A one-of-a-kind real-time strategy game that allows players to bluff their enemies to lead their nation to victory.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (1,700 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 7, 2010

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R.U.S.E™ is a one-of-a-kind real-time strategy game that allows players to bluff their enemies to lead their nation to victory, controlling the action using views that range seamlessly from the heart of the battlefield to the full theatre of war. Players will be plunged into the action thanks to the exclusive IRISZOOM® engine which offers an intuitive interface that allows for smooth, rapid transitions from a birds-eye view of the entire conflict, down into the heat of the battle and vice versa.

In R.U.S.E, your brain is your ultimate weapon as you fight a war of perception, where your ability to deceive and mislead your enemy determines success. A first in a strategy game, R.U.S.E reinvigorates the genre by using deception to give new-found depth to the gameplay.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X

    Minimum:

    • OS: Windows® XP (with Service Pack 3) or Windows Vista® (with Service Pack 2) or Windows® 7
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD® Athlon™ 64 3000+ or higher
    • Memory: 1 GB for XP / 2 GB for Vista and Win7
    • Graphics: 128 MB DirectX® 9.0c-compliant video card (ATI® Radeon X1000/GeForce® 6 Series or better)
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c (included)
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c-compliant sound card

    • Requires a UPlay account

    Recommended:

    • OS: Windows® XP (with Service Pack 3) or Windows Vista® (with Service Pack 2) or Windows® 7
    • Processor: 3.5 GHz Intel® Pentium® D or AMD® Athlon™ 64 3500+ or higher
    • Memory: 2 GB (XP / Vista / Win7)
    • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX® 9.0c-compliant video card (ATI® Radeon X1900 series / GeForce® 7800 or better)
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c (included)
    • Sound: DirectX® 9.0c-compliant sound card

    • Requires a UPlay account
    Minimum:
    • OS: Only OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3.
    • Processor: Intel ® Core 2 Duo 3Ghz / Intel ® I7 2.6Ghz
    • Memory: 3 GB
    • Graphics: 256 MB video card (Geforce GT 120/330M or ATI HD4670)
    • Hard Drive: At least 6.3 GB of free space
      Requires a UPlay account
    Recommended:
    • OS: Only OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3.
    • Processor: Intel ® Core 2 Duo 3Ghz / Intel ® I7 2.6Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB
    • Graphics: 512 MB video card (ATI HD5670)
    • Hard Drive: At least 6.3 GB of free space
      Requires a UPlay account
Helpful customer reviews
83 of 90 people (92%) found this review helpful
803.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
One of the best real time strategy games out there, featuring World War II in all its glory! Here you have it all, from Tigers to Shermans, from Paratrooper strategy to Tank Blitzkrieg Rush.... A trully great tactical game, with 1 massive problem, a lack of MAP Editor. This is the sole reason the games community is lacking and depleting, but still you can find some great tactical players out there, who are worthy of your time.
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56 of 58 people (97%) found this review helpful
37.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
This game is amazing, don't let its release date fool you into thinking you should buy something newer.

Pros:
- Affordable
- There is a skirmish mode
- Multiplayer is still very active and a lot of fun
- The campaign is mind blowing, you learn how to adapt when against overwhelming odds
- Several factions with a lot of units to choose from, making battles very interesting

Cons:
- None, I can't think of anything.

Seriously unlike "Wargame", R.U.S.E might look confusing at first, but you'll master it in no time, while actually having a fun.
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37 of 39 people (95%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
R.U.S.E. is a strategy game that is based off of world war 2. There are a HUGE amount of things that are just awesome about this game.

Imagine that you are a general, leading the American army, and you find out you are up against the germans. You build your base and eventually start building some units. You use some RUSES (which are kinda like special tactics, only every faction has these) and find the enemy base. Then suddenly, a group of panzer IV's goes on a rampage in your base, but you survive. You start building anti-tank units and recon units to see where they are coming from. You see that they are using tanks along with air support. You see that there is a flaw with this, as they don't have any long range support, so you build some artillery (suprisingly, they work kinda like wargame. Long range, but only effective against large groups of units and buildings.) You start sending volley after volley against the enemy base, so he is forced to counter this. Meanwhile, you start building your own tanks and infantry, and while he is busy tracking down your artillery and trying to counter it, you attack. His Panzars, weakened by the barrage, fall easily to your Sherman medium tanks and you destroy his base, winning the match.

