DarkZero's Scores

  • Games
For 1,334 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 Grand Theft Auto IV
Lowest review score: 10 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5
Score distribution:
1334 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a solid upgrade for fans, while offering people who enjoy something similar, maybe through the latest Animal Crossing game, to come to Rune Factory 4 with the same mindset of a pick up and play experience, but be met with rewards for all their hard work.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Surprisingly accessible and deep as you like, Offworld Trading Company is a standout addition to what’s already been a fantastic year for strategy games.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a very rewarding game, not just in its mechanics, but with the plot and its possibilities of altered scenarios playing out.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's an engaging, exciting, fearless and endlessly imaginative masterpiece with a clarity of vision that is so, so rare in traditional big-budget releases.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Perhaps the worst thing you can say about Lego Indy is that it is not as instantly likeable as the Lego Star Wars games, and that it’s more of a relationship you’ll have to work at instead of being the love at first sight Travellers Tales' previous efforts were.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The reality of the situation is that if you want a fully featured and licensed affair, there will be those of you that will just go with the new FIFA offering, and that’s fine I guess. But there are those who like a purer experience, and it’s undeniable that Pro Evolution Soccer has that.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a wonderfully poignant, moving sci-fi journey.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, MVC Origins comes the closest I've seen yet to recreating that arcade feeling you know and love. After playing these games, don't be surprised if you start demanding your opponent's quarters because of how badly you just beat him. There might be other games that copy the speed-based fighter formula, but few have ever and may ever copy this great blend of characters, enjoyment, and playability.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall Etherlords has been quite an experience for a somewhat simple game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Deathtrap is a game that, although it may sound cliche, is easy to pickup but very difficult to master.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Speaking of unlockables, I would also like to have being given the chance of getting to mention the likes Time Attack, which is supported by online leaderboards, and Endless Attack, which is probably the most hard-hitting survival mode ever included in a game in the history of time, tasking players with getting by as many screen as possible before unmercifully dying.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Taking on Mario Kart is a daunting challenge but Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing is a faster alternative that stands up well. A decent kart game on PS3 and Xbox 360 has been long overdue so it’s easy to recommend this.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Etrian Mystery Dungeon is a good dungeon crawler with a few small annoying elements to it. For some those might all add up and cause a great deal of frustration, but for people who are able to put up with it and dig deep into the dungeons, there’s fun to be had.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea is overall a pleasurable tale, and even when the overarching story has a depressing theme and the graphical performance is a little lacking, nothing stops it from being just a bliss of fun, a warm bundle of charm in a climate where we kind of need something to give us a smile from time to time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As it stands, F1 2013 is a great, but familiar racer that samples a fraction of the sport’s history. But as a game, you’ll only need it if you’re a diehard fan.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though it slightly misses that mark, this is still one adventurous journey that is worth the few bumps along the road.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you are a fan of Dragon Quest, then really, this game is for you. There are areas that could be improved, and the lack of multiplayer will upset Musou fans, but Dragon Quest Heroes resurrects the series through a different style of game and tickles those nostalgic memories.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    World of Final Fantasy is an incredibly charming and love-filled traditional RPG that will give fans of the series a fuzzy feeling inside until the next big entry in the franchise arrives.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fans of the genre should fully enjoy what is on offer here, and newcomers who are looking for a few days of cooperative fun - problems with pacing and small glitches aside – should gather some friends and sit back and enjoy a few evenings of Victorian dungeon crawling – it’s finger clicking good.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a modern reinvention, The King of Fighters XIII is everything longtime fans could hope for, and a sufficient cleansing of the disappointing KoF XII. It’s too bad that SNK couldn’t cater more to newbie players just tuning in, but even with the confusing third act storyline, the tight gameplay and character variety might prove enough to make those late bloomers into newly converted fans.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The final hour of episode 3 is its strongest, where the players are able to shape the character development in some really interesting ways that lead to either a satisfying catharsis or heartbreaking submission.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Perhaps the worst thing you can say about Lego Indy is that it is not as instantly likeable as the Lego Star Wars games, and that it’s more of a relationship you’ll have to work at instead of being the love at first sight Travellers Tales' previous efforts were.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Be it a trip down memory lane or your introduction to the 8-bit era the Mega Man Legacy Collection gives you all you’d expect and more.