DarkZero's Scores

  • Games
For 1,075 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 3.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Dead Space 2
Lowest review score: 10 101-in-1 Sports Party Megamix
Score distribution:
1,075 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is easily the best Lego game to date, and although lacking any huge leaps forward in the gameplay department, still offers a lot of fun for anyone who picks it up.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is a lot to love about Cities: Skylines and it gets a lot right for fans of the genre who felt crushed by SimCity’s disappointing release.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As I mentioned earlier, Legend of Grimrock is a game crafted for a specific audience with the express purpose of providing a pure, faithful recreation of an old genre - though it's appeal isn't necessarily restricted to it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With an online multiplayer mode as well as replay features, not to mention several difficulty options that'll make players thankful for a quicksave button, Sam's second outing is for serious gamers everywhere.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you choose to play this game, which you probably should, play it all the way through to the very end. It's an incredibly ambitious game that sets out to tackle an issue that most other games will often only hint at.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is definitely a return to form for for the franchise. It's not as good as the original game, and much as that was what I was hoping for, it's not a disappointment.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Half Minute Hero: Super Mega Neo Climax Ultimate Boy is a very enjoyable game with fantastic characters, a winning formula that never seems to wear out on you and one with a fair amount of replay value. It is an RPG in its most basic form presented to you in a format that is simple and entertaining.
    • 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?
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everyone else who hasn't played Crush and is into puzzle games will no doubt enjoy Crush3D. As puzzle games go this one has an exceptional game mechanic that's driven with great level design and enough challenge to make your brain hurt. Marvellous!
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Title arguments aside, there's no doubt Rovio have created one of the best games in the App Store to date.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And while there are plenty of popular titles that could have been added to the collection, including Earthworm Jim, Gunstar Heroes, Splatterhouse 2 and 3, and perhaps a few games from the SEGA CD and Saturn consoles, there is still more than enough bang for your buck here. It may not be the ultimate collection fans wanted, but it’s still a jam packed look into a time when the Genesis does what Nintendon’t.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s fast, colourful and most of all fun, and at the bargain price of 800 MS points (£6.40 in real money) you can’t really go wrong. A must buy for fans of fast paced arcade shooters.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you want to shoot people in a different way and have a tolerance to learn, then ShootMania is the place to go and do that, and the future can only look brighter once the community floods the game with their creativity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is a game that doesn't attempt to be anything that it isn't.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not be the Castlevania as fans know it, but MercurySteam has taken successful mechanics from combat-focused, character action games and blended it with Castlevania’s lore.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Testament can't quite make up its mind what type of game it wants to be with the change of camera location and controls, and it has its issues with repetitive sound effects, but the storytelling is top-notch. If you're a fan of mystery games, point-and-click adventures, complicated puzzlers, or you're just a sucker for a good story, then The Testament of Sherlock Holmes is a no-brainer.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is a fantastic achievement for Telltale Games, the Lego games having been yearly (even bi-yearly) released since 2005 have never really moved forward the franchise, until this iteration and it is a fantastical leap.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all I loved Tiny and Big. Even though it is a fairly short game story wise, the secrets and sub-objectives add up to what I believe is a suitable asking price of £9.99.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I have no qualms in recommending this game to fans of the Tower Defence genre and new-comers alike.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    WWE '12 is a step in the right direction. Yuke's implementation of a limb-targeting system adds a satisfyingly-strategic twist to the usual brawl and is accompanied by passable visuals and great sound. Loads and loads of content make this title worth every dollar spent on it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Saints Row: The Third is the best sandbox game I've played in a long while. There's no realism, no seriousness whatsoever, just completely mental and over-the-top fun. If that's not your thing then this game is definitely not for you. If you like outlandish fun however, give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a first episode, it succeeds at pulling players into a different thematic experience than The Walking Dead, and should make people excited for what is to come from the rest of the season.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for great gunplay, an amazing visualised alternative Nazi ruled 1960s with a surprisingly good and appealing plot, and of course, want to shoot Nazis in the way of the old school, then Wolfenstein: The New Order is just what the doctor ordered.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans and non-fans of The Lord of the Rings, especially the people who enjoy open world games – such as the two games that inspired Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor – would be hobbit mad to miss this great action game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game is easily one of the best games on the app store to date, and definitely well worth the asking price.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite a few misjudged attempts at creating a realistic atmosphere, and not to mention some ropey A.I., Operation Flashpoint: Red River is a very good videogame, as long as you're willing to accept it on its own terms.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The franchise needed this. It's not remotely original and it occasionally threatens to drown under the weight of its own bluster, but it's also clever, challenging, bewilderingly pretty in places and a ripping good yarn.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It will eat up your life; maybe even take it away with the insane amount of quests you have to take upon.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For anyone who wants to sit down on a couch after a hard days work and play a JRPG that will craft a smile on your face, then Atelier Escha & Logy comes recommended.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The franchise needed this. It's not remotely original and it occasionally threatens to drown under the weight of its own bluster, but it's also clever, challenging, bewilderingly pretty in places and a ripping good yarn.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Battlefield 1943 sets a high standard for the quality of downloadable games, and at only a tenner is an almost essential purchase for any online FPS fan.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So, if you loved the first game and/or intend on buying the next then this is a must have really, and for the measly price of only 400 Microsoft points how can you say no?
