DarkStation's Scores

  • Games
For 1,689 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 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
Lowest review score: 20 Citadels
Score distribution:
1,689 game reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If Carmen Sandiego had more educational value I may have raised the overall a point, but with the lack of educational value, we are given a platformer that doesn't have a lot to offer. There are better educational games out there and there are better platformers out there.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    After being delayed, Eidos finally outs their GTA-inspired actioner. We say don't bother as it is plagued by sloppy controls, disjointed plot and dull visuals.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Another disappointment in the turtle's world. I can still see all the potential the series could have but unfortunately this year Konami took a step in the wrong direction.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Cashing in on the Jaws franchise may have been a brilliant idea on paper, but this game struggles to entertain with a poor storyline and frustrating controls.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Joining the list of sequels that should not be, this racer prooves to be too simplistic and shallow to be any fun to anyone.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Riding dragons and racing them against others should have been a fun idea, but here is marred by sloppy controls, dull races and bland visuals.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This game is a pretty clear cut disappointment and there is really no other way to say it. It had the potential to be a sleeper hit, paving the way for action games on the PSP, but ultimately let down with an uninspired storyline and lackluster gameplay.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unless you enjoy poorly developed games that make you frustrated right off, then you can probably just let this bomb go off and move on to other games.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sega has jumped the shark with their Sonic franchise, as this release massively disappoints with frustrating controls and useless camera.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    One of the most celebrated children's tale turns out as a dreadful platformer, sporting way too many flaws to be a remotely fun game.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Running a zoo on the DS handheld is arguably impossible, no thanks to the unbelievably frustrating controls and horrible visuals.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With the street racing genre having done to death already, this copycat is a lazy port of the poor Dreamcast racer. If you're looking for a quality title, look elsewhere.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Huge sporting events don't translate well into video games, as the developer goes for quantity instead of quality, making it a sad button mashing affair.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The RPG genre has just started to bloom on the DS, but not helped by Konami's outdated title and hampered by its frustrating touch controls.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Aside from the hit-and-miss movie, the video game version didn't fair to well, with horribly simplistic combat and grainy visuals leaving you asking - what's the point?
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A next-gen Sonic platformer would have been a godsend, but Sega somehow manages to screw this up with an insanely frustrating camera and serious framerate issues.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A mech-based game would have been perfect to showcase the PS3, but Namco Bandai missfires with this rushed and bare boned actioner.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Koei tries to breathe new life into its declining hack and slasher, but find no such love on the 360. Prepare for more repetitive combat, poor Live support and washed out visuals.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Midway tries to resurrect their fun Rampage franchise on the Wii and fails miserably. Get ready for some simplistic controls and extremely dated visuals.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    All in all RocketBowl has a great idea of what a bowling game can do to appeal to someone who isn’t a big fan of the sport, but fails to use it at any level.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Offering a plot from different perspective seems like a grand idea, but the lazy execution, boring characters and slow pacing makes this one an absolute mess.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Don't be fooled with this brawler's budget pricetag, as its attrocious camera angle, repetitive gameplay and dated visuals makes it a complete waste of your money.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Those hoping for a taste of the old good times best look elsewhere, as the game ruins the arcade classic with terrible camera and barebones-simple gameplay.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The gameplay just seemed so bland and boring that I really don't think I ever enjoyed this game.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The argument has been made a lot in the video game industry. Which is better five hours of exceptional gameplay or twenty hours of good gameplay? Don't worry about that with X-Men Destiny it's not only short but it's just flat out a bad game. Unless you want easy achievement points there are far too many great titles this holiday to waste your time with this one.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Off-Road Drive is a good example of a game trying too hard to imitate reality when the technology behind it is simply not there and is unbalanced.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's very important to understand what Hydrophobia: Prophecy is; literally, the third version of the same game with major technical and creative modifications made based on user feedback. With this iteration of Hydrophobia being riddled with issues, I have to wonder about the quality of the initial release and am curious about whether or not Dark Energy Digital will continue to modify it in the future.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    All Zombies Must Die is a $10 downloadable game that fails to reach the bar it sets by its own absurdity.