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  • Summary: I Hate Running Backwards is a never-ending adrenaline packed shoot’em down roguelite that puts the emphasis on destruction and fighting never ending waves of enemies while time traveling through procedurally generated, fully destructible worlds.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. May 24, 2018
    80
    Despite its issues, it's easy to love I Hate Running Backwards. Playing it brings nothing but joy, even when you're dying time and time again. It's fast-paced, frantic and fun, just how a shooter should be. And it's got the brilliant sense of humour that runs though all Serious Sam games.
  2. Jul 9, 2018
    75
    I hate running backwards is a good game if you like games that challenge you and give you a good level of replayability due to its random level creation system and the large number of characters and weapons.
  3. Jun 1, 2018
    66
    Serious Sam lovers will like seeing their beloved characters (and enemies) in a new game genre, but the good gameplay ideas quickly evaporate in a too repetitive and unevenly difficult experience.
  4. Jun 5, 2018
    65
    Intended to be a fast and frisky, the game falls in almost all its goals. With a protagonist who is supposed to be charismatic, its Minecraft style graphics makes you feel that every character is the same. Luck has more incidence in the game than your skill, and that makes you feel that doesn't matter what you do, will always depend on the world you are in.
  5. Jun 14, 2018
    60
    It’s packed full of destruction and most definitely builds adrenaline, and they are the two real big draws, but I’d be hugely impressed if you were still playing it on a consistent basis a week or two down the line.
  6. Jun 6, 2018
    60
    This game is the definition of okay. It’s not boring, there’s definitely enjoyment to be had, but what enjoyment there is is hindered by poor decisions.
  7. May 24, 2018
    49
    I Hate Running Backwards’ deep pool of characters, weaponry, power-ups and unlocks will no doubt capture the attention of fans of the genre. Its procedural generated content ensures that subsequent runs, for the most part, remain fresh and engaging. It’s a shame, however, that most of this is almost completely undermined by its repetitive foundation, steep difficulty curve and lack of evolving gameplay functionality.
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  1. Jun 7, 2018
    7
    From the moment I Hate Running Backwards was first announced I must admit that I was quite intrigued and eager to get to grips with the gameFrom the moment I Hate Running Backwards was first announced I must admit that I was quite intrigued and eager to get to grips with the game because it did look like it had a unique side to it. Thankfully I Hate Running Backwards provided me with a lot of enjoyable moments, and even though it has a few shortcomings I still find it to be a decent addition to the Shoot-‘Em-Up genre. One of the most important things in a game like this is for them to have responsive controls and thankfully this game has just that. The controls remain fluid at all times and most important of all there simple and responsive, which means you can focus on the fun gameplay without worrying that the controls will let you down. Speaking about the gameplay to say I had fun would be a massive understatement, and the best thing is that no game ever plays out the same way so there is some replaybility present. You will however have to get used to the difficulty curve in the game because at the start it can be a little too difficult so expect to get frustrated every now and then. As you progress though you will notice that you get better and better and that’s mainly down to the very good unlockables you get along the way. Without a doubt each unlockable improves you considerably and it was very fun trying out each weapon because each weapon has a lot of variety going for it. The game also boasts a lot of variety when it comes to the enemies you face and destroying them feels very satisfying, which is a bonus. I will say though that the game is best enjoyed in short bursts because even though it does have variety in a few areas the gameplay is basically the same throughout. This isn’t a problem when playing with a friend but when you play on your own after a short while things can become a little tedious. You will also notice a few technichal issues during your time with the game as well, but thankfully the developers are releasing a patch and none of the issues are anything major so you can easily look past them. The presentation side of the game may not be to everybody’s liking, but I really enjoyed it and I think the visuals and sound design combined together really well and in a way they gave the game a little bit of uniqueness. At the end of the day I Hate Running Backwards may not be the best Shoot-‘Em-Up out there but it does what it sets out to do extremely well and that is provide you with fun and frantic action. Without a doubt this is a game I can see myself returning to time and time again and it does more than enough to get a recommendation from me. Expand