April 18th, 2020 by Kurt "Chet" Christel

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Doom Eternal. Except any bit with the marauders. Screw those guys. But yeah, it’s fun. Beat the game, I’ve been going back through it finding secrets and collectibles. Only problem is I started getting bored of it.

So I checked out Battle Mode. Only recently have I gotten more comfortable with multiplayer games, which is weird because when I was younger I played the hell out of Quake 3 Arena. I used to do Splatoon 2 videos but then the Splatfests stopped. I digress, I didn’t pay any attention to the promo stuff regarding Doom Eternal’s multiplayer, so I had no idea what was in store for me.

It’s kinda cool. Kinda. But there’s only one game type in Battle Mode. One Slayer vs Two Demons. That’s it. You have some decent tutorials on how to play as the demons but you can’t really get a feel for them until you’ve played a few matches.

Problem is… I’m having a hard time finding matches. You can select to play as a Demon or Slayer if you want, sure. But more often than not, if I try to pick what I want to play as, the game will search for a match for about 15 seconds before giving up. Like, really? Can’t just keep searching? I was only able to start when I selected Quickmatch, which randomizes being a Demon or the Slayer.

I prefer to be a support type of character and while that is available, the small intimacy of a 3 person match is a far cry from 64 person Battlefield where I get to be a medic and just heal people who are better at the game than me. So, meh, could be better I guess.

But where’s the rest?

That’s it for Doom? There’s no co-op horde mode? Really? That seems like the most obvious idea, you and other slayers face down an constant onslaught of demons that get harder and harder, until you’re left fighting three marauders, three doom hunters, and a baron of hell with only 3 shotgun shells left, and not enough zombies to refill your ammo, so you all panic and die. Sounds like a blast right? Well, where is it?

Horde mode is not an original game mode by any means. In a world where even Forza Horizon gets its own Battle Royale mode (I’m not even joking), you figure that a horde mode would be the first go-to. Oh god they’re not doing Doom Battle Royale are they? I hope not. Maybe I’m being too picky, it’s just really weird that there’s only one game mode and nothing else. Do they have a roadmap? One second. I stopped to look and see if there’s planned DLC. Looks like there is, but it appears to be single player content.

Welp, that’s fine by me I guess. I’d still like a horde mode though, can we please get it? Do you want a horde mode? Have you had a hard time with matchmaking? Come @ me in the comments.

Hear the audio version of this rant HERE.

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November 3rd, 2018 by Vega Montanez

Best Battle Royale mode ever!

You know, Black Ops has been the frontrunner in FPS games for a long time. It was only a matter of said time before they made a Battle Royale game mod. But it’s a good mode, along with several other great modes. Check the video on what we think.




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January 26th, 2018 by Hard Mode

Can you review a game if you haven’t completed it?

Yes, at Hard Mode Gamers, reviewers are allowed to write up reviews on games that they have not finished, though there are several caveats to that.

If the game is clearly a short experience, then unfinished is not acceptable. No bull. If the game is medium length, it really depends on the reviewers’ tolerance for the game they are playing. For instance, maybe they are playing a multiplayer game and it’s just riddled with lag and cheaters, there’s no guarantee that playing the game longer will fix that negative experience. Or perhaps the game is really long and it only gets good 25 hours in. That’s a long time to invest in a game and if it’s terrible before you reach that point, it’s acceptable to say that a good experience is not being had.

Conversely, you could also consider that you objectively find the game good but don’t want to play any more of it. Our review of Prey 2017 is a solid example, the game is fundamentally good, but the reviewer just didn’t want to invest in completing it. We frequently use howlongtobeat.com to look at aggregate scores over how long games take to be finished. Also, we account for the time each reviewer has to spend vs how much time they have.

There are tons of games out there that can take quite a while to beat too. Big sandbox games and RPGs come to mind. Ideally, there has to be a point in the game where either you are satisfied with how you feel about the game, be it hate or love. The most important point is the reviewers feel that their review is representative of the experience they had. The mild level of objectively to our review guidelines highlights this.

Many more factors come into play when reviewing a game. What if the game is endless like a puzzle or procedurally generated game? How much multiplayer do you need to play? Our final line is that we make sure our reviewers are well-versed enough into their assigned games to arrive at the conclusions they do. So for now, we allow unfinished reviews. Some time later this may change, but as always, that’s subjective to the gaming climate.




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