COGconnected's Scores

  • Games
For 1,470 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 inFamous: Second Son
Lowest review score: 10 Wander
Score distribution:
1470 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bravely Default is so full of old time good RPG fun that you could literally shake a stick at it and it wouldn’t change a thing given how much quality is in this game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It does exactly what a sequel should do as it retains the roots of an already great game while expanding out into new exciting territory that still feels natural.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the odd issues I ran into with the game, be it performance related, or gameplay related (mobs of enemies don’t always make a game harder FromSoftware), Dark Souls 3 is a gargantuan step up from Dark Souls 2 in terms of design...From Software has included a lot for players to mess around with, and between the various armor sets, locations, weapons and enemies to get acquainted with, Dark Souls 3 is one behemoth of a game that could stand at the top of the entire series in terms of quality.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The improvements are many, the story is enjoyable, and the gameplay is pretty refined; all of these make Guild Wars 2 a game worth playing.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The animations are visceral, and the buildup of suspense knowing that any hit could remove your player from the game, or remove him from existence, keeps you on edge.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ane of the most memorable and enjoyable experiences I have had in quite some time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fun, thrilling – and yes, very scary ride. Its amazing visuals and fascinatingly-creepy environments will have you hesitating at times, jumping at others, but always pushing onwards to uncover the story of its insane protagonist.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Resonance is a highly entertaining game. It has a first-rate story, great aesthetics, and the intangible qualities that make a game hard to put down.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Complex, full of depth and infinitely customizable, Fallout 4 manages to stand above its glitches and odd subpar animations to be an experience well worth having.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With fantastic presentation, impressive graphics and voice acting, a surprisingly interesting story, a great control scheme, and a huge amount of content, I highly recommend Injustice: Gods Among Us to not only comic book fans and fighting game veterans, but to anyone looking for a game that’s extremely entertaining to play.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Darksiders 2 rises above the rest as a perfect example of what an action-adventure game should be, and if I had my way, Vigil Games would be making them all.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Activision and Vicarious Visions could have just used last year’s game engine, added a new story and released it as a new game, but they didn’t. They have taken the existing franchise, added a new twist (swappable characters), upped the visuals and sound, and made a game that is better than those before it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Zen Pinball 2: Portal Pinball is a marvellous experience which makes you want to pull out the Portal games and play them all over again.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lara Croft GO is beautiful to look at, has thought-provoking puzzles, and most importantly, is super fun to play.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The open world of southern Europe, rain or shine, not only provides a great backdrop, but it is an awesome automotive playground too.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For console RPG fans like me, this game scratches a huge itch for an Elder Scrolls adventure on the PS4 and Xbox One – until the next instalment of the franchise, this game will do just fine.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guacamelee! is a fantastic game. It has style in spades, charming writing, deceptively deep gameplay, and is wholly satisfying to play. DrinkBox studios has made an action game of extremely high caliber, and revives a genre that many gamers grew up with.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pinball FX 2 is definitely a PC game that should be experienced by all gamers out there, from the hardcore pinball fanatic to the casual pinball player alike.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    MBA’s 24 levels are as charming as they are entertaining.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether it’s the story, visuals, or sounds, Tearaway has proven to be an extraordinary game indeed and is definitely a title PS Vita owners should consider picking up.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guacamelee is a fantastic fiesta of a game, and Guacamelee! Gold is the definitive version. It has style in spades, charming writing, deceptively deep gameplay, additional content, and is wholly satisfying to play.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The in-game visuals are solid, the sound is just as good, and the single player, cooperative and adversarial multiplayer gameplay modes make Ghost Recon: Future Soldier a must buy for not only fans of the franchise but for anyone looking for a deep tactical shooter to play well into the summer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Indie titles are always a joy to play because they take certain creative risks that AAA’s typically wouldn’t. Teslagrad is one of those gems that I never would have picked up on my own but I’m immensely glad I had a chance to play. This is a near perfect platformer that deserves much praise for the artistic visual medium it presents. Gameplay flows like water and the pacing keeps you wanting more, if this is the first title released from Rain Games I will definitely be keeping an eye out for further titles from this developer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combat is shallow and gets tedious near the end of the game, the story drags in parts and could have benefited from being an hour or two shorter, but Tearaway is such a rare type that those things are easily forgiven. It joins the mediums of video game and art together, then flips them topsy turvy until you’re unsure of where one begins and the other ends.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the game does not bring anything significantly new to the Paper Mario franchise, it does bring a nearly perfected Paper Mario experience which in itself is worth the price of admission.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A surprisingly unique and entertaining addition to the Final Fantasy franchise that uses its cuteness, humor, and accessibility to draw you in.