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Essential ReCore tips and tricks for beginners

ReCore tells the tale of Joule and her companion Corebots: Mack, Duncan, and Seth. Joule and her team arrived on the distant world of Far Eden, prepped to terraform the dead planet to make it fit for human life. Joule emerges from cryo-sleep to find her team missing, and her autonomous robot worker army missing. It's up to you to find out what went wrong while exploring a large overworld crammed with dungeons, secrets, third-person shooting action and old-school 3D platforming.

Here are a few spoiler-free tips you need to know after you complete the game's tutorial area.

1. Combat, combos, and colors

Colors and combos define ReCore's combat, and mastering how it all works will not only make you a formidable robot-wrecking force, but it also makes combat way more fun.

Hitting one of ReCore's highest level optional dungeons now, as I write some tips and tricks for play. pic.twitter.com/i50Peoc0jE— Jez Corden (@JezCorden) 13 September 2016

ReCore has an auto-lock targeting feature, and in most shooters, it would probably be annoying, but for ReCore it's absolutely critical. It's best to think of ReCore as a ranged version of a modern 3D beat 'em up, rather than a true third-person shooter.

  • Enemy health bars are split into segments, indicated by a black marker. Every time you break one of these markers, you get a combo modifier that increases your damage.
  • When an enemy Corebot loses a health segment, they enter a staggered state and take increased damage.
  • Time your charge shots and Corebot lethal attacks so that they hit simultaneously when an enemy Corebot is staggered.
  • Target weaker enemies first to pad your combo score, then unleash your modifier on the more powerful enemies.
  • When you reach a combo score of 10, you will gain an instant core extraction "execution" ability, which instantly destroys an enemy Corebot and causes a damaging explosion.
  • As you play, you'll begin to get a feel for the different abilities different colored enemy Corebots have. However, the vast majority of enemy attacks can be avoided using aerial dashes and double jumps. Make use of the game's auto-targeting to keep up your combo score while you leap, dash and double jump through combat.
  • You can't shoot while dashing, but you can continue to build up a charge shot for a follow-up attack.

Mastering the combo system makes ReCore all the more enjoyable, and will prevent you from getting overwhelmed in the higher level areas.

2. Explore, explore, explore

ReCore has an open overworld dotted with dungeons, platforming puzzles and secrets.

ReCore Map

The game revolves around the collection of Prismatic Cores, which are an energy source that is not only key to the game's story but provides access to different types of dungeons.

  • To complete ReCore's plot you need 45 Prismatic Cores, so there's no need to rush the story missions.
  • Try to explore each segment of the game's overworld as much as possible before chasing story missions. Dungeons, Prismatic Cores and Supply Caches appear on the map when you get near them.
  • You will need to hit story missions to obtain new Corebots. Some might find it worthwhile to get to the final dungeon before going exploring properly. You can't continue play after the mission ends.
  • Make note of areas that require specific Corebot skills to access so you can return later with the correct tools. You can only have two Corebots, and thus, only two tools with you at any one time.
  • Finding the Cellbots that unlock certain dungeons can be tricky, but they are typically found in the local vicinity. They can be on top of structures, hidden in nooks and crannies, and even buried underground (use Mack for digging!).
  • Cellbots flash with a green light that illuminates nearby objects, so keep an eye out that when trying to find them.

3. Platforming fun

ReCore is a true 3D platformer in the old-school sense of the word. There are no automatic ledge hooks, no canned climbing animations, and no quick time events.

ReCore's platforming does get pretty crazy higher up. pic.twitter.com/jazB9NmK0n— Jez Corden (@JezCorden) 14 September 2016

ReCore is all about positioning, planning your leaps ahead of time, and managing your dashes and double jumps effectively.

  • Joule's exo-suit allows her two jumps while in the air, as well as an aerial dash.
  • Joule's jump and dash limits reset when she hits the ground.
  • If you dash off a ledge, that dash does not count towards the air limit, allowing you to gain extra distance.
  • When you're in the air, a circular indicator will appear on ledges below to help you judge your landing.
  • Similarly, if you're dashing through one of the energizing aerial rings in some of the game's platforming puzzles, the first dash does not count towards the reset limit.

4. Keep your Corebot's gear up to date

ReCore also has a rich RPG layer that allows you to customize and upgrade your Corebot companions.

ReCore

If you neglect them, they will become squishy in combat and massively lower your damage output as a result.

