COGconnected's Scores

  • Games
For 1,422 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:
1422 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    With customizable shows, an extensive list of unlockables and a massive roster of both current and classic WWE Superstars, WWE 2K17 sets out to establish itself as a simulation title and succeeds.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    It really is a jack of all trades, but master of none.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Being able to switch back and forth on the fly from classic first-person action to a top-down third-person perspective made for a decent and varied mobile CoD experience.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Fractured Soul offers a lot of replay value, and with over 30 levels to navigate, online leaderboards, and unlockable challenges, there are many hours of entertaining, challenging, and addictive gameplay that the hardcore platforming fan should not miss out on.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Claire: Extended Cut is a nice addition to the survival horror genre, and if you appreciate, or can at least tolerate, the pixel aesthetic and 2D gameplay, then this game deserves to be in your collection.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    This game is made for score-obsessed fans of shoot em ups, and endless runners only.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Gemini: Heroes Reborn offers up pretty good value for the buck. When you consider the $15 dollar price tag there is a lot to like here. The telekinesis and time travel abilities make for an experience I found remarkably enjoyable. While the games presentation and frame rate issues dampen the experience, this is perfect Sunday afternoon romp for anyone looking for a change of pace.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Graphically the fight scenes in Estival Versus are better; however, Shinovi Versus has a superior story line. The music just as always is extremely fun and upbeat and is certainly something I would just listen to on my own time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    This is a collection made for truly diehard Ezio fans and the uninitiated.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Disney Art Academy does exactly what it promises to do on the back of the box. It doesn’t do much more than teaching you how to draw some of Disney’s most memorable characters, but that’s fine.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The game’s different aspects of resource management, puzzle-solving, platforming, and story development may be individually sparse, but they all come together to make a modest title that doesn’t overwhelm the player. Overall, despite its technical flaws, Phoning Home is an unassuming yet enjoyable experience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    ADR1FT is great for people who love combing through every possible nook in a game. It definitely rewards those who practice due diligence, but is a little empty for those looking for a little more gameplay.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Hollow Realization does a splendid job in providing solid gameplay and producing an original story. As a player who does not like replaying the same story told in other mediums, Hollow Realization was a breath of fresh air in an otherwise repetitive series. The amount of character customization, party options, and side quests will be sure to keep players satisfied.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    All in all I would say that the 3DS version of Skylanders SWAP Force is a solid companion game for the home console version. That being said, it does feel dumbed down somewhat (e.g. not as much to explore, not as many secrets, etc.), and there is a lack of co-op play, all of which results in it feeling like a secondary experience.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    After playing The Witcher Adventure Game’s digital version, this is the first time in a long time that not only am I contemplating running out and grabbing a physical copy, but I find myself wanting to play more and more with my friends. The offline mode taught me, a couple online games had me hooked, and now I seriously need a physical copy for my living room.
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    • 72 Critic Score
    All in all, my real issue with this game is that it feels like there was enough put in place to really make something fun. Despite the quality of each piece, and the unique take on the beat-em up genre, I almost feel like the game could have functioned much better as a side-scrolling title.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It certainly isn’t the most original or innovative DLC drop from the team at Treyarch; however, the new Zombie level “Origins” is as good as it gets when it comes to the Zombie mode and the new (and redone) maps should inject enough life into the multiplayer arena until Ghosts comes out.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Despite its simplicity and presentation that seems geared towards a younger audience, F1 Race Stars a fun game to pick up and play.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    With 50 replayable levels to choose from and leaderboards for online competitions with friends, Gibbets 2 is a fun little distraction that won't leave you hanging.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Dungeon of the Endless lacks that one thing, the element that pushes it over the top into the exceptional.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    In my experience, setting the game to Pro and using a joypad is an experience in frustration. You will need many hours of practice starting at amateur and slowly disabling driving aids before you can finally remove all the training wheels.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The game rushes to reach the end which sours the experience slightly, leaving the player with an undercooked taste.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    With beautiful graphics, addictive RTS elements, and many hours of content, including future DLC, this game is one that deserves a close look by PS Vita owners everywhere.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Siegecraft Commander is a fun and delightful RTS title that is easily approachable for serious strategists and newcomers alike. With the focus being on expanding across the map and staying in the action as opposed to resource management, the game never feels like it is lagging and is constantly nudging you into the throes of war.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Overall, We Are the Dwarves is slightly too difficult, in a way that would make me apprehensive about going back to it rather than spur me to try again.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Although taking on Samurai Warriors 4: Empires head-on without any experience with past instalments may falter the depth and importance residing behind prominent characters, it’s still a solid mash-up of strategic conquering and hacking and slashing.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Even though Knack isn’t bringing anything revolutionary to the platforming experience it’s still a game that deserves to be played.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    If you love puzzles, and are looking for a visually-stunning indie game (or you just love corn), take a bite out of Maize. Just be prepared to have the initial zany fun wane when the novelty wears off.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The addition of the seamless mobile scanning app, shooting feedback system, Pro-Am modes, new animations and new gameplay mechanics all lends itself to about the best NBA Live experience we have seen in years.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is a fantastic game trapped inside an archaic one.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Lack of a concrete story and various unpolished dimensions of the game lend poorly to its overall conception, however underneath its faults and beyond the connection and host issues, Payday 2: Crimewave Edition is a solid experience with tons of hours to invest in the progression system.
