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.
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Release Date: Apr 2, 2015

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August 24

1.32 version released!

Hey Runners!

Version 1.32 has just been released! The highlights include
* Russian translations
* "Railroad gap" map now also added in campaign
* New weapons and items
* New modding possibilities, new parameters in AI, impact trigger, soundtrack handling, weapon stab support and vehicle repair
* Experimental and optional FOV mode that hides enemies and items when not in player character's sight
* Wrench, a vehicle repair tool, added in Dominance mode

Привет, и добро пожаловать, наши Русские друзья!

Behind the scenes, we're collaborating with our dear and excellent modder friends on some new amazing content to be released soon. It's gonna be a big surprise so sit tight!

Below you can find a complete list of changes for version 1.32:

  • translation: Russian language added - thanks to je_day, Y-crad, NeruoIvljulpass and Tadler for their contributions
  • maps: "Railroad Gap" map added to the singleplayer campaign (was only in invasion and dominance before)
  • maps: small fixes here and there
  • weapons: ChainSAW suppressed microgun-style very rare weapon added
  • weapons: HK MP7 secondary machinepistol rare weapon added
  • weapons: SCAR-SSR rare marksman rifle added
  • weapons: wrench item added in dominance mode only (for now), the user can use it to repair vehicles
  • weapons: XM-25 projectile can now be disarmed
  • weapons: Stoner LMG handling slightly modified, price raised and speed penalty slightly raised
  • weapons: APR rebalanced (kill chance, effective range and movement speed penalty raised)
  • weapons: AA-12 retrigger time decreased
  • weapons: Pepperdust rebalanced (ammo capacity raised from 8 to 15, projectiles from 8 to 10)
  • weapons: sawn-off shotgun reload time reduce by 20%
  • weapons: Steyr AUG rarity doubled and ammo increased from 30 to 42
  • items: 2 valuables added, one being a valuable "gold bar" item which is available in the armory (invasion only) to make higher RP-transfers easier
  • modding: minimum_squad_size_to_send_to_side_base_attack commander_ai parameter externalized where you can set the size of a squad which needs to be fulfilled to launch a random side base attack (default 4 men)
  • modding: side_base_attack_probability commander_ai parameter externalized where you can set the probability of a squad to attack a side-base instead of the commander target (default 0.05)
  • modding: added soldier AI parameters min_distance_to_throw_grenade, stab_range
  • modding: added faction awareness for projectile impact trigger for vehicle and character class impacts, e.g. faction_comparison="any" (default) or "equal" or "not_equal"
  • modding: externalized required friction value for tire squealing to happen, <sound key="squeal" min_friction="0.2" />
  • modding: added set_soundtrack XML command, with parameters enabled="0" or "1", and filename="my_soundtrack.wav"
  • modding: added support for weapon stab, making stab key use the equipped weapon instead of default knife; weapon spec parameter stab_enabled and stab_range, weapon spec animation state_key="stabbing", weapon spec sound keys "stab" and "stab_hit"
  • modding: added support for affecting vehicles with class 5 (close-range) weapons, weapon specification parameters affect_vehicles, affect_characters, range, damage
  • modding: added support for custom weapon sound effect with sound key "effect", triggered from animation control frame with key "effect"
  • modding: added support for experimental FOV, activates when starting the game with XML command start_game and supplying parameter fov="1"
  • fix: Beretta 93R despawn time doubled (was too short for a rare)
  • fix: Claymore not detonating but disappearing on character collision in final map II (Frozen Canyon) fixed
  • fix: equipped/backpack flare turning to Claymore when joining final map II (Frozen Canyon) fixed. It will now remain a flare but being inactive on that map

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June 21

1.31 update released!

Hey Runners!

RWR 1.31 has been released, with the following changes:

  • weapons: Milkor MGL ballistics and projectile dropdown tweaked
  • weapons: Milkor MGL and MGL Flasher reload speed increased by 30%
  • weapons: Lahti-L39 has now explosive rounds which can destroy shields, perforate enemies and slightly damage vehicles
  • weapons: TOW price reduced to 250 RP
  • weapons: Claymore reworked, it explodes on soldier contact and is a secondary, not a throwable anymore (needs to be "deployed")
  • weapons: M202 Flash selling price lowered from 50 to 30. Effective blast radius of the rockets raised from 4m to 4.5m
  • weapons: APR rifle added as unlockable primary weapon - bolt-action sniper rifle with suppressor
  • weapons: Beretta 93R added as secondary rare weapon - burst semi-automatic pistol with suppressor
  • weapons: Steyr AUG added as rare primary weapon - bullpup assault rifle with small zoom
  • maps: minor map fixes
  • misc: faction specific camouflage suit models added
  • misc: commonness of the Briefcase (equipment unlocking item) doubled for campaign. No changes in online invasion
  • misc: delivering cargo truck successfully no longer says objective cancelled additionally
  • misc: fixed lobby jeep collision model
  • misc: minor translation fixes
  • online: fixed /kick
  • ui: fixed inventory backpack percentage text transitions
  • ui: added max players slider for server activation menu
  • modding: fixed item and vehicle delivery configurators in full_campaign_template
  • modding: added possibility to control client joinable factions in server activation menu; requires <server_options show_available_factions="1"> in package_config.xml

