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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September 10

1.35 update released!

Hey Runners,

we wanted to wait a bit longer with the next update but there was a critical bug in the campaign, where you spawned dead in the Vigil Island map after comming back to it. For those concerned, if you want to continue your savegame on this map, you'll have to enter "/warp 0" in the ingame chat to load another map, then "/warp 7" to come back to Vigil Island again.

In this update we also added some more modding support, e.g. you can now have a faction that can't pick up items or interact with the equipment. This was done for the mod "Running with the dead" to have the infected faction to be playable in the next mod update later tonight.
We could also see mods like "Alien vs. Predator" to be possible now that this is implemented. So if any modders are interested, just go for it! ;)

Here is a complete list of the latest changes:

  • campaign: fixed spawn dead issue after winning Vigil Island map and coming back again at a later stage
  • maps: minor fixes here and there
  • modding: added faction awareness also for blast result, e.g. faction_compare="any" (default) or "equal" or "not_equal"
  • modding: added character class parameter "can_use_inventory"
  • modding: added character class parameter "can_use_vehicles"
  • modding: externalized character class parameter "wounded_auto_death_time"
  • modding: added character class parameter "reaction_time_after_choosing_target"
  • AI: added a short reaction time delay for the AI combat in vanilla, slightly helps when popping up around e.g. a building corner
  • dominance: suicide time (by holding stab key) raised from 3 seconds (vanilla) to 6 seconds to avoid punishment dodge abusing
  • fov: fixed online synchronization equipping a weapon out of fov
  • characters: fixed standing behing a deployed cover not facing the right direction after being crouched first

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September 4

1.34 update released!

Hey Runners,

to keep the momentum, we are shipping a new small update which is again basically a small fix update.

Don't forget the PvP FoV session on DominanceEU1 server at 6pm UTC (90 minutes after posting this announcement).

Here is the changelog for 1.34:

  • dominance: resources in Vigil Island map distributed properly
  • dominance: missing mapview mask texture for the map Frozen Canyon added
  • maps: minor fixes here and there
  • characters: changes in how standing against the wall works after being crouched first; helps in fov mode too
  • fov: fixed equipping a weapon out of fov

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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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82.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
So I have a friend I mainly play/ed this game with, he's more of a Frontline-Commander, leading large squads in coordinated attacks against the enemy, while I always Roll Spec-Ops, being behind enemy lines for ages and taking out all the targets like Radio Towers, Water Towers, etc.
This exchange happens on a regular basis:
*We both join a game, I get my gear and dissapear for half an hour behind enemy lines ♥♥♥♥ign with them while he fights a frontline War*
*After that half-hour he starts being pushed back quite badly and we start losing*
Friend: "Silas, We're losing, can you come and help out at the Frontline?"
Me: "Yeah, gimme a minute."
*5 minutes pass*
Me: "Hey, Friend" *drives up in stolen enemy tank, jumps out and runs away behind enemy lines again*
Friend: "... That should help."
*half an hour later*
Friend: "Silas, We're los-... *I roll up in a tank* "... Thanks."
*rinse and repeat*
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Thomas Bazzo
23.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
Briefly, RWR mechanics are amazing. It really feels like you are no hero in the battlefield. You're just another one. Great for top-down lovers, especially because it's not just 'running with rifles'. You gotta know what you're doing, otherwise you'll certainly die more than kill.
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54.3 hrs
Posted: September 23
For 15$ this game is totally worth it.
With a pretty good campaign;
Fluid gameplay;
Lots of fun and Humor;
Online play;
Really good mods;
and a great support if you experience any problems.
I have 50hours and still want to keep playing

I totally recommend this game. 10/10
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2.2 hrs
Posted: September 22
A simple pick up and play, mass slaughter point and shoot. Some tactics and various weapons with decent map settings.

However, the whole "campaign" is literally the same mass slaughter, with some "balance" aspect that if you try and sneak around you get quickly overwhelmed.
Doesn't matter which "team" you pick, every time you load the game, it's the same thing. Different wepaon packs make for a slightly different experience, but overall, you've played half an hr, you've played the whole game.
If a grenade is thrown at you proned, you won't survive. So that gets boring quickly.
Some UI issues (again, it's aimed towards just picking up and playing) with no levelling up of individual soldiers ala XCOM (they die too fast here), there's no emotional attachment, so you just throw men into the grinder.
And you keep doing so, until you don't play it anymore.
Definitely not worth the asking price.
Buy it for a £1-2.
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3.5 hrs
Posted: September 22
love this game, but i cant get in now, plz fix.
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16.0 hrs
Posted: September 21
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Aaron PDX
0.8 hrs
Posted: September 18
Feels unfinished. A great concept for a game buried under an awkward UI and unpolished mechanics.
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2.3 hrs
Posted: September 17
Be seated.

