Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,453 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Super Time Force
Lowest review score: 20 Into the Dark: Ultimate Trash Edition
Score distribution:
1,453 game reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether or not Atlas Mugged hits as hard as Zer0 Sum is irrelevant; the fact that this series is shaping up to be something brilliant is the more important point here.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Throughout the game, you'll find all sorts of signs that the developers knew what would ruin the experience, and so worked overtime to avoid those pitfalls. As a result, Call of Duty: Roads to Victory is a serious contender for the handheld FPS crown. [Apr 2007, p.51]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy XIII-2 is the best entry in the Fabula Nova Crystallis series, offering far improved gameplay systems while giving players access to a highly diverse soundtrack and various timelines to explore.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure, it has a larger scope and a more intriguing storyline, but there are some questionable design choices mixed in with the thought of déjà vu. Regardless, Dead Space 3 retains its horror brilliance in offering a moody, atmospheric adventure full of exciting events.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pixeljunk Monsters is a constant struggle to properly allocate gold, gems, firepower, and time as the horde advances single file, with each level being more addictive than the last. [Spring 2008, p.61]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    99 Levels to Hell is all about action, jumping gaps and gunning down hordes of enemies in the finest arcade traditions.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire aren’t just great RPGs, they’re a great example as to why Pokémon might be the surest thing in gaming.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The PC version is also an excellent port, offering a steady framerate, crisp visuals and well-established controls. If you missed out on this grand adventure when it was on the Xbox 360, here’s the perfect opportunity to fix that.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire aren’t just great RPGs, they’re a great example as to why Pokémon might be the surest thing in gaming.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Talos Principle expects you to be smart and knows you’ve got the brain to figure it out, and the reward for it being right is the a sense of satisfaction at solving something properly tricky.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thanks to a solid understanding of core fighting game mechanics, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- is the installment fans have been waiting for.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages is the sort of project Kickstarter was built for: two brothers, nary a lick of development experience between them, making a game inspired by the favorites of their youth. It’s got all the rough edges and more that you’d expect from such a team, but it’s also brimming with ambition and heart.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The story and morality system may not be up to par with the previous inFamous games, but Second Son excels at everything else it tries to do.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Light appears to stick with the bare minimum at first glance, but the slick presentation, stylized visuals and memorable music come together to create a fun and pure stealth action game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Don’t expect Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King to match up to Artorias of the Abyss, but it still offers a surprisingly deep and gratifying experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As it stands, I personally rank this a good bit below the Dreamcast original in terms of quality, but above all other installments.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a bit pricey, but if this is a genre that’s interesting to you, the time and perseverance needed to attain the title’s full enjoyment is well worth it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That being said, DJ Hero is a quite fresh approach to the rhythm genre despite the areas where it obviously falters. It’s certainly an expensive game to grab, but its unique style of play and well-done mashups do a good job towards warranting it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Don’t Starve is a fantastic, huge, deadly ball of entertainingly gothic survival.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cosmochoria is a fun, clever, adorable game that’s bursting with humor and personality, plenty of fast shooting action and enough secrets and extras to keep you playing long after your first encounter with the final boss.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Life Goes On is a clever and fun puzzle/platformer with a surprising amount of replayability, and if that results in a few thousand dead minions, at least they left a helpful corpse behind.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ibb & Obb is an excellent puzzle platformer best enjoyed with a good friend and an open mind. Lightbulb moments where you finally devise an ingenious solution or conquer a frustrating segment are what make the game truly great, coupled with soothing visuals and a welcoming atmosphere. Grab a buddy, hop online, and pick it up. You don’t see games like this often enough anymore.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Icon is a fun ride, but it's got some pretty deep shoes to fill. It is fun and the music features are pretty cool, so give it a look. [Apr 2007, p.46]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MLB 14: The Show was a great game a month ago when it came out on PlayStation 3, and it remains so on PlayStation 4.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Speedy, stylish combat mixes with incredibly detailed cinemas and movie-style storytelling to create a game that feels like an action movie and plays like a dream. [Oct 2007, p.50]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara packs together two splendid side-scrolling brawlers that have withstood the test of time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smartly aiming for psychological horror over cheap jump scares, it gets under the skin and effects the psyche. Unfortunately, it falls into the modern trappings of boasting too much firepower (Sebastian can look more like Rambo than a detective) at the cost of stealth and intelligence. Still, this is a bold and seductive experience that is seen too infrequently from major publishers these days.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, the tongue-in-cheek humor, combined with the rather engaging puzzle system and multiplayer capabilities, make this a rather infectious title.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’14 offers up a satisfying golf experience that will certainly please fans of the sport. Serious fans will get a lot of use out of the online modes, and the ability to relive key moments in the careers of legendary players should keep die-hards happy for a long time. The game is very accessible for newcomers as well, although they may want to either pick up an older game in the series or try out the demo before paying full price for the latest incarnation.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 feels less like a true game of the series and more of the spin-off that it is, trading the methodical and tactical pacing of the franchise mainstays for a more fast-paced and action oriented shooter.