Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 2,491 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 The Room Two
Lowest review score: 20 007 Legends
Score distribution:
2491 game reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Candleman is the first true surprise of 2017. An ambitious little platformer that seemingly came out of nowhere and ended up as an unforgettable, brilliant and gorgeous light in the gaming landscape, not unlike its protagonist.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It might not be the most complex or most challenging title out there, but it is unique, clever, funny, and, most importantly, genuinely and remarkably fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As an experience, it's one of the most unforgettable of the generation, and overall one of the best games on PSN.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a unique, funny, occasionally brilliant experience full of colorful characters and creative puzzles.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rise of the Tomb Raider’s PC debut is nothing short of phenomenal, and provided you have the PC to back it up, it can look and run substantially better than its Xbox One counterpart.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re getting tired of swords and sorcery, or just looking for meaty tactical battles, few RPGs will satisfy you better.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Bangai-O is a fantastic shooter, and the sheer customizability of it is amazing. Still, if you like shooters, or puzzles in general, it is worth your time—oh-so-worth it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re intoGuitar Hero, buy this game. It’s one of the most solid Guitar Hero titles yet and should keep you busy for a long time.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's rare to play an FPS with gameplay this creative and exciting. [Vol 3, Issue 2, p.54]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guacamelee! Gold Edition only helps to enhance the rich, fun, free-scrolling action platformer by strengthening the visual art style and adding a bevy of Steamworks features.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Intake is the arcade-shooter to defeat all arcade-shooters, both in play and style.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This reimagining is the ultimate Ratchet & Clank experience, incorporating over a decade’s worth of weapons, mechanics and knowledge into a single forty dollar package. Unfortunately, not everything translated over perfectly as this is far from the most challenging game, and while there are plenty of gadgets to be found, few are used properly. Fortunately, the story changes feel natural and make the narrative refreshing for newcomers and old school fans alike.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, if you own a Wii U and love Mario, then you should definitely pick it up.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Our review of Hearts of Stone mentioned that it was a shining example of how to create meaningful downloadable content, and yet Blood and Wine manages to top it in nearly every way imaginable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You may have noticed that we didn’t have much to say about Crimzon Clover: World Ignition that was negative. That was by design, though, as we can’t fault a game for flaws it doesn’t possess.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guacamelee! is a rich, fun, free-scrolling action platformer with a fantastic fighting engine, some truly tricky platforming challenges, and a vibrant style all its own.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    RunGunJumpGun is simple arcade action taken to its extremes. The basic controls don’t get in the way of the gameplay being run through endless permutations, with each of the 120+ levels giving a new challenge distinct from the previous ones.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If Severed does turn out to be the Vita’s swan song, Sony can hang its hat knowing that the Vita’s last hurrah was a grade-A banger from a premier independent developer.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Terraria was utterly fantastic on PC, and has made a near-perfect jump to console.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    F1 2017 is the best representation of a complicated sport that Codemasters has offered. Offering its deepest and most authentic career mode, it draws players into the sport like no other F1 game ever has.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To put my enjoyment in perspective, I am a huge Dragon Quest fan, and while I appreciate what Minecraft is and what it does, it never held my interest for long as a game. I couldn’t stop playing Dragon Quest Builders and it is one of those experiences that I look forward to continue playing even after the review is done.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you decided to wait for the PC version of Dark Souls II before jumping in, you’ve made the right decision. It’s not leaps and bounds better than its console counterpart, but the graphical enhancements aid the immersion.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every Vita owner needs to experience Murasaki Baby. By creating a personal and engaging story, all while wrapping it in a hypnotically original art design, Ovosonico have gone where most other developers fear to tread.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tembo the Badass Elephant is easily one of the most memorable releases of 2015 and hopefully the beautiful beginning of Game Freak branching out from Pokemon (and Nintendo) to deliver more pleasant surprises.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The lack of multiplayer holds Berserk and the Band of the Hawk back from being the greatest Omega Force title, but players who are okay with this will find an experience that both captures the soul of the source material as well as one of the purest, most hyperviolent, titles to hit the market.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Firewatch is one of those games that you need to take a step back and think about after it’s over. This tense four-hour adventure might lead you to believe it’s going places it never goes, and while some might wish for a grander tale loaded with conspiracy, what’s actually there stands on its own as wonderful. A touching human story sprinkled with player agency, Firewatch succeeds in causing players to consider what it truly means to be alone.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lunar Knights is a game that manages to feel really fresh and original despite sticking to material that's as traditional as it gets in a video game. [Apr 2007, p.48]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though some elements haven’t aged well, the level design and music are still superb, and ultimately 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is likely the best way to experience an irrefutable classic.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Velocity 2X isn’t just one of the best games of the year, it might just be the best downloadable title exclusively available on the PlayStation 4.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay is fun, varied and challenging, and will test the skills of even the most hardcore platforming fans.

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