Experience an exciting single player storyline where you thwart Loki and his minions from bringing Ragnarok to Midgard.
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Very Positive (371 reviews) - 93% of the 371 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 18, 2001

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“If there was ever a civilization screaming for a game, it's the Vikings.”
8/10 – IGN

“...fun is really the best way to describe Rune.”
"A-" – Game Revolution

“A nice title that offers at least 20 hours of solid game-play.”
8.9/10 – http://www.gamershell.com/pc/rune/review.html

About This Game

The classic Viking third-person hack-and-slash melee action game is now available on Steam. This release, known as Rune Classic, contains the original Rune content, plus the multiplayer expansion pack Halls of Valhalla. Experience an exciting single player storyline where you thwart Loki and his minions from bringing Ragnarok to Midgard that will keep you entertained for hours. Eat meat and lizards, drink mead, as survival food. Call upon the power of the gods to enchant your weapon with Rune powers.

Key Features

  • New enemies added
  • Some levels have been redesigned for more enjoyable play
  • Experience multiplayer in vicious, fun "up close and personal" melee action with swords, maces, hammers and axes (or your opponent's head or arm)
  • Includes Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Arena and Headball
  • Over 35 multiplayer and singleplayer levels
  • All the music tracks from the game and the original audio CD will be available as part of this release in OGG format

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 7.0 capable card
    • DirectX®: 7.0
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 7.0 capable card
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB HD space
    • Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection
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Very Positive (371 reviews)
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Aureus
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
I'll review only the single player adventure.
TL;DR - the game is not terrible, but it is not worth 10$ (i got it for like 50 cents in some RPG bundle) and the 12-14 hours of gameplay is very repetetive. No wonder that less then 9% of buyers even finished it.

The game bases on some version of Odin-Loki-Ragnarok mythos however it does very bad job using the viking (or Northsmen) culture. You will spend on a ship about 2 minutes. No brutal raids on innocent foreigners, no social life at all and drinking mead is just a sad, lonely first aid kit. Its just a walking simulator with poorly designed battles.

The game mostly fits to the same category as Half Life (publshed 3 years earlier) - you keep walkin, jumping and fighting. Puzzles/jumping -> a couple of fights -> puzzles/jumping -> fighting and so on and so on. Unlike Half Life though the plot is very simplistic and not engaging; the third person perspective destroys the illusion of every-man protagonist (who also never speeks and has no personality at all); most of the weapons are very similiar and you can basically just hold to the latest-strongest weapon available; most of the enemies blindly charge at you (or stand in one place - the game is insanely buggy); and the landscapes are mostly grey, boring dungeons and mountain tunnels.

It wasn't a waste of time but I deffinitely do not recomment this game even though it has some great reviews on Steam (I assume nostalgia-based).
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Xaero
( 17.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Lizard-eating simulator with built-in hack & slash features.

Don't squander this opportunity, warrior!
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GABBA-[CRO]
( 25.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
This game is my favourite game from childhood. I got all achievements in 24h of playing.

I will do some pros and cons for the game.

PROS
-The game's story is awesome
-The character you play with is cool
-Graphics are nice
-Mechanics of the game are simple
-Couple of bugs(a wall that is bugged(does not mess with your progress), a corrupted file of sounds almost at the end of the game(just put your audio to 0 before the cutscene, when cutscene passes you can crank it up again), Multiplayer error(fix: https://steamcommunity.com/app/210950/discussions/0/357285562497078092/ ) that are not hard to fix or bypass
-Cutscenes are awesome
-Models for characters are awesome
-3 types of weapons(swords, axes and heavy melee weapons), no need for more weapons

CONS
-Community is almost dead
-Multiplayer is almost dead(1-2 players are playing it), there are a lot of servers but there is only 1 that is 1.10 version - and you need 1.10 version for achievement hunting, on others the achievements are not obtainable

I rate it 10/10. Recommended. Would kill my friend with his own arm again.
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Alara Shade
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
Ozzy Osbourne some lizards, beat the crap our of your opponents with the remains your enemies, haul more weapons than a first person shooter and be an overall bad ♥♥♥♥ viking. Amazingly great game, fast paced, combats great, and Unreal Engine 1. Doesn't get better than that!

http://twitch.tv/alarashade
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Chicken an Rice
( 87.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 14
First thing I want to say is I have played this game A LOT before I got it on Steam so keep that in mind.

