Percentile Rank

Ruiner is ranked in the 70th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 77 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

64%

Critics Recommend

Based on 77 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

ACG
Wait for Sale
ACG

Top Critic

Wait for Sale
Sep 26, 2017
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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 25, 2017

Ruiner is the perfect experience for a twin-stick veteran looking for something a little different to cut their teeth on or a gamer that thrives on challenge and doesn’t have a squeamish stomach. Ruiner is a gory journey that is worth taking, just don’t be afraid of dropping the difficulty. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Sep 26, 2017

A powerfully grim, fleet-footed cyberpunk action odyssey that is caught in the spell of its own nihilism.

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Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 26, 2017

Ruiner has a lot in common with other top-down action games, but blends bits of all of them into a uniquely demanding, satisfying shooter. Buy it.

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VG247
Unscored
VG247

Top Critic

Unscored
Sep 27, 2017

Ruiner boils down its reason for existence into two words: KILL BOSS.

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Scored Reviews

Niche Gamer
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

If you're into high-action, challenging games and / or anything cyberpunk, do yourself a favor and just buy Ruiner.

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AusGamers
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

And I love it. BUY GAME.

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Hu3br
Sep 27, 2017

You’ll find beauty in RUINER if you play close attention. The kind of distorted beauty only cyberpunk settings can give. Of finding hope in its degenerate society and turning senseless violence into something greater than the mere showcase of death. Maybe you will pull its strings or, maybe, they will pull yours. Hauntingly evocative.

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

When all is said and done, you ultimately have a solid cyberpunk action game that has exceptional gun and melee based combat taking place in a beautifully fleshed out world that it, unfortunately, doesn't utilize to its full potential. It may not be perfect but I can wholeheartedly recommend RUINER if you are looking for a good challenge or a game that would fit perfectly in a dark room with your headphones cranked to maximum.

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Windows Central
Sep 28, 2017

With so many twin-stick shooters on the market, they often tend to blend together. Ruiner stands at the top of the field, thanks in large part to its ultra-cool presentation.

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Kinglink Reviews
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Jun 25, 2018

An excellent shooter wrapped in cyberpunk style and look that just impressed me every step of the way. Excellent ability tree and gameplay worked well but the presentation sealed the deal.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2017

Ultimately, I never had much of a choice in Ruiner. I was simply a tool that awaited command, one that only could express myself during combat. I killed because I was told to do so, but even if I had free reign I doubt I would've ever had disobeyed. After all, sometimes it's too much fun to be used.

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GameSpew
90%
90%
Sep 26, 2017

Ruiner's budget presentation does little to sully what is otherwise a challenging, addictive and sublime twin-stick shooter experience.

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Quillstreak
89%
89%
Sep 25, 2017

Fast, frenetic gameplay with a punishing edge makes RUINER a must-play for Hotline Miami fans looking to get their next fix.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
8.8 / 10.0
8.8 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2017

Ruiner has been on my radar for months and how I came about it was a bit different for one being in the games industry. Rather than receiving a press release regarding Ruiner, I actually found it while doing some animated GIF searches for "cyberpunk" and I was instantly hooked. Set in the year 2091 in the fictional cyber-metropolis Rengkok, Ruiner game is a brutal isometric shooter that immediately reminded me of a gritty title pulling influences from sources like Super Smash TV, the Contra series, A Scanner Darkly, and a handful of different Anime. What Reikon Games gives us though, is far, far more than just a run-and-gun action title set in the corporately-run underbelly of a future megalopolis, but rather a wild ride through the mind of someone that has had enough of a corrupt system and aims to bring it all crumbling down.

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COGconnected
86 / 100
86 / 100
Sep 26, 2017

RUINER is a tight experience that transcends its inspirations and becomes an experience of its own.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Sep 26, 2017

The gameplay feels tight and precise, which is great considering how fast paced and frantic this game can get. The soundtrack sets the cyberpunk tone well and even mixes in the ominous feeling of something not being right. The world that is built is amazing yet dark and disturbing at the same time. There are plenty of challenging fights to keep you playing until you've beaten the game.

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PS4Blog.net
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 22, 2017

Ruiner is a fast-paced and hectic twin-stick game with an interesting cyberpunk setting and solid gameplay mechanics that come together to offer a fun experience.

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

An effortlessly stylish cyberpunk, twin-stick shooter, RUINER is essential for fans of the genre.

