DarkZero's Scores

  • Games
For 971 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Mass Effect 2
Lowest review score: 10 101-in-1 Sports Party Megamix
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 97 out of 971
971 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you like your racing arcade than you really need to buy this. It's not NFS exactly, and it's not quite Burnout, but it takes the best things from both and melds them together into an intense racing experience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a fresh, unrelenting take on a stale genre that has you grinning from beginning to end.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a fresh, unrelenting take on a stale genre that has you grinning from beginning to end. Complaints have been noted about the game's lifespan – you can finish a playthrough in around seven hours – but with an experience as replayable and dense as this, such complaints seem petulant.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Minor quibbles aside though this is a fantastic game, Retro Studios have once again, like they did with Metroid, revived a long dead franchise successfully.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whilst LittleBigPlanet 2 doesn't quite ascend to such heights, that fact does not make the game any less brilliant.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    People have complained that Magicka is too complex or confusing, but they're missing the point. It's a game about wielding immense power, but having to be clever to use it properly.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you like shooters, sci-fi, a good revenge story or giant robot dinosaurs, then Bulletstorm has something for you.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For fans of WoW, Rift is a familiar yet refreshing new adventure, and Telara welcomes anyone even a little fed up with Azeroth.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile is an improvement over an already very good videogame, and for 800MSP this is an absolute no-brainer for anyone who loves games like Bayonetta, God Hand and Devil May Cry. Instead of re-working tried and tested features for the sake of a follow up, everything about the first game has simply been done better. James Silva and SKA Games are now big players in the indie scene, and it is certainly going to be interesting to see what they have to offer next.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's fun, it's fast and it's fantastic, unless the sight of (virtual) blood makes you faint there's no good excuse not to pick it up.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dead or Alive Dimensions is a great game. It's loads of fun, lots to do, and has plenty of longevity. It's pick-up-and-play nature makes it perfect for a handheld too, it's easy to have a quick blast through an arcade course during a short bus journey. With the current lack of quality titles for Nintendo's new handheld this shines out like a star.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A few ill-judged action sequences, occasional leaps of logic during the interrogations and some gunplay that just about scrapes through on the positive side of functional prevent this from being a stone cold classic in the same way Grand Theft Auto or Red Dead Redemption are. But if they're A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, this is surely Rockstar's Return of the Jedi – not the best of the bunch, but still loads better than most of the other stuff out there. Highly recommended.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No More Heroes is still a great game, if a little inconsistent; dozens of inspired moments with the dullest sandbox world yet produced as the hub, sacrificing fun for drudgery, yet somehow getting away with it, a fast-paced action game, coupled with a frame rate volatile when you do anything too fast. This is a deeply flawed game but it is brilliant; overcoming a multitude of shortcomings and refusing to be crippled by its own flab.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shadows of the Damned is one of the best games of the year, and I never expected to say that. The only fault I can think of is that it's probably a bit too easy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Capcom basically had no chance of living up to this with future iterations. It was too good, too ahead of its time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Binding of Isaac is a game I would reccomend to anyone old enough to hold serious opinions on family planning. It is available on Steam for less than the price of a cinema ticket and it deserves your attention.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The changes to this years edition aren't big enough to be able to look on F1 2011 as a gigantic leap forward, but then they didn't need to be. Fans of the sport will no doubt find themselves questioning whether or not the new features and updated roster are worth their money, but it is undeniably an improved version of what was already a fantastic title.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you loved the previous game, or have had no experience with Rocksteady's Batman series up until now, Arkham City belongs on your shelf, in your console, and in your life.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a close call between Among Thieves and Drake's Deception to the crown of best game in the franchise, however I think the unpredictable twists that are woven into the fantastic story let the newest episode reach a new pinnacle and I recommend everyone to play it.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nintendo have given us something for everyone, an easy game for the youngsters and newcomers, which is hiding a serious old school hard platformer behind it for all us old grizzled gamers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, it's an MMO worth playing. If you're new to the MMO genre, a fan of Star Wars, or just someone who likes massively multiplayer madness, this one is for you.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Alan Wake is a superb game that will satisfy anyone looking for a slight twist of horror blended into their third person shooters.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Capcom is on the ball when it comes to exciting fighting games. Say what you will about their DLC fiasco, but there's no denying when it comes to what matters, Street Fighter X Tekken is one exhilarating fighting game that is easily recommended for Street Fighter fans.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even with Rayman Origins being a port from the consoles, it sets a high standard for platforming games on the Vita. I have strong feelings that it won't be beaten for some time on the handheld. Rayman Origins is simply a game studio's love and joy moulded into the conventions of platforming. It delivers precise controls, beautiful graphics, an ear pleasing soundtrack and simply some of the most exciting platforming since the older 2d Mario games. If you've not played Rayman Origins yet, you need to get on it because you're missing out on one heck of a videogame.