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you picked up a shiny new Wii U and have not played Darksiders II on any other console you really can't go wrong picking this up as it makes for a solid launch title. From its production values to the size and scope of the adventure you embark on, the game will really engross you. That being said, if you have previously played the game on a different console then I really can't recommend it as nothing has changed and the GamePad features don't add anything mind blowing to the overall experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps the most surprising title I have played this year. Puppeteer combines fun platforming gameplay, a playful narrative, and excellent presentation values.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Between its artistic strengths and its addictive gameplay Child of Light is a fairy tale well worth the price of admission that I wish more studios would take notice of.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Remedy has crafted a fine game that blurs the line between interactive and sedentary entertainment. The ambition to combine the two into something that is more than just a novelty, but a new avenue into the way we play games is to be commended. A truly all-star cast deftly leads you on a well-scripted journey that you get to take control of, and the results speak for themselves.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I don’t know what the next Bioshock game will be, but it better not be Infinite 2 because it seems insulting to mess with something that already ended so perfectly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a very impressive port, which is bereft of notable issues and only experiences the odd hiccup, making it perhaps the best version of the phenomenal survival horror experience to date.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Featuring some of the best story telling we have seen so far this year and an unforgettable, dynamic and vast open world, Witcher 3 stands as a must own for not only fans of the franchise but those looking for rich experience they can soak 100+ hours into. Some of the glitches, bugs and other small annoyances hamper the experience but the pros outweigh the cons as the Witcher 3 is a journey worth taking.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Action junkies will probably come away underwhelmed but if you are looking for a change of pace in your game playing regime this thoughtful, Carl Sagan Cosmos-like experience is a wonderful candidate to consider.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s such an interesting meld of open RPG, twitch action, platformer, bullet hell shooter that shouldn’t be ignored by anyone. In the slew of amazing games this spring release season, it’s easy to forget about this gem because it’s a sequel. Don’t let that happen to you.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a well-founded mix of strategic turn-based battles, resource management, and customization that makes each gameplay unique to its very own player. While XCOM 2 does have some issues with its framerate and loading times, its gameplay overshadows its imperfections and becomes a very small disturbance in a largely enjoyable game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Codemasters Racing's typical attention to detail and presentation values continue. This is a good evolution of the F1 series and the most enjoyable F1 game I have played since 1997's F1:CE.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For fans of the point and click adventure genre, aficionados of retro pixel artwork, or anyone looking to get lost in a kind of feel good world that warms you when it’s not frightening you, this is a steal. Come on, give the creepy clown a hug.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, I couldn’t have been more pleased with Valiant Hearts: The Great War. Beautiful art, moving music and a compelling story that has a heart wrenching and unexpected ending with plenty of subtext for you to chew on, it was an absolute treat to play.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is a victory for Blizzard and it’s more than just an expansion; it’s an overhaul of the entire game, finally bringing it to where it should have been right from the start.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The story, albeit rather complex, is riveting and the gameplay is highly enjoyable. BioShock Infinite also hits home runs in the visual and audio departments. Some of the framerate issues, backtracking, and that nasty glitch I encountered when I ran into the first fireman, cast somewhat of a shadow over the entire experience though. I also wish the game could have also been experienced in the form of a co-op mode.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the visuals to the sounds, Resident Evil has been polished. With the addition of the alternate controls, it’s given a modern touch that only enhances the experience. This is without a doubt the definitive way to play Resident Evil.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The story is compelling, the gameplay engaging, and the experience of playing is riveting.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This nightmare is challenging, scary, and easily one of the best games I’ve ever played. Both fans of From’s previous work and newcomers alike should really give this a shot, and see what you’re made of.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dragon Quest piles on the enhancements in the 3DS version, and these tiny improvements are so numerous, that Dragon quest VIII feels far less dated than an RPG over a decade old should feel.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blood and Wine is a massive expansion, and with content strong enough to stand on its own two feet, realising it’s merely an addition to what is otherwise considered one of the best games ever is just a cherry on top.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Drinkbox studios took an already great game, and made it that much better.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those interested in JRPGs, but aren’t fans of turn-based combat, or for those who would like to play more games like Final Fantasy XV, you can’t beat Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 HD Remix.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game truly is enhanced in every sense of the word and should serve as a great introduction for console gamers to the world of hardcore PC RPG experiences.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Definitely worth the price of admission and is definitely worth playing.