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tomodachi Life is the new life simulator game from Nintendo. But that doesn’t mean a boring 9-5 office simulator, it means more mad and crazy Japanese things to do with your Mii kinda game. Which, as far as anyone is concerned, equals awesome.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It asks a lot of the player, but if you can hack it, you’re in for a truly unique experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Legend of Grimrock offered the vaguest of hints and clues to tackling inevitable obstacles, thus requiring your attention and investment by default. Legend of Grimrock 2 uses the same coy smiles to entice you to explore its world, and while the core game remains as good as ever, the success of its evolution depends greatly on whether that is compelling enough reason for you to do so.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Grey Goo is perfect for fans of 90s real-time strategy games and is one of the best RTS games in recent memories not to be called StarCraft II.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taken as a singular entity, Chaos Theory is not Dontnod’s best work, but there are still some interesting moments to be had should you choose to play.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend is jam packed with content in both single and multiplayer. It's a great fighting game backed with stunning 2D sprites that, once again, the Vita screen does proud. I can safely say it's the first handheld port of the series that feels 1:1 with the console version; plus, if you've never played the game, this is the best place to jump in and be taken away by the world of BlazBlue.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Chronicles of a Dark Lord is an exceptional game that is certainly worthy of much more attention.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Few shooters exist nowadays to simply play on a gamer's need for visceral entertainment, and Double D proves that there's still a market for mid-school (which would be where I would place gaming in the 90's) shooters, regardless of dimension.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once again, Nippon Ichi Software USA has released a great game for people interested in the visual novel genre or for anyone who wants a good read with some gameplay thrown in for extra fun, so if you do fall into that category, then you should seriously check out Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As confusing as the story may be, as well as some frustrating gameplay mechanics that could have been more finely-tuned, Sine Mora is still a solid shoot 'em up that is perfectly captured on the Vita.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall Etherlords has been quite an experience for a somewhat simple game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you have never played the games, then this is outstanding value for money for two great first-person shooters with an amazing setting, brilliant atmosphere, fantastic graphics and solid gun combat.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An overall amazingly crafted game made.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an awesome game, the only caveat being that it has more hidden fees than most airlines.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As great as it is, there are too many irritations with the combat (and too many unnecessarily drawn-out combat sections) to hail it as a true classic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite its shortcomings, though, Infinite Space is a thoughtful and addictive space-based romp, with an incredible amount of depth waiting for those who are prepared to put the hours in.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you played and enjoyed the first episode, then Ep.2 won’t let you down.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    And while there are plenty of popular titles that could have been added to the collection, including Earthworm Jim, Gunstar Heroes, Splatterhouse 2 and 3, and perhaps a few games from the SEGA CD and Saturn consoles, there is still more than enough bang for your buck here. It may not be the ultimate collection fans wanted, but it’s still a jam packed look into a time when the Genesis does what Nintendon’t.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure there are a few minor problems here, but there's no doubt in my mind that Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers 2013 is the best video game representation of the card game to date, and it's available for such a bargain price that anyone with an interest in trying the game should take my recommendation and jump straight into this digital version. It's a whole ton of fun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd is a great follow up that brings a better and more varied selection of 40 charming songs packed to challenge your fingertips.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Because no matter how many ways in which our beloved hobby may change over the next couple of years, smashing up hundreds of massive robots will always be fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anybody unfamiliar with fighting games should be warned that, MvC3 will seem enticing – and it'll create no end of smiles when the shell's finally cracked open – but it'll also take a lot of patience, a lot of time and a lot of effort. Spend some time practising in mission mode and get over that hump, and Marvel vs Capcom 3 will provide months, if not years of entertainment.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Strategy RPG fans need to have a taste of the Disgaea series. It’s simply one of the best and most engrossing series the genre has to offer and Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days continues this trend.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you already own Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on a console, the Vita version is going to be hard to recommend unless you are a super fan of the game and want to take that same experience on the go. For people who haven't touched the game and have just picked up a brand spanking new Vita, ask yourself this – are you looking for a console experience and/or a great fighting game to play? If so, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is highly recommended. Its move from home consoles to the handheld device is a near perfect one, and Capcom throws in extras for good measures. Let's get ready to fight!
