Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,541 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Fez
Lowest review score: 20 Vampire Rain
Score distribution:
1,541 game reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a world that is as intriguing as it is creepy, it becomes hard to put the game down. Getting wrapped up in the visuals, audio and puzzles is something that just happens as you play.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those who want a puzzle game with simple mechanics, tons of replayability and is just plain fun should download Sparkle.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Strider hits all the right notes and winds up being an experience not soon forgotten.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On the whole the team at Red Thread Games has done an incredible job updating The Longest Journey for the modern era.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Playing Luftrausers is like jumping back to a time when the only requirement for a good game was to be fun. Thanks to varied battles, customizable planes, and challenges, it manages to improve on the classic formula of simple and addictive entertainment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a solid debut for the franchise in North America and, at $19.99, an easy recommendation for RPG and soccer fans alike.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Delivering a near-endless supply of side-content and addictive combat, Saints Row IV is ridiculously easy to recommend, but Re-Elected’s limited enhancements and unwelcome technical issues keep this version from being the definitive version that it should be.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A dense and enthralling action-adventure game with a winding, if predictable, story that does make you feel like the Batman both inside and outside the Batmobile. There are too many Batmobile gameplay segments, however, making this predominantly similar in theme to that Batmobile-focused Batman arcade game.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anyone who owned or played the first MotorStorm and dug it will love MotorStorm: Pacific Rift. It’s as every bit as good as the first, and surpasses it in many areas, such as the tracks and music.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Last Tinker: City of Colors is certainly not for challenge junkies, but anyone looking for a downright pleasant experience full of charm and whimsy will not be disappointed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite minor technical issues, though, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 is for the most part a polished and enjoyable golf sim.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nintendo and Camelot have created an extremely accessible game that pulls you in early and doesn’t let go.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anyone looking to get wrapped up in an entertaining storyline for a weekend should give this a read.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A host of unlockable content, including graphic filters, extra lives, and single-level score runs rounds out the package, providing plenty of replay for your trippy musical abstract gaming dollar. [Dec 2007, p.69]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    God of War: Ascension is another great entry into the beloved series that fans will eat-up, but it’s just that — another entry. While other hack ‘n’ slash series like DmC have been reinvented and boast fresh mechanics and tone, Ascension is content with simply being another God of War.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether you’re a fan of exceptional adventure games, science fiction, or even its apparent influences, there is a memorable adventure in Technobabylon backed by a believable setting and driven by a strong narrative.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With tons of references and entertaining gameplay, Portal Portal is a great new table. It’s a little thin on content and will require the purchase of either Zen Pinball 2 or Pinball FX2 to play it, however, so it’s an investment that those coming only for the Portal aspect might need to rationalize.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Particulars combines an interesting and highly progressive style of narration with an old school arcade experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 doesn’t try to make any drastic changes, it’s still a worthy entry in the series.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a ton of excellent shooting arcade action in Under Defeat HD, and it's absolutely worth seeing what Dreamcast importers got to play 6 years ago.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Race the Sun is very close to a perfect pick-up-and-play game, except for the bit where it’s very hard not to keep playing once you’ve started. A quick break easily turns into one more attempt, trying to plot a different course over the cluttered plains, maximizing Tri collection while minimizing the risk of turning into a cloud of debris.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Atelier Rorona Plus is a charming, lighthearted JRPG that’s more open-ended than most of its brethren. It can be a little on the repetitive side, but there’s just enough variety to make it a delight in short bursts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Memoria is a breathtaking visual showcase that tells one of the most compelling stories in recent memory. The puzzle complexity is the right mixture of not too easy and not too difficult, but I wish there was a deeper variety considering most of the solutions can be found within a limited number of areas, if not a single one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The inability to roast anything on two legs from an overpowering distance away aside, Divinity 2 is a solid RPG if you are looking for a nice real-time romp though a fleshed out fantasy world.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After a few submissive years, Konami has put forth a game that caters to soccer fans with superb flexibility for creative expression, fluid gameplay and astoundingly intelligent AI.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Episode.02 improves on Episode.01 in basically every way possible. It reunites us with characters who have grown over the past four years into truly intriguing protagonists, rather than one dimensional annoyances.