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  • Summary: 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. To your superiors, you're nothing but cannon fodder... The open world approach lets you define your own path andRUNNING 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. To your superiors, you're nothing but cannon fodder... 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. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Apr 19, 2015
    85
    I would have never thought that I’d see a game that perfectly captures the spirit of the cult classic Cannon Fodder. The only thing that could have made it better is the destructible environment.
  2. Apr 23, 2015
    80
    Running With Rifles is a perfect co-op experience to play with friends. It's also a good single player shooter, but with many flaws.
  3. Apr 15, 2015
    70
    Running with Rifles is a nice surprise, a game that finds the right balance for its gameplay and delivers a reasonable challenge that encourages you to improve.
  4. May 4, 2015
    70
    Running with Rifles is some sort of battlefield chaos generator: often ferociously funny but sometimes also excruciatingly frustrating. An uncut diamond that, albeit in need of some polishing, is a very interesting new take on war/action gameplay.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
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  1. Dec 7, 2015
    10
    Fun game. Very large maps, giant battles. Barely any noticable flaws except the horrible AI drivers. Captures the essence of Battlefield in aFun game. Very large maps, giant battles. Barely any noticable flaws except the horrible AI drivers. Captures the essence of Battlefield in a top down way. Expand
  2. Mar 4, 2017
    10
    Okay. I'm too lazy to write a detailed review so I'll just make it simple: tons of freedom, awesome gameplay, and a really good co-op modeOkay. I'm too lazy to write a detailed review so I'll just make it simple: tons of freedom, awesome gameplay, and a really good co-op mode makes the game more than just another top-down shooter. Expand
  3. Mar 7, 2013
    10
    This game has been out in beta for a while now but it's getting closer to the 1.0. I gave this game a 10 and I really mean it. I was dreamingThis game has been out in beta for a while now but it's getting closer to the 1.0. I gave this game a 10 and I really mean it. I was dreaming for a battlefield-series game with a top-down view since a while. And this dream came true with this game. I don't need a monster PC to run this gem and it still looks pleasant to my eyes. Actually I really love the graphic style. The weapons are fairly realistic and the terrain system is great (height, cover system, etc). The AI is smarter than most AAA titles out there, which surprised me tbh. The multiplayer is very entertaining, even though the servers aren't very populated yet. I highly recommend this title to every battlefield/arma/CoD-fans out there if you want a fresh and clean alternative with a lot of potential. The price is very fair (8 bucks) as well. Expand
  4. Nov 19, 2014
    8
    While still in beta at time of writing, this game is near completion (v 0.9.8 as of now), and it sure is a lot of fun!

    The game is
    While still in beta at time of writing, this game is near completion (v 0.9.8 as of now), and it sure is a lot of fun!

    The game is basically an isometric shooter with a Call of Duty-esque model of damage: that means a couple of shots can send you happily to the maker. Cover, then, becomes really important, as is posture: a prone soldier will be harder to hit than a standing one. This brings freshness to the genre of both iso-shooters and cover-based shooters, as the player vision isn't constricted by a wall, but can span over a decent portion of the battlefield.

    Most maps are also really huge, with objectives that change from map to map (capture & hold, king of the hill, extermination), all the while retaining special objectives (capturing a cargo truck, sabotaging antennaes and water towers, etc.). These maps can be played singurarly in skirmish mode or one by one in the campaign, with player discretion on where to go next.

    The amount of weapons available to the player is staggering: there are machineguns, shotguns, bazookas, sniper rifles, burst rifles, grenades, impact grenades, artillery strikes, mortar strikes, LMGs, pistols, LMG turrets, rocket turrets, and others, with each faction having its version of it (wich honestly looks like little more than a remodeling of the same weapon). There are also vehicles to drive, all with multiple seats (driver, gunner, passenger), such as tanks, jeeps, APCs, trucks and more.

    Graphically it's pleasing, but it takes a little while to get used to voxel-modeled soldiers and weapons on the vectorial map.

    It's also open to mods, which are relatively easy to make, thanks to HTML and the Voxel models. There some already out, such a Warhammer 40K total conversion or a World War one.

    That said, the game suffers of little design problems here and there. Sometimes there won't be enough cover to actually make a push againts the enemy, or the AI of both allies and enemies will insist in capturing a particular zone of the map, causing a stalemate with a discomforting amount of bodies from both sides (which can also be awesome).

    All in all these little defects can also add more character to the game. There are few games that can achieve the same feeling of putting a LMG in the right place, mowing down a platoon of enemy soldiers and proceeding for the capture.
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  5. Apr 3, 2014
    7
    The video game industry needs innovation. From personal experience, this is definitely innovative. The gameplay feels smooth and the AI areThe video game industry needs innovation. From personal experience, this is definitely innovative. The gameplay feels smooth and the AI are not retards (They are not perfect but, better than most modern shooters that we see). It's not your average top-down "hero" game; "one shot, one kill" on pretty much all weapons. Gore settings is really how much blood you want, no blood, scrape, saving private ryan, and then shogun II.

