Rune (Windows)

Mature
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Setting
80
Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.7
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.
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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 The Dwarve Lord's giant mechanical power armor gives him god-like powers, but I've got a flaming sword... which actually doesn't help much
Rune Windows Stand of the Dishonored... a 'boss' battle against Hel's undead legions
Rune Windows This is supposed to be Rune, not Soul Calibur! Conrack vs. Conrack?! How existential can you get?
Rune Windows Loki, the God of Evil, in the flesh

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Are you ready to Ragnarok? Atomic Punch! (149) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Somewhat enjoyable, linear 3rd person actionfest ShadowShrike (303) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
Norse Mythology & Vikings + Huge Axes = Slashing Fun MA17 (194) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
Worth the time it took to learn what the hell i was doing... MrSuperGod (58) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Informer Magazine Dec, 2000 9 out of 10 90
ActionTrip Oct 31, 2000 89 out of 100 89
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 15, 2000 17 out of 20 85
GameZone Oct 30, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Spel för Alla Dec, 2000 8 out of 10 80
PC Gamer Brasil May, 2001 78 out of 100 78
JeuxVideoPC.com Dec 07, 2003 15 out of 20 75
Gamezilla Jan 15, 2001 72 out of 100 72
Gamekult Nov 16, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jan, 2001 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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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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Andrew Hartnett (2177) added Rune (Windows) on Nov 21, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Trixter (8781), Riamus (8122) and Jeanne (75363)