It is a game that prospers in the competitive arena, putting an intriguing use of bluffs and reconnaissance to good use on expansive maps that will test your ability to control the battlefield.
R.U.S.E. on the Xbox 360 is one of the the few games where you’ll probably enjoy and get pulled in, as long as you know which parts to skip and which parts to prioritize entirely. It is a game that prospers in the competitive arena, putting an intriguing use of bluffs and reconnaissance to good use on expansive maps that will test your ability to control the battlefield. Another thing to get you in is the game’s ease of use which can capture the interest of both the expert and new players in these types of games.
Commanding your troops can be a breeze. When you zoom all the way out, you see the entire battlefield as if it's mapped on a general's strategy table, where units are depicted as stacks of chips. If you zoom in, you can watch and give orders to a single infantry squad or individual tank; if you zoom out, nearby units are grouped together into single stacks, which isn't just a neat effect because it enables you to command large groups of units with a single button press. It's a smart and friendly way of keeping track of the entire map at once, and it's easy to select structures and issue orders using a gamepad.
R.U.S.E. stands out during online play as you choose 1 of 6 nations and fight on a map that supports up to 4 players. Each nation has its own capability and limitations so it’s worthwhile to check them all out. Reconnaissance is the key to successful battles as you vehicles will only fire at the enemy if a recon vehicle spots them. Finding a match online is not a problem as there are a lot of players available.
Visually, it does not really pop as it is a typical World War II themed game; but it still manages to do a lot of things and not a single glitch can be spotted. The soundtrack is right. These elements are not great but they do just enough. The presentation does not hold the key for R.U.S.E.’s success, but its flexibility as a strategy game and its overall uniqueness makes it fun and exciting.