DarkZero's Scores

  • Games
For 1,246 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 41% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 53% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Lowest review score: 10 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5
Score distribution:
1246 game reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While we shouldn’t ignore its problems with the flow of the story and illogical puzzles, this shouldn’t stop anyone who is a follower of the genre from jumping into this world of magic and talking animals to enjoy one kid’s dream of a delightful summer adventure.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Revolution DLC pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is the first major downloadable content that Treyarch have released for the widely popular game. Probably the most anticipated additions to the game are a Zombies map and a new Zombies game mode to go along with it.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    AYIM is a great distraction for any fan of casual puzzles who doesn’t want to blow a lot of cash.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite being a shorter and less varied experience than Super Meat Boy, this game perfectly fills the void felt by anyone looking for a new platformer where they will snap their controllers in frustration.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like strategy RPGs then you owe it to yourself to check this 20+ hour game out. Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love will be one of the freshest experiences you've had in the genre for a while and shouldn't be avoided because of the word "dating sim."
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dirt: Showdown is a different kind of Dirt. It's a more raw and dirty Dirt that takes itself less seriously, but allows for people to have much more fun with its stress-free handling, arcade style gameplay and joyous destruction.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There is no doubt that Sanzaru Games played it safe with Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. Fans will feel right at home with the game’s structure and gameplay layout, almost like this was made exclusively for the fans, since they haven’t had a new entry in the series for quite some time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It might have a rather generic name for a video game title and a mediocre story, but Victor Vran makes for a solid option from other action RPGs to blast on for a few afternoons with friends, thanks to its focus on fast paced, fun action and neat ideas with the destiny cards to add a distinct flavour on top of the otherwise well-known formula of isometric action role-playing games.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, it’s the writing which defines these Telltale adaptations, and Game of Thrones is no exception. In fact, it’s thanks to the original source material’s penchant for sudden and shocking character deaths and betrayals that this game has potential to keep players glued for each subsequent episode.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Despite having been in development for approximately six years, it does not feel like a game that has been fully tested and refined. Nor does AVS try to evolve adventure gameplay mechanics, making it all the more irritating that it’s not as polished as it should be. It’s worth a look but the quality is too variable to score higher.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a story that will leave thought waves pulsating to the tune of the excellent writing, intriguing gameplay that breaches boundaries of immersion, and with a Wii U version coming soon that will be much more accessible for those with physical disabilities because the controller will replace a mouse, Nihilumbra is a demonstration of how video games that immerse the player in telling stories, gameplay that challenges the forefront of perception, and having puzzles that will be remembrances at lunch can never be beaten by mainstream titles – no matter how unique the fire particles get.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The shorter length and arbitrary conditions of the final episode may not be as well thought-out as previous episodes, but as a combined whole it is a solid finish to a spin-off that successfully restored a lot of lost faith with the Resident Evil brand.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I highly recommend this game to those PC gamers out there that love those fast-paced, dodge-everything shoot 'em up games, or those who just love music or retro-style games.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether or not the PT hype-ship has finally sailed in to the distance, you should pick this up and give it more than the viewing of a YouTube Let’s Play.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you fancy a different take on the racing genre and want something that lives and breathes the arcade experience, then go take yourself for a skinny-dipping session in Hydro Thunder Hurricane, as this is the best Xbox Live Arcade racer yet on the system.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I will say that I have spent enough time on this game to encompass my two playthroughs of Mass Effect, or both of the Knights of the Old Republic titles. And I can honestly say that, in comparison, I didn’t enjoy one minute of it. Good-day.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is a good fighting game that remains similar to the last release, building on the already strong foundations created by the game two and a half years ago.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a gamer I found it enjoyable, but as a fan I finally found an excellent extension to the film trilogy I love.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you liked the first game, you'll probably like this more as it is better than the original. For newcomers, if you like to cause mayhem and bloody violence, by all means give Prototype 2 a shot. Just don't expect to remember much apart from devouring people and raining blood, the good stuff about the game.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What it ultimately comes down to is this: Although it suffers from some of Phoenix Online Studios’ usual technical issues, Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition is a perfectly valid way to experience one of the best point & click adventure games of the 90s.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Here's what it boils down to. It's a Kairosoft game and all of them are easily worthy of ten hours of your time, considering they cost less than five dollars each. Venture Towns doesn't differ greatly to their other titles but has the same addictive gameplay. If you are a newcomer, ask yourself if you would prefer to build a modern-era city, if not have a look at one of the other amazing Kairosoft games.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, Just Cause 3 does not make as much of an impact on the genre that it’s predecessor did. But just because that is the case, that does not mean that this is a bad game, it’s far from that, it’s a good game that knows what it wants to be.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is a game so savage that it can be unpalatable to certain players. But for those who enjoy the thrill of overcoming difficult combat where a single mistake can be your undoing, I can’t think of a lot out there that’s better.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is a very enjoyable action game here, wrapped in a well plotted storyline populated with likeable characters and powered by a simple-yet-genius system to make you actually care about who you fight alongside, managing what other shooters struggle to accomplish after entire trilogies.