DarkStation's Scores

  • Games
For 1,685 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 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Out There
Lowest review score: 20 Heavy Fire: Black Arms 3D
Score distribution:
1,685 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combat in the game is very entertaining and combine that with a very solid storyline and you have a game that will make any X-Men fan very happy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thwarting Dr Robotnik's nefarious schemes have never been this fun, especially with the blue hedgehog on the DS. Good clean fun for Sonic fans all over.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aside from a few missions which have some unexciting objectives, you have a game that combines fun stealth with a good storyline.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are points were the game could have been more refined, such as the ‘Dig-Dug’ inspired levels, giving more attack options or not forcing the player to collect diamonds to progress through stages. Yet, PixelJunk Shooter Ultimate explores a different territory in the twin-stick shooter genre.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In a way, The Legend of Grimrock is a lot like Dark Souls. The game rewards calculated, meticulous play and any severe injuries or deaths are likely a result of not taking in your surroundings. There are a lot of ways to die in Grimrock and if you're not paying attention, taking the time to search out better gear and learn to craft potions, you're going to have a difficult time with it. However, there's a great feeling of accomplishment as you traverse each floor, defeating powerful monsters and figuring out puzzle solutions on your own.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A smooth flowing basketball game, complete with a huge franchise mode and Live online play.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    SteamWorld Dig isn’t ground-breaking, but its tight action platforming and satisfying gameplay hook will easily keep you entertained for several hours. It’s perfectly designed for a handheld experience, allowing you to pick up and play for a few minutes here and there, progressing a little further each time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Now in its third installment, this FPS franchise continues to impress us with some pretty realistic battles, enhanced online multiplayer and much expanded gameplay.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The teams at EA Sports are undeniably having a hard transition to the next-gen, but FIFA 15 has weathered the transition quite admirably.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Split/Second is one of those games that has a really solid concept and runs with it from start to finish. What ends up happening with this game though is that it looses that initial flare and ends up fizzling into a pretty standard arcade racing title.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dragon’s Crown doesn’t offer any much needed enrichment of its various genres, but it makes up for this by committing to its visual identity and the frenetic, empowering possibilities of its game design.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stranger's Wrath is all about identity. In addition to the themes of its well-rounded story, it feels tailor-made to challenge the critical habit of comparing games that share similar traits just to make critical analysis easier. It has faults, and it's certainly aged a wee bit, but the final product is still an incredibly strong example of thorough game design and solid character work. It's a must-download, by any measure.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Halo: Combat Evolved is a good overall package. Playing the campaign is like visiting with an awesome old friend that you haven't seen in a while. The multiplayer, though, is too barebones to feel like it's worth the $40 price tag. Couple that with the fact that the multiplayer doesn't quite emulate the feel of the original Halo and you're left with a game that is likely to disappoint many longtime fans.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you haven’t yet gone on the Child of Light journey I implore you to stop reading now and go play this game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far from a watered-down PS2 port, Fireteam Bravo provides a full-on FPS gaming experience on the PSP, with some multiplayer and connectivity features thrown in for good measure.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you have a computer that is capable enough to handle C&C 3 at, at least medium settings then there is really no reason to get the 360 version as the PC version is hands down the better package deal. However for those who are not blessed with such machines the Xbox 360 version is still a capable RTS that just suffers from lackluster controls.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For an adventure game, Ether One does some pretty interesting things that allow it to break free from the genre’s mold.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, my only mark against The Walking Dead is that there aren't a lot of places where players get to use their noggin. With the exception of a scene where you must determine the right sequence in which to dispatch a group of zombies in a parking lot, the game proceeds forward in a linear fashion. Sure, you can mess up and die, but the game isn't difficult, and doesn't have any unconventional puzzle solving, like those found in Telltale's Sam & Max or Monkey Island games.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall this is the strong outing that the FIFA franchise really needed and it came out in a big way and for lack of better terms, scored.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Behind the long load times of ModNation racer is a very visually pleasing and enjoyable kart racing experience that manages to build off of previous kart racing franchises and adding on a huge element of customization that has never been seen in a kart racer before.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you played through the campaign in Age of Wonders III and you are looking to get a jolt of fresh energy out of the game, then the Golden Realms expansion should have what you are looking for.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This might be the best all-around Madden game in the last ten years.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Episode 3 of The Walking Dead finally put interesting characters into a plot that I was actually interested in.. After that, Episode 4 started creating a series of gameplay moments that not only influence the game, but are set up in such a way and smartly enough to influence how the player feels at that moment. While it would have been a better series if they'd had this in place from the beginning, the way that the series has picked up as it nears its conclusion is great, and has me waiting for the end excitedly.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While there were certain aspects of this DLC that felt rushed or outright lazy, the content addition for it felt just right.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    SSX
