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: Very Positive (1,441 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 2, 2015

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"A Top-Down shooter that strays away from the typical run and gun style and encourages you to use your head to devise tactics such as stealth."

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April 17

1.02 update released!

Changelog:

  • Linux: fixed vehicle tracking issues in campaign when continuing an existing campaign, fixing cargo vehicle deliveries
  • map view: fixed frame overlay being rendered behind the background occasionally
  • menu: added port forwarding note in Activate server screen
  • Mac: fixed init_match.xml being looked for in wrong location, causing Final Mission 1 AI commander to function in a unintended way
  • vehicles: humvee has slightly higher acceleration
  • maps: some minor fixes
  • campaign: some extraction points moved to not being extracted accidentally
  • Dominance: added server side overrules for potential client side sight range and camera modifications
  • AI: fixed a bug with bot behavior to jump back and forth between guarding and beginning to approach an already manned deployed weapon when area under open fire but enemy not detected


This Sunday at 6pm UTC, we'll have a pure PvP classic event on {SAS}Beerdrinkers!
We will try to break the record of 64 players by making a 64v64! Let's hope this won't turn into a complete mess and that the server can handle it! :)
As the event name suggests, there won't be any AI on the field, backdooring are allowed and the whole map will be capturable!

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April 9

1.01 update released!

Hey runners,

we had a great week behind us with the release of RWR. We had a peak of 1391 simultaneous players and around 420 on the online servers and we are, as I speak, still on the front page of the Steam store, this is awesome!
We had to rent a few additional servers to make sure you guys can find a server to play.

Today we have mainly some hotfixes for you.


Changelog:

  • compatibility: different shadow camera setup for AMD APU based systems, fixes crashes/freezes
  • online: IP ban manager added
  • online: server name added in the network status data
  • online: a few potential crash situations fixed, thanks for the crashdumps guys
  • map12: fixed final mission 2 bug with script phase controllers not running after becoming defeated, effectively causing the wall to never come down
  • menu: added more visible button to enter the playground tutorial
  • menu: wiki button link pointed to manual section, button made bigger
  • badges: typo corrected in one of the kill streak badge texts
  • dialogue: corrected target character for commenting on hostile vehicle takeover

Important for server admins: Updating servers won't be required, 1.01 is compatible with 1.0.

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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.

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!

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
  • 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

Windows
Mac OS X
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:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks
    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
48 of 55 people (87%) found this review helpful
41 people found this review funny
30.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
achieve major rank in singleplayer campaign
gather a squad of 10 soldiers
engage with enemy brownpants.
take cover with squad behind a short wall
throw grenade
grenade hits wall and lands at my feet
grenade detonates, killing 6 men in my squad
demoted from major back to captain
shameful display.
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
847.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Just awesome game! Addicts like horse, but is legal.
Reminds me of some games what I played back in 90's.
Rush with tens of other players like maniac, or sneak alone behind enemy lines.

Great controls, funny graphics, nice weapons. Its so fun to shoot man with the P90!
Big multiplayer matches are real fun.

Been playing for 830h now and more coming.

Street Veteran
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Best acceptable losses simulator I've ever played.

Make certain you set aside some time every time you start a match. You're in for a VERY long war.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Bridge Invasion Simulator 2016
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"It won't take seconds... It won't take minutes... It will take HOURS!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
Do you like respawning? Dieing? Are you a masochist? Do you like crawling back to cover begging for a medic only to be turned into pink mist by a mortar round? If the answer is yes, then you sir should go see a doctor.

The battles are chaotic, fast paced, but can last hours per map. The slightest mistake will get you killed instantly. Teamwork is key, although getting every one on the same page is even more difficult. When everyone one does work together, its beautiful.

Not for those who want to be Rambo.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Oh, so you want to fire that RPG at six people for an easy kill?

Let me just DETONATE INSTANTLY or FIRE OFF INTO OUTER SPACE


7.5/10
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Short version: Not a bad game but I'd get it only if I knew I would be playing with friends, and even then I'd wait for a sale.

Long version: Running with Rifles is all about being a little dude in a vague war that eats dudes up by the thousands. Reminescent of something like Infantry Online (although with much snappier controls) RWR pits you, and the army you belong to (out of three available choices), in battle against hundreds of AI opponents or a few dozen other dudes thrown into the mix.

