Rive

Rating Summary

Based on 41 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

75

Top Critic Average

56%

Critics Recommend

Based on 41 critic reviews
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9 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2016

Furious and reckless action, tricky jumps and a crazy amount of bullets: if you're an hardcore enthusiast who loved the 16-Bit era and if you're in for a real challenge, do yourself a favor and give a chance to Rive... You won't regret it.

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90%
Dec 15, 2016

The game might be short, but there’s a lot of replay value in it if you want to get all of its trophies, including what will surely be a very hard Platinum trophy. For the main game, you can expect to be done in 4-6 hours, and since you’ll need to replay it here and there to get the rest of the trophies, you better learn what the game has to throw at you! I loved Rive, and hopefully, you give this one a try!

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Adam Riley

Top Critic

9 / 10
Jan 21, 2017

One of the best just got even better! RIVE: Wreck, Hack, Die, Retry! was an exhilarating ride for fans of all styles of space shooters to start with, but now even more genre enthusiasts can enjoy this stunning effort thanks to the extra difficulty mode offered. As for those who signed up for the initial release, they also have some fantastic reasons to come back and enjoy the excellence that Two Tribes has delivered. Will this superb shooter be transferred to Nintendo Switch now, rather than staying on the near enough finished Wii U? Given how amazing this update was, the only thing that could possibly better it would be the promise of further tweaks, and maybe even a multiplayer element, all in time for a Switch release! For now, PC and PlayStation 4 gamers are in for a massive treat with this sublime update…

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9 / 10
Oct 3, 2016

I had a ton of fun with the game as I wrote my RIVE review. The campaing is roughly 6-8 hours long and is very dependant on skill – if you choose to drop down to Soft mode you can complete the game a little faster. The game is fun, fast-paced and looks great, and you should all go out and add it to your collection to reward Two Tribes for all of their hard work.

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9 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2016

RIVE is an incredibly well-designed game with wonderful characters, a good sense of humor, and fantastic art design.

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Sep 23, 2016

Checkpoints are frequent and the Game Over message keeps comically cycling between nostalgic pleas to “Insert Coin” or puns based on your method of death (“Kentucky Fried Pilot” if blown up, “What the Hell?” upon burning alive). These grim jokes serve to reassure players that Rive knows exactly what it's emulating (“Cool, a rising lava level” and “That AI activated my auto-scroller somehow!”), and that each scenario, no matter how ludicrous, is beatable.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 20, 2016

It's always a shame to see a company hand in their final game, but Two Tribe's RIVE is a fantastic swan song. Featuring some tight shooting and platforming with difficult and creative fights and some really entertaining and well-acted characters, RIVE shouldn't be missed by anyone looking for a fast-paced explosive romp.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2016

Overall, Rive is a riveting romp throughout, and continues to impress, challenge and entertain even a few hours in; the world and challenge keep puling me back, and I believe that you'll find the same sense of daring danger infect you too.

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8 / 10
Sep 16, 2016

Rive is a challenging side-scrolling shooter with tight platforming and a tenacious affection for over-the-top action.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2016

RIVE is a fun, albeit really challenging blend of space shooter and platformer. The intense challenge early on might turn off less experienced players, but those who want a great challenge should enjoy it. Just get used to having blue-colored drones explode in your face quite a bit.

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