DarkStation's Scores

  • Games
For 1,825 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 48% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 46% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Lowest review score: 20 Basement Crawl
Score distribution:
1,825 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There’s a good game in Pokemon Y, and fans looking for another game near-identical to the ones before it likely won’t find issue with a lot of the dusty trimmings and transparent battle system. If you want to get into into the new stat rebuilding features and grind out tons of easy battles to prep for high-level online multiplayer, it’s never been easier to do so. But for all else, the game’s excellent visuals belie the frustratingly old-fashioned design. RPG folk can find better times on their 3DS.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In the simplest terms, playing The Witcher 2 is a lot like attending an archaeological dig with nothing but your bare hands: you're sure to come up with something amazing, but you'll suffer a lot of unnecessary punishment and stress to attain it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There’s a good game in Pokemon X, and fans looking for another game near-identical to the ones before it likely won’t find issue with a lot of the dusty trimmings and transparent battle system. If you want to get into into the new stat rebuilding features and grind out tons of easy battles to prep for high-level online multiplayer, it’s never been easier to do so. But for all else, the game’s excellent visuals belie the frustratingly old-fashioned design. RPG folk can find better times on their 3DS.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Just an average stealth game on the PS2. It suffers from frame rate problems and just doesn't offer as much as we all would have hoped.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Perhaps with time Heroes of the Storm can age into something great, for now it’s worth checking out if you want to experience a different take on a popular genre.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ikaruga is a game that takes the old and combines it with the new, and does a good job of it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A wonderful novelty, Sorcery! exists to serve a niche group of users and will struggle to find a captivated mainstream audience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    PlanetSide 2 is a hard game to sum up. It's a beautiful, solidly built shooter that presents large-scale conflict like nobody else in the business. The rest of the game's enjoyment, however, is entirely up to you. If you can dedicate the time to learning the systems, decoding the cumbersome UI, and finding a group of people that you like playing with, PlanetSide 2 will be a blast.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Capcom has put out a partially broken full retial game. I had fun with it despite its flaws, but $60 is too much to ask for what this game is.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Zen Pinball’s South Park offering isn’t perfect but it will serve as a lovely addition to its already robust catalog of tables.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Each episode so far has had its good parts and bad parts- but each time, it's something different. It's been inconsistent, and I don't think it can keep my interest if it doesn't settle down and find a groove for itself. The lack of focus on Lee/Clementine is only forgiven because of the extra focus on a good story twist at the end- but I really hope they find a balance in the future, which would truly make the game compelling on a level that Telltale hasn't done before. As of now, it still feels like a work in progress.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The latest Need for Speed release has its share of slip-ups, but it's mostly able to sideline them and deliver a fast, fun open world racing game very much like Criterion's classic Burnout Paradise.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unless you’re a chronic stat-cruncher and menu enthusiast, though, I can’t imagine that this incremental and grind-heavy sequel will resonate with you.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The developers went back to the core ideals of the franchise, and came out with what made it fun, and fully customized to really shine on the DS.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Resogun is great for spontaneous, quick play. Anything longer than that starts to give me a headache.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The all too familiar Quick Time Event mechanic, featured prominently in “Catch A Ride,” is old and its age is made all the more noticeable because of the weak story. It’s also unfunny, hurt by technical issues, and fails to inject excitement in its own narrative, one that I still have no idea of where it’s planning to go.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It is great that Xbox 360 and PS3 owners can now experience Resident Evil 4 but it is a shame that more effort was not put into it to make it stand out. As it is, there is really no reason for this version to exist as it does not bring anything new to the package.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sure, the game is tepid in some spots and the steep price and lack of any multiplayer options does sting a bit, but provided you haven't grown tired of this tried-and-true formula then Orcs Must Die can definitely provide some hours of silly, unrelenting fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The best advice I can give is to not come into Persona Q looking for another handheld version of the previous two games. The changes made to the formula may seem minor but they have a huge impact on the experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The value of Lumines: Electronic Symphony is debatable. Players who gravitate toward long form puzzle challenges and high-score hunting will fall in love with its charms, as will fans of electronic music. It's unlike any other puzzler, and it's well worth every gamer's time to experience the symbiotic relationship that forms between player and game during a good run. Aside from that, however, this remains little more than a glossy refreshment of a game that appeared 7 years ago. It's a great design, to be sure, but in the end it's still just putting blocks together.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Black Ops 2, in thematic solidarity with the sacrifices of its protagonists, will likely not be remembered among the best of its brethren. And yet, the best Call of Duty installments yet to come will succeed because of the work that Treyarch has done here.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is not a bad fighting game, but I would rather play almost any other fighting game that came out this year before it. I didn't find the fun that I was looking for, and considering that this is a $60 retail title, I find it hard to recommend over games like Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Persona 4: Arena, or even the older Tekken 6.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Virtua Fighter 5 is a decent game that is certainly worth $15, I just don't think that people will continue to play it for long before they return to their preferred fighters.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.