Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. I'm hoping that with patches (and some more players) that most of those can be corrected, and the basic concept of the ruses is solid and very enjoyable. It really is an RTS that plays like no other, and it deserves a second look on that basis alone.
  2. 85
    The singleplayer storyline is far from interesting but the awesome gameplay makes up for it. R.U.S.E. brings a fresh breeze into the RTS genre and strategists will have, without a doubt, tons of fun with this game.
  3. 85
    R.U.S.E. is kind of unique game. This is by far the greatest RTS game on a console in a sense of controls. The game works great with the DualShock 3 and the PlayStation Move and the gameplay on itself is quite different from other RTS games.
  4. This is a great and smart RTS experience that will definitely appeal to real time strategy gamers. Hardcore PC gamers may find this a little too simplistic in gameplay terms, but its amazing control, its refreshing concept and great on-line modes are really interesting options for console gamers.
  5. 82
    A solid strategy romp and well worth any strategy fans' time. [Issue#197, p.94]
  6. Ruse is doing really well on consoles. The controls of the game are very good (PlayStation Move on PS3 is working fine for Ruse) . You never lose track at all. The missions convince with new tasks and unexpected, but never unfair events. Moreover, the degree of difficulty moves slowly, but surely Ruse offers a challenge even for professionals. The story and the main character are some of the rare things we dislike.
  7. Jan 5, 2011
    80
    This really just boils down to if you enjoy RTS games and the methodical level of pacing that comes with the genre. This is the first RTS game on a console that I have been able to tolerate.
  8. The story of R.U.S.E. might not be interesting and the action is kind of slow, but the game has a lot of impressive strategic elements. The game is deep and exciting.
  9. As an RTS game R.U.S.E. succeeds. It's tough and it's tight. As an RTS game, however, it's destined to only be embraced by a small, hardcore community. [Oct 2010 p.75]
  10. Great tactics, unique design and great multiplayer - this is easy to recommend.
  11. R.U.S.E. is a great RTS. It may not be as robust as some of the RTS's that are available on the PC, but this is easily the best RTS's you can find on the PS3.
  12. 80
    RUSE takes a while to warm up, but once it does, it's cracking stuff, as the game's unfailingly proper British generals would no doubt put it. It makes real-time strategy accessible with pad controls without sacrificing either complexity or challenge.
  13. 80
    R.U.S.E. is a breath of fresh air in a genre that consoles have seemingly not been able to perfect. The inclusion of Move controls in the PS3 version really make a difference and even with a standard controller, the game plays great.
  14. Only after some hours does RUSE become what it really is: a challenging, well-made game, although with clumsy first steps, something difficult to accept nowadays, in a market that moves very quickly.
  15. R.U.S.E. is not a title suitable for casual players, and it requires a certain amount of commitment and a flexible and strategic mind. If you want a spectacular, frenetic and anchored to the old system RTS, we do not recommend you this title, but if you want something really new, strategic and tactically considered approach, R.U.S.E. is for you.
  16. With a much lower pace than its competitors, in favor of its truly strategic (rather than tactical) approach, R.U.S.E. provides large-scale battles filled with subtlety, twists, and finesse, for its solo adventure and multiplayer alike. Its system of ruses, most notably, is absolutely brilliant for building up effective attack and defense strategies, especially when you're able to keep most of your real intentions concealed up to the very last minute. It's a game one needs to approach from afar, with the intelligence of a general, and a real soft gem in a world of brutish RTS games. It's a really different alternative to StarCraft II that really deserves attention, if only to discover another way to wage war.
  17. It really is too bad that the Campaign has to fall so far short of expectations. If they had only managed to refine that entire mode, and allow us to dive into the nuts and bolts of the game earlier, R.U.S.E. could've been a great – perhaps even an elite-level – RTS.
  18. Unfortunately, the only place this intriguing design has a place to shine is in multiplayer. The campaign is laughably awful, with a tepid story told through awkwardly acted cutscenes surrounding poorly scripted scenarios.
