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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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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May 11

1.30 Workshop update released!

Hey Runners!

Modulaatio Games is proud to announce that the Steam Workshop support for RUNNING WITH RIFLES just went live! OMG YES!
To celebrate the Workshop release, RWR can be purchased with a -50% discount deal, lasting until the end of the weekend! Grab it while it's hot!

Mods for RWR can now be easily subscribed to and shared with RWR's full support of the Steam Workshop. Multiplayer servers using Workshop content will let players subscribe to the required Workshop items automatically upon connecting.

We've prepared the Workshop with some very cool mods already (let it be WWI, WWII, Sci-fi, racing or even Zombiiiies!) and are excited for all-new content submissions. Finally, all the great mods we've seen in the past few years can be made available to players easily.
We're also hosting dedicated servers running a few of the mods. See you there!

Here are just 2 examples of mods that have already been submitted:


RUNNING WITH THE DEAD (zombie apocalypse):

To make it easier to create custom maps, we are actually working on a map video tutorial which is our next top priority!
We also added 2 new languages in this update.

benvenuto ai nostri amici italiani!

Below you can find a complete list of changes for version 1.30:

  • translation: Italian - credits to Fabio Maina! ( )
  • translation: Chinese - credits to Candymew, c16gxy, MapleHouse, BillowRock and 牛奶竟然没我纯!
  • weapons: MGL Flasher - longer drum reload time
  • weapons: Pepperdust - overall buff
  • weapons: Milkor MGL - very rare weapon added
  • weapons: M202 Flash - very rare weapon added
  • weapons: Mini UZI, Steyr TMP and AEK-919K accuracy buffed
  • maps: Several map fixes
  • items: lowered the price for respawn flare from 300 to 150 RP
  • items: camouflage suit - detectability modifier reduced from 25% to 20%
  • vehicles: overall fill requirements adjusted - several vehicles were operated with too low amount of soldiers
  • general: all scripts ported to Angelscript
  • general: added campaign selection screen
  • misc: woman Greenbelts elite soldier model added
  • misc: woman elite soldiers have now custom die sound effects
  • misc: Brownpants have now 3 different basic soldier models instead of 1, like it already is for the other factions
  • misc: quick-picking up a vest type item won't make your former vest to disappear, but will be put in your backpack instead
  • ai: fixed a bug preventing stab usage sometimes
  • online: subscription handling for Steam Workshop items when joining a server with Workshop items
  • online: teamkill does not drop victim's items anymore
  • online: translations work more consistently on servers now
  • online: the player faction in official invasion servers switches from Brownpants to Greenbelts
  • modding: overlays-folder is deprecated but continues to work; all mods are now to be placed under packages, with package_config.xml defining how they show up in-game

Thanks to Warbrand2 and TheSoldier for their contributions!

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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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Very Positive (109 reviews)
Very Positive (2,868 reviews)
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( 36.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
better than battlefield
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( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Sadly, RWR suffers from too frequent glitches (e.g. menu not responding, textures failing to load leaving you to fight in pure whiteness, etc) and a number of what I'd argue are design flaws (no stalemate prevention, no loadout selection - have fun fighting a tank with your bare fists unless you fancy spending a couple of minutes running to the nearest armory - and no fast travel i.e. you have to physically walk across the now peaceful maps).

As such, I wouldn't recommend this unless you have a high tolerance for frustration and absolutely love the concept.
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Do you even vape bro?
( 53.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Very fun top down shooter with very well made maps and mod support. This game is very good and its a shame more ppl don't play it. I highly recommend it though, the battles are intense but also very fun.
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Klause Von Fuquad
( 33.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Gave me PTSD. 11/10
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( 8.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Can not recomend this game more!

RWR combines a 2D shooting and strategy game with an awesome concept. To some it may seem like a meanial game, constantly dying and respawning as somebody different. RWR perfectly embodies war in the fact that you don't matter. You are not going to make a big differnce in the war, just a pawn. However, as you grow in the ranks, you get more squad members to go on missions with you to flank the enemy, or to defend a certain spot.

I fully recommend this game to anyone who likes strategy and war games.
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( 38.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
So I can run around with a rifle, but not a scissor?

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( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I played as the 'Grey collars' because I like the stark uniforms contrast against the environment.

About 15 minutes in, I have gotten many kills, and have done modestly. However, am still a rank one private.

About 20 minutes in I realised I can massacre the enemies who have surrendered after the battle.

I Specifically go around the battlefields I have one murdering anyone left behind.

I am rewarded for this. not only rewarded, but given positive propaganda messages like "Well done" and "Getting Serious!" etc.

40 minutes in, i am a sergeant, with several troops under my command, elite weaponry, stealthy snipery stuff etc.

My deathsquad march into enemy bases alone, plant explosives and turrets and slaughter the enemy, drawing fire from the real target.

50 minutes in, Start calling my men the Sturmtruppen. at this point, I realise I am the bad guy

I Immediately exile and kill all the 'J' words, and crush the rebel scum.

Become the supreme ruler of the entire map. Annex the Bootleg islands and take over keepsake bay.

1 hour or so in, blow up Alderaan.

10/10 This game made me question my morales, and I started pretending to be anakin skywalker. that'll teach them god damn jedi. I haven't played multiplayer yet, but am about to.

This got off topic, but buy the game. you won't be disappointed
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( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
love the game
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( 17.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
GREAT GAME I love this game ever since i downloaded it i stopped playing my other 18 games
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( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I like running people over, but usually I only hit my own teammates.
Also beware of the spawns. They will give you AIDS.
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29 of 30 people (97%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
373.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Running with rifles, how do you explain this game. Well not well if you are me.

