Hardcore Gamer Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 1,107 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 Mass Effect 2
Lowest review score: 20 Into the Dark: Ultimate Trash Edition
Score distribution:
1,107 game reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Forced is a gleeful return to form for cooperative play and a nuanced single-player adventure with trials you’ll be scratching your head over for days. It can become needlessly difficult and frustrating at times, but in the end you’ll feel all the better for sticking with it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those who want a puzzle game with simple mechanics, tons of replayability and is just plain fun should download Sparkle.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The inability to roast anything on two legs from an overpowering distance away aside, Divinity 2 is a solid RPG if you are looking for a nice real-time romp though a fleshed out fantasy world.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Last Tinker: City of Colors is certainly not for challenge junkies, but anyone looking for a downright pleasant experience full of charm and whimsy will not be disappointed.
    • 72 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Ironically enough, this might be one to keep your eye on as the modding community gets a hold of it. Despite the flaws, this game has enough potential to end up standing out.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you love the idea of speed runs and like the thrill of making every move count to beat the clock, then 10 Second Ninja might be for you. For everyone else, though, 10 Second Ninja is a repetitive and dull game, one whose philosophy on improvement is player-hostile for the entire ride.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Tiger Woods 07 is the best golf game yet on the Wii, but hopefully next year's edition will have the rough edges hammered out. [May 2007, p.58]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What all this adds up to is a standout dungeon crawler, loaded with options and accessible despite its difficulty.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may be confusing and an outright crazy adventure, but it’s one that will have gamers readily engaged.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Freedom Cry is simply a great addition to an excellent game, offering a story worth experiencing across a setting worth exploring.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, there's just too much about the game that doesn't work to counter-balance all of the good stuff. It's impossible to recommend when an RPG fan could be playing better things instead. [Oct 2007, p.58]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not be Platinum Games' most technically sophisticated piece of work, but it's damn good all the same. For $30, it's a total steal, and a great way to kick off 2013.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's nice to play a game that manages to be fun for the hardcore and casual alike. [Summer 2008, p.48]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Surgeon Simulator 2013 isn’t all bad and I’m surprised I liked it as much as I did. There is a bizarre sense of exploration you get from just goofing around and seeing what exactly you can do, and at times it feels like an odd sort of point and click adventure game, where every puzzle is to use a sharp object on a man’s face
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Paradox Interactive have managed to release a grand strategy game that actually feels not so overwhelmingly complex as to scare off newcomers.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2 is an excellent take on the Dynasty Warriors formula, and easily the best One Piece game so far.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There is some initial appeal in Squids Odyssey and its simplicity is mildly entertaining if played in bite sized sessions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, Toukiden isn’t the Monster Hunter killer many were expecting, but it becomes an enticing package if you can get past its shortcomings.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With its wide array of diverse locations, nice visuals, engaging quests and interesting PvP, The Elder Scrolls Online has a lot to offer despite its lack of freedom and exploration; with an absurd amount content, you’ll be occupied for a long time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Scribblenauts Unmasked feels less like a video game and more like a chore. That’s a phrase too often thrown around in video game reviews, but it’s about as apt as a comparison one could draw.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nike+ Kinect Training is not a fun game, but then again, it was never meant to be about entertainment. It's a game that will push you to your limit and make you break down if you don't know what you're getting yourself into. It feels more realistic in routines and schedules than something like Your Shape, but lacks in presentation with an unresponsive user interface and poor objective and calorie counters.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mamorukun Curse! is an exciting, frenetic time, especially for those waiting for localization of the popular Japanese shooter. It’s a hefty price tag to be sure, but it serves up hours of challenging fun and plenty of unlockables for those skilled enough to look for even more to do after the game has been completed. If you’re looking for a new shooter to add to your collection, you could do far worse than this.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Abyss Odyssey is a quirky little gaming gem, and as long as its warlock keeps dreaming, it’s worth fighting through the beauty of his visions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s decent survival horror, but Silent Hill fans will be disappointed.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy The Four Heroes of Light is a nice addition to the ever growing collection of the franchise. While not deliberate enough in it's efforts to be a numbered entry, it still represents the series as a whole.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Most games based on movies are cheap shovelware that are released to capitalize on the popularity of the franchise they're based on. The Bourne Conspiracy, however, is clearly a labor of love.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Taito didn’t add anything new to the formula, but Arkanoid Plus! will provide straightforward arcade entertainment in short bursts, as long as you don’t go in expecting a revolutionary experience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All that being said, Driift Mania is an ambitious product that suffers only from lackluster solo play and some unfortunate graphical decisions.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As-is, it's a very, very pretty demo of what the SIXAXIS can do. [May 2007, p.69]
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