    The main reason you would want to buy this game is because you want something new from the same thing that the "top dogs" of the gaming industry keep on pumping out. It gives you a different perspective and a different experience. Also, it's somewhat of an open world so, you can play the way you want. You could go guns blazing to the front lines or you could go commando around enemy lines to take out their comms truck and effectively taking out their means of giving their troops support.

    The game right now has three factions, green, gray, and brown; green representing America, Grey is Germany, and brown is Russia. I personally hope for more than that, if not them, the community as this game has an option just before you start a game to activate mods for your custom battle. This should increase it's value already.

    But, every game has a downside. Your own troops tend to be very passive with the vehicles they possess and the game still has a few maps or any kind of content for that matter. Keep in mind that it was in beta when this review was written so, currently I hopefully have just a glimpse of the game that you people of the future are playing.

    The AI still needs a little tweaking, there is little options on what you can do in-game, and the campaign is just another battle. But, the game has huge potential! That is why I'm giving this game a 7 out of 10. It's a great game in desperate need of new content for greater playability.
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  6. Nov 6, 2015
    7
    Running with rifles review
    Graphics
    RWR does certainly have its own graphical design, it uses 3D visuals and looks acceptable. I don’t have
    Running with rifles review
    Graphics
    RWR does certainly have its own graphical design, it uses 3D visuals and looks acceptable. I don’t have any complaints but it quite could possibly be better. I have not run into any graphical glitches either.
    8/10
    Audio
    The sound is pretty decent and could use improvement. A lot of the guns sound the same and the music is not very enjoyable. Thankfully the music only plays on the main screen, and is not present during battle.
    6/10
    Controls
    The controls can be a bit clunky at times but are pretty standard. WASD to move and mouse to aim and shoot. My main complaint though is that, your characters aim does not follow your mouse, and that there is not really any diagonal movement.
    6/10
    Story/Campaign
    RWR is not a very story driven game, but it does feature a campaign mode. The campaign mode is basically a set of several missions that you can rank up within. Overall there seems to be no story in the campaign. But, the campaign is a fun way of doing missions.
    7/10
    Gameplay
    The gameplay is what makes RWR worth buying, the funnest parts of the match are when you and like 20-30 others try to force your way into a base of enemies that are in even bigger numbers. It's essentially a massive war simulator, with you as just another soldier (until you become higher ranked and are able to lead a squad of up to 10 others).
    9.5/10
    Content
    The game has a small amount of guns to start with, and can look deceiving. Over time though you can find enemy weapons and unlock them in your armory as well as finding special weapons that are not available in any armory. Besides guns there is also different types of explosives and secondary weapons. You can also find and buy different types of armor.
    8/10
    Replayability
    This game is very replayable like any sandbox game. But it does get a little boring over a long period of time like most games.
    7/10
    Overall Score
    73.5/100
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  7. Dec 27, 2015
    5
    This game is pretty bland conceptually with a top down battlefield experience where you must climb the ranks in a imagery army that has noThis game is pretty bland conceptually with a top down battlefield experience where you must climb the ranks in a imagery army that has no back story and no real plot aside from "that's the enemy go git 'em!". Believe it or not however certain types of games (like this one) don't need a story as long as the game-play is good, not the case here however because the mechanics on display hinder it greatly for example: the camera is permanently at a angle which isn’t a problem as long as you don’t put buildings or some other structures that block your view in a game that requires fast reflexes, which is what happened and plenty of times it feels like the camera is to close any way not giving you enough time to react to your attacker.

    Of course this is all only the tip of the iceberg with the visuals being bland, muddy and uninteresting, the game-play lacking complexity with any of it’s weapons or vehicles, no music aside from the one music track in the menu screen that got CONTENT ID’D when I uploaded to YouTube, a very long time to climb up in the ranks with very little to do in the meantime and it doesn’t carry over through game-plays, and then finally a extremely poor tutorial stage that somehow explains very little and still wastes your time.

    So it sound like this is a worst game of the year contender for me then right? Nope it still does have an online component and even though I didn’t play much of it I did find a welcoming community and I can’t say that the offline game didn’t help me learn to play the game since you can make any offline game online, and it does feature a slider bar to adjust your game-play before you start up a offline map.

    I can honestly say that this isn’t the worst game I’ve ever played but it’s far from the best it’s got plenty problems, but with it’s problems and how little it takes any chances I have to give it the score it deserves 5/10 average.
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