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Rune

Critic Score User Score
PlayStation 2
55
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Linux
...
3.7
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 Fighting a Wendol snowbeast with a torch... not a particularly smart move
Rune Windows The Dwarven lands are filled with steam-powered mechanical contraptions. Being a drunken mead-swilling Luddite, your objective is obviously RAGNAR SMASH!
Rune Windows Stand of the Dishonored... a 'boss' battle against Hel's undead legions
Rune Windows A familiar scene?

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 (303)
Norse Mythology & Vikings + Huge Axes = Slashing Fun Windows MA17 (194)
Worth the time it took to learn what the hell i was doing... Windows MrSuperGod (58)

Critic Reviews

Game Revolution Windows Oct 01, 2000 A- 91
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Oct 25, 2000 90 out of 100 90
Gamer's Pulse Windows Nov 26, 2000 89 out of 100 89
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Dec 22, 2000 8.75 out of 10 88
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov, 2000 83 out of 100 83
IGN Windows Oct 30, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Svenska PC Games Windows Jan, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Gaming Age PlayStation 2 Aug 16, 2001 B 75
GameZone PlayStation 2 Aug 29, 2001 4.5 out of 10 45
PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Aug 23, 2001 4 out of 10 40

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Trivia

The game came with a "Free Nordic Cruise Competition", offering the opportunity to win a four-day cruise break to Norway for two people with Fjord Line by completing and returning the typical tick box question card.

Here's the blurb from the card;

"Discover the true beauty of a country once inhabited by Vikings. Experience for yourself the magnificent scenery of Norway on a 4-day cruise on M/S Jupiter. Visit Stavanger and Haugesund and enjoy an overnight stop in the delightful city of Bergen.

Simply return this card, complete with your details, and you will be automatically entered into the competition."

This was included in the UK release, unsure about others

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