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 (688 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 13, 2014

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“In early 2014 we decided to take RWR to Early Access to reach for a larger player base to get more feedback and suggestions to help us steer the project to completion. 8 months later, the time in Early Access has been a definite success for us for improving the game while we close in on the final months of development before leaving Early Access.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“RWR version 1.0 is targeted to be released early 2015.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The difference between 0.98.8 and 1.0 is expected to be fairly small, apart from adding the very final map for the campaign, finalizing the atmosphere with minor visual tweaks, written dialogue and sounds, improving usability where needed, and fixing the remaining bugs.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is 99% complete, and Mac port is about to be released!”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price has evolved during the development over the past 4 years. The current price in Steam is the final price for the game.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We worked close with the community during Early Access. The community contributed to the development with constructive criticism, new ideas and even providing game assets sometimes. We can't thank you guys enough!”
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"Soldat meets Battlefield. Refreshingly simple yet engaging, Running With Rifles is an excellent open world shooter that is easy to both learn and play."
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January 22

0.99.3 update released!

Changelog:

  • campaign: fixed 0.99.2 insanity; should fix "extraction points not appearing", "world view not appearing", might fix "campaign not starting"
  • online: the experimental penalty mode for Invasion is now disabled by default, appears it's buggy and will need more work
  • maps: some balancing, fixes, tweaks
  • mortar: deployable mortar now comes with slightly increased range


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January 18

0.99.2 update released!

Changelog:

  • online: penalized player mode added, denies access to throwing grenades, using calls, using blast weapons, using vehicles
  • online: radar truck replaced with radar tank in the classic map rotator
  • online: master profile server support
  • menu: added delete savegame functionality back
  • menu: added manage in file browser -button in continue game -menu (disabled for Mac because of issues in fullscreen)
  • stats: some faction stats per match are now collected, shown at end when a map completes
  • general: cleaned up transition from loading screen to game
  • general: added script side logging levels, currently still defaults to verbose
  • vehicles: rotation range of the gunner in the brown/grey jeeps slightly increased
  • vehicles: vehicle properties slightly rebalanced
  • vehicles: some custom vehicle sounds added
  • vehicles: tracked vehicle steering tweaks
  • vehicles: changed water vehicles to not avoid avoidance regions
  • weapons: MG gunners protecting plates collision models added (tank mg, deployable mg, deployable minigun, humvee mg, patrol ship mg)
  • maps: initial effect splat for most maps added
  • maps: several navigation paths tweaked/roads made larger/distances from static objects to navigation pathes increase to reduce bottlenecks and AI in vehicle to get stuck
  • modding: added aim_shoot_threshold for vehicle weapons to improve multi-cannon shoot-or-aim handling

    PS: don't forget tonight's PVP event, during the event (around 90 minutes) SASinvasion will be shut down!

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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
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Early Access Review
"Think Battle Field meets the origional Grand Theft auto. Its a simple, yet fun open world topdown shooter chaulked full of interesting gameplay elements blended beautifully blended together"

Running with Rifels is a fresh take of an open world war game. It uses common corntrolls from modern FPS and 3rd person shooters and pairs it nicely with a reto top down perspective. The cartoony graphics are well made and bring a good feel to the overal game experience; you almost don't feel bad for spraying hate into loads of green, tan, or gray soldiers... albiet they are most likely doing that to you, which brings me to the AI. The AI in this game make thier BF4 and COD counter parts look like glorified boy scouts. As a infantry man inthe US Army, I was pleasantly shoucked at the level of ISD (individual Soldier Dicipline) seen on AI combatans. They hung to cover, bounded, and complimented good fields of fire when in groups. When I first started playing I found myself constantly catching bullets to the face by AI behind good cover. In modern shooters tough AI isn't to bad for seasoned gamers, but because of RWR's simple graphics you now have a couple hundred of these killing machines ready to rain on your parade. Very seldom will you feel like a one man army, which is a nice change of pace to most games out today, and you will have to constantly rely on friendly AI or other players if you wish to make an I'mpact on the enemy.

With all this said, there isn't anything negative that comes to mind with this game. I would love to see more elements included such as Airbourne units and even more advanced tactics used by the enemy; yet its only an early access game. With it still being in development I can only immagine the content to be added will make this an Indi sleeper Hit and provide an enhanced experience to an already great game.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
47.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Early Access Review
No fall damage . 10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Early Access Review
You will truly feel insignificant in this game at times.
But you'll have loads of fun all the same. More fun than you'll know what to do with.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
Early Access Review
Watched a guy launch into space and parachute back down. 10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Early Access Review
Found two problems with this game so far. And both of them have cry "WHYYYYY?!" in tears:

1. 32-bit server executable for Linux. And yes, all dependancies (lots of them) should also be 32-bit. So no fast server for me because of some important php applications on the same machine.

2. There are quite few players online.

Seriously, I can't undestant why. The game is awesome, but the most I've seen was 40 players on the single server four of which were my friends and myself.

Even there are mostly bots that get in your way, I can say that they have one trikiest AI I've seen. Caught myself shouting "You ***** ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥!" to the soulless bot that killed me.

In short: strongly recommended.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Early Access Review
Awesome game that is highly addictive! Dieing has never been so fun :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
Early Access Review
Really all there a game that feels like bf but its top down shootet classic with rpg elements tht blend together and give us this masterpiece really it has lot of content for early access and feels like it is done comn join in on all the action packed battlefield for this top down classic gem!!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Early Access Review
ENG:

Small characters fought against each other in a fun regional power with a simple little cartoon humor. The game is simple and quite versatile and great gameplay.

The game is not a fast-paced battle, but the tactical battle. If desired, able to fight up to one hundred in their own set of over a hundred soldiers against. So a great little battlefield type of game for the fans.

