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  • Summary: Rive is a metal-wrecking, robot-hacking shooter. This 360-degree shooter/platformer hybrid lets you choreograph a dance of destruction during an insane sequence of spectacular battles and set pieces. Rive feels like the explosive games of yore, pumping megapixels in true 21st century style.Rive is a metal-wrecking, robot-hacking shooter. This 360-degree shooter/platformer hybrid lets you choreograph a dance of destruction during an insane sequence of spectacular battles and set pieces. Rive feels like the explosive games of yore, pumping megapixels in true 21st century style. [Playstation.com] Expand

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  1. Positive: 11 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Sep 15, 2016
    90
    Furious and reckless action, tricky jumps and a crazy amount of bullets: if you're an hardcore enthusiast who loved the 16-Bit era and if you're in for a real challenge, do yourself a favor and give a chance to Rive... You won't regret it.
  2. Nov 22, 2016
    80
    Rive is a fun and challenging game. The game design can be frustrating sometimes, but reward makes it worth it.
  3. 80
    Rive is excellently made, and I had a great time flying through space alongside Roughshot. It’s clear that the developers behind it were passionate about making the best experience possible. Rive holds its ground among the best 2D shooters available on PSN – it’s a title which I would readily recommend to anyone with a free afternoon and an affinity for twitch gameplay.
  4. Sep 19, 2016
    78
    RIVE is an old-fashioned shooter. Brutal by vocation and well capable of entertain hardcore gamers, it loses some of its appeal during the last missions.
  5. Sep 22, 2016
    70
    Rive doesn’t quite reach its full potential, but shoot ’em up fans should give it a go anyway. The frustrating difficulty spikes are hard to ignore, but when it comes together, it’s a fantastic fast-paced corridor shooter which could have been considered one of the best 2D shooters in recent years. Either way, it’s a good send off and farewell for Two Tribes.
  6. Sep 15, 2016
    70
    The charm, style, and sophistication by which it mixes up so many different styles successfully is a testament both to RIVE's great design and also some of the most beloved games of years gone by.
  7. 60
    A twin stick, side-scrolling/platformer/shooter hybrid with an element of hacking and humour thrown in to add its own personality to things. If you're looking for a challenging game that doesn't ask you for perfection, then RIVE might just be what you're looking for. Just don't expect perfection from it either.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Sep 26, 2016
    9
    While it's most likely described as being brutally difficult, it's a difficulty curve that'll leave you satisfied once you learn to master it.While it's most likely described as being brutally difficult, it's a difficulty curve that'll leave you satisfied once you learn to master it. Packed with action from beginning to end and fun controls to tackle even the craziest segments, this game was a joy to play and then replay again. Worth a check for fans of the genre! Expand
  2. Sep 26, 2016
    9
    Fed up with space shooters giving you a helping hand well fret no more this game has one setting HARD
    the difficulty curve was designed by a
    Fed up with space shooters giving you a helping hand well fret no more this game has one setting HARD
    the difficulty curve was designed by a sadist ...but you come back for more it has an addictive quality that edges off the frustration you feel when you die for the tenth time in a row by a millisecond
    the levels are well designed and the game is fast and furious and worthy of replaying dont worry if you cant hack it you get an easy mode offered to you at a cost hands out the best shooter ive played in a while
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  3. Sep 27, 2016
    9
    I am a very big fan of twin stick shooters and this was a big hit for me.
    Pros: Very Challenging, the handling was very smooth and
    I am a very big fan of twin stick shooters and this was a big hit for me.
    Pros: Very Challenging, the handling was very smooth and responsive, the character designs were interesting
    Cons: some areas were incredibly difficult (I found it thoroughly enjoying, but for other players may be a problem) end boss seemed non-intuitive for how to defeat, main character seemed fun at beginning but lost appeal throughout the game.

    I play games for visual appeal, handling, and a good challenge. story line isn't as important to me. Expect a typical arcade style game play.
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  4. Sep 5, 2019
    8
    extraordinary action packed twitch based twin stick shooter. Good but mostly unfair platforming sections. 110% trial and error game. It'sextraordinary action packed twitch based twin stick shooter. Good but mostly unfair platforming sections. 110% trial and error game. It's challenging and sometimes unfair, but they have generous checkpoints and that alone counters the negatives for me.
    Pros: Challenging, generous checkpoints, action packed and a lot of explosions, fun.
    Cons: About an 4 hour game ( but that's usual for this genre), 110% trial and error game.
    Very challenging and fun-action packed twitch based shooter, wish this will become a franchise, but sadly wont.
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