• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jan 5, 2016
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  • Summary: It’s tracks vs tires, armored tanks vs Fast Attack Vehicles (FAVs), in an all-terrain battle-fest of online multiplayer vehicular action. Plow through a range of unique combat arenas, claiming bounties, completing Challenges and wreaking terrible vengeance upon old adversaries. With multipleIt’s tracks vs tires, armored tanks vs Fast Attack Vehicles (FAVs), in an all-terrain battle-fest of online multiplayer vehicular action. Plow through a range of unique combat arenas, claiming bounties, completing Challenges and wreaking terrible vengeance upon old adversaries. With multiple battle modes, regular community events and a range of perks to unlock as you progress, there’ll always be a chance to settle the score. [Playstation.com]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Pelit (Finland)
    Mar 31, 2016
    80
    Hardware: Rivals is a fun and fast vehicle shooter. Needs more arenas, though. And what's with the automatic vertical aiming? That's just stupid and completely unnecessary. [March 2016]
  2. Jan 7, 2016
    65
    Hardware Rivals is an interesting title, although there is an obvious lack of content. If it could enhance this aspect in the near future, it could be more than just addictive.
  3. Feb 2, 2016
    60
    So while Hardware Rivals is fun for a while it still has a lot of annoyances to overcome.
  4. Jan 11, 2016
    55
    The lack of any original modes or meaningful progression prevents Hardware: Rivals from having any chance at longevity. Aside from the awkward controls, everything works well enough, but nothing is memorable or satisfying.
  5. Play UK
    Feb 24, 2016
    50
    Amazingly bland and perfunctory vehicular action, with seemingly no-one online to play with. Instantly forgettable. Our advice: just keep playing Rocket League. [Issue#266, p.68]
  6. Jan 11, 2016
    50
    The concept is interesting, albeit not original, but the lack of contents and the unbalanced gameplay will make the experience grow old really quickly.
  7. Jan 10, 2016
    40
    Bringing back such an obsucre franchise is one thing but stranger still is that so little passion has been expended in reinventing this listless vehicular combat game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 28
  2. Negative: 8 out of 28
  1. Jan 7, 2016
    10
    With multiple maps, game modes, challenges and special events, Hardware: Rivals lets you jump online for some frenetic vehicle-on-vehicleWith multiple maps, game modes, challenges and special events, Hardware: Rivals lets you jump online for some frenetic vehicle-on-vehicle combat. You can go in as a lone wolf or as part of a team, challenging your friends and hunting down your rivals. Wear your colors proudly and unlock vehicle upgrades to tweak your ride to your own personal taste. Expand
  2. Jan 6, 2016
    8
    It's a pretty damn good game, the gameplay is fun and similar to Twisted Metal. Power-ups are fun and the graphics are nice. However, the gameIt's a pretty damn good game, the gameplay is fun and similar to Twisted Metal. Power-ups are fun and the graphics are nice. However, the game needs more variety: more vehicles (only 4 at the time of writing the review), more power-ups, more customisation features. There's also NO split screen, which is kind of disappointing. All in all, it's a really fun game, but needs more variety. Expand
  3. Jan 7, 2016
    7
    The game is fun, but with the overall lack of many things, from cars, maps, modes, and customization options, this looks more and more like aThe game is fun, but with the overall lack of many things, from cars, maps, modes, and customization options, this looks more and more like a free-to-play game. If you're looking to spend money, skip this, but good for you if you're a PS Plus member. Expand
  4. May 3, 2016
    5
    The cons definitely outweigh the pros in this game unfortunately. Bland graphics, bland gameplay that gets boring after 10 minutes. Even theThe cons definitely outweigh the pros in this game unfortunately. Bland graphics, bland gameplay that gets boring after 10 minutes. Even the controls are a bit funky. The only redeeming quality for me is that it was free. Expand
  5. Jan 6, 2016
    5
    The idea of the game is great, but the game itself is weak. Controls are clumsy, it's difficult to make a simple turn. Aiming is extremelyThe idea of the game is great, but the game itself is weak. Controls are clumsy, it's difficult to make a simple turn. Aiming is extremely difficult and you can't change buttons. Expand
  6. Jan 14, 2016
    4
    I was very disappointed that this was not a local multiplayer game. The game is far from perfect, and not nearly as fun as far older versionsI was very disappointed that this was not a local multiplayer game. The game is far from perfect, and not nearly as fun as far older versions of this kind of game, but nostalgically it could still have been fun if it could be a 'sofa' game, but as a game to play online, it is not fun or special enough to waste time on. Expand
  7. Jan 10, 2016
    0
    Boring and bland, this by the numbers game wishes it was Twisted Metal and Rocket League love child. Instead it's just another "games as aBoring and bland, this by the numbers game wishes it was Twisted Metal and Rocket League love child. Instead it's just another "games as a service" cashgrab that is so familiar, basic and cliched there is no reason to ever launch it. You'll feel like you've been playing it for ages even before you get your first level, win your first domination game or unlock your first cosmetic addon. Expand

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