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Overall, Hardcore is another perfectly fine Gremlin game, clearly designed to exploit the PlayStation’s chipset to maximum effect. If a little less speed might’ve made for a classier product, at least what’s here is playable enough. The gravel-crunching approach of Monster Trucks is daunting, but its ambition by no means ensures it will be better.
Still as hard as hell, but choosing the right paths to take, greatly increases your chances for victory. It's also a rather nice title to show off your PlayStations graphical capabilities.
Hardcoer 4x4 är ett bilspel som kanske inte är så nutänkande, men som tack vare bra spelkänsla ändå är trevligt.
Spectacular graphics, accurate sounds and tough challenging tracks, in a game where your wheels barely touch the ground, yet....I feel strangely dissatisfied. Perhaps a few more risky short cuts, perhaps additional wider sections to give a more off road feel, perhaps I'll be able to put my finger on it by next month, but one thing I am sure of, Hardcore 4X4 is crying out for a two player option.
Simply, you drive a truck over dirt roads and race against a handful of faceless opponents. With only six courses and no new levels or hidden tracks, Hardcore 4X4 is worth a weekend rental, but has little long term replay value.
Tackling 4X4's terrain is moderate fun. But the unchallenging gameplay pegs this one as a rental.
Hardcore 4X4 isn't all bad, however. The trucks themselves handle very well, considering the narrow trenches, and the physics of the jumps and bumps are very nice. You can also fine tune your steering from loose to tight, depending on your driving style. No matter how well the trucks handle though, it doesn't do you any good if you can't see the track. A shame.