The first piece of Ryse: Son of Rome DLC has released in the form of a multiplayer map and character skin pack. At only $3.99, there is nothing to extensive here, but is what’s here worth it at all?
There are two character skins that come included with the Colosseum Pack, The Centurion and Commodus. Unfortunately, skins are a complete throwaway, because they eliminate the aesthetic element of your collected gear, which is one of the most interesting aspects to Ryse’s multiplayer, and a major motive for further progression. Do not get me wrong, they look phenomenal, but the static, unalterable way that they appear on your character will most likely have you reverting back to the original gladiator in a flash.
The multiplayer arenas are the real content of this pack. While there are two new playlists with a variety of arenas, there are only two new arenas. The first is Henge, a giant forest shrine that you and your fellow gladiator must defend. There are some interesting co-op moments that require you and your partner to navigate a wagon through a series of gates. It offered both dynamic and frantic combat sequences that demand at least a minor level of cooperation between players.
Ascension, is the more visually unique of the two. While Henge shares a similar palette to the Black Forest and other arenas based off Britannia’s segments of the campaign, Ascension displays Hades with pits of lava and mounds of corpses. The horrifically gorgeous scenery is unfortunately the only thing new about this map. There are no unique events of note and the chance to have an end level boss was squandered here. Both of these maps are also combo killers, because of the required mounted crossbow sections.
Ascension and Henge are both competent arenas, and each have their own strengths and weaknesses. While I find Henge to be the more repayable of the two, Ascension was more visually pleasing. But, neither of these maps will be frequented by more hardcore players due to the limited combo length. With superficial character skins, and two good, but not great arenas, this is a fair purchase, but perhaps not the most necessary.