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R.U.S.E (Xbox 360)

by Ubisoft
Xbox 360
 Ages 16 and Over
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Xbox 360
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B002U0KBS4
  • Item Weight: 23 g
  • Release Date: 10 Sept. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,348 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

If truth is the first casualty of war then this is the strategy game where you get to play the executioner. It's not just enough to command your armies in World War II, you've also got to use every dirty trick in the book to achieve final victory.

Can you master the art of deception as well as war?
What R.U.S.E. actually stands for is a mystery in itself
Fight the battles of World War II on land, sea and air
Command armies of spies as well as just soldiers

Strategy games are often fiddly to control on a console but this easily solves that problem with a simple, direct interface that lets you simply point and click where you want your units to go. With that out of the way you can concentrate on all the special ruses to help spy on the enemy, hide information or trick you opponent with traps and decoys.

Whether it's cracking the enemy's codes so you can see what moves they're planning, using camouflage nets to set up ambushes or using dummy buildings to fool attacking bombers you'll never get anywhere in this game if you only play fair.

Key Features
  • Secrets and lies: Fight World War II the dirty way in an intense game of bluff and counter-bluff, where nothing is what it seems and deception is your greatest weapon.
  • Command & conquer: Command an entire army, from infantry troops to tanks, aircraft and artillery as you engage in the total war of WWII.
  • Art of illusion: Use tricks and ruses to gain the upper hand, from fielding spy planes and setting up ambushes to constructing whole fake armies and listening in on enemy plans.
  • The big picture: Compete on giant-sized battle maps that show every soldier in stunning detail or zoom out for a bigger picture where units are displayed only as plastic counters.
  • User friendly: Accessible interface mean even strategy novices can dive straight into the action, with no confusing menus or controls.
About the Developer: Eugen Systems
This Paris based developer specialises in real-time strategy games and started with Act of War: Direction for the PC in 2005 and its expansion pack High Treason. Their next big project is the innovative World War II strategy game R.U.S.E. for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Developed by Eugen Systems, creators of the critically acclaimed strategy title Act of War: Direct Action™, R.U.S.E™ is a one-of-a-kind RTS game that allows players to bluff their enemies to lead their nation to victory, controlling the action from the heart of the battlefield to the full theatre of war. Whether you’re camouflaging your troops, luring your opponent with decoy units or sabotaging his logistics: strategy is intuitive and carefully thought out at the same time.


Dimension is one of the fundamental aspects of R.U.S.E. The IRISZOOM Engine displays maps hundred times larger than in traditional RTS games, which makes raises strategy to an unprecedented scale and gives deception a lot more depth. With the zoom, you are able to both command your units as a chief-in-command and manage your troops at a tactical level as a ground officer, for example by deploying a fake offensive on your opponent’s HQ while carefully hiding your infantry in villages to ambush the surrounding tanks.


Deception is the essence of R.U.S.E.’s gameplay, just as it is the core of warfare: deception techniques such as espionage, decoys and radio silence played an essential role during World War II and continue to figure in modern conflicts. R.U.S.E. features deception cards - also known as ruses – that let you apply a deception technique to a specific sector in the map. The ruses are split into three categories : - Reveal : these ruses such as the Spy Plan or Decryption are useful in order to understand or uncover your enemy’s actions.


The Radio Silence or Camouflage Net will let you hide your troops or buildings from your opponent’s radar.


The last category of ruses is used to trick your enemy, to make him believe what you want him to believe. The Decoy Offensive simulates an attack to confuse your adversary.


Because fooling real people is the ultimate thrill, multiplayer plays a critical part in the R.U.S.E. experience.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Been waiting for this game to come out for a long time and bought as soon as it did.

First of all, this will NOT appeal to a lot of RTS fans. The scale of the game is from a Generals perspective looking over a table in a war room. Mainly you will play this extremely zoomed out (unable to see much), where units and battlegroups appear as chip counters rather than rendered individuals. All units are fairly easy to destroy (with the right weapons), there is very little micromanagement, not the same focus on economy, and is more about capturing and holding territory in the form of a front than building a base and destroying theirs.

I am writing this review based on playing the campaign for several hours, but wanted to write it now hopefully before any negative reviews for what I think is a fantastic effort from Ubisoft. In my opinion, this is the best strategy game I have ever played (apart from chess).

Let's face it, in all other RT"Strategy" games, generally you build more units than an opponent, then overpower their base. This probably involves disrupting their economy so you DO have more units, but still that is generally the limit of strategy. Not a criticism, I loved SupCom1.

