Strategy games and consoles have never been a great mix. With it been controls or just a linier experience, PC has always had the upper hand. Thankfully RUSE is not one of these games. With it's smooth controls and animation, this is a RTS game that fits the console perfectly
Set during World War II, you will play as two characters. Major Sheridan of the US Army who battles to Germany and General Major Von Richter who is trying to find a traitor in the German army. It's not a very compelling story and the cutscene's are nothing spectacular. You may lose interest with the story altogether. If fast paced real-time strategy games like Command & Conquer or Red Alert are your thing, R.U.S.E is probably not for you. This is a more casual and slow paced experience and doesn't really pick up till later on through the campaign.
The game uses an engine called IRISZOOM which allows the player to command whilst close up or miles away from the battlefield. It's can help you command your units easier and see whats going on. There's many units at your disposal, each with strength and weaknesses. Whilst Soldiers are weak and slow they can hide in woodland areas and towns. Vehicles link Tanks fast and strong but can easly be ambushed when in the woodlands and town areas.
Apart from the campaign mode you can take your tactics online or localy with six different nations. You can battle it out on a bunch of maps which all support up to 4V4 players. It's alot of fun and may interest you more than the campaign itself.
Whilst R.U.S.E might not appeal to the hard-core gamers the casual ones will have a blast.
Review by Gareth Smith