R.U.S.E. (the full title is R.U.S.E: The Art of Deception) is a real time strategy game developed by Eugen Systems and published by Ubisoft.
Two Allied commanders (Joseph Sheridan of the US Army's First Armored Division and Colonel Andrew Campbell of British Intelligence) use teamwork and deception (called RUSEs) to defeat the invading Nazi Germans in 1943 and 1944.
Why It Sucks
- The game takes some liberties with battle details.
- Gameplay-wise, it has a quantity over quality experience: you can have literally dozens of troops hiding in a corner of a forest.
- Oil (the main item used in the game to build much-needed items and vehicles) can only be obtained through wells; this wouldn't be an issue, however these wells are unprotected and can be taken over by the enemy, as well as have the tankers delivering the oil to your base destroyed. And once that well is depleted, you have to find another well.
- Missions can be really easy or really hard.
- Most missions involve attacking or destroying the enemy's base or specific building, which (because of the quantity over quality gameplay) only requires a bunch of tanks and armored vehciles to beat.
- However, some missions trap players like a rat: for example, for one mission, you're trapped on a corner of a map. There are bridges on each side of the corner you are on that are blocked by AP/AT (Anti-Personnel/Anti-Tank) Bunkers, meaning that vehicles won't help. If players try to use an airplane to bomb the Bunkers, it'll get shot down by AA guns hidden in the forest on the other side of the bunkers.
- Even using your available deception tactics won't help with this sometimes.
- The multiplayer has a lot of problems:
- When it was first released, cheaters were running rampant. Even now, after several patches to try and eliminate cheaters, they are still present in the game.
- Matchmaking is a complete joke: a Level 5 player can be matched against a Level 90+ player. WHAT!?
- Between the poor matchmaking and high amount of cheaters, some matches can last for about 10-15 seconds. If a player knows what they're doing, they can immediately destroy their enemy's base and automatically win the game.
- The game is no longer available on Steam, due to Ubisoft losing the Military license to the game, with no intention on renewing it anytime soon.
- Story is somewhat interesting, based on using deception to defeat the enemy, as well as keeping all major battles (i.e. the Battle of Kasserine) loyal to what happened.
- You play as all five major Allied Powers in the campaign.