Reviews for R.U.S.E.

75

It's a bit of a ruse itself.

mw3321 | Aug. 24, 2013 | See all mw3321's reviews »

This review focuses on the single player campaign. RUSE is a fairly straightforward RTS. There's base building, resource gathering, and unit upgrading. What's supposed to make the game stand out are the various ruses you can employ. However, they simply boil down to special abilities that you can activate during a battle. Examples include speeding up units, revealing enemy units, deployment of decoy units or buildings, and so on. They succeed in making the game more varied but ultimately feel a bit forced and not relevant enough to actually name the game after them. In fact, most of the campaign missions can be completed without ever using any of the ruses. This also illustrates how dreadfully simple and easy the missions are. Only at about 3/4 in, the game starts to pick up and present some challenges. This is when RUSE actually shows its potential. The decent counter system ensures all units are useful, the resource system forces map control and punishes turtling, and quick adaption and tactics become more important. The mission design is fairly varied, but really nothing beyond your typical RTS stereotypes. Nobody cares about the story in RTS, so I'm not even going into that. Not that there'd be anything to write about. Considering there aren't many new RTS games coming out anymore, RUSE is a very decent deal. Just play it on hard to spice things up a bit.

60

Averenge at best

Demilisz | June 7, 2013 | See all Demilisz's reviews »

I was having my worries about R.U.S.E. from the very beginning when comes out it is made mostly for consoles. And I was right. Combat mechanic is pretty much rock-paper-scissor. A mechanic that doesn't suit World War 2 or modern combat. Yes - it is necessary at some degree to determine who wins a skirmish, but in R.U.S.E. it is exactly that: rock-paper-scissor. With tanks.

Solo campaign just is. It has a plot, but not so interesting (it is possible to guess who is the spy around half of the game). Mission are based on historical operations (like Monte Casino or D-Day) but we are more like support from the line than main player. And so on D-Day we will be fighting on Utah Beach, while during Market Garden we must ensure a save passage for tanks. It was actually one of the few good ideas in this game, with potential. Too bad mostly wasted.

And so famous ruses, that should be a jewel in this game and it's original mechanic. They aren't - while they look innovative on paper, in practice they are just like powers from Battle for Middle Earth or doctrine skills from Company of Heroes. The name differs, but the rest is the same.

Multiplayer is better, not much, but still. Yet it is practically dead now.

At the end, if you are looking for good modern combat RTS: play Wargame: EE, it is everything R.U.S.E. should be.

86

A good rts

Neapolis47 | March 12, 2013 | See all Neapolis47's reviews »

A breath of fresh air in the RTS genre, the gameplay of RUSE is structured so as to reward the cunning of the player and his ability to organize attacks or purely strategic defense plans, and the ability to exercise full control over the vast area of ​​the game. The action is reduced to a minimum, as well as the micromanagement of individual troops in the field, great importance is given to the nature of the soil and the influence this has on the choice of the positioning of military forces and planning ambushes. To promote a more strategic approach to the game, the developers have seen fit to give the possibility to their units to inflict more damage when they make a surprise attack on the enemy. Recommended to all fans of the genre, especially those looking for a high degree of challenge.

77

Starring Average Joe

Guardian412 | Jan. 31, 2013 | See all Guardian412's reviews »

R.U.S.E. is an in original and fun approach in the RTS genre, which is ruined by the very shallow solo campaign which is rather a very-very long tutorial, has a below average storyline and presentation, but foremost annoying characters, such as the main character, Joe Sheridan, who is rather acting like an Average Joe from the local pub than a Colonel or a General. However the gameplay itself is fun and you have to plan ahead if you want to achieve victory (But this is rather applies for the multi game instead of the single campaign, which is pretty straight forward.), The battles have a great scale, the maps are very large, the R.U.S.E. cards, a.k.a. diversion tricks, you may use against your enemies to trick them is an interesting and definitely unique option to play with. One of the strongest point of R.U.S.E. is the different factions as you can feel the difference in their gameplay. You may play with few sides in multiplayer mode; U.S.A., U.K., German, Russian, French, Italian and if you get the Rising Sun DLC, the Japanese. The units are acting as they should and finally this is an RTS game where the guns on a B17 Flying Fortress and other bombers are not just for decoration, but they're being used against the enemy fighters. The graphics is also more than enough for an RTS game like this, especially as you'll watch the battlefield from a great distance under most of your gameplay. If you like real time strategies, R.U.S.E. is the game you shouldn't miss, but only if you plan to play in multiplayer.mode the most as the solo campaign, so as I mentioned in the beginning, is mostly a long tutorial with an shallow storyline and boring characters, starring Average Joe.