Thanks to DarkyPwnz and Mayster for their weapon contributions and Happy Summer start everyone!

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“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!”

“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.

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!


  • 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
  • side objectives to keep you busy: destroy radio towers and other assets, steal cargo trucks, rescue prisoners
  • 40+ multiplayer support, dedicated servers, coop, PvP, PvPvE
  • speech bubbles!
  • deaths and fails, a lot of them, including your own!
  • ...and of course, mods!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Try out the latest demo to see if the game will run fine for you.
    • OS: Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • 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!
    • Storage: 600 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Try out the latest demo to see if the game will run fine for you.
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
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Dead End
41.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
Think battalion wars with top down shooting and a sense of hopelessness. For all those on the fence, this game will give you a lot of mileage. Even with no steam friends playing the community is very nice, especially for a shooting game. The combat is precise with a few hiccups when enemies are at different heights/ in buildings. HOWEVER. IF YOU TAKE ANYTHING FROM THIS----> Shooting/Tactical games are few and far between- so despite your squads generally trying to kill themselves at every turn, watching the uncontrolled ai forces fight (and fighting with them) is an amazing feeling that makes this game unique.
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jay boy
12.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
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Wanda ½
2.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
Plays like that one Army Men level with infinitely respawning enemies that I loved so much back in 1998.
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Mr. Coder
9.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
Awesome! The idea of this game is incredible, I recommend it for everyone
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Dr. Rockso M.D.
1.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
The trailer for this game makes it look like people actually play this game... it's really unfortunate, as the gameplay *looks* like damn good fun. Actually being able to play it, as advertised (with multiplayer action), is another matter.

Game crashes endlessly, online servers appear and work randomly, only 1 server running ('coop' game mode only, no 'pvp'). Currently 7 people online; playing in 1 server, located in Europe, connection is unplayable for any USA players, as you constanly warp around.

Had to double-check if this was still in Early Access. Unfortunately, it is not.
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12.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
Reminds me of soldat if anyone remembers that throwback haha
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17.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
Running with rifles is a tactical shooter strategy game. It majorly compares to the arma series, but in a top down style. It allows you to approach the battlefield in any way and allows for smooth gameplay and a hooking combat style that will keep you playing for hours. It has multiplayer as well as quick single ply modes and many maps.
It has a campaign that is unlike any usual campaign in a game... It has no story, you can make your own within it. You may also download other maps, vehicles, and campaigns from the workshop. Overall a great and gripping game that shows intense battles and hilarious bouts that will keep you hooked for hours.
Definite 8/10
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1.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
Its fun especially with mods
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20.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
It's a must buy for anyone and everyone.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
85 of 95 people (89%) found this review helpful
62 people found this review funny
92.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Where to begin... how about... BUY THIS ESPECIALLY IF ITS ON SALE!!!
1. Tremendous roleplay capability. You can launch amphibious flanking assaults, sneak through enemy lines, set up on a roof top as a sniper, shut down a route as a machine gunner, or lead an assault as an ociffer.(I've only had three ociffer, drinks!) Essentially, no quick match is the same. The campaign is essentially like Star Wars BF2, a series of "Instant Action" missions in chronological order. HOWEVER! There are some campaign aspects instant action doesn't have. For example, if you murder five graycollars carrying g36s(standard issue assault rifle not hard to do), then pick up said g36s and return all 5 to an armory, you may now purchase the g36 at any armory, AND your friendly AI will randomly spawn with it. This will be so throughout the campaign.

2. Mods. OH MA GOD! SO MANY!! How many of you are warhammer 40k fans? There's a mod for that. Star Wars fan? Like 3 mods for that. Half life fan and wanna see the combine get rekt? Mod for that. Always wanted to be a WW1 British soldier? Like 3 mods for that. WW2? 5+ mods for that. Halo? Mod for that. Mass effect? Mod for that. Ever wanted to face down a horde agro of zombies? 2 mods for that. You name it. They probably have it. Oh, and I think ma boy Bonkaholic is/was working on/has finished a revolutionary war mod. Muskets. Frigging muskets!

