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ReCore review round up

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ReCore! It’s a new game from Comcept and Mega-Man designer Keiji Inafune. It’s also one that’s not a bad spiritual successor to the Blue bomber. Exclusive to Microsoft’s platforms. ReCore is an action-adventure shooter that initially had us very, very excited. When we first saw it mentioned at last year’s E3, we were delighted by it – but since then, that adoration has become somewhat muted.

But what do critics think of the game, now that its embargo is up?

Polygon – 6.5

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Recore isn’t a disaster, as much as the bizarre structure and hoops it made me jump through left a bad taste in my mouth. At its heart, there’s a game with some good ideas and great spins on action-game conceits that don’t see a lot of play this console generation. When it’s working, Recore is a game that feels evocative of a different era of action games. But in its final half, Comcept and Armature let collect-a-thon structure and a poorly realized open world drag the whole thing back down to earth.

The Jimquisition – 7/10

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It is good, though. In spite of everything dragging it down, it’s a fun ride packed with stuff to do, from optional areas to replayable dungeons to passive “hunting” quests that reward players for taking out certain enemies using certain attacks. New Eden isn’t as big as No Man’s Sky‘s universe or even Far Cry 4‘s mountainous terrain, but it’s got far more compelling reasons to stick around.

PC World – 2.5/5

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But ReCore is a chore. A needless chore, with gates so artificial it ruins what’s otherwise a lovingly-crafted universe. Go here, fetch a random collectible—that’s not enough nowadays, and especially not when the game doesn’t even bother to dress it up with a hint of motive. Couple that with the lengthy load times and the overall lack of polish, and I’m going to have to recommend avoiding this one.

Destructoid – 4/10

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What this amounts to is a fundamental misunderstanding of what an open-world game should be. Giving the player the option to scour every nook and cranny for collectibles is a viable method of unstructured game design. But, requiring them to do this to finish the game (with a near-worthless map, to boot) is unforgivable. If you still had good will stored up for ReCore, it will most likely be gone when you get here.

Gamespot – 6/10


ReCore’s missteps are a real shame, because it can be quite charming otherwise. It has the heart of a PS2 or Gamecube-era platformer, with its floating lifebars, bright laser beams that fill the screen like a Dreamcast shoot-’em-up, and glowing gems that bounce around. Amongst all the slick, modern day video game productions, it stands out as an endearing throwback.

I wanted to like it more, and had it not overstayed its welcome, I would have. But in the end, like its robots, ReCore is a game with a bright soul encased in parts that are used well past their prime.

What do critics think of ReCore? Not an awful lot, apparently.

Last Updated: September 12, 2016


  1. Viper_ZA

    September 12, 2016 at 14:31

    Keep the Win10 & Xbone exclusive, thanks.


  2. insidegames.ch

    September 12, 2016 at 14:34

    • Spathi

      September 12, 2016 at 14:42

      Not very subtle 😀


    • ??????? ????? ™

      September 12, 2016 at 14:44

      So…..a bot that can’t spell and does an upvote of it’s own comment?


    • BakedBagel

      September 12, 2016 at 15:37




      • ??????? ????? ™

        September 13, 2016 at 08:12

        Actually…..Swiss domain



        • BakedBagel

          September 13, 2016 at 11:47

          oh shit .cn is china LUL



          • ??????? ????? ™

            September 13, 2016 at 12:38


  3. ??????? ????? ™

    September 12, 2016 at 14:43



  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    September 12, 2016 at 14:44

    So it’s a bit… MEHty.


  5. HairyEwok

    September 12, 2016 at 14:46

    Jim gives it a 7 and PC World only 2.5 (or 5 if its converted to a score out of 10)…. Different strokes for different folks.


    • The Order of the Banana

      September 12, 2016 at 17:06

      Yeah, but this is Jim Sterling… he’s either trolling for hits or just being a hypocritical retard (like always)


  6. DragonSpirit009

    September 12, 2016 at 14:48

    Still want that robot dog!


  7. miaau

    September 12, 2016 at 14:50

    perhaps they failed and should not have attempted to ReStore game styles from 15 years ago. Perhaps then they would get the coRe of the need of the average gamer. He / she / it wants to sound like a heRo ReTelling the fable (oops) of how they managed to CleVerly beAt the 2nd last BoSs, with low AmMo and one SliVer of health.

    ReAlly ReCore, developers, you should have LiStened. Have an apple.


    • HairyEwok

      September 12, 2016 at 15:17

      I’m really concerned if developers can’t keep to the simple recipe of making a great game. And now with Crash Bandicoot being rebooted my fear grows ever so more. If there’s one game i wish developers should never ever screw up, it’s Crash Bandicoot.


      • miaau

        September 12, 2016 at 15:20

        Well, yes. you need to move with the times. Evolution of products and systems is not a bad thing, needs and society changes over time, move with it or, commercially, get left behind.


  8. Pieter Kruger

    September 12, 2016 at 15:00

    For that price I think I might still get it though, even if it’s just to test out the Play Anywhere feature….????


  9. VampyreSquirrel

    September 12, 2016 at 15:26

    That’s a pity, was really hoping it would be good.

    Would like to see some game play vids/streams before I totally write it off.


  10. Jonah Cash

    September 12, 2016 at 15:51

    The game they showed 2 (3) years ago at E3 looked like it would be a great game. And then the game changed dramatically from what was shown at first. Now it is an Indie game and nothing more, and apparently a bad one at that!


  11. The Order of the Banana

    September 12, 2016 at 16:39

    I’m torn…. Polygon doesn’t like it, which means it’s probably an awesome game, but it’s on the boner…



    • miaau

      September 12, 2016 at 16:49

      PC as well? Or does that not help?


      • The Order of the Banana

        September 12, 2016 at 16:56

        Only the unwashed dregs of society play games on Peeee Seeeee



  12. The Order of the Banana

    September 12, 2016 at 16:57

    Keiji Inafune is truly the little train that couldn’t.


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