Out since the Xbox One's November 2013 launch, Ryse: Son of Rome (RSoR) was a game that took a critical bitch-slapping at the time. Hardly anyone played it as a result and many jumped on the bandy, extracting the urine without ever seeing it moving, let alone playing it.
Gamertroll didn't play it admittedly, only Titanfall's release the following March justified bringing an Xbox one into the cave. This month's release of the PC version brought the title back on the Troll radar and pure curiosity more than anything stimulated this review.
Despite the game's pretensions to historical authenticity, the plot takes some pretty huge liberties with historical figures like Boudica. Gamertroll won't spoil it but expect 'Braveheart'-scale tweaks to widely established historical fact: remember the scenes where the imprisoned William Wallace had a preposterous sexual liaison with the princess of Wales? That sort of ridiculous.
All that being said, RSoR is the nearest thing to Ridley Scott's 'Gladiator' film to be found in playable form, It's fiercely cinematic with terrifically realised Characters and simply gorgeous to look at. By the time Gamertroll had got to grips with the 'Edge of the world' campaign in the British isles it had become readily obvious that Crytek studios has achieved a visual splendour in their much maligned launch title unsurpassed by anything pre-'Destiny'.
Maybe Gamertroll watches too much History channel because for this Troll even if RSoR isn't the best game, it's certainly a graphical showcase and an excellent gaming experience.