Hardcore Gamer Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 952 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Halo 3
Lowest review score: 20 Super Black Bass 3D
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 85 out of 952
952 game reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Icon is a fun ride, but it's got some pretty deep shoes to fill. It is fun and the music features are pretty cool, so give it a look. [Apr 2007, p.46]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of the series shouldn’t hesitate – this is the Broken Sword you know and love – but I can understand other people being wary.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall, Jack Keane is a rather fun adventure game, even if it does suffer a little in minor details. If you’re a fan of the genre at all, it's well worth the effort.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sword of the Stars: The Pit — Mind Games is incredibly difficult — sometimes unfairly so — but along with that comes fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Much like The Lego Movie is a surprisingly great film, The Lego Movie Videogame is a surprisingly good game. Unlike the former, unfortunately, it falls notably short of greatness.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thunder Wolves is a game that knows what it wants to be, and cuts through any of the other filler to give an experience that is as pure as possible.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Octodad: Dadliest Catch is hilarious, silly, annoying and engaging all at once, and that’s ultimately what makes it a game worth playing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Moreover, if you love testing your skills against others online, this game isn’t for you, either. If you like playing fighters by yourself, huddled up in a corner in some depressingly dark room, then sure, Guilty Gear Accent Core Plus R is the thing for you. It’s just a shame that such a terrible, terrible decision can hold back such a wonderful game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At $15, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is well worth its cost to platforming fans.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The web swinging is better, and the combat system is much more effective (not to mention some awesome Signature Moves).
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Difficulties aside, it’s a simple and fun game that translates well to the 360’s controls.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Liberation Maiden is an outstanding on-rails shooter worth its $8 price tag.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the game is somewhat pricey considering its runtime lands just slightly over two hours, it’s marvelously unique. If you’re even slightly interested in what living the life of a badger is like, give it a shot. Its mechanics do grow tired towards the end, but the overall experience is so fascinating I can’t help but recommend it.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The music isn't bad and the gameplay is fun enough, but the track list is fairly short with only ten pieces. [June 2007, p.69]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    XI is fantastic when playing against another player rather than the CPU, which is unfortunate because there's no online play. Ultimately, RTK XI is a game you should rent before you buy it. [Mar 2007, p.62]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    DmC fans will get passable enjoyment from the ability to play as Vergil, but besides that, it’s a trivial addition to a compelling game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Controlling gravity is fun and the game’s charming art design is well worth noting, but Constant C never gives the player a sense of command over its design, leaving puzzles that rely more on careless experimentation than thought-provoking logic to solve.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite some issues with the jumping, Prinny 2 winds up being a fantastic game overall. If you're a fan of platformers, or of NISA's off the wall humor, pick this up ASAP.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With four modes, a deep interface and multiple activities, it’s clear that a lot of effort went into its development. Unfortunately, by combining classic Zoo Tycoon elements with those of Kinectimals, it lowers the challenge.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s not perfect, though it’s certainly good fun.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Earth Defense Force 2025 is a fantastic example of everything that makes pure action gaming so much fun, packed with replay value and over the top set pieces, and a more than worthy sequel that tops its predecessor in every way.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dynasty Warriors 8 is a shockingly great game that offers an incredible amount of value in bringing a dramatized piece of history to the masses in very creative ways.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While the ability to injure the other team by ripping a guy’s helmet off and beating him with it is attractive, it comes at the expense of the core gameplay.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Icon is a fun ride, but it's got some pretty deep shoes to fill. It is fun and the music features are pretty cool, so give it a look. [Apr 2007, p.46]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Cognition: Episode 2 fails to live up to the standards of Episode 1, which wasn’t exactly a lofty bar to aim for in the first place.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Simple as it may be, Alien Breed isn’t unenjoyable. It’s a bit easy and straightforward, sure, but it’s also a very good update of an Amiga classic. You run through corridors, shoot everything that moves, pick up all the goodies, then make a run for the exit to do it all over again. There’s no denying that Alien Breed is pretty mindless, but sometimes a bit of brain-dead xenomorph extermination is a nice way to kill an hour.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Most importantly, Space Giraffe is pure addictive fun, constantly demanding one more round as the pulsing light melts your eyes out of their sockets. [Oct 2007, p.66]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure, it has some flaws, namely its reliance on the same mechanics that never really change over the course of its 10 hour campaign. But even so, Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut still manages to pull off a fun experience that blends action-arcade and simulation just enough to please both crowds.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Much of the fun of Deception IV comes from what you make out of it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Juiced 2 is a nice change from the hardcore, but ascetic, sims you might be used to. This one manages to find a nice mix between the two extremes while remaining fun. [Nov 2007, p.54]