Rune PC

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  • Summary: A third-person game of action and adventure steeped in Norse mythology and high fantasy. Use your brains and massive brawn to survive as you explore the 3-D game world fighting off creatures from Norse legend and the fertile minds of the Human Head staff with their array of swords, axes, andA third-person game of action and adventure steeped in Norse mythology and high fantasy. Use your brains and massive brawn to survive as you explore the 3-D game world fighting off creatures from Norse legend and the fertile minds of the Human Head staff with their array of swords, axes, and magical devices. [Gathering of Developers] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Though the game starts out a little slowly, with crabs and goblins as your primary foes, the action picks up after a few levels and soon, the creatures you're fighting will alternately frighten and excite you.
  2. CNET Gamecenter
    90
    Any game that lets you lop off the head of your enemy and then use it as a weapon has our vote.
  3. 90
    When it comes carnage, Rune doesn't skimp. The game ships with the disclaimer that it's "not a game for the meek, slow or anyone under 17 years old." This is not an understatement.
  4. If you can get through a slow start and endure the troubles with bothersome levers, there is a lot of hack and slash fun to be had. The combat system is not quite the innovation that it has been made out to be, but it is smooth and responsive and quite fun to play with.
  5. Despite good graphics and excellent sound, Rune falls short of its potential due to various flaws, glitches, and a lack of variation over the long haul. Rune is a prime example of not being able to judge a game by it's pretty exterior.
  6. 70
    Rune will satisfy your axe-swinging, lever-pulling, zombie beheading urges, just don't expect anything too deep.
  7. Daily Radar
    50
    Poor AI, routine melee combat and unimaginative gameplay consign Rune to the hellish abode of the bored.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. JakasS.
    Dec 14, 2005
    10
    The game is a blast. The visuals are amazing and the story really well thought out. Multiplayer is phenomenal.
  2. Dec 24, 2015
    10
    This is one of my favorite game from my childhood days. I remember playing it on LAN at the gaming club with my friends, I remember playing inThis is one of my favorite game from my childhood days. I remember playing it on LAN at the gaming club with my friends, I remember playing in from home on 30kbps Dial Up all weekend nights with pings around 300. This is by far the best multiplayer melee game I have played. These days there are great alternatives like Chivalry, but this 3rd person game mechanics are just so well done that I can't help but compare everything else to it. The dodging coming from it's Unreal Engine coupled with precise hit detection makes it the most skill based melee combat I've seen, without crazy combos you have to remember and be quick enough to perform - you just need to swing your weapon through your opponent's body and try to avoid their blade. And you can also throw a huge hammer at their heads. These days I suggest Rune Classic re-release on Steam, but Rune Gold from the old days is also great. That is due to Halls of Valhalla multiplayer expansion which is, in my opinion, better in terms of fighting mechanics, than the original and they are not compatible (Rune Classic is compatible with both versions and incorporates both mechanics, you should really get it, preferably with your friends to play together as player base is pretty small these days). Expand
  3. ZikasA.
    Mar 15, 2003
    10
    A very good game-especially in multiplayer.
  4. Dec 13, 2015
    7
    When I was young I was amazed by that game, especially by multiplayer mode. Atmosphere of Norse mythology is great, so if you are interestedWhen I was young I was amazed by that game, especially by multiplayer mode. Atmosphere of Norse mythology is great, so if you are interested in this kind of things, definitely check it out. Gameplay is just very simple, you just go foward and kill your enemies, that's all. Expand
  5. Sep 18, 2012
    7
    Rune is just a decent action game. There is nothing special about it. The graphics are average, so is the fighting system. The above doesn'tRune is just a decent action game. There is nothing special about it. The graphics are average, so is the fighting system. The above doesn't mean the game does not provide entertainment.
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  6. Nucleus
    Sep 10, 2005
    7
    Reeks of averageness all around. Overly simplified arcade-like controls and player movement, very stupid enemy AI, basic visuals and simple Reeks of averageness all around. Overly simplified arcade-like controls and player movement, very stupid enemy AI, basic visuals and simple "pull the lever"-puzzles. It didn't keep me insterested for long. Expand