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    At best, this is just a pain pill for hardcore racing enthusiasts. As one of four racing games in the Vita's launch, it's the only one holding the fort down for the urban street racing sub-genre, but it's completely lifeless and devoid of originality. Players unable to quell their curiosity will definitely find something playable here, but they'd do just as well to save their money for the eventual Need For Speed release.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    To put it bluntly Dungeon Hunter: Alliance just reeks of mediocrity.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately with reviewing this game I have to think of it in terms of should someone spend their hard earned money on this game and that hurts Dear Esther in a regrettable way. It tells a very interesting story in a mysterious and ambitious way and stands out as a risky decision on the developers but manages to be at least a little entertaining for how shallow the gameplay is. At a ten dollar price range I feel like I may have over paid a little and would have felt more comfortable with a price half that.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Avoid this game at all costs, young Padawan…and may the force be with you, always.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This game is worth neither your money nor your time.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sadly, Resistance's debut on the PS Vita is undone by the very concept it proves. In time, we may see first-person shooters thrive on this system, and that's a relief, but Burning Skies doesn't warrant a place among them.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Warfighter is uninspired, underdeveloped, and completely profligate with the solemn potential of its core concept.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This is not a good game, and its few shining moments make it all the more frustrating that it was released feeling so unfinished.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The unfortunately named Enhanced Edition fails to make a compelling case for its existence in any meaningful way, especially when you consider its asking price of twenty bucks can net you both the original Baldur's Gate and the far-superior sequel from a site like GOG, and downloading a few free mods that make them really shine takes mere minutes of your time. I would highly recommend that course of action instead.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I would say if you are looking for a LEGO game on the go then you should probably just keep waiting until they decide to put forth a real effort. If you still want to check this game out then I can only warn you by saying it's only slightly better than their last attempt and can only hold up because of the source material.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I want to be as explicit as possible and say that Epic Mickey 2 is not worth your time. A bad camera system, a poor help system, bad AI and the lack of substantial Wii U features make this game dull, uninteresting and frustrating.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The Cave isn’t completely without merit, but it is unquestionably a subpar game in more than a few respects, and one of its developer’s weakest outings. It has a great look and an interesting setup, but it just loses too much of its potential to middling mechanics. I wouldn’t recommend spending your fifteen bucks on it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sword of the Stars II is exhausting. It has a genius to its depth of strategy, customization, and lore, and its ambition is unmatched by perhaps any other 4X title out there, but trying to reach the fruit of any of those qualities leaves one fastened to the sappy bark of labyrinthine menus and a glacial pace. Amidst the high pedigree of the 4X genre, there simply is no reason to play this.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    UFO were just so close. The controls and in-game gadgets are actually OK. Those hacking sections were fine, too! It’s really sad, then, to see them come up so short. With more polish and more work, this game could have been fun. Instead, it’s a grossly frustrating game, too focused on dated mechanics and a misguided stealth element for it to be entertaining.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A serious lack of fun and no desire to break free of its own monotony are reasons enough to avoid the game altogether. Spend your money on something else.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Despite its problems, I really do like Guilty Gear. It’s a fun and well-designed fighting engine. Unfortunately, the actual product being sold is little more than a shell for this fighting engine. The lack of narrative explanation is very frustrating, even if you are familiar with fighting games. Because of this, I can only recommend Guilty Gear to those who just want a solid version of the game on modern consoles.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It really seems like it would have worked better as a middleware physics engine, because it certainly doesn’t work as a game.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    SFTX is just another in a laundry list of games trying to capitalize on the success of cover-based shooters but promptly fail to do so.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Vergil’s Downfall is not fundamentally broken, but it’s over quickly and falls far short of the quality of the main game. It’s super disappointing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There is definitely an interesting and unique idea underneath the problems which far outweigh everything else.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A more ambitious script, combined with a few memorable levels, would have made for a pretty good game. Instead, Star Trek: The Game, is a boring experience that you will forget about soon after you are done with it.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Do yourself a favor and just buy an old Snoop album for $10 on Amazon.