R.U.S.E. Updated Impressions

We lift the fog of war as we find out what exactly the AI will be capable of in the upcoming strategy game R.U.S.E.

The last time we saw Ubisoft's WWII-themed strategy game R.U.S.E. was at GamesCom, where we pitted our skills against a human opponent in direct battle. Skip ahead a few weeks and Ubisoft is once again showing off R.U.S.E., although this time at TGS it's focusing more on the single-player experience. We donned our battle fatigues yet again to see just how smart the game's artificial intelligence will be.

What's New: During our behind-closed-doors demo, a friendly developer from Eugen Systems took us through what we can expect from the game's AI when taking on the game solo. While a final decision hasn't been made yet, the developer said there may be up to five different difficulty levels in R.U.S.E., with the AI acting in an increasingly sophisticated manner on harder difficulties.

Of course, being more sophisticated in R.U.S.E. means making better use of the game's deception-based gameplay. These special ruses can be activated on the map and can confer strategic bonuses such as deploying fake units, sending spies to find key enemy locations, disguising the true abilities of your troops, and much more. At lower difficulty levels, the AI won't even make use of basic ruses such as minimising radar. Pump it up, though, and the computer-controlled enemy will have full use of the same arsenal of ruses as a real-life player.

What's The Same: The game still looks great, with its real-time 3D engine impressive to view as it seamlessly shifts from the high-level battle-top view all the way down to ground level.

What Impression The Game Made This Time: Our demo tester set the game's AI on a fairly low level, which meant that the match was won with a simple rush of heavy bombers directly attacking the enemy base. We're keen to get some more hands-on time to see if the AI can be as deceptive as a human opponent, though, so keep checking back with GameSpot for further updates on R.U.S.E.

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Randolph is the managing editor of GameSpot, and needs more time to play games.

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Wild_666_Child
Wild_666_Child

looks a lot like company of heroes, I'm gonna buy it when it comes out

Gammet25
Gammet25

Hehehehehehehe. Im gonna be a general. XD

hophiskillz
hophiskillz

played to multiplayer beta on steam and i loved it, but im afraid it wont keep my interrest for to long i just feel like its missing some depth, dont think it will keep me hooked for more than a couple of weeks after the release:P but as they say in the opening video what we see in the beta is just a fraction of the full game so hopefully when it is released it will have alot more depth in the multiplayer part so that ill get addicted:P id like to see unlockable units, structures and ofc r.u.s.e's, if they made this i think the multiplayer would be pretty addictive:D

Karrotjuce
Karrotjuce

Played the multiplayer Beta on Steam. It's awesome.

mitzibishi
mitzibishi

the beta demo is free on STEAM, ive been playing it multiplayer, its quite good, good points are hidding units in forest and long range sight units for combating this, econemy seems spot on. but just doesnt seem deep enough, youll be choosing 1 or 2 units from each base only and spamming certain 1s depending on how much they cost, no waypoint mode, no numbered grouping mode, no only selecting certain types of units grouping, and when selecting units with making a square with the mouse, units outside that square that you may have hidden get selected and dragged along with them and other issues with the long range guns spam, other than that its just good but its no Command and Conquer: Red Alert 2

hophiskillz
hophiskillz

if this becomes as great as it looks, im the first to pre order it! :D

verse10
verse10

This game keeps getting pushed back and back....that makes me nervous about this being a good game...might be having some problems.

Ohmni
Ohmni

@ warlord-duck I think you mean the Churchill crocodile tank. The Americans never made a flame-throwing Sherman although they did buy a few crocodiles off of the Brits to deal with the Japanese dug ins. And yes it did have huge distance for a flamer. 70 ft+.... run German run. Anyway, great looking game. Fingers crossed.

chiefenator
chiefenator

i saw gameplay of this on a touch screen table. looks awesome although looks expensive

Gammet25
Gammet25

Come on Ubisoft, You can do it! This game has been quite wonderful and unique to my tastes over the last few reviews. i have good faith on this game.

