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Hard Reset Reviews (Windows)

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Fun, but short and shallow ponzo (85) unrated

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Gamers Daily News (Sep 13, 2011)
I encourage everyone to buy this game. Even at full price. I want to see this developer do well because the quality that they put into Hard Reset is unsurpassed. If you are a PC gamer and don’t buy this game, then I am hoping you are plagued with pitiful console ports for the rest of your life. Hard Reset is what PC gaming is all about.
MMGN (Sep 14, 2011)
Hard Reset may not provide the story driven experience that its game world demands, but it does a fantastic job of taking us back to the golden days of PC shooters. Through the use of hardcore mechanics and game design choices, Flying Wild Hog have created a beautiful sci-fi shooter based on gorgeous new technology that should appeal to anyone who has picked up PC gaming in the past 20 years. While it may be an indie studio behind the game, it comes off feeling like a multi-million dollar project, albeit a little too short. We hope we see more of this intriguing game world soon.
GameZebo (Sep 21, 2011)
Make no mistake, Hard Reset is an excellent first title from a new developer who knows exactly what they’re trying to do and who they’re aiming for. The fun transforming gun mechanic, excellent visuals and low hardware barrier of entry should entice any PC first-person shooter fan worth their salt.
GameFront (Sep 13, 2011)
Hard Reset is a game that any old-school shooter fan simply must play. It’s memorable, unique, and a hell of a lot of fun.
84 (Sep 12, 2011)
Hard Reset è un gran bel gioco, un FPS "duro e puro" che sicuramente farà riscoprire il genere a chi ormai era stufo di rivedere le stesse cose anno dopo anno. La gestione delle armi, dei potenziamenti e delle munizioni sulle prime può sollevare qualche dubbio, ma basta fare qualche partita per familiarizzare con le scelte effettuate dagli sviluppatori, che sfociano in combattimenti davvero esaltanti e spesso all'insegna della strategia, visto anche il livello di difficoltà al di sopra della media. Il feeling delle armi e il relativo senso di impatto è eccellente, e sappiamo che si tratta di un elemento fondamentale per questo filone, ma è soprattutto l'attenta progressione nella scoperta di nuovi e più potenti nemici che esalta l'esperienza e la rende davvero coinvolgente. Considerando infine il prezzo budget, non ci sono davvero scuse: Hard Reset è decisamente un prodotto da non perdere.
80 (Oct 04, 2011)
I really really want to love Hard Reset; it has so many successes in execution that I am pretty much willing to overlook its various small flaws, although the truncated ending feels like a betrayal to me. I really hope that the developers get their act together and put out a quick expansion or that they survive to make another game of this time, they certainly have the heart in the right place.
Gamereactor (Denmark) (Sep 20, 2011)
Er du glad for spil som Painkiller og Serious Sam, så er Hard Reset bestemt et nærmere bekendtskab værd. Hvis du derimod ikke bryder dig om den slags gammeldaws skydespil, så kan du roligt undgå det. Hard Reset er et niche-spil, tag ikke fejl af det, men befinder du dig i den niche, trykker det på alle de rigtige knapper.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Sep 16, 2011)
Hard Reset erbjuder ungefär 4-5 timmar för sina 270 riksdaler och är knappast ett spel för alla. Du som letar efter gripande story och smygmoment kommer att vantrivas, men om du vill släppa allt vad djupt heter för en stund, slappna av, och bara hålla in avtryckaren hårt och handfast har du en av höstens roligaste indie-titlar precis här.
80 (Sep 16, 2011)
Tolta la mancanza del multiplayer che a qualcuno farà storcere il naso, Hard Reset rappresenta infatti in questo momento il più degno esponente di una scuola FPS che oramai i più consideravano morta e sepolta. Il voto che vedete sotto riportato è una logica conseguenza di quanto detto nella recensione: sta a voi scegliere se tornare gloriosamente al passato oppure voltare per sempre la pagina dei tempi che furono.