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I certainly appreciate the game existing on the eShop, but unfortunately, The Starship Damrey needed to have better storytelling and a better payoff to make the download worth it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It is rather hard to recommend God Mode. Even though it has competent mechanics, flat out there isn’t enough content to see you playing for more than a couple of hours, especially when there are full retail games out there with similar game modes bundled in as well as with full campaigns and full multiplayer offerings for the same, or lower, price.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I wanted to like Prime World: Defenders as it really had me going for the first few levels. I had a couple of close calls where my HP almost went down but I managed to keep it perfect with well placed towers. This exciting back and forth between me and the enemies rarely showed its head again during the rest of my playthrough.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Released in 2013, LSL:R feels just as out of date as Gearbox’s Duke Nukem Forever, and critically speaking, I can only offer a review based on what it is now, not by what it was then. To the fans though, the score I give really doesn’t matter, nor should it. They paid for the game they love, and in this case, they got exactly what they wanted, dick shaped nose and all.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Deus Ex: The Fall is a very ambitious game that pays off in some significant ways but fails in some fairly key areas.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unlike the dedicated officers of the R.I.P.D., do yourself a favor and just let this one go. I don’t think this needs anymore words to get that point across.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    By divorcing themselves so much from the experience, Pwnee Studios allows their game to suffer from not being able to judge whether a level is actually fun, making it come off pointless, shallow and uninteresting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    KickBeat was a really interesting idea that with a little better direction could have made for a great rhythm game on the Vita which, I feel, is a platform that can handle rhythm games very well.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for a game with good music and not much else than Beatbuddy is your jam. Otherwise, look for the soundtrack and skip the frustration.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There will be a small audience for this game I’m sure but most should just let this game pass them by.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter HD is a real mess. I didn’t pay for this, so I don’t feel like I have lost anything other then time, but I feel actual sorrow for the people that have. Avoid this like an extinction-level meteor.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The challenge and personality of old-school shooter or adventure classics is totally absent. It’s one of the most creatively bankrupt games I’ve played this year. And you should not play it.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Its a shame that the core basketball game still feels like it needs another couple of years of polish to even come close to its competitors. For now we are left with a solid lineup of features and a game of basketball thats just not worth anyones time.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Even if the game’s challenge or the appeal of having a shiny new toy tempt you to acquire this game though, you are better off leaving it alone.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Amazing Spider-Man on Vita, while impressive in scope, is more disappointing than broken.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Montague’s Mount really tries to aspire to their level only to fall quite short.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I wouldn’t recommend the Vita version of Atomic Ninjas. The game itself is fine and could be exciting when played against a full compliment of human opponents but that’s a guarantee the game can’t make.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Girl fight is a difficult game to recommend. It’s clear to see where the developers were drawing their inspiration, however they have succeeded only in creating a game which emulates the bigger budget titles on a very basic level.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Multiplayer puzzle games aren’t exactly plentiful on the PS4 right now, but that fact doesn’t make Tiny Brains more appealing. Its short, easy and unimaginative. The Worms and soccer-inspired mini game diversions don’t help its cause as a game to break out with friends, either. Even if this sort of couch co-op experience is your jam, I can’t recommend it.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There are a lot of worthy ways for you to spend your $50, and there are a lot more legitimate excuses to turn on your PS4.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With a shallow combat system and boring mission structure and unbalanced online function, Battle of Z is not for the faint of heart and can easily be skipped, but if you REALLY want to play a Dragon Ball Z game you could do a lot worse.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Under the auspices of creating a “hardcore RPG experience,” Daedalic has instead created a rage inducing time waster.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    At this point you would be far better off picking up a copy of RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 then dishing any money out for this one.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Despite its issues, Fable Anniversary is the best way for players to experience the original Fable. Just keep in mind that action RPGs have a come a very long way since then.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    No character differentiation, the lack of arenas, the frustrating gameplay, inconsistency of AI and the unheard of lack of online for a car game makes this game feel incomplete. After about three hours you may never pick this game up again, unless you have a game night with friends.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you want a real survival horror then find something else because this one is not worth your time.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Many gamers will enjoy Depths of Fear: Knossos because it’s different, it’s weird, and it’s trying something new.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It didn’t give me anything positive to hold on to. Maybe it is just the style of the game that gave me a bad taste, maybe it’s just not my cup of tea, maybe it is your cup, or maybe, the tea just isn’t very good to begin with.