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Pardis Game
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2017

RUINER is a great game. Its excellent visuals & amazing soundtrack create an engaging atmosphere and combat is exciting & fast-paced. But unfortunately, its brutal difficulty & linear, combat-focused gameplay might discourage some players from continuing the game

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Explosion Network
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 25, 2017

Ruiner ticks a lot of boxes for what I love in video games: fun gameplay with a degree to master it; an interesting story with characters I’m intrigued by; most importantly though, this art style and music -- I’m an admitted sucker for it. Fortunately, it is more than just art and music; it’s also fast-paced combat that requires thinking and reflexes with a story that belongs in the worlds it feels inspired by, which is a compliment. Ruiner is, most definitely, another kick-ass game published by Devolver Digital, where you just so happen to play as a guy wearing a mask (it's actually a helmet.)

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Cultured Vultures
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2017

Ruiner is an enthralling and blood-pumping adventure into a nightmarish future that absolutely should not be overlooked. Get it, Puppy.

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WellPlayed
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

RUINER is going to be a cult classic cyberpunk game. From incredibly tense combat to unforgettable atmosphere, it’s a title you’re going to love

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Generación Xbox
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2017

The technological cadence of a near future full of violence is the context in which Ruiner takes us. A zenithal-view action game that surprises us with its technical section, its frenetic shootings and its variety of weapons.

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PC Gamer
84 / 100
84 / 100
Sep 26, 2017

Dazzling, dangerous, and dripping in style, Ruiner is a superb, if short, whirlwind of cyber-violence and sightseeing.

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VGProfessional
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2017

RUINER is a game for fans of brutal action and mayhem, and it’ll appeal to your inner psycho quite nicely. It’s not really as memorable in terms of storyline, but its thumping soundtrack and vibrant visuals make it a modern classic

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Oyungezer Online
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2017

RUINER is a purebread action game with breathtaking visual and sound design.

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New Game Network
81 / 100
81 / 100
Sep 27, 2017

Over-the-top and frequently overwhelming, Ruiner might be the first cyberpunk game to give an inkling of what it'd be like to have a deluge of sensory stimuli downloaded directly into your head. A guilty pleasure, and a damn good twin-stick shooter to boot.

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GBAtemp
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2017

If you are a fan of top-down twin-stick games, Ruiner is for you. It's not perfect, but it's flaws are easily overlooked in favor of this cyberpunk dystopia. The gameplay is where it's at. Mapping dash points, dashing around and ruining your enemies with the tools you are given. It's short, not too sweet, and generally worth a play.

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Respawning
8 / 10
8 / 10
Oct 12, 2017

At the end of the day you have an exciting cyberpunk experience with a beautiful atmosphere and soundtrack. You likely wont be picking this up for the best narrative of the year, and find most of the enjoyment in taking down fools while improving your skills. Overall I had a lot of fun playing this game, getting around 5 hours out of it. While I do wish there was more to do and ways to make a second round more appealing, I did enjoy going through it.

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NEOsite
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

Ruiner is not the best title in its genre, but it has exceptional atmosphere, interesting story and alluring style. If you like a challenge, you'll find it here. There are some technical problems, though.

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Gaming on PC
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2017

Ruiner’s fast paced combat and excellent atmosphere more than make up for its lack of replayability.

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GameMAG
8 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Oct 11, 2017

Ruiner, despite some small problems, is incredibly addictive, and completely absorbing your attention. And that's a nice surprise.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 27, 2017

Despite a bit of a hurdle when it comes to difficulty at the beginning, Ruiner is quite the addictive action game, one with a lot of variety in its combat that packs a lot of experimentation into a small package.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 26, 2017

Ruiner's world of pure and absolute murder is one teeming with interesting concepts, and its stellar combat makes it a journey well worth taking.

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Geek Culture Podcast
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2017

RUINER is a competent cyberpunk shooter, dripping in stylish presentation and teeming with ruthless engagements. These components manage to provide enough of a reason to see the journey to the end, filling the void left by the all-but-absent narrative, and enjoy the time spent doing so. RUINER is an exceptional, adrenaline-filled diversion bathed in neon lights that is sure to please as long as you don’t expect to find more under the surface.

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MonsterVine
4 / 5
4 / 5
Sep 26, 2017

It’s safe to say that Reikon Games completely blew away all expectations with their first game.

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PC Aficionado
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2017

A fast paced, action oriented Cyberpunk thriller that kept me coming back for more. A stunning title that fans of the genre will love.

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Gamers Classified
Sep 26, 2017

If they see the world as brutal and unforgiving, well they've done very well to reflect this in the gameplay. This game is hard.

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Spaziogames
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2017

Devolver Digital hits the target one more time. Ruiner is a really solid game, with great personality and gameplsy.

