COGconnected's Scores

  • Games
For 1,375 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 34% 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 The Last of Us Remastered
Lowest review score: 10 Wander
Score distribution:
1375 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Suggestions that the collection was rushed to the shelves is also evident by the fact that nine games are not in the Rare Replay files, instead, they’re Xbox 360 games ported over through the backward compatibility emulator on the Xbox One. As a result, instead of booting up instantly like every other game in this collection, it takes you out of Rare Replay, starts the Xbox 360 game you selected, waits for the 360 logo to play, and then begins the game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A strong narrative and stellar cast manage to hold together an experience that is absolutely rife with bugs and downright questionable design choices.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Darkest Dungeon is a grim game. The tactical strategy of both the combat and resource management comes with tension and complexity. This is not a foray into casual gaming, even dedicated Dark Souls players will find Darkest Dungeon a nightmare at times. It is, however, a rewarding experience and one that is full of character and excellent narration.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    From a technical standpoint Professor Layton and The Miracle Mask is a decent game. While some puzzles are enhanced by the 3D capabilities of the hardware, the gameplay formula has changed very little save for the new investigation mode.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Clearly the developers went in with a lot of new and ambitious ideas but the execution of such in some ways fell short. What made the first Joe Danger game enjoyable is simply not found this time around.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As it stands, fairly little has been added this year, but the developers did fix a number of previous issues. Long-time fans of the series will probably still pick up the game for roster updates, but casual players may be hesitant to pick up 2017 as I don’t believe the changes are great enough to warrant another purchase.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Move or Die will demand every one of your senses to keep up as you bash, slash, and crash into your fellow players in some seriously fun chaotic mayhem. The fast pace is refreshing and soon becomes second nature as you focus on each mini-games unique objectives and try to destroy your opponents in twenty second intervals.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mekazoo plays it safe in the gameplay department, but what is there can still be frantic and fun. While some segments feel a bit scripted, others gave me a huge sense of accomplishment. It’s really the art and soundtrack that shine here, allowing me to be immersed in the world to focus on the difficult platforming segments.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    This game is made for score-obsessed fans of shoot em ups, and endless runners only.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It doesn’t have the personalization of Beat Hazard and it doesn’t have the level of content that Pac-Man Championship Edition has. In many ways for the entry point of ten dollars there are better options out there. But if any of what you’ve read sounds intriguing or if you see the game on sale, take to the skies and enjoy the ride.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    As much as I wanted to enjoy Card Hunter, I found myself losing interest by the end.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    The game isn’t terrible, though, it looks great and it still manages to be fun in short bursts and with other people locally. There’s something inherently satisfying about seeing your friends visibly devastated when their dreams of an architecture career come crashing down in front of their eyes. But that only lasts for a short time because Tricky Towers doesn’t have enough content to warrant the $16.99 (!!!) price tag.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Dungeon of the Endless lacks that one thing, the element that pushes it over the top into the exceptional.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    The Evil Within should have been the best next generation horror game we have seen to date. Shinji Mikami has the pedigree, credentials and budget to make it happen. Unfortunately The Evil Within falls short and doesn’t come close to living up to its billing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Pirate’s Curse succeeds as a solid sidescroller but doesn’t reach the heights of other classic and modern fusions of the genre like Shovel Knight, although is still a thoroughly enjoyable experience if your looking for a sidescroller.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Final Cut is a game I really wanted to like, but ultimately just made me wish I was playing Diablo or Torchlight instead. At it’s core, it’s technically sound, but the handful of interesting mechanics are lost in a sea of terrible ones, and does an injustice to the titular vampire-hunting doctor.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite being a long time coming for North American fans, the real value here is more about getting two gameplay experiences for the price of one. That’s just enough to keep this one from being an average experience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I wanted to like this game more. It’s charming, technically competent but ultimately I could not get past it’s shortcomings to consider it much more than an average game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    I like a game that tries to combine several different gameplay styles, but the overall experience seems rushed and unpolished. It offers plenty of content and skills, yet doesn't seem to excel at any particular one. Elemental: Fallen Enchantress does a lot of things right but never truly delivers on any of them.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a pack for pinball enthusiasts who also love Bethesda games. That might not seem like a hug leap but it creates a dilemma: it isn’t good enough to convert fans of either camp to the other. The tables are fun, but so are many others.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Playing this game did give me a lot of nostalgia about middle school, yes, but when it comes to fun to be had in 2016, Worms W.M.D. feels dated, as does the enjoyment you can squeeze out of it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code should be a much better game than it is, as the base game is very solid. It’s disappointing to see a strong base and nothing supporting it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I don’t like raining on anyone’s parade but it seems hard to believe that anyone will be scared by this stuff these days. It’s all so… hokey. But if you’re just itching to see what the commotion was all about with this series, and you can do so with a sensible understanding of context, the Amnesia Collection might be worth the investment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Ironcast isn’t for everyone as it’s geared towards the more hardcore strategy gamer but if you like a challenge and have a low frustration tolerance, Ironcast could be for you.