Preview: Ruiner (PS4, One, PC)

By Robert Marrujo:: Ruiner was a surprising breath of fresh air at PAX West this year. The game as been quietly being developed by Reikon Games (with the help of Devolver Digital) for the past year using Unreal Engine 4 and is destined for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on September 26. In a market where twin-stick shooters are becoming more and more common, Ruiner needed to do something special to distinguish itself from the pack, and thankfully it's done exactly that.

The game takes place in the fictional city of Rengkok in the year 2091. The protagonist (who appears to be named Ruiner, but we're not 100% sure just yet) is on a quest to save his brother with the help of a mysterious hacker. She guides you as you make your way through the slums of the city. The dev team has stated that Ruiner is heavily inspired by cyberpunk and anime like Ghost in the Shell, and it shows. The world is bleak and dark, but flashes of light on metal and heavy reds evoke movies like Blade Runner in the best way possible.

Gameplay wise, players can freely roam around each stage, either by moving on foot or using a short range dash system. Simply click on the spots that you want to fast travel too and the character will bolt to them at high speed. The tradeoff is a loss of energy, but it can be recovered by standing on glowing lightning bolt pads. It's a mechanic that's especially satisfying because it can be used during combat, as well. Dash through baddies to deliver punishing blows and then follow up with a flurry of swings from your bat. Besides melee weapons it's also possible to use firearms.

The team at Reikon uses the word "brutal" to describe Ruiner, and it's a very appropriate descriptor. The game is clearly destined for a hard "M" from the ESRB; Ruiner is violent and relishes in it, pushing the brutality of its combat right in the player's face. Along with the stark aesthetic on display and thumping soundtrack, it's a game not for the faint of heart. At this point we're stoked to play the game and hope that this peak at Ruiner has you hopeful, as well. Check out the gallery of concept art below and let us know what you think about the game on our social media feeds!

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