80 (Sep 20, 2011)
Dat gezegd zijnde is Hard Reset een knappe en boven de middelmaat uitstekende shooter die vooral een welkome afwisseling biedt met de vele militaire knallers die rond deze tijd van het jaar verschijnen. Actie die je op het puntje van je stoel weet te houden, een interessant upgradesysteem voor de wapens en een sfeervolle omgeving maken Hard Reset tot een lekker tussendoortje dat veel goeds belooft voor een mogelijke opvolger of nieuwe game van dezelfde ontwikkelaars. Tot die tijd knallen we echter met plezier wat robotgespuis naar het hiernamaals in dit verrassende debuut.
Inside Gaming (Sep 30, 2011)
A few technical hiccups here and there, a super-short campaign, and an almost nonexistent story weren’t enough to hinder my enjoyment of Hard Reset. I’m always pensive about games that attempt to recreate the feel of a much older game. Oftentimes even nostalgia isn’t enough to overlook archaic game design but Hard Reset manages to strike a perfect balance that old and new school players alike will appreciate.
The Telegraph (Oct 26, 2011)
Hard Reset is certainly one of the more interesting games released this year. A superb marriage of gaming tropes from various generations, it manages to carve its own path through the mire that is the modern FPS genre, and look lovely while it’s at it.
Darkstation (Sep 23, 2011)
Hard Reset is a something special, a budget priced game that brings together familiar shooting mechanics with aspects of modern shooters. Other games have tried to create this interesting balance but few have succeeded the way Hard Reset does. It’s a great experience for anyone looking for a fun, exciting, and different take on a saturated genre.
GamingExcellence (Sep 27, 2011)
The game is good for what it is: a simple, straighforward shooter in a cyberpunk setting with minimal frills. If you're looking for something different in the dearth of cover shooters that litter the market, and just want to shoot some dang 'bots, then look no further for your fix.
Atomic Gamer (Sep 20, 2011)
I think the only unfortunate thing here is that many of the gamers that would enjoy Hard Reset - old Quake veterans setting up impromptu LAN parties in their college dorms in the late '90s - have since "grown up", gotten married, and are funneling all of their money towards their kids rather than their gaming PCs. Oh, sure, they still play a few games, but they have two hours a week away from the rest of the family, and that's not enough to make Hard Reset necessarily worth it for some. Either way, this game certainly isn't for everyone, and I'm still a little doubtful as to whether this game really has a market left after all these years, but there are still at least a few of us left that play and we really appreciate the effort. I hope that Flying Wild Hog finds the customers they're looking for; with any luck, enough of them are still around and playing to make Hard Reset a success.
GamesRadar (Sep 13, 2011)
Flying Wild Hog had some strokes of serious brilliance throughout Hard Reset, and it's these moments that supported the weight of its confusing problems. This is the kind of hard-and-fast shooter that got us into PC gaming in the first place, and Hard Reset remembers where it came from while making some strides of its own. Its most impressive feat, though, is that it throws down the gauntlet and laughs in the face of every competing developer. We're still trying to wrap our mind around this as an indie game, because, in terms of quality, it's on the same level as any AAA shooter out there.
ripten (Sep 13, 2011)
All in all, Hard Reset is a spirited return to the purest essence of the first person shooter. The gameplay is unrelentingly quick and the range and ferocity of enemies will ensure you use every square foot of the playing area to stay alive. While the storyline is forgettable with an abrupt ending, the only motivation that’s really needed is to kill everything in sight. Graphics and sound are impeccable and will keep your eyes glued to the screen, but you will need a high-end GPU and CPU to truly see everything it has to offer. The inclusion of co-op and multiplayer could have lifted Hard Reset to cult-status and that absence along with the brevity of the singleplayer campaign (I finished it in 4 hours with the last 3 hours on easy) means there is next to no replayability. The budget price properly reflects what’s on offer here and Flying Wild Hog have delivered a memorable but short-lived title that will (sadly) be quickly buried under the onslaught of Q4 releases.
Destructoid (Sep 12, 2011)
Hard Reset is truly a great experience, especially for fans of titles such as Painkiller and Serious Sam. Its devotion to distilled, pure, videogame violence is something that deserves respect, and the fact it's performed so sleekly and satisfyingly is a fantastic surprise. With Hard Reset, an excellent sense of level design and game balance has been married to a ruthless difficulty and voraciously furious combat to create something that tests the nerves and addicts the mind. If you're sick of all the military shooters vying for your attention but still want an honest, straightforward FPS experience, Hard Reset has the cure for your fever.