Men, all this stuff you hear about America not wanting to fight, wanting to stay out of the war, is a lot of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t. Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, the big-league ball players and the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time. That's why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. The very thought of losing is hateful to Americans. Battle is the most significant competition in which a man can indulge. It brings out all that is best and it removes all that is base.

You are not all going to die. Only two percent of you right here today would be killed in a major battle. Every man is scared in his first action. If he says he's not, he's a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ liar. But the real hero is the man who fights even though he's scared. Some men will get over their fright in a minute under fire, some take an hour, and for some it takes days. But the real man never lets his fear of death overpower his honor, his sense of duty to his country, and his innate manhood.

All through your army career you men have ♥♥♥♥♥ed about what you call 'this chicken-♥♥♥♥ drilling.' That is all for a purpose—to ensure instant obedience to orders and to create constant alertness. This must be bred into every soldier. I don't give a ♥♥♥♥ for a man who is not always on his toes. But the drilling has made veterans of all you men. You are ready! A man has to be alert all the time if he expects to keep on breathing. If not, some German son-of-a-♥♥♥♥♥ will sneak up behind him and beat him to death with a sock full of ♥♥♥♥. There are four hundred neatly marked graves in Sicily, all because one man went to sleep on the job—but they are German graves, because we caught the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ asleep before his officer did.

An army is a team. It lives, eats, sleeps, and fights as a team. This individual hero stuff is ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t. The bilious ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s who write that stuff for the Saturday Evening Post don't know any more about real battle than they do about ♥♥♥♥ing. And we have the best team—we have the finest food and equipment, the best spirit and the best men in the world. Why, by God, I actually pity these poor ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s we're going up against.

All the real heroes are not storybook combat fighters. Every single man in the army plays a vital role. So don't ever let up. Don't ever think that your job is unimportant. What if every truck driver decided that he didn't like the whine of the shells and turned yellow and jumped headlong into a ditch? That cowardly ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ could say to himself, 'Hell, they won't miss me, just one man in thousands.' What if every man said that? Where in the hell would we be then? No, thank God, Americans don't say that. Every man does his job. Every man is important. The ordnance men are needed to supply the guns, the quartermaster is needed to bring up the food and clothes for us because where we are going there isn't a hell of a lot to steal. Every last damn man in the mess hall, even the one who boils the water to keep us from getting the GI ♥♥♥♥♥, has a job to do.

Each man must think not only of himself, but think of his buddy fighting alongside him. We don't want yellow cowards in the army. They should be killed off like flies. If not, they will go back home after the war, ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ cowards, and breed more cowards. The brave men will breed more brave men. Kill off the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ cowards and we'll have a nation of brave men.

One of the bravest men I saw in the African campaign was on a telegraph pole in the midst of furious fire while we were moving toward Tunis. I stopped and asked him what the hell he was doing up there. He answered, 'Fixing the wire, sir.' 'Isn't it a little unhealthy up there right now?' I asked. 'Yes sir, but this ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ wire has got to be fixed.' I asked, 'Don't those planes strafing the road bother you?' And he answered, 'No sir, but you sure as hell do.' Now, there was a real soldier. A real man. A man who devoted all he had to his duty, no matter how great the odds, no matter how seemingly insignificant his duty appeared at the time.

And you should have seen the trucks on the road to Gabès. Those drivers were magnificent. All day and all night they crawled along those son-of-a-♥♥♥♥♥ roads, never stopping, never deviating from their course with shells bursting all around them. Many of the men drove over 40 consecutive hours. We got through on good old American guts. These were not combat men. But they were soldiers with a job to do. They were part of a team. Without them the fight would have been lost.

Sure, we all want to go home. We want to get this war over with. But you can't win a war lying down. The quickest way to get it over with is to get the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s who started it. We want to get the hell over there and clean the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ thing up, and then get at those purple-♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Japs. The quicker they are whipped, the quicker we go home. The shortest way home is through Berlin and Tokyo. So keep moving. And when we get to Berlin, I am personally going to shoot that paper-hanging son-of-a-♥♥♥♥♥ Hitler.