Starting with the good parts, the game features relatively good controls, a handful of nicely detailed, varied and sizable maps for you to fight in, and a handful of weapons plus equipment that all have strenghts, weaknesses and important uses. Combat is frantic in general thanks to a damage system that will make every single bullet have a chance to kill you and firefights with big groups of enemies and allies on screen are exciting to watch and participate in; your soldier being able to gain experience and thus access to more equipment and options like managing other soldiers or calling for artillery/air support both a nice incentive to keep playing.

Onto the bad though... RWR biggest's failing is that it ain't great at anything it sets out to do, and actually frustrating if you are playing either online without friends or single player against bots. The crux of this issue is both in the AI and how much control you have over the battle- the first because AI is simply not reliable enough to effectively fight or go after objectives; and the latter because no matter how well you fight, you simply won't have enough to turn the tide in your favor.

You see, how many kills you get is actually not that important in RWR. What's important is having warm bodies occupying the different cap zones that let you get control of areas... and this is simply impossible for the AI to do, with alarming regularity. Infantry combat against AI is so messy, mostly thanks to a spawn system that makes soldiers pop up out of thin air in the surrounding area to the battle, that long frontlines are impossible to establish and more often than not you will be fighting enemies coming from at least 3 sides- something that on more than one occassion can hold reinforcements up indefinitely unless you go take a look and in the process risk either dying or losing your original position. This, of course, means you have to start over with your effort to attack.

Vehicle combat too is flat out terrible with AI. This is especially true before you get the ability to control some squadmates to ride shotgun with you, since combat vehicles require multiple users to operate; more often than not a driver plus a gunner. What will happen is that a lot of the time vehicles like tanks just sit back at the base, unused, and when you do take them to the battle, chances are you will be woefully ineffective as non-squad AI will refuse to ride with you and do critical stuff like man the gun. It doesn't get much better when you get AI squadmates either, since even if they DO man the positions and you CAN direct them to drive or attack certain things, their driving will be wobbly and erratic while their gunnery will pick odd targets in the general area you pointed at. It's not unusual for a tank to take a shot at a single enemy soldier when there's an enemy tank right in your face. All these problems are exacerbated when you have a vehicle crew made up of pure AI, in which case the vehicle will do things like constantly go forward and reverse, endlessly bumping against walls and other obstacles while the bots make hiiiilaaaarious quips about how the vehicle must be broken.

So, if the AI is not much use, then surely you can put on your big boy pants and get things done, right? You can git gud, as a lot of the community will tell you, and win the day, right? Well... sort of. The dirty secret of RWR is that when the playerbase tells you to get good, they are in reality telling you to go grind your face off. Experience for your soldier is paramount: It lets you do everything from using more than the standard rifle, shotgun and machinegun to wearing a bulletproof vest and commanding squaddies. Without experience, you are simply a chump with a gun and a lot of the more varied side objectives that the game pretends to have are simply out of reach. Commandering a tank and actually being able to drive and fire at the same? Not without a squaddie and couple hours under your belt, boy. Using C4 to destroy objectives, a lot of them otherwise tedious to take down or straight up undestroyable without you killing yourself thanks to the explosive radius of other weaponry? That would be 1000 xp points, please. Wanna sneak around? Not without grinding so you can use this silenced submachinegun you won't. Want to survive more than one bullet? Might as well let your medals stop it for you cause you ain't gonna get a bullet proof vest unless you go and capture like 10 bases and kill 500 guys, John Doe!

The grind in the game is just harsh. With the default settings, and that of the official multiplayer servers, it takes literally hours of gameplay for you to unlock gear that in other games would be pretty damn basic. Not only that, but in multiplayer progress is NOT shared between servers other than the official ones; so if you don't like or can't connect to those, and by the way the server browser doesn't show you server pings for some ungodly reason, you will be forced to meander about with the prospect of losing hours of progress if any server you like up and disappears. Then again, even with human players taking objectives is STILL kind of a crapshoot, so maybe you are the lucky one if you can't play.

