Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,997 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Fez
Lowest review score: 20 Vampire Rain
Score distribution:
1997 game reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a kickass, overcharged aesthetic and silky-smooth mechanics, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma is one of the finest fighting games available today.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On the whole, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D offers up one of the most challenging and rewarding platforming adventures in recent memory. Take note, developers, this is how a port should be done.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lara Croft GO is a great adventure-puzzler, filled with clever problems that require either a nice amount of thought or a lot of trial and error, and usually end up with a good combination of both being used before finally earning a victory.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Darksiders II, the franchise has cemented itself as an essential property among the likes of Devil May Cry and God of War. Even with the scale increasing in practically every area, the game manages to be less intimidating than its predecessor.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clannad is a visual novel that everyone should complete at least once in their lives. The hard part will be securing enough time to persist through every route in the proper way to see the true ending.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Considering the significantly lower price point at launch and the hundred plus hour package, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for PC is a joyous occasion that allows for an additional audience to dig their teeth into the classic.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shin Megami Tensei IV manages to meet its hype in some respects and fall short of it in others. Its combat is stronger than ever, adding in components that are deep, unique and reward the strategically-inclined, while the character customization options will excite those who like to build their ideal fighter.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Between the new campaign and Firefight mode, Halo 3: ODST shows that the Halo franchise can have a Spartan-free title that can still rise up to the same level of entertainment that is to be expected from the series.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pixeljunk Monsters is a constant struggle to properly allocate gold, gems, firepower, and time as the horde advances single file, with each level being more addictive than the last. [Spring 2008, p.61]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Weak continuity and weaker dungeon crawling gameplay make this hard to recommend to anyone who enjoys the series for its depth. If you’re not bothered by a bit of stupidity, give it a play.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While not a groundbreaking game like its predecessor Resident Evil 5 offers up one of the most fun co-op experiences to date. Any fan of the RE franchise or action games in general will find a lot of enjoyment in RE 5.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Those who want the best Runner 2 experience, however, should seek it out elsewhere. If you only have a Vita to play with, though, then this is still a mighty fine way to get your dose of Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Call of Duty: Black Ops II continues the trend of a Michael Bay action film packed into a video game format. There's spectacle, voice talent, zombies, and finally a story with a good set up and player agency to boot. It may lack significant innovation, and the missions set in the 20th century are far from compelling story pieces, but with a robust multiplayer experience and a half-decent story, Black Ops II does the series proud.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Devil Daggers is laser-focused on providing a very specific type of shooter experience, suggesting old school classics stripped down to their fundamental core. It’s simple but not simplistic and the very definition of addictive.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s sad to see the series go but the satisfying revelations and conclusion makes Blackwell Epiphany a must play.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Shift shows a lot of potential for the series and will go down as one of the best racing games of 2009.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the end, though, it's a testament to the game's quality that even in the face of the imperfect camera and combat, the wonderful adventuring aspects manage to make up for whatever other shortcomings this game may possess. [July 2007, p.54]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In essence, though nothing beats being in front of the actual machines and feeding in a quarter to square off with it, Pinball Hall of Fame – The Williams Collection is about as close as the video game medium allows for.
    • 83 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With tons of references and entertaining gameplay, Portal Portal is a great new table. It’s a little thin on content and will require the purchase of either Zen Pinball 2 or Pinball FX2 to play it, however, so it’s an investment that those coming only for the Portal aspect might need to rationalize.
    • 83 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More like an effort-intensive relationship than an adrenaline-inducing one-night-stand, Transistor is a must-play for those who are committed to its cause. However, those who are looking for an instantly-gripping cheap thrill should look elsewhere as this is a game that must be seen through to the very last second.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A host of unlockable content, including graphic filters, extra lives, and single-level score runs rounds out the package, providing plenty of replay for your trippy musical abstract gaming dollar. [Dec 2007, p.69]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Card Hunter folds the best of card games and video games into a single experience. The combat and aesthetics all gel together in a unique browser-based game. Try the game, even if you’re not into board games, as it a should scratch the itch of anyone who is missing a polished turn based experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Best of all, Picross is a wonderfully pure test of logical puzzle solving, with a deep challenge that's as satisfying as it is addictive. [Oct 2007, p.61]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though not all the touted features may be immediately noticeable, they greatly contribute to improving the overall experience. Most importantly, though, Madden offers a fun game of football with or without friends.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In DarkMaus, Daniel Wright has created a focused, challenging experience that successfully translates the core tenants of Dark Souls — careful approach to combat, high level of initial difficulty, wise use of resources and character development — into a game that looks deceptively innocent and benign.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Swapper is yet another indie coup for Sony, as it is very clearly one of the best puzzle games to come out in years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The PC port of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has its share of issues, but it still gets the nod over its console counterparts.