G4 TV: X-Play (Sep 13, 2011)
I'm going to make this one really easy: Hard Reset is a beautiful and ridiculously fun first outing from Polish developer Flying Wild Hog. The simple gameplay and head-scratching story will drive some away, but they'll be missing the point. If you like simple -- but not simple-minded -- first-person shooters that are light on complexity and heavy on explosive action, you should have a blast exploring the Blade Runner-inspired cyberpunk world of Hard Reset.
Spazio Games (Sep 26, 2011)
Un prodotto di stampo classico, robusto e sviluppato in modo coerente: questi sembrano i tre aggettivi più adatti alla sintesi delle caratteristiche di Hard Reset. Il titolo in questione fa infatti riscoprire ai giocatori il fascino degli FPS duri e puri, senza dimenticare però una certa attenzione alla tattica e alla gestione dei potenziamenti. La mancanza del multiplayer non sminuisce il valore del prodotto, che pecca probabilmente solo nella esigua lunghezza della campagna. In ogni caso, si tratta di un titolo positivo, consigliato agli amanti del genere.
Worth Playing (Oct 14, 2011)
Hard Reset might not be the shooter for everyone, but I think it's worth checking out. My review is based on the game post-patch 1.01, which eliminated the weapon cooldown system and allowed users to change difficulty mid-game. That's worth mentioning because I could certainly see how a weapon cooldown system would be an awful thing, and I don't think that eliminating it has ruined the gameplay balance. If you either shied away from playing Hard Reset due to the issues prior to this patch or just haven't gotten around to checking it out, I would definitely urge you to do so now. It's a fun shooter for a reasonable price, and if you loved classic FPS games, you'll enjoy Hard Reset.
Splitkick (Sep 23, 2011)
The story ultimately feels like a small sliver in a much grander tale and builds up excitement for something that never really happens before the credits begin to roll. Hard Reset feels like a complete package overall but also seems a bit like a scaled down game from what they may have originally been planning. If you haven’t figured it out yet, the story is not Hard Reset’s strong point; Serious Sam fans will know where this title will take you. The action in HR is fast and relentless throughout with only a few moments to breathe while the tension begins to build yet again. Hard Reset is a blast fest with a small side of story and ends up tasting pretty good.
GameSpy (Sep 12, 2011)
The gameplay is tight and punchy, and the overall experience is so well-crafted that it's worth soaking up every last insane moment.
3D Juegos (Sep 15, 2011)
Más intenso imposible. Como los grandes títulos de acción, Hard Reset es un fenomenal juego chapado a la antigua que ha pecado de ser algo corto, con un final demasiado brusco, y un tanto repetitivo por culpa de la escasa variedad de enemigos. Sin embargo, es un espectáculo que los amantes del género deberían disfrutar sí o sí.
GameTrailers (Sep 13, 2011)
Hard Reset does what it intends to do quite well. This is a game that begs you to replay those four hours. Take it for a spin with a harder difficulty setting or focus on a different set of weapons, and you'll feel like you're playing a different game. You won't find a hard reset to the FPS genre here, but you will find a uniquely challenging and intense experience if you're willing to overlook the throwaway story and short running time.
Game Vortex (Sep 28, 2011)
Overall, Hard Reset is a quite functional, quite decent shooter. I personally would have wanted the cinema scenes to be a bit better, and the story and world to be a bit more compelling. And overall, the ideas here aren't very fresh, but they're executed nicely. But if you want a fast-paced shooter, with stuff to blow up here and there, Hard Reset has it.
ActionTrip (Sep 29, 2011)
In a nutshell, Hard Reset relies on the traditional frantic first-person shooter formula, which most of you are bound to recognize from games such as Serious Sam, Painkiller and the like. However, for some mysterious reason, as we already pointed out, the development team eliminated several key elements that are vital to any traditional first-person shooter. Otherwise, we honestly recommend you give this one a try at least. It gets very exciting at times and you can be sure that most enemies (be they large or small) offer a decent challenge even to hardcore FPS fans.
