Hard Reset

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Hard Reset
Hard Reset cover.jpg
Cover art
Developer(s)Flying Wild Hog
Director(s)Michal Szustak
  • Michal Szustak
  • Klaudiusz Zych
  • Pawel Libiszewski
  • Zbigniew Siatecki
  • Lukasz Zdunowski
Composer(s)Wojciech Blazejczyk
EngineRoad Hog Engine
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
ReleaseMicrosoft Windows
  • WW: 13 September 2011
  • WW: 3 June 2016 (Redux)
PlayStation 4, Xbox One
  • WW: 3 June 2016
  • PAL: 8 June 2016 (PS4)
Genre(s)First-person shooter

Hard Reset is a first-person shooter for Microsoft Windows, developed by Flying Wild Hog[1] and released in September 2011.[2] The game features a cyberpunk plot within a dystopian world, and draws inspiration from the works of William Gibson, Neal Stephenson, and Philip K. Dick to create its story, setting and atmosphere. In 2012, Hard Reset received a free expansion titled Hard Reset: Exile, and was then bundled as Hard Reset: Extended Edition. In 2016, a remastered version called Hard Reset Redux was released, with upgraded graphics and new weapons and enemies.


Hard Reset is modeled on video games such as Quake and Unreal, which results in more straightforward gameplay than most contemporary first-person shooters. The various stages have secret areas with hidden pick ups such as health and ammunition. The environments are designed similarly, as there are explosive barrels and various vending machines outfitted with electroshock anti-vandalism defenses, that can trigger splash damage by being shot at, scattered throughout the levels, which the player can use by luring enemies near them. The game lacks a multiplayer mode, which was a chief criticism.[1]

Unlike most old-school first-person shooters, which feature a liberal variety of guns and throwable weapons that can be stored in a magic satchel-style inventory, Hard Reset features only two weapons, the CLN Modular Assault Rifle, and the EEF-21 Plasma Rifle. Both weapons have unlockable firing modes, the Modular Assault Rifle including the option to strap add-ons such as grenade and rocket launchers, and the plasma rifle allowing railguns and stasis modules.[3]

Exile and Extended Edition[edit]

Hard Reset: Exile is a free expansion for Hard Reset. It was first released in April 2012 as a part of the boxed Hard Reset re-release called Hard Reset: Extended Edition. The expansion is available for all Steam owners of Hard Reset for free since May 2012. Hard Reset: Exile features a few new weapons, levels, enemy types, and a boss. It further continues the story of James Fletcher, as he journeys into the outer city's robot-controlled territory and tracks down the Corporation's secret weapon that is self-aware and blocks the path toward the "Resistance" bases.


Both Hard Reset and Hard Reset Redux received "mixed or average" reviews on all platforms according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[18][19][20][21] Reviewers cited the visual quality and the intensity of the gameplay as strong points, evoking comparisons to other "old-school" shooters as Serious Sam or Painkiller. Common points of contention were the game's relatively short length, limited level design, and the perceived difficulty.[citation needed]


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  2. ^ Fahey, Mike (29 August 2011). "Hard Reset Gets a Firm Release Date, Solid System Reqs, and Sharp New Screen". Kotaku. Gawker Media. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  3. ^ HardResetGame (9 September 2011). "Hard Reset Weapons Trailer". YouTube. Alphabet Inc. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  4. ^ Sterling, Jim (12 September 2011). "Review: Hard Reset". Destructoid. Enthusiast Gaming. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  5. ^ Edge staff (16 September 2011). "Hard Reset review". Edge. Future plc. Archived from the original on 23 September 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  6. ^ Biessener, Adam (9 September 2011). "Hard Reset: An Afternoon Of Sci-Fi Carnage". Game Informer. GameStop. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
  7. ^ Nichols, Scott (13 September 2011). "Review: Hard Reset (PC)". GamePro. GamePro Media. Archived from the original on 24 September 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  8. ^ VanOrd, Kevin (12 September 2011). "Hard Reset Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  9. ^ Meunier, Nathan (12 September 2011). "Hard Reset Review". GameSpy. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Hard Reset Review". GameTrailers. Viacom. 15 September 2011. Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  11. ^ Liebl, Matt (14 September 2011). "Hard Reset Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 25 September 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  12. ^ Onyett, Charles (13 September 2011). "Hard Reset Review". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  13. ^ Cobbett, Richard (25 December 2011). "Hard Reset review". PC Gamer UK. Future plc. p. 80. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Review: Hard Reset". PC PowerPlay. No. 196. Next Media Pty Ltd. December 2011. p. 58.
  15. ^ Orry, Tom (3 June 2016). "Hard Reset Redux Review (XOne)". VideoGamer.com. Resero Network. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  16. ^ Bell, Sean (26 October 2011). "Hard Reset review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  17. ^ Porter, Ryan (24 June 2016). "Hard Reset: Redux Review (XOne)". The Digital Fix. Poisonous Monkey. Archived from the original on 28 June 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Hard Reset for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  19. ^ a b "Hard Reset Redux for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  20. ^ a b "Hard Reset Redux for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  21. ^ a b "Hard Reset Redux for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 27 May 2018.

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