COGconnected's Scores

  • Games
For 1,901 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 74
Highest review score: 100 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Lowest review score: 10 Wander
Score distribution:
1902 game reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Deserts of Kharak is a triumphant return to Homeworld, just minus the space part.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is a lot to really like about Project Cars 2. There’s a veritable smorgasbord of cars and tracks, enough so that there should be something for everyone. The visuals are again top notch. The handling is much improved since the first game. The issues that are there are ones that seem to be at least fixable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I didn’t really get much into the original Luigi’s Mansion so I was unsure what to expect for a handheld sequel, but I came away pleasantly surprised with the high level of visual detail, fun gameplay mechanics, amount of replayability, and inclusion of an entertaining multiplayer.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Owlboy is sure to be a classic, and you’re doing yourself a disservice by not at least looking into it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade is not just another DLC; this feels like an expansion or maybe even a sequel to the original release. While this was one of my favorite games already, the improved depth and gameplay make the 20th or 30th hour just as fun and interesting as the first – and that is saying something. Stardock has made one of gaming’s best 4X strategy games even better, and this an essential purchase for series veterans and newcomers alike.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is Skyrim we’re talking about here, and this version will make any Elder Scrolls aficionados very happy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FIFA 14 for the Xbox One is quite simply an impressive launch game. The enhanced visuals make for a game that comes alive and for the first time in recent memory I truly felt like I was “in the game”.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Regardless of how well-received their initial product was, Halcyon 6: Lightspeed Edition is an evolution of it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those that have profoundly enjoyed titles like Journey or Flower, games that push the concept of what a “video game” should be, will relish in the opportunity to take the plunge in this atmospheric underwater world. Rather than ask players to challenge themselves, ABZÛ gives you the freedom to explore the mysteries of the deep at your own pace, providing an ebb and flow that offers a masterful experience.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At the end of the day I just get this sense that XCOM: Enemy Unknown is one of those sleeper hits in the latter half of 2012. The smooth interface, sharp looking visuals, and surprisingly tense tactical turn-based gameplay are simply a blast.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With just the right mix of nostalgia and new features, as well as beautiful, colourful graphics, and a very impressive online experience, Pokémon X and Y both offer a refreshing change to the much loved series that both newcomers and long time fans can appreciate, and these games are one of the best titles available for the 3DS system to date.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I found it to be surprisingly challenging, and while it may a bit too easy for veterans of previous games I think it’s a great.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This truly is a Skyrim expansion pack, and is a great purchase for any fan of the series who's hungry for a new adventure.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thumper is easily the best game I have played on Playstation VR. It’s fresh, exciting and leaves you wanting more. It’s amazing to think that this title was created by a two-man development team of ex-Harmonix employees. If there’s one game you should show off you to your friends when they come over, it’s definitely Thumper.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I’m giving this title full marks for gameplay, originality, engagement and variety.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed any other bullet hell rogue-likes, particularly Nuclear Throne or Binding of Isaac, I can’t recommend Enter the Gungeon enough. It has a few elements that some would consider design flaws, but these are easy to overlook when you step back and look at the whole picture and what is really being offered her: mayhem on a silver platter.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Salt & Sanctuary is a brilliant piece of work that apes the Dark Souls franchise in all the right ways while still cutting its own path.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite lacking the challenge of other titles in the series, fans will appreciate the nostalgic music and graphics, and enjoy playing through the new dungeons and boss battles that can be easily tackled on the go.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A splendid continuation of one of 2017’s finest titles. Though it features minor disappointments, the overall experience is incredibly enjoyable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you’re an old fan or a new one this is a great point to jump in for the first time or the fifth time to the Ratchet and Clank franchise. Insomniac has not only reinvigorated a fan favorite but they’ve done it in their signature style. Ratchet and Clank looks great, plays better and is a genuine can’t miss experience on your PlayStation 4.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Firewatch is a curious experience, and one that has continued to shift my perception of what a game is.