About Rune II: Decapitation Edition for PC (Steam)

Rune II was originally released last year and was a poor imitation of the original game.

Game developers Studio 369 have released the Decapitation edition, looking to further seize on the popularity of the Viking era, both in popular culture and the video game world. The question is, how intensive is it on your machine and, furthermore, is it any good?

The Viking era is incredibly popular now, with games emerging on all platforms that take advantage of the themes and imagery. The obvious big-budget release that recently raised eyebrows was Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which in turn used many ideas from TV shows such as Vikings. On mobile devices, less memory-intensive games have also been hits, with Foxy Games having a number of slots based on the era, including Vikings Go Bezerk and Viking Go To Hell. There is little doubt the market is packed with options for those wanting to pillage and plunder, but can your machine cope with the demands of Rune II Decapitation Edition?

Luckily, the updated Viking romp is not quite as intensive on your hardware as a title such as Death Stranding. You will need 64-bit Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, but if you are running anything less it is unlikely you will be gaming much anyhow. The minimum processor requirement is Intel Core i3-4340 or AMD FX-6300, but the developers recommend Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD A-10.

The RAM and storage requirements are not particularly intensive, 8GB RAM and 45GB of memory being both minimum and recommended, neither of which should test your gaming setup seriously. The big driver is the graphics card – you can run Rune II Decapitation Edition with Nvidia GeForce 760 or AMD Radeon HD 7850, but that is the minimum requirement. Ideally, you should be packing Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon RX 470.

If you do not have those specs, is it worth stepping up to accommodate the title? If you were not struck on Rune II then fear not, despite the title this is a new game entirely which should go some way to allying fears it is just an attempt to cash in on Viking’s popularity right now. Also, it may feel as though it is competing with the blockbuster Assassin’s Creed release, but it is a different gaming experience. Sure, even with the required spec, it does not look quite as glorious as Ubisoft’s title, but it delivers a real experience that is markedly different; namely two-player cooperative mode.

That will, of course, require a good broadband connection too, but if you have all the requirements then Rune II Decapitation Edition is worth purchasing and playing. It has been described by the developer as a cross between Skyrim and Diablo, with combat and loot collection very much the crux of the experience. The benefit, the single huge benefit, over other titles out now or in the immediate future, is that multiplayer option. Bands of enemies scale up depending on the size of your clan, but running on recommended hardware makes that an enjoyable, and almost essential, experience for Viking lovers.

If you are not already packing an nVidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon RX 470, and you are a keen fan of all things Norse, then upgrading is a must.

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