DarkZero's Scores

  • Games
For 986 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 40% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 55% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Portal 2
Lowest review score: 10 CID The Dummy
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 98 out of 986
986 game reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As of this writing, Ubisoft has created a live blog that promises to address all of the technical issues that is plaguing their high profile game. Considering their misplaced priorities, however, they hardly deserve a pass for releasing Assassin’s Creed Unity in the miserable shape that it’s in, which damages both this decent entry in the series as well as the very AC brand itself.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Despite the tedious missions, wonky controls and piss-poor visuals, it can cast a strange spell over you.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Despite the tedious missions, wonky controls and piss-poor visuals, it can cast a strange spell over you.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I'll admit that I've played games that are technically worse than Homefront, but I have not played a game that irritated me as much as this in a very long time.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Check vs. Mate could have been very good if the developers hadn't been lazy with character animations, or if someone had taken the time to write a legitimate story.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unless you want to experience a butchered version of Silent Hill 2 and a somewhat decent Silent Hill 3, don't buy this collection.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately there is so much wrong with it that it doesn’t even manage to reach average status.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge never had much of a chance of matching the quality of its predecessors, but it would have at least sufficed as a decent game. The unforgiving difficulty and poorly-planned gameplay restrictions only bring to light the still-present flaws of the original game rather than cover them up.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus is a case study that just because a game can be ported to a handheld doesn’t mean it necessarily should, especially if it suffers from downgraded visuals, spotty framerate and imprecise controls. Newbie players who never played the console versions may end up less frustrated out of ignorance, but a game that originally relied on tight controls and smooth gameplay should not have to endure such drawbacks just for the sake of going portable. It may earn points as a novelty to have the game on the go, but the cost of portability is too much of a disservice for a great action game optimized for consoles.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately there is so much wrong with it that it doesn’t even manage to reach average status.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There is fun to be had here for children who are particularly fond of colouring and puzzles, but if they’re that keen, you can get the real thing for a tiny fraction of the cost of this (as well as being able to look at your work later), and so there’s little reason to buy Crayola Treasure Adventures.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    After you've experienced The Run you'll sadly come to the conclusion that it isn't any good. It's a great idea compromised by poor design and handling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Tiberium Twilight is a poor game that removes the things that made the original concept so good. What’s left is a hollow shell that feels irrelevant, given the superior games in the series that came long before it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s a shame that such smooth controls, great audio and classic visuals were wasted on a game that is just so outdated.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The original Force Unleashed shot for the stars, and fell short, but at least you could commend it for trying. Force Unleashed 2 feels sterile and barren in comparison, refusing to try for anything spectacular, and managing to reuse and recycle its few good ideas countless times over its short run.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Wii Music is the equivalent of Leonardo da Vinci saying he’ll paint the Mona Lisa for you, but then deciding to challenge himself by using a Etch A Sketch. Yes, I am sure the clever old codger could work out something, but you’re sure as hell not going to take a vacation to Paris to view the end result.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It should be noted that the idea of terrain deformation is a good one, and one that deserves to be expanded on, but this time around its implementation is significantly below par in execution. So much so, that I’d be hard-pressed to recommend the game to anyone - even as a rental.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It should be noted that the idea of terrain deformation is a good one, and one that deserves to be expanded on, but this time around its implementation is significantly below par in execution. So much so, that I’d be hard-pressed to recommend the game to anyone - even as a rental.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The original Force Unleashed shot for the stars, and fell short, but at least you could commend it for trying. Force Unleashed 2 feels sterile and barren in comparison, refusing to try for anything spectacular, and managing to reuse and recycle its few good ideas countless times over its short run.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    An absolute rotting putrid corpse of a videogame.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It’s poorly executed and ends up being a boring, generic title that can’t justify a place for itself in your DS collection.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    In all honesty I fail to see a reason for anyone buy something this. Even if you included the whole game as a mini-game in some other larger title it would still seem limited. It’s honestly a miracle that I wrote this much about a game that offers gamers so little in return.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Give this game a miss, and get your EXP-grinding gums around Dungeon Siege 2.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, the bad points massively outweigh the good ones, and when the credits roll you’ll be left with a feeling that it all could have been so much better. The game also has absolutely no replay value whatsoever, and is consequently terrible value for money.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sadly, for me this game was a big disappointment, a bit of a wreck so to speak.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    For a person who missed the era when the game was in its prime, Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded will feel like a relic creeping into the modern age and demonstrating to everyone how archaic the old times used to be.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    So, Dark Horizon isn’t a horrible game. It’s just not a very good one, either. While nothing about it is particularly offensive, it still absolutely fails to generate any interest in a genre that, in most people’s eyes, stagnated a long time ago.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Bugs ruin fun.