When a man is lying in a shell hole, if he just stays there all day, a Boche will get him eventually. The hell with that. My men don't dig foxholes. Foxholes only slow up an offensive. Keep moving. We'll win this war, but we'll win it only by fighting and showing the Germans that we've got more guts than they have or ever will have. We're not just going to shoot the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s, we're going to rip out their living ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ed guts and use them to grease the treads of our tanks. We're going to murder those lousy Hun ♥♥♥♥♥uckers by the bushel-♥♥♥♥ing-basket.

Some of you men are wondering whether or not you'll chicken out under fire. Don't worry about it. I can assure you that you'll all do your duty. War is a bloody business, a killing business. The Nazis are the enemy. Wade into them, spill their blood or they will spill yours. Shoot them in the guts. Rip open their belly. When shells are hitting all around you and you wipe the dirt from your face and you realize that it's not dirt, it's the blood and gut of what was once your best friend, you'll know what to do.

I don't want any messages saying 'I'm holding my position.' We're not holding a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ed thing. We're advancing constantly and we're not interested in holding anything except the enemy's balls. We're going to hold him by his balls and we're going to kick him in the ♥♥♥; twist his balls and kick the living ♥♥♥♥ out of him all the time. Our plan of operation is to advance and keep on advancing. We're going to go through the enemy like ♥♥♥♥ through a tinhorn.

There will be some complaints that we're pushing our people too hard. I don't give a damn about such complaints. I believe that an ounce of sweat will save a gallon of blood. The harder we push, the more Germans we kill. The more Germans we kill, the fewer of our men will be killed. Pushing harder means fewer casualties. I want you all to remember that. My men don't surrender. I don't want to hear of any soldier under my command being captured unless he is hit. Even if you are hit, you can still fight. That's not just ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t either. I want men like the lieutenant in Libya who, with a Luger against his chest, swept aside the gun with his hand, jerked his helmet off with the other and busted the hell out of the Boche with the helmet. Then he picked up the gun and he killed another German. All this time the man had a bullet through his lung. That's a man for you!

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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
90.0 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Oh my, If I knew how goo this game was, I would have bought it on release. Amazing top down shooter, reminds me of MAG with the pure chaos that goes in. A must have in my opinion, just found a new favorite game, played most of the night.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
99.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
This game is very underappreciated.
Seriously, a lot more people need to know about this.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
Great game overall! But is a running simulator if your team keeps moving the spawn truck! xD

1. Run
2. Die
3. Repeat step 1 & 2
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
brilliant and ill get that damned air field one day dont know whyt the greys want it so much.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
42.0 hrs on record
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
+ Great campaign
+ You can choose your route in the campaign
+ 3 Faction to choose
+ Huge replayability
+ Fun gameplay, addicting and challenging
+ Realistic af, you'll notice that war is terrible thing to happen because you'll spawn over 100 times in less than 5 minutes (Your dark souls death count? pfft)
+ Long ♥♥♥ mission, it could take more than 12 hours to finish one depending how you play it (trench map PTSD)
+ Tons of weapon (Secret weapon, and of course battlefield thievery, stole your enemy guns and produce it for your faction)
+ Vehicle (From Tank, APC, Truck, Humvee, and boat)
+ Require strategy, skills and planning to play effectively
+ Skirmish//Quick Play
+ Squad System (Yes, you can command a squad in this game)
+ Rank System (Start from private, more people you killed and objective you complete you get xp to get promoted)
+ This game have a lot of amazing mod
+ MP is fun and not cancerous
- AI (Especially when they drive)
- there's not a lot of server to play but still you'll find plenty of people inside it
- can't rotate camera (CMIIW)

If you love battlefield and arma then grab the game now, considering how fun the game and how many times you die because flying button out of nowhere.
You'll like it. I promise
*sorry for my english
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
I'm currently hooked on this game. After you get past the initial rank-ups, it gets a whole lot more fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
About 20 years ago I used to play this nice top down war game on Playstation called Return Fire. It wasn't an amazing game but it was fun and addictive. The game was vehicle based entirely. Today we have a neat top down war game called Running With Rifles. I can finally run around and shoot and use vehicles. It's not an amazing game but it's very fun and addictive. I do miss listening to Grieg when driving the APC though.

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