YMMV / Ryse: Son of Rome

  • Broken Base: Whether the gratuitous Artistic License History / Martial Arts falls by the wayside due to Rule of Cool, or if it makes one's inner historian cry and/or rage.
  • It's Short, so It Sucks: A major point of contention of the game is that it can be beaten in less than 5 hours.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The beastmen go screaming across this line when they burn captured Roman soldiers alive inside wooden cages.
    • Commodus jumps across this when he brutally stabs Oswald to death in front of his daughter and hundreds of his people, and then has the gall to demand that everyone kneel before him. Fortunately he gets a rock to the face for his trouble.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The beastmen and their lands "north of the Wall" certainly qualify. Depraved savages who seem to have regressed into death-worshipping monsters, their skull headdresses and penchant for flaming human sacrifices are bad enough. But where they are is a tangle of dead trees, mist, cliffs and half-glimpsed shadows that seem to be stalking Marius and his detachment. Taken together, it makes thir part of the game deeply unsettling.
    • The state of Rome near the end under Nero's rule edges into this. Streets deserted save for the homeless, the orphaned and the dead, and Nero's Praetorians are butchering and robbing anyone they come across. It's amazing the Empire is still functioning given how far its seat of power has fallen.
  • Polished Port: The PC version has support for widescreen resolutions, no framerate cap (except for an optional 30 frame cap), has all of the DLC that was in the Xbox version, and no microtransactions. Though as a downside, the keys are not rebindable, only allowing you to choose between 3 presets (two WASD presets and one arrow key preset).
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Practically invoked for Marius and Boudica. They share all of five moments on-screen, two of which involve their fighting against each other, yet the end of their conflict has them both lamenting "In another life, perhaps".
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Hands up: Who bought the game just so you could show off to your friends how pretty it is?
    • The UK Official Xbox Magazine had a list of fake Xbox achievements. One of them was "Spent two hours examining the wall textures in Ryse."