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of tower defense or FPS games, and you are looking for something new, Sanctum 2 deserves a close look for sure.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The extra content is neat, but given that most of it is only visual it’s difficult to justify the price point; however, beyond the layer of shiny aesthetics and ridiculous physics is a fun fighting game accessible to both casual and hardcore gamers. If you’re looking to get into the Dead Or Alive series, this would be a great place to start.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This is an installment for the fans that love everything Naruto – others will have a hard time sticking this one out. For the average gamer, not enough is offered in a manner that would keep their interest.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It’s an homage to a game that I absolutely love, and Renegade Kid did some truly commendable things here. On the other hand, I didn’t get much excitement from exploring its worlds
    • 77 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Do yourself a favour and play GH Live PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, before touching the IOS version.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    A game that successfully utilizes the Wii U's GamePad features, provides a spooky atmosphere, and has some innovative elements that make it a worthy purchase for many. Unfortunately, the combat is not as refined as it could be and I found the gameplay somewhat tedious.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The supernatural and mystery aspect of it was enticing enough to continue playing, I just wish that the characters where more interesting or fleshed out (I’m talking about you, Chiharu!). All in all, I would recommend it if you like Visual Novels or anime and don’t mind playing an interactive story.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 isn’t a bad game but a particular lack of attention to detail and several glitchy errors temper what marginal improvements there are over previous versions. The new features that are here are the typical EA “fresh coat of paint” that many of their sports games receive.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Beholder does an excellent job of making you feel hopeless. I was immediately infected by the game’s clouded atmosphere. I felt ready to do whatever it took to keep my household afloat. And while certain gameplay elements broke this spell, the game is worth playing. Even the most saintly players can find a little awful in themselves with Beholder.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Whether you want to play the game for the thrill of a challenge or you just need to kill some time, 10 Second Ninja X is a great game to pick up to do just that. It is a highly repetitive game, while the stages do eventually change to become more difficult, the core gameplay never really evolves into anything too meaningful.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All in all, Into the Nexus is an entertaining and well put together Ratchet and Clank installment with some flaws here and there that drop the experience from good to just okay.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There's room for improvement but with 8 interactive episodes of Sesame Street TV plus one year's worth of access to Sesame Street video content via Xbox Live, the value you are getting for $30 is very good.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is a fantastic game trapped inside an archaic one.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The lovable-yet-flawed characters, the interesting, detailed environments, and the snappy story are definitely back again this time around. If you are new to Deponia, however, be prepared for some tedium and confusion to go along with the colorful fun.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you love an interesting story with some creepy sci-fi elements, then I highly recommend The Final Station. Finding bits of lore and slowly uncovering parts of the mystery was intriguing and kept me moving down the line, but that’s not for everyone. It’s a bit short for the price tag, but well worth your money if you enjoy single-player titles that leave you wondering at the end.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    EA Sports UFC 2 still isn’t fully where the series should be at by now, but it’s a step in the right direction.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, this is a bad game. However, it’s obvious that developers knew exactly who would be interested in One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pathologic Classic HD is certainly an improvement on what was already an instant classic, but players shouldn’t expect a hugely different experience from the 2005 version, and the flaws from back then have become even more obvious with age. That being said, it’s perfect for people who’ve never played the original, or who just can’t wait for the remake.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For those who enjoy old school gameplay with some fun new twists and a cheerful demeanor, I think Magic Orbz will be right up your alley. Some control issues, a bit of laggy input and being a bit too easy for my tastes keeps the title from getting a higher score; but Magic Orbz is still a fun game that will keep you entertained for a while without breaking the bank.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    While Tales of Hearts R succeeds in providing interesting gameplay, it fails to offer a compelling storyline. The battle and upgrade mechanics are sound, but the juvenile dialogue might turn some people off trying it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’ve got the season pass, it’s worth it to pop into the multiplayer for a bit, even if you just want to try out The Harvester. I really don’t like giving guns or equipment to specific users over others, but neither the EMG nor the kinetic mine feel overpowered among the current arsenal. Rather, they fit right in and can kill with the rest.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    Space Run Galaxy is a refreshing take on the Tower Defense type with a little splash of Asteroids inspiration thrown in. With limited controls but plenty to manage, the only downside is the cringe-worthy dialogue as stereotypical characters banter.