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ZOOM Rune
$19.95 (Win95/98/00/ME/NT) (Retail) (RUNEPR)

Publisher: Human Head / Gathering of the Developers

Game: Action/Adventure

- Animated blood, gore, and violence

            

Nordic Fun

In RUNE, players assume the role of Ragnar the Viking, mightiest warrior of a bygone age. In an age when might makes right, it is Ragnar who doles out justice on the blade of his massive battle-axe. Players explore beautiful settings both above and below the mountains of the far north as Ragnar fights his way through several stunning and unique kingdoms to an ultimate confrontation with the Sark Amen, the shadowy warrior-masters of the netherworld.

RUNE is a third-person perspective game of intense action and adventure steeped in a blend of Norse mythology and high fantasy. Players have to use their brains as well as their massive brawn to survive as they explore the fully 3D game world fighting off fantastic creatures from both Norse legend and the fertile minds of the Human Head staff with their array of swords, axes and magical devices.

The game focuses on equal parts melee combat and exploration, with levels ranging from a Viking town to the caverns of the Dwarves to a city in the mountains. Players have access to a wide array of melee weapons based both in fact and fantasy as Ragnar delves deeper into the realms of myth and further from his old reality.

Rune will include a full single player game as well as several multi-player levels allowing players to cooperate or compete as Viking warriors. The title also features:

  • Dramatic single-player story game that carries players across several environments from the darkest depths to the highest Nordic mountains
  • Multiplayer capabilities including Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch
  • 25 immersive levels
  • 15 weapons including a battle ax, two-handed sword, magical weapons, throwing axes and warhammers
  • Torches that lead the way throughout Rangar's epic journey and that can even be used as a weapon
  • Enemies from a host of races including dark Vikings, underground creatures, man-eating fish, goblins and a mysterious super race
  • Combat system lets players take weapons from their defeated opponents
  • Visual inventory that allows the character to see available weapons at a glance

The Plot

Ragnar is a young Viking warrior just coming of age. As his father prepares him for the final rites of manhood, the atmosphere of his village is tense as stories of recent raids on neighboring villages. These raids were particularly brutal, as the women-folk and children were slaughtered and the villages burned to the ground. Conrack, a cruel chieftain and follower of Loki, is said to be the cause of the raids, and his name is now spoken now only in whispers for fear that he will appear, like some evil spirit, as if from thin air.

Ragnar's village is dedicated to the worship of Odin, all-father of the gods, and ruler of Asgard, the Viking heaven. Ragnar begins his rite of manhood, but as a young warrior, he has much to prove. He fulfils his ritual, but he will not be a true warrior until he can be blooded in battle. Before the dust of the rite has settled, however, word comes of another raid at a village close by. The warriors of Ragnar's village are called upon to put an end to Conrack and his evil. Ragnar's father joins the raiding party, as does Ragnar, as the newest warrior of his village. It is Ragnar's wish to prove his manhood in valorous battle and gain entry into Valhalla.

The fate of the Norns is never what men expect, however, and the men of Ragnar's village sail off not into valor, but into a raging storm.

Requirements:

Win 98/2000/ME/NT (with Service Pack 3 or higher): AMD K6-2/3 or Intel Pentium II or Celeron 300 MHz or higher (450 MHz recommended), 64MB RAM (128MB recommended), DirectX compatible video card with at least 8MB of Video Memory (3D accelerator strongly recomended), DirectX compatible sound card (EAX and A3D supported), 88MB free hard disk space (650MB recommended), 4x CD-ROM drive (8x recommended).





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