Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hard Reset Demo Hands On

First off, what is Hard Reset? Let me divulge my considerably small amount of knowledge on that topic. Hard Reset is a futuristic cyberpunk shooter, with huge boss fights, a cool digital weapon upgrade system and a game that is all about the PC. The Developer Flying Wild Hog, wanted to make a game that reminded people of old classic shooters and just from the demo I must say they did a good job doing so. The demo starts out simple, but even with just the two weapons, with no weapon upgrades, you still have options. You can go balls out and fight the enemies with a simplistic I'm going to kill them all attitude, but you can also use the environment to your advantage. They wanted to make a environment that you can use for every battle and they certainly did. In the short 15 minute demo, every single fight has at least two environmental objects that you can use to make a trap for an enemy. For instance, there a bunch of little enemies in the demo, little droid like mechanical creations, and you can shoot these wall sockets that shoot out electricity for a short while after breaking, so if you can hit one of those while a bunch of the little guys are charging you then you can get them caught in the electrical field and fry them all. You only have two weapons in the game, but they can both be upgraded many times. They both basically start out as shooters, but they all have modes that you can purchase with experience, experience that you find around levels and that you also earn through killing enemies. For instance, in the demo I added a zoom to my rifle and a grenade launcher, while the with the plasma gun I upgraded/added an area of effect lightning mode, a mode that worked really well against multiple enemies.

Hard Reset Gameplay Trailer

I was expecting a small indie shooter when I started playing Hard Reset, but it actually felt like a larger budget game with impressive graphics and environments. The story/levels are pretty linear, but the game has fast paced combat, a dark beautiful sci-fi world, dynamic environments, a simple yet effective upgrading system, some great voice acting and all in all it makes up a very promising indie shooter. If I could afford this game, I definitely would check it out right now. The demo is available on steam and like I said earlier it's only about 15 minutes long. I wish it was less expensive, but it's $27 on steam right now and it comes out on September 13th, 2011. Sure this game may sound familiar to Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but it's a vastly different game and worth some recognition. Thanks for reading and if you have any interest take about 20 of your precious minutes to download and play this demo! Here are a bunch of screenshots to view, just for fun.
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-Written by Sean Cargle


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