Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,168 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 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Mark of the Ninja
Lowest review score: 20 Magus
Score distribution:
1,168 game reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a tremendously unique, wildly creative endeavor that is a blast to play and even more enjoyable to listen to.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a unique and fun shooter boasting a far more vibrant color palette and better default soundtrack than Beat Hazard. Vertical shooter fans will adore it, as will those with extensive music collections.
    • 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
    • 75 Critic Score
    For the $29.99 price tag, The Dark Eye: Drakensang, offers you a full 40 hours of well-written story filled with missions and side quests to complete.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Guardians of Middle-Earth is a very pleasant surprise. A well-crafted title that fans of either RTSes or tower defense games will enjoy, the season pass setup ($14.99 by itself, or $29.99 with the full game via retail) ensures that new content will be coming for quite a while to this already jam-packed downloadable title. Those in the mood for a relatively easy to learn RTS-style game or with Hobbit-fever will find a lot to like here.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Looking back over my experience, I can safely say that Yuji Naka delivered once again at creating a simple, fun, and challenging platforming game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Chili Con Carnage is much better at sparking a racially-charged debate than it is at being and entertaining product. [Apr 2007, p.50]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Calling All Cars is to the PS3 what "Hexic HD" was to the Xbox 360. [July 2007, p.68]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is the kind of title that has niche written all over it in bold, flashing letters, but if this happens to be your flavor of niche, you’re in for quite the treat.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Awesomenauts was an easy recommendation before, and with the addition of new characters and other improvements, Assemble! is a must-have both for those who haven’t experienced the game and veterans who want to play the best possible console version. Anyone who enjoys run and gun shooters or action platformers will enjoy this, and it’s a perfect gateway game to the MOBA genre.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re sick of the run and gun nature of Call of Duty but find the simulation aspects of something like Arma a bit too daunting, Insurgency is the perfect middle ground, and a supremely enjoyable multiplayer experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Army of Two is definitely one of those "love it or hate it" games. If you manage to "get" the game mechanics, there’s definitely quite a bit to enjoy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Few games in recent years offer the immeasurable amount of content offered in Disgaea D2. With a 35 hour campaign, multiple endings to complete, side-missions, an expansive and randomly generated item world, thousands of character customization options and endlessly replyable levels, the series didn’t really need to make many improvements or changes to remain a true value.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the presentation could have been more robust and gameplay mechanics more refined, it remains a concentrated and entertaining dose of Naruto fanservice, like the developers dropped a hundred different Naruto action figures into your lap and told you to go nuts.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Played with one of the other supported controllers, though, Sky Crawlers will deliver all of the above, but nothing else new to the genre.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s for the thinkers; the true appreciators of fine-tuned designs and engaging puzzle solving. It’s a satisfying, refreshing and, most importantly, an incredibly fun romp through Team17’s take on a classic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once you are willing to pony up your five bucks a month, though, Dungeon Runners becomes a surprisingly addictive time-waster. [Sept 2007, p.68]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham Origins doesn’t seem to realize its true potential, and because of it, falls short.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Disney Infinity might be a precisely coordinated marketing strategy, it’s also a imaginative multimedia experience that will appeal to gamers of all ages. Kids will adore everything about it and adults will enjoy collecting their favorite expertly-crafted figures and seeing them in action.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Guided Fate Paradox is a niche game, but that shouldn’t scare off anyone who has a taste for Japanese RPGs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only real problem with the length is the pacing, with no indication given that you're on the last area and solving the final puzzle until, surprise!, end credits. It's analagous to reading a review that, while technically it's said everything it needs to, simply comes to a stop.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When you take all of the flaws and advancements with the game, The 40th Day really just balances out to be equal to if not slightly behind where the first one started.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When you look at it, Zeno Clash: Ultimate Edition is a pretty good package. You have a slightly flawed, yet still enjoyable seven hour campaign, and a couple of bonus modes that can be tackled with a friend on Xbox Live.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of old-school platformers, however, Yumi’s Odd Odyssey is a comprehensive collection of puzzles that will serve your palate well and well worth checking out on the eShop.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In 2013, this sixteen-year-old game feels fresh, revitalizing and just downright good. That’s an accomplishment all of its own.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether you play with the keyboard/mouse setup or use a 360 pad, you’ll get solid controls. It’s a challenging, but rewarding game and its surreal audio/visual combination will be stuck in your head for quite some time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Where is my Heart? is an enjoyable puzzle platformer romp.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There really isn’t anything bad about the game, although the audio may not be to everyone’s liking, and the very nature of this being full of logic puzzles means it’s not going to be for everyone. If you’re prone to rage-quitting, this may not be the game for you, although perhaps its relaxed feel will put your mind at ease a bit and help you enjoy the experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tokyo Jungle is easily one of the best games this fall season, and is going to be cropping up in gaming conversations for years to come.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Until the bugs are ironed out, it’s just not worth the headache.