Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 2,240 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 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Assassin's Creed III
Lowest review score: 20 SPOGS Racing
Score distribution:
2240 game reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Orgarhythm surprised me in a lot of great ways. I expected to be terrified of an RTS/rhythm hybrid going in, but its user-friendly nature made it easy to learn. The fast pace is great for people who have avoided RTSes due to slow pacing, and it winds up creating a fantastic gateway game for newcomers. It may be rough around the edges visually, but the outstanding soundtrack and incredible controls (for something that is largely touch-based) make it a must-buy for anyone remotely interested in the genre.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a ten to fifteen-hour playtime, hidden unlockables to look for in every level, and fleshed-out online mode, Logan's Shadow is one of the PSP's best games to date. [Nov 2007, p.57]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gyruss never managed to attain the popularity of other shooters of the time such as "Galaga", but it deserved better. [July 2007, p.69]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 feels less like a true game of the series and more of the spin-off that it is, trading the methodical and tactical pacing of the franchise mainstays for a more fast-paced and action oriented shooter.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, the whole of Sonic Unleashed is slightly greater than the sum of its parts. [Dec 2008, p.45]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Orion packs a strong, unique narrative into a small span of time. It also brings with it a fair bit of polish, though not enough to immediately stand out against some of its more known contemporaries. Even so, for the first release from Cylight Studios, it’s a striking effort.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    How We Soar is greater than the sum of its parts and is an incredible experience that should be played by all PlayStation VR owners. Its core formula can get old, but what’s here is executed quite well. More variety would have been nice, though, while some kind of sense of peril would have heightened the stakes. Fortunately, How We Soar excels as a game that allows you to both have fun and relax at the same time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Criterion Games have once again proved that they're the pinnacle development team at Electronic Arts and will lead the Need for Speed franchise into a brighter future. While there are some shortcomings, such as poor map navigation and some rubber-banding issues, Most Wanted is an adrenaline-pumping racer that will leave you with sweaty palms.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Melee combat can be disorienting and the story isn’t all that memorable. Still, Far Cry Primal nails what it does right. Beast Mastery is a great new mechanic, the presentation is fantastic, and most importantly, it feels just like a Far Cry game. Woolly mammoths may have gone extinct, but Primal ensures that the Far Cry franchise won’t follow suit.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stern Pinball Arcade contains a good amount of excellent pinball action in its opening tables and it’s going to be a lot of fun watching it grow into its own unique collection in the coming years.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wild Guns Reloaded may be a splash of cold water in the face reminding you of just how hard games from the 8-bit and 16-bit eras could be, but it’s also a reminder of how damn fun and enjoyable they can be as well, proving that some titles are indeed timeless.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Capcom’s execution isn’t always perfect, and the lack of quest variety may wear on some, but Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is just about everything it strives to be: a sprawling adventure full of charm, customization and a whole lot of monsters.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Played as a single game, it’s incredible, but as I was made to experience it, it falls a little short of greatness. I wish I were reviewing the full game, because the complete package deserves a higher score. The two halves compliment each other perfectly, but on their own, they are wanting.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the bubble-eyed anime character designs, the game's script is sharp and subtle in a way that anime usually isn't. [Sept 2007, p.60]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It appears that Game Arts made this to appeal to more than just a niche audience, and the game is much better for it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a fun game that rises above any frustrations it may cause to create a memorable experience.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Braid: is excellent and gorgeous, a little over-hyped, but maddeningly fun overall. [Fall 2008, p.55]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds is a splendid brawler.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those looking for an engaging story to keep them reading for hours on end will want to pick up The Devil on G-String.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anyone looking to spend a solid 40+ hours on a roguelike should look no further than this.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those who haven’t experienced the original incarnation of the game will find Plus to be the premier version, and the fact that it’s the handheld rendition of a graphically-intense six month old game makes that fact alone worth the price of admission.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Sweet Fuse: At Your Side is downright fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    DariusBurst Chronicle Saviours is a welcome return for one of gaming’s longest-running series, digging deep into its history to create a modern shooter with a depth of content unmatched in its genre.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While a bug-squishing patch would be nice, Civilization Revolution is an excellent revision of the series despite the trades it makes for accessibility over depth.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a testament to sound design when the worst aspect of a video game is indeed its actual title. Even with it, though, Grey Goo is a stand-out RTS that has found an expert way of blending old with new to create something familiar but fresh.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The many unique twists of Magnetic: Cage Closed do so much to set it apart from the other first person physics puzzlers that have tried to dethrone the genre mainstay.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s not much wrong with The Big Bank Heist solely as DLC, but the game it’s built upon contains flaws that carry over here (enemy A.I., general glitches, etc). Still, PAYDAY 2: The Big Bank Heist does exactly what DLC should do by expanding upon the base game with new features and challenges that can’t easily be replicated in the base product.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While there are some nice tweaks to the affair, DOA fundamentally remains the same. Considering the loss of its Lead Designer, though, that must be considered a victory. Combat is as enjoyable as ever and the game looks better than previous incarnations. It's a natural step forward for the franchise that should soon lead to a next generation leap.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Samorost 3 is a fantastic point & click adventure game, and a perfect sequel to the previous two.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even with the upgrades and competition, Turmoil is the epitome of simplicity. It is more about betting against oneself when drilling, playing an extremely simple market, and exploiting upgrades for the most gain.