For some reason, this was one of the first games that I’ve downloaded to my mint-new Xbox One. Being the exclusive (keeping in mind that Xbox and Windows share most of their ‘exclusive’ game library), this game doesn’t bring anything new to the button-mashing slasher genre, obviously, it’s just what it is: a conventional way to kick off the new console generation. The game has some charm to it: non-zero-effort setting (think alternative history of Roman Empire with a touch of Hollywood cheesiness) and a very dynamic, sometimes even twitchy and hectic, combat system. It evoked memories of a similar fighting style of Batman: Arkham Asylum, a bit less polished, though. And I don’t want to revisit most of the boss fights. I mean, I rarely do any game replay, but some of them caused me quite a bit of frustration, on par with MGS3 boss battles. Ryse is a great way to spend two or three evenings, though, good art direction and overall solid visual design left me craving more game time. A good way to start playing this game with some historical perspective is to read some of Mary Beard’s works about Ancient Rome, or just watch the gory and seedy HBO’s “Rome” series.