Game Informer Magazine (Sep 09, 2011)
Hard Reset may only be four hours long, but they’re four good hours. I respect a game that picks one thing and does it well, even if it means skimping on or outright skipping the rest of the modern FPS checklist. Delivering combat on a level that Resistance or Halo could learn a thing or two from is an exceptional achievement for the first effort of a new studio. I won’t fault budget-conscious gamers for skipping this, but I can’t wait to see what Flying Wild Hog does next.
In conclusion, Hard Reset is not the PC gaming juggernaut it might have been hyped to be. Rather, it is a little treat for PC Gamers to enjoy. In a time where modern gaming is increasingly geared towards consoles, special kudos go to Flying Wild Hog in their attempts to go back to the roots of FPS and go out of their way to please the PC community. While its a shame to see a lot of unrealized potential in the game, its simplicity and straightforwardness gives the game a certain nostalgic charm.
Meristation (Sep 13, 2011)
La elevada dificultad no es problema para el que busca el reto, y el tema de los guardados rápidos puede ser molesto al obligar a repetir ciertas partes, pero se acopla bien con la filosofía del juego. El gran problema de Hard Reset sin embargo es su contenido. Es un juego muy corto, y sin multijugador, con una campaña que acaba abruptamente por razones que sólo se entienden si el equipo se quedó sin tiempo o dinero para seguir adelante. Por 28 euros que vale el juego, la cantidad de contenido ofrecida pone a Hard Reset en una posición delicada de cara al consumidor. Eso sí, aunque en poca cantidad, lo que ofrece es excelente; gráficamente es una delicia, el combate es divertido y satisfactorio, pero podría ofrecer mucho más. Flying Wild Hog es ciertamente un estudio con mucho futuro por delante si las cosas van bien, y es fácil recomendar su primer juego siempre y cuando se advierta por adelantado de sus limitaciones.
AusGamers (Sep 13, 2011)
It’s a shame that the developer didn’t include a multiplayer mode, as the replay-ability outside of trying different weapons and tactics, is certainly not all that it could be. As a PC exclusive with a price that is directly proportionate to the time and fun you’ll get out of the game, and one that runs smooth no matter what is happening on screen, Hard Reset comes highly recommended. Just remember that in some cases, the way forward is to run backwards.
Game Shark (Sep 28, 2011)
I ran through the second playthrough in about five hours and the first closer to seven. That said, the way the game is paced you’re going to feel like it was a lot longer. There’s a lot of shootin’ to do in Hard Reset and afterward you're likely going to feel rather spent, particularly if you finish the game in a few intense sessions. This is a great start for a new developer and I’m anxiously awaiting the next project from Flying Wild Hog. Hard Reset clearly shows that the team knows what makes a good shooter tick.
GamingTrend (Sep 21, 2011)
Hard Reset is a look back at a bygone age. There is a nice visual treat waiting for you at the end of the 4GB install, but that’s one hour per gig you just downloaded. The game is simple for when you want exactly that, but you can’t help but feel like it could be so much more. The few nagging issues in the game aren’t enough to wave you off, and I will remind you that the game is only 30 bucks via Steam. When you think about an 8 hour title costing you $59.99, that tends to put it into perspective. Thankfully, you can check out the demo on Steam as long as you realize that the demo is exactly what you’ll get with the full product – nothing more, and nothing less.
GameZone (Sep 14, 2011)
While Hard Reset is a fun play, it is by no means groundbreaking. It's a fun throwback for old-school gamers looking to get their fix of explosions. It may appear like mindless running and shooting, but there is more strategy involved than that which meets the eye. The game depends on your reflexes and carefully timed, precise shots to fully maximize the environments destructive potential.
IGN (Sep 13, 2011)
Though a limited in many ways, it's still easy to have a good time with Hard Reset. It's a classically styled shooter where your main concern is how to blow stuff up as fast as possible without losing all your health. The disposable story and flat characters shouldn't be surprising for a game like this, but other issues like a the lack of enemy variety and short overall length are disappointing. Despite that, the versatility of the weapon system and flashy visuals make Flying Wild Hog's product exciting from beginning to end. If all you're looking to do is shoot at things and watch them break apart into pretty pieces, you'll get what you want in Hard Reset.
