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Rune

MobyRank MobyScore
Linux
...
3.7
PlayStation 2
55
4.1
Macintosh
76
2.5
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Description

As the conflict between the gods Odin and Loki deepens, the latter prepares to unleash the Ragnarok - a full-scale attack on the world that would eventually end it. A warrior named Ragnar is initiated into the Odinsblade, an order of warriors whose task is to protect the runestones, magical artifacts that have the power to bind Loki. Ragnar must also defend a neighboring village from the attack by a viking called Conrack, and eventually decide what fate this world should await.

Rune is a 3D action game. The player navigates Ragnar through hostile areas, killing predominantly supernatural creatures with melee weapons. Ragnar can use swords, axes, maces and hammers. Each weapon has a special "Rune Power" that can be activated for a short time by gathering energy from runes. Ragnar is also able to equip shields. Multiplayer is included as well, in which each player controls a character equipped with various weapons, in a fashion similar to Ragnar.

Screenshots

Rune Windows Battling the menacing Sark spawned from Loki's blood
Rune Windows Fighting a Wendol snowbeast with a torch... not a particularly smart move
Rune Windows Odin the All-father (also known as 'ol One-Eye' to his buddies) shows up occasionally to point you in the right direction
Rune Windows icy battle

Alternate Titles

  • "Руна" -- Russian spelling
  • "Rune: Viking Warlord" -- PS2 title

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User Reviews

Are you ready to Ragnarok? Windows Atomic Punch! (151)
Somewhat enjoyable, linear 3rd person actionfest Windows ShadowShrike (309)
Norse Mythology & Vikings + Huge Axes = Slashing Fun Windows MA17 (193)
Worth the time it took to learn what the hell i was doing... Windows MrSuperGod (58)

The Press Says

Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Dec 22, 2000 8.75 out of 10 88
Power Unlimited Windows Jan, 2001 8.6 out of 10 86
RealGamer (Benelux) Windows Dec, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
4Players.de Windows Nov 07, 2000 83 out of 100 83
JeuxVideoPC.com Windows Dec 07, 2003 15 out of 20 75
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Nov 04, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Sep, 2001 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Aug 09, 2001 68 out of 100 68
Gamezilla PlayStation 2 Aug 18, 2001 62 out of 100 62
PSM PlayStation 2 Oct, 2001 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

To elaborate on earlier trivia entries;

The "Rune axe" was actually the first prototype made for Human Head Studios, who wanted some for the May 2003 E3

A fresh install of the game does not immediately recognize old save game files - you'll also need to backup the USER.INI file

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