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Looking at Assassin's Creed III as a whole, this is a game worthy of your time, engaging on so many levels and a joy to experience.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like Jurassic Park, Rare have revived a long extinct franchise, taking the DNA of the originals but mixing in new elements. Unlike Jurassic Park, however, N&B doesn’t end with everyone getting eaten by the revived bear and his bird sidekick.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anyone who has an itch for some 'girl-on-girl' action, fan or not of the genre, should give Skullgirls a shot, it's a bucket load of fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    DanganRonpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a welcome addition to the ever-growing library of great visual novel games for us Westerners.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mercury HG is not exactly a full blown successor in the series, but there's enough here to keep fans happy. And at the ridiculously low price of 400MS points it's definitely worth a try, even if you aren't a fan.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anyone who enjoyed Mortal Kombat 9 is going to enjoy this game, and fans of DC Comics will also like the great representation of heroes and villains. It is a shame that the fatalities that made Mortal Kombat so popular aren’t here, but I think that was one of the problems with Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe. You can’t really show Superman ripping off Batman’s head, so leaving half-arsed fatality attempts out of the game is probably a good thing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This year's game might not be as accessible as it once was, but that is a sacrifice Konami was willing to make, and it paid off well in the end, improving where it matters most – the gameplay.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    SSX
    There's nothing out there on the videogame market today featuring snowboards that comes close to the compelling and joyous fun that SSX provides.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The series has previously brought meaningful and well thought out advancements to improve the game, but this year the impact on the game comes across less aspiring and more awkward, as the company strives to make the most complete management experience a player can have, even if this means bringing along some of the boring parts of the job as well.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're looking for an arcade game and fancy blasting stuff in gorgeous spectacular fashion, Sine Mora is something you should check out. It doesn't matter how proficient you are with the genre, as the game will teach you the ways of a shoot-em-up. If you are already knowledgeable about the genre, then ramp up the difficulty and see if you can get yourself through its meaty challenge.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All that matters in the end is that this game works flawlessly on the hardware and is an exceptional port of a great game that Vita owners get to play. While this won’t break the shackles of the Vita being a port machine, it does mean it just got that bit better at being a portable home console.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In summation, although it makes no artistic statement and conveys little in terms of story, Destiny is still one of the most fun and addictive games I’ve played this year, and I would recommending it to anyone sitting on the fence about it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though it was a little shorter than I had hoped for, Ratchet & Clank: Nexus is still much longer than Quest for Booty and ties up the story of our heroes (and Quark) nicely. For now at least.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may be somewhat lacking in old-school racing challenges, and can prove daunting for newbie racers, but the sheer volume of content far overshadows the game’s faults. Until Gran Turismo 5 arrives to challenge the crown, Dirt 2 stands as king of the racing mountain on the PS3.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Minor gripes aside, Sayonara Umihara Kawase + is a refreshingly retro platformer at a budget price that even includes the SNES original as a bonus, no doubt further acknowledging the newfound recognition for the series from its Game Center CX appearance.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Because no matter how many ways in which our beloved hobby may change over the next couple of years, smashing up hundreds of massive robots will always be fun.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is for all of you gamers and journalists who have found the series “dull”, “repetitive” or even “boring” in the past.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Point Lookout is the most interesting of the Fallout 3 DLC so far. While there’s obvious little change in the general game mechanic, and combat is as it has been throughout, it’s the immersion within the newly created setting that sets Point Lookout aside from the rest of the available expansions.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Battlefield 1943 sets a high standard for the quality of downloadable games, and at only a tenner is an almost essential purchase for any online FPS fan.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Priske and his team have designed a collection of intelligent and challenging puzzles with a soft, distinctive visual style and amazing sound work to back it up, which makes for a great experience. It’s sure to cause some brain hurt, but if people don’t mind challenge, then I am sure those puzzle lovers will absolutely enjoy what is in this little bundle of devilish fun.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For a fantastic price of £3.99, fans should not hesitate picking up The Walking Dead: 400 Days. It might move at lightning speed, and we might not get the most out of these new characters, but the sense of drama coming from these short stories makes for a tantalising time.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Haters will forever hate the series, and this game doesn’t do anything to change that, as it’s after its fans, and for those fans, you’re going to love Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition, as it jammed with hours upon hours of content that once again improves on the series’ formula and pushes it towards its prime.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s goodbye to Irrational Games, but at least the studio got the chance to finish off the series with a standing ovation, a satisfying conclusion that will help fans remember it for years to come.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Regardless, Heavy Rain is a fascinating project. It takes away much of the control featured in traditional videogames, yet is no less engaging because of it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans will be happy that Phoenix Wright was able to localize it – it really would have been a massive injustice if this game never saw the light of day outside of Japan, as Dual Destinies is up there with the best entries in the franchise.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whilst the ending is a disappointment, the game gets so many things right it is all too easy to succumb to its charms.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all it's another winner from the guys at Sega. Enough has been added to make it worth buying, while not messing with the perfection that made it a hit in the arcades over a decade ago. If you want to play tennis on your console it doesn't get any better than this.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, it was the gameplay that made last year’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown a standout title and that remains intact, but XCOM: Enemy Within is the dessert package to go with the main course you just ate, adding that sweet delight on top of an already pleasing and tasty meal.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Great production values from EA, which hasn’t rested on its laurels and has gone all out to make a great game. Cracking.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chime Super Deluxe is superior to its already brilliant forebear, but a small selection of missed opportunities compels us to drop the score a little.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Puppeteer is a superb demonstration of one team’s imagination let loose on the stage.