Hard Edge

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Hard Edge
Developer(s) Sunsoft
Publisher(s) Sunsoft
Platform(s) PlayStation
Release date(s) JP 19981203December 3, 1998
NA 19990331March 31, 1999
EU 19990520May 20, 1999
JP March 29, 2007 (PSN)
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution CD-ROM, download

Hard Edge (ハードエッジ Hādo Ejji?, T.R.A.G.: Tactical Rescue Assault Group - Mission of Mercy in North America) is an action-adventure game developed and published by SunSoft for the PlayStation.


The T.R.A.G. team infiltrate the Togusa building, which has been taken over by terrorists, and they attempt to take it back, as well as rescuing Prof. Kevin Howard, an important scientist who is a hostage of the terrorists.


The gameplay is somewhat similar to that of Resident Evil, with 3D characters moving across pre-rendered backgrounds most of the time.


There are 4 playable characters, each with a unique ability and also a different fighting style:

  • Alex, is a member of T.R.A.G. who is able to use night vision goggles and fights using his pistol.
  • Michelle is Alex's comrade, who fights with a knife.
  • Rachel Howard is Professor Howard's daughter, who fights with tonfa batons. Her small size allows her to get in tight places.
  • Burns Byford is a local detective who was searching for one of the terrorists, Gasshu. He fights with his fists. His strength allows him to move heavy objects that the other characters cannot.

Each character can be switched with another one almost anytime; in fact, if the characters are split into 2 teams, the player is able to explore 2 areas separately as well. It's notable that there aren't new weapons to be picked during the main game; instead those are obtained only as unlockables after the game's completion.


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 58.80%[1]

The game received an average score of 58.80% at GameRankings, based on an aggregate of 5 reviews.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Hard Edge for PlayStation". GameRankings. Retrieved March 20, 2014.