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Regardless of its name, it's still clear to see Haze is a disappointing game based on a weak premise that has been half-heartedly realised.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Mugen Souls has interesting ideas, but they are badly implemented, causing the game to include too much unwanted junk.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    How the developer of Star Wars: Battlefront and the publishers of the Battlefield series let this one out the door in this state I will never understand.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Bugs ruin fun.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you can make it past the horrible audiovisuals and laborious gameplay then there is some fun to be had here, but you really have to work for it.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    What Sonic and the Black Knight amounts to is a game that has been polished to within an inch of its life, yet one that sadly misses the point everywhere else.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The game is not criminally poor, and nowhere near as painful as having red hot needles shoved into your eyes, but at times you get an insidious feeling that those involved put as little effort as possible into delivering the final product.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    How the developer of Star Wars: Battlefront and the publishers of the Battlefield series let this one out the door in this state I will never understand.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As with most movie licence titles, QoS is an average experience, plagued by problems, that will undoubtedly sell well due to the advertising campaign and corresponding blockbuster.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Gamers with significant visual impairments will have new reasons to question their eyesight, and the true nostalgia hungry fans will be vastly disappointed at the lack of content compared to other games such as Stargate and Geometry Wars.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It’s just a really bad game, in places unapologetically bad.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection is one for the hardcore fans of the Hyperdimension Neptunia series who want to see more of their favourite characters break off into another type of game.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With dull events, terrible lip synching in the cut scenes, short story and just not enough to do for a sandbox game the few fun vehicle parts just aren’t enough. If you have some small children who enjoyed the film it’s probably worth picking up just to keep them quiet for a bit, but for anyone else it just isn’t worth it.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In the end, The Witch and the Hundred Knight is a failed experiment made more noticeable due to its heartlessly joyless story.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Call me disappointed in the end for Dungeon Fighter Live. I was hoping to have a nice smoothie of fun, beat-em-up gameplay, RPG elements and loot blended into one, but I came away saddened and frustrated.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It’s just a really bad game, in places unapologetically bad.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Ironically, KoD sums itself up in its own lacklustre ‘Yar’ sound effect, which becomes annoying from the very start. That’s just what Pirates: KoD is; lacklustre.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Personally I found it a bit on the dull side but perhaps it might make an ideal Christmas present for a more elderly relative, as long as they have a DS that is.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The DS version also uses a 2D isometric view and to be honest isn’t the most pleasing on the eye.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A simple design idea for controllers created a massive chain reaction in how the game is played, and frankly, it’s for the worst.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Somehow someone somewhere managed to design and create a game that is almost completely devoid of fun and enjoyment.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Somehow someone somewhere managed to design and create a game that is almost completely devoid of fun and enjoyment.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    With dull events, terrible lip synching in the cut scenes, short story and just not enough to do for a sandbox game the few fun vehicle parts just aren’t enough. If you have some small children who enjoyed the film it’s probably worth picking up just to keep them quiet for a bit, but for anyone else it just isn’t worth it.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    In the end, the very existence of Top Gun is a confusing one, as there was hardly any demand for a modern videogame based on the aged franchise. Strip away the camp value of the movie, and there is nothing left but unimpressive dog fights that have been polished years ago by other jet-based games like the Ace Combat series.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There is really nothing astonishing about this game. The anime (and the manga) does it all so much better – go spend a couple of hours watching that instead.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A simple design idea for controllers created a massive chain reaction in how the game is played, and frankly, it’s for the worst.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It’s only been out for a couple of weeks and it’s already getting heavily discounted by some retailers – and there’s a whole bunch of reasons for that. I don’t care if you’re a fan of the show, it’s just not worth it.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If you are an X-Men fan, save your money. If you must, give it a rental. But under no circumstances should you waste your money on this. The less people buy it the better, maybe then Activision will get the message that they can't get away with substandard rubbish like this.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This is a game that could have been a lot better than it is. But it is not better. It is exactly as good as it is, and that is not good. It is, in fact, bad.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Don’t be a sucker. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It isn't an awful game, by any measure – just a terminally dull one.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As you can probably tell, I am very disappointed that such an iconic character has been given a below-par game to represent his 50th anniversary. The idea is great, but the execution and lack of respect – or maybe it is effort – to represent all the Bonds with the correct actors and context, is poor.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s quite hard to recommend Last Rebellion to anyone but some insane hardcore RPG person, certainly after the recent rush of decent titles that have arrived for the genre. The game is full of so many decisions that hamper the experience and fun.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you’ve never played one and are somewhat interested then you are best of buying Dynasty Warriors 6 instead because Warriors Orochi 2 just doesn’t get past private rank anymore in this world of dynasty wars.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Given that the game only allows the use of the Wii-mote, playing a good old game of football seems a hard concept to imitate. Needless to say, this sport is ridiculously unsatisfying.