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Impulsegamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 3, 2017

If you want a healthy dose of style and don't mind potentially rage quitting every now and then when faced with a boss battle then this should be right up your alley.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

Fun and frustrating, often in equal measure, Ruiner is polished to a high shine but still won't appeal to everyone.

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GamesRadar+
Sep 26, 2017

With its brutal, agile combat and engrossing slice of cyberpunk existence, you'll desperately want Ruiner to keep the story going.

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Wccftech
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

For only £15/$20, you really are getting your money's worth with RUINER. I finished my first playthrough of the game in just over four hours. It's important to remember half of this playthrough was on Easy (meaning I rarely died) and I didn't attempt any of the side quests. My second playthrough on Normal was much slower and I'd argue it was better thanks to the New Game Plus aspect. Even if you don't go back to the game after finishing it once, there's plenty in that four-hour experience for you to enjoy. RUINER is a no brainer if you are interested in fast-paced action games that require real skill to truly perfect.

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Saving Content
Oct 3, 2017

RUINER is absolutely a difficult game, but not one I would call unfair. I did find I found it more enjoyable when I played it in short bursts than longer sessions because of how frustrating it can be. That said, it is so satisfying when you conquer a hard room or a boss, and then you feel energized to continue. The game asks the question, “Are you the Ruiner or the Ruined?” – depending on how things go for you while playing, can be either. The best games challenge us and push us to our limits, and RUINER is among those.

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FingerGuns
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 26, 2017

Ruiner is terrific. The story is a bit of a misfire and the characters are difficult to engage with, but the solid gameplay, the terrific visuals and the cracking soundtrack should get you through. The difficulty levels are overwhelming – at least for me – but it doesn't take away from the fact Ruiner is just a great game.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
BaziCenter
Ali Reza Zadeh

Top Critic

8 / 10
Oct 5, 2017

Beside special atmosphere, Ruiner brings exciting challenges. different type of weapons, bosses and good skills will encourage you to spend your time and enjoy fights.

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TrueAchievements
Oct 5, 2017

Ruiner is a whirlwind of shooting, dodging and dying that falls just shy of true greatness.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 26, 2017

In a year crowded with incredible titles, Ruiner manages to be a standout anyways. The red neon-plastered world presented by Reikon Games is beautiful, brutal, and terrifying. With some impressive art direction, great music, and a wealth of immensely satisfying combat systems, Ruiner offers essential top-down gameplay, and comes highly recommended.

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Areajugones
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2017

RUINER is a game that wins the player with its very well done cyberpunk style, a gameplay system based on speed and a sweet violence aura that is everywhere. A great game that is one of this year best surprises.

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Entertainment Buddha
7.9 / 10.0
7.9 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2017

"Play this game. It’s a bloody, brutal, retro-fueled blast!"

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PushStartPlay
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 3, 2017

The Ruiner is a fantastic looking game with some interesting gameplay mechanics and character designs that I have really enjoyed, especially story wise, however, its unbalanced difficulty mixed with lacking narrative elements and an underuse of character prevent it from reaching its full potential.

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IGN Italy
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

What a fascinating game! Ruiner truly is something different. It's a pity that sometimes can be too harsh and that all of its side-missions seems just sketched.

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IGN Spain
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

Ruiner won't be a revolution in video games but it doesn't aim for that. Instead, it tries to explore the violent isometric shooter adding a lovely cyberpunk aesthetic as well as gallons of blood. An average heir to Hotline Miami.

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Gaming Nexus
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Feb 7, 2018

Ruiner is a fun and fast twin stick shooter that ends all too soon and leaves you asking way too many questions.

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GamePro
74 / 100
74 / 100
Sep 28, 2017

Brutal twinstick shooter with gloomy cyberpunk setting. The battles are bizarre, but never frustrating.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 26, 2017

Ultra violent and very entertaining, Ruiner is quite an achievement. Not only does the game offer a meaty challenge, it doesn't bore and frustrate players with wave after wave of minions; each level is filled with just enough action to keep them invested. Some aspects aren't quite as polished as they could be but, again, a great soundtrack makes everything better. The effects could have also been dialled back a tad, but otherwise its inspired art direction is really impressive. On the merits of its presentation alone, this cyberpunk thriller deserves a look. Of course, it certainly helps that the rest of the game is solid, as well.

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Gameplanet
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2017

Ruiner's cyberpunk carnage and soundtrack evoke Hotline Miami, even if the gameplay doesn't quite measure up. It's a spectacle, but it's over too soon.