GameStar (Germany) (Sep 17, 2011)
Ein breites Waffenspektrum, schnelle Action, fetzige Explosionen und knallige Sounds – und weder eine automatische Heilfunktion, Deckungssystem oder andere Optionen für Beipackzettelleser. Das Hard Reset ein klassischer Oldschool-Shooter werden soll war kein leeres Versprechen der Entwickler. Freunde eben solcher unkomplizierter Ballerkost, die vor allem auf schnelle Spielmechanik statt alle Nase lang spielflussunterbrechende Skriptsequenzen stehen, kommen hier durchaus auf ihre Kosten. Hard Reset hätte aber auch mehr als nur ein netter Action-Overkill für Zwischendurch werden können. Dafür hapert’s aber vor allem an Umfang, Gegnervielfalt und mehr optischer Abwechslung. Zumal die knappe Spielzeit von maximal fünf Stunden den »Kostet ja nur 30 Euro«-Bonus wieder deutlich relativiert.
73 (Sep 15, 2011)
Das bedeutet allerdings auch die damit einher gehenden Nachteile: Abwechslungsarme Gegner, konsequent belanglose Handlung (die weniger Fleisch hat als die »Höllenmonster vom Mars«-Geschichte aus Doom), eine für heutige Verhältnisse gerade noch akzeptable Kürze von vier bis fünf Stunden - sowie einen für den verwöhnten Shooter von heute fiesen Schwierigkeitsgrad. Man muss darauf vorbereitet sein, dass Hard Resest nach den ersten beiden völlig wahnwitzigen Stunden spürbar an Faszination verliert - wenn man erstmal mehr Blechschaden angerichtet hat als die Blues Brothers, setzt Monotonie ein. Wenn man damit leben kann und einfach mal wieder eine schön hirnlose (und sehr gut aussehende) Ballerei auf der Platte haben will, dann ist Hard Reset die Action-Überraschung des Jahres. Für alle anderen nur ein weiterer Shooter.
PC Games (Germany) (Sep 19, 2011)
Wie nicht anders zu erwarten, erfindet Hard Reset das Genre nicht neu und auch für die insgesamt sehr kurze Spieldauer bekommen die Polen kein Fleißbienchen. Dass der Titel dennoch Laune macht, liegt an der hübschen Optik, brachialen Explosionen, den schön in Szene gesetzten Bosskämpfen und unzähligen Baller-auf-alles-Stress-pur-Sequenzen auf kleinstem Raum. Auch die Suche nach Secrets und das Experimentieren mit den verschiedenen Ausbaustufen der Waffen motiviert und lädt direkt nach dem ersten Durchlauf zu einem zweiten Gang ein – dann mit Fokussierung auf die andere Waffengattung oder auf einer höheren Schwierigkeitsstufe.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Sep 28, 2011)
De visuele afwerking is super, maar te veel onderdelen zijn gemiddeld van kwaliteit om van een echte topper te kunnen spreken. Een multiplayer optie had de score flink kunnen verhogen!
Absolute Games ( (Sep 29, 2011)
Шутер в лучших традициях Serious Sam и Painkiller сейчас найти нелегко. Да, история в Hard Reset пестрит логическими дырами, концовка не годится даже в дешевый фантастический роман, взамен крови машинное масло, взамен «мяса» — шестеренки. Но, несмотря на ряд недостатков, это — достойный представитель семейства «игры, позволяющие выпустить пар».
70 (Sep 27, 2011)
V porovnání s moderní tvorbou v rámci akčního žánru představuje Hard Reset solidně odvedenou práci, která však osloví hlavně milovníky starých pořádků. Je třeba říci, že na tom není nic špatného, a jako obyčejná střílečka se Hard Reset opravdu nemá zač stydět. Přesto to Hard Reset nebude mít před komunitou vyznavačů first person akcí snadné. Zda hru pošlete po deseti minutách do propadliště dějin nebo vytrváte až do úplného konce bez nějaké závažnější výtky, bude záležet na mnoha faktorech, třeba momentální náladě a chuti po něčem oddychovém.
