A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Combat is the name of the game here. The emphasis is on strategy rather than bloody battles, but a lot of firepower rests at players' fingertips. Some foul language and scenes that depict cigarette smoking might also send a negative message to children.
Positive Role Models
The story follows an American soldier named Joe Sherida, but rather than focus solely on his narrow perspective, the game makes the player feel like the commander of a large army tasked with taking down enemy factions in European cities. As the subtitle of the game suggests (The Art of Deception), you're encouraged to trick your opponents to gain a foothold in this war.
Ease of Play
The PC version of the game was fairly easy to master, thanks in part to a tutorial at the beginning of the game. The mouse-based actions were simple to pick up.,All three versions of the game are the same but the PS3 version supports the Move controller and the PC version supports multi-touch displays. All versions of the game have three difficulty settings.
Violence & Scariness
R.U.S.E. is a military-based strategy game, where the player is in command of infantry, ground, and air vehicles. The goal is to defeat the enemy, but there is no blood or gore. Most of the action is seen from a top-down "eagle eye" view, but players can zoom in for a closer look.
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Non-interactive cut-scene movies and dialogue sequences include some profanity, including words such as "ass," "goddamn," and "bastard," but nothing stronger than that.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In one of the cut-scene movies, some of the characters (soldiers) can be seen lighting and smoking cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that R.U.S.E. is a WWII combat game, but that it is not as intense as more graphic and realistic modern-day military shooters, such as games in the popular Call of Duty franchise. Players can command an army to destroy enemy units and buildings -- mostly from a top-down "eagle eye" view of the action. There is some mild profanity and support for open online communication. Parents may also be interested to know that one of the game's primary tactics, both in the campaign and against human opponents, is strategic deceit.
Is It Any Good?
R.U.S.E. is very good. In addition to several solo campaigns in which players must utilize both conventional RTS gameplay elements and R.U.S.E.'s unique "deception" strategies, there are also head-to-head and co-op modes, in which one's enemies are less predictable and potentially more challenging than the game's artificial intelligence.
The pace is slower than many other RTS titles, but players should enjoy the WWII backdrop and the cutting-edge graphics that let you zoom in from a bird's eye view right down to the level of individual soldiers on the front lines. R.U.S.E. is a great pick for those looking for a deeper war game that requires some brains as well as brawn.
Online interaction: The game offers multiplayer support for all three versions of the game. Players can meet in a central lobby and then launch a game (up to four players in total). It's possible to voice chat in all versions of the game. Common Sense Media does not recommend moderation-free online communication for pre-teens. We suggest using the parental controls built into game consoles to disable online communication features.
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