Anything else? Yes. The game's tutorial is barebones and disjointed. Items on the ground can be hard do discern and even harder to pick up without you stopping and messing with your inventory. Weapons between factions are not nearly as varied as you might initially believe. The manual is poorly labeled ingame and actually located on the game's wiki so chances are you might miss it. Vehicle handling is sometimes oddly wobbly like you are controlling an inflatable and shooting/tossing grenades around corners or at something like rooftop enemies and objectives is fiddly, to say the least. There's also a lot of odd idiosyncrasies here and there, like the fact that your soldier will automatically rise from cover to shoot but not to throw grenades and almost every soldier has a med-pack despite them only being useful for downed people wearing bulletproof vests. Something extra to keep in mind is that a sizable portion of the game's community has a colossal boner for keeping some imaginary tacticool status quo, so not showing enough reverence for the game in forum posts or posting a negative review, like this one, will make a pack of hounds emerge from their hidey holes and either offer sarcastic advice or downvote your review into oblivion (check review usefulness scores if you don't believe me.)

For all the negatives though, RWR IS fun. There's still a long way to go for the game and pretty much 90% of the issues with it can be avoided if you play with a group of 3+ coordinated friends, since that will not only let you avoid a lot of the issues with AI but also give you the power needed to progress through the maps efficiently. The modding scene is also fairly alive, although for the moment mostly with simple soldier reskins/remodels, and the developers have promised to keep working hard on the title for at least a little bit longer so we might yet to see some improvements. As I mentioned in the introduction though, and at the moment, I consider 15 bucks per copy as a bit steep considering the limited value of the title. With some more work or maybe a sale that would put the game at 10 bucks a pop or so, RWR would be a solid recommendation.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
♥♥♥♥ing two and half hours to conquer Keepsake Bay...


... 10/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Fun, fast, playable, priced right.
Single player reminds me of Dynasty Warriors a little bit. In that your part of a large army fighting another large army, and need to personally address areas of conflict to turn the tide.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
44.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
This is an awesome little game that has a brutal damage system. It's not your average CoD-style shooter, where your soldier is the god of war - you are just as weak as all the other soldiers in the army. This massively promotes team work, to such an extent I have not seen for an age. The dev team is dedicated and open, which is a relief compared to some other games.

The game also supports a huge amount of modding. Over at the official forums, there's already mods that completely change the style of gameplay. There's also mods that set it back in time, or even forwards - either way, this game will never get stale because of that. I highly suggest this game!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Excellent tactical combat potential. If you're a fan of the Brothers In Arms series, it will probably scratch that itch. The game is simple, skill-based, potentially very challenging, and fun. It's easily worth the $15.

My hope is that future patches, DLC, or expansions will expand on this solid baseline. In-depth squad control and a smarter AI for the squad would be very welcome. At present, your squad doesn't accomplish much, unfortunately. But it doesn't detract from the core experience.

Tomorrow I'll be trying out multiplayer... I've heard nothing but good things, there.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
I'm addicted to this game! The only problem is the community is too small! So please, buy this game! It's amazing!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
71.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
This game has succeeded where many shooters/war games have failed. It has the feel of an actual front line fight where cover, high ground, suppressive fire and reinforcements all play a huge role. Starting as a Private you will not have access to any special weapons or even a radio to call in fire missions or reinforcements, but with skill and experience you can still have a big influence on the battle. Level up a bit and you can have a major impact on the battle. It is very rewarding to be able to break an hour long stalemate by attacking in force from an unexpected direction, calling in waves of paratrooper reinforcements at a critical time to hold recently captured territory, calling in massive bombardments on huge troop formations, throwing the driver out of a tank that has been dominating the field and knifing him, destroying a communication tower behind enemy lines that prevents AI counterattacks and allows your front line to finally move forward etc.

In the beginning it can feel like all you do is die, but if the battle has turned into a stalemate, that just means it's time to put your commander hat on and try something different. Sometimes sneaking to the back of the base and placing a single sandbag can make all the difference. Now you've drawn attention away from the front. Every person that comes to attack you is one less reinforcement headed to the well defended front line. The enemy front line weakens, then breaks as your guys come swarming in to mop up: game over and a very satisfying victory.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
Im taking a a break from it to write a quick review, before I jump back in.

