Been playing lots of Ryse multiplayer lately. Coordinating precise-timing, awareness, pattern-recognition and strategy is a fascinating puzzle. It's gratifying to have worked up the skill to crack >100x combos consistently, except when they throw archers into the mix.
Archers are such a wildcard. If they are included as part of the minions, I try to identify and end them as quickly as possible. If they are an objective, I try to get close and manage them with Focus until I can safely get on the platform. It's always a real struggle and I haven't found anyone with an ideal strategy.
I could try to send their arrows back at them with a perfect block but the timing on that is so precise. And that icon would be just one more thing to focus on. And they also often miss so I don't know the mental resources required would be worth it.
I'm sure everyone would have liked the booster packs to drop as part of the game. But I don't begrudge this system much. You can earn the necessary gold in game. Especially if you equip to farm. But as these games get more expensive to make, and we remain slaves to the $60 price point, other revenue streams are here to stay.
I can't think of a game that is more underrated. Maybe Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts, but that was more of an expectations problem. Ryse was actively whitewashed. Sure it's far from perfect. But its core combat system is tight and deep. Paired with graphics that excel both technically and artistically. The facial animations may only be bested by LA Noire, where they were basically just movies strapped to a facial texture. Here they constantly left me in disbelief that the characters were being rendered in game.
I haven't even touched on the engaging story, incredible character/weapon/armor design and diverse environments. Point is, Ryse is an impressive achievement, especially for a launch game. And if you haven't tried it, be sure to. Play on hard. This game shines when every combatant poses a real threat.
Alright, I'll stop the gushing
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