GamerEnthusiast
GamerEnthusiast

I am disappointed, that there are not many World War 2 games released. I hope that R.U.S.E. will be a great game, like the other offerings from Ubisoft.

totalwar_Adam
totalwar_Adam

I hope this game will be about cover and strategy rather than numbers winning. Also i hope it gets close-ups and all the strategy from company of heroes!

-Rommel-
-Rommel-

Most of the C&C's suck, Company of heroes craps all over them, strategy makes an RTS as opposed to who has the biggest amout of tanks or nukes wins. I think RUSE will really revolutionize the RTS genre... Ive already pre-ordered, now just waiting for the beta.

mynameisGavin
mynameisGavin

@ Jawehawk-DK He said "this is the RTS to put console RTS's on the map!" Endwar, if I recall correctly, was a game that was full of bugs and a horrid pathfinding problem. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Jawehawk-DK
Jawehawk-DK

@Grimmson2 Never heard of Tom Clancy´s Endwar?

Grimmson2
Grimmson2

I'm betting this is the RTS to put console RTS's on the map!

benjamingordon
benjamingordon

I heard this game R.U.S.E. was too be one of the best games upon release of the year. I think it is and looks great. I want it bad now!!! Gamer Ben,

benjamingordon
benjamingordon

I heard this game R.U.S.E. was too be one of the best games upon release of the year. I think it is and looks great. I want it bad now!!! Gamer Ben,

warlord-duck
warlord-duck

its looks cool, especially the scale of it but the one thing that consistantly bugs me is that the crocadile shermans can fire flames over HUGE!!!!!!!!!!! distances which makes me wonder about other stuff like that, maybe im just being picky ._.

Kubilius
Kubilius

I have only one question - WHEN CAN I HAVE IT?! :)

Promba1990
Promba1990

This game is going to be cool(L)

Bigj687
Bigj687

looks really cool. I've always been mad that other strategy games never had a way to decieve your opponent. I have really high hopes for this game, I just hope it's not really buggy, and the AI is smart. Everything else seems to be shaping up pretty nicely

Marzano
Marzano

With the whole point of this demo being about the AI, why didn't the demo tester take on a higher difficulty? Uhh.. thanks for the update...

cloudy14
cloudy14

Just wondering if anybody heard back about beta???? signed up on first day within in hours but not heard anything??

CptAsbjoern
CptAsbjoern

Looks like a great new take on the strategy genre, it'll definately add some more suspense and a new layer of strategy since you always have to be weary and casius when spotting a new group of enemies, if you attack and its a ruse, you might get destroyed, if its real and you ignore it, you might get destroyed.... Damn, this will be fun ^^

AIRWALKTDK666
AIRWALKTDK666

Im a fan of strategy games but this game looks like it will destroy me. As a general rule I like to know what im attacking. Kudos for getting some realistic units tho...

pidow
pidow

I think I will continue the check this game out more.

666NightsInHell
666NightsInHell

new c&c was bad game,few units and all the time same, very boring, i like old tim c&c and all Dune's and old scool rts

saurabhfzd
saurabhfzd

this is exactly what i've been waiting for. after COH i didn't come across anything that was close to the experience that COH gave me. i think this is going to be good.

AssassinJul95
AssassinJul95

I've been searching for a good console RTS game for a long time...and have only come up with Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars so far...let's hope this is as good or better!

evil_angel74
evil_angel74

been waiting for a great RTS game for the PS3. im hoping this will be it

isnot-important
isnot-important

Been following this for what seems like an eternity - I just hope it lives up to the hype. Looking promising though.

CommanderDurge
CommanderDurge

This game stands out because it offers a more in-depth level of strategy and gameplay.

madd_hatter
madd_hatter

i love strategy games. this should be amazing :]

DKtroa
DKtroa

If i get the chance, i am still getting that table for $20,000 ^^ Just for laughs.

Rayz2112
Rayz2112

Still looking forward to this, might not be the biggest game to be getting released, should still be good fun though.

powerwolff
powerwolff

Looks like an interesting game, as someone who loves a good strategy game, I'll probably end up picking it up at some point