R.U.S.E. Review for Xbox 360

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A one-of-a-kind RTS game that allows players to bluff their enemies to lead their nation to victory, controlling the action from the heart of the battlefield to the full theatre of war.

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8Out of 10
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R.U.S.E. screenshot
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Every so often all of that talk about bringing Real-Time Strategy to consoles actually results in a game, but give it a few months and everyone wanders back to their keyboards to play StarCraft. That intrinsic link between PC and RTS still hasn't been sawed through, not because of lack of innovation in the genre, but because the Real-Time formula is at its best when you've got one hand on a mouse and the other on your keyboard.

So when R.U.S.E. was marketed as a WWII RTS for consoles, it sounded like a grim combination of unnecessary revision and a been-there-done-that Nazi plotline. A quick glance at a few forums and you'll see the reservation from genre purists, calling out console-based RTS as over-simplified and dumbed-down.

R.U.S.E. is simplified, at least insofar as it caters to the controls of the console pad. Any significant action in the game can be carried out using the analogue sticks, with the right allowing you to zoom and pan, and the left controlingl movement. Point the camera in the direction of a unit and you're given the option to select it, or any of its unit-types within range. The total precision of the mouse is replaced by controls that feel intuitively simple considering the scale of the game. This is simplification in the best possible way.

The game consistently plays with scale; in fact that's its main visual conceit. Zoom out and the battle is shown as a board on a commander's table, affixed with figurines of tanks and soldiers. Zoom back in and you're dead centre of that battlefield terrain. A cutscene will take you back from the field to a close-up shot of a chess board. Despite the fact that you're thigh-deep in WWII warfare you're consistently reminded of that R.U.S.E. Warfare is less about taking out enemies and more about thoughtful strategy. It rewards the placement of your forces, not the number of units you've churned out. In a game about defending and attacking on multiple fronts, you're encouraged to direct your tanks and soldiers as a general would.

So, regardless of their numbers, soldier units will be annihilated if they're left out in the open for long enough. But move them into the woods and they can surprise-attack a passing Panzer with such force you'd think the Krauts built their tanks out of polystyrene.

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Played the demo,enjoyed,Like the style of game play.
Posted 09:33 on 09 September 2010
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I'm one of those people who actually enjoy games set in WW2.
Posted 09:02 on 09 September 2010

Neon-Soldier32@ erebusstyx

:L Fair enough, it was the only other WWII game I could think of at present
Posted 20:04 on 08 September 2010
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erebusstyx@ Neon-Soldier32

Ah fair enough, just don't use Wolfenstein as an example because those guys totally got there first! :p
Posted 19:56 on 08 September 2010

Neon-Soldier32@ erebusstyx

I read all of the review. But my point was that other games don't get marked down for a 'familiar setting'
Posted 19:54 on 08 September 2010
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erebusstyx@ Neon-Soldier32

I'm sure the whole WWII thing is just a minor amusing point to add to the end verdict. Perhaps if you didn't skip straight to the end it would be more apparent?

As for the game itself, I think I am one of these RTS purists Emily speaks of. I'm a big Halo fan and I didn't bother with Halo Wars (as it's on a console) so I'm not 100% on this but an emphasis on tactical play does seem appealing!
Posted 19:48 on 08 September 2010
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SexyJams@ Neon-Soldier32

Don't worry man.
Just consider it a 9 for yourself.
People will still look at the 8 and think, woahh; sounds like a good game.

Show Spoiler I do think it was a silly negative though... Maybe you could have thought of something more valid Emily?
Posted 17:40 on 08 September 2010


...So, it get's an 8 because it's a similar setting, which IMO is s bit.... stupid?
But still not sure why it's an 8 and now a nine.

I mean, people didn't knock World at War, or Wolfenstein down for being in WWII?
Posted 15:55 on 08 September 2010

Game Stats

Technical Specs
Out of 10
  • Intuitive gameplay
  • Clever deception tactics
  • Impressive scale
  • Another WWII setting
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Release Date: 10/09/2010
Platforms: Xbox 360 , PS3 , PC
Developer: Eugen Systems
Publisher: Ubisoft
Genre: Real-time strategy
Rating: PEGI 16+
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