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. 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.
  2. Sep 12, 2011
    70
    It's short and occasionally frustrating, but the fireworks display that is Hard Reset is still a blast.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Sep 13, 2011
    70
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Sep 28, 2011
    65
    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.
  11. Sep 28, 2011
    75
    Hard Reset clearly shows that the team knows what makes a good shooter tick.
  12. Sep 16, 2011
    40
    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.
  13. Sep 15, 2011
    79
    Hard reset is an excellent FPS, a "reset" to the FPS genre from today.
  14. Apr 27, 2012
    65
    Hard Reset isn't a bad game, but it's rote old school sensibility has passed me by. I don't have the same kind of reflexes I did 5 or 10 years ago to properly appreciate the twitch elements, so maybe I have to take some responsibility on that front. For me, Hard Reset is unremarkable because it seems about 5 years too late for me.
  15. Nov 9, 2011
    58
    Hard Reset isn't just a reference to what you're expected to do to the killer robots infesting the city, but what the developer tries to do to the shooter design itself. [Holiday 2011, p.80]
  16. Sep 20, 2011
    58
    For a throwback FPS, it's not too bad and it's priced at $30. The graphics are pretty well done, but there are some aspects of the game that can get pretty frustrating. Expect to die a lot as well since your health doesn't regenerate, but your shield does.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Oct 12, 2011
    70
    If there's one modern shooter convention Hard Reset needs to follow, it's the release of a sequel.
  20. 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.
  21. 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]
  22. Oct 9, 2011
    65
    Hard Reset is a splendid and beautifully crafted FPS. While its technology rises above many others, its old-school FPS gameplay, while fun and solid, is affected by a scarce variety in the enemies and very short campaign, which is a major flaw because of the absence of a multiplayer mode.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  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. 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]
  28. Sep 14, 2011
    60
    So amongst the other problems, it's also short and clearly rushed.
  29. Sep 16, 2011
    60
    Hard Reset is a full-on action-only FPS in a cyberpunk universe, blessed by a beautiful graphical engine and some nice gameplay ideas. The menu, which cycles through corridors, arenas, and waves of enemies, lacks variety, with only two boss fights and an undecipherable scenario, but nice explosions all over and a lot of reloads for the player. It may yet be too subtle for the Painkiller formula lovers... but it still a very ok game.
  30. Sep 10, 2011
    70
    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).
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. Sep 29, 2011
    65
    It brings back memories of Painkiller and Serious Sam – again and again you get drowned in enemies. From time to time Hard Reset will beat the hell out of you but it does it in a quite pleasant way and graphics are very nice. The game has two substantial flaws – the single player campaign is short (ca. 6 hours) and there is no multiplayer mode. [October, p.66]
  36. 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.
  37. Sep 13, 2011
    60
    For once, I think the experience can be summed up by the main menu. It's very pretty. It also has a transitional animation, in between sub-menus, that lasts four seconds. Want to change your graphical settings, then load an old game? You're going to spend about thirty seconds just watching a transitional animation repeat. Pretty, functional, and then hopelessly irritating for no good reason: that's Hard Reset.
  38. Oct 17, 2011
    70
    Shooters like Serious Sam and Painkiller are hard to come by these days. Yes, Hard Reset is full of plot holes, the ending is too silly even for a pulp paperback novel, and there is no blood and flesh – only gear-wheels and oil. But even will all of this, Hard Reset is fun enough if you want to just blow off some steam.
  39. 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.
  40. Sep 21, 2011
    70
    This is a very enjoyable shooter with lots of action, amazing graphics and a wonderfully authentic cyberpunk-atmosphere, but it's somewhat let down by an erratic difficulty and a relatively short campaign.
  41. 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]
  42. 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.
  43. Sep 28, 2011
    70
    This game hit the time and the spot with its conception unlike the others from the past – making a virtue out of its mediocre and plain form is something we don't see very often these days.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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?
  47. 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.
  48. Oct 27, 2011
    65
    This old-school shooter with modern visuals offers intense and fun gunplay, but it's a bit too short and not particularly original. [Nov. 2011, p.83]
  49. Sep 14, 2011
    65
    Hard Reset's main strengths 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.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 302 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 101
  2. Negative: 19 out of 101
  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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