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guerilla Cambridge’s inaugural PlayStation VR effort sports an astounding single-player career mode and a simplistic suite of mechanics that becomes quite deep and tactical for those who take the time out to perfect it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Heroes of the Storm is polished and knows what it wants to be. It is addictive and simply a blast to play. Even in short 20-minute increments, it is incredibly satisfying. Will it replace DOTA or LoL? Not likely, as the depth of combat is not there. What it is however is a fantastic alternative for looking to get away from the toxicity of other MOBAs.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Life is Strange: Episode 4 continues to impress and is by far the most enthralling and shocking one thus far.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At the end of the day Forza Horizon is the racing game I have been wanting for quite some time and Playground Games should be commended. With a good mix of simulation and accessibility, new open road exploration, the freedom to get away from closed tracks, and some great visuals and sound, I found I could not stop playing and neither will you.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At the end of the day Borderlands 2 is a game that should be played, as the fun factor is high, the addictiveness is through the roof, and the game provides hours of gaming entertainment.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best thing about Sound Shapes is how elegantly it blends really interesting musical elements into accessible gameplay.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Scholar of the First Sin is a fantastic upgrade and worth the purchase if you never had the chance to play Dark Souls 2 on PC or current gen consoles. Even if you did play through it before, the DLC alone is worth checking out.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, this final episode is a great way to wrap up the first season of Tales from the Borderlands. You’re taken on an emotional roller coaster, you’ve been dragged all over Pandora, and there’s just something so incredibly charming about the series as a whole that you can’t help but smile at the end and wonder what’s to come next.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sunset Overdrive is a game that attacks so many senses, in a good way, that you may just find yourself not wanting to stop playing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nintendo’s newest treasure lives up to its predecessors and improves upon the formula in well thought out and engaging new ways.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A New Frontier, despite its name, really is sticking with what’s worked before, and it’s not made to convert. It’s made to continue, and that’s what it does superbly.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A New Frontier, despite its name, really is sticking with what’s worked before, and it’s not made to convert. It’s made to continue, and that’s what it does superbly.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It provided more of what people loved about Bloodborne; fantastic music, cool trick weapons, and monstrous bosses that will kick your ass. If you’d loved Bloodborne as much as I did, this DLC is a must purchase.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After spending quite a bit of time with the DLC, I would venture to say that it is the best we’ve seen in a long time! Infinity Ward and Activision definitely put their best foot forward, and it shows.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some great character depth as well as an overhaul to both the Final Fantasy formula and battle system makes Final Fantasy XV a delight for existing fans and new players.The title is a huge step in the right direction for a franchise that has staggered in recent years.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay is Total War at its finest, and the variety in factions and units allow for many ways to handle your short and long campaign objectives.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is a wonderful single-player experience, and I highly recommend escaping for a day into the colourful city of Cloudbank.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are hours of replay-ability in the Adventure and Bowhemoth modes, tons of unlockable content, and of course hours of fun online or local multiplayer.”
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far Cry 3's deep open world experience filled with its cast of unforgettably insane characters, entertaining storyline, vibrant visuals and varied gameplay make it one of the best open world games to touch down in 2012.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its slew of new features and mechanics, Gods and Kings make a great addition Civilization V world. So if you are looking to come back, or a reason to start creating your empire once again, Gods and Kings can be purchased with confidence.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Devil May Cry has everything a solid action title should have including a responsive and exciting combat system accompanied by great looking visuals and a heavy soundtrack.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    At the end of the day Skylanders SuperChargers is yet another great entry into the Skylanders Franchise. Personally, I was worried that the series might get stale, but Vicarious Visions has whipped up some “Portal Magic” by adding vehicles into the gameplay mix which allows for the game to not only be fun, but also show that there is a still a lot of life left in the franchise.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Skylanders SuperChargers doesn’t just push the franchise forward, it takes a giant leap.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, you are absolutely getting every dollar of value from Far Cry 4, and I’m nowhere close to being bored of it after roughly thirty hours. If you enjoyed Far Cry 3, do yourself a favour and pick up FC4.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It finds an excellent balance between being relaxing yet challenging and is sure to be a necessity for fans of classic gaming. Alwa’s Awakening is classic gaming for the modern gamer and an incredibly enjoyable experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A win in my books. The story was fun, the characters amusing and it was challenging. This game doesn’t just give you the answers or make it easy to win and this will keep you coming back for more. Fans of anime styled games, murder mysteries and puzzles should definitely get a kick out of this one and three games in one makes it a bang for your buck.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    While the single player affair is pretty lackluster, SpeedRunners is definitely a gem in terms of multiplayer. It’s a game that will get you to group up with buddies regularly, and one that will make you sweat due to how intense matches can get. It’s really a must buy if you enjoy platformers.
