DarkZero's Scores

  • Games
For 955 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 54% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Batman: Arkham Asylum
Lowest review score: 10 101-in-1 Sports Party Megamix
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 96 out of 955
955 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ys: Memories of Celceta is a solid, all round, action RPG that anyone can pick up and get into. And for fans, well, you’ll be happy to know that this is up there as one of the better entries in the franchise.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    South Park: The Stick of Truth is the first time that a South Park game truly feels like an addition to or extension of the show, while giving fans a hilariously good time to boot.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes may be short, but it sure is sweet.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you played and enjoyed the first episode, then Ep.2 won’t let you down.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Final Fantasy XIV Online: A Realm Reborn does not bring much innovation to the genre, it’s taking aspects from other games and spinning them with a flavour of Final Fantasy. This mixture makes it one of my favourite MMOs of the last couple of years and one that certainly goes into my top three of all time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There isn’t a great deal of variety in the environments as they all tend to stick to the same techno-theatre setting, but there’s plenty of fun to be had with BattleBlock Theatre especially when playing with a friend.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crimsonland is one of those very simple games that is very easy to pick up and play, but extremely difficult to master.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall this is a highly enjoyable game which anyone who can get over the controls should give a go.
    • 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.
    • 83 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a game by itself it kind of feels empty and soulless. Get a mate to join with you and that is forgotten as the fun level rises considerably. It’s not a bad game in single player, but you feel as if it really was meant for humans and not COMs to play with you.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a game by itself it kind of feels empty and soulless. Get a mate to join with you and that is forgotten as the fun level rises considerably. It’s not a bad game in single player, but you feel as if it really was meant for humans and not COMs to play with you.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A nice evolution of its predecessor rather than been a true revolution of the developers efforts from last gen.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A nice evolution of its predecessor rather than been a true revolution of the developers efforts from last gen.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Whilst the weight of the FFVII hallmark gives the game an undeniable sense of gravity, at times it feels as if it also smothers it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For the people on the lookout for a new RPG to play and especially the ones who are awaiting Blizzard’s Diablo 3, Sacred 2 might just pass the time for you. It won’t replace your Diablo 3 thirst, but it will give you something to play in the meantime.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An essential play for any fan of George Lucas’ creation. Unfortunately, the gameplay feels a tad repetitive, un-ambitious and never quite lives up to the superb storytelling.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An essential play for any fan of George Lucas’ creation. Unfortunately, the gameplay feels a tad repetitive, un-ambitious and never quite lives up to the superb storytelling.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    People who don’t care for graphics will find a game that’s quite fun and somewhat unique in its multiplayer shenanigans. The classes are more complex and objective focus driven then any of the other multiplayer shooters out there.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Devil May Cry 4 despite its best efforts is still a puritan affair. There are many flaws that will put off newcomers, but for those who can tolerate those flaws there is an addictive, enjoyable and rewarding game just waiting to be played.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Devil May Cry 4 despite its best efforts is still a puritan affair. There are many flaws that will put off newcomers, but for those who can tolerate those flaws there is an addictive, enjoyable and rewarding game just waiting to be played.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s safe to say that despite its short (and irritating) story mode, repetitive gameplay and terrible indoor sections, Mirror’s Edge is a real kick up the collective arse for the first person genre.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s safe to say that despite its short (and irritating) story mode, repetitive gameplay and terrible indoor sections, Mirror’s Edge is a real kick up the collective arse for the first person genre.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It falters in just enough places to make you think before you hand over your money.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed Tiberium Wars then you should take pleasure in what is essentially more of the same. Kane’s Wrath delivers just enough in single player to make it a must buy for fans of the series, or for anyone who enjoys a good skirmish.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In all honesty, the simplification of the controls and hit-miss nature of the superstar mode mean that Sega Superstar Tennis isn’t quite as good as the tennis masterclass that was "Virtua Tennis 3."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In all honesty, the simplification of the controls and hit-miss nature of the superstar mode mean that Sega Superstar Tennis isn’t quite as good as the tennis masterclass that was "Virtua Tennis 3."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When all is said and done Wii Fit is a product that can help you lose weight as part of a calorie controlled diet, so in the end that's what really matters with a purchase of something like this.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In truth, not much of the core gameplay has changed, and it is still a GT game, albeit one that even more perfectly recreates what it’s like to get behind a wheel dream cars. In the same vein, all the vehicles on show have even more personality than ever before.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’re willing to dive into its briny unforgiving depths and learn from it, then there is about as much here as there is to get from a turn-based strategy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s clear this game is aimed at the Games Workshop crowd, and those who understand what Blood Bowl is are the ones that will gain the most pleasure from the game. Others will have to fight through the game’s resistance to stop newbies from playing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    History will best remember Red Alert 3 as being a good multiplayer RTS. At worst it’s an embarrassing parody of the 1996 classic. For a game whose ancestor was the original Red Alert, many will feel underwhelmed by the overall package, but you can’t argue against the well-proven mutliplayer gameplay.