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    With easy to use controls, gorgeous levels and vectors, and a pleasantly challenging AI, Strike Vector EX has classic arcade shooter written all over it. I wasn’t particularly happy that customizing my vector was limited to online multiplayer, and the thin storyline with irrational character decisions was a bit of a letdown. Had more effort gone into the story and characters, this could easily have been a much more impressive title, and with multiplayer restricted to PS+ it just feels that much smaller for those not interested in buying the service.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    This is not to say Resident Evil: Revelations is bad game, it is just not an exceptional one and has a little too much of that “been there and done that” feeling to it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Mankind Divided’s first DLC story is divided between a stellar narrative and a disjointed gameplay experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Give it a download if you like exploration and puzzles but maybe wait until there’s an update before you give it a shot.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Marrakesh falters in its volume of storytelling and willingness to let the player in on what’s going on behind the scenes and in between episodes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    It really is a jack of all trades, but master of none.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Cling! has a steep learning curve for the controls, but once you get the hang of it there is some enjoyment to be had, and the game can be addicting as you try “just one more time” to get a better medal.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    All in all, Atelier Escha & Logy has made a solid return with its “Plus” version for the PS Vita. While at times the fluffy dialogue and constant state of repetitive work can be a bore, the long-lived Atelier formula with its alchemy, expeditions, and battles keep you trucking along.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    For hardcore genre fans Raiden V might be worth a look, but there’s a pretty thin amount of content on tap here, especially considering the price.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There is hope some of the issues will be ironed out in the future, but don’t let that hold you back from checking it out now and enjoying the great soundtrack that comes with it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s more average than definitive.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite its criminally short playtime, Rocksteady’s venture into making you the Bat in Batman: Arkham VR is one of the must-have experiences for your PlayStation VR setup.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    While it’s high points are among the most fun I’ve had in recent memory, it’s problems and low points ultimately win out. If you have a solid group of five you can count on to play with at all times, Evolve might be worth a look. With some balancing, I could even see Evolve becoming quite popular among the hardcore e-sports types. For the rest of us who just want to jump in and have some fun, I’d recommend looking elsewhere.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite the technical issues, my displeasure with the voice acting, and the addition of the hints in the conversation tree, underneath it’s still very much the Gabriel Knight I fell in love with back in 1993.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you’ve enjoyed previous Artifex Mundi games, then you know exactly what you’re getting into and more than likely you’ll enjoy this one too.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you are a Zen Pinball fanatic then you have likely already downloaded the new tables. Those new to the franchise may want to look elsewhere unless you want your first experience to be a CastleStorm experience.
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Not a Hero is a game that will immediately grab your attention within the first few moments of playing it. By the time you make your way to the middle of the game’s story, some of the charm will probably wear off as you start to see some of the game’s more glaring issues including a ramped up difficulty, no checkpoint system, no auto-reload or missing a piece of cover to be killed by enemies once again.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    There are things to like about Nobunaga’s Ambition. On a technical level it does what it promises and if you’re looking for that very specific thing you’ll probably really enjoy the game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Sora succeeds in providing a satisfying toolset for players to mix and match playstyles and attacks. The sheer number of mechanics adversely gets in the way of consistently fun combat as players are bound to forget the dozens of weapons and dash combinations triggered by an insane number of button commands that are introduced.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Toukiden: Kiwami has an intricate and expansive system of armour, weapons, mitama and power-ups to keep the gameplay interesting. That said, I couldn’t help but feel that the amount of button mashing was excessive considering the detail put elsewhere.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Under normal circumstances a title like this wouldn’t have been worth a $60 price tag, but free is an entirely different story. It has a surprising amount of content, but ultimately suffers from lack of variety.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Tachyon Project does enough things to make itself stand out against the bigger names in the genre and be competent, but falls short on doing much else to really rise above and beyond the kings of the category.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, the tables in the Zen Classics DLC for Pinball FX 2 are a nice addition for players looking for something new to play in the game; however, I have to be honest and say that these tables are not the cream of the crop and fans may even see some of them falling short in an area or two.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    TASTEE: Lethal Tactics brings serious style and grace to some turn based chaos.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I have to admit though, if you own these tables on your home console,you may want to question whether or not these are indeed worth the investment.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Master of Orion: Conquer the Stars is an homage to its predecessors and loaded with fan fare of the original games. The controls are simple and easy to manage, the graphics pleasing, and once the ball starts rolling you truly feel like the leader of an entire civilization.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    It still boasts some great artwork and dramatic story beats while serving up a few interesting surprises, even if lacking in the action department.