RUNNING WITH RIFLES is a top-down tactical shooter with open world RPG elements. In RWR, you join the ranks of an army as a common soldier, just like the thousands around you.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (501 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 13, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

“RUNNING WITH RIFLES is currently in beta. To be honest, it's been in beta for the past 2.5 years, so it seems we're on our way to make RWR 1 with sequels 2 and 3 all in one game! This, my friends, happens when the developer keeps listening to the player feedback! Thanks guys, we love you!

By now, the game comes with lots of content, vehicles, deployable elements, sick amount of AI logic, multiplayer and dedicated servers, multifaction battles and a campaign. You might think we're on the final stretch here and you're right, we sort of are! Nevertheless, we still think Steam Early Access is the right place for RWR right now, as we still anticipate about 6 months of hard work ahead of us to utilize the most of the potential in the underlying game system, and, you can still affect what goes in the game!

It's also not absolutely set in stone that we wouldn't deviate from the current plans completely if things required it. For example, it'll be interesting to see how Steam Early Access will affect the player counts in RWR online, we're hoping it will!

Check the bottom of the Steam page for the upcoming stuff. We hope you have fun time running around in the game, and come say hello on our IRC channel #rwr at quakenet.

Remember to try the demo before throwing your money at us, it's common sense. We'll have the demo available in Steam soon, but in the meantime you can find it on our website http://www.runningwithrifles.com.

Cheers!”
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Recent updates View all (10)

November 6

0.98.7 update released!

Changelog:

  • ai: commander does some proximity demand checking when assigning soldiers to defense; effectively, calling reinforcements in a poorly defended friendly base now assigns the new soldiers to defend in that base, unless a player takes control of the soldiers
  • maps: fixed several map bugs
  • general: fixed crash at exit
  • items: sandbags made less responsive to impacts
  • items: fixed C4 key helper shown for other people's C4 when hovering over a deployed C4
  • balancing: impact grenades now make 80 damage (before 100), and normal hand grenade 30 (before 40). The HP of a jeep lower from 100 to 80. Sandbags now have 165 HP to sustain 2 impact grenade hits.

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October 25

0.98.6 update released!

Changelog:

  • menu: fixed leaky create account / login panel, doh
  • gameplay: overpacked speed modier decreased, and exposed
  • hud: koth timer display added, minimodes timers show too
  • minimodes: fixed double winner report
  • deathmatch: minor tweaks with itemsmaps: some minor fixes from issues from the unifying work done for 0.98.5
  • maps: spawnpoints increased in the map used for deathmatch, some other minor tweaks
  • maps: minor tweaks in Moorland Trenches for minimodes

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Reviews

“Average community rating”
9.5/10 – Desura

“Running with Rifles is the kind of game that you think you know how to play, but after you die a dozen times in a row you'll realize it's not actually about running around with rifles. [...] This ain't no arcade game!”
Co-Optimus

“This game stands out as a truly iconic shooter. With the vast range of gameplay aspects as well as the addictive style and pace, this game is truly one of a kind. War games have been done before, but never to such a free and open extent.”
10/10 – TheSmilingArsonist @ Desura

About This Game

RUNNING WITH RIFLES is a top-down tactical shooter with open-world RPG elements.

In RWR, you join the ranks of an army as a common soldier, just like the thousands around you. To your superiors, you're nothing but cannon fodder...
The open world approach lets you define your own path and story in the campaign. Push back the enemy with your comrades or go deep behind enemy lines to sabotage their efforts and loot valuable items.

As you gain experience, you are promoted with higher command over soldiers and equipment. Call in artillery fire missions or paratrooper reinforcements when the situation gets tight! Use your squad to man armed boats, tanks and APC's, or, become the expert lone wolf you always aspired to be - it's up to you!

STEAM GREENLIGHT



KEY FEATURES

  • hundreds of locations to explore from trenches to towns, deserts to snowy valleys
  • emergent AI that will question if you're as smart as you think you are
  • realistic cover system
  • dozens of different weapons, support and cover items, radio calls, vehicles
  • 40+ multiplayer support, dedicated servers, coop, PvP, PvPvE
  • speech bubbles!
  • deaths and fails, a lot of them, including your own!
  • ...and of course, mods!