Now, there were a handful of games that me and my brothers played together a lot in my childhood, and every single one of these games brought many hilarious and awesome memories that I still remember.

Rune was one of these games.

My and my brothers played over LAN quite a bit, so I recommend playing this game with friends over private servers or LAN.

Its a blast to play this game with others, especially if you know the people your playing it with well. The fact that this game is so old makes it even more fun for me to play even now. It's hilarious when you chop your enemy's weapon arm off, because now thay have no arm, so all they can do is run! In a multiplayer match you can start to feel super awesome as you find things on the map with high damage and other items that increase your health, and so on and so forth.

The game's graphics and animations aren't what this game is good for. Its great because the combat is so simple, yet so hard and complicated to use at times.

Even though the game still has open online servers, no one really plays on them anymore. The people who actually play this game online is more like a community of 10-20 people who all know eachother because they met online in Rune.

Even though the servers aren't really populated anyomre, it means that you can usually find a server and play it with your friends usually without the worry of anyone else joining it.

Even if you don't like the multiplayer there's still an AMAZING storyline with a very awesome Norse setting, and it really does make you feel like an epic viking warrior. I won't spoil any of the actual storyline, but the story itself is very epic.

The story mode is also great because the difficulty of the campaign does start to get increaseingly difficult, but how does your character level up? Its simple. He doesn't.

You never level up with skill points, and you don't have an inventory, its just a hack and slash adventure going through the game. You get tougher by finding slightly better weapons slowly throughout the game, as well as items that increase your health a tiny bit and what not. But, even with those better weapons, enemies are still always gaining in difficulty, as they could still kill you in only a few hits. In the beginning of the game, enemies are no real threat and are killed easilly with your weak starting weapons. But near the end of the game, even though you have the best weapons that you can get, enemies are extremely difficult to kill sometimes and can take you out easilly if your not careful.

Overall, I highly recommend this game to anyone, especially if you like games based on a Norse setting.
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TraktorTorsten
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 8
8/8 gr8 r8 m8
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VanQC
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
Buy it.... JUST BUY IT! BUY IT NOW!
The multiplayer community still there! I was surprise to see so many of old school players online.
A cold beer + Rune Classic = Hours and hours of FUN AGAIN! ;D
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Feigr Laufsblad
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 3
Dam fine game.
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UndeadPixelArmy
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
Fun game, but online multiplayer is a joke.

The 20 people that are on there at any given time turn into bugs bunny with a hammer and spam that ♥♥♥♥ for eternity.
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junglesvend
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
Best melee combat mechanics of any game to date.

This just proves that a game can be ugly as sin and still be fun if the gameplay is where it should be.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
66 of 68 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
203.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Rune is one of the best hack and slash games I've ever played. The gameplay remains solid even compared to newer games of the same genre. There are 15 weapons to use. There's puzzles to solve. Then there's food to eat and ale to guzzle when you're wonded from the slaughtering. The multiplayer still works, though there are a few tweaks and quirks to fiddle with depending on whether or not you use a router or have custom firewall settings in order to play with others on Steam version servers. There are a number of older version servers running and active that Steam users can join and play on.
I recommend this game to anyone that likes full 360 degree splatterhouse games.
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43 of 48 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
45.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
This game came out in 2001 around the same time i was in 1st grade. I remember it being the Greatest game as a kid, id come home everyday and play it and even have lan partys for it from time to time. But enough about me.The game has a great story line/Campaign and super fun 3rd person Multiplayer slasher with Tdm modes etc. much like Quake or Unreal Tournament. The maps are sweet too there's so many of them and you can MOD the ♥♥♥♥ out of them. So go play it 10/10

ps. if you eat a snake it re-fills your health !
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32 of 32 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2013
Fun, tight controlls, perfectly formatted for a modern WASD/E-to-activate/Space-to-jump mentality. Widescreen 1080p, and runs fine as-is on Windows 8.1.
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50 of 61 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2014
Chug Mead
Eat Lizards
Hail Odin
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
( My current play time on steam does not accurately portray the amount of time I have played this game overall. I own the retail physical copy off of steam. )