90

One of my favorite RTS.

zhack075 | Sept. 16, 2012 | See all zhack075's reviews »

Why is it one of my favorite RTS ?

Because I've played many strategy game and most of the time, the bigger army wins. In Ruse, you can elaborate tactics using "ruse cards". You can hide troops, deceive the enemy with decoy... There are many ways to take advantage on your enemy. The score is based on points you earn by destroying enemy units. In fact, you can win by using cheaper units than other players.

The graphics are awesome. You can have a general view of the battlefield as if you were in a command room or zoom in and get close to the action.

It's trully a great FPS and a must have to my mind !

79

One of the most fun RTS games i've played.

ThomasG101 | Sept. 6, 2012 | See all ThomasG101's reviews »

While R.U.S.E isn't a perfect game by any means it is great fun. It's got good visuals and the way you can zoom in and out of the battle to see it on a generals table is really nice. The selection of units are good and teams are relatively evenly matched. The ruse's themselves are useful but not really as important in game-play as the name would suggest and part of me thinks the game might have been better without them. I enjoyed to story which was a challenge towards the end but generally good fun (I don't want to give away any spoilers as to who wins the war) but the ending is pretty satisfying.

75

Not perfect, but really good and original.

viju | Aug. 22, 2012 | See all viju's reviews »

Really interesting and original World War II RTS. The game is heavily focus on combat and tactics rather than in gathering resources, which is obviously important too as long as you can try to cut your enemies supply lines, and you will need a large amount of credits to do the powerful units. Ruse is about hiding, fighting and taking strategic positions. It is about combining the proper types of units in order to succeed. Ruse is about pretending you are doing one thing, while actually you are doing a different one. Ruse is about deception and striking heavily your opponent in the precise time. The campaign is quite entertaining and the missions are varied enough to enjoy it from the start to the end. Despite the campaign is good, the multiplayer is supposed to be the key part of the game, and as long as I have tried it, it is also really interesting, because you will have to adapt to many different situations, and you will need to do it quickly.

95

Ruse - Review

mevidek | Aug. 18, 2011 | See all mevidek's reviews »

Excellent game. Absolutely brilliant. With a campaign lasting hours on end, impressive visuals, and fun but sometimes frustrating gameplay, R.U.S.E is definitely a hit. Whether you like Strategy or not, this game is worth at least a try. Command vast armies, and fight in some of the largest battles both real and fictional, and also lead various different countries' armies into battle. This game is about being the more cool-headed one. Deploying a massive army and attacking head on won't work. One needs to plan out their tactics, hide units, use Ruse Cards, and outwit their enemy. Ultimately a satisfying experience that will have you begging for more, and also making you feel good for being victorious, this game is a need for anybody who like gaming. Period.

70

Decent but uninspiring RTS

faraany3k | Aug. 18, 2011 | See all faraany3k's reviews »

This is a fast paced RTS game mostly influence by groundbreaking title like 'WORLD IN CONFLICT'. Games graphics are pretty amazing and in my view the only saving grace for the game. They effectively create a sense of scale and bring to life the WW2 era battles.

Games single player campaign is also boring, with generic missions really destroys all the fun. Voice acting and the quality of cutscenes are also very poor and suck the life out of the minimal plot there is. Game-play itself feels clunky and unpolished.

As with all the recent UBISOFT games lately, RUSE feels as it is a console port with poor optimization and controls. There is a noticeable delay when we move camera and select our troops. Game is not worth the full price. Although it is currently on sale and you can try it out if you want something unique in RTS genre.

75

Something special, but not perfect

trinest | Aug. 18, 2011 | See all trinest's reviews »

RUSE is an amazing war game, I give you that, its filled with tanks and planes as well as other weaponry which will make your head explode with all the possibilities. You also have the ability to construct buildings which will make your arsenal just a little bit more complicated. One major difference from other war games is these sort of power ups you can use which affect various regions of the map. These effects can alter the games mechanics for a small period of time which makes it just a little bit more challenging, and a little bit more crazy.

75

Lie to your enemies

Arthan | June 15, 2011 | See all Arthan's reviews »

That makes the difference. We have played plenty war games, but we never had one like RUSE. Here you can play as you do in any other game, using your units to break through your enemies defences but you can use RUSE's cards and lie to them, make them think you are going to attack their right flank with planes while your main forces are attacking their left flank with tanks. They won't know what to do.

85

You are the leader...

robertification | May 12, 2011 | See all robertification's reviews »

If you've always wanted to control an army of soldiers, with tanks, paratroopers, helicopters and many more units in a war, this is your game. With beautiful graphics, smooth and easy gameplay and interesting missions this is a game any real time strategy fan should buy. There is even a skirmish mode in which you can freely choose the battle conditions and your enemies, which makes sure you're going to keep playing this game for a long time...