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There is a warning for fans though, when you play it, make sure you’ve got some happy pills with you, just to be on the safe side.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Soul Bubbles is undoubtedly an interesting game, but I have to admit it was hard to express and portray the appeal of the game in words.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The biggest chunk of praise needs to go to Swordfish, though, who have managed to take what – on paper, at least – is an awful idea and turn it into a decent shooter, even in a very crowded market.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The biggest chunk of praise needs to go to Swordfish, though, who have managed to take what – on paper, at least – is an awful idea and turn it into a decent shooter, even in a very crowded market.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s actually quite good in multiplayer and if you enjoy setting records then the same can be said for the competition side of it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s actually quite good in multiplayer and if you enjoy setting records then the same can be said for the competition side of it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Much of the story is kept until the end, with the rest mostly speculation from characters as to what is really going on, forcing you to play through to get more dirt on the mystery as it builds up.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the biggest problem with RotTK also happens to be its biggest strength. It makes no attempt to open itself up to newcomers, instead choosing to continue to revel in its deep historical accuracy.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It strikes me as ironic that the game is named Overlord when really the minions are the stars of the show.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Star Ocean: The Last Hope brings appealing sci-fi imagery to the Xbox 360 catalogue of RPGs. It’s not the best JRPG on the system, but what it does is give players a game with an addictive battle system.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In contrast to last year’s effort, none of the game’s high points are as memorable, and in addition, quite few gunfights start to border on routine as you get further into the game. For that reason, combined with the selection of other erratic blemishes named above, World at War is a notably less appealing game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In contrast to last year’s effort, none of the game’s high points are as memorable, and in addition, quite few gunfights start to border on routine as you get further into the game. For that reason, combined with the selection of other erratic blemishes named above, World at War is a notably less appealing game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Of course, it won’t make cooking any more entertaining if you already find it a bit of a chore, but if you just want to be entertained you could also sit back a look at Gordon Ramsey curse his way through an episode of The F Word.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ratchet and Clank: A Quest for Booty feels like a long side quest away from the events of Tools Of Destruction it therefore avoids any real spoilers to the main series story.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This game isn’t fantastic, but certainly will hold your attention for a while, through a mixture of compulsive gameplay, and energetic atmosphere brought on by the games fantastically manic tunes. You can’t go far wrong if you fancy a multiplayer game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Considering the initial shock of a Sonic RPG, and the potential, I think that SC could’ve been a bit better in most aspects but TDB definitely lays solid foundations for the probable sequel. It really is an RPG but delivered Sonic style; fast and fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you end up buying The Last Guy you’ll probably end up liking it to some extent, and if you can try and pace yourself, and don’t rush through the game, you’ll enjoy it even more.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It falters in just enough places to make you think before you hand over your money.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It falters in just enough places to make you think before you hand over your money.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There’s a lot to like, and equally as much to dislike.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The sheer amount of things to do is a key factor that prevents it falling into the trap of the same old routines other space games have fallen into. X3 is deep, complex, insanely huge, annoyingly but yet rewarding.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s not going make your mind EXPLODE, but it’s a really nice little game with plenty of charm and a clarity of design that you rarely see these days - especially on the DS, stuffed full of shovelware as it is.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Boing! Docomodake is a difficult game to gauge. At times it can be painfully frustrating - with some puzzles requiring a complete level-restart if failed initially – and it’s criminal just how short it is. But on the contrary, Boing! is filled with intuitive puzzles, a genuinely creative control scheme, and some truly amusing moments.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Give the developers some money for their hard work. It’s just kind of sad that such a great game makes you feel like such a mug for actually paying for it.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A combination of cooperative gameplay and ferocious versus modes keeps things fresh in the game’s online multiplayer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Whether it’s the cute aliens, the bright and impressive visuals, or the moments of humour, it’s hard to criticise the game too much.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The best thing about Bound in Blood is that it feels different from all the modern first person shooters on the market.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The best thing about Bound in Blood is that it feels different from all the modern first person shooters on the market.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The best thing about Bound in Blood is that it feels different from all the modern first person shooters on the market.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s far from perfect but it supplies gamers with a decent action experience with an awesome QTE mechanic to show off scenes that are totally outrageous, but so memorable.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At the very least, the game's main theme is one of the most catchy heard in years, that has to be worth a few plaudits. [JPN Import]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Anybody actually paying attention to the narrative will appreciate the gasp-inducing ending, and anybody under twelve will appreciate the abundance of inappropriate costumes that come included. For everyone else it’s a good, if not quite great platformer, that complements the main game while not exactly revolutionising it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you are a Wii owner looking for something a bit different, and incidentally if you’re a twenty five year old man who misses the days he could sit in his pants watching Going Live, then A Boy And His Blob is still definitely worth a look-in.