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition dishes out additional content on a game I already loved so much. Gamers who don't play games on the PC have a chance to play it on their Xbox 360 without that much of a compromise. If you've haven't played The Witcher 2 yet and own a 360, you have no excuse not to buy one of the best RPGs the genre has had to offer for some time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's deep, highly contagious and contains unlimited amounts of fun, and Diablo III opens its palms to welcome anyone to dabble in its addictive gameplay.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, it's a fun game that's well worth the 15 dollars (or 30 if you play it co-op) you'd be putting down on it. Even after the last level is over, endless mode is always there to taunt you to try harder.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I'll go ahead and say it – this year's Madden is the best football game I've played in a very long time. Is the game perfect? No. But the changes to this year's edition are more than enough for me to recommend it for even the most casual fans of football. The changes aren't merely cosmetic, but intended to make this year's version more like the real game that so many of us love. And you know what? Madden's never been closer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Darksiders II is in no way a groundbreaking game. It's not the kind of game that people see has potential and makes a million shameless copies of. It's a game that's realized an old formula and has recreated it well. By doing so, it has made a game legitimately worth playing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sleeping Dogs is now the example developers should strive to beat when they want to create a game in this genre, because Square Enix's title is now the new leader of the pack.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is one of the most satisfying and rewarding pieces of digital entertainment to arrive this generation, and in all honesty, of all time. Prepare to die, sure, but also prepare to be amazed.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A must have for any iOS gamer, I just hope that Ubisoft add more content in the near future.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even so, Torchlight II is one of the best examples of a dungeon raiding, isometric loot game, and should be in everyone's Steam list if you even have the slightest urge to play an action RPG.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I look fondly at XCOM: Enemy Unknown. It's the kind of game that gives me a glimpse at what games should be. It's a $50 title that has already burned 20 hours of my life, and refuses to be satisfied with that much.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lili is a simple game that focuses mainly on exploration and chatting to people other than combat. It's a breath of fresh air and a pleasure to experience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    LittleBigPlanet PS Vita is a craftsmanship that promotes the features of the hardware it uses, a selling point for the Vita and what it can do. Now if only more games were doing that on the system.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Football Manager 2013 is an innocent drug that is always in the back of your mind, processing the possibility of a match outcome after another click of the mouse. When you are mesmerised to that level, it's hard to say anything other than this is a brilliant piece of videogame entertainment for fans of the beautiful game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Virtue's Last Reward is a quality game that will surprise you. It will make you want to speak about it to people months after you have finished it. They aren't many game stories that make you do that, but the ones that do are normally exceptionally well-written with stimulating plots and shocking twists.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So should you buy this game? Well, that depends on your answer to two questions. First – do you have time on your hands? Second – are you willing to play one of the best RPGs ever? If so, take it from me – three weeks, two days, and 95 hours later, I'm still loving this game. You'll love the new upgrades to the original content, and don't be surprised if the game makes you rethink what you thought you enjoyed about RPGs.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Level-5, along with the amazing localisation work, took the experience from their background and created an adorable RPG that will be remembered for ages to come.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If the prospect of playing an online fighting game that strikes a satisfying balance between old-school brawlers and modern action games appeals to you, I honestly can’t imagine that Anarchy Reigns will disappoint.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The developers have woven in a great sense of humour and an almost excessive amount of love. Fans of the genre should be making it their mission to play this game, which is a steal at 69p on the App Store.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I can imagine some Metal Gear fans might not enjoy this style of gameplay, but if any are willing to give it a shot or if you are a fan of high paced action, then you owe yourself to jump into Revengeance’s stylish and exceptional top class gameplay and have a slash of a time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Much like Dissidia: Final Fantasy and Super Smash Bros., Persona 4: Arena is a fighting game spin-off tailored for the fans, first and foremost. Whether or not those fans also enjoy the fighting game genre in addition to RPGs, there is enough content and callbacks that make this purchase a no-brainer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Syder Arcade is visually incredible and the music and sound effects only add to the atmosphere that it generates.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Apart from that issue and sometimes unresponsive building mechanics (which I only rarely encountered), Terraria is nearly perfect for what it is and unlike any other game you’ve played in a very long time. If you’re a fan of replayable, explorable and challenging games, you need to try Terraria. Most importantly, the game is incredibly fun, and that’s something I can dig.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Few games have felt as smooth to control and fun to play through as Drinkbox Studios’ latest and greatest hit, and if the upward climb from Tales from Space to this title is any indication, the company’s next efforts should be something to look forward to with baited breath.