RUSE is different. Maps are huge, (think SupCom1) but there are few options for quickly moving troops accross. Add to this a relatively small unit cap, and you will soon realise that the game is about picking where to fight, and when to pull back. Concentrated attacks on one front will leave you weak somewhere else on the map.

I lost several missions whilst still learning (and playing the game like another RTS) because a single tank managed to get behind my front line. It does have a steep learning curve.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The only strategy game worth buying on Xbox 360 15 Sept. 2010
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Upto now strategy games and consoles simply do not mix. The limitations of the controllers have been insufficient for just about all strategy games. This game however, have made a good attempt to simplified the controls for the game to work on consoles aswell as the PC.

Sadly though, the xbox 360's limitations means there is a limit on the amount of units you can have in the game at one time. This means that until console machines are developed enough to suit strategy games they will always be superior on a PC. Despite the limitations of the Xbox 360, this game does work well.

The campaign mode is a bit annoying but the Xbox live mode works well as does the battle mode which allows you to take on the AI in a player vs player match. A few more modes would be appreciated especially one where money and resources are out all together.

Overall, not a bad effot and the only strategy game worth buying on the 360.

Graphics 8/10 Sound 9/10 Gameplay 7/10 Voice Acting 6/10 Playability 8/10 Lastability 6/10 (Single Player 7/10 Multiplayer 6/10)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for any budding Rommel or Monty 6 April 2011
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
If you like your RTS games with a little bit of strategy mixed in then you'll enjoy this. i've always enjoyed console based RTS games like C&C and The Lord of The Rings one so i knew this would be right up my street.

Whenever i used to play C&C and things like that i used to do the old create a massive army and steam into the enemies base/camp and hope for the best. in this you can have good results just from using small groups of forces placed well on the maps using terrain to your advantage.

The factions in this game are all WW2 armies Britain, USA, France, Germany, Italy, and Russia. like most RTS games different factions have strong and weak points this game is just the same.

All the missions in the game are based round real events from Kasserine pass, Monte Cassino, Operation Market Garden, and more. so if you like your WW2 stuff then you'll enjoy this.

The RUSE cards system available to you to use work quite well everything from Camouflage Nets for your base to building a dummy army to throw the enemy off guard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A vast number of tactical opportunities 21 Sept. 2012
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game is already pretty well reviewed, so I'll try to explain something new.

To build anything you need $.

Some people observe in negative reviews that this game is "slow" paced. I guess they mean the simple fact that to recruit units you must first build the appropriate kind of base (if you have enough $ to spend). To build it, a truck is sent from your HQ, which actually drives across the map to the site you chose, and then construction can begin, this last bit only takes about 5 seconds to complete. Other "slow" aspects are, the rate that you gain $ is proportional to the number of supply dumps you capture, and again trucks feature by carrying supplies from these dumps to your HQ, but only when they actually arrive at your HQ do you get the $.

This "slow" physical transport of supplies, means that the enemy can harass your supply lines, and destroy your supply trucks (and you can do this to the enemy) to choke off the flow of $. Ah, so it's not just "slow" there is a tactical element here? Oh yes there is, and a good player will harass in this way, just for fun and to provoke an attack into a trap.

What other "slow" aspects are there? Well your ground units have to move across this large landscape roughly in real-time. The range of fire for the units is broadly to scale (artillery is probably scaled down) - this is really only obvious when you zoom right down to see things at ground level, up close and personal. So in this way we have more simulation aspects coming into play, just like with supply. In fact you can think of this game as being like the Total war series when you play zoomed in, similarly there is a Rock-paper-scissors approach to battlefield tactics but R.U.S.E uses the historic attributes of WWII units. e.g.
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it is good
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Published 3 months ago by A. Swindells
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Published 4 months ago by william
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Published 6 months ago by S. Hawley
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
it's ok.
Published 7 months ago by mitzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill!!
If you love strategic games, then this is a must brilliant game, will get you thinking, some levels will frustrate you, but so rewarding when you finally complete levels, yeah... Read more
Published 8 months ago by John Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars so to get an 'I like it, it's ok' out of him was a ...
My son asked me to get this for him and he likes it. That's about all I got out of him...an almost 20yr old doesn't often say too much more than a few grunts, so to get an 'I like... Read more
Published 10 months ago by BuddhaBoo
4.0 out of 5 stars worth the money
not the best game you will ever play but the box was undamaged the game is scratch free and came with instructions in good condition
Published 11 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars best game ever
my sons have this game on xbox and ps3. they love the game but it is a stragety game. so some of their friends do not like it
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