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The best part of this adventure is the characters, with Ceville, Ambrosius, the undead pirate and the lisping demon all possessing the potential for further development. I would welcome them back in a slightly more humourus and random comedic sequel.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end Phantasy Star Portable will only appeal to people who can play it with friends. As a single player game is feels rather mediocre as you traverse through the dreary story.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Selecting whether you play as the depressed emo girl or the teenage slut might add some replayability, but only if you enjoy the game’s generally sluggish and strange presentation. If it sounds like your cup of tea, you need only shell out ten dollars to walk The Path.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bonsai Barber stands out as one of the better WiiWare titles available to buy, but it isn’t an absolute must-have. Cute visuals and a quirky style accompany this entertaining if somewhat shallow game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It has its flaws, and is by no means the perfect game, but it is the perfect Wolverine-simulator, at least for the time being.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It has its flaws, and is by no means the perfect game, but it is the perfect Wolverine-simulator, at least for the time being.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The bizarre music and strange noises and beats do take away from the experience somewhat, but it’s still an enjoyable game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All in all there’s a lot of play here, although it is most fun playing with friends.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a pleasant romp through a funky world that might be a touch too exotic for narrow-minded audiences, but the gameplay is entirely accessible. For a fresh world to vent your frustrations and fulfill your violent fantasies in, Zeno Clash is the way to go.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The budget price and quaint visual style makes Cogs as addictive and satisfying as the old-school toys it references. It'll certainly last longer than a ball-in-a-cup.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Not exactly groundbreaking, but enjoyable none-the-less, rarely can a game be summarised with the terms 'camp' and 'ultra-violent', yet Yakuza 3 manages to pull it off with ease.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're one of the many who've grown tired of spikey blonde protagonists and thirty hour corridors, then maybe it's time you let Nier convince you that there is room for change.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're one of the many who've grown tired of spikey blonde protagonists and thirty hour corridors, then maybe it's time you let Nier convince you that there is room for change.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The package as a whole isn’t as polished and deep as NHL 10, but its accessibility and fun factor certainly counts for something. It looks great too, and with online modes that extend the challenge and lifespan of the game, NHL 2K10 has come as close as its ever done to matching EA’s game.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The package as a whole isn’t as polished and deep as NHL 10, but its accessibility and fun factor certainly counts for something. It looks great too, and with online modes that extend the challenge and lifespan of the game, NHL 2K10 has come as close as its ever done to matching EA’s game.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s worth it just to spend a little more time on Mars with some bombs and some high powered lasers, just don’t expect anything drastically new.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s worth it just to spend a little more time on Mars with some bombs and some high powered lasers, just don’t expect anything drastically new.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Incidentally, if they bring this game out for the Xbox 360 like they keep saying they want to, it'll probably be amazing. So I'll see you on there… in two years. Good-day!
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you are in to the clubbing scene at all, or have any aspirations towards being a DJ you’ll definitely find this game worth picking up.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a good game and the zero gravity gameplay is innovative; Shattered Horizon just lacks that extra oomph of content – be it more weapons, character classes, RPG style upgrades or even vehicle sections - to improve longevity.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So, if like me you’re a little weary of current shooters, or just fancy a bit of something retro then Serious Sam HD should be right up your alley. Weighing in at 1200 MS points, roughly a tenner, it’s not going to break the bank either. There’s loads of fun to be had here, but you better get used to dying a lot, but it’s all worth it to save the world.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Strikeforce is a step in the right direction for the franchise. It’s the much needed change that the series was crying out for. It’s just shame the console version is a port of the PSP game.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Strikeforce is a step in the right direction for the franchise. It’s the much needed change that the series was crying out for. It’s just shame the console version is a port of the PSP game.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The issue is not with the game's creators, who haven't made a bad game at all. It's with the community that they have catered for with it. Words like 'PWNING' popping up when you're on a killing spree, however tongue and cheek, still add to the vibe that these overly-aggressive, humiliating or just downright internetty behaviours are encouraged.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite its faults, it is definitely worth gathering some friends to play it with at least once, and you can figure out how you feel about it from there.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not quite the ultimate Green Day experience that you might have hoped for, but there is nothing else out there in the videogame world that supports the American Trio as much as this.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not quite the ultimate Green Day experience that you might have hoped for, but there is nothing else out there in the videogame world that supports the American Trio as much as this.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Confounding puzzles aside, “Fright of the Bumblebees” functions nicely as an adventure game for just about any audience or age group. The humor is varied, the gameplay is accessible, and the challenge is substantial without being frustrating.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Confounding puzzles aside, “Fright of the Bumblebees” functions nicely as an adventure game for just about any audience or age group. The humor is varied, the gameplay is accessible, and the challenge is substantial without being frustrating.