DarkZero's Scores

  • Games
For 1,066 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Fantasy Life
Lowest review score: 10 CID The Dummy
Score distribution:
1,066 game reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dirt: Showdown is a different kind of Dirt. It's a more raw and dirty Dirt that takes itself less seriously, but allows for people to have much more fun with its stress-free handling, arcade style gameplay and joyous destruction.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Codemasters still brings that balance of simulation and arcade racing with great graphics, quality sound and solid gameplay, but what stops GRID 2 from being this generation’s swansong racing game is its sheer lack of any real new ideas that made the first GRID such a cutting-edge racer for its time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For £6.99 you’re getting a worthwhile package and there’s a demo for you to see if it’s the right game for you. For most it will be an engaging and addicting, if somewhat rage-inducing later on.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Teleglitch is a unique combination of a number of different, but common, gameplay features that mash-up into a great game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rocket Riot is a great little game, one of the best I’ve played on Xbox Live Arcade in quite a while. There’s something about it that almost makes you feel like you’ve played it before, and several elements are reminiscent of other games.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All of this amusement with words is priced at a smashing 400 Microsoft Points, a bargain when there has been a noticeable increase of prices recently on XBLA. It's quite hard not to recommend the title, and I can only see people who really loathe games that require a good use of vocabulary hating it. For everyone else, this gaming dictionary is worth your time and you might even learn a few new words during your play – who says learning can't be fun?
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – Rise of the Owlverlord is a great game, especially for those looking for a platformer to challenge their reflexes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of the genre have likely already found this game on Steam, so will know how enjoyable and well-crafted Crimzon Clover World Ignition is. As for others, all you should know is that Crimzon Clover World Ignition is a quality shoot ‘em up with easy to learn mechanics that is worth the asking price of admission to learn the basics of the genre and grow with its workings to become a bullet hell master.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a game that has successfully changed my opinions on American Football, and could do the same for you.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Madden NFL 13 is a great game of football. It is also a shining example of a series that could really use a new console to help freshen up the franchise which is starting to feel in need of a pick me up. If you're a die hard Madden fan it probably doesn't matter what I say you have already bought your copy. However for those on the fence I would say this is a great version to jump back into as it has a ton of content, great commentary, and even better action on the field.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst is a great anime licensed game that gives anyone exclusive to the PC a chance to finally jump into the colourful world of Naruto.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The reboot is a complete success. I enjoyed every second of the single-player campaign, from the huge sequences to the little moments that are integrated perfectly with the gameplay.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure, it would be nice to have more throws, more submissions, more customization and such, but hell; they need SOMETHING to add to the next one. For those of you who are UFC/MMA fans, this is an essential purchase, no questions asked.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, MVC Origins comes the closest I've seen yet to recreating that arcade feeling you know and love. After playing these games, don't be surprised if you start demanding your opponent's quarters because of how badly you just beat him. There might be other games that copy the speed-based fighter formula, but few have ever and may ever copy this great blend of characters, enjoyment, and playability.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you are looking to invest in a current generation hunting game that offers fast, fluid combat and amazing monster designs, then Toukiden: Kiwami is a great recommendation for existing fans or newcomers to the genre.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The reality of the situation is that if you want a fully featured and licensed affair, there will be those of you that will just go with the new FIFA offering, and that’s fine I guess. But there are those who like a purer experience, and it’s undeniable that Pro Evolution Soccer has that.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If more time was spent to slowly explain its gameplay, or better yet simplify it so that it doesn’t conflict with players who want to experience the story, it would have proved a much stronger recommendation.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though the gameplay additions for this year merit a purchase (yes, even if you own last year's version), I truly hope the DLC model for this game doesn't become standard in sports titles.