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  • Summary: RUINER is a brutal action shooter set in the year 2091 in the cyber metropolis Rengkok. A wired sociopath lashes out against a corrupt system to uncover the truth and retrieve his kidnapped brother under the guidance of a secretive hacker friend.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Sep 26, 2017
    92
    Ruiner is momentum. The art drives the story, the story drives the setting, the setting drives the music, and the music drives the combat. Which in and of itself, needs none of the above. There are other very cool elements to be found from the versatile progression system to the way in which the boss battles evolve and really put your skills to the sent. And there are stretches where the momentum lags and cues are repeated. But with the sound turned up, the lights drawn, and your eyes firmly watching each enemy movement and background detail come to life there’s nothing better. Ruiner gets it. And I love it.
  2. Sep 26, 2017
    90
    Ruiner’s budget presentation does little to sully what is otherwise a challenging, addictive and sublime twin-stick shooter experience. Whether you’re head-hunting a particularly nasty criminal, taking on a group of cyborgs or arduously battling against a fearsome boss, Ruiner is action-packed, stylish as hell and fucking awesome. In fact, it just might be one of the most memorable experiences I’ve played this year. Just play it on PC if you can though, yeah?
  3. Sep 27, 2017
    82
    A great action game, well balanced and with a unique personality. It's not very long, but we've enjoyed it, and we think any fan of this genre will too.
  4. Sep 27, 2017
    75
    Ruiner is a fast isometric shooter. Frenetic. With a good handful of playable possibilities that offer variety in action, although it can sometimes be repetitive. Exploring its city Rengkok and its cyberpunk history of hackers and street gangs helps to bring a little more variety to the set.
  5. Oct 10, 2017
    70
    Ruiner's cyberpunk carnage and soundtrack evoke Hotline Miami, even if the gameplay doesn't quite measure up. It's a spectacle, but it's over too soon.
  6. 50
    RUINER ruins its own explosive presentation and promising combat with poorly thought-out difficulty and incomplete narrative and gameplay concepts.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. Sep 27, 2017
    10
    The perfect cyberpunk adventure you are looking for. The shooting feels great, the difficulty is well balanced and there is even an Easy ModeThe perfect cyberpunk adventure you are looking for. The shooting feels great, the difficulty is well balanced and there is even an Easy Mode for you wimps out there.
    Art Music Combat Story all blend perfectly. Only problem I have with this game is that i want MOAR of it!
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  2. TZT
    Nov 18, 2017
    9
    This game really painfull to play on hard, but only so you get the maximum pleasure from the victory over every boss
    + Gameplay
    + Setting +
    This game really painfull to play on hard, but only so you get the maximum pleasure from the victory over every boss
    + Gameplay
    + Setting
    + Music
    - Story
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  3. Oct 12, 2018
    8
    Pros:
    -Very well balanced difficulty. Playing on hard will make you die from time to time until you get the right pattern without having any
    Pros:
    -Very well balanced difficulty. Playing on hard will make you die from time to time until you get the right pattern without having any "wtf this is unfair" moments that so many badly balanced games create.
    -Nervous gameplay : mobility over the tank and spank of some other popular hack&slash
    -Great Atmosphere and Ambiance
    -Mindless Fun
    -Very good music
    -Optimized for speedrun if that's your thing

    Neutral :
    Can't remap control, but if you are not impaired Keyboard+M works well enough

    Cons
    -Not super clear on what hits you, and your hitbox is large.
    -If you are not going multiple playtrough, the game is rather short. I finished the game in a bit over 4 hours. Due to the game low price, this is not that much of an issue though
    -Not fully voiced
    -Some boss are easier than trash mobs waves. The final boss was too easy for my taste despite having an awesome artistic direction an number of things to care about on the screen.

    Overall the gameplay itself is worth maybe a 6 (Cheap, Enjoyable but not memorable), but the artistic direction and soundrack are enough to earn one extra points each.
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  4. Nov 25, 2017
    8
    Video game is like porn sometimes: It's not about the story, it's about the pleasure.

    This game is fun overall but unrewarding at times.
    Video game is like porn sometimes: It's not about the story, it's about the pleasure.