  • You gain loot in ReCore either by picking up spinning white crates in the Far Eden overworld, or by defeating enemies.
  • Extracting the core from enemies will prevent you from getting parts necessary to upgrade your bots. So, if you're grinding loot, be aware of that fact.
  • You can track Corebot blueprints via the menu. When you obtain the correct parts, they'll appear on the HUD with a green tick next to them.
  • You can access the workbench in Joule's Crawler. This is where you build and customize your Corebots.
  • When doing the optional dungeons, meeting the challenge criteria usually rewards you with unique headpieces that come with special properties.
  • Completing a gear set often comes with bonuses to stats and other abilities.
  • You can also spend Core power to level up your Corebot's stats via the workbench. Do this often to keep them strong against higher level enemies.
  • Smash everything! Yellow crates are scattered throughout the game's world, and can be smashed open for Core fragments and currency needed to customize your Corebots.

5. Inventory management, logs, and more

As you're progressing across Far Eden, Joule's inventory will slowly fill up.

ReCore - Finding stuff

You might find yourself overwhelmed with all the different parts, cores, and other items you receive as you play, but here are a few pointers to get you started.

  • You can teleport back to Joule's crawler base at any time from the menu. Any collected parts and cores will automatically transfer to Joule's stash.
  • Parts come in three tiers. Pristine, Sturdy and Worn. You can convert pieces from Worn, to Sturdy and up to Pristine using the Workbench in Joule's Crawler. Some higher level items will require Pristine parts to build. The overworld area to the far north contains the highest level Corebots.
  • Selecting a part will tell you which enemy Corebots carry them, helping you seek them out more easily. As mentioned above, you can track Blueprints to find specific parts.
  • The menu allows you to access tutorial tips and tricks, as well as playbacks for previously collected audio logs that add detail to the game's world and story.

ReCoresome!

ReCore is an underrated game that harkens back to the golden age of 3D platforming. It's not perfect by any means, but its characters, its designs, and its addictive combat make it a worthwhile purchase, especially given its below-average asking price.

ReCore is also a Play Anywhere title, meaning that you can pick up and sync your progress between Xbox One and a capable Windows 10 PC with a single purchase. Gaming on the go is here, and ReCore will join the likes of Killer Instinct, Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3 and more Play Anywhere titles set to launch in the future.

Check out our full review for ReCore below, and if you're already playing, let us know what you think of the game in the comments!

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Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!

14 Comments
  • I'm really loving this game; worts and all. The gameplay is indeed addictive.
  • Being playing recore on my scorpio-VR PC build and my xbox one. Main difference i see are environmental effects like sand dust in the open areas and load times on the PC being faster. SSD vs SSD connected over usb port. Really like the game saves between the two, works flawless. Enjoying the gameplay.
  • I too am enjoying the game. It had a lot of wonder to everything and definitely brings back an old school gameplay feeling. Also, being able to play on my PC and pick it up on the couch on my Xbox later in the day at the same point is living in the future!
  • I got the CE which comes with the statue. I pre-ordered it just because of the statue and knew nothing about the game. The statue is awesome. However, when I first launched the game I was immediately impressed with the visuals and the gameplay. It's a nice surprise and see myself enjoying ReCore to the end. I do find the jumping/platforming and the grapple mechanic to get the boss-bot cores to be difficult. The micromanaging of petbot/corebot upgrades is awesome.  
  • It seemed difficult at first. Once I started to pay attention to the extraction line itself, when it turns red ease up off the stick, when white pull the stick full throttle.
  • When you complete the final mission could you go back to the Overworld and collect/complete what you missed?
  • I will buy this game, as soon as it is available on Steam. I told EA years ago, and thus haven't bought any EA game since they went Origin only. I told MS when they brought Quantum Break, and now with Recore I ask again: Bring it to Steam and stop telling us consumers where to buy our products !!
  • what difference does it make ? you still can play it on the pc anyway. if its about the money Microsoft can release there games on every platform but the long term focus here is to compete with steam. just let them try.
  • You tell them, dirk!
  • Steam is a rival and this is an exclusive, it's like selling it on the ps store, buy it on the windows store or quit your whining
  • Thanks for the great tips, I actually learned a few more things from it. I'm definitely enjoying the game a lot, so glad I got it :D
  • Really wish I had the collectors edition but the Microsoft store I purchased my game at didn't provide that option. Can anyone explain why? Well, The game is really outstanding. Can't wait to wake up and explore once more. Recore feels old-school and seems perfect but missing one feature, Hard mode.
  • Handy info. I didn't realise the blocks constituted combos, that'll make combat a bit sweeter. It is worth mentioning that Joule does grab some edges if she misses a jump.
  • Can't remap keys on PC for months now. Where to complain?