DarkZero's Scores

  • Games
For 1,330 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 World of Goo
Lowest review score: 10 101-in-1 Sports Party Megamix
Score distribution:
1330 game reviews
    • 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?
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    • 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.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    SEUM delivers hours of entertainment, frustration, and the perfect bite-sized trials to hit, not just the ‘one more try’ feeling, but instead the ‘damn I was close and I won’t stop before beating this thing’.
    • 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
    Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX is a game that holds bundles of musical delight.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re new to the genre, then this is no doubt an excellent place to start – but there’s a clear argument that it might be better to wait until a few of the planned expansions and improvements have been released before taking the plunge.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the main story missions are a little easy, it still is really fun to play with, and there are already plenty of user-generated missions to play with. Volume’s purity of focus in creating simple stealth works well for the most part.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It is a unique mismatch of ideas, and that is what makes it so uniquely appealing, and very much worth giving a go.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though not as expansive enough to call it a true special edition, Devil May Cry 4 features a lot of fan-favorite additions and an attractive price that makes it well worth double-dipping (or triple-dipping if you originally started on console and moved to PC).
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Chime Sharp builds upon the original Chime by stuffing it with more game modes and improving the presentation. The series once again brings a consolidation of simple, but addictive puzzle mechanics and a wonderfully pleasing dynamic soundtrack that combines together with the colourful visuals to deliver a challenging treat for anyone who likes a stimulating puzzle game with fantastic music.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is unquestionably the best Transformers game ever, a game to satisfy a yearning fanbase, a game instantly accessible for any non-affiliate who simply wants a good hack ‘n’ slash, and a sufficient platform on which to build a series.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen to this day still remains a one of a kind game with some innovative ideas that you cannot find in any other RPG. With all the technical hiccups gone, packaged here is what marketing people would call the “Definitive Edition,” and for existing fans, all the improvements from running on PC hardware are alone worth a revisit to the world of Gransys.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aviary Attorney could’ve quite easily been a birdbrained game built solely to ruffled some of Capcom’s feathers. However it quickly becomes clear that JayJay and friends have more than enough smarts to even outwit Capcom’s much loved attorney at some turns.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another great entry for the lawyer, building on past titles and upping its arsenal of mechanics to keep players hooked.
    • 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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    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gameplay is what truly makes Mankind Divided shine, and here, any problems with the racial story is made up by having a complex and immersive world with level design purposely built around the idea of Deus Ex‘s choice gameplay.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may be a B-tier RPG, but it’s a very well-made B-tier RPG that is just as addicting for JRPG fans as the A+ classics.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hitman has refined its gameplay, while having options that help newcomers, but should not upset existing fans, and as such, is a solid start that hopefully keeps getting better and upping the variety with each mission added.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The story might be forgettable, but Grand Kingdom‘s gameplay certainly is not. This is a game that features a refreshing and unique battle concept for a genre that can often feature formulaic combat, mixing its deep mechanics to bring a challenging, beautiful and inventive game that is a fascinating breath of fresh air for tactical RPGs.
    • 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.
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    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, while we in the Western world have been blessed with a few Hatsune Miku games in the past, nothing comes close to what Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone offers. Its arcade roots might mean the highest difficulties are some of the hardest songs the series has introduced on console due to not having an identical controller to the arcade, but there is no denying that this is the Hatsune Miku game to own above all other titles available, while at the same time being an amazing value proposition.
    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The story moves slowly, and can take a while to get through, and while not much about it feels new, it does a good job of taking already established elements and making them into something fun.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With great feeling melee combat, gruesome action, solid level design and brutal difficulty, this game is a hell of a lot of fun and is ideal for anyone looking for more first-person action to cure an itch for cooperative fun who doesn’t mind grinding on the side to impress the rats with their better gear.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s certainly on my list of games to show to first-timers and I can only hope there will be a steady stream of DLC challenges to come. Releasing at a very honest price, I’d say Lethal VR is a must have and will be recommending it strongly.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall this is a game that should not be passed up simply because you have already put in so many hours on another game. Rather it should be experienced for what it is and all other developers looking to dip a toe in the MMO pool should take note that this is how to breathe life into an otherwise stagnant and overcrowded free-to play market.
    • 85 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, despite scope for improvement in future installments, EDF 4.1 is an accessible, enjoyable and unique experience to any newcomer prepared to suspend triple-A gaming logic. For veterans, it’s the the best outing yet for this beloved oddity.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Packed with content and hilarious multiplayer modes, Trackmania Turbo will entertain for many hours to come, and is an easy recommendation for anyone looking for a clever solo or multiplayer arcade racer on consoles.
    • 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.