Hardcore Gamer Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 1,107 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Space Giraffe
Lowest review score: 20 Me & My Pets 3D
Score distribution:
1,107 game reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though it’s atmosphere heavy and fairly short, its unique world and gameplay pull you in like most shooters don’t.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Reus is a game of giants walking the earth, and an epic contraption whose pleasantly rewarding output wrests a world teeming with life from a dead planet’s skin.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A more intimate affair rather than a blockbuster, it recalls terrific classic elements that have been sorely missed, easily besting the latest main-series entry.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thunder Wolves is a game that knows what it wants to be, and cuts through any of the other filler to give an experience that is as pure as possible.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gunslinger is one of the best downloadable shooters on consoles and easily the best entry in the series.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There may be a few spots where combat feels repetitive and the stealth elements are half-baked, but the sheer audacity on display here deserves commendation.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Adventures of Van Helsing is an excellent game that deserves to be played by those looking for an extremely well written experience and for fans of old school RPGs everywhere. With a game length that puts many AAA developers to shame, NeoCore Games punched well above their weight and succeeded where so many indie games have failed in the past.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Element4l is a terrific game that is perfectly balanced in everything that it sets out to accomplish.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great game that is persistently close to being a spectacular one. It has a bigger story to tell than a 10-15 hour third-person action title can accommodate, but still manages to be surprisingly emotional and touching by the time the credits roll.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With tons of cars, multiple events and a fantastic multiplayer mode, Grid 2 is proof that the series deserves to rank among the upper echelon of racing franchises.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rush Bros. came out of nowhere, but is a very polished game worthy of any gamer’s time.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thus, if you haven’t had the pleasure of playing Muramasa before, and you have a Vita, Rebirth is wholeheartedly worth playing. It’s breathtakingly beautiful in all aspects — from its combat to graphics to soundtrack to the sword forging mechanic, this is just an immensely enjoyable game, even in spite of its repetitious combat and under-emphasized story.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Project X Zone is an outstanding blend of action RPGs, SRPGs, and even fighting games that tries many things and manages to do them well.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded is just like the original, but bigger, longer, harder and the perfect vehicle for Larry’s second coming.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shin Megami Tensei IV manages to meet its hype in some respects and fall short of it in others. Its combat is stronger than ever, adding in components that are deep, unique and reward the strategically-inclined, while the character customization options will excite those who like to build their ideal fighter.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those simply looking for a solid game of collegiate football should ignore all that, however, as NCAA Football 14 offers the same quality the series has been known for this generation with some great tweaks and implementations added. Madden 25 will likely take the crown for the best game of football this year, but those who make NCAA Football a yearly tradition have no reason not to add this solid addition to their collection.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mamorukun Curse! is an exciting, frenetic time, especially for those waiting for localization of the popular Japanese shooter. It’s a hefty price tag to be sure, but it serves up hours of challenging fun and plenty of unlockables for those skilled enough to look for even more to do after the game has been completed. If you’re looking for a new shooter to add to your collection, you could do far worse than this.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether you play with the keyboard/mouse setup or use a 360 pad, you’ll get solid controls. It’s a challenging, but rewarding game and its surreal audio/visual combination will be stuck in your head for quite some time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dynasty Warriors 8 is a shockingly great game that offers an incredible amount of value in bringing a dramatized piece of history to the masses in very creative ways.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sword of the Stars: The Pit — Mind Games is incredibly difficult — sometimes unfairly so — but along with that comes fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a side-scrolling brawler, Dragon’s Crown is deep and loaded with replay. As an example of 2D art in gaming, it’s unequalled.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a shame that so many people are opposed to the idea of a new-direction for the Divinity series. Even if its main story leaves much to be desired and some of its rules aren’t presented particularly well, Dragon Commander is a whole lot of fun. I urge everyone, even skeptical Divinity fans, to give Dragon Commander a shot — especially if they’re amused by the notion of a dragon wearing a jet pack.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clan Wars is a worthy entry in the series, but even then, it’s good to hear that Team 17 is leaving the series alone for a while to work on something new.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For under ten dollars, there’s a lot of fun to be had with SteamWorld Dig.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    DuckTales Remastered manages to give a classic game a new coat of paint but still bring back all those warm happy nostalgic feelings from the original classic.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Xillia takes the familiar and blends it with exciting newness, and that’s what it does best. It’s the first must-play JRPG to release in a while, and the second couldn’t arrive soon enough.