Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,780 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Mark of the Ninja
Lowest review score: 20 SPOGS Racing
Score distribution:
1780 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fallout 3 is the biggest accomplishment in adventure gaming since Oblivion.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pikmin 3 is the answer to the question “what’s on the Wii U?” It may not be a killer app, but it’s a wholly satisfying title that quite simply can’t be had on any other console. Imaginative, challenging and visually gorgeous, Pikmin 3 has one of the highest fun factors of any game this year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Don't overlook this game based on descriptions alone, because you'll be missing out on an experience that is unlike anything else. [Sept 2007, p.58]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Need for Speed Rivals proves how impressive a PS4 racing game can be by offering a fully realized product that blows past conceptions of what a launch title can offer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though the first game in the franchise didn’t have a clear direction for itself, Dirt 2 is outdoor racing across various types of racing events tied together under a cohesive extreme sports presentation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Baldur’s Gate II is not a game to be missed. With an epic story, memorable characters, hundreds of hours of dungeon crawling, questing and adventuring, Baldur’s Gate stands tall among the classics.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the story could've been better told, an addictive combat system and array of side quests make Torchlight II a dungeon crawler of immeasurable size, offering an awe-inspiring adventure that will have players coming back for more.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is one of the most unique Metroidvania style games you will ever have the pleasure of playing, and a dream come true to for longtime fans of Castlevania. Those who have the desire and discipline to venture bravely into the world of The Waste Land can consider themselves to be a rare and fortunate breed of gamer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cry Wolf serves as a satisfying conclusion to The Wolf Among Us, delivering on all the promise that previous episodes held.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a reason the Prince is still popular almost twenty years later, and this is it. [Sept 2007, p.69]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A Disgaea veteran who is interested only in the new content may find AoD to not be worth the purchase, but it's a must-buy for any PSP owner who's been yearning for an engrossing strategy RPG. [Nov 2007, p.58]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    TxK
    Definitely take a look at TxK if you’ve ever enjoyed any version of Tempest. Heck, grab it even if you haven’t and give yourself a proper introduction to a truly great game.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Anyone with a taste for arcade-style games needs to have Iron Fisticle in their collection.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clocking in at the better part of four hours, with a cost of 1000 Wii Points, each episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People will give hope monthly to those looking to support WiiWare.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Zack & Wiki is a brilliant use of the Wii's strengths, and easily one of the best games available for the console. [Dec 2007, p.66]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a downloadable title Scott Pilgrim is almost what everyone could want. It does nothing but pay homage to the ghosts of gaming past while it improves a long forgotten genre of gaming.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a downloadable title Scott Pilgrim is almost what everyone could want. It does nothing but pay homage to the ghosts of gaming past while it improves a long forgotten genre of gaming.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    TRI is not typical by any measure and instead charts its own path to puzzle gaming greatness.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s an experience that was quite intense for this particular reviewer. It is a wondrously constructed game born of love and culminating as an incredibly, beautifully bittersweet, emotional adventure. Filled with heart from its opening to the cessation of the credits, it will wow you, make you smile and make you cry. Gamer or not, you need to play Unravel.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In what seems like commonplace lately, the PC version of DmC: Devil May Cry is the definitive version to play. While the mouse and keyboard controls aren't as precise as playing with a controller, the graphical upgrades and increase in frame rate make an already impressive game even more stunning.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Common Sense is a great buy and a great reason for another playthrough — or three — to enjoy these new mechanics and unique country/religion flavors.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    N++
    Whether you’re someone who wants to play one of the toughest games of the year, or someone who just enjoys pure gameplay at its finest, you’re doing yourself a disservice not giving N++ a shot. You’ll die a million times, but every single one of those failures will remind you that success is just around the corner, and that’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s not worth the double (or quadruple) for those already with the game, but it’s still an incredible adventure any way it’s sliced.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Showcasing the expert storytelling abilities Visual Art’s/Key’s are renowned for, Planetarian ~the reverie of a little planet~ is a visual novel that fans of the genre should be required to play if they missed out on it previously.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If there is one way to best describe the experience that Episode 5: Polarized has to offer, then it can easily be done through the word that Dontnod Entertainment specifically chose to feature in the title of the fifth and final episode for Life Is Strange. It will no doubt polarize people on whether or not they believe it’s a satisfying (or fulfilling) conclusion to what has been such a spectacular title.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ is an excellent story with creative, likable characters.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse works just as well on a console as it did on a handheld.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even with its imperfections, Hitman: Absolution is a magnificent achievement that goes well beyond expectations and will lead future stealth action titles into a better tomorrow.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Earth Defense Force 2025 is a fantastic example of everything that makes pure action gaming so much fun, packed with replay value and over the top set pieces, and a more than worthy sequel that tops its predecessor in every way.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a work of speculative fiction that allows the player to speculate for themselves, starting from a similar place each time but potentially reaching vastly different conclusions. It’s also a tightly-designed, well-balanced 4X game that is sure to consume many gamers’ free time in the coming months and years.