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Clunky controls, frequent and time consuming travels between areas and the ability to literally skip through all of the challenging sections are real setbacks to what could have otherwise been a very enjoyable game.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The creation experience is as simple or as deep as you make it, but strip away the LBP veneer and you have a rather basic karting game.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you are a Skyrim fan who has already invested countless number of hours into the main game, then Dawnguard is for you, but if you have moved on to other games, I am not so certain Dawnguard is reason alone to come back as frankly it is more of the same.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    It certainly isn’t awful, but what strengths it does have only really appeal to the Kirby faithful, or less serious gamers.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    NBA Baller Beats is one of the more original experiences you are going to find on Xbox. The gameplay and the Kinect implementation are good but there are too many "ifs" that keep this from being a truly top notch, universal experience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you don’t mind a challenge and can deal with the level generation, this is a very fun and entertaining game. The concept is good, the execution just needs a bit of work.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Controls are tight, there is some decent replay value, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously which makes for a pretty fun time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dark Souls 3: Ashes Of Ariandel is worth a look, but I sorely hope that From brings their A Game with the last piece of DLC for this incredibly popular series.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed the original Project X Zone then picking up the sequel is a no-brainer. It’s a bigger, better experience with a better cast of characters.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It’s like that easy beach reading book that you enjoyed for a few hours on holiday, and then put back on the shelf never to read again.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It certainly is a solid game – albeit a short one at 3 levels – with a more deliberate, rather than twitchy, pace that will appeal to a certain slice of the gamer spectrum. For others the boredom may set in very quickly.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There was some very fun and satisfying moments, and I actually cheered when I completed the “10tons Defeater” achievement – that was a very tough level! If you haven’t yet enjoyed Tennis in the Face on another platform before, than you owe it to yourself to give it a go here.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even though this game did a good job at focusing on choices, relationships, and the outcomes of the decisions you make, the simple controls and monotonous tasks really ruined it for me in the end. Overall this game will find an audience, but to tell you the truth it’s going to be a hit and miss affair if you will be the one that the game is meant for.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A solid attempt at replicating the Left 4 Dead formula, but it also misses the mark in a few key areas.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Assetto Corsa does a lot right, and a lot wrong. It does; however, get the gameplay right which is far and away the most important aspect in racers, even if it fails to deliver a compelling career mode. In its Special Events mode the game shows off its best side while the career mode is average at best. Not to mention the antiquated look cannot be ignored. That being said, Assetto Corsa has a unique tone and feel that differentiates it enough from the competition.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Yesterday Origins is yet another game to add to the point & click genre that serves up a fairly unique story. It may not be the “must play” point & click adventure game of the year, but it’s one that you can escape in fairly enjoyably.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The graphic art may not be what you’d hope for in a space oriented game, but the fluidity of game play and sheer engagement makes it easier to overlook any shortcomings.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The general gameplay is a bit simplistic but your actions result in high-stakes scenarios that make you immersed in the world and the experience which is a hallmark positive in any survival game.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The fact is that most players will just want to hop in and play rather than build. Those players will ultimately be left wanting after play set boredom sinks in. Still, it is an improvement over 1.0 and it makes me hopeful for what we might see out of the eventual successor in Disney Infinity 3.0.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can swallow (heh, bird puns) the basic idea, there are a lot of weird and wonderful stories to be uncovered in Hatoful Boyfriend. Just don’t expect to do much actual playing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I first had a lot of fun with Eagle Flight at first, but as I spent more time with the game, the repetitive level design and flawed star system made the game grow stale and frustrating.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There’s definitely a market for this game, but I completely understand why so many long-time fans are so upset. It feels like Ubisoft basically tried to dumb down an amazing series to gain more popularity, and I’m not so sure expansion packs can fix this.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Ultimately, great controls and some occasional laughs aren’t enough to stop Loadout from being an average game and one that doesn’t deserve your time. However, it does have one positive effect and that is, it makes you want to play UT2K4 again and that my friends, is never a bad thing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Granted, Block ‘N Load doesn’t have any of the same balance issues that plagued Ace of Spades, but it has fallen into the unconscious trend of making the most boring ways to play the game become the most effective.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What is does get abundantly right is its unique tone, powerful narrative, masterful writing, and a visual style that fooled me into underestimating it makes it worthy of praise.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    NASCAR fans should eat this one up but it might be a little too much for the casual racer. If you are up for a challenge and are willing to spend the time to dig deep into what the Career mode has to offer, Inside Line is an enjoyable experience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Regardless, it’s a charming, laidback, and enjoyable crossover on the 3DS that’ll feed your RPG and farming needs.