Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,407 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 42% 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 Ultra
Lowest review score: 20 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
1,407 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Heroes Within is a fantastic table pack for Star Wars Pinball fans.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a solid value given how much time can be spent with the new maps.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Atelier Iris 3 is a game that fundamentally works on a design level, which can't always be said for its predecessors. [June 2007, p.64]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    HuniePop is pornography – darn fine pornography at that – but it’s also a shockingly good puzzle game. Occasionally those two identities feel at odds with each other, but for the most part they work in concert to show you a good time.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a solid fighting engine, plenty of room for customization, a copious offering of modes, delightfully oldschool graphics and sound and some solid controls, Battle Grounds is a game that should be played by anyone who loves nostalgic beat’em ups, especially ones that are very stylized and very Japanese.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once you get past the vertigo, Retrovirus becomes a great little shooter that also resurrects an FPS sub-genre that absolutely deserves its new lease on life.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it's an excellent game, it's hard to recommend Mass Effect 3 for the Wii U unless you missed out on the series before and only have the Wii U to play it on. Even with this 'special edition' including the From Ashes and Extended Cut DLC to extend the campaign, knowing that not all of it will be coming to this version hurts its overall value. It's hampered more by the upcoming ME Trilogy release coming to both the 360 and PS3 that will allow you to get all three core games (sans DLC) for the same price as this. Given that both the PS3 and 360 versions of ME 3 go for $25 tops now, it's impossible to recommend if you own either of those systems.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Heroes of A Broken Land can be short and easy, or a test of patience and faith. It can be huge, chock-full of quests and glorious gold, or small and intimate. It seems the only thing each randomized adventure has in common is that they’re equal in fun.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The New Order is also easily the most enjoyable shooter in years, boasting a tongue-in-cheek dose of ’80s B-movie action that easily topples the previous entry in the series. There’s a lengthy campaign, some genuinely impressive set pieces and, most importantly, incredibly fun gameplay. And that’s something I did Nazi coming.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans looking for a compelling plot that will help reinforce and enhance the Persona fiction will unfortunately have to look elsewhere as the story mode drags its feet far too often. Regardless, the core mechanics of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will have you immersed, but only if you’re willing to put in the hours to master it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its best feature, outside of any obvious educational benefits, is that Influent feels very much like a video game. Where most programs would have you sift through walls of text, painfully memorizing bits and pieces at a time, Influent has you explore, on your own terms, a game space chock-full of interactive study points.