Running with rifles, is an isometric view third person shooter, where you play just another soldier. You are not rambo, infact you may be following rambo and dying like the genaric grunt you are. That said even a genaric grunt can leave a mark.

Here is a list of things that I have seen happen in this game.

events mentioned are from offical co-op servers.

*A soldier equiped with a VSS on a roof holding off an army only to die when an enemy officer drops a full blown artilery strike on their location.

*A group of camo suit equiped soldiers back door a base wiping it out and capturing it only to have to turn around and do it again with their old base.

*Tank rush 8 tanks strong steam rolling half the map, killing everything in sight, Only to get utterly destroyed at the last base do to a bottle neck and a well timed mortar strike by the AI.

*A player grabbing a combat buggy lacing it with c4 and ramming it into an enemy base, blasting the defenses to peaces and allowing his allies to mop up and take the base.

*6 players armed with 100 shot muskets, slowely taking a map and kicking the ♥♥♥ of heavyily armed and armored modern day soldiers.

*An EOD AI going nuts and charging the front line with a shotgun, not only taking out half the players holding it but pushing their team into our base. [events like this is why vets warn new players of EOD soldiers]

*stuck in a gridlock some crafty player calls in a tank airdrop ON TOP OF, a large building, mans it and uses the armor to not only break the enemies front line but do some ranged damage to their base.

*a squad of minigun armed players in a jeep that players rock music. yeah nothing more to say here.

And that is just a minor list of things from CO-OP. There is much, much more to this game. You can do anything from join the cannon fodder, to become a tank commander, or even a one man army that the enemy never sees or hears comming.

The way I see it if you can find your role, anyone can have fun in this game. and with the wide range of weapons in the game, as well as the wide range of situation, even a guy armed with an old sawn off and a prayer can be of use in the battle at large.

You are a soldier, you are just one boddy amoung thousands. You are cannon fodder, but you are not a drone, grab a LMG, or grenade launcher, take that hard point and give them hell. Show that even if you are a single soldier in a wave, a single soldier is all it takes.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
First 5 Minutes

You shoot then you realize that you have to manually reload, get shot.
Try to go in a car but it's full then they say *Buzz of*
You see that some guys are roaming with others like a squad and you think *Wait i can get my own squad?*
You go to try to be usefull but you aren't.

First 20 Minutes

You have gotten some combos and *Way to go soldier* but not anything more you know what to do but you get swarmed by the enemy trying to focus on one guy but then you get from the left or right.

Under 1 hour

You decide *Why not go on Multi-Player?*
Either you will get rekt by the enemy who has played for over 100 hours and the AI's on the other team are CRAZY.
Or you are on the winning team but you aren't doing that much.
Or you ARE the beast on your team because you are a sponge of knowlege when it comes to games, or the other team are the ppl who are in the 5 minutes learning zone.
AI's will kill you any way in multi-player.
And you have gotten more that just *Way to go soldier*

Over 3 hours of playing

YOU ARE GOOD. not GREAT but good.
You try to lone wolf with the squad you made but then they die and it's only you and there are like 20 AI's around you, you fail to throw a grenade and you got it in your face and you died. Sad Really Sad.


You are GREAT, you can take on any challenge like fighting against 7 AI's at the same time and such, but you still die. Still die alot.

No i wouldn't recommend this game. I would HIGHLY recommend this game! i loved all the time i spent playing this.

10/10 Would recommend this game again.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
86.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
This game has a lot to offer, wether it's running around with your buddies in invasion mode, or tackling the single player campaign. Whatever you choose to do will most likely get you hooked. The in game community is friendly and YES the multiplayer is active. I could sit here and list and list the pro's that i see in Running With Rifles, but i rather play it.
Worth the money.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Really fun game, especially when you install mods. I got one where it turns the game into a zombie apocalypse and you choose to start off as a bandit, survivor or military and basically your job is to control the entire map. The basic objective is the same throughout vanilla and modded versions of the game. Control the map. Really fun and totally worth the money if you're into complete world domination :3
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
In the not so far future.
And endless war to take the docks begins,..
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
36.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
This is an amazing top down army shooter. Every situation is different and epic. From being a stealthy gillie to Rambo on the front lines, it is very fun. All the maps are unique and provide lots of entertainment. This game is great and if it grows if will become even better!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Very in depth mechanics. Has stealth, has cover and angles, has suppresion fire, has loads of teamwork. Loads of fun.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Really fun to play, both solo and co-op. Highly recommended. Try the demo first to see if you\'d enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
A pretty good game definitely worth buying (obviously on sale). It has a few flaws; main menu is a map so has a loading screen, some maps are practically imposible and the PvP multiplayer is dead (the coop is not dead).
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Product received for free
The game is still receiving updates after being fully released for more than a year, they just recently added workshop-support! Nice to see them finally implementing some Steamworks features. The servers are still full enough to always have people to play with. There are still some minor technical issues but generally speaking the devs will help you fix them personally if you contact them via mail or IRC :)

Now to the gameplay:
Even if it looks simple it has quite some depth but you don't need to dive into it to have fun. I prefer singleplayer over multiplayer, because the multiplayer doesn't add much to my experience unless I'm playing with friends (which is really easy, you just hit ESC -> Open server and they can join you!).

Very nice game overall and still getting updates!

PS: I received the game for free in a public giveaway, not as a review copy or anything like that.
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