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin is a must-play for PSVR owners. Its ability to keep the player interested in its world and characters is second to none, and the ease of its gameplay mechanics makes interacting with the world a joy. The plethora of environments and odd characters you come across, and the subsequent world-building that takes place, keeps the game from ever getting stale alongside its short runtime. In the Rhombus of Ruin is a masterclass of engaging mechanics and brilliant writing, and it’s got me excited for the future of Psychonauts.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Exactly what fans of the series will expect it to be. If you have played, and loved, other Monster Hunter games before this one, stop reading reviews and just go buy it. You will love it. If this is your first Monster Hunter game I definitely recommend picking it up.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    LawBreakers is downright fun. I can’t wait to get back to slide stabbing my enemies and zooming across maps at breakneck speeds. On top of the stellar gameplay, the game is bursting with personality and a keen sense of humor both of which serve the game in standing apart from its competition in addition to the inventive, gravity-defying combat. LawBreakers injects profound energy into the modern FPS genre, and I can’t wait to see how the meta develops and the game evolves over time with new game modes and characters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Road to Gehenna is fun, smart, and a great reason to check out The Talos Principle if you haven’t yet.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of classic RPGs or didn’t have a PC to play Pillars of Eternity when it originally released, pick this up. Pillars is hands down one of the best RPGs I’ve played within the past few years, and the amount of gameplay you can walk through is staggering.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pokémon Moon is easily one of the best entries into the franchise to date. Never has the Pokémon world felt this immersive. If Pokémon Moon hints to what the future of the franchise has in store, then fans should be more excited than ever.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fun is a great word for describing Flinthook. It’s fun to play, it’s fun to look at, and it’s fun to explore. Games that are lovingly made are often a treat to play and Flinthook is no exception. If you’re a fan of roguelikes and platformers, treat yourself to one of the best games in the genre.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Over and over, I risked certain death to snatch one more scrap of story.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Using time as an enemy in such an ingenious fashion only makes the game more fun and the challenge more dangerous, and I can’t get enough of it.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gran Turismo Sport is a game that is both very good on the track and incredibly important for the future of the genre and the eSports fascination at large. While I would still love to see a return to a traditional game in the form of Gran Turismo 7, Sport is in a league of its own and makes going back to games even outside its genre, like competitive shooters, that much more difficult because of how forward thinking it’s online suite is. The focus on sport and competition is the game’s most impressive asset, putting it in the category of the greats that came before it.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cuphead impressed me in every facet, from its beautiful art style to its challenging gameplay. Studio MDHR clearly put a ton of love and time into every little detail in this game, and the entire package pays off that effort in a fantastic and challenging experience.
    • 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.
    • 87 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In its picturesque environments and linear nature, Stones Unturned is the peak of the Mafia III experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I wish that this was an actual storybook, a heavy thing bound in leather and built from parchment.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combat is weak, but the puzzles, story, and atmosphere are not. Because of the way things left off and the surefire success this title is going to garner, I have no doubt that we’ll return to this world again. Until then, I’ll be replaying Figment until I know every note of this unbelievably good soundtrack.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite its utterly insane difficulty curve, Nex Machina is a pure joy to play.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cave Story+ is an excellent port and it feels right at home on the Nintendo Switch.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pinball FX3 takes the groundwork laid by its predecessors and continues to raise the bar. The way it utilizes the many different ways to play the Switch is utterly fantastic.
    • 85 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 7 and Skyrim prove that PlayStation VR is a viable platform and that full-sized games belong on it. If you can look past the bugs (and let’s face it: if you’re a Skyrim fan, you can), then this feels like the definitive way to experience Skyrim.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s difficult to convey Lone Echo’s level of immersion in words. It’s something you have to try for yourself. The game gets so many things right, from the player’s relationship with Captain Rhodes to the interactivity with the environment, that I’m willing to overlook its disappointing finale. For the first time ever, I truly felt like I was in space, an experience only made possible with the power of virtual reality. And for that, I can’t recommend Lone Echo enough.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While some of the gameplay might feel dated to younger gamers, and the short length might turn a few people off – for everyone else looking for a fun adventure that'll take no more than a rainy afternoon to play through, Full Throttle Remastered is an easy choice.

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