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Tornado is a title that started with a solid base of fun gameplay mechanics and interesting level design and then buried it under a mound of inexplicably terrible design faults that seem like they were created to generate annoyance.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    There are just four ‘arenas’ to choose from, four factions, with four characters in each, three similar modes and variable numbers of Balls present in each game. It won’t take long to exhaust the possibilities.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If only some time and effort went into creating what could be an enjoyable romp. As it turns out this reeks of disappointment.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the biggest problem with PDC World Championship Darts 2008 is there is very little reason for it to exist.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Who am I kidding? I’ve tried, but this game is just rubbish. Utter crap. Another steaming pile of movie-based compost to throw on the pile. Avoid this game like your brain depended on it.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Don’t be a sucker. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    A simple design idea for controllers created a massive chain reaction in how the game is played, and frankly, it’s for the worst.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It isn't an awful game, by any measure – just a terminally dull one.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Who am I kidding? I’ve tried, but this game is just rubbish. Utter crap. Another steaming pile of movie-based compost to throw on the pile. Avoid this game like your brain depended on it.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sadly, while the game does have its fun moments here and there, the game breaks apart with monotonous and predicable combat, boring side quests and poor pacing. It’s one for the hardcore fans, but even then, I’m not sure how well they can admire this.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you're into mindless bashing, you might somewhat enjoy Bloodforge, but I think most people will be fine with just skipping the title and saving their Microsoft Points for some of the other great stuff coming soon to the marketplace.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    I said it when I was describing the interface: Clan of Champions is a minimal title. I don't think the people who developed it are bad game designers in any way; I just think they got lazy. They came up with an amazing premise but then didn't put enough effort into it to make it worth playing. Honestly, if you even have a somewhat decent computer, sidestep this game in favor of Dark Souls, Fable, or Kingdoms of Amular. You'll have much more fun.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It’s only been out for a couple of weeks and it’s already getting heavily discounted by some retailers – and there’s a whole bunch of reasons for that. I don’t care if you’re a fan of the show, it’s just not worth it.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    101-in-1 Sports Party Megamix lacks imagination, polish, passion, quality, depth, and will ensure your house will never be the place to party at again.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The game is all about making more money to progress, but the grind to get it is monotonous, meaning most will lose the will to toil away on the farm long before getting access to the bigger, better machinery.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It’s only been out for a couple of weeks and it’s already getting heavily discounted by some retailers – and there’s a whole bunch of reasons for that. I don’t care if you’re a fan of the show, it’s just not worth it.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    At times it evokes some nostalgic memories from a generation gone, but ultimately it fails to match the standards those titles set back in their heyday.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Deep Black: Reloaded falls short of its promising use of a predominately-water environment and instead casts that aside to become a below average shooter fest.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    For us to fight monsters, Yuke’s have created a monster of their own. I wish the apocalypse had never been canceled. No one should have lived on to see this hideous travesty of a game.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Battleship is just another below-par movie license videogame. It features an extremely short campaign that you can blast through in an evening and no multiplayer or incentives to replay once you've finished the game. It isn't worth the full retail asking price for the sheer fact that none of the gameplay is exciting or good. In short, the game is basic, boring, uninspiring and not entertaining. Battleship should be left to sink in the cluttered first-person shooter market.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The effort put into the questions and answers is stellar and something that will have people flocking to this game like a tasty cake but, sadly, the cake has no icing, no sprinkles, or even external goodies to make it long lasting.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    As it stands, Kidz Sports Crazy Mini Golf represents everything that is wrong with the Nintendo Wii’s casual market.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Thanks to Street Fighter IV’s rebirth of the genre, there is now a wealth of options to pick from when it comes to fighting games, so there are no reasons to buy the generic sounding Girl Fight, because this is a bad, budget fighter with no redeeming qualities to enjoy.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s a dumb and silly game, and sure, it’s not what you would call a good video game, but deep down there is some sort of hidden charm that makes me have a guilty pleasure when the game’s doing its best.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If only some time and effort went into creating what could be an enjoyable romp. As it turns out this reeks of disappointment.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    You’d have to be a real dummy to spend any money on this.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    I hate the idea of any studio producing a flop and having to close, so I hope this doesn't happen to Version 2. But next time I hope they spend a bit more on polishing whatever game they work on. When it comes to Smash 'N' Survive though, gamers should avoid it like the Austin Allegro, because you'd never buy that car, right?
    • 24 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The Postal games have always been unoriginal by gameplay standards, but have always made up for it with hilarious situations. Unfortunately, this Postal game seems to have taken too much from inspirations like Gears of War. It literally feels like they spent half the time the game was in development watching Jackass, and the other half reading 14 year old boys' Blogspots. They then combined the two and decided to make a clunky game out of it.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    There is nothing at all worth recommending about this game, especially when there is no shortage of free titles that do a far more effective job of scaring gamers out of their wits instead of their wallets.