The testimonials! :3


FIN:

Pienet hahmot sotivat keskenään alueiden vallasta hauskalla yksinkertaisella pikku sarjakuva huumorilla höystettynä. Peli on yksinkertainen ja varsin monipuolinen sekä pelattavuudeltaan loistava. Peli ei ole nopea tempoista taistelua vaan taktista taistelua.

Haluttaessa pystyy taistelemaan jopa sadalla omalla joukolla toista sataa sotilasta vastaan. Siis loistava pieni battlefield peli tyypin faneille.

Suosittelut! :3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Early Access Review
The most intense combat simulator I've played in ages. Think Planetside or Battlefield just top down, and ungodly addicting. You gain experience, you rank up, you get better weapons, you call in air/artillery strikes, drive vehicles and shove your rifle up the respective bungholes of your enemies. This is the best indie game I've ever played. Plus you have multiplayer... that's pretty BA too.

10/10 Would shove rifle up bungholes again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0q_VZgHzxc
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Early Access Review
Absolutely brilliant game. Nice balance of realism and comedy and a solid, bugfreee physics engine.


10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
Early Access Review
This is a fun and enjoyable overhead shooter with simple mechanics: your in an open-world and your mission is to defeat the enemy! It has three factions, quite a few guns, vehicles, squad and command tactics, and cover mechanics.

For early access this one is looking to be fantastic!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Early Access Review
It's actually quite fun, and what surprises me is that it's available to all OS platforms(even Linux). It's fairly unique too, as it's a top down arcadey shooter that has quite a bit of depth to it. It has a cover system, for example, and you can even crouch or go prone to increase your accuracy. Battles can get quite hectic with a large number of soldiers running about, dying, parachuting in, driving by in jeeps, APCs, tanks, taking the high ground in guard towers or even on top of buildings. It's all fairly dynamic, and pretty interesting with the ranking system. Getting kills gives you xp, this xp goes toward your overall rank, and with certain ranks comes various perks. Calling in artillery, reinforcements, armored support, getting the ability to gather AI squad mates to follow you, and so on.

I was quite surprised by this little title. The biggest downsides that I can see someone having complaints with is the lack of an overall ammo pool(you're only limited by your magazine, otherwise you have infinite ammo), and lack of any real limitation on respawns(battles can go on for HOURS, only way to win is by capturing bases). Co-op is also no slouch on difficulty. You will die...a lot. But it's fun!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Early Access Review
nice ... i love it...
just... is there no steam cloud support?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
65.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Early Access Review
Long story short: it's a really solid and well crafted little piece of software, with plenty of fun either solo or online.

What I find more remarkable in RWR is the AI, it's truely awesome. I've spent a bunch of hours playing this, mostly online, pvp, pvpve and coop, and the AI somehow surprises you often. Getting owned by the enemy ai never felt this fair and realistic.

This said, set a quick match and set the amount of enemy units to the maximun, or just increase the difficulty. It's truely hardcore, you really need to focus and some quick thinking. Not a brainless game!

On the other hand, I'd be really greatful if we get to have more maps and an ingame map editor (haha sounds crazy complex to make I know). What is more, game would be 120% good if they added a key to make WALK toggleable.

Great game.
cheers
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
53.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Early Access Review
Amazing, I can't stop playing
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Early Access Review
Ran across the map to get an APC
Got it stuck
took half an hour to get it out
finally got it out, drove to the frontline
Teamates at frontline immediatley swarmed it and kicked me out
went to get it back
ran over by driver

11/10
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74 of 85 people (87%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
Early Access Review
Running With Rifles
Field Rating Review
Graphics
7
The graphics definitely aren't anywhere near top notch, but they chose a style and went with it, and it works darn well. Animations are fluid and satisfying as well.
Gameplay
8
With a unique style of gameplay being offered, running with rifles sets itself apart from other games by providing a top-down war experience. You live, you die, you come back as someone else and continue the fight. A constant game of tug-of-war across multiple HUGE connected maps with hundreds of units and three armies at war. Prepare to die a lot, and love every minute of it. There are still however some drawbacks with the AI, and some minor frustrations with combat here and there. But they are still being fleshed out, and as of right now it's wonderful.
Story
N/A
No story to be found here, so far.
Multiplayer
8.5
An absolute blast with friends. Easy to pick up a game and go. Rank up together, command your own squads, and take back the territories. Watch each other be mowed down by enemy gunfire, or get tactical and flank the enemy together on a stealth mission. Play it how you will, you'll enjoy it either way.
Replayability
7.5
Worth coming back to over and over. The game could use some more diversity to keep gameplay from getting dull in the long run, but overall you'll find yourself wanting to play this one with friends every chance you get.
Overall
7.9/10
I've been playing Running with Rifles since it was first announced and released, and my they have come a long way. Years since it began they've added several new huge maps, dozens of new weapons and gameplay elements, vehicles, and a third army to fight for. If you don't pick this one up now, keep your eye on it. It's going very, very good places.

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47 of 48 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
37.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2014
Early Access Review
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.
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111 of 159 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
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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32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Early Access Review
Pros:
-Awesome AI
-Awesome Mutiplayer
-HUUUUUUUUUUUGE Mutiplayer Servers (and I means at the 100s)
-Awesome Maps
-Comptive as hack
-Various of weps
-Nice Commuity
-Works with ALL OS
-U could run it
-It affordable!
Cons:
-Randoms Deaths (For me at least)
- Ladders are kinda hard to climb up (for me at least)
-Some common glitches (It still in beta :) )
-Cars are hard to drive

Overall, a GREAT game if your into Comptaive gaming.

(Btw, sorry for my bad spelling.)
(Will update time to time)
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