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Gameblog
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 9, 2017

Ruiner offers a particularly demanding gameplay, with very cool gun fights that will surely satisfy hardcore twin stick shooter fans. Unfortunately, the visuals are very repetitive, and the story is nearly as much absent as the multiplayer mode.

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3DNews
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2017

Does your heart beat faster when you hear “neon”, “cyberpunk”, and “hardcore” in one sentence? Then you definitely should give RUINER a shot.

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PS3Blog.net
70%
70%
Oct 13, 2017

It's quite a slick and accomplished title that won't win any awards for its visual aesthetic, story or the way the game plays, but it does deliver exactly what it says on the tin, and doesn't apologize for the difficulty setting that's thrown at you.

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Goomba Stomp
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2017

Ruiner is a brutal cyberpunk shooter with fast-paced and unforgiving combat, matched by a ruinous and richly detailed dystopic world. With a brilliant soundtrack from Susumu Hirasawa and a bloodied chrome aesthetic, Ruiner is only let down by a lack of variation in its enemies and level design

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The Outerhaven Productions
Sep 26, 2017

Ruiner is a fast-paced, hectic game of survival, cast in a cyberpunk filled future. A brilliant twin-stick shooter that is sadly riddled with control issues. Yet so full of fantastic artistic stylization, extremely pleasing visual and some pretty technical tricks. Definitely a good strong showing for Polish developer Reikon Games.

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Game Informer
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

Ruiner's messy brand of violence and stylish visuals make for a fun and chaotic (if brief) ride

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Oct 24, 2017

A brutal, chaotic top-down shooter that offers great focused gameplay but little else.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

Ruiner is a dizzying affair in combat, offering tons of things for players to consider as music pounds their senses. However, a lack of weapon impact, fights that often feel too similar, and a lifeless world takes away from its appeal.

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Bazimag
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 25, 2017

Ruiner has been successful in delivering a perfect cyber-punk world and it is also a good game in shooting genre. However, unfortunately, some in-game issues such as unbalanced difficulty and various glitches have prevented the game from being a fully entertaining experience.

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PowerUp!
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2017

RUINER is well worth the money spent and the time played. It's a solid game with an interesting story and mechanics and not too many negatives.

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GameGrin
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 28, 2017

Ruiner is a competent top down sci-fi shooter that boasts an emphasis on difficultly, but a lacking in story. The gameplay sells it, for sure, just don't be shocked when the plot doesn't draw you in.

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DualShockers
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Oct 6, 2017

However, when a game is purposely difficult solely due to the amount of overpowered enemies it can throw at you, it makes for an unsatisfying experience. This blended with clunky gameplay only amplified my disappointment. I would not be surprised if someone stopped playing twenty minutes into Ruiner with its uninviting gameplay. Despite my outlook, if you're a fan of dystopian sci-fi revenge stories, Ruiner may be worth checking out.

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TheSixthAxis
6 / 10
6 / 10
Oct 16, 2017

Ruiner has some great set pieces and a dark, bleak world that I would normally gravitate towards. Yet when the dystopian renders everyone inhabiting it to be as relatable as raw sewage, there was little for me to latch onto. Maybe you'll find the world of Ruiner to be more bearable than I did, but even the best films of the genre have a glimmer of hope for the audience to cling to, something Ruiner is devoid of.

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IGN
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

Fighting my way through Ruiner felt like work, and if I weren't obligated to finish it for the review I probably wouldn't have bothered. It's too bad it focuses on being difficult over being fun, because the combat totally works when you're given access to the full range of weaponry and gadgets and can finally stand up to the nearly endless waves of varied enemies thrown at you. This one is definitely better the second time around. Games should be fun right from when you hit the start button – that's kind of the whole point – but Ruiner puts you through too much of a hazing ritual to get there.

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ZTGD
6 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2017

Ruiner succeeds upon completion

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Polygon
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2017

By the time I fought Mother for the third and last time, I was prepared to throw my controller because of how quickly she evaporated my energy and health bars the first two times. Ruiner is one of those games that is unabashedly difficult for the sake of being difficult. It demands you face waves upon waves of the same enemies and mini-bosses before you can even see the final, incredibly trite cinematic. Are you the ruiner or the ruined? I won't spoil the answer that the game offers up, but I will say that I sure didn't feel triumphant when I finally set the controller down.

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Stevivor
5 / 10.0
Jay Ball

Top Critic

5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2017

Only drop coin on this if you're a huge fan of the genre

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Words About Games
5 / 10
We Got This Covered
Sep 26, 2017

RUINER ruins its own explosive presentation and promising combat with poorly thought-out difficulty and incomplete narrative and gameplay concepts.

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