True, after the QTE is trigger by you, you don't really have to do anything else, but you'll lose all the rewards.

ZyronEnder
ZyronEnder

@A_Rabid_Dog @ladies_man_xxx  Actually, it's not quite as you describe. The accuracy of your button presses determine how much reward you get. Almost, but not quite, like the active reload system in Gears except that you can't fail outright only do poorly. Personally, I tend not to like a lot of QTE (a little bit is nice because they tend to have great animations that aren't seen during regular gameplay) but it's a twist that allowed me to enjoy their use in Ryse.


I have to agree also that the graphics were excellent and this bodes well for future games built on the Crytek engine. Many times I found myself stopping to just look around. Lighting effects in particular stood out. Based on Ryse, I've concluded that lighting effects contributes more to the overall appearance of a game than raw resolution - which surprised me actually.


There's kind of a pile on mentality happening to Ryse on the forums. Most of the negativity you read is from people who haven't actually played it. Of those I've come across who've actually played it, most seem to rate it overall between not-bad and very-good. Hence, the user review average around 7 or just below.


In all, I enjoyed the game - it feels very polished and I'm still going back for the multiplayer.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

@Riddick123 @RicanV I was on vacation from work. So I couldn't comment on forums in a gaming website.


RicanV
RicanV moderator

@HonorOfGod @RicanV I don't own an X1 but it is what it is. Just like GTA5 got a free beach pack. I didn't even bother downloading it. Still free though.

MAGIC-KINECT
MAGIC-KINECT

@A_Rabid_Dog    Have you recently updated your drivers? Video card? Flashplayer? Java? KB/M? OS? RAM? Power supply? Clear out your cache? Defrag?  Etc etc etc etc...That's what I think is best about PC gaming, the simplicity and everything just "works".  hehe :p

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@A8ADD0N @blackace I never watched DBZ for the story I watched it for the planet destroying battles (when they finally happened after about six episodes of talking), and it still has more of an impact than Rise has.

At least DBZ evolved over time, the battles and characters and abilities changed over the scope of each series.

Rise just uses the same battle animations over and over again, where the button prompts cannot be missed and you have seen all the game has to give within about an hour.

Riddick123
Riddick123

@RicanV  Vacation is much more important.  LOL I actually said Rican must be home gaming and relaxing.