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Ryse was a release title for the Xbox One, and it's a great example of a game that was designed to showcase the graphical and processing power of a new system.
The game looks absolutely amazing. The environments look practically like watching a BluRay movie. The animation is smooth and fluid, and the lighting is spot on for the most part. Some of the pre-rendered cutscenes can actually be hard to distinguish from live video.
The gameplay is average. A lot of folks have griped about the monotony, and they're not entirely wrong about that. There isn't a lot of variety to the gameplay, and there are a few minor (but noticeable) bugs. I even had the game crash to my dashboard once.
The game includes a half-hearted attempt at a character development system, but I found it mostly confusing and pointless.
The campaign is very brief - I might have taken six hours or so. I haven't tried the multiplayer, but given the ho-hum options available for different attack styles and combos, etc., I can't imagine it would be all that gripping.
Having beaten up on the gameplay quite a bit here, I have to add that it's not really terrible. Learning the timing of your blocks and parries is absolutely essential - you can't win without it - but it is a little bit rewarding, as your own skill at the game gradually improves and you become even more of a hard case.
Overall, the game is definitely worth renting, but I'm glad I didn't spend $60 (or even $30) to buy it new.