DarkStation's Scores

  • Games
For 1,774 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 45% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Burnout 3: Takedown
Lowest review score: 20 Aliens: Colonial Marines
Score distribution:
1,774 game reviews
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far from just a lazy rehash, the more user-friendly camera system and online play makes the game even more enjoyable this time around.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There were too many times in the game where there wasn't a whole lot of fun. And personally the combat system could have allowed you to have more control of the character without having to give up the RPG elements.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combat is near perfect, puzzles are varied, and the world of Darksiders II is ready for the taking.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The great thing about Star Wars Pinball is that you don’t have to read instructions in order to get something out of the game. My fondest experiences with it were spent during short, impromptu sessions that didn’t accomplish much outside of listening to the sound effects and watching the table light up.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lush visuals, solid gameplay and tight controls makes this one of PSP's best thus far.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forza Horizon is not simply a great racing game; it’s a great game in general. From the handling to the visuals and sound, from the tweaking to the reward system, Horizon has everything it needs to be an enjoyable time. It may lack the challenge and depth that fans of the core Forza series know and love but if you’ve admired the Forza Motorsport games from a distance (like me) then do yourself a favor and play this amazing game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Torchlight II is great fun and it won't be long before you're playing the game late at night muttering the famous gamer mantra, "Just one more quest." This is a how a sequel should be: it reintroduces concepts and mechanics that made the game popular while making a few useful tweaks and changes to parts of the design. Although it doesn't stray too far outside the original game's shadow, it is no less wonderful for it. As the saying goes, "if it isn't broke, don't fix it."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although I will admit Fight Night Round 2 leaves plenty of room improvement, it still is an amazing game on its own merits.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    THQ's flagship motorcycle racer is back, with even more ultra-realistic racing action, challenging AI and extremely fast tracks.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    11 bit studios continues to prove that a little innovation can go a long way. Anomaly 2 capitalizes on what made its predecessor so great by improving on an already unique take on the genre, adding great visuals, and a cleverly crafted competitive multiplayer that tower defense fans will surely enjoy.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bethesda fulfills the hopes of fans with this truly epic RPG, laced with genuinely jaw-dropping next-gen visuals and the customary deep and satisfying gameplay.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After the impressive Aria of Sorrow comes yet another hit sequel, with a deep character upgrade system, solid combat and slick presentation.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ori and the Blind Forest is an aesthetically breathtaking adventure. Immaculately detailed environments coupled with engaging gameplay, all driven home by an emotionally driven plot makes this journey one for the ages.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Nintendo 3DS has had a slow start, but I feel this marks one of the first important games to come out on this system. I can't say it's a must buy, but is really close for those who have already picked up a 3DS. The amount of content in this game along with the varying degree of gameplay makes this one of the best Mario games I've played in a while.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By publishing the game three days before the launch of the PS4 without any hoopla, Sony has all but guaranteed that sales of this game will be abysmal. It really is a shame, because it is a game worthy of the top billing that an excellent first party game should get.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The style is superb, and the gameplay flows right along with it to make Pure one of the few “must have” racing games in recent time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hero Academy on PC might not be totally necessary, but it remains a great bit of asynchronous warfare. What it boils down to is the best of strategy gaming- a title that's light and welcoming for players who want a quick tactical fix, and also an involved, sometimes hellishly meticulous war of wits and attrition.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Orcs Must Die! 2 perfectly combines the strategic thinking of tower defense games with the frenetic action of an old-school shooter, with plenty of laughs along the way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blitz is a game that gives as much as you put into it. Keep an extensive music library and group of leaderboard rivals and its longevity is potentially massive. The packaged 25 songs definitely won't be enough to sate your fill, and once you get the hang of its complex systems you'll be chasing down those high scores in a fervour that you haven't experienced since the rhythm game heyday.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Burnout franchise continues to impress, with this 4th installment featuring a deeper world tour mode, even snazzier visuals and online play.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, Heavenly Sword is really the first major standout title for the PS3 since its console debut.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    NBA Live 09 is the real deal when it comes to a great video game basketball experience. There isn’t a new mode that takes the game over the top, or a new feature that makes it best out there, but it is the combination of a vision and the hard work to get through some rough years to get to this game which is by far the best NBA Live game I have played in a long, long time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are really two categories of RPG's, the great ones, and the less than favorable ones. Jeanne d'Arc manages to get in the top category, which just shows that Sony really pushed this game to become great, and they succeed in doing that.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes this game even more impressive is the Xbox Live support, which is honestly the best online squad-based experience out there today.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I found this to be a very fun and unique take on the genre.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game plays much better then last year's game, and overall ha[s] a great look and feel to it that most people are just going to love.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The content addition felt solid, although I would have appreciated either of the two challenge paths to have been made a bit longer, since they are basically two rooms full of enemies leading into a boss, unless you decide to explore to pick up a few non-essential items; they didn’t feel as rewarding as the main path in my opinion.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I really thought fighting games were on there way out a couple of years ago. But with games like Mortal Kombat there is now proof that life still exists in this genre. In fact Mortal Kombat provided some of the most enjoyable gaming I have had in 2011. If you're a fan of the series or looking for a new game to sink your teeth into, Mortal Kombat is definitely worth a look.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Need for Speed Rivals’ boisterous and brash open-world driving design gets enormous mileage thanks to some amazingly fluid online functionality. This is a stand-out launch game in every regard, and if you have any interest in this sort of action-heavy racing, here’s the best way to experience it this year.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sine Mora is a quality title, from the look to the feel of it, and there could be a lot of useful comparisons between it and other members of the bullet hell genre.