For a while now we've been on the lookout for exciting new games to test the latest computer hardware. A number of games have appeared on our radar this year, including Crysis 2, Bulletstorm, Dragon Age II, Brink, The Witcher 2, Duke Nukem Forever, DiRT 3 and most recently Deus Ex.
We were only impressed by a few of these, largely because most of them were console ports rushed out the door to the PC, or so it seemed. So it's no surprise that the most impressive game we tested this year was The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, a game made exclusively for PC.
As a side note, my current favorite game is still StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, another game developed exclusively for the platform. Unfortunately, only a few exclusive titles are released each year. Polish developer & # 39; Flying Wild Hog & # 39 ;, a relatively newcomer, has been secretly working on an early Christmas present for PC gamers. The game is called Hard Reset.
Some of you may have heard of it when a 1GB playable demo was released last week (yes, a pre-release demo, like the good old days!). The preview contained part of the first level and offered around 20 to 30 minutes of gameplay with a variety of weapons.
Of course, what makes Hard Reset an exciting release isn't just that it's a PC-exclusive title, we've been happy with the somewhat basic gameplay mechanics and overall feel so far. Also, the game was created using a new previously hidden game engine called "Road Hog" that was designed from the ground up, which makes it a serious investment for the developer.
Since the playable demo is the first thing Hard Reset really puts on our radar, the game itself is somewhat unknown to us. Still, Hard Reset is incredibly fun, plus the game looks impressive and has high quality graphics, even though it's only a DX9 title. Let's see how we tested the game …