    If you have ever enjoyed a single moment from the last generation games, you need to own SSX. Newcomers should not fear getting their snowboots wet with SSX. Like the other games, it is easy to get into and the online Ridernet helps fuel the flame of competition for many months to come.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A dash of Terraria mixed with a pinch of Dig Dug, SteamWorld Dig is a colourful delight that is equal parts wit and charm.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a relentlessly tense stealth-action shooter that manages to make its dead-horse premise feel as if it’s never been seen before now.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rising Storm has started off on the right foot by being offered for free to owners of Red Orchestra 2, and this helps solidify the feeling of being an expansion. To be honest though, it’s not a bad thing. Rising Storm changes just enough with the new weapons, new maps to explore, and new mechanics such as the ability to create traps with grenades.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lethal League is a lean, intricately detailed fighting game designed for everyone in 2014, and what’s more, it’s a smashing good time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Catherine is a very unique game that is set back by it's own repetitiveness and annoying puzzles. After the fifteen hours it took me to complete the game, I was glad that I got to experience the narrative, but I never want to touch the game again for the game play. It's hard for me to recommend a game that I kept playing just to get to the next cut scene.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It is not a bad experience, but it is probably not the one that should be at the top of your wish list.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But for those of you avid Star War fans who were expecting something spectacular this one just doesn't have all the right ingredients.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This first act of Broken Age is easily worth your time for the fantastic writing and brilliant presentation alone, but here’s hoping they can really go wild with interesting puzzles and challenges in the forthcoming second act.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Resistance: Retribution ends up being a great game on a platform that is extremely tough to make a good shooter on.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In video games there are still times where you're going to be surprised, and I was pleasantly surprised with Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds for the PS3 as it really gives a great arcade golf package.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Proclaimed as one of the best Xbox 360 launch titles, Monolith's effort shines with its hyper-realistic gameplay and super-creepy visuals.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although this is a great game of basketball, its improvements over last year aren't as significant as you would probably expect. Instead much of the experience felt like a tune up of last year's game, with some more features and modes added on the side.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If Battlefield 4 were billed and priced as a multiplayer only affair, I’d give it a higher score. Unfortunately, the quality of the single player campaign really brings the overall experience down.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    NHL 14 is a great game of hockey, and technically speaking its one of the best playing sports games on the market today. Sadly its foray into the new career mode, Live the Life, was extremely disappointing, and left me wanting more out of this year’s game. So if you’re looking for some great hockey this is a good choice, but there is still work to be done to improve the modes within it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    To The Moon's charming sense of humor and unabashed ease with tossing around pop culture references (from Dr. Who and Animorphs down to Dragon Ball Z) kept the serious, and at times quite gloomy overtones from feeling too self-serious. And so, with John and River's tale being told, restructured and sent to the moon in a heartfelt and memorable way; I am able to walk away from To The Moon satisfied, and looking forward to the next installment in this world.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the kind of game that ends with someone punching a woman in the face. The kind of game where good guys don't look at explosions. The kind of game that results in an absolute, amazing sense of chaos when it can get all 4 players in and, despite a few flaws, it's the kind of game that reminds you that games don't have to be high art, philosophical ideals, branching paths and morality systems.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sharing some similarities with the celebrated GTA franchise, THQ's actioner adds some original elements and some fluid controls to make this a winner on the 360.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    PSP gamers gets a royal treatment as the sequel to the highly acclaimed puzzler is improves in every aspect by this hugely enjoyable sequel.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A year later, Marvel Heroes is the game it wanted to be when it was released, and its ability to grow and change by acknowledging its problems and actively trying to solve them, is a testament to one of the best features of MMO.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A downright solid game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Saints Row 2 is not without its flaws, but the game is so deep, and has so much content that any fan of the previous game or GTA games will have a lot to look forward to in Saints Row 2.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether a big fan, or just someone who is interested to see what all the fuss is about, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 delivers a stellar experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Wolfenstein 3D changed how we looked at first person games in 1992 and The New Order, while not as big of a step, may be just as important of one for the future of the genre.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The narrative that runs through that world isn’t always focused as it could be, but Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies is a largely excellent visual novel adventure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Superflat Games have triumphed in creating an original title that both plays and looks as you expect. The way the story progresses is interesting, and there's enough gravity to player choices that it's worth a second play-through. If you've been longing for a survival horror experience that reminds you of the genre's glory days, you can't do any better for a budget price of $9.99. That is, if you're confident survival horror is just as immersive and fun to play as you remember it…
