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R.U.S.E.: The Art of Deception (Windows)

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Description

RUSE: The Art of Deception is a real-time strategy game set in World War II. The campaign tells the stories of the American officer Joe Sheridan and the German Erich von Richter, which have to command troops in different war zones all over Europe and North America. In accordance with the game's theme the overarching plot is about catching a spy.

In contrast to most other WWII games, the battles in RUSE: The Art of Deception take place on big maps - and this is to be taken literally. There is no 3D environment, and the only models are the war units on a land map. At least if the player currently is on one of the nearer zoom levels. If the game is zoomed out the player has a greater overview, and the units are shown in an abstract form which can be described as stacked, differently colored poker chips. Then only a whole troop can be given orders; to move single units the player has to use the stepless zoom to have a closer look. The strategy itself consists of the usual system of different unit types which have advantages and disadvantages against other types. Basic base building elements exist, but play no big role: there are only production facilities and defense towers to build. Resource depots can be conquered.

The combatants can utilize various deceptions. Those are similar to special attacks in other games and apply to a certain part of the map. Examples are hiding all friendly units, showing the movement path of enemy units with big red arrows, fake units to distract the enemy or disguising heavy units as light units (and the other way around).

Additionally to the campaign there are two co-op maps and four separate maps against powerful AI generals.

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R.U.S.E.: The Art of Deception Windows Move to the point
R.U.S.E.: The Art of Deception Windows Tips
R.U.S.E.: The Art of Deception Windows Close combat
R.U.S.E.: The Art of Deception Windows One grenadier? Too easy! Ambush?

Alternate Titles

  • "RUSE: The Art of Deception" -- Alternate spelling
  • "R.U.S.E.: Don`t believe what you see" -- German Title

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The Press Says

PCActu Sep 21, 2010 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de Sep 09, 2010 87 out of 100 87
PC Games (Germany) Sep 07, 2010 85 out of 100 85
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Aug 27, 2010 81 out of 100 81
ComputerGames.ro Sep 27, 2010 80 out of 100 80
GameStar (Germany) Sep 07, 2010 80 out of 100 80
Cheat Happens Sep 14, 2010 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Sep 13, 2010 7 out of 10 70
AusGamers Sep 22, 2010 7 out of 10 70

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Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2010 – #2 Best Strategy Game of the Year

Related Web Sites

  • RUSE (Official website (German))
Patrick Bregger (112012) added R.U.S.E.: The Art of Deception (Windows) on Jun 26, 2011
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