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Denpa Men 2 is a vast improvement over the first with the addition of a rather large over-world to explore, a classic RPG soundtrack, a seemingly shallow story that evolves into a deeper (but still comical) tale as you progress, and great 3D visuals with the dungeons actually looking deep due to the semi top-down view.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Toki Tori 2+ is what it is: a bright puzzle game with lots of pushing and pulling, manipulating and exploring. If you enjoy a good puzzle-platformer that looks beautiful, feels natural and consistently creates a challenge without the frustrations of getting stuck, then this one is a no-brainer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dragon’s Crown is Vanillaware’s best title to date. Not only that, but the company should be extremely proud of what they have accomplished. As the industry shows, it’s not easy to create a beat ‘em up that is mechanically solid, plays well and has depth to keep you coming back, but the studio has done just that.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guacamelee! remains one of the most entertaining 2D experiences in a long while, and if you missed out on the Playstation fiesta, the party has now made its way over to the PC without missing a beat. Absolutely recommended.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Saints Row IV jacks up the action, pumps up the silly, but above all, doesn’t lose sight of what makes a game play superbly, and that, Mr President, is how you make an awesome video game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It just goes to show that even after all these years you can still get excited pressing buttons to jump – Rayman Legends asserts to that. Ubisoft should be proud that they just released the best 2D platformer in over 15 years and anyone who enjoys platforming would be a loony not to pick it up.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Blizzard has done an outstanding job in bringing Diablo III to consoles, so much so that I was still getting engulfed by its addictive nature even after putting in over 100+ hours on the PC.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For anyone who has never played The Wind Waker, this HD release is one that you must own for your limited (for now) Wii U library. It’s a charming experience that has been improved visually and mechanically to make for a better game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a true marriage of gameplay and narrative, and it is frankly a complete triumph.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the title that sells the Vita, and anyone owning the system should, without hesitation, play this beautiful game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While FIFA 14 might not present the revolutionary leap many of us imagined with the shift to a new generation of consoles, it is undoubtedly the best soccer game that’s ever been released.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of RPGs, you owe it to yourself to play this game. Keep in mind that it’s not easy and that the governing system isn’t for everyone; however, get past that, and there’s a classic that compares to any behemoths of the genre even today.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fans that were bummed out by Assassin’s Creed III will most likely find Black Flag to be a welcoming return to what they love about the series, with a great story, amazingly crafted world and smart additions to the sailing that make it a refreshing part of the Assassin’s Creed formula.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I can imagine some Metal Gear fans might not enjoy this style of gameplay, but if any are willing to give it a shot or if you are a fan of high paced action, then you owe yourself to jump into Revengeance’s stylish and exceptional top class gameplay and have a slash of a time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a story that will leave thought waves pulsating to the tune of the excellent writing, intriguing gameplay that breaches boundaries of immersion, and with a Wii U version coming soon that will be much more accessible for those with physical disabilities because the controller will replace a mouse, Nihilumbra is a demonstration of how video games that immerse the player in telling stories, gameplay that challenges the forefront of perception, and having puzzles that will be remembrances at lunch can never be beaten by mainstream titles – no matter how unique the fire particles get.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It truly is a testament to the masterful design of Shinji Mikami and his team at Capcom that Resident Evil 4 is still a fantastic game to this day, nine years on from its debut explosion that won the title multiple Game of the Year awards.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After nearly two years on the market, the PC version of Diablo III was crying for an expansion just like Reaper of Souls. Blizzard has rebalanced and fine-tuned small and meaningful parts of the game, similar to a chef crafting their masterful gourmet meal, and released a product with nothing but positive changes to the core gameplay.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    David feels very unique in both gameplay and art style, so much so that I recommend it to anyone who seems even remotely interested.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’ve got kids that grown bored of Nintendogs or simply want a virtual experience of owning a puppy then playstation Vita Pets is an awesome experience and I can’t wait to see the next steps it’ll take.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s fun, creative, and lasts just long enough to make you wish there was more. This is the definitive version of Guacamelee! and quite possibly the best next-gen game currently available.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There really is no other choice on current generation consoles that allows oneself to waste hours away on your own or with friends smashing enemies and powering up through shiny, sparkling loot and coming away after a session feeling so good about it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fable 2 would be a superbly accessible entry-point into action RPG’s for any casual gamer, but more experienced players may feel let down by the concessions to simplicity that have been made.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s the best multiplayer game to be released this year and is certainly up there with Call of Duty 4.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It might not feature a class based objective system like "Quake Wars," but it’s sure a damn better multiplayer experience than that port.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It won’t top Brain Training’s immense sales, but it’s better in every way.