GamePro (US) (Sep 13, 2011)
I am left with the feeling that Hard Reset's title is not a reference to the game's plot or gameplay, but to the videogame industry as a whole. The developers are applying a "reset" to the entire FPS genre, stripping away or outright mocking several modern shooter staples. There's no cover system, regenerating health, or tacked on multiplayer modes to be found. It's just you, a vast arsenal, and an angry swarm of sawblade-faced robots bent on your destruction. Sometimes you just want to fry some robots with a gun that shoots lightning.
Da Gameboyz (Nov 07, 2011)
Overall, this is a game that does exactly what it sets out to do: Be an oldschool manshoot, but with modern elements in the mix that make it more enjoyable, and a suitably bonkers Cyberpunk plot (albeit without any real hacking... ah, well, can't have everything). If you like that sort of thing, or think, from the article, you might want to give it a go, I'd happily say “knock yerself out!”, and the game gets my thumbs up. Although I am going to restart and try to beat Atlas with a Rail-gun... just to see if it's easier (considering my other option is RPG with slow laser-guidance... I suspect so). The short nature of the game at first seems a turnoff, but, remember, this is mainly score attack, and the number of upgrades means you can play the game differently each time. If only the story weren't cut off so abruptly, it would have gotten an 8.
Thunderbolt Games (Oct 12, 2011)
Shooting robots in Hard Reset is a damn good time, and the whole thing looks incredible. However, for all of its dedicated PC pedigree, it’s an oddly slim experience in some ways. It’s a wonderful touch when a score screen pops up at the end of a level instead of a cutscene where you fall out of a helicopter, but at the same time, the levels aren’t as labyrinthine as Duke Nukem 3D’s or Blood’s. There’s a classic health bar that requires pickups to fill, but the game still puts an ugly red veiny filter over the action when the player is taking damage. These are oddly modern conventions for a game that otherwise harkens back to a different kind of first person shooter. In the end, though, they don’t hurt the game dramatically - and if there’s one modern shooter convention Hard Reset needs to follow, it’s the release of a sequel.
70 (Sep 20, 2011)
Hard Reset byr på god, gammeldags action i stil med Serious Sam og Painkiller, med lekker grafikk og tidvis skikkelig cyberpunk-stemning. Det har sine svakheter, men hvis du ikke forventer noen stor blockbuster vil du neppe bli misfornøyd.
GameSpot (Sep 12, 2011)
The game is a cyberpunk fireworks show, all glowing neon, sizzling streams of electricity, and gorgeous pyrotechnics. The enemies swarm about and you annihilate them, the battles interrupted only by a plot so abstract and nonsensical that its entire existence is wholly unnecessary. At its best, Hard Reset is an explosive and challenging blast, rewarding clever use of your weapons with a sense of hard-earned triumph. It falters, though, its challenge sometimes lapsing into cheapness. And if you play just once, you only get to play with a too-small fraction of the game's wonderful toys before you reach the abrupt conclusion. But overall, this budget-priced game is really fun--an old-fashioned shooter treated with a dazzling visual sheen that gives it a modern feel.
65 (Oct 08, 2011)
In Hard Reset la sola differenza che intercorre tra noi e i nostri nemici è la base su cui son stati effettuati gli innesti: noi eravamo in origine umani, loro in origine solo macchine. Comunque la mettiamo il risultato è grottesco e alienante, vero e proprio sudiciume cyberpunk in stile Dick o Gibson prima maniera e punto di forza centrale della produzione Flying Wild Hog. Si respira metallo per le strade di Bezoar ed è con vero dispiacere che i difetti riscontrati nella scarsa varietà di nemici, nell'irrisoria esplorabilità degli ambienti e nella struttura eccessivamente lineare affliggano il titolo quasi quanto l'assenza di multiplayer e le voragini nel plot che culminano in un finale inatteso per banalità e subitanea interruzione. Il prezzo non proprio accessibile di 28 euro per meno di dieci ore di gioco ci porta a consigliarlo solo agli amanti del cyberpunk più puro o degli FPS old-school come Painkiller.
Bit-Tech (Sep 14, 2011)
Hard Reset's main strength lay in its graphics and its consistent delivery of combat which, while moreish and dully enjoyable, lacks the precision or scale of its competition. Thus, while it's a solid game that delivers on a pure blow-stuff-up basis, it doesn't have quite the level of inspiration or finesse needed to make it stand out from the crowd.
