When we last checked in with the PC-exclusive Hard Reset, the cyberpunk-shooter debutante’s flashy, nigh-epileptic action sequences left viewers a bit shell-shocked, but also confused, as to what separated this game from all the other futuristic shooters. Funny how explosions and chaos are the norm, but exposition and critical detail are the real catnip in this genre.
Flying Wild Hog is here to deliver some back-story for those who thrive on palace intrigue. Kotaku has also kindly annotated seven sweet minutes of gameplay. Check out both vids after the jump.
I love the idea of comic-book cutscenes. The game promises some intense gameplay and it’s nice to have some pleasant visuals to relieve eye-strain. Fletcher’s stance on his role in The Corporation is somewhat predictable, so I’m betting he discovers something larger, plot-wise, to drive him through the story. Flying Wild Hog’s synopsis hints at things to come:
“In the only remaining human city of Bezoar, Major Fletcher, an Army Combat Veteran and soldier of the CLN, is dragged into a conflict between two of mankind’s greatest enemies. He is to discover that nothing is what it seems to be.”
One simply must ask of every object, “Do you explode?” And then they discover that, yes, indeed it does. I also appreciate the details in the floating advertisements and the sleek interface of the weapons upgrade kiosk. They show that Hard Reset was really a labor of love, as well as a promise that your affections won’t be misplaced, should you choose to entertain this title come September.