The units are actually accurate to history, meaning they have their own strengths and weaknesses that are reasonable. For ex: tanks are excellent against infantry and other tanks, but are no match to fighter-bombers. Another example are the bombers. They are slow and can't defend themselves from fighters, so you have to escort them with fighters.

I haven't really tried the multiplayer out yet, but it seems pretty good.

The graphics are awesome in this game. You can see the explosions up close, with all of the dirt and debris flying all over the place. The units are also detailed, you can see the damage as units like tanks and other vehicles look more and more beaten up as they get shot at. The is awesome to look at, especially up close. The camera actually shakes from the impact of tank shells and heavy artillery and the explosions are just beautiful to look at, even at low graphics.

The damage is also effective. Certain units have more firepower than others, making them really effective at what they do, especially the units that you can get later in the game. Like the Germans King Tiger and the Americans Pershing heavy tank. One of these things could hold off against at least 4 medium tanks before they succumb.

There are also experimental units that are in this. The super pershing for the Americans is one of the most powerful tank in the American arsenal, but you need to get a experimental factory in order to make one. Experimental units can range from super-heavy artillery to anti-air guns that can wipe the sky clean of even the biggest squadrons of bombers single handedly.

Overall, this game has a very good impression. You can have firefights that can last from 5 seconds to 20 minutes if you aren't careful. The graphics are amazing to look at. The overall strategy required for this game is tremendous, as every unit has a purpous and even one unit can ruin your chances of winning the game.

I rate this game a 9.5/10.

P.S. There are a few things that make this different from Wargame. Like the fact that you don't have a limit to how many units you have or can have.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
232.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Despite what many of my friends have said this is a fun, unique and very enjoyable RTS I've sunk many hours into. While the campaign story isn't exactly the best I've ever seen the gameplay more than makes up for it with the use of many Ruses to throw your enemy off and launch sneak attacks which is damn satisfying to do.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
Probably the best RTS out there, if you're a fan of the genre you'll find yourself grasping R.U.S.E. in a heartbeat then spending hours mastering it. A nice new approach to a genre that hasn't seen any new ideas since a very long time, I believe R.U.S.E. is a must have for any fan of RTS.

The best things about the game are:
  • Fantastic 3D, set up a barrage of artillery, zoom-in on the enemy units and enjoy.
  • True to WWII units, with names and a nice history in the encyclopedia section which is a must-check.
  • The ruse system makes for some really nice tricks you could pull off.
  • Balanced nations.
  • The scouting units and the hiding ones make for some seriously hard decisions and nice tactics. You'll always have to keep an eye out for traps and keep your scouts protected.
  • Unit specifications are a very welcome tactic, you'll have to learn your units weaknesses or you'll get wiped out for misusing them.
  • Decent AI, not the best but makes for some fun game-play.
  • While it might seem minor, the feeling of operating on a map is very interesting in my opinion, the edge of the map is a model and the units with the tiles under them and the arrows lining your commands are really something to enjoy.

