Summary: What happens when former Bulletstorm and The Witcher 2 developers club together to make a first-person shooter about insane robots? Well, if Hard Reset is anything to go by, you get something very promising indeed. Hard Reset has gained attention for its bold visual style and hardcore gameplay, but being a brand new IP in the PC indie market, it was always going to be a hit-or-miss risk. Fortunately, it's a risk that has most certainly paid off.
Conclusion: Hard Reset is a cross between Bulletstorm and Painkiller, with a few sprinkles of Witcher in terms of the upgrade mechanic. The resulting mix is a great experience, especially for retro shooter fans that have awaited a new Painkiller or Serious Sam in recent years. While it's not a particularly long affair, clocking in at around 5-6 hours, depending on the difficulty, Hard Reset is more than worth its $29.99/27.99€ price tag.
Excerpt: It takes less than ten seconds for Hard Reset to define the kind of shooter it truly is. There is no crouching, no cover, and no reloading. It has exactly two guns; one of 'em is an energy gun that shoots lightning-lasers, and the other is a rifle whose targeting reticule is always red. If the terms of its gameplay don't paint a clear enough picture, we'll spell it out: Hard Reset doesn't care about anything other than killing everything. Above: Rage, eat your heart out.
Pros: The look and sound of it all, Sweet encounters and weapons, How badass you'll feel
Cons: Wretched story and cinematics, Intolerable voice acting, Default difficulty is just unfair
Summary: Hard Reset transports players to a haunting, dystopian future, with humanity on the verge of extinction, confined to its last standing city and under constant threat from the robotic hordes that aim to annihilate mankind.
Excerpt: Despite sharing a camera perspective and the common goal of blasting dudes away, first-person shooter titles vary a lot. Quake is not the same as Red Orchestra , and Team Fortress has virtually nothing to do with Rainbow Six . However, since Call of Duty 4 ‘s massive success, the genre has grown a lot less diverse – or at least, the number of notes that me-too shooters crib from Call of Duty has increased to imitating the series wholesale.
Conclusion: So 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.
Conclusion: For all it's atmosphere and impressive technical flair Hard Reset is an old school shooter at it's core. That will briefly appeal to those looking for some intense shooter action, but it'll ultimately be far too one dimensional to maintain long term interest for most.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Surprisingly good-looking, runs smoothly on a majority of rigs, the sounds is okay too, the gameplay has enough to engage shooter fans;
Cons: Dumb story, players can't crouch or reload their weapons and switching between the two main weapons is sometimes unresponsive, the game's a bit on the short side.