Run and Fire
Run and Fire is a Russian sci-fi 3D lobby-based MMOFPS that features fast-paced combat, multiple game modes, and a mix of current and futuristic weaponry set in a post-apocalyptic world.
|Publisher: Nikita Online
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Shut Down Date: June 30, 2017
Pros: +Good graphics. +Low system requirements. +Fast-paced combat.
Cons: -Game is entirely in Russian. -Overpowered premium weapons. -Awkward keybindings.
Run and Fire Overview
Take up arms and shoot your way to the top of the post-apocalyptic food chain in Run and Fire, a Russian reincarnation of the MMOFPS Genesis A.D. Switch between three roles while in matches to adjust to specific situations and counter enemy tactics. Play with and against players from around the world in a variety of PvP and PvE game modes including classic team deathmatch and bomb scenarios along with a fun zombie mode. Customize your loadouts with real-world weapons as well as futuristic ones. Earn money to buy bigger and better weapons as well as tougher armor that will allow you to go toe to toe with opposing forces and help you stay in the game longer.
Run and Fire Key Features:
- Fast-paced Shooter Action – jump up walls and use jetpacks along with a myriad of other skills to confuse and get up close and personal with the enemy.
- PvP and PvE Modes - play cooperatively against AI in PvE maps or fight it out with other players in a variety of PvP maps.
- Choose Your Role – switch combat roles in-between rounds to adapt to the situation or to counter enemy tactics.
- Large Variety of Weapons and Gear – arm yourself with a large variety of real-world and futuristic weaponry.
- Customizable Loadouts – tailor-fit your avatar to your play-style with weapons, armor, and a variety of other gear bought using money earned from matches.
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Run and Fire Review
By, Marc Marasigan
Run and Fire is a sci-fi themed 3D lobby-based MMOFPS set in a post-apocalyptic world where players take on the role of technologically advanced super-soldiers tasked with putting an end to global warming, poverty, hunger, terrorism, epidemics, and mutant invasions. Although, how they’ll achieve this by shooting the living daylights out of each other still remains a mystery to me. The game is a Russian reincarnation of the sci-fi MMOFPS, Genesis A.D., a.k.a. Repulse. A word of warning, the entire game is in Russian, and unless your Russian is good or have no qualms floundering through Russian menus then you’re probably better off looking for an English substitute such as A.V.A. or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Veteran players of lobby-based shooters should be able to figure things out eventually through trial and error but it won’t be a walk in the park, especially figuring out what game mode you just joined.
Compared to Genesis A.D., Run and Fire’s graphics seems to have been downgraded a bit which allows the game to run smoother on older rigs. The sound effects are good and comparable to other lobby-based shooters like Special Force, CrossFire, and CS:GO. Most of the maps have also been changed which, as far as I could tell, had no real significant effect on their balance. Other players, however, seem to think otherwise.
Lock and Load
Players start off by choosing a username and then going through a quick tutorial on movement and combat, which, like the rest of the game, is entirely in Russian. If you’ve played any type of FPS before the tutorial should be easy enough to complete even with the language barrier. After completing the tutorial players are taken to the lobby where they can choose from a number of available servers and channels.
Combat in Run and Fire is basically the same as most standard lobby-based shooters. Players can either go up against each other in free-for-all matches, play cooperatively against AI opponents, or divide up into two teams and fight it out in objective-based maps. Like Team Fortress 2, players can switch roles in-between rounds to adjust to the situation or counter enemy tactics. The controls are typical of most FPS games and will probably be second-nature to veteran FPS players. Although some of the skill keybindings feel a bit awkward. The “M” key for example, is used to activate the jetpack which gives players a quick burst of speed allowing them to jump higher and faster. The jetpack allows you to quickly close the distance to the enemy but requires you to momentarily take your fingers off the WASD keys resulting in a slower reaction time. I’m not sure if there’s another shortcut or whether or not the keybindings can be changed since, again, the game is in Russian. For anyone who has helpful information, please leave a comment below.
Lost In Translation
Because of the language barrier, the hardest part of the game is actually joining a match. It’s not hard to find matches since the game does have a substantial playerbase. The problem is figuring out what type of match you’re joining. A few days into the game and I’ve still yet to memorize the Russian word for team deathmatch. I usually just settle for joining a random match and go with whatever the game throws at me. Luckily, the game doesn’t impose a penalty for leaving mid-game which comes in handy when you join a less than desirable game mode like Run and Fire’s version of Zombie mode.
As players progress through the game they earn in-game currency which they can use to purchase better weapons and gear that will allow them to keep up with the competition. Players can customize their loadouts for each of the three combat roles including armor and grenades. Weapons and gear can be purchased from the in-game cash shop.
Run and Fire’s in-game item shop contains a variety of weapons, armor, grenades, and boosters. Some of these can be bought using in-game cash but some can only be bought using premium currency that requires real-world money. Some of these premium items can seem a bit overpowered which leads most players to think that the game is pay to win. Personally, and I’ve mentioned this in most of my MMOFPS reviews, while these items do give an unfair advantage over the free-to-play community, skill still plays a big part in lobby-based shooters. A noob behind the trigger of an overpowered gun will almost always be owned by a veteran equipped with standard weaponry. The advantage that these OP weapons give, however, becomes more pronounced as you go up against veterans of the game. The light at the end of the tunnel is that weapons drop on death so you have the chance to give them a taste of their own medicine.
Final Verdict – Good
Run and Fire is a typical lobby-based shooter complete with a better than average amount of game modes including PvE and PvP. Even though I don’t speak a word of Russian the game was still fun with fast-paced matches that keeps you on your toes, awkward keybindings aside. Overall, it’s a good game but a mere shadow of what Genesis A.D. used to be. The fact that the game is in Russian isn’t helping either. If you’re Russian’s good, or you don’t mind a little guesswork then give the game a try, otherwise there are a lot of other great MMOFPS titles out there.
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Run and Fire System Requirements
Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
CPU: Dual Core or better
RAM: 1 GB RAM
Video Card: Geforce7600, Radeon3850 or better
Direct X: Version 9.0
Hard Disk Space: 5 GB available space
Operating System: Windows7, Windows8
CPU: Quad Core
RAM: 4 GB RAM or more
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
Direct X: Version 9.0
Hard Disk Space: 10 GB or more available space
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Run and Fire Additional Information
Publisher: Nikita Online
Open Beta: May 27, 2014
Official Launch Date: May 27, 2015
Shut Down Date: June 30, 2017
Development History / Background:
Run and Fire is a free-to-play sci-fi themed 3D MMOFPS developed by Galaxy Gate, a Korean game developer, and published in Russia by Nikita Online. The game is available exclusively through the Steam gaming platform but is only available in Russian. Run and Fire is the Russian version of the Korean MMOFPS Peta City, also distributed in Europe under the title of Phyrok. The game is a reincarnation and a modified version of Another Day an MMOFPS also known as Genesis A.D. and Repulse. Run and Fire shut down on June 30, 2017.