Conclusion: There are strategy games that push the envelope more than R.U.S.E. does, there's no denying that, but Ubisoft's latest offering is still an enjoyable game. We think ultimately there's going to be less 'subterfuge' and out-manoeuvring then the developers hope for, given this titles pre-disposition towards blitzkrieg tactics, but there's enough here to make it unique.
Deep war game requires brain as well as (moderate) brawn.
Common Sense Media
1 November 2010
Summary: Parents need to know that R.U.S.E. is a WWII combat game, but that it is not as intense as more graphic and realistic modern-day military shooters, such as games in the popular Call of Duty franchise. Players can command an army to destroy enemy units and buildings -- mostly from a top-down "eagle eye" view of the action. There is some mild profanity and support for open online communication.
Summary: " R.U.S.E. " doesn’t quite live up to my own personal expectations. Most of my annoyance comes from the annoying menu which skips around with the slightest touch, but the slowdown, dodgy animation and lack of particularly thrilling action at the lowest level all hurt the game to an extent.
Conclusion: RUSE is something different, which is no guarantee that you will like it, but give it a chance and the depth and strategy will soon draw you in. RUSE is an RTS that works, and one that works well. Go for it soldier.
Excerpt: The Good : Innovative game system that uses deception as key gaming element. Excellent multiplayer. The Bad : Difficulty finding multiplayer matches. Some significant unit imbalances. The Ugly : Single-player campaign sucks. Omaha Beach again ? In 1944 the Allies undertook a massive campaign of deception against the Germans prior to the invasion of Normandy.
Excerpt: In 1944 the Allies undertook a massive campaign of deception against the Germans prior to the invasion of Normandy. Due to “leaked” classified information through diplomatic channels, false radio traffic from non-existent units, and the construction of fake tanks and planes from wood and canvas, the German leadership was led to believe that the invasion of Normandy was a feint.
Summary: R.U.S.E. takes a fairly simple WWII real-time strategy game and turns things upside down by adding ways for you to practice trickery and deceit against your enemies. A phalanx of advancing tanks might seem imposing, but the game changes when a single card can deter them, or turn them into decoy ghosts.
Pros: Streamlined RTS gameplay, Campaign tutorial is comprehensive, R.U.S.E. cards are gamechangers
Cons: Controls sometimes frustrate, Not granular enough for hardcore wargamers
Pros: Ruses provide a nifty and original strategic element, Slick tabletop interface makes it easy to stay organized, Recon, ambushes, and other elements make for lots of flexibility, Online and skirmish matches are really fun, Ruses provide a nifty and original strategic element, Slick tabletop interface makes it easy to stay organized, Recon, ambushes, and other elements make for lots of flexibility, Online and skirmish matches are really fun
Cons: Bland story characterized by poor cutscenes and inferior voice acting, Campaign is boring and badly paced, Bland story characterized by poor cutscenes and inferior voice acting, Campaign is boring and badly paced, Problems finding online opponents