Cons:
  • The game urgently needs to allow the player to manually rotate a grouping of troops to face in the desired direction without having to move them. Some unites also retreat way too far when attacked and never go back to position making other units vulnerable unless you remember to re-position every grouping frequently.
  • AI is a bit too direct (battle mode), it plays well but if you're looking for a massive wave of enemy units against a massive wave of yours you might need to trick-setup the board for that but it can totally be done. The game should have had more options for "battle" mode.
  • The research sections, though excellent in principle are a bit too limited. If you want to play straight-to-the point you'd be able to finish the whole game with just 2 or 3 researches made and it would be enough.
  • Too few units, and too few options with them. While the forests and city traps are really cool, too few units can do that and too few other units are really specialized. I would have liked to have the option to send fighters to cover for a bomber run.
  • Air units are almost impossible to fully operate. They are treated by type, selecting a group and labeling them does not guarantee they will be at the same airfield and therefore can't guarantee that they will hit at the same time.
  • The campaign mode, while it has a nice story, is sometimes just plain stupid and lacking details or flooding you with dull moments. Either way you might find yourself either stuck or just fed up.
  • Field defense structures are way too weak, most of these buildings were made to be the first line of defense but R.U.S.E. obviously wants to push the player towards a more unit-based play style where field defenses are only, hardly ever useful in the beginning of a game.
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176 of 325 people (54%) found this review helpful
68.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
if this was a potato this would be a good potato
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17 of 28 people (61%) found this review helpful
71.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Honestly a beautiful game with a simplistic system it walks you through step by step.
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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
113.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
this is a really good game if you are into the stratergy games as it has a good campain and the bots on battles are never the same and can pull tricks so you are allways drawn into the game
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48 of 91 people (53%) found this review helpful
584.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
under rated game
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32 of 60 people (53%) found this review helpful
58.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Wish they made a RUSE 2!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
I will say this right now. My friend bought me this game out of the blue. And I've been playing it ever since. It's a great RTS game.. It focuses on the real events that happened during World War II, and does so with much accuracy. If you love Strategic games, then this is DEFINATELY for you!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
120.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
R.U.S.E is a Real Time Strategy game developed by Eugen Systems that takes place during the Second World War, developers of the Cold-War era RTS Wargame. Ruse is in certain ways like Wargame, but much simpler due to the era it takes place in and the age of the game itself. This game is almpost 4 years old as I write this and I believe engine was improved between the making of Wargame: European Escalation and Wargame: Airland Battle, which was released in May-June 2013. R.U.S.E's level of simplicity is one of its strongest features in my opinion, however, as it provides a perfect entry point into this type of game.
You choose between 6 historical nations: United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and the Soviet Union (Japan if you possess the DLC). Each faction has certain advantages and disadvantages. The Soviet Union, for example, has ridiculously fast build times on units and many of their units are relatively cheap, which is perfect for en masse attacks. However, researching new units for the Soviets is expensive and slow compared to a more advanced nation such as Germany, which is the complete opposite of the USSR. Also, each nation specializes in a certain field and lacks in another, with the exception of Germany, which is balanced out with high build costs and build times. After you select a nation, you select a map and an era, which dictates the type of units you can utilize. The 1939 and 1942 eras lack many of the units in the 1945 and Nuclear eras, but are more difficult.
This game also has a campaign, which for a game of this genre has an average story with a bit of mystery. The campaign is a good way to teach game mechanics, in which this game does possess a relatively unique one in the ruses. A ruse is a deception, and that is what many of the ruses in this game do. From launching an offensive of dummy units or inspiring your troops to fight to the death, ruses can change the course of a game.
Overall, R.U.S.E is a decent but relatively underappreciated game that has aged quite well in the field of strategy games. It is an excellent game to enter the genre in and I highly reccomend strategy addicts or people interested in the genre with any level of skill purchase this game. And another bonus: It's cheap!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
246.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
The KV1's, They are pouring out my ♥♥♥, it hurts, oh god it hurts but i must win. Artillery spammer? REMOVE!
Pay wall for japan? Do i look like Colonal Gaddafi? Where is the naval gameplay?
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
one of my favourite ww2 strategy game. very addictive
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
77.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
fun stratergy game, that requires your constant attention to make sure your enemies don't catch you offguard,
definitely would reccomend.

8/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
218.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
One of the best RTS games i have ever played this game got me to play more. I am a huge ww2 person so when i saw this game i was so happy. the game has popular units and awesome battles. i will never forget this game. if you like ww2 rts games you should play this
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
30.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
I might not have played for long to give a full review but as the 14 hours I have played I have really enjoyed playing with friends going against strong enemies by working together and A.I is quite smart when you're playing against them so I would like to recommend this game because it's cheap and it's amazing and you will have a lot of fun.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
53.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
After an hour and a half, finally had the Russains on the run. My army of Pershings and M19's battiling vailently agianst the Soviet fortress of Steel, my M40's pounding away mercilessly at the neighbouring British positions to keep them distracted on my seige. Meanwhile, my Mustangs, elegently twisting and turning in the sky bringing down the Soviet's last ditch fighter-bomber defense. Twas the one of the last mighty superpowers on the map, had my victory in sight, the Russian's administration buildings and airstrips I had so painfully micro-manuvered my units to preserve from destruction were in pristine and mint condition, for I had run out of servicable land.

Until my largely useless Italian A.I. comrade sent in his infantry and took over most of it for himself.

9/10 tense battle. 9/10 game in total. 0/10 unknowingly Day-Z seasoned Italian A.I.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
35.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
i love this game so much the only problem is that there is few if not any at all multiplayer games playing and if the multiplayer was to be full and have a lot of active players the game would be even more better than what it already is
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
155.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
This is world war 2 stratagy game is a little imbalanced but over all a fun time.
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