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It has done a great job of moving in the right direction in this game, but you still feel it could have been much more in the future. However if you're a fan of the series and need your college football fix for the year, this game is a great option for you.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is truly no other game for twenty dollars that gives you this many great arcade classics in one package deal.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kentucky Route Zero is a beautiful and artistic piece of of work and I haven’t felt so strongly about a game since Silent Hill 2. After The Walking Dead made a case for powerful episodic narratives I found myself wanting something similar. I’m incredibly excited to see what the next four episodes will do.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Assassin's Creed is an amazing accomplishment by Ubisoft Montreal. Make no mistake, this is a fantastic game, it has so much to offer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I think Strange Loop Games had a lot of nice and genuinely cool ideas that were decently executed. For the most part Vessel is fun, creative, and deals very well with fluid dynamics (congratulations to the programmer[s] responsible). It's a shame that such a crucial component of the game is executed so poorly. However, as the new studio's first product, Vessel succeeds more than it fails and shows that the studio has the potential to make a truly fantastic game in the future.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Visual Concepts feeds the gaming public's hunger for fast and edgy college basketball action, with this feature-rich and rock-solid game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dream Team‘s bright and friendly world is an easy one to fall in love with, but by the time you reach the end, that love will have been tested repeatedly by uneven design and a lack of narrative follow-through. Many of its flaws could be reduced to its strict following of the series’ formula without expanding on what makes it endearing. Much like Luigi’s dreams, AlphaDream’s latest is a little pre-occupied with expectations of Big Bro.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy may not reset your thoughts on the series, but it’s still an excellent game in a long-running series, and even people who’ve never played a game in the franchise can enjoy their experiences with the game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Personally, I don't see it winning any awards at the end of the year, but if you like high fantasy and games that will keep you busy for hours with a great number of quests and activities, Amalur is certainly well worth your money. However, if you're already entrenched in Skyrim, holding off on this one for awhile might be a good idea, lest you suffer from open world RPG burnout.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crysis has been a graphical benchmark to which PC games have been striving to reach for four years. Now it is on consoles and it is an undeniably good time no matter what platform it is on because despite having lauded graphics, that is not what makes the game great. The gameplay is fantastic too. Though not without its shortcomings, Crysis for consoles is an experience to be had by anyone that cannot play it on their PC. And since its only 20 bones, what are you waiting for?
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    My advice would be to rent Rage, it can be completed within a weekend and has a few great moments, just keep your expectations to a minimum.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rockstar bounces back from their Hot-Coffee fiasco in style, with a fresh take on table tennis. Think of it as Pong for the 360, a truly fluid and fun budget title.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Jak and Daxter HD Collection is a nice little piece of history coded onto a disc.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It has plenty of great courses, fun characters, and just a very accessible and solid gameplay system.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    EA takes basketball to the next level with the extreme arcade series, this time with solid gameplay and juicy visuals that does enough to keep you hooked.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Putting the poor Live experience aside, the game is really quite good combining a heavy dose of both action and strategy into one game, makes for an extremely enjoyable experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Are you in the mood for a unique puzzle game filled with ambient electronic music and want to feel good about supporting independent game development? Waveform may just be right up your alley. It is elegant in its simplicity, but don't let that fool you. The game quickly becomes challenging and with about eleven stages (filled with ten levels each), there's a surprisingly large amount of game and replayability to be had. I see myself coming back to this game often.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nintendo continues to dominate the handheld market with this cutesy but highly playable platformer. A must for Yoshi fans everywhere.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed the puzzle nature of Portal and the action of Shadow Complex, there is no reason why you shouldn't play Rochard. Even if you didn't particularly like those games, I feel that you should give it a shot. Not only is Rochard fun to play, it is incredibly well built and glistens with polish.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tiger makes his debut on Sony's new next-gen console, with the same solid gameplay and virtually unchanged visuals from the 360 version.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Skulls of the Shogun requires patience and a knowledge of the gameplay. This is not a game that can be won by brute force or guesswork like some strategy games.