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    • 71 Critic Score
    The truth of the matter is if you enjoy the base Card Hunter game then Card Hunter: Expedition to the Sky Citadel will be a welcome addition.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Another gripe I have with the game is that there are no checkpoints. If you fail, you have to start from Wave 1. While getting through each wave doesn’t take an extraordinary amount of time, your arms do start to hurt after shooting a lot of arrows. It would have been nice if the game implemented some sort of checkpoint system as I frequently found myself dying during the boss battles.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    While the Big Score comes with a hefty price tag, it also comes with a good deal of solid content. While you may not enjoy everything the Big Score has to offer, the same great gameplay that captured your attention is back with even more bells and whistles.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    At the end of the day the game is not a bad one, it is just one that has notable weaknesses and although the story is a prequel, the technical differences makes it less then the bigger console version whose release it follows.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    If you haven’t played many point-and-click adventures and want to start, or you want to rekindle your love of this genre, then The Perils of Man would be the game to start with.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    All in all the Vergil’s Downfall, the first DLC for Devil May Cry, is a solid experience as Vergil’s unique combos are fun and the narrative is actually pretty good, all which make the $7.99 (720 MS Points) worth the price of admission. The collectibles and additional difficulties deliver a fair amount of content for the coin too.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Regardless of its somewhat flat textures and oddly long loading screens, this is definitely a user-friendly title with potential for hours of fun with friends as they fly high and kick mud in each other’s face.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Legends of Eisenwald presents players with a game that takes place on a broad canvas without the freedom to dive deep into it. That is not a bad thing but a different approach. Sometimes that is all a player is looking for.
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    • 71 Critic Score
    Featuring upgradeable weapons, unlockable combat companions, and hidden collectibles to find, Blue Rider’s biggest problem is overzealous movement controls that make fine-tuned bullet dodging trickier than it needs to be. While it does not feature a story or basic plot, it makes up for it with fast action, explosions, and replayability as you try to reach the top of the leaderboard.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    The best the franchise has looked to date and the fighting is more enjoyable than ever.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I’m genuinely delighted that Nintendo was able to strip away just one aspect of Animal Crossing and make an entire game out of it.
    • 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.
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    • 70 Critic Score
    More variety in enemy types and more gadgets at the disposal of the player would do wonders for an already solid stealth game.
    • 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.
    • 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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    • 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.
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    • 70 Critic Score
    The best thing I can say about Portal Knights is that it is an effective off-shoot of the juggernaut that is Minecraft and Microsoft’s hit title could actually learn a thing or two from Keen Games’ effort here.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A simple platform change would change my impression of Sneaky Sneaky from shallow but well made and affordable PC game to fantastic, engaging, and addictive mobile game.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In general, Adventures of Mana was a simple, charming remake of the game that kicked off the Mana series. Despite lacking in some areas, it’s still a fun game to play, especially in spurts.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bound is a work of art, carefully crafted to give players a memorable experience. If the gameplay had been more challenging, fluid, and present in the game, Bound could have been a title discussed for years. Despite this, Bound is a powerful narrative with a robust camera mode, impressive visuals, and haunting sound.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Randal’s Monday features a ton of content and a decent amount of play time. Not to mention it’s unique and fun.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sure it has its flaws, and yes, it’s a port of a port, but it was still an enjoyable experience. It made me feel badass, even on the easiest difficulty.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite its basic visuals and limited gameplay, Knee Deep’s interesting, well-written story is worth the investment. This game’s strength is in its writing – the snappy dialogue and quirky characters will make you forget its flaws – most of the time.
    • 80 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the game comes down to luck a little more than I would have liked which was frustrating, this dungeon crawler with a twist has a lot of redeeming qualities going for it.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Warlocks vs Shadows is a fun indie game that has a lot of variety to offer, but falls short in important areas like online capabilities and replay value.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It might not be the A-level title fans hoped for but my only real complaint here is that I found the combat to get a little tedious. Everything else is pretty good.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At the end of the day if you are a fan of the Ninja Gaiden franchise and were let down with Ninja Gaiden 3 on Xbox 360 or PS3, give Team Ninja another chance, especially if you are looking for a fairly enjoyable action oriented launch title for your new Wii U.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When you consider it is a free-to-play MMO game, Marvel Heroes is a fun romp for any fan. This being said, the game does not bring anything incredibly innovative to the table and the price tag for some of those playable characters is a bit steep.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While it’s a bit intimidating to newcomers, and the single player campaign can seem tedious as it relies on a tried and true formula, Worms Battlegrounds does offer a very enjoyable multiplayer experience that fans have come to know and love.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite the shortcomings of using a Wii remote versus something like the Kinect that tracks the whole body, this is still a totally fun game to play, especially with friends.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The replay value here is undeniable.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rise of the Triad can stand on its own legs if you take it for what it is, which is a throwback to an era of shooters long gone.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you purchased the game then by all means use the DLC code and get the add-on, otherwise the $7 price tag may be a bit much for the small offering. That being said, fans of the game most likely won't be disappointed.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    True to the series, Tales of Berseria relies heavily on its story telling and does as a good as job as any of its predecessors.
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    • 70 Critic Score
    Stikbold! A Dodgeball Adventure has an excellent single player campaign, but it lacks replay value.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This mindless racer was enjoyable, fast-paced, and offered up exactly what I was looking for, and that is some cheap racing fun.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, I enjoyed my time with Morningstar: Descent to Deadrock. Anyone who has history playing these types of games will feel right at home – just don’t expect anything really new.