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Rune

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
55
3.6
Windows
80
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 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 Sigard's dark vikings and Conrack's Loki guards like to whack each other almost as much as they like whacking you
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 Ragnar shows off Rune's dislimberment system by hacking off his father's arm... at least his folks can't blame it on violent video games

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)

The Press Says

MacNN Macintosh Feb 06, 2001 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
ActionTrip Windows Oct 31, 2000 89 out of 100 89
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Dec 22, 2000 8.75 out of 10 88
4Players.de Windows Nov 07, 2000 83 out of 100 83
Spel för Alla Windows Dec, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Windows Dec, 2000 7 out of 10 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Nov 04, 2000 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot Windows Oct 27, 2000 6.7 out of 10 67
PSM PlayStation 2 Oct, 2001 6 out of 10 60
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Nov 07, 2001 8 out of 20 40

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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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