Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 49
  2. Negative: 1 out of 49
  1. Oct 31, 2011
    90
    A challenging, rewarding and sublime homage to the early days of the first-person shooter - with a few modern twists. [Dec 2011, p.58]
  2. Sep 14, 2011
    84
    Hard Reset is a great game, a hardcore FPS that brings to the table some very nice ideas and tests your skills level after level. The gunplay works very well, with a huge sense of impact and a great number of different enemies to fight, and the graphics prove indie games can even compete with high budget titles.
  3. Oct 26, 2011
    80
    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.
  4. 80
    If you enjoy games like Painkiller and Serious Sam, Hard Reset is a game to get, but if you're not into old school shooters, you should steer clear. It's very much a niche title, but if you belong to that niche, it hits all the right buttons.
  5. Oct 14, 2011
    80
    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.
  6. Oct 10, 2011
    80
    Hard Reset is an old-school shooter that really takes its name seriously: you should be prepared to die a lot. High difficulty level keeps things interesting even though the overtly cartoonish robot enemies don't really fit the overall gritty art style. [Oct 2011]
  7. Sep 29, 2011
    80
    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.
  8. Sep 28, 2011
    80
    Hard Reset isn't what I'd call a complex game. The story is minimal, the gunfire is often, and the enemies are numerous. It has some good pacing, allowing you to take a breather and look for Nano after decimating a small horde of foes, but for the most part, you'll be emptying clips of ammo into the robotic menace.
  9. Sep 26, 2011
    80
    It shows the charme of classic FPS, with a certain tactical side and a positive management of upgrades. If you don't care about the lack of multiplayer, then the only downside is the short campaign.
  10. Sep 20, 2011
    80
    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.
  11. Sep 16, 2011
    80
    Hard Reset is an old school FPS, a game where speed is everything. Flying Wild Hog first game takes the player into a realistic sci-fi world, giving the feeling that perhaps the evolution of this genre is not really an evolution.
  12. Sep 16, 2011
    80
    If you are looking for a touching story, this probably isn't what you're looking for. But if you want to let go of depth and instead enjoy some trigger happy action, this is one of the funniest indie titles right now.
  13. Sep 13, 2011
    80
    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.
  14. Sep 13, 2011
    80
    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.
  15. Sep 12, 2011
    80
    The gameplay is tight and punchy, and the overall experience is so well-crafted that it's worth soaking up every last insane moment.
  16. Sep 12, 2011
    80
    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.
  17. Sep 15, 2011
    79
    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.
  18. Sep 15, 2011
    79
    Hard reset is an excellent FPS, a "reset" to the FPS genre from today.
  19. Sep 29, 2011
    78
    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.
  20. Sep 9, 2011
    78
    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.
  21. Nov 17, 2011
    75
    Hard Reset also does a lot of cool things in games that I wish we'd see more of, and it does them well. Interfacing with fictional computer terminals is fun, and scoping the strong art direction does a lot to set the game in a fairly original virtual setting.
  22. Sep 29, 2011
    75
    The game is simple for when you want exactly that, but you can't help but feel like it could be so much more.
  23. Sep 28, 2011
    75
    Hard Reset clearly shows that the team knows what makes a good shooter tick.
  24. Sep 19, 2011
    75
    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.
  25. Sep 14, 2011
    75
    Hard Reset is a very decent debut - a game that reminds (in a very nice way) all PC gamers of the somewhat forgotten times of simple but exciting shooters. It's very pretty, very explosive and very short. But still it's worth the money the developers want for it and, perhaps, with sufficient sales they will be able do create a true bestseller in the future?
  26. Sep 14, 2011
    75
    Hard Reset is a visual and esthetic marvel, with a great performance and a good sense of graphic spectacle. Its combat is really good, offering a welcome back to old school FPS design and a true sense of challenge However, it's really short, ends abruptly and the story makes little sense, which is not the ideal situation to be for a pure single player game.
  27. Sep 13, 2011
    75
    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.
  28. Sep 12, 2011
    75
    Apart from the overly long boss battles with no mid-point checkpoints, the fact that by the end of your time with Hard Reset you'll be an expert in disposing of endless waves of robots without having to replay as many sections as earlier on, speaks in favour of this approach. In other words you won't be reloading quick saves when battles don't go your way, so man up and stop being such a pussy.
  29. Sep 19, 2011
    74
    Lots of weapnon, fast action, huge explosions and impressive sounds, but no automatic healing or taking cover. Hard Reset was supposed to be old school and it is. It could have been more than just a five-hour-game, though.
  30. 70
    Short life span but budget price – this science-fiction inspired first person shooter has a lot to offer with stunning visuals and perfect old-school playability. Pity there's not a multiplayer option. [Nov 2011]
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 285 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 99
  2. Negative: 19 out of 99
  1. Sep 13, 2011
    8
    Fast, brutal arcade shooter fun. Upgrades weapons, take down waves of mechanical monstrosities.
    Hard Rest pays homage to the old school
    shooter, if you liked games like Painkiller you will love this game.
    Great graphics, clever upgrade system and brutal difficulty. Only negative would be its extremely short 3-4 hour campaign.
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  2. Sep 14, 2011
    10
    Inccredible fun and great looking. A return to form for fast-paced PC shooters. Buy it so we can get more like this, developers like Flying Wild Hog are all too rare these days. Full Review »
  3. Sep 14, 2011
    10
    - Little indie gem with visuals of AAA titles for millions $$$
    - Great cyberpunk-noir atmosphere.
    - Wonderfully built locations.
    - Incredible
    weapons upgrade system.
    - Fast gunplay with a bit of tactics.
    - Relentless and fun-to-kill enemies.
    - Good replay value with room for future DLCs
    - Reasonable price/value ratio.
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