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Well, there’s no question Paradise takes Burnout to a whole new level. Is it better though? Personally I’m inclined to think not.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In many ways, yes this is a definitive improvement over previous Burnout games, the online mode is fantastic and the open world environment has many perks that reward players who make the effort to learn its small nuances. The game is let down by the lack of a proper Crash modem, the irritating sat nav and the lack of a retry button.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Guerrilla has generally lived up to the crazy amount of hype surrounding the development of the game, and in the end, has offered us a very competent First-Person Shooter, with confident execution on all fronts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even if it takes ideas from other games, it mashes them together to make a complete game that plays well and does its inspirations proud. Darksiders is a nice surprise that is well worth 15+ hours of your life to complete it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even if it takes ideas from other games, it mashes them together to make a complete game that plays well and does its inspirations proud. Darksiders is a nice surprise that is well worth 15+ hours of your life to complete it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is absolutely the best game for wasting away those hot summer days. If you’re a fan of superhero games or just love gratuitous violence, you can’t go wrong with Prototype.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is absolutely the best game for wasting away those hot summer days. If you’re a fan of superhero games or just love gratuitous violence, you can’t go wrong with Prototype.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is absolutely the best game for wasting away those hot summer days. If you’re a fan of superhero games or just love gratuitous violence, you can’t go wrong with Prototype.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I really can’t stress enough just how much fun Everybody’s Golf is. From the moment you pick up the controller and start hitting your first ball, you come to understand the charm that the game is filled up with. It’s golf at its purist fun.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Immersion is one of Dead Space’s top specialities and the sound follows suit. Exploring the Ishimura is a pleasure to the ears in a sort of freaky way.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Immersion is one of Dead Space’s top specialities and the sound follows suit. Exploring the Ishimura is a pleasure to the ears in a sort of freaky way.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a celebration of a genre, and one done with such style, such detail and such incredible imagination that it’s difficult not to love it. Brutal Legend won’t appeal to everyone, but to those it does, it’s sure to hold a very special place in their blackened hearts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a celebration of a genre, and one done with such style, such detail and such incredible imagination that it’s difficult not to love it. Brutal Legend won’t appeal to everyone, but to those it does, it’s sure to hold a very special place in their blackened hearts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Then there is the Wii Wheel peripheral itself, which if you did not already know is just a plastic housing for the Wiimote. I have to admit though it is a well made bit of plastic, and is not only smarter looking than the uninspired Wii Zapper, but also more ergonomic to hold. Unexpectedly it is very easy to use.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An outstanding and thoughtfully assembled title.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Boom Blox is a game built for the Wii, not because of it. Unlike many other games on the platform it is hard to fathom playing without a Wiimote in your hand. If only for that reason alone it is a title that deserves attention, but thankfully there is much to praise the Boom Blox about.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Visually, the port doesn’t do much that the 360 version didn’t - but then the game looked pretty incredible to begin with, so that’s hardly a criticism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A perfectly polished and presented package. It offers extreme-tricking and adrenaline-fuelled racing and does it in a refreshing and challenging way.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A perfectly polished and presented package. It offers extreme-tricking and adrenaline-fuelled racing and does it in a refreshing and challenging way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A perfectly polished and presented package. It offers extreme-tricking and adrenaline-fuelled racing and does it in a refreshing and challenging way.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the most part the game is full to the brim with new ideas, clever strategic boss encounters and as a result is a breath of fresh air for the genre on the DS.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The normal match modes and multiplayer are a step up from Fifa 08, with player movement and ball control even more realistic than what has come before.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The normal match modes and multiplayer are a step up from Fifa 08, with player movement and ball control even more realistic than what has come before.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is one of the most perfect examples of bite-sized gaming, giving you a pleasant feeling of accomplishment even if you were just looking to kill time for 5 minutes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s excellent to see an action platformer on the Wii that is an original concept, and doesn’t fall prey to many of the routine mistakes of the innumerable other shoddy efforts that have been pushed out onto store shelves. However, I fear that Mushroom Men will fail to find its target audience and be overlooked, as the fact that it failed to make it into the Wii’s top 40 games in its first two weeks on sale appears to prove.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its minimalism, but just because something’s minimal doesn’t mean it is without soul and anyway, the graphical updates mean it’s awash with garish colour and this just about does enough to bring the title up to date – albeit to that of a modern doujin homebrew game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A grand achievement that gives the player a new take on how conventional RTS games play.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a game that has successfully changed my opinions on American Football, and could do the same for you.