    This game is fun overall but unrewarding at times. New game plus or hard is the way to go.
    + Gameplay
    + Art and Style
    + Setting
    + Music
    - Story
    Too many loose threads in the story. Some parts are nonsensical. If girl is not under control of boss then why trust her? Boss always look for power except on this one?
    Akira and Evangelion were better at symbolism in stories. They should have studied them instead of banally recombining the artistic scheme. Still a good effort. I liked it.
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  5. Mar 11, 2018
    7
    Five Word Review: Fun, intense twin-stick shooter.
    Favorite Thing: The action is pretty intense.
    Least Favorite Thing: Cliffhanger is just
    Five Word Review: Fun, intense twin-stick shooter.
    Favorite Thing: The action is pretty intense.
    Least Favorite Thing: Cliffhanger is just another word for incomplete and an incomplete story is always a black mark for me. Games should be tagged as such!

    Date Completed: 2018-02-20
    Playtime: ~ 5h
    Enjoyment: 7/10
    Recommendation: I enjoyed it. Don't know the last time I played a twin-stick shooter so I have nothing to compare it to.
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  6. Aug 6, 2018
    7
    Ruiner takes a certain kind of player to enjoy it. It can be very masochistic to play it, you have to expect to die often. Normally I don’tRuiner takes a certain kind of player to enjoy it. It can be very masochistic to play it, you have to expect to die often. Normally I don’t enjoy this kind of game, and truth betold there were times where I didn’t enjoy playing the game, but overall it had a lot going for it. The soundtrack is awesome, the story is good (minus the cliffhanger ending), there are lots of ways to play by how you spend upgrade points, the lore is good and the gameplay is, for the most part, very fun. There are some wrinkles here and there but no game is perfect and not much is major.

    The gameplay itself is the games main strength. If I can give one piece of advice it is to never stop moving. The game is very fast paced and most of the time when I kept dying over and over in some spots I tended to notice I had stopped moving or slowed down. It is a very tough game but there are ways to help yourself. One of the best parts of the game is that you can reallocate your upgrade points any time you want. Some games don’t allow this and you come to find out ¾ of the way through the game finding out you wish you had of spent the points differently and now are screwed. Ruiner not only allows you to reallocate them it encourages it and I think in some cases expects it of you. More than once when I was having a tough time against a certain enemy I figured out what ability would do a better job against them and experimented finding it. There are a large variety of ranged and melee weapons to compliment as variety of play styles.

    As far as things that I didn’t like there wasn’t too much. Some enemies you have to face multiple times which I find sloppy and dislike usually. One specific enemy we have to beat 4 times, the last 3 of which are back to back to back. He just keeps getting revived and we have to keep doing it. I find boss fights who can be revived to be a cheap cop out and would rather prefer a smarter enemy. The ending also left a lot to be desired. I am not against cliffhanger endings but the best way I can put it is there could have been more closure than what we got.

    From a technical standpoint Ruiner was a mixed bag. There was no manual save option. I will give it credit that most of the checkpoints aren’t too far apart but nothing beats the option of manual saves. The game did crash to desktop once on me but other than that ran great. There were also 3 cinematics that only gave me a white screen and one cinematic that the text didn’t display at all. Luckily I was able to watch these on Youtube. The game had four AA levels, Vsync, ability to change difficulty, ALT-Tab support, four other graphics options to tinker with and support for framerates over 60. It did lack ambient occlusion, tessellation and refresh rate options though.

    Overall the game is well worth playing and was a good amount of fun. It got on my nerves a bit and had some annoying glitches but was worth the journey. I played on Linux and with a keyboard and mouse.

    My score: 7.5/10

    My system:

    AMD Ryzen 5 2600X | EVGA CLC 240 | 16GB DDR4-3000 CL15 | MSI RX 580 8GB Gaming X | Mesa 18.1.4 | Samsung 850 Evo 250GB | Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming | Corsair AX1200 | InWin 303 White | Solus 3 | Kernel 4.17.11-84.current | AOC G2460P @1920*1080 144hz
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  7. Sep 30, 2017
    0
    keyboard controls aren't redefinable.....if you don't play with wasd you're screwed....if you don't like the control setup you'rekeyboard controls aren't redefinable.....if you don't play with wasd you're screwed....if you don't like the control setup you're screwed.....this is absolutely unacceptable in this time and age
    pathetic
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