3. Easy install of mods. RWR has workshop now, and one of my personal favorites is the Weltkrieg mod by... um. Hell. Is it Rain? Idk. It might be rain, that neqqa will mod anything. However, some of the other very good mods are not on workshop, they are on running with, and are very easy to install. Many YouTube videos on it, my fingers are wearing away so I won't type it all. Virtually you just extract the download from to the folder Overlays, under media, and there you go. Best part? You can enable and disable every mod in the quick match menu, so you don't have to **** around in the local files every time you want a new mod or want to go back to the vanilla RWR.

4. Multiplayer. I have never joined a server where there arent any players slaughtering AI, or in my case getting slaughtered by Tanks, so it's still pretty popular.
5. There is a tank mod... on, that features breasts. Female breasts. On a tank. 10/10 would fap to an MBT again.
6. The ability to fortify. You can make sandbags, place minigun turrets, tow turrets, and mortars, along with new spawn locations and other more boring stuff. Lotta mods out there for that too.
7. Vehicles. Nothing is more satisfying than kicking a tank driver out GTA style and stealing his ride before your AI squamate rips apart the enemy offensive with the main gun.
9. Cheating! Totally possible. If you want, you can give your side 100% accuracy and the enemy like 5 soldiers. You can also cheat like me and give yourself full exp and "money".
10. I skipped number 8.
11. You went back and looked.
12. Did I lie?
13. Yes I did.
14. You went back and rechecked every word.
15. 13 was the lie.
16. You hate me.
17. In all seriousness I seriously recommend this game, especially if its on sale. Totally worth every penny, high replayability. If this review helped you and you decide to get the game, send me an fr, and maybe we can play sometime!
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65 of 72 people (90%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
32.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
So much shooting.
Bombs constantly falling around me.
Enemies trying to flank me.
Car hit me and dragged me for 10 seconds.
Spent 6 hours fighting for a street... So many bodies.
Killed 900+ enemies, earned 2 promotions.

The battle isn't over...
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49 of 55 people (89%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
33.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
You may kill a man.
But you'll never take the bridge until you kill at least a thousand of them.
War is hell. You'll understand soon.

When the blood soaks the soil and the cry for medics is heard.
It's hard to say if he's lucky.
Most men don't get the chance to call for a medic. Sometimes a medic never comes. Sometimes the enemies knife comes first.

Most men die immediately when the shots ring out.
Some men don't get killed by bullets. Some by cars. Some by grenades. Some by tank shells or artillery or boats or knives.
Sometimes by men in the same uniform.

Sometimes you find cigarretes. Sometimes dirty magazines. Sometimes gum or an iPod. Bonus points if it's pink. Sometimes you find a grenade in the pile of corpses when all is lost and you manage to survive for another 10 seconds.

Sometimes you kill enough men that the rest surrender.
It's a farce. there are no prisoners in this war. If your hands are up, your throat is slit. It's easier this way. More XP, too. You'll be top brass if you kill enough war prisoners with your bare hands.

Sometimes you sneak, concealed like a snake in grass. Sneaking, slithering.
Sometimes snakes eat each other. It's just the sins of the father.

Sometimes the radio doesn't work, and you curse the day.
Sometimes the radio doesn't work, and you praise your radio tower.

You may kill a man.
It will never be enough to take the bridge.

There is only one thing you can truly do-
Pick up your rifle and run.

War is hell. You'll understand soon.

10/10 would spend 30 minutes watching an enemy position just to be seen through two sets of bushes and die immediately.
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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
36.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Day 1: First day in the battlefield. Hopefully the easiest. Fighting Brownbacks today and hopfully win the battle.

Day 13: Got shot twice, almost ran over and my friend from bootcamp dead. That doesnt matter. I got promoted!

Day 35: Fought for a bridge. Half our battalion died. More Greycoats bodies than there is prisoners. Blood is painted on the bridge. Got a new gun.

Day 105: Last one in squad. Being moved to another. I can called in a tank now.

Day 289: It has been 5 months fighting for this road. There are more casualties than there are caseings. I AM A CAPTAIN

Great Game 10/10
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
This game fulfills my childhood fantasy of playing war games with my toys.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
This is the funnest little game.