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fans who just want more Far Cry 3 or have particular nostalgia for the 80′s could certainly find worse ways to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon, but you’ll have to hear some terrible jokes to get there.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with MLB 14: The Show not adding a ton it still remains one of the best sports games on the market today.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In terms of long term use, if you are not motivated to work out EA Sports Active will not make you more motivated. Instead this is a game similar to any other exercise game that offers a quick and successful way to loose weight and get healthy.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although not the optimal version of Plants vs. Zombies, I would say that this is a worthy entry into the Nintendo DS lineup. If you haven't yet tried this amazing game the DS is a good version to see what all the fuss is about.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wrestling finally comes to Sony's handheld, and it's just like playing the console version on its smaller screens. Tons of fun for those always on the go.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Soul Calibur V ultimately feels rushed. The modes are shadow of their normally robust nature, the character list has been reduced severely, and the net code is not as good as it should be. It seems like Namco was desperate to get in on the fighting game revival and rushed this out. I expect better from this series and with so many fantastic and cheaper fighting games out, such as King of Fighters XIII, Mortal Kombat 9, and even Soul Calibur IV, I cannot recommend the game to anyone but the most hardcore of Soul Calibur fans.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you have been looking forward to this game you may be a little disappointed with the Konquest mode, but the other modes help make the game a solid choice.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like College basketball and are looking for a new game to wet your whistle with, then I would highly recommend you checking out College Hoops 2K8 - it's an all around solid game of basketball.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It doesn’t live up to what it could, what it SHOULD, be. It has some cool ideas, it has some that need work and it needs more content. It survives because it has a solid parent of a game to draw upon but it hasn’t done enough to distance itself far enough away.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Monaco is the first game I’ve played that truly nails feel of the heist, with enough traps, items, and different characters that co-op play with friends should be a staple of your online activity for the months to come.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I would say to EA specifically that you have a lot of great ideas, but smooth it all out, develop more on the PS3 and use its strengths and get that frame rate up and consistent.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The plot is certainly original for an RPG, with the concept of cells as the unseen enemy of mankind. Certainly would have made a good movie by Hollywood standards.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mirrors Edge is an intense and intensely enjoyable experience from top to bottom that manages to capture a very interesting gameplay element and perfect it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This in no way shape or form is a bad game, but I also felt like there was more they could have done to take it further.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The cult movie gets yet another video game treatment, this time on the PSP. It's yet another solid outing for Rockstar, with plenty of brawling and side missions to do.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After years of churning out wrestling titles, Yuke's further refines the whole package, making this one a solid choice on the next-gen 360.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The PC’s Komplete Edition is the best way to experience this game, technically. A modest gaming machine can run it with a nice smooth framerate and settings set high. The game has never looked more detailed and crisp, and timing your movements feels a little easier with the improved performance.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the most part, the Shadowrun reboot has been a success, but not a resounding one. If you played the old SNES or Genesis game and wanting that same experience, you will be pleased by what Shadowrun: Dragonfall has to offer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    MechAssault 2 struggles with its single player mode and strives with its multiplayer support to still bring you another great Mech experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What's nice about FIFA is that it does a very nice mix of simulation and arcade gameplay that works wonderfully with the game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Trendy Entertainment surely has raised the bar on tower defense games and have given RPGs a well-constructed challenge.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The career mode is a great addition to the series and the gameplay is definitely picking up some steam.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The game lacks depth, and is just too short to be enjoyed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I am just really disappointed that the game didn't include more in the single player portions of the game, but luckily make up most of its ground in the multiplayer side of the game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is intensity in the pre-game intro that carries into the first snap and concludes as the last second ticks off the clock. Even without any game changing additions, there was a clear focus on smoothing out the rough edges and making the best playing Madden of this generation.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the price of the DLC, fans of the original game or genre will surely get their money worth.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All of these little changes go a long way to help make the game feel different. It's still that same great Civ experience, but it adds a lot more and does some smart things to change up the balance.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Watch Dogs is far and away the best game to released for the new consoles.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is a good game, one that continues to build upon the really great franchise from Namco.