Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,288 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 1.7 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 20 Vampire Rain
Score distribution:
1,288 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s not a game without its faults as friendly artificial intelligence can obstruct progress and I ran into a number of glitches throughout the campaign, but with an addictive multiplayer and some of the most creative ways in using the handheld’s technology, you’ll have a tough time finding another experience like this.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another winner for JapanStudio, Puppeteer is a strong addition to Sony’s increasingly impressive stable of first-party franchises.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With fluid combat, huge areas to explore, dungeons to conquer, loot to lust over and friendships to be strengthened or destroyed by an able co-op mode, it’s surely the best of its kind on consoles. Diablo III was good when it launched in 2012. Now, it’s great.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 is an excellent take on the Dynasty Warriors formula, and easily the best One Piece game so far.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    NHL 14 won’t be headed to next-gen consoles, which is a shame as it would benefit from improved visuals, but even with the help of a new engine, it’ll be hard for another sports game to beat the sheer fun of this well-executed hockey game.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the lack of leniency, this game is definitely worth losing your hair over. It’ll kick you in the ass several times, but that’s honestly the best part about it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Legend of Dungeon is a perfect gateway game for those interested in Roguelikes, but who are intimidated by them as well. The beat-em-up style to the core gameplay means that if you grew up with more TMNT playing in an arcade than RPGs, you’ll be comfortable right away.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix being a little rough around the edges, it’s still one of the best HD collections around. Things like the controls do take away from the overall experience, but these are fairly minor next to the value you’re getting. The updated graphics make it a must for fans or eager newcomers to experience.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The debut of the Fox Engine signals exciting things to come for the series, already showing off some unique and realistic physics here. With improved player handling, new collision detection and the best visuals of the series, PES 2014 is simply another great soccer game.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shadow Warrior has big guns, deadly blades, enemies ranging from small to enormous and enough explosions to satisfy even the most pyrotechnically enthusiastic gamer.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not be the best 3DS roleplaying experience, but it’s a darn fine one all the same.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi is an excellent example of how to pen a visual novel without a horrific female lead, and an intriguing tale to boot. This is a gripping read, with the mystery surrounding Chizuru’s father taking center stage rather than the romance plots.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Few games in recent years offer the immeasurable amount of content offered in Disgaea D2. With a 35 hour campaign, multiple endings to complete, side-missions, an expansive and randomly generated item world, thousands of character customization options and endlessly replyable levels, the series didn’t really need to make many improvements or changes to remain a true value.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Card Hunter folds the best of card games and video games into a single experience. The combat and aesthetics all gel together in a unique browser-based game. Try the game, even if you’re not into board games, as it a should scratch the itch of anyone who is missing a polished turn based experience.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As it stands, A.R.E.S Extinction Agenda EX is a highly polished 2D platforming shooter that is able to seamlessly blend influences from three great franchises and turn it into a fun and unique experience in itself. A.R.E.S. doesn’t redefine the genre, but it doesn’t have to because of how well-executed it is.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dependable as ever, Just Dance 2014 is another solid entry into the hit dance series that simply wants players to have a good time.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All-out warfare has come to the Vita, and the excellent Worms series continues. As long as we don’t have to deal with another Worms: Ultimate Mayhem. That was reprehensible.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Soundodger+ is a lovely and brutal exercise in pure arcade music gaming.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    140
    Top notch platforming mechanics combined with a brilliantly captivating soundtrack that seamlessly meshes with the unique visuals and gameplay turn it into an experience that shouldn’t be missed. 140 is gaming minimalism done right — just don’t expect it to last you very long.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Eldritch is brutally tough until you learn it, and then settles down to be pleasantly challenging, It’s a big random first-person dungeon crawl dripping with atmosphere, evil and fun in equal measure, and as a bonus you get to be a librarian reigning in the power of dark tomes of terrible knowledge.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Guided Fate Paradox is a niche game, but that shouldn’t scare off anyone who has a taste for Japanese RPGs.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s not perfect, but it’s as close as it’s going to get for this Deus Ex, and that’s impressive in its own way.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Dual Destinies is a success. Yes, it feels like more of the same, but for a series that has yet to put out a bad title, that shouldn’t be viewed negatively.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LEGO Marvel Super Heroes may be rough around the edges with a shaky sandbox setting, screen tearing and generic music, but it does right by the Marvel universe and offers an experience that can be loved by both devoted fans and children alike.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may be a departure from previous titles, but Sonic Lost World is an enjoyable new take on the Speedster.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pokémon X and Y makes the classic series feel brand new.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pokémon X and Y makes the classic series feel brand new.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Forced is a gleeful return to form for cooperative play and a nuanced single-player adventure with trials you’ll be scratching your head over for days. It can become needlessly difficult and frustrating at times, but in the end you’ll feel all the better for sticking with it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Resogun is an incredibly fun game, but not much more than that.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Killzone: Shadow Fall is not a perfect game. It has design flaws and the story is lacking, but it’s a whole lot of fun and a great showcase for what the PS4 can do.