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While many, many improvements have been made over its predecessor, The King of Fighters XIII is not without its faults. One of the biggest requests from fans was that of better netcode. The King of Fighters XII was known for its downright terrible and horrendous lag. SNK has stated multiple times that XIII will feature a better online experience but I can't say they've made good on that promise. While input latency has definitely been cut down, it is still quite noticeable.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans will like the new modes and the inclusion of Silver creatures, and newcomers shouldn’t feel scared of joining the fun, as Magic 2014 is once again another successful attempt at digitally recreating the intricate card game and breaking it down to easy, understandable fun.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But for those prepared to deal with the learning curve, micromanagement and single-player focus – and especially for anyone who loves the tabletop game – Armada is well worth your time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for a handheld game that oozes quality presentation and attractive story but don’t mind some of its simplicity, then take Soul Sacrifice for a taste; it just might pull you in.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The only real “achievement” of EndWar is its voice command system.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Such frustrations aside, Metro 2033 is still a pleasant addition to an otherwise played-out genre and setting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    SkyDrift is 1200 Microsoft Points (£10), and because of that you can somewhat forgive the shortcomings, since the title is full of quality instead of quantity. It's worth the admission fee as it is a blast to play, and a bit of a surprise hit that sprang out of nowhere. If you've been waiting for the next decent arcade racer on Xbox Live Arcade then you should check out this title.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Revelations 2 continues to steadily climb upwards in both quality and content, with episode 3 possibly being the longest experience yet. The decision to distribute the episodes weekly also prove that the Resident Evil series makes for a surprisingly good episodic series.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dragon’s Dogma itself is a fantastic title with some innovative ideas for the genre. If you never played it, then I strongly suggest buying the Dark Arisen release, especially if you love western-esque RPGs; and for the budget price, you are getting one quality video game.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    EA continues to make the look and feel of the Tiger Woods series distinct from any other franchise, and the marked improvements to the game allow me to confidently state that you’ll enjoy it more than other title in the series.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I honestly did not really mind that the game closed without fully explaining itself; the problem was that as the credits rolled my mind harked back to earlier points in the game, trying to give those supposedly standout moments a second thought, and realising none of them really stood out firmly in my mind.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Tera sure makes promise on the "true action combat" that it so advertises, but that change alone to the MMORPG formula isn't enough to flip the genre on its head, especially when you've forgotten about other aspects of it.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Either way, JRPG fans should pick up Tales of Graces F and relish in its throwback to great times when the genre was alive and kicking.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In conclusion, Just Dance 4 is a good game which utilises the Kinect in an impressive manner.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Perhaps the worst thing you can say about Lego Indy is that it is not as instantly likeable as the Lego Star Wars games, and that it’s more of a relationship you’ll have to work at instead of being the love at first sight Travellers Tales' previous efforts were.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Like Peggle Nights, Peggle 2 feels like just an extension of the original game and not a whole lot more.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate allows newcomers to see the start of the improvements to the Warriors series, which at one point was suffering from its own lack of ambition, and turn itself into a worthwhile hack and slash addict’s wet dream.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is a game that doesn't attempt to be anything that it isn't.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Too me, all platformer releases from Nintendo should be a direct feed to the best innovation the company can offer. This gets someway up the flagpole but falls short of hitting the top.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Though the gameplay additions for this year merit a purchase (yes, even if you own last year's version), I truly hope the DLC model for this game doesn't become standard in sports titles.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Toki Tori 2+ is what it is: a bright puzzle game with lots of pushing and pulling, manipulating and exploring. If you enjoy a good puzzle-platformer that looks beautiful, feels natural and consistently creates a challenge without the frustrations of getting stuck, then this one is a no-brainer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Worms W.M.D. is a triumph. Sure, we could tie ourselves in knots asking why they didn’t come out with something like this sooner, but what would be the point? For now, let’s just bask in its wormly glory.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game is still jolly good fun.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    My Army is a nicely designed endless runner game, with some fun social elements, but it doesn't offer up anything particularly new for gamers to sink their teeth into. This might not normally be an issue, but in a marketplace full of similar games, you really need a hook to keep players playing, and unfortunately, My Army just doesn't have that.
