Percentile Rank

Hardware: Rivals is ranked in the 9th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 18 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

53

Top Critic Average

0%

Critics Recommend

Based on 18 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Jan 7, 2016

Hardware: Rivals is a throwback to a different era of multiplayer, though it's a little too modest to properly pull it off.

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Scored Reviews

Video Chums
6.1 / 10.0
6.1 / 10.0
Jan 8, 2016

Hardware: Rivals is a solid vehicle-based battle arena game but it's weighed down by its lack of content and uninspired gameplay.

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Pure Playstation
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 31, 2016

Hardware: Rivals isn't the best game in the world, but it's certainly not terrible. There's a good selection of maps to play on, as well as some classic game modes that make up the bulk of multiplayer games. The combat is sketchy at times, but with a bit of practice (and a lot of patience) you'll find yourself racking up the points.

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NZGamer
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2016

I'm old enough that I can say I've been playing games like this since they first started coming out. So after a few days of playing I give it a passing grade but not by much. I mean, it's always fun to drive around and blow up things, that's why these games keep being made. So while Hardware Rivals is fun for a while it still has a lot of annoyances to overcome.

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TrustedReviews
Jan 7, 2016

While it's free on PS Plus Hardware Rivals is worth a punt. It'll keep you busy for a couple of evenings even if it won't displace your favourite online games.

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Destructoid
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Jan 6, 2016

Hardware: Rivals has a good core concept and engine, but it needs some work around the edges. A lot of little things added up for me the more I played it in an increasingly annoying fashion, most of which can be fixed with proper updates.

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IGN Italy
5.8 / 10.0
5.8 / 10.0
Jan 15, 2016

Hardware Rivals is poor fun: few cars and a weak variety of matches are thrown in the mix of a game that doesn't excite and that makes even driving and shooting something really not that amazing.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Jan 11, 2016

It's colorful and quite ridiculous; it's simple, accessible and well populated. Hardware: Rivals has most of the ingredients present to cook up a fantastic arcade experience, but it's missing a vital ingredient: fun. The sluggish pace that permeates everything from movement and destruction to respawning and leveling up constantly holds it back. Even unlocks are few in number and, being mostly cosmetic, carry little to no incentive in the first place. If someone hooked Hardware: Rivals up to an espresso drip, then we'd certainly have an entirely different game. Alas, there's a solid mound of squandered potential here, below a deceptively enticing facade.

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IGN
5.5 / 10.0
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Top Critic

5.5 / 10.0
Jan 11, 2016

The novelty of driving around in this tiny selection of tanks and buggies while shooting at other players wears thin pretty quickly. The lack of any original modes or meaningful progression prevents Hardware: Rivals from having any chance at longevity. Aside from the awkward controls, everything works well enough, but nothing is memorable or satisfying.

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Wccftech
5.4 / 10.0
5.4 / 10.0
Jan 11, 2016

If you look up "average" in the gaming dictionary, a poster for this game will sit next to it. It's not a broken mess, but it's so run-of-the-mill you won't ever feel like you've missed out if you don't play it.

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We Got This Covered
Jan 8, 2016

Hardware: Rivals provides exploding jeeps and tanks aplenty, but in this online-only game, the small player population will end your car combat fun before it gains traction.

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TheSixthAxis
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jan 8, 2016

The development team has a lot of work to do before Hardware: Rivals could be considered a great game that has any longevity. There are more maps and vehicles on the way, but what is really needed are more modes, a better party system, useful hit feedback, and the scrapping of the daily salvage limit. While Hardware Rivals is fun to play in chunks it gets repetitive quickly, and its great visual design isn't enough to cover the cracks.

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Nerdburglars
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Feb 23, 2016

Hardware: Rivals is a good game, but it feels more like a beta than a finished product. There isn’t nearly enough content in this game to keep you going. I’m sure this will change over the next few months with some new DLC, but you shouldn’t have to pay for DLC on top of the cost of the game just to get a “complete game”. The fact is that right now, there Hardware: Rivals is an incomplete game without much of a replay factor and any reason to continue to playing after a few hours of playing.

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Push Square
5 / 10
5 / 10
Jan 7, 2016

Hardware: Rivals is slow and safe – it's a far-cry from the high-octane vehicle eviscerator that we'd anticipated. Its slightest of similarities to Rocket League may have hurt it, but even if Psyonix's excellent on-wheels outing didn't exist, this would still be a pretty darn tedious title. It's a shame because it's not hard to imagine a faster iteration of the exact same game being ten times more satisfying, but ultimately Hardware's only real rival is its squandered potential.

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New Game Network
49 / 100
49 / 100
Jan 21, 2016

Hardware: Rivals is a shallow, uninspired and very overpriced multiplayer vehicular combat game.

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PlayStation Universe
4.5 / 10.0
4.5 / 10.0
Jan 7, 2016

You can see what SCE Connected Content Group was aiming for with Hardware: Rivals, as the car combat genre has long needed a decent revival from somewhere. Unfortunately, far too many of Hardware's ideas are poorly executed for it to be the saviour it might have been. It doesn't do it any favours to see it presented in such a generally unenthusiastic, haphazard fashion. With variety sorely lacking and balancing currently an issue, there's little to suggest a long-term future for Hardware: Rivals in the heaving ball pit that is online-only gaming.

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DigitalCentralMedia
43%
43%
Jan 10, 2016

Hardware Rivals can be fun but it'll never be as good as Rocket League

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Metro GameCentral
4 / 10
4 / 10
Jan 11, 2016

Bringing back such an obsucre franchise is one thing but stranger still is that so little passion has been expended in reinventing this listless vehicular combat game.

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