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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 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 'Agh! Big gubberfish! Huge-O-Teeth!' is one phrase no respectable Viking would be caught dead saying
Rune Windows Loki, the God of Evil, in the flesh
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

Promo Images

Rune Concept Art
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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? Windows Atomic Punch! (194)
Somewhat enjoyable, linear 3rd person actionfest Windows ShadowShrike (303)
Norse Mythology & Vikings + Huge Axes = Slashing Fun Windows MA17 (218)
Worth the time it took to learn what the hell i was doing... Windows MrSuperGod (58)

Critic Reviews

Power Unlimited Windows Jan, 2001 8.6 out of 10 86
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 2000 85 out of 100 85
IGN Windows Oct 30, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Spel för Alla Windows Dec, 2000 8 out of 10 80
games xtreme Windows Nov 22, 2000 7.6 out of 10 76
Gaming Age PlayStation 2 Aug 16, 2001 B 75
Game Informer Magazine Windows Dec, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Sep, 2001 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Windows Oct 27, 2000 6.7 out of 10 67
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Aug 21, 2001 D 25

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Trivia

While the game was winning favorable reviews with many sites at the time, including a 9 out of 10 at the old gamecenter.com site, oldmanmurray.com wrote an unflattering, but very hilarious review which slammed the game in every way possible. The reviewer even starts by claiming the game almost made him switch hobbies from gaming to model railroading. Oldmanmurray.com later posted a very sarcastic "Rune Review Rebuttal" in which they attempt to justify some of the great reviews the game was getting.

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