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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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  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 90
    Ultimately, I never had much of a choice in Ruiner. I was simply a tool that awaited command, one that only could express myself during combat. I killed because I was told to do so, but even if I had free reign I doubt I would’ve ever had disobeyed. After all, sometimes it’s too much fun to be used.
  2. 85
    An effortlessly stylish cyberpunk, twin-stick shooter, RUINER is essential for fans of the genre.
  3. Sep 26, 2017
    85
    The gameplay feels tight and precise, which is great considering how fast paced and frantic this game can get. The soundtrack sets the cyberpunk tone well and even mixes in the ominous feeling of something not being right. The world that is built is amazing yet dark and disturbing at the same time. There are plenty of challenging fights to keep you playing until you've beaten the game.
  4. 70
    As striking as RUINER is with its bold visuals and violent gameplay, the effect initially wears off pretty quickly thanks to some very repetitive level design. Stick with it though and the game's varied arsenal and multitude of upgrading options give it some depth and make the core shooting action stand out from the crowd.
  5. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Nov 22, 2017
    70
    A roughhouse riot when you find its rhythm, alternating between bloody attacks and essential damage avoidance, Ruiner may be little more than the sum of its parts, but what parts they are. [Dec 2017, p.97]
  6. Oct 9, 2017
    70
    Ruiner offers a particularly demanding gameplay, with very cool gun fights that will surely satisfy hardcore twin stick shooter fans. Unfortunately, the visuals are very repetitive, and the story is nearly as much absent as the multiplayer mode.
  7. Sep 26, 2017
    50
    While falling into a genre saturated with thousands of titles, Ruiner is a shoot ‘em up like few others. Sure, it’s not as fast paced as most, and it features far fewer enemies than the norm, but it’s a game that requires precision, calculation and a hell of a lot of patience. The number of upgrades and abilities to play around with make it worth playing through to the end but it’s ruined (get it?) by a short campaign, and repetitive levels. If it were to feature a well-executed endless/survival mode the play re-play factor might have increased slightly but in its current form you’re unlikely to play this more than once. Only drop coin on this if you’re a huge fan of the genre.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
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  1. Sep 29, 2017
    10
    Great cyberpunk adventure! Super dynamic combat system, beautiful graphics, fat beat and crazy creeps. This is a new quality in top down action games!
  2. Oct 3, 2017
    10
    There are games that pretend to be pieces of art yet have no style to tell them apart from the rest, Ruiner is not one of those games. ThisThere are games that pretend to be pieces of art yet have no style to tell them apart from the rest, Ruiner is not one of those games. This game has so much swag and the dev seems to pull it off with-ought breaking a sweat. Im only 6 hours in and so far im loving it. It's heavily inspired by Akira which is one of my favorite movies. The gameplay is challenging but not unfair, it's similar to Hotline Miami but with a lot more energy and excitement and tons of Boss fights. The music is spectacular, the sfx are also great. Amazing character designs..Side characters and story keep are pretty interesting and keeps me wanting more...My one negative so far is that i wish they had different images cycle through when characters interact instead of just having a static image that doesn't move. I pray that this game gets a sequel. This cyberpunk setting is great and we need more games set in it. Expand
  3. Oct 5, 2017
    10
    The best game I have played in a long time. Incredibly difficult yet incredibly addictive, Ruiner has you continuously dying, yet the slowThe best game I have played in a long time. Incredibly difficult yet incredibly addictive, Ruiner has you continuously dying, yet the slow load times, frequent checkpoints, and lack of having to watch cutscenes over and over again means every time you do die, you jump straight back in. Great gameplay dynamics (although I can see it being less tricky on the PC version), and a range of guns and abilities that keep you experimenting.

    It looks incredible. Soundtrack is fantastic. Characters, although not overly developed, look awesome.

    All in all, I loved playing through this game, and at $20, its great value for money.