This game.
I love it so much you have no idea.
I was much younger when I played it first, I was still getting innitiated into the amazing genre that is RPG games. It was times in which I was still going "oooh!" and "aah!" over stuff that was happening, trembling excited in my boots. And this game did all of that for me. The classic one that is, the one without halls of valhalla (which to an extent makes me not want to recommend you get this version off of steam).

Being a lover of nordic mythology even at that age, the figures that I came across during the single-player campaign are ones that I recognised and was pleased to see in a game perspective.
You might ask is the campaign any good?
Good doesn't even cover it lad/lass. The campaign is flawless. It has very well done story-telling, good voice acting, great game progression, event/cutscene transitions. And amazing music.
Did I mention that? This game's OST is one of the best you will ever find for a game. Ever. It really helps with the mood of the game.

If you are a person that enjoys playing RPGs with good story, and have not played this gem yet, I cannot recommend it enough. The combat is visceral, the graphics are satisfactionary for a game of its age. Hits strike true, making movement and precision vital tactics in combat.

And here's another thing. A very important thing, too.
I am a person that hates pvp (player versus player). But this game? I LOVE ITS MULTIPLAYER MADLY.
I would spend DAYS playing it back in the day, in an internet cafe before I had my first computer. I had gotten so good at it infact, that I won 3 regional championships set up by hardcore gaming fans. They were not all about the money as championships these days are. They were about the glory, about the reknown. And that is the first and last time in my life that I performed so good in a game like this' pvp due to the love I felt for it, and how much I got into it.

I knew that any multiplayer game I went into or hosted, that got people to face me, would be one I need not fear. I've gone into games where the host would intentionally remove all weapons from the map and leave people with their noob handaxe with which you spawn in MP games, and even with that, I managed to rack up the kills to the extent I was framed to be a cheater or hacker, and kicked.

Take this from a person who has played this game aproximately 6,000 hours. Not kidding.
You need to buy this. This is a good buy for any gamer's library, unless this genre is simply not for you.
But if you must buy it, take my advice, and do not buy the version that comes with Halls of Valhala. It really messed up the game in several ways, switching up the special abilities (rune powers) of certain weapons, and other stuff, in favor of a "more balanced multiplayer", which only ended up making what was already very good into something unbalanced.

It is not my way to advise for a buy that is not on steam, but steam does lack the ability to buy some games without their expansions (like in this case), or is missing them all-toghether (like for dungeon siege, a game I cannot review since I decline to buy the base game without legends of aranna, which is just .. something that is needed.)

My final rating on this game is 11/10. There are few games that have a special place in my heart, and Rune sits on the throne in that place. Buy it. Buy it now. Retail price or discounted, doesn't matter. Its worth it.
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54 of 73 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2013
You eat lizards.
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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
You play as a viking and you can dismember goblins and then beat other goblins with their limbs and you eat lizards for health. There's literally nothing wrong with the game.
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57 of 80 people (71%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2015
Best game of year 2001
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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 8, 2015
The Vikings had the biggest, teethiest and gappiest mouths in the history of the species. This I learned playing this groundbreaking classic.
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2014
For those looking at this game and not wanting to play it because it looks "old" forget that. This game handles just like any new third person hack and slash game except the combat is far more fun, fast paced and brutal. This game for me is an insta-buy im not sure why i hadn't played it before. You also get to eat live lizards!
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