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These CryEngine-fuelled trailers reveal Xbox One exclusive Ryse's story

There's no place like Rome.

We've heard plenty about Ryse: Son of Rome's control scheme and combat mechanics - perhaps too much - but have so far been able to glean little about its story.

The two trailers below - posted by Gamespot - finally go into some detail.

First up is a look at how Ryse's hero Marius Titus got to be so vengeful and stab-happy. It's worth a look just to see how well Crytek's combination of mo-cap and CryEngine wizardry is able to animate the game's characters.

Fair warning - there are minor spoilers here for what is probably the beginning of the game and a few dodgy British accents.

Next, Ryse tells the legend of Damocles, a doomed Roman centurion who has returned from the underworld thirsty for vengeance. It's told through some niftily stylised animation and again allows CryEngine to flex its graphical muscles.

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