  19. R.U.S.E. is a good game that has some flaws. The one thing that Ubisoft and the devs were counting on to entertain (the R.U.S.E. option) pays off really well in the end. The rest of the gameplay elements aren't overly different from what we've seen before in an RTS, which makes R.U.S.E. simply good and not great.
  20. Jan 5, 2011
    77
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  21. A good amount of multiplayer value rounds out a substantial single-player portion. There's a good amount of game for your dollar here, but some of that is due to how slow moving the game can be at times.
  22. Jan 5, 2011
    75
    R.U.S.E. isn't doing anything particularly groundbreaking in the world of RTS, but in the world of console gameplay, it is doing well to stand apart.
  23. This intriguing real-time strategy game overcomes its feeble campaign by encouraging a different approach to battlefield tactics.
  24. 75
    Overall, R.U.S.E. is an interesting take on what some would consider a stale topic these days. It brings some great ideas that have never been seen before into the RTS genre, and executes them well for the most part.
  25. R.U.S.E. succeeds as a solid RTS with a fun focus on deceit, even if it's a little more conventional than we were hoping for.
  26. R.U.S.E. is a smart videogame in his genre with huge doses of tactics and interesting playability. One of the best RTSs for console gamers.
  27. Jan 5, 2011
    72
    With a disappointing campaign and a lack of online players to challenge, R.U.S.E. is a tough sell.
  28. R.U.S.E tries hard to make itself stand out from the crowd, but ultimately needs a stool to try and peek over the other strategy giants.
  29. Online action offers up to four-player wars or free-for-all skirmishes, while the Battles and Operations modes allow armchair generals to take a breather from the WWII campaign and rattle off rounds at a more leisurely pace. [Nov 2010, p.82]
  30. Apart from the many original ideas here, RUSE looks like game tied to a campaign that is not bad, but seems to have some problems. The multiplayer is another world.
  31. The new gold standard in console real-time strategies, and one that isn't afraid to invent new ideas as well as reinterpret old ones.
  32. A well made and well rounded strategy war game, but not one that hooks you in the same way as the genre greats. There are enough competent strategy offerings on the PC that this isn't an obligatory purchase, but the lack of good strategy games on the consoles means that R.U.S.E. is definitely worth checking out on those platforms – it even handles well with the controller.
  33. If you enjoy strategy games, you'll enjoy R.U.S.E.. The best part of the game is unfortunately riddled with balancing issues and saddled with a dead community. A shame really, especially for an overlooked genre.
  34. It could definitely appeal to those who enjoy a more macro-style strategy game, but if you like a faster pace to your strategy, it's going to be easy to get bored or frustrated quick.
  35. Despite a fascinating concept and an undoubted strategic deepness, the console versions of R.U.S.E. fail to deliver a fully satisfying gaming experience for both fans and newcomers to the genre due to some gameplay flaws and some questionable decisions made by the developers.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 47 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Sep 9, 2010
    10
    All joking aside, I do not know what game the critics were playing, and what they think gaming is.
    R.U.S.E. is first and foremost (as with all
    games today) a multiplayer experience. It has been designed as such, with fantastic dialogue between beta testers (of which there were many) and impeccable attention to detail, gameplay, and realism.
    The single player campaign lacks the fast paced run and gun people are use to, but the heavily strategic and tactical gameplay of multiplayer absolutely shines. The art of deception the game is based around gives players an endless multitude of strategies to fool foes, interact with team mates and drag you in to a gaming experience you won't forget.
    My favourite title of the year.
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  2. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    I really have to agree with the last guy - the game was designed for MP. The SP is actually not that bad but when you jump into the MP world it really starts to compare to some of the top of the line RT-Strategy games out there. Judge it for yourself - I recommend a buy but rent if you're skeptical. Full Review »
  3. Sep 15, 2010
    8
    The game is one of the better new games available at this moment. I really enjoy playing it alone and/or with my friends. The singleplayer isn't that great, but the multiplayer makes that up.
    I just love the details.
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