This game is so fast paced, you'll get angry, and you'll want to fight harder, and thats what the game is about. If you know a good group of friends who'd like to tear $%!7 up, then get this game.

Stole a guy's gun and used it to kill 7 of his teammates, ran allies over with jeep. 10/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Do You like Top down view games ? Do You like BattleField ? Do You want to have fun ? If yes then this Game is for You :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Never have I ever played a game for an hour and a half straight slowly but surely making progress through multiple areas of a level only to be pushed back and lose half my progress in a mere 15 minutes lol. To my credit within another hour my greenies and I retook the hill from them grey facists. 11/10 wait no tutorial 12/10 brings me back to when we rented games and didnt get the manual and still rocked it.

PRO'S
Gameplay - 11/10 oldschool
Graphics - Really you shouldnt be reading this part
Story - War
Replayability - Endless
Just awesome - its not call of duty

Con's
No Real in depth manual for sissies that need such devices to have fun
It's like battlefield met hardline miami and had had sex
No zombies lol (no seriously this should be a pro)
Death is swift an immeninet (Wait this is another pro)


Im sure there are people who dont like this game its bound to happen but you truly are special if you dont find this at least just plain fun.

New COD this year guys ready to pay up for the same garbage again I say trade up and go back in time when killing was much more simple! Overall 13/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
Hey you maggots! Do you want to be all the best you can be!? Do you think you have what it takes to make it out there on the battlefield!? You think so!? WELL I'LL BE OBAMA's LEFT ♥♥♥! WE have a joker in the ranks! If you think you're such hot stuff MR. JOKER, then why not prove it to me out there on the battlefield!? I'll tell you what, you can use any tactic and gun you can think of and if you impress me, I'll promote you! If you die, we'll just send in another joker right after you! Fun? FUN!? YOU'RE ASKING IF WAR IS FUN!? MAGGOT, let me tell you something...war....is down right ♥♥♥♥♥♥ic.

Seriously though, this is a fun game to play when you're bored or want to just run around a large map to kill people however you wish. Think of this game as...hmm...a more fun but dumbed down version of ARMA or battlefield. Yes, there is tanks and LAVs but you cannot repair them, making them very valuable and all the more reason to protect them. Co-op is a blast and the AI are pretty smart/good IMO. PVP is where the true glory of this game shines, nothing beats a all out 3 front war on a server full of players. Oh and as for bugs, none that I've found so far.

The only con I can really think of is lag. When you lag, you either live or die, just as simple as that. Anyways, if you want a fun little game, for a great price, then I recommend getting RWR. I better see you out on the battlefield MAGGOT!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Pre-Release Review
You can run with your rifle.
10/10 would run again
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Waffles.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
495.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
This game gave me PTSD.

I was there

You weren't there.

The air was thick with the smell of war

Up in the freezing cold north, your nostrils were filled with dank memes icicles the size of small ants, yet even here, in the freezing valley, the distinct smell of war never quite escaped you.

We were out in the north, leading a small squad against the east camp along the treeline when a sergeant in my squad spotted blackened silhouettes among the trees. I quickly ordered my men to safe cover as I fired a preemptive explosive round into the midst of them. The fight was going well, we were winning, with no casualties. Until a graycollars APC and its escort broke out of the tree line, heading full speed towards us. Thats when I realized their enemy officer must of radioed for reinforcements, and our small routing squad was pinned between at least 3 fireteams and the 25mm high fragmentation cannon of the armored beast.

Read the rest of the story here: http://www.runningwithrifles.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2261

TL:DR noobs cant hit anything in fridge valley because trees = super good cover and too hard to shoot past, Opt_O is a hero and puts down sandbags as a firebase anyways, gives noobs perfect place to camp without pushing up, APC attacks me while im pushing up, exploded by my squad ai while noobs shooting other direction totally ignoring the southern ai charge towards us, some get picked by me and a friend, only ones pushing them back, some noobs come to help, APC dissapear and knocks us all to ground, graycollar makes it past 25 people shooting other direction and about to knife me while im knocked down, instead knifes the noob beside me, I get away lol as noobs finally realize 100 enemies to the south and shoot there

link related http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=425407836 exploded APC is the one lol its by some trees and a small rock
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