Hey ev-ery-abody, prepare yourself for a pretty wicked 3Rd person,
action/adventure/fantasy game from Human Head. In my humble opinion
a pretty sweet game thats been needed in the market lately.
Yep, and as we've seen so far since its release, a few very major
sites have given this game some completely opposite reviews! But...we're
here today to give our 2 cents! So-let's go....Now, using an enhanced
version of the Unreal engine, i think the first thing Rune does
to a player is take their breath away with the graphics presented.
It looks a bit like Ultima 9 to begin with, but man, it is pretty
damn nice looking...
textures are amazing...even on your own character-details
like blood on your arms, clothes and weaponry"
Breathless is one of a million words you could use. The textures
are amazing and seemlessly integrated with objects and characters.
Even on your own character-details like blood on your arms, clothes
and weaponry...mmm-Its awesome. The environments you go through
are equally impressive, colours, effects, details you name it.
Yes, they have scored BIG time with this game, and in terms of
character modeling, with Julie from FAKK 2 being the best example
of female modeling in a game we've seen so far in terms of animation
and movement, Ragnar in Rune is the best i have seen for a male
character in any game to date. But, now that we name him, perhaps
we should tell the tale of Ragnar and the story behind Rune...Toph?
For sure, but just to go back to the character modeling - the
unreal engine has been modified a bit with enhanced skeletal structuring
and it works pretty awesome-for example-when you're up close on
an individuals face, you can see some movement there not just
up and down of the mouth. But yes the story. Rune is based on
norse mythology. You know, vikings......Odin, Thor, Loki etc.....the
main character Ragnar becomes a full fledged warrior (and defender
of the town runestone-hence, RUNE) of the village at the beginning
of the game - almost a tutorial you could say. Then the story
really comes into effect with another village being plundered-Ragnar
and gang go off to save the day only to meet up with an untimely
fate. A former friend, now arch-enemy, Conrack wishes to have
ultimate power with the aid of Loki.
But we can let him have ultimate power-right? So enter the heroic
Ragnar, who can chop off heads, limbs, pick them up, throw them,
throw weapons, taunt with weapons etc. With all these frills though,
how does the game perform? Well, on the P500, Voodoo 5500 system,
it ran smooth as a charm in glide at 1024x768 with 2XFSAA turned
on. Not bad for one of the best looking games i've ever seen on
hell no we cant let him have the power!!! and ya pretty damn smooth
i must say on a p3 800, ati 64mb radeon, 2xfsaa as well. And i
may add you can setup the detail controls just like any other
action game. Turn on and off what you like, althought turning
everything on is always the better choice...tee hee. Control wise
just as in other action type games, most of the controls are the
same, with the option to set it up as you like. You definitely
need a throwing key though because you can pull some far out moves
by throwing your weapons at goblins and zombies!
at 1024 x 768 with 2X FSAA-not bad for one of the best looking
games i've ever seen on the PC"
Oh yeah...you ever wanted to have the feeling of charging into
a room with 2 vikings, dispatching the first one to approach you
by quickly slicing off his head, then, spotting another one coming
at you from the left, whipping out your Roman sword and throwing
it directly into this chest, sending him flying to the ground?
Not to mention, walking over to him afterward and forcefully retrieving
your sword from your dead enemy's torso? Hell, picking up the
other enemy's gushing head and throwing it into the local fireplace
Add a nice good CRUNCH sound in there and sweet candy. By the
way the sounds are pretty good except for the EAX-i found it kinda
annoying - you turn a particular way and the sound of water is
loud as hell - u turn around and you can barly hear it. Didnt
like that too much. But when you're walking around you hear the
jingles of armor and weapons and foot steps. the slicing and dicing
sounds are i would probably say average sounding like any action
type. What do u think Trist? Theres not a whole lot i can say
bad about this game. Maybe the repetitiveness in it, although
its still fun, and the lack of different bad dudes to fight.
Yes, there are some bad things about Rune. The lame EAX, i can
ignore-there are so many games with which it never tends to work
properly. But, despite looking good, and being fun as hell to
play, it has its downsides. The variety of enemies as you said
are low, the game is repetitive-although anyone playing a typical
3rd or 1st person shooter should be used to that by now. And a
large chunk of the game (especially the beginning) is spent in
caves, dark and generally boring. Stupid enemies too for a while.
And though it was worth it once those parts were gotten through..ehh..it
still sucked. ALSO, beware of the sh*tty cutscenes. (in particular,
the one near the beginning with the boat sinking).
CAN be repetitive-particularly near the game's beginning..."
Ya, i admit i'm a fan of the cut scenes but they could have been
a little bit better in some areas. And yes the dark caves go on
for too long at the beginning - the underwater scenes are well
done i thought though. Especially that big fish that will come
after ya - didnt he remind you of the big fish from star wars?!??
OH yeah...that one. yes, true. It did. But, let's sum up. Rune.
It's gorgeous to behold. If you are already playing FPSs or MDK2
or FAKK 2 you MUST be getting this game. Hell, it even has a makeshift
1st person mode for those who whine about 3rd person perspectives
being too hard to deal with. (you know who you are! ;P). It's
even got some gladiator style multiplaying. But, it CAN be a little
repetitive-particularly near the game's beginning. Still, it's
up for 3rdPS of the year in my book. 86%
I would have to agree with you on all of the above. With all its
faults its just a fun game once you get into it. I think the viking
theme has the most influence on my liking this game. Finally something
different from aliens and guns of varying levels of cornyness
i suppose... hehe that and the use of mini-runes which give each
weapon a different ability and look and way of well hacking and
Well, there ya go...the game is not for everyone-it is NOT an
RPG, despite it's theme, but for you action/adventure fans, this
one's for you.