  • Command troops around when you gain rank.
  • Multiplayer with lots of servers.
  • Jack (Art Director) is constantly setting up servers and playing with the community.
  • Frequent updates with a great mod community.
  • Maps are fun to make, and game is really easy to mod for your own server.
  • Dedicated server is Linux (Might have a windows version now, Pasi is a very hard worker.)
  • Pasi did an aawesome job on the controls. You can sit down, and pick this game up with verry little instructions.
  • Few contols to confuse things. Gameplay is very fast and fluid
  • You can Prone, Kneel, and stand shoot just like any 3D shooter worth its weight in salt.
  • This game is soooo much better than Capcom Commando!
  • Lots of servers and people playing

    I was an early adopter of this game. Before Greenlight there was Desura, and the alpha funding program (which I think they are in trouble for not paying Developers.

    Jack and Pasi are really great Developers, and make a wonderful team.

    I made some Vehicles to mod the game, and Pasi put them in the core, and put my name in the credits (Stinky Taco)! Almost everything you see with Wheels is either made by me. (Jack did the APC mesh, and I textured it, and I am not sure which other's I have not played the game for Health reassons in about 6 months now.[Epelepsy].).
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.5 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 24
It's like Cannon Fodder, but with vehicles, tons of soldiers and weapons, multiplayer, progression and in 3D. What else could you wish for?
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
72.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
War is true hell here. You can't be making mistake. It only take one bullet to kill you, maybe more if rng god is in your favor. The cover on the field is your friend. Your squad? Your BEST friend. You are not rambo here. You will get flanked and killed from both side if you try to rush in or hold out by yourself. Find a fancy new rare weapon? Don't even bother you'll just die in a few second and will be unable to run back to grab the weapon as the postion is now over runned. You can be in stalemate over a road or a bridge for hours only to lose it in 5 min as the battlefront moved. Welcome to hell soldier, let me see your warface
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I'm going to make a little... tiny... review.

Ok... where do I start?

The graphics may be simple.
The models may look a bit... old school.
But this game... This game Is so fun! I was playing this yesterday. I started playing on a server. We were fighting for a tiny little street. The battle went on for.. a long time. I went to take a shower, I came back and fought In THE SAME STREET! This game takes time, but that's what I like about It. That makes It so fun every time you win! You feel like you have actually done something and not just joined a little game of COD, shot 3 guys and lost the match.

Pros: Best Top-Down shooter... ever.
It's about 400Mb. (Beat that... Arma)

Cons: There are no cons

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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
60.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 9
So considering the amount of enjoyment I've had in the past hour I felt as though I should finally chisel my words unto this slate. Make my mark on this battlefield e call...the steam user reviews section.

I'm going to structure this as a short story.


I was called in, a new recruit drafted into this seemingly endless war. My first deployment was fridge valley, when I stepped foot into that frozen hell I was no longer a man, I was a soldier, I was a cog in this gargantuan machine called war. The first mission was to capture a small camp, simple enough eveyone thought and it was, until the greycollars came in full force. Friends I met in the playground, what we called bootcamp, were dissappearing in a haze of gunfire and snow. The sky was grey while the ground was red.
Our second action was to take control of Old Fort creek, nice place save for all the greycollared goons running all over the place, I had gaine some notoriety amongst my allies and enemies, I was in command of a small squad of four we'd been travelling to a nearby textile factory. Supposedly there was an enemy comms truck there and we were going to destroy it. We didn't expect such a large force there I told my squad to hold back until I "light the fuse" or "disturb the hive" We killed them all, after the truck was destroyed we called in eight rounds of Artillery, the sky was falling, the earth was rumbling. When we walked in to see the damage all that was left were the bodies of enemy soldiers strewn about, blood covered the ground, again.
A few hours pass by, I now command a squad of ten. Rattlesnake Crescent, the brownpants were in control of the city. We were travelling in an APC until out of nowhere an RPG hit our rear, they ambushed us. We didn't see them, they were on the roofs and in the alleys. They got six of us at first, we retreated through a small backstreet into a courtyard, another ambush, paratroopers. It all happened in slow motion, like the world was lagging. I saw the men who I reveered as my brothers fall, their blood splattering the gorund like rain.
I ran, for the first time I feared for my life, but, I couldn't move I was hit. The enemy was crowding around me. I was sitting in a well, bleeding out. My short, insignificant life flashed before me. The faces of my allies, the faces of my enemies were all I could see. I only remembered the time I spent Running with Rifles.

*God like voice*
Well ♥♥♥♥, guess I'll have another go at this.
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