A one-of-a-kind real-time strategy game that allows players to bluff their enemies to lead their nation to victory.
User reviews: Very Positive (2,322 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 7, 2010

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About This Game

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
33 of 35 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
183.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
This game is a fresh revision to the world of RTS which has been flooded by the Command and Conquer series which hasn't given us anything new. And lets be honest, Starcraft 2 is the same gameplay it was 10 years ago.
In this game, you get abilities called RUSE, which are abilities you activate such as a spy in an area who will report any enemies he sees in the area. There is the decoy army, which you can say to send a fake air force to fly at the enemy and they will shoot at them. Combine this with your real army, and the enemy wont know the fake units from the real units, thus increasing the survivability of the real units.
Another great aspect of this game is the amount of nations you can be, and how they are all very different from each other. Britain has a good amount of air power, Germany has some of the best anti tank capabilities, the French have some of the best defense structures, and so forth and so forth.
The game doesn't have as much micro managing as other RTSes, but it requires a lot more strategy. It adds a sense of realism in how you would command a military as opposed to just doing rush tactics, which don't work by the way. People who like this are the people who like games like Company of Heroes, and Iron Hearts 3.
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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
107.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
I like tanks. This game has tanks. I like this game.
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23 of 31 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
210.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
I just eradicated a whole town with 100 katyusha's launching about 20 rockets each. And burned the ruins down afterwards. It was amazing, awesome, and scary at the same time.

100000000/5 would destroy and burn again!
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
42.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
61.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
This is without a doubt the greatest RTS I have ever played! The main reason for this is the clarity of the gameplay. When you select a unit and hover over the unit you wish to attack it will tell you how risky the attack is. I cannot stress how important this is!!! It means you do not have to learn all of the unit names to know what beats what! On top of this you can then focus more on possitioning of units and hiding them instead of worrying if the unit you are using is good enough! It's a beautiful system!
Granted the late game is all about gettting admin buildings out when you supply routes dry up which means it is a little bit state on the resource management side but it doesn't matter due to the amazing gameplay. I have been playing for well over a year and have never got bored playing against the A.I! There is a very elitest online community with many people kicking you out of games for not being level 100, which most people get from grinding against the A.I!
Appart from that the game is brilliant and I can't recommend it enough!!!!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
123.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Best RTS I've ever played. The only thing I hate about this is the fact nobody ever plays multiplayer on mac, and macs cannot connect with PC's.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
(20h+ of ps3 RUSE gameplay)

RUSE is a rather unique basebuilding/strategy game. You play with the minds of your foes by tricking and decieving them with different intel and so called ruses. You can decieve an enemy, luring them with decoy units, fake your unit types on the enemy radar, hide your units from enemy sight and much more. Use propoganda to scare away enemies or to rally your troops to fight until the end.

There are tons of unit types at your disposal, ranging from infantry, tanks, aircraft, artillery and prototype weapons. Most units are balanced with both strengths and weaknesses that you can abuse for your advantage on the battlefield.

My only problem with the game is that the resources on the map eventually runs out, so slows down long games unless you have prepared with an armada of expensive money generating buildings.

Pro:
- Really interesting ruse mechanics and intel management.
- Unit variety
- Huge battlefields & maps

Con:
- Long battles turns quite hard to finish
- Bit lacking in building variety
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
64.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Love how on the PC version there is no limit to how much artilary you can have in you army...... well untill your computer crashes from a firestorm of millions of HE rockets.

This is an amazing game
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Great game! It is a strategy game based on WWII, it is very slow pased so if you do not like slow pased games this is not the game for you (Had matches that lasted like 3 hours).
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,096.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
One of the best strategy games I know and I definitly recommend this game to everyone who wants to be in command of a whole army :)
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2014
A game to play when you're bored.

tbh i expected more from this game, A major being in a charge of 2 units? that sounds more like squad leader, a sergeant.
There are more advanced strategy games like Total War series, etc. I know it's a different time, different war but, they make you feel really in charge.

Allthough, if you don't want to be dragged into game, just kill 1 hour in fun, this game is recommended
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
This is one of the greats in the RTS genre, demonstrating REAL tactics used in WWII that so many other games seem to forget. Things like camoflauge, going radio silent, decoy units and structures are all just a few of the Ruses that you can employ unto your enemy.

Intel is at the heart of this game. Without it, you're as good as dead, and if you can destroy your enemy's intel-gathering units, you can easily initiate a surprise attack, and they'd have no way of knowing.

The diversity of units schocked me. Every type of unit you'd expect to see is here, along with things called Prototypes, various weapons of war that were not widespread enough to see action in most other WWII games. Things like the PzKpfw VIII Maus tank, the 155mm Long Tom artillery piece, and the 203mm BM super-heavy howitzer can all be used to ruthless efficiency in R.U.S.E.

If you're an RTS fan, don't let your collection be without this game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
135.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
Awesome Game

Rome Total War combined with World of Tanks
Buy it now
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
190.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Good fun with friends and randoms, a true test of skill in multiplayer plus a fun campaign.

10/10 would use 500 katushwas to destroy one GI unit again
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
43.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
I have never had such a love hate relationship with a game. Some matches are a tough grind to glorious victory, others are half a match of carefree preparations ruined by one super lucky artillery barrage. The maps and units are very realistic both in proportion and ability. The one annoying thing is the mid match slump. The maps don't have enough resources to get you ready for later in the match when there's resource generating buildings. So about mid match every army on the map stalls out and it becomes a matter of who get's units back on the field soonest. The artillery makes some matches an idiotic dual of shells the winner decided by blind luck I wish there was an arty free option or mod it would make the game much more strategic. The awesomest part is the ability to mass produce units that were in the test phase at the end of the war like the me262 or the maus panzer. The lamest part is the inability to shoot at units you can't identify even if you can see them. I can see if the unit is out of range but for goodness sake I've had units sitting right next to each other not firing a single shot. The RUSE items are worthless and do almost nothing to change the outcome of any match. The game should be called CoH with shenanigans. But all in all decent graphics and some nice game play make this a playable usually fun game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
STRONK SOVIET STEEL WILL CRUSH FILTHY FASCIST PIGS
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
142.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
I think people who find this game repetitive and simplistic have missed most of it.

I have been playing all possible strategy games about war since the 90s and Ruse is for me the only one which captures most of the aspects of warfare into one easy to grasp, hard to master game. The trick is this semi-abstract gameplay which removes the burden of micromanagement and forces you to think much more on the strategic level to make game changing choices.

I play against the UK. They have the best planes so I watch for any sign of early airport, and there it is! So immediately I build Anti Air Base and start pumping AA units, spread it inside forests for best cover.
But it was a decoy airport, and the enemy was building tanks and infantry under cover on the other flank! With all the resource spent building useless AA, will I have enough to build a counter force?
Can I slow down the enemy assault with ambushed infantry, or make a diversion on the other flank with decoy units while I build artillery undercover ?

Ruse is the only RTS I know which offers so many possibilities, so many spectacular ways to turn upside down a losing situation. Watch commented replays they usually are fascinating.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
641.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
R.U.S.E <3 tied for my favorite RTS with Wargame: Red Dragon.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
This game has lots of good reviews but there are some hassles.

You have to login to ubisoft online to play anything. The controls will take getting used to.

Other than that, I am having a lot of fun trying to outflank a nazi army or blowing up some tanks... Once you get the hang out of it, its a lot of fun. I am playing the campaign and its got a decent story.

For anyone with a macbook pro, this runs pretty well on my intel 4000. I definitely need to upgrade my 4GB of ram to 8GB though.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
It's like Wargame for ten year olds.
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