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s an experience that will undoubtedly draw a cult following, but without some kind of universally applicable lesson the rest of us can skip it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I know games like this take a lot of work from creators with a very small budget, but sometimes, an idea just isn’t that great.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Even the plot, which is initially intriguing, will likely disappoint by its conclusion, when it becomes apparent that the game is only interested in telling about half of it. In this age of the AAA blockbuster, games as personal projects are always welcome, but, as this one demonstrates, there’s a reason games are usually created by more than one person.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Finding enjoyment in Unity requires a great deal of patience, more than anyone can afford. I want to like the game, and I do to some extent, however I cannot ignore that it’s broken. And there is no patch that can ever save Unity from its tarnished image.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It has so many flaws, combined with the short span of the game, makes for one that would be near impossible to recommend.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Game Party 2 is not a game I could ever recommend for any Wii owner and is just another horrible mini-game style arcade game that relies solely on the Wii remote to make it fun.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    I don't want anyone to feel like they are trudging through the monotony and minutia of this game just to witness the pretty lights. It's not worth it. Sure, the environments are pretty, but that doesn't hide the ugly that is this game. For people looking for a quick shooter, you can find it in Bodycount, but other than that, look elsewhere.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There are too many strategy games out right now to warrant giving A Game of Thrones: Genesis a try. With games out there like Starcraft 2, Civilization V, and Total War: Shogun 2 it just isn't viable to play Genesis when it feels stale and unfinished. Even for fans of the books or show it just isn't a good enough game, even in the fan service perspective, to go out and spend $40 on. Do yourself a favor and read the books, then go play a better strategy game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    For being a flash animation that took three years to develop and then lose all other meaning behind it's saddening gameplay and all around lack of sheen Rocketbirds doesn't get a recommendation from me.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Even with the talent of Patrick Stewart the game is just not playable in a way that would make for a fun and enticing experience.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There is potential in Da New Guys but it's not a fully realized world that warrants a buy from anyone but the most eager and devoted adventure fans.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is an unfortunate addition to an otherwise great franchise. With this being the second of three Resident Evil games coming out this year it would probably be best to just skip this one entirely unless you are a diehard fan who wants to see every game in the series. This title had a lot of great potential but falls flat on almost every part of its delivery and while it may not do everything wrong what it does right is hardly enough to save this alternate take on a great franchise.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    From gameplay that boils down to memory quizzes to poor production values to bland stories, there is no reason you should play this game, no matter how big a fan of adventure games or Law & Order you are.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The whole package just feels lazy and while it may find an audience with kids who may not know any better, any adult fan will just feel cheated and bored. Unfortunately the Vita will have to wait a little longer for a satisfying whole hearted Lego experience.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Regrettably, it amounts to a barely-competent shooter with an off-putting aesthetic, ludicrous plot, gimmicky hook, and a frustrating tendency to repeat its boss-battles more than a JRPG.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This should be something I'm playing for free in a browser, but instead, I'm being asked to fork over $10 for it. It's not the sort of experience a developer like Renegade Kid should put out, and it's not the kind of game I'd advise you to waste your time or money on.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Jeremy McGrath's Offroad is an unchallenging, bland bore not worth your time or money. There are more engaging racers out there, retail and downloadable that will satisfy your driving needs.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The Expendables is a great Hollywood concept that could easily make a great video game but sadly this isn't it.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The final word on Black Ops: Declassified is somewhat paradoxical. It's not quite the trainwreck that many have made it out to be. In fact, if this were an iOS game available for $1.99, there's every chance that it would garner much more praise. But the Vita isn't an iPhone, or a tablet. It's capable of so much more, and for that reason, Declassifed is incapable of defending itself as anything other than execrable. It's a black mark on the franchise and yet another massive missed-opportunity for the Vita.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    I feel for the developers, who clearly had their hearts in the right place when making this game, but the misjudgements in its structure and release make it impossible to love.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    And that sums it up. Fuel Overdose is a game full of wrong turns. From art direction to gameplay, lacking story to lacking track design, it’s a game that never really finds its way to anything that even resembles mediocrity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It’s a lesson Dillon’s Rolling Western: The Last Crusade could have used: it’s not always good to be genre-straddling, especially when you do it in a way that leaves both your genres hamstrung and uninteresting.