Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,451 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 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Lowest review score: 20 Double Dragon II: Wander of the Dragons
Score distribution:
1,451 game reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Guardians of Middle-Earth is a very pleasant surprise. A well-crafted title that fans of either RTSes or tower defense games will enjoy, the season pass setup ($14.99 by itself, or $29.99 with the full game via retail) ensures that new content will be coming for quite a while to this already jam-packed downloadable title. Those in the mood for a relatively easy to learn RTS-style game or with Hobbit-fever will find a lot to like here.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the mechanics are starting to feel a little dated at this point and the sound effects lack the quality the rest of the game shows, Resident Evil 4 is still one of the greats that needs to be experienced, and the Ultimate HD Edition is the perfect excuse to do so.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tower of Guns is an ass-kicking bullet-hell FPS arcade-style action, loaded with cool toys and unpredictable situations, and one of the most purely fun shooters I’ve seen in a very long time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are still some qualms here and there, such as the returning frame-rate slowdown and repetitiveness, but in general this is a solid action-RPG that should be played by anyone who adores the genre.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe packs a ton of great run/jump/shoot/puzzle action in its arcade shell, and is easily one of the best Tetris-style games to show up in a very long time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Right now, as it stands, Cloud Chamber is an impressively grand experiment that’s well worth your time and money. If this seems up your alley, don’t wait — get into it while the getting is good.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simply put, this is the definitive version of Raiden IV. If you’re a fan, there’s a lot to love here.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the time constraints, which are actually pretty generous, Pixeljunk Eden is a peaceful, relaxing, and oddly pretty chill-out game that's very easy to lose a good chunk of time in. [Fall 2008, p.54]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Based on graphics, gameplay, and overall chaos factor, Killzone 2 is FPS gold.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, NinjaBee crafted a fantastic game that’s worth every cent of its cost and every second of your time.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    BandFuse: Rock Legends is the most technically impressive rhythm-game ever released.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those who enjoyed Grasshopper’s previous work or are tired of repeatedly being spoon-fed the same game should check out Killer is Dead before it’s rightfully put on “most underrated game” lists in several years by the same people who criticize it now.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It plays smoother, looks better than anything out there, and has a kick-ass soundtrack with a goofball announcer to boot. If you absolutely must recreate your childhood, then pick up the $40 pack, but most will be satisfied spending half that.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Octodad succeeds as both a gut-busting slapstick routine and a touching treatise on what it means to be a family. It’s a little short, and it won’t turn the gaming world on its head, but at least it’s fun, replayable, heartwarming and didn’t cost 15 million dollars.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the game is somewhat pricey considering its runtime lands just slightly over two hours, it’s marvelously unique. If you’re even slightly interested in what living the life of a badger is like, give it a shot. Its mechanics do grow tired towards the end, but the overall experience is so fascinating I can’t help but recommend it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s never serious and it never tries to modernize when it doesn’t need to, and that’s what makes Double Dragon Neon such an excellent example of a reborn classic.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Reject Demon: Toko Chapter 0 – Prelude is an excellent start for an episodic visual novel series. It sets up an intriguing, unique storyline and fills it with engaging characters.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you stick with the original runner or his female counterpart, don’t mind a bit of iffy 70s-throwback art, and can forgive the repetitious level backgrounds, the actual running/jumping/sliding gameplay rapidly gets under the skin, demanding more and better play.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all, Story of Seasons is practically bursting at the seams with content, and the gameplay, while streamlined, has not been “simplified” like many feared. Instead, its new mechanics make the game accessible and current, delivering a wholly satisfying farming sim experience while still finding a way to respect players’ time.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is no easier way to make music and play recognizable songs than by playing the Wii Music. [Dec 2008, p.42]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, though, this is a bundle worth its price of admission for the first game alone, especially because it’s been taken care of so well by Namco in this remastering project.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Axiom Verge is absolutely worth your time if you’re a fan of old-school Metroidvania games, but even if you’re not, it’ll still be a lot of fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One just wishes that the game went on for a bit longer, but for 600 Wii points it does a good job of delivering a solid amount of entertainment for what you might be able to find digging through your couch after you are done bobbing along to the mus
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Simply put, Project CARS is simulation racing done right. The subtlety of the nearly countless gameplay tweaks, combined with a robust open Career mode, makes for an experience that racing fans should fall in love with. Of course, none of this would be possible without driving that feels tight, workable and exciting, which is certainly present in droves.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lichdom: Battlemage makes being a magic user feel properly badass, and if there’s a little bit of homework involved in creating the spells necessary for badass-dom? That’s just the price of being a mage.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a single-player campaign for Hearthstone, Curse of Naxxramas provides quite a bit of bang for your buck.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's like candy for your eyes. [Vol 3, Issue 2, p.56]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a mixed bag and the game is nowhere near perfect. Stick through the linear and less gripping parts for the first few hours, and you’ll end up with a story and combat engine that’ll hold you hostage until completion.