Running With Rifles is a game in which you start out as a simple grunt in an army filled with hundreds of people. It's a simple looking game that can run even on my toaster. You start out as a Private in either the Greenebelts (BOOO) Graycollars (BOO YOU STINK ASWELL) or the Brownpants (YEEEEEEEEEAH!) Depending on what faction you choose when creating a new campaign, you'll be sent to one of the vast, diverse maps. Soon, if you're doing what you should be, you should get into a huge, bloody firefight trying to capture a sector, watching your comrades fall before you, and maybe even dying yourself. But don't worry, death isn't permanent. There's a lot I can say about this game, but to keep it simple I'll just list what I like, dislike, and want in the future.
What I like:
- The ranking system. Start out as a private, kill enemies and capture objectives to get XP, rank up. When you become a corporal you get a mobile radio that allows you to call in mortar salvos, which can be useful if you need to unwedge some pesky Graycollars.
- The radio. You expend RP (resource points, which you get from trading in weapons and collectables) to call in support, such as mortar salvos, reinforcements, and eventually as you rank up even more, artillery salvos and tanks.
- The weapons. Weapons are taken from real life (M16, AK47, LAWs, etc.) and add to the immersion of the game
-Firefights. The firefights you get into in this game are amazing. Watching as a bridge that had nothing but Jersey barriers and abandoned cars turn into a battleground with blood spilled everywhere, corpses strewn about and wrecks of cars is just, ohhh it's so amazing.
- Day-to-night cycle. It's not always daytime in a battle. I dunno if this happens or not, but it'd be interesting to see both sides pull back during night to recuperate and resume fighting the next day.
-The maps. Maps are all varied, some big, entrenched sections of land, some small coastal cities, some tiny peaceful isles caught in the middle of a bloody war. My favorite has to be Black Gold Estuary
- The graphics. Nice and simple, not too demanding. Hope they never change.
RWR is a pretty great game, but there's still some things that I don't like.
- The AI is a bit wonky while driving. Sometimes if you hop in a car with them driving they may turn back and not go to the objective, but other than that they're fine.
- Lack of naval assault/ land assault vehicles. You get APCs that have an autocannon turret, a tank, and sometimes a Humvee, but most of the time you'll get jeeps. For naval assaults you get a rubber boat which doesn't offer much protection, and on Black Gold Estuary you get a badass patrol boat that is armored and armed to the teeth. More on these next.
- The Squad AI is pretty bad in my opinion. If I tell them to move to a position, they should seek out the nearest cover, because most of the time I'm behind sandbags and my squad is hovering around behind me getting picked off by Graycollars.
- 3-faction maps. ♥♥♥♥ those, they're fun the first time playing them but after awhile they get stale, boring, and frustatingly hard. Especially Power Junction. The smallest map in the entire campaign is a King of The Hill map, that's fine. But three ♥♥♥♥ing factions? On the smallest map going for one point? No, it's just too hard to enjoy.
So there's not that much wrong with the game besides wonky acting AI, and the lack of boats. There's some other things I'd like to see in the future of this game.
What'd I'd like to see:
- Halftracks. A mix between a tank, a troop transport, and an APC.
- Higgins boats/ AAVs (Assault Amphibious Vehicles) , just to give landing forces a bit more protection.
- More banter between the soldiers, it'd add to immersion.
- Limited ammo as a toggleable feature. You don't have unlimited ammo for your rifles, and when you run out you either scavenge for weapons or you go back to the armory to resupply. I think it'd make the mobile armory more importance.
Overrall a 9/10, fun game.