Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 2,269 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Livelock
Lowest review score: 20 SPOGS Racing
Score distribution:
2269 game reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may have taken a number of years to get here, but Yakuza 5 was worth the wait. It’s not only the most robust and well-executed game in the series, it’s also one of the best games of last generation.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its cel-shaded, low-poly art style is perfectly suited to bringing its lovable cast of characters to life and painting a cute yet macabre world reminiscent of Caroline and Okage: Shadow King. Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure will make you grin like you’re a kid again from beginning to end.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With individualized players, explosive tactical potential and unparalleled realism, PES 2016 redefines what a soccer game can be.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Move or Die is a perfect example of genius in its simplicity. Genius that involves blasting a sentient teacup in the head with a sniper rifle, but genius nonetheless.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yacht Club Games has delivered more than anyone ever could have hoped for, and created an experience that gamers young and old will thoroughly enjoy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While there has been an influx of open world games over the last few years, Crystal Dynamics have been able to find a perfect balance of cinematic action and strong adventure elements...Rise of the Tomb Raider is an adventure like no other, giving players a twenty hour experience that will have them engaged from the moment Lara comes on screen.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While roguelike and roguelike-inspired games such as these feel like a dime a dozen in recent times, Necropolis stands out simply by being the best that it can be, with a striking visual style, great sense of humor and an enjoyable co-op mode working together with immense, randomized, yet terrifically-designed levels and some great combat. Developers Harebrained Schemes have crafted a stellar entry into the genre, one that’s still tough as nails and yet has you coming back to it again and again. It’s a superb hack-and-slash game that’s fun all around and comes highly recommended.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only is there isn’t a single bad game in Mega Man Legacy Collection, there isn’t a game included that isn’t great. Whether you’re someone who has beaten the core NES Mega Man games hundreds of times, or if you’re someone who has always been curious about one of the most heralded franchises in gaming, Mega Man Legacy Collection is all but a no-brainer.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This isn’t just an expansion, it’s a revolution.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Put on your +1 cape of adventure and go pick up Divinity: Original Sin now, because it would be a sin to miss out on something this good.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Civilization VI takes all of the elements from the Civilization franchise, improves on them and produces one of the most unique games in the series. It innovates heavily without removing any elements that players have come to expect.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Last year’s iteration attempted to change the genre of the series, but Imaginators grounds it in platforming again, this time simply crafting the best gameplay experience possible.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While its online play is far from perfect, Super Smash Bros. 3DS is an impeccably polished package that proudly brings the series back to its best while fearlessly treading new ground.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The barely contained chaos and sheer variety of things to do keep Final Approach interesting. It’s action packed while still being family friendly, all while offering a lengthy campaign. The fact that the scoring system keeps the missions replayable seals the deal. Phaser Lock Interactive has released one of the best games for VR. [Tested with HTC Vive]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Armed with a new engine, Rome II looks great, plays smoothly, and will be a challenge to both veterans and novices.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re the type of gamer who is sick of the same games coming out over and over again, then Superhot is a breath of fresh air thanks to its phenomenally executed central mechanic.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s as beautiful as it is deep, and will keep you glued to your television screen as the hours fly by.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It contains not only some of the best combat mechanics available, but everything you could have wanted from a Metal Gear Solid game. Plus Kiefer Sutherland.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Halo 4 isn't quite the revolution everybody has been waiting for, but it's on the right track. 343 Industries have done a superb job in replicating what fans love about the franchise while adding their own distinct style to it. With a meaty and well told single-player campaign, multiplayer that will keep gamers engaged for months, if not years on end, and a bustling community to engage with, Halo 4 is an immeasurable value that will not disappoint.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fallout 3 is the biggest accomplishment in adventure gaming since Oblivion.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pikmin 3 is the answer to the question “what’s on the Wii U?” It may not be a killer app, but it’s a wholly satisfying title that quite simply can’t be had on any other console. Imaginative, challenging and visually gorgeous, Pikmin 3 has one of the highest fun factors of any game this year.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Don't overlook this game based on descriptions alone, because you'll be missing out on an experience that is unlike anything else. [Sept 2007, p.58]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pokémon has been a classic series for twenty years and with 2016 being its 20th, Pokémon Sun and Moon is a perfect way to celebrate such a milestone. It still holds all the charm and fun from the original titles yet creates an entire new world to explore. It’s a must-have for fans and a worthy place to begin for newcomers. The future of the Pokémon series shines bright like Pokémon Sun and beautiful like Pokémon Moon.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Need for Speed Rivals proves how impressive a PS4 racing game can be by offering a fully realized product that blows past conceptions of what a launch title can offer.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though the first game in the franchise didn’t have a clear direction for itself, Dirt 2 is outdoor racing across various types of racing events tied together under a cohesive extreme sports presentation.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pokémon has been a classic series for twenty years and with 2016 being its 20th, Pokémon Sun and Moon is a perfect way to celebrate such a milestone. It still holds all the charm and fun from the original titles yet creates an entire new world to explore. It’s a must-have for fans and a worthy place to begin for newcomers. The future of the Pokémon series shines bright like Pokémon Sun and beautiful like Pokémon Moon.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Baldur’s Gate II is not a game to be missed. With an epic story, memorable characters, hundreds of hours of dungeon crawling, questing and adventuring, Baldur’s Gate stands tall among the classics.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is easily one of the year’s most enjoyable games and one you won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the story could've been better told, an addictive combat system and array of side quests make Torchlight II a dungeon crawler of immeasurable size, offering an awe-inspiring adventure that will have players coming back for more.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is one of the most unique Metroidvania style games you will ever have the pleasure of playing, and a dream come true to for longtime fans of Castlevania. Those who have the desire and discipline to venture bravely into the world of The Waste Land can consider themselves to be a rare and fortunate breed of gamer.