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  4. Apr 21, 2018
    9
    Great game, simple and well done,
    it has a unique art style and audio design with a OST to back it all up. it is well executed and i enjoyed
    Great game, simple and well done,
    it has a unique art style and audio design with a OST to back it all up. it is well executed and i enjoyed it Puppy !
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  5. Oct 10, 2017
    9
    I found this to be an awesome twin stick shooter ,the action ,environment,setting and story was good ( but not amazing)
    Note that tis game
    I found this to be an awesome twin stick shooter ,the action ,environment,setting and story was good ( but not amazing)
    Note that tis game is challenging , if you got no experience with twin stick shooters you are going to have a hard time with this game, easy mode will be the best for everyone ,harder modes are challenging, which I like
    A must have
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  6. Mar 8, 2019
    8
    Dark, stylish, crazy cyberpunk trip. The artstyle, and the world are unique and atmospheric. Music is godlike, whole ost really immerse you inDark, stylish, crazy cyberpunk trip. The artstyle, and the world are unique and atmospheric. Music is godlike, whole ost really immerse you in the game. Challenging and sometimes even tough gameplay. A lot of options to fight through your enemies and building your character: you can switch between your skills and style of play right in the game.
    The game is short, and I would be happy to have more activities not related to fighting (like hacking cats around the city). But all in all this game is a bright, fun experience for a couple of evenings, and a new favorite soundtrack.
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  7. Sep 30, 2017
    8
    Ruiner
    Twin stick greatness
    Ruiner is a cyberpunk styled twin stick shooter set in the year 2091, you play as a sociopath out to save your
    Ruiner
    Twin stick greatness
    Ruiner is a cyberpunk styled twin stick shooter set in the year 2091, you play as a sociopath out to save your kidnapped brother...
    This game was designed to be brutally difficult and has even gotten flak from other reviewers for being so tough…
    But this game actually has difficulty settings... and if you set your ego aside and play on the games easy mode which is designed to be just the right amount of challenging...
    This 5 hour game can be insanely fun, satisfying and hard to put down…
    This game features 16 levels total and each level really looks and feels the same…
    But the game is so fun to play that you hardly notice as you’re going batman on the enemies surrounding you to this games amazing soundtrack…
    Enemies have a variety of weapons they carry all of which you can pick up and use on the fly…
    at first you have a shield and you’re able to dash as well as use a melee weapon and a ruiner gun with infinite ammo, and of course enemies are all carrying better weapons…
    getting used to combat can take a little while, but once you do you feel like a superhero, snatching up new weapons and looking at your surroundings while the game briefly goes into slow motion
    defeating enemies will award you karma, which can also be found in chests, and extra weapons laying around after a fight can be put into a weapon grinder for karma as well..
    This is essentially your experience…
    and you level up in ruiner at a very satisfying pace, the game doesn’t feel grindy once…
    Managing your skill points and crafting your ruiner around your playstyle is where the greatness of this game comes in...
    You have a variety of choices on where you can dump you skill points into and if you’re not happy with your choices you can take skill points back at any time... you’re not stuck dealing with it…
    a lot of your skills such as grenades and your shield use up your energy, but you can unlock the ability to spend your energy on health regeneration, you can spend your health on energy regeneration…
    by the games end my character felt like a tank as id be using energy for grenades and health but I had the perk of shooting refilling my energy…
    this came really late in game, the final couple of levels.. but I felt unstoppable with this chain of abilities I worked my way up to…
    there are also robots that will drop in with gifts like energy, health, and weapon drops…
    where the real challenge comes into play is with this games bosses.. It’s filled with mini and main bosses that definitely take effort to defeat... but this game is great with its checkpoints… letting you hop right back in with all of your health and ammo back to give it another shot…
    The game on its easy mode felt perfectly balanced.. I was challenged and I was having fun…
    but of course you can go into a hire difficulty If you’re more about frustration... the point is the option is there to play this game the way you want…
    Ruiner is a tad underrated..
    If you’re a twin stick shooter fan don’t skip it...
    I give Ruiner
    an 8/10
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