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The Escapists is an interesting premise for a simulation-style game that offers numerous ways to tackle situations and lots of routines to keep track of. However, the cumbersome interface may impact the enjoyment of anyone playing with an Xbox controller, and with the promise of further updates and additions on the PC side, interested players may want to consider grabbing the game off of Steam instead, if possible.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mercury HG is not exactly a full blown successor in the series, but there's enough here to keep fans happy. And at the ridiculously low price of 400MS points it's definitely worth a try, even if you aren't a fan.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In the end, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is a far more competent entry than the much maligned Unity, but it does not entirely restore faith in the aging franchise.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    People have complained that Magicka is too complex or confusing, but they're missing the point. It's a game about wielding immense power, but having to be clever to use it properly.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fans that have played the games before won't need any introduction, they will know what to expect in an Atelier game, and it's a good game in that respect for them. As mentioned it's not an epic adventure, but it never tries to be. This story is a personal one of one girl's emotional ride to becoming experienced in alchemy and adventuring and her quest to find her mum. It's not an RPG for everyone who likes the genre, but it is fun, and if you can get into it once you've passed the initial couple of hours then you'll have found yourself one of the most relaxing and easygoing RPGs on the market today.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An outstanding and thoughtfully assembled title.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Launch troubles and lack of single player aside (which this score addresses), Street Fighter V is a brilliant fighting game. While currently in its infant stage, Street Fighter V will continue to grow into something amazing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, this is a good attempt at blending genres together to give a satisfyingly challenging RPG.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Teslagrad is a fine game, wonderfully presented and an enthralling adventure. If you’re a fan of this genre of games and want something to pick up and play on the go, this comes recommended. I just hope you have a high tolerance for difficult and sometimes unfairly frustrating puzzle-platformers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This title is solely aimed at the strategy crowd and does not pull punches for people who don’t put in the time to learn how this game works.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you are looking to invest in a current generation hunting game that offers fast, fluid combat and amazing monster designs, then Toukiden: Kiwami is a great recommendation for existing fans or newcomers to the genre.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Graphics aside, it's a short and sweet adventure that's a fun way to spend a few hours, but nothing to write home about. The puzzles are interesting while they last but are done and forgotten very quickly. There's no bigger picture or point to solving the puzzles other than to get to the next one, and that isn't quite enough for me to say it's a great game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    However, what it does bring is the best representation of One Piece to a video game, while giving fans the chance to get caught in all of Luffy’s mad adventures in a fun and solid, if uninspiring, Warriors game aimed to depict the madness that comes with taking down hundreds of enemies with unique characters.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations is sure to be a hit with fans. No doubt they were already going to get this since the track record for the Ultimate Ninja Storm series is a positive one.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    To play The 40th Day in single player exposes a multitude of flaws the core game has, with AI mistakes particularly running rampant throughout. Co-op does a lot to mask these annoyances, but it is still not enough to push the game into the realm of a ‘must buy.’
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's not a must-have title, but may provide a refreshing alternative to bald space marines and army recruitment programs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, Assassin’s Creed Rogue feels like a multi-colored blanket stitched together by years of older materials.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers is a solid taster into sampling a blast from the past. It’s obviously aged a bit, which is clearly seen in this port, but the story is good and the rewarding, deep combat mechanics survive the test of time to make this a solid, satisfying RPG to play in 2013.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Costing the now seemingly normal 1200 Microsoft Points, Comic Jumper is worth the price alone just for the humorous experience that the game is built around.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Let it be known that de Blob 2 is by no means a bad game, just one with enough detrimental flaws to hold it back from greatness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For a game that was created by just two students, it’s an accomplishment to be incredibly proud of and I know that I’ll be gifting a few of my friends this game throughout the year, even if it is only to drive them crazy with confusion too.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Overall, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge is a nice throwback, even if it’s not really that old, with a single glaring problem – being ‘Metroidvania’ style comes with some responsibilities that this title just couldn’t hold up its end of the bargain for.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    By the end of Episode 5, the single most impactful decision reveals itself, leading to all sorts of speculation on how the final episode will play out. It’s just too bad that with that anticipation comes dread, as Game of Thrones now runs the biggest risk of showing just how meaningless the players’ choices will matter, depending on how they handle the key decision made by the end of this episode.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As it stands, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale is a cool, if limited, way to celebrate the history of Sony's time in the videogame business. It is just a shame that some of the ideas that give the game its own identity spoil it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    I may be able to suggest this game as a decent mobile title to play for someone who wants another rhythm game but the way that the game handles a character diagnosed with cancer makes me feel worse about its entirety.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, episode 2 is a more dialogue-heavy entry compared to the first, but it’s also a much stronger episode for it.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    First-person shooters are never going away, but, if you fancy a great and bloody time pretending to be a katana wielding, nerd assassin after getting drained on role-playing military soldiers, then you can’t go wrong with jumping into the role of Mr Wang and slicing up some demons.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    To play The 40th Day in single player exposes a multitude of flaws the core game has, with AI mistakes particularly running rampant throughout. Co-op does a lot to mask these annoyances, but it is still not enough to push the game into the realm of a ‘must buy.’