65 (Sep 24, 2011)
Halverwege het spel wordt Hard Reset mede daardoor een beetje een herhalingsoefening. Het vernieuwt zijn spelformule niet meer genoeg om echt boeiend te blijven. Dat het verhaal geen drijvende kracht vormt, helpt niet mee. Met de korte speelduur van een uur of zes is Hard Reset daarom iets te summier om aan te raden. Het spel begint bijzonder sterk en brengt nostalgische gevoelens terug in een eigentijds jasje, maar slaagt er niet in voor eens en voor altijd te bewijzen dat die shooters van pakweg tien jaar geleden eigenlijk veel leuker waren.
Game Over Online (Sep 26, 2011)
I love a game that completely draws you into its world, something like a Dead Space or a Bioshock that creates a narrative so compelling that you’re almost not playing the game for the action, but for the story. Hard Reset is not that game. Hard Reset puts you on the streets of a splashy cyberpunk city, atmospherically lying somewhere between the Matrix and Blade Runner, a world of crumbling glass skyscrapers, and unleashes the enemy hoards. Strategy? Sneaking? Sniping? Not here. If it moves, blast it, and try like mad just to survive. For those of you looking for another Serious Sam, you will likely find that Hard Reset sort of fits that bill, but be prepared to die, often.
RPG Site (Sep 15, 2011)
With only a tiny level of variety in enemy robots and truthfully uninspired gameplay that can get kind of dull after a while, the asking price of $30 seems a little higher than expected compared to the content in games that can be had for less. Let's hope the next outing by Flying Wild Hog impresses in more than just a couple departments. If they can pair a great story with the same great engine, we are looking at the next hottest developer in the industry.
60 (Sep 12, 2011)
Marchant sur les pas glorieux de Serious Sam et Painkiller, Hard Reset fait le choix d'un design rétro, simple, direct, comme dans le temps. Des qualités que l'on apprécie fortement. Mais en dépit de l'expérience des membres du studio, leur production est truffée de détails qui clochent, à commencer par des possibilités offertes aux joueurs qui ne collent pas du tout avec ce type de FPS et une durée de vie affreusement courte. Relativement divertissant, Hard Reset est plutôt à envisager dans le cadre d'une promotion à moins de 15 euros.
60 (Sep 16, 2011)
Střílečka ze staré školy v dobrém i špatném slova smyslu. Hard Reset je milou povinností pro všechny staromilce, kteří doma namísto toaletního papíru používají letáky Call of Duty. Ti budou prožívat nostalgickou extázi z poctivé old-schoolové hratelnosti v moderním kabátku a za budgetovou cenu. Možná tak ani nezaregistrují objektivní a mnohdy frustrující nedostatky v designu úrovní, repetivní prostředí, problematické ovládání či nejotravnější menu v historii her.
60 (Sep 16, 2011)
J'aurais tendance à dire que Hard Reset est un poil cher pour ce qu'il offre (28 euros dans Steam), mais on n'est pas loin d'un bon rapport qualité/prix. Je connais des éditeurs qui auraient marketé ce titre comme un Triple A pour le vendre à 60 euros sans arrière-pensées. Ce FPS possède clairement des qualités et des défauts qui en font un jeu moyen de manière générale, mais c'est à vous de mettre vos goûts dans la balance pour décider d'un achat ou non. Un seul conseil : jouez en difficile au minimum !
A beautiful, solid, and remarkably well-assembled old-school shooter with a horde of niggling faults that drag it down, down, down.
Game Watcher (Sep 14, 2011)
Amongst the other problems, it’s also short and clearly rushed. It was only announced two months ago! If you needed more time guys we really wouldn’t have minded! Consequently, with the game as it is now, I just can’t recommend it. With another two chapters and a bigger range of enemies this would’ve been in the 7s or 8s, but without at least co-op or any compelling reasons to replay I can’t imagine anyone feeling that Hard Reset is worth its current price. If it goes under £10 in a Steam Sale by all means snap it up, but until then Serious Sam 3 will have you covered for an old-school FPS. And that one has delicious meaty enemies too.