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is a great game, one that is a faithful update to a game that only four years ago attained universal acclaim, but in that time, things have changed and, for better and for worse, Resident Evil 5 has only made baby steps when compared to the giant leaps that its predecessor made, and because of this, won’t be getting near that perfect 10. The issues with A.I and the controls will put off some of the more fickle gamers, but for those of you who part with their £40, like an A.I controlled Sheva to a horde of zombies, you’ll find plenty here to get your teeth into – fans and newcomers alike.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If Lego Dimensions is a real thing, and we’ve no 100% confirmation it is, then the house of Brick better get on with it otherwise Sick Bricks will have established itself as the go to brick based toys to life experience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In summation Chronicles of a Dark Lord Episode II: War of the Abyss is better than its predecessor, and Kisareth have managed to deliver yet another greatly immersing gaming experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Costing the now seemingly normal 1200 Microsoft Points, Comic Jumper is worth the price alone just for the humorous experience that the game is built around.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Drip Drip looks great, sounds great and is a heap of fun.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations is sure to be a hit with fans. No doubt they were already going to get this since the track record for the Ultimate Ninja Storm series is a positive one.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans will like the new modes and the inclusion of Silver creatures, and newcomers shouldn’t feel scared of joining the fun, as Magic 2014 is once again another successful attempt at digitally recreating the intricate card game and breaking it down to easy, understandable fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taking on Mario Kart is a daunting challenge but Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is a faster alternative that stands up well. A decent kart game on PS3 and Xbox 360 has been long overdue so it’s easy to recommend this.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game is still jolly good fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is the best, deepest, and most exciting Tekken to be released to date. While it does not particular move the series in a groundbreaking way, it does bring back the fast-paced tag mechanics that haven't been in for twelve years.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shortcomings aside, for a game that everyone thinks of as a shameless copy of Rock Band, Guitar Hero: World Tour has come off extremely well, and throws in more than enough good ideas of its own (and some slightly rubbish ones, admittedly) to make itself a worthy contender to the rhythm-action throne.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wii Sports Resort serves as more than just a tech demo for WiiMotionPlus, and more than just a collection of minigames. It does well as a proper sequel to Wii Sports, being easy to pick up and fun to play alone or with friends. There is far more below the surface than meets the eye in this title that is far more hit than miss.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I would go so far as to say that Rogue Legacy is the greatest Metroidvania game I have ever played. It may sound like an extremely controversial opinion, but as it stands, this definitely tops the list as far as I’m concerned.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The shorter length and arbitrary conditions of the final episode may not be as well thought-out as previous episodes, but as a combined whole it is a solid finish to a spin-off that successfully restored a lot of lost faith with the Resident Evil brand.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A well-done port for newcomers to the game and at the same time a reminder that Resident Evil can be a great game with quality atmosphere without having to succumb to the big-budget, AAA nonsense that plagues the industry.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though it’s unassumingly tucked away in the 3DS‘ eShop, Fallblox is frankly a great little game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The decaying splendour of Rapture loses some of its impact due it being your second visit there, but the gameplay is still rock solid. If you enjoyed the first game or like your first-person shooters to have a strong single player campaign then you can’t go wrong with BioShock 2.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An outstanding and thoughtfully assembled title.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall this is a highly enjoyable game which anyone who can get over the controls should give a go.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 brings a mechanically crafted and intelligent game of football to these new consoles that even a lack of official licence or boring commentary cannot take away from its addictive and brilliant gameplay.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Such frustrations aside, Metro 2033 is still a pleasant addition to an otherwise played-out genre and setting.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like the idea of a sandbox western then this is money well spent. In what other game can you earn a 'dastardly' achievement by saving a damsel in distress, then putting her on the rail road tracks to meet her fate?
