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Ruiner tones down difficulty in first post-release update

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If you missed last month's release of Ruiner, a stylish top-down shooter, then it's worth reading Omri's review (opens in new tab). It's a gorgeous game, and developer Reikon has been working to make it even better by fixing the issues most commonly raised by fans, culminating in an update that tweaks the difficulty and speeds up bullet travel time to make ranged weapons more viable. 

The game has three difficulty modes: Easy, Normal and Hard. The update, launched this week, tones them all down to make the game "smoother and more accurate". Reikon says Easy mode will now allow players to explore the game's back alleys without having to worry about dying horribly. On Normal, enemies deal less damage and on both Normal and Hard they're less bullet sponge-y. 

Bullets from ranged weapons now travel faster, too, "making it easier to hit enemies" and some guns fire in a tighter spread.

If you're worried that Ruiner has lost its rock-hard appeal (as I'm sure some people will be upon reading about the changes), Reikon says you shouldn't be. "The game’s still hard, of course, especially for you, the die-hard fans! But we want to make all types of weapons, especially firearms, more viable." Fair enough.

In a smaller change (but one that Omri flagged up as a problem), stun grenades now consume 50% more energy. Previously, you could just spam them and 'stunlock' groups of enemies, including bosses. 

There's your standard bug fixes, too, all of which you can read about in the full patch notes (opens in new tab)

Ruiner is £14.99/$19.99 on Steam (opens in new tab) and GOG (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti
Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.