developer: Sony Interactive Entertainment
publisher : Sony Interactive Entertainment
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet
game language: English
game release date for PS4:
Hardware: Rivals for PS4 is a multiplayer-focused action game that belongs to a genre known as vehicular combat. The game is a spiritual heir to Hardware: Online Arena released in 2002 on Playstation 2. The older game was one of the first online-only games for that console. Hardware: Rivals was developed by one of the internal teams of Sony Computer Entertainment, comprised of both the older game's fans, and its developers.
The gameplay mechanics are similar to those in the first, installment and other similar games such as Twisted Metal series. Dynamic multiplayer clashes between players sitting behind the wheels of armed vehicles is the essence of the gameplay. The game offers a large number of vehicles divided into categories. Each category has its strong and weak sides - that requires the player to switch between different tactics. For instance, quick and agile rovers are capable of moving swiftly across the map, but these vehicles are more vulnerable in open combat against better-armored vehicles. Conversely, heavy tanks are substantially more durable and have much more firepower, but their mobility is greatly reduced.
Hardware: Rivals for PS4 features an upgrade system, which is a common mechanism in online games. During the game, the player's vehicles earn experience which can be spent on a multiplicity of upgrades available. The player gradually unlocks the upgrades when progressing in the gameplay.
As an online-oriented game, Hardware: Rivals for PS4 offers a diversity of game modes which come with many maps. The player can seek a solitary challenge, or one requiring a teamwork. Apart from that, there are plenty of in-game events being organized regularly. These offer different kinds of challenges, which often stand out with some original, unusual rules.
In terms of graphics, Hardware: Rivals follows into the footsteps of the original game, but the sequel has a more cartoonish stylistics. Of course, the biggest difference between the two installments lies in the graphics quality. The second installment fully utilizes the console's technological capabilities.
Game score 7.3 / 10 calculated out of 37 players' votes.
Expectations before the premiere: 7.7 / 10 calculated out of 3 players' votes.
Sony PlayStation 4
Uses: PlayStation Network