BlogCritics Magazine (Sep 28, 2011)
I am harping a lot on the negative aspects of the game quite a bit and that is mainly because I see a great deal of potential in Hard Reset. The graphics and art design are really amazing across all fidelity levels which is a huge accomplishment. The weapons and upgrade systems are ingenious and the action, when it works, can be truly fun and hectic. With a better story including fleshed out characters, better difficulty balancing, and some tightening of the controls this could have been one of the best games of the year. As it stands Hard Reset falls short of being a great game and sits in a mediocre place because all of the pieces just don’t fit together as well as they could.
I love shooters. They’re all I used to play when I was first getting into the hobby. So there’s a lot for me to love about Hard Reset. It plays just like the great shooters of old (with a few welcome variations). The pace is fast; you’re never more than a few minutes away from another fight. It runs smoothly, and it looks awesome. But like most old-time shooters, it’s a one-trick pony. The levels are much too linear, the developer grabs you by the scruff of the neck and tells you exactly where to go, the comic-book cutscenes are out of character with the rest of the game, and the ending is a huge disappointment. But it’s being offered at half the usual price for a new game (currently $26.99 on Steam), so it’s still a good deal for nostalgic gamers. Not a bad first offering from a new developer; I look forward to seeing what they do next.
PC Gamer (Nov 13, 2011)
As a one-of-a-kind game, perhaps the nostalgia factor would be enough to compensate. Unfortunately for Hard Reset, it has company from both the original Painkiller and the balls-out cheer of Bulletstorm, with Serious Sam 3 close on its tail. In comparison to any of them, its back-to- basics charm feels firmly in tech-demo territory – albeit really good tech, and with great combat for the short while it actually lasts.
Gaming Nexus (Sep 20, 2011)
As I said earlier. Hard Reset isn't that long of a game. I played on normal throughout the entire time and was able to finish it in about four hours. There's little to no replay value other than to try and beat your best score between levels at a higher difficulty. And because there's no multiplayer, you'll probably just be done with it once you complete the last mission. Still, at $30 it's not too bad of a value if you're looking for a very hard and old school type first person shooter. The graphics are pretty good, but there are a few design decisions that can and will probably leave you pretty frustrated. I'm looking forward to what the folks at Flying Wild Hog have next up their sleeves as their first outing isn't too shabby.
50 (Sep 30, 2011)
Sorti dans l'ombre des gros jeux de la rentrée, on ne peut pas dire qu' Hard Reset ait déçu des attentes, plutôt ténues. Les joueurs en mal de défouloir sauront peut-être profiter de son sympathique système d'arme, et lui passer la mollesse de son gameplay le temps de quelques parties. Il sera plus difficile de transiger sur la répétitivité de ses environnements qui donnent l'impression de passer les trois quarts du solo dans une introduction. Certes, une fin plus relevée s'éloignant des bas-fond bleutés termine le jeu sur une note sympathique, mais il reste difficile de conseiller ce titre à son prix actuel (28 euros en téléchargement).
PCActu (Sep 15, 2011)
Fun et bourrin à l'image des titres d'antan, Hard Reset est un concentré d'action que l'on pourrait qualifier de In Your Face. Pour les anglophobes, sachez que ce terme barbare signifie en gros qu'il ne faut pas avoir peur de la difficulté frustrante de ce soft, puisqu'au final, il s'agit de sa plus grande force. Toutefois, le titre des développeurs de Flying Wild Hog est truffé de défauts qui seront pour beaucoup rédhibitoires. Prenez l'équilibrage totalement à revoir, le fait de ne jamais voir précisément où l'on tir, en passant par la lenteur des déplacements de notre personnage à contrario de la rapidité ahurissante de nos ennemis. En sus, le jeu est entièrement en anglais. En l'état, nous vous conseillons purement et simplement d'attendre que le titre soit en promotion, ou qu'une grosse mise à jour viennent corriger les problèmes de ce jeu qui avait les bases de redorer le blason du FPS. Vous êtes prévenus.
Edge (Sep 16, 2011)
You can see things worth admiring here. The promise of sandbox combat emerging from the interplay between environment and gun-modes never comes good, instead devolving into a repetitive, gruelling bedlam - but that promise alone is more than many shooters offer. To make anything of it, however, Hard Reset would need to go right back to the drawing board.