Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,201 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Fez
Lowest review score: 20 Gravity Badgers
Score distribution:
1,201 game reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This episode has a fairly basic story, driven forward by great character writing and a compelling air of mystery, but it’s plain to see that there are many dramatic, earth-shattering moments yet to come.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is an unpolished, uninspired adventure where fun can be had with friends, but that time could be better spent elsewhere.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Crimson Shroud is an easy game to recommend for those into Dungeons and Dragons or with an affinity towar
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With period-authentic aesthetics and sharp writing, this point and click will keep you enthralled from beginning to end – and maybe teach you a thing or two about history along the way.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    It doesn't matter how good the rest of a game is, though, if the controls betray you just when you need them most. [May 2007, p.55]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When it works, Demigod is a game with plenty of fun to be had and at times even rivals its source material.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s good to see that new life, by means of bizarre franchise combination, can be breathed into a nearly dead game series.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Statistically-minded individuals will enjoy delving into the surprising deep Owner portion of Connected Franchise, while older fans will love the opportunity to play as hall of fame players and the history tidbits of past Madden games shown during loading screens.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite some rough edges and weak audio, Project Spark is a must-buy for anyone interested in game design.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's awesome. Joker features the same style of RPG-lite storyline and team-based combat from the earlier "Monsters" games, only everything here has been prettied up. [Dec 2007, p.62]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Madden NFL 13 is the first Wii U port we've played that uses the console to make a notable impact on gameplay. Instead of simply throwing in disposable features, time was taken to ensure the GamePad was utilized to its full potential.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Traditionally, games that needed to carve out a niche for themselves within the crowded shooter genre have done so by introducing a new gimmick. Nanostray 2 relies instead on pure polish.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The "Worms" series has been around for years, but it's finally found the perfect home on Live Arcade. [May 2007, p.68]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Reus is a game of giants walking the earth, and an epic contraption whose pleasantly rewarding output wrests a world teeming with life from a dead planet’s skin.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fenix Rage is nothing short of great. It’s a worthy entry into an unfortunately short line of hardcore and enjoyable platformers, with great aesthetics and music backed by solid mechanics.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dance Central Spotlight will be a hard pill to swallow for the legions of rhythm fans burnt out on Rock Band DLC, but will suit those who’ve accepted DLC culture just fine. Cost-conscious gamers should proceed with caution because that $10 purchase price is just the beginning.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, Hohokum often seems content with simply being strange rather than evolving into something transcendent.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A more intimate affair rather than a blockbuster, it recalls terrific classic elements that have been sorely missed, easily besting the latest main-series entry.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Those looking for a truly rewarding challenge are better off looking elsewhere.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Tropico 5 managed to disappoint more than it excited.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those who missed out on Sleeping Dogs two years ago, the title is correct: this is the definitive version. Unfortunately, those who already visited the compressed streets of Hong Kong will have almost no incentive to go back.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Much like how Saints Row is a damn good GTA clone, Dante’s Inferno is the best God of War clone yet that should be enjoyed be all.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Noby Noby Boy is weird, but that's ok. Less game than activity, there's no point other than what you decide there ought to be. [Summer 2009]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re looking to laugh a lot, and maybe even think about stuff just a little bit, give it a play.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In reality though, Etrian Odyssey is a challenging, ballsy, rewarding game that gives the otherwise stagnant RPG genre a swift, much-needed kick in the ass. [June 2007, p.62]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Gabriel Knight is absolutely a must-play game, but this is the absolute worst way to play it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a fun, attractive and surprisingly deep experience, therefore unable to be regarded as anything less than an emphatic success.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Tidalis is a puzzle game for everyone. It has the charm and personality for casual players while keeping the most elite players coming back for more with the challenging trial and puzzle modes
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages is the sort of project Kickstarter was built for: two brothers, nary a lick of development experience between them, making a game inspired by the favorites of their youth. It’s got all the rough edges and more that you’d expect from such a team, but it’s also brimming with ambition and heart.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s fine-tuned in every way, with satisfying gameplay, graphics and sound that accurately represent the 8-bit era they pay homage to.