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Killzone: Shadow Fall isn’t the great launch title that Sony was hoping for with its shiny new box. The campaign is too varied in quality to bring a worthy single player experience. For every high point you experience, there’s a low around the corner, and the last bits of the campaign were so monotonous and unexciting, thanks to typical cliché gameplay for the genre that is mixed with tedious level design.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hardline both succeeds with flying colors, and fails miserably in various aspects of its game design but the good outweighs the bad with its sandbox style mission design, handful of addicting multiplayer modes, and rock solid Battlefield gunplay players know and love.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fans of LittleBigPlanet will surely enjoy LittleBigPlanet Karting, as it manages to take the essence of Media Molecule's platforming joy and translate that into a solid and enjoyable kart racer, with all the charm you would expect. It's a shame the developers felt that they needed to take every aspect of LittleBigPlanet and use that as a base to create this game, as it has hurt it in some regards and has made the online multiplayer an awkward mode to participate in.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Operation Arrowhead certainly features a large assortment of content, both offline and online, that rewards its fans, but for those who prefer their shooters to require little thinking and itchy trigger fingers, you may want to pass this one up.
    • 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.
    • 73 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    NES Remix 2 is a better attempt at doing bite size challenges of NES games by expanding the quality of the games included.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ys: The Oath in Felghana is a game that derives from the old fashion days of action RPGs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall, Chariot is a game that is deliberately slow-paced and also demands patience.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Space Run is a solid entry in a genre that is full of unimaginative titles, and from the get go Space Run supplies an easy to understand, but challenging to beat campaign that will keep people’s minds and fingers active from beginning to end.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even though the game has lost its thrilling moments and the story feels like filler in the grand scheme – making me not care much about Alan this time – Alan Wake's American Nightmare is still a good and entertaining shooter. The story will last around four hours and the Arcade Mode will keep you coming back if you enjoy that type of gameplay.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game is worth a prod though because the feeling can’t be matched. It’s a classic game, with most of the best elements, tossed into a nifty hitch of a game ported over from the DS.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Despite this game more than likely being in a niche category to most people, it ends up being one of the best selections on the 3DS, and with all the great stuff you can do in it, it deserves all its praise.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Fibble: Flick 'n' Roll is a nice first attempt by Crytek at breaking into mobile games, but they don't really seem to have given it their all.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Eufloria brings a much-needed minimalist take on the 'RTS' genre and does so quite well.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In the end, it comes down to how well you can slug through the shallow and unchallenging tactics and the annoyingly drawn out battles to experience such fan-service love, its huge list of references, and its desire to bring a title for video game fans of things Japanese.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still, if I had to name the thing I personally love the most about Cubello, it’d be the fact that it actually got me using my Wii again on a regular basis, after I’d previously lost all interest in it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is a solid follow up to Guardian of Light, but the sequel does not surprise as much the second time around, sticking closely to the same design with some slight tweaks around gear and the inclusion of a basic loot mechanic.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lords of the Fallen isn’t ashamed of cloning the mechanics of the Souls series to bring a different perspective on the genre.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is another solid and humorous jump into the world of Lego and the DC universe. It has issues, such as sloppy AI and a sluggish start, but that aside, the game is packed with references pouring out of its ears.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It might only be worthwhile for a couple of months, but 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil is a solid, fun and good football game to fill in the downtime between World Cup matches.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It may be a fixed narrative with little alterations, but it’s still an interesting narrative, but should that fail at any point than this entire castle built by Telltale may collapse.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    WWE2K16 is a game with so many various bugs that sometime soon sentient societies will rise up to worship them. If this does not bother you, and you can laugh away regular trips to the monster factory of technical horror, then maybe you will be able to find moments of joy in the substandard gameplay on show.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So should you buy this game? Well, that depends on your answer to two questions. First – do you have time on your hands? Second – are you willing to play one of the best RPGs ever? If so, take it from me – three weeks, two days, and 95 hours later, I'm still loving this game. You'll love the new upgrades to the original content, and don't be surprised if the game makes you rethink what you thought you enjoyed about RPGs.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, Samurai Warriors 4-II is yet another Musou entry out of a dozen or so that hit every year. However, these button-mashing brawlers can still provide hours of entertainment for players who want to turn their brains off and enjoy some over-the-top action.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In the end, if you’re looking to pass the time by banging metal with metal and blowing stuff up, you can do far worse than what Gas Guzzlers Extreme is offering.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is not just a wonderful experience but it is the perfect homage to the rich Disney heritage.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With one episode behind me, I feel like the series may be too rough in far too many areas to heartily recommend to all, but regardless there is something compelling about it.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    You can see glimpses of what could have been, but it is spoilt by some bad choices and a sloppy ending.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If you really like puzzles and parkour mechanics, check this one out, otherwise you might not find what you’re looking for.