Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,145 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 Halo 3
Lowest review score: 20 007 Legends
Score distribution:
1,145 game reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With an original story, sprawling environments, excellent use of the Vita's touch capabilities and tons of bonuses to find, it's sure to be a premiere game of the console for long to come. If the graphics were more refined and the story less disjointed, it would certainly rival the best the series has to offer.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With better controls, it would be an incredibly solid WiiWare title, but as it stands it’s simply a good puzzle game that will keep you entertained for a little while.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The biggest hurdle to enjoying the game is simply your tastes for (or tolerance of) copious displays of fanservice. As long as you can handle that then you’re in for a very mechanically sound dungeon crawler with Demon Gaze.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    New players should choose Re;Birth over the PS3 original, while fans who haven’t yet worn out on the series’ charm should jump back in. The new Plan system and revamped battles make Re;Birth a much better game than its predecessor.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Papo & Yo is about growing into a person who can escape an abusive family situation, and that’s a theme powerful enough to overwhelm any number of small problems, if pulled off properly. The best parts of the game are when this theme is integrated directly into the action, whether that’s running from an enraged Monster or engaging in escapist fantasy with the platforming and landscape manipulation.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I'm addicted. [Vol 3, Issue 2, p.60]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you like tennis games and you have a Playstation 2, it belongs in your gaming library. [July 2007, p.62]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for an incredibly nuanced platformer, Dustforce is an excellent choice.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Outside of the HD remastering being a mixed bag and the camera controls not being completely fixed, JSR is still a blast to play and well worth your time and money. A mere $10 gets you the best version available – not possible, but available - of an outstanding game with a sense of style all its own.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Excitebike: World Rally, like its predecessor, seamlessly merges simplicity with fun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    DuckTales Remastered manages to give a classic game a new coat of paint but still bring back all those warm happy nostalgic feelings from the original classic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There’s a lot of upside in this title, especially with Renegade Kid’s announcement of a second season featuring entirely