COGconnected's Scores

  • Games
For 1,724 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 63% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 32% 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 inFamous: Second Son
Lowest review score: 10 Wander
Score distribution:
1724 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Ori and the Blind Forest is a title that has set the bar high for modern day “Metroidvania” games. From the original artwork and the enveloping soundtrack to the pixel perfect control and heartfelt narrative, anyone who plays this game will find themselves hooked from the get-go.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Civilization VI brings the franchise to an unbelievable level of polish and streamlined complexity.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite its utterly insane difficulty curve, Nex Machina is a pure joy to play.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game looks and sounds absolutely amazing and the countless hours players can spend exploring, collecting and achievement unlocking is endless. While the lack of character customization and reduction in the amount of players you can have in a room is a bit of a let-down; the reality is Diablo pushes the series forward in the right direction.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Overall, LittleBigPlanet for the PS Vita is simply a wonderful addition to the franchise as it utilizes all the hardware features of the Vita unlike any other game that I can think of making it hard to put down.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This seems like the perfect gateway expansion to snag those players who might be on the border about buying WoW.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Metroid: Samus Returns doesn’t merely hope to satisfy a sense of nostalgia, it transcends those aspirations to become a much more compelling experience. It takes nearly everything about its predecessors that made them great and introduces new elements that make gameplay feel fresh and exciting.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cave Story+ is an excellent port and it feels right at home on the Nintendo Switch.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 95 Critic Score
    What Nioh also does incredibly well is blend intense and serious tones with at times light-hearted and silly moments. This deft balance of historical authenticity and far out there fantastical elements is never not entertaining and Team Ninja should be applauded for their ability to combine it all into a believable and engaging world.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Animal Crossing: New Leaf is one of the most relaxing gaming experiences to be had on the 3DS at this time.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition takes one of the best games last year and makes it better.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    With a brilliant blend of silky smooth yet brutal combat and some memorable stealth sequences, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor offers up some of the best open world combat we have seen in quite some time. It is not without some faults, and will frustrate many to the core, but in the end you are left with an excellent Lord of the Rings game that should please any “Mature” gamer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The narrative that is put forth is simply amazing as it provides a new beginning with the Reclaimer Saga and the addition of the new Spartan Ops mode is simply brilliant as it adds even more story to an already great tale. Sure, some may complain the familiarity of the gameplay is a bad thing, but in the end, even though you do get a recognizable feeling when playing, the overall experience that Halo 4 provides is very enjoyable and one that you should not miss.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    From stunning visuals and sound to an outstanding cast of characters and a bunch of customization, this game exceeds expectations in nearly every aspect.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I don’t think The Witness is a contender of the best game ever, but I do think it’s one of the best puzzle games out there. It does everything a puzzle game should do and does it well. I would like to see a bit more opportunities to interact with objects in the world, but I completely understand why that wasn’t part of the “deliberate” design architecture. Quite simply, The Witness has been one of the best experiences in gaming I’ve had in a long time, probably in about 7 years.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall, Steins; Gate could be considered the pinnacle of visual novels with its brilliant storytelling combined with beautiful visuals.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The story is suspenseful, engaging and I was impressed the games character development.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It’s the best Batman game you’ll play and by that measure, the best superhero game to date.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Definitely worth the price of admission and is definitely worth playing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Rayman Legends is the most fun I’ve had platforming in a very long time. The game’s impossible to put down gameplay really does give the Big N and their Mario goodness a quality ‘run for its money’.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the end, Wasteland 2 is good, it’s fun, and there is a ton of content. But it’s not that different, or newly ‘cut’, than it was a year ago.

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