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So is Puzzle Agent 2 worth your time? If you enjoyed the first one, then that question is an absolute no-brainer.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a title that gets most of the important parts right when it comes to an action game. It makes you feel like a bad arse, thanks to the cool-looking combat and easy-to-produce combos, but remains deep to allow people to delve into the system and pull off some wild moves.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    DOA5+ is a must-have for PS Vita owners, as it has a lot of content you don’t normally get with other games in the genre – and it’s portable.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Human Revolution is an engaging and compulsive piece of work that'll find itself nestling near the peak of many a top 10 chart. With Mass Effect 3 postponed, this'll be the one bit of interactive escapism that the fella in the Battlestar Galactica shirt can rely on for his kicks this year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For what it presents, the game works on so many levels. It is a landmark experience and one that deserves repeated playthroughs, if only to try and make it to the end unscathed. Not perfect by any means, but then is anything ever really perfect? I'd argue not. We are all perfect in our imperfections; by this outlook, so is ZombiU.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A refreshing thing about Golden Abyss is that it feels like you are playing Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. After the crazy set-pieces and over the top action in Uncharted 2 and 3, it is nice to go back to playing something that's slower-paced. This time it's more about exploring around the jungle, cliffs and ruins, climbing all over the place and solving puzzles.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Space Ark is a charming hybrid of a handful of classic arcade games. Its combination of score-beating arcade mentality, and devious puzzle elements in the later stages, make it shine against the murky backdrop of lesser XBLA titles.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's rare that a handheld game surpasses it's console cousin, but this is definitely the case here. The inclusion of the adventure mode is really quite different to anything you'll find in any sports game anywhere.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Forced is absolutely brutal, requiring constant team communication, clever problem solving and the mastery of combat skills. It can be an incredible amount of fun and is highly recommended for any group of gamer friends (casual gamers may get their asses kicked).
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For the most part, it's brilliant. An entirely robust fighting engine has been crafted here, with a whole host of different moves each with their own characteristics and applications.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still, none of this detracts from what Plain Sight really is; a brilliantly-designed and engaging multiplayer game with one of the finest risk/reward systems we've ever seen.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a great MMORPG that has an enjoyable story, mechanically solid gameplay, lots of content for Final Fantasy fans to love, but also offers rewarding and challenging dungeons for people who adore playing online RPGs.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Skylanders: Swap Force is a game packed with a variety of content for people of all ages.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These hiccups aside, Worms Reloaded is a welcome, engaging and worthwhile title, and a measured balance of old and new.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Virtua Tennis 4 World Tour Edition may be a port, and it's only additions may be a few fun, time wasting mini-games, but it shows that the Vita can handle console games without downgrading any feature to fit on a portable device.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light should please fans of the franchise while they wait for their next big Tomb Raider title. I also believe that this game will allow people who don't normally like Tomb Raider games to be finally able to enjoy a game staring one of the biggest females in gaming history.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gamers that are interested in the sport owe it to themselves to get UFC Undisputed 3. Fans will enjoy the improvements, and, simply put, it is the best MMA game out there today. It seems the spare time helped Yuke's concentrate on the feedback and critique that people had complained about. Playing UFC is ruthless, a ton of fun, and you can do it all in the safety of your own home. The undisputed king is still undisputed in the mix martial arts fighting genre.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ys: The Oath in Felghana is a game that derives from the old fashion days of action RPGs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Making a handheld game that feels every bit as deep and technically impressive as it's home console cousins is no mean feat, but Capcom have pulled it off in style. Revelations really sets the bar high for third and first party developers on the 3DS.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Oil Rush could have been an all graphics, no gameplay showcase for Unigine, but somehow they have managed to make a neat looking and refreshing RTS that makes for a great evening in front of the computer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    R-Type Dimensions is a worthy attempt in catering to series fans, shooter fans, and retro fans at the same time. It’s easy to get into, but quite hard to master.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Double the score if you have a totally puerile sense of humour.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s been some time since I’ve enjoyed an NHL game as much as this one – regardless of your interest in hockey, you’ll find that NHL 14 is the best hockey simulator available and a blast to play.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While I am disappointed with the removal of Weapon Master Mode and the terrible story, I simply can't deny that SoulCalibur V is a great fighting game. Adding in the critical metre makes for a deeper game, but it still feels like SoulCalibur. I regard SoulCalibur II as the best in the series, and while SoulCalibur V isn't quite up to that masterpiece, it's still has soul that's burning brightly.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I can commend Square-Enix for what they were trying to do with XIII-2. I personally didn't think much of XIII as it abandoned the stuff I liked about the series. XIII-2 brings some of it back, making it a great compelling JRPG, but what it brings most for me is that I found it much more fun to play, and that's a correct thing for any game to do.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It might be thin on story and full of bizarre chatter, but solid mechanics and great game modes make this a jolly great time for anyone with an interest in towers, defence or raspberry lollipops.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is clever, smart, and once you get into it, damn addictive.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I was ready to expect “just another Gears game,” except I was pleasantly surprised by what I got to play. Sure it’s not completely new, but People Can Fly has moved Gears of War in an alternative, more arcade-feeling direction that I can totally get on board with.