    • 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
    Like Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, this is a game that is simplistic in concept but catered heavily toward fans of the series. Yet unlike Theatrhythm’s serviceable-yet-sterile insert of characters and compositions, Dancing All Night goes the extra mile to ensure that Persona 4’s beloved cast bring their A-game to this endearing love letter in addition to its plethora of toe-tapping remixes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Well, call me utterly surprised. Spec Ops: The Line showed me that it's more than just a generic shooter. Backing up the solid, if somewhat familiar, gameplay is a fantastic and smart story experience that no other shooter has done for some time.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    To summarize, Apotheon is a fairly good game, but I feel more could have been added, and certain aspects certainly could have been handled better than they were upon the game’s port to a console.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shadows of the Damned is one of the best games of the year, and I never expected to say that. The only fault I can think of is that it's probably a bit too easy.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Purely from a gameplay standpoint this is one of the most consistently well designed adventure games I've played, and tackling its scenarios was a delight, but while nearly any other video game genre gets away with its particular narrative vices, story and characters are such crucial aspects of this one. Poor characterisation and a too familiar storyline is ultimately enough to render Resonance a mechanically impressive adventure game that sorely lacks personality.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Total War: Rome 2 is a hugely in-depth and highly engrossing experience; it has it’s pro’s and con’s (as does every game), but this is a game that will age like a fine wine and as such get better with time (and developer support and updates).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Shooting Nazis until they explode is a fun diversion, but there’s a better game that does that, and it’s called Wolfenstein: The New Order.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk is a solid port from Gust, which adds another Atelier game to the PlayStation Vita.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although the mechanics may get same-y in the long run, due to the lack of much variation, The Flame in the Flood is pure art. It’s full of emotion and is abundantly clear that it was made as a labour of love, making the lack of a true challenge or any real replayability an even bigger shame as it falls short of being great.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There’s a lot to like, and equally as much to dislike.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Beginner’s Guide is a poignant and thought-provoking journey into the minds of game developers who are at their core, people with struggles and insecurities of their own. $10 might seem a steep price tag for an hour and a half of playtime without traditional mechanics, goals, or objectives, but if you take a chance you might find yourself moved (and even changed) by the time the credits roll.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Syder Arcade is visually incredible and the music and sound effects only add to the atmosphere that it generates.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In conclusion Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate is an amazing standalone game packed with fun things to do from beginning to end. However a weak, badly paced story, and two uninspired protagonists hold it back from being a great Assassin’s Creed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Denpa Men 2 is a vast improvement over the first with the addition of a rather large over-world to explore, a classic RPG soundtrack, a seemingly shallow story that evolves into a deeper (but still comical) tale as you progress, and great 3D visuals with the dungeons actually looking deep due to the semi top-down view.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall my suggestion would be, stick the game’s suggestions (hints) on high, enjoy it as a constant stream of brain-dead semi funny entertainment, in a universe you are probably familiar with, and get as much stress-free enjoyment from what admittedly, feels like a pretty polished episodic game.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Between the two Ys games released on Steam this year, I feel that Ys Origin is just that bit better than Ys: The Oath in Felghana. Both are great titles, but Origin builds on the formula with a solid, constructed experience from start to finish that never gets stale, great pacing, multiple and distinctive characters and a fast, in your face combat system. For £12.99 on Steam, you seriously cannot go wrong with checking out this top action RPG.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So despite its short-comings, Toy Story 3 is a remarkably solid licensed game. It's not going to blow any brains or break boundaries, instead it's going to give kids and even grown ups, certainly Pixar fans, a solid and cheerful experience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Apart from some shiny new graphics, and a some multiplayer game modes it is exactly the same game as all those years ago.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If it wasn’t clear from my introduction, then it should be now. Samurai Warriors 4 is Omega Force taking the series forward by recalculating its understanding of the franchise and adapting it to be better at what it does best – supplying none stop badassery, frantic, fast action with improved mechanics to the core gameplay and plenty of content to explore, which in turn shifts the title for best entry in any Warriors game to date into this warlord’s castle.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In short words, if you like indie games and the puzzle genre, Q.U.B.E. is something that you should get, especially if you liked Portal.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The only real “achievement” of EndWar is its voice command system.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Hyrule Warriors, despite its flaws, is a very addictive game and is most certainly worth playing extensively.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It makes a lot of sense that a game made under such conditions would feel unpolished. I would love to see this game built on and improved upon. There’s so much potential in the creepiness that hovers over every step you take.