Excerpt: Wars are won by telling lies (now that I think about it, they are often started by lies as well). Lie about having the biggest bombs and the opposition might just call it quits to fight another day. Lie about the number of soldiers, the range of your weapons or the movement of your troops, and the opposition will shake in their army boots. It’s as simple as that. R.U.S.E. is a strategy game than plays heavily on the lying part of war.
Conclusion: If you enjoy strategy games, you'll enjoy R.U.S.E. . The best part of the game is unfortunately riddled with balancing issues and saddled with a dead community. A shame really, especially for an overlooked genre.
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is When I first saw the promotional videos for R.U.S.E, I was a bit confused. It showed two stern-faced men poring over a touch-screen table, playing a strategy game. Was it an upcoming game for the iPad? Some sort of Windows 7 launch ploy? Sadly it was neither – R.U.S.E turned out to be just another strategy game that has a few good features to boast about, but not enough to keep you playing for too long.
Excerpt: Lies, deception, espionage, misdirection. These are all concepts of war that have been employed since the dawn of man. Gaining a tactical advantage over your enemy through misinformation and bluffing has proven through history to turn the tide on battles that once seemed unable to be won. This is the concept of Ubisoft’s leap into the world of real-time strategy. R.U.S.E.
Pros: Excellent controls, fun multiplayer, unique combat initiatives
Cons: Bad single-player, uninspired cut scenes, mundane story
Excerpt: Finally! A Real Time Strategy game that is playable on a console. There has been a few PC ports in the past, such as the Command and Conquer series, but they were always held back by having to use the analog sticks instead of your mouse. The correct view you required was hard to line up and getting the camera to zoom correctly was also quite tricky. But then along comes RUSE (which has been developed very much with the console in mind) to change all that.
Conclusion: R.U.S.E. is a good game that has some flaws. The one thing that Ubisoft and the devs were counting on to entertain (the R.U.S.E. option) pays off really well in the end. The rest of the gameplay elements aren't overly different from what we've seen before in an RTS, which makes R.U.S.E. simply good and not great.
Excerpt: Real-time strategy aficionados typically stick to the PC, and for good reason. But if you’re looking for a competent RTS with a bit of a twist, and are willing to deal with a mediocre campaign story and a few small mechanical shortcomings,