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure, it would be nice to have more throws, more submissions, more customization and such, but hell; they need SOMETHING to add to the next one. For those of you who are UFC/MMA fans, this is an essential purchase, no questions asked
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Company of Heroes 2 might tread familiar ground, but that ground is an amazing foundation.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sam & Max Save the World is undoubtedly one of the funniest games I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing. It’s as easygoing a game as you’re ever going to get, and provides a superb change of pace from the barrage of space-marines-with-guns titles that seem to plague the Xbox 360.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Such frustrations aside, Metro 2033 is still a pleasant addition to an otherwise played-out genre and setting.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Greed Corp has been a welcoming surprise.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s cute, charming, and lots of fun, with enough challenge to stand up on its own right among other platformers.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Few gaming series can steal as many hours from me, no questions asked, quite like Pokémon. I'm currently clocked at 28:37, which was enough to beat the Elite Four but not enough to lose interest. Is this the strongest entry to date? Probably not, nor is it the innovative leap that some gamers expected but you can cogitate all you like; there's a consistently enjoyable adventure to be found here, and that's all that matters.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Apart from the main story missions, of which there are only three, and the handful of survivors that need your help, there's not a lot else to do apart from slaughter as many zombies and bad guys as you can.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I'll go on record and say that this is the best kart racer in some time (yes, even better than Mario Kart 7) – now that's saying something.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for a new puzzle-platformer game, look no further - Pangolin is fantastic!
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Jaw-dropping presentation and art aside, Dust: An Elysian Tail is a delightful experience that deserves just as much attention from gamers as the designer put in when creating the title.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While combining three different play styles doesn’t result in three times the game, it does equal into a polished 2D experience that’s well worth your time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So it's not COD, but whether it carves out its own niche is another matter entirely. Future Soldier emanates the soul of a game that has been lovingly crafted by a team that are devoted to pleasing its long-running community, allaying fears over too much dumbing down of the series to please the COD crowd.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Etrian Odyssey IV is an engrossing, challenging and rewarding handheld RPG that will keep you busy for weeks to come, whether you’re a newcomer or a veteran.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes may be short, but it sure is sweet.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Greed Corp has been a welcoming surprise.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite it's various drawbacks, Smugglers 5 is an impressive and exceedingly addictive game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shortcomings aside, for a game that everyone thinks of as a shameless copy of Rock Band, Guitar Hero: World Tour has come off extremely well, and throws in more than enough good ideas of its own (and some slightly rubbish ones, admittedly) to make itself a worthy contender to the rhythm-action throne.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If your dying for more hardcore strategy RPGs, then you certainly can’t do wrong with Disgaea D2, it’s great, but just remember, you might have a feeling that you’ve been here before.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Tales of Symphonia Chronicles is one half fantastic and one half decent, but more importantly, it is easily worth the price of admission for the first title alone.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Capcom hasn't touched the gameplay, but they've sharpened the look and left it fully intact without cocking it up (looking at you, Konami!) to bring new and old gamers a taste of top quality action games that still reign supreme today. Well, at least two quality action games that is.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is a great game, one that is a faithful update to a game that only four years ago attained universal acclaim, but in that time, things have changed and, for better and for worse, Resident Evil 5 has only made baby steps when compared to the giant leaps that its predecessor made, and because of this, won’t be getting near that perfect 10. The issues with A.I and the controls will put off some of the more fickle gamers, but for those of you who part with their £40, like an A.I controlled Sheva to a horde of zombies, you’ll find plenty here to get your teeth into – fans and newcomers alike.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With stealth based gameplay, a slight air of an escort mission, and touch controls all looking to trip them up, they come out almost unscathed. If nothing else, that alone should be seen as a victory.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It might not be to everyone’s tastes, but it makes a whole bunch of interesting and bold design decisions, and I guarantee you’ve not played anything quite like it. For those reasons alone, it gets a glowing recommendation.