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    • 89 Critic Score
    When it comes to virtual pinball, Zen Studios are the masters and it should come as no surprise that they managed to pretty much knock the Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within Pack out of the park.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    If it weren’t for the occasional camera issue, a steep learning curve, and somewhat frustrating QTE’s, this game would be pretty much flawless. That being said, it is an absolutely gorgeous title with a terrific soundtrack and just the right mix of Platinum Game’s frenetic, stylish action and Kojima Production’s fantastic storytelling, and when everything is combined it makes for a wild, over the top, exciting game that should not be missed.
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    • 89 Critic Score
    The Raven Strike DLC missions are a welcome extension of the game, and with intense, traditional Ghost Recon gameplay, and with the addition of a new Guerilla map, and they really should be considered a must purchase for fans of the game and those just looking to expand their Future Soldier experience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    There is no doubt that Mario Kart 8 is a great game, plain and simple. With the power of the Wii U at their disposal Nintendo has been able to create some really great looking tracks, add a lot more racers for you to compete against, and there is a fairly robust local and online multiplayer component for fans to enjoy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    FIFA 16 stands as a high water mark for soccer games, and sports games as a genre.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    With great character and level design, and so much to do, there is more then enough to keep anyone busy. The new trapping of enemies adds a more immersion to an already busy game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The original game was a fantastic teaching tool with a little bit of fun added in, and while Rocksmith 2014 Edition is once again a great guitar teaching tool, it has a whole lot more fun included this time around. This fun factor blurs the lines somewhat as it is way more enjoyable this time around, or at least it feels that way and you may not consider it a guitar-teaching tool at all, which in itself is a testament to the development crew.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Respawn Entertainment did just that with Titanfall 2; they turned the ideas and mechanics from the first game into an even better experience.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    I have played Destiny since its launch last year, and I can confidently say that with the Year 2, and The Taken King DLC upon us, this is what Destiny pretty much should have been all along.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Whether you’re in it for the fights or the characters, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax shouldn’t just be on your mind, it should be in your hands.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Much like the previous two episodes, The Walking Dead: Episode 3 – Long Road Ahead is a fascinating tale of survival and is filled with more gut wrenching decisions.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The content is great, but the relative value is horrible. If you are a big Kingdom Hearts fan (and really that’s who this collection is intended for), you’re going to be overjoyed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Sony’s MLB franchise continues to prove itself as the top dog in the virtual baseball world. Stunning visuals, silky smooth gameplay and an endless list of enhancements proves there is enough new here to justify the $60 dollar plunge.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A wonder to play, a joy to experience, a feast for the senses and a heartfelt story told by a team of passionate developers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The enhancements and upgrades are significant making this one of the deepest baseball games I have ever played. The hardcore MLB The Show faithful will be all in regardless, but if you have taken a few years off from the franchise, now is the time to jump back in.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Bravely Second doesn’t change much from Bravely Default. There are small additions that only improve the already near-perfect gameplay, but the story gets off to an awful start, and takes a while to build up steam.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    From its great roster of fighters and styles to its fast gameplay and snappy controls MKX has a lot of positives going for it. It’s as gruesome and stomach churning as it has ever been and that is exactly why we all love it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A vibrant playground that you can tackle alone or with friends, it adds just enough new while still staying faithful to what made it successful in the first place.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you do not already own Black Ops 2 for any other console, and you are a COD fan who has picked up a shiny new Wii U console, then you will inevitably want to pick up Black Ops 2 at it is a purchase that is really a no-brainer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If Destiny is judged on the game itself without falling victim to the unreachable expectations placed on it then it stands out as an amazing new IP. Never before has a game managed to merge separate genres quite so successfully and despite some of its flaws it does a lot of things right.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With more characters and levels on the way, Broforce is positioned to kick ass and take no prisoners for a long time to come.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With 45-songs out the box and numerous new features to get your booty shakin', the Dance Central franchise has once again shown why they are the crème of the crop when it comes to dancing games on Xbox 360 console.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The old archaic way of playing with the five button layout and waiting for DLC drops are gone. Instead you get a magnificently redesigned controller with a music streaming service designed to give you an infinite amount of hours to get your jam on.