TPG Second Look: Hard Reset

By Stuart Young

Robots – they’re right up there with zombies and nazis when it comes to the most popular videogame cannon fodder. But what is it that makes them so ubiquitous? Is it the simple guilt-free pleasure that comes shooting a robot? The fact that they’re liable to expire in a magnificent explosion and a shower of sparks? There’s a bit of all of these factors being channelled into Hard Reset, a cyberpunk-styled retro FPS from Polish indie studio Flying Wild Hog, a game where you shoot nothing but robots – until, of course they explode. Yet it’s almost as satisfying the thousandth (not an exaggeration) time as it is the first.

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Hard Reset Free Extended Edition Content Coming To Steam

On their Facebook page, Flying Wild Hog has announced, via clever binary code, the Extended Edition of Hard Reset sold in stores will be available to those who purchased the game through Steam.  This is especially great news for buyers who picked up Hard Reset during the St. Patrick’s Day Indie Royale Bundle.  You still have about two days to download Hard Reset plus, four other great titles, for under $5.00.

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Hard Reset: Extended Edition UK Retail Release In 2012

A press release issued from Kalypso Media earlier today notes Hard Reset: Extended Edition will be released to UK retail stores in 2012.  There was no mention of a US retail release.

Below is the press release in its entirety:

Bracknell, UK, 13th December, 2011 –  Kalypso Media today announced a publishing deal with developer Flying Wild Hog to release an expanded and exclusive retail edition of their cyberpunk First-Person Shooter, Hard Reset, to UK retail in March 2012.  Hard Reset: Extended Edition for Windows PC will drop players into a dark dystopian cyberpunk world where they’ll enjoy frantic FPS styled gameplay combined with upgradable weapons, insane boss fights, physics-based combat and an intense new storyline.

“We are very pleased to work with Flying Wild Hog to bring such an exciting and innovative title to our customers, “ said Simon Hellwig, Global Managing Partner of Kalypso Media. “The team at Flying Wild Hog is known for crafting excellent experiences, and we are pleased to expand our catalogue of games with Hard Reset: Extended Edtion.”

Features of Hard Reset: Extended Edition include

  • A fast-paced, “old school” styled FPS
  • Experience-based weapons upgrade system
  • Five new levels (adding approximate two hours of gameplay to the original game)
  • Four new enemies, one new boss character
  • Updated graphics engine
  • Additional gameplay elements
  • New back-story
  • Two new levels for survival mode

Hard Reset Steam Code Giveaway: Your Most Memorable FPS Moment

In cooperation with Flying Wild Hog, TPG is offering three (3) Steam codes for Hard Reset. In recent years, the unadulterated joy has been taken out of the FPS genre.  Titles like Hard Reset and Serious Sam 3: BFE are few and far between with most releases either being realistic military or RPG hybrids.  This is not to say the later are not good games, but there is something about feverishly running around a map or level with hoards of enemies following close behind to remind us how much fun it is to play a FPS.

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Hard Reset Interview

Conducted By Adam Ames

TPG was thrilled to get Artur Maksara from Flying Wild Hog, developers of the old school cyberpunk FPS, Hard Reset, to participate in this e-mail interview.  You will get his take on DRM, video game difficulty, the lack of PC demos and how Hard Reset came to be.

Where did the idea for Hard Reset come from?

In my opinion cyberpunk is not exploited enough. We wanted to use a totally different setting than all the modern mainstream fps shooters. No world war 2, no Iraq or modern war. Since I’m personally a fan of Phillip K. Dick, cyberpunk was the obvious choice. Thus the idea behind Hard Reset was born.

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