MORE STUFF COMING


  • Boss battles - when a faction is completely defeated, it's time for a boss battle. These maps will be something different from the usual campaign maps, possibly placing the player against overly powerful enemy units, on a special stealth mission or a frontal assault against the remaining enemy forces - we don't know, help us decide!
  • More maps - with 9 maps already in the game, we are still working on at least 3 new maps
  • New side objectives - we have comms truck and radio tower sabotage objectives, cargo truck and item theft missions, spotting, and more is in the works: there will be prisoners to set free, strategic structures to destroy, treasure to hunt - we're open to ideas too!
  • AI improvements - the players know the crux of RWR is the AI, but we're not quite done there yet: would be great to see the AI building defenses with sandbag cover, for example
  • More online game modes - What mode would you want to play? It would be possible to add e.g. Capture the flag (or vehicle), survival, bomb planting - the modes are scripts so they can be modded too
  • Usability - we know certain things are a bit in the dark for newcomers so more attention needs to be directed on discoverability of features, possibly by providing special maps to function as training grounds
  • Badges, ranks, medals, ribbons - we're overhauling the award system
  • Writing - we've barely started to bring forth the background and setting of the game
  • Steam Integration - achievements, server lists, Workshop
  • Mac port!

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia Geforce 6600, ATI x800, Intel HD3000 or equivalent with 256MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Try out the latest demo to see if the game will run fine for you.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    Minimum:
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia Geforce 6800, ATI x800, Intel HD3000 or equivalent with 256MB VRAM - please note that the game is not playable with ATI/AMD proprietary drivers!
    • Hard Drive: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Try out the latest demo to see if the game will run fine for you.
    Recommended:
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
Helpful customer reviews
29 of 41 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Early Access Review
Pros.
1. You run, a lot.
2. With your rifle.


Cons.
1. Other players might try and shoot at you, to keep you from running with your rifle.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Early Access Review
Army Men Top-Down Shooter on Steam

Pros:
Loadout customization
Calling artilerry support
Squad system
Big map
Use tactics to win, not just bratatata win
Vehicles
Mods :D
Comic-Strip Chatbox


Cons:
Hard difficulty
Some cover fire still bugs
Vehicle movement is really need to fix
Lots of ♥♥♥♥♥ ai, only some ai doesnt go camp and rush instead.
Still on early access
Hope there is asia server, lol

Worth Superly if u like Army Men and That Kinda ♥♥♥♥, Super Dope. also u can quickscope here m8.
Lots more to adds, so stay tune every update :D
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Early Access Review
This game is a very unique game, for many different reasons.

1) Graphics: Graphics do not define the overall quality of a game. Graphics are a bonus. However, this game has a pretty unique graphic style, which I admire, since it's different than what you'd find in a lot of games. The environmental graphics compliment the style rather nicely. The vehicle graphics also suited the style, as well as the way the water was implemented and used. Not the best graphics in the world, but I'd give this area a 9/10 for creativity, uniqueness, and consistency.

2) Animation: While the animations aren't flawless, they aren't in any way bad. The animations are fairly smooth, and many of them flow together rather nicely. The animations for vaulting are what I consider the weak link here. There are occasions where the model of the infantry grab the inside of the wall they're vaulting over, near the top. Whether it's an oversight or a graphical error, I'm not sure, but just thought I'd point it out. Overall, a solid 7/10, as there is plenty of room for improvement in this area. Like I said, it doesn't mean the animations are bad, but they could be better.

3) Combat: The combat is very realistic, as it doesn't take much to kill or be killed. A few bullets is all it takes to kill someone. Aiming accurately is, however, quite challenging, since you have to know what you are doing to get a good shot. Recoil has a huge impact on aiming, just as it would in reality. The longer you fire, the bigger the recoil. Reloading is all done manually, since there is no automatic reloading like most games. This forces you to check your magazine constantly to see if you have enough ammo loaded or if you need to reload. There are vests to absorb the impact from bullets, only the amount that they protect you from depends on the quality of the vest. I'd give this a solid 9/10 for realism, and the uniqueness of the reloading system.

To summarize it up, this game is creative and unique, creating a sandbox feel all the way through. The use of the combat system makes every shot count, as well as deadly. The graphics aren't the best in the world, but they work with the style, and are well made. Multiplayer is a very fun experience (from what I hear), and is recommended for anyone who enjoyed playing the main game. I give this game an overall rating of 8.4/10, due to graphical style, creativity, combat realism, and uniqueness.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Early Access Review
Been playing a bit. For its current price and superior fun lvl, amazing ai, and just overall good feeling you get from playing, you would be stupid not to buy this game. Wasted tons of money on junk games from steam, not this game, this games goooood. I hear a demo exist if your to cheap to shell out 10 -15 bucks.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Early Access Review
Yes get it now. If you ever played that old old SOE game Infantry, you'll like this game. Top down tactical shooter where you play as just one soldier, one expendable grunt. You can choose your weapons, steal dead people's weapons, drive vehicles and it's kind of like watching plastic army men fight but way better than those army men games.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Early Access Review
You might download the demo thinking "Oh, this looks like a decent arcade game" Only to spend the next hour sitting behind a rock with a machine gun, afraid to stick your head out untill friendlies make an assault due to sniper fire. This is no arcade game. There are no bullet sponges, one hit and you're out of it. No automatic reloading, You'll have to keep an eye on your ammo or risk running dry right when they begin an attack. The AI is not a bunch of clueless morons. They are smart little buggers, down to making a feint retreat to draw your forces into an ambush.

The maps differ very well, for example you could die in a hail of bullets in a snowed in forrest. Die in a hail of bullets in a large city. Die in a hail of bullets on a beach... Yes, you will die a lot.
The weapons... You have riot shields, which work well unless they put down suppresing fire and send a squad to flank you. (The AI is not stupid), rifles and sub machine guns, which work well in any situation except the one you are in, machine guns, where unless you are set up behind a rock, well... Rocket launchers, which are as usefull killing vehicles as they are sending a well dug in enemy flying. And deployable weapons... Mines, check, mounted machine guns, check, mortars, check. Supports? Artillery, armored vehicles, airborne troops, and good ol' fashioned mass infantry charges. Don't take my word for it though, download the demo and check it out. If you like it, the game is worth supporting.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Early Access Review
Pro's:
1) DAKKA DAKKA DAKKA
2) Die.
3) DAKKA DAKKA DAKKA

Cons:
1) I'm not sure about anyone else but I find telling the armies apart way too hard at times and end up with some guy casually walking past next to me then BAM. bullet to the brain.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Early Access Review
Worth every $ I spent on it, brilliant concept and am looking forward to more updates
10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
In short, 9/10.

More than worth the price asked, though I was unsure about the purchase at first. Any doubts about the purchase instantly vanished after just one quick match.


PROS:
-High replayability
-Addictive gameplay
-AI chatter is very comical
-The AI is usually smart and tactical
-Challenging, but not extremely difficult
-Decent variety in weapons, both from the field and armory
-Very fun and rewarding to team up with friends in multiplayer
-You are given the same health as the AI, so you have to play smart
-Easy to get invested into a battle, especially while friends cover other flanks
-Hilarious at times, especially with explosions and the not-so-irritating glitches


CONS:
-The occasional bug
-AI can get stuck on the environment
-It can get frustrating when you die excessively (But you should man up and deal with it)
-Some AI tend to sit away from the front lines, doing nothing. (This is not considering the actual defence, that stays in and patrols your team's territory)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
This game is bloody brilliant. For those of you old enough to remember Cannon Fodder you'll recognise the humour.

For those that don't just realise that it looks simple and basic, but it is far from easy, its hard and you will die, alot. As it should be.

Fantastic fun, especially in Co-Op mode. I paid £6.99 for this, and i would of happily paid twice the amount.

Occasionally Steam Early Access throws up a game thats done right, and this is definately one.

Get it today and play a game with a smile on your face.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Early Access Review
Very good game, there are a lot of tactics involved and the game is pretty much unforgiving.
You need to make your choises smart, otherwise you will have a hard time.

Only thing is the low online population.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
165.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Early Access Review
This game. . . it's absolutely brilliant. Take Call of Duty, zoom out to an airborne camera, and provide larger maps and capture points. That is what you get for ten dollars. The multiplayer is even better. Jam packed full of teamwork, action, and challenging fun make this the best game for top-down shooter fans.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Early Access Review
I was a big Cannon Fodder fan back in the day. There is plenty of reasons to support this game, as it has potential to become a great entertaiment! You can see the short review here:

http://youtu.be/wsThZcr29OY

I hope you will find this useful.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Early Access Review
The #1 problem with this game for me has nothing to do with the gameplay, but that there are not enough players. And $15 bucks isn't going to get seed more players into the game that has failed to take off with any meaningful success on Desura when it was HALF that price.

It's too bad that it's a fun game because there's no North American following to speak of.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Early Access Review
great game should buy worth $10.00 when playing with friends
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Early Access Review
"OMG GRENADE"
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Early Access Review
RUNNING WITH RIFLES IS A NICE GAME. IT IS EASY TO LEARN AND YOU CAN HAVE A LOT OF FUN TOGETHER WITH YOUR FRIENDS!!!!

sry caps
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11.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Early Access Review
Game is great for a good laugh with friends and awesome to waste some time and goof off. Mod support makes it even better.
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15.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Early Access Review
I mean, it's pretty much BALLIN!
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10.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Early Access Review
Very nice maps, varying from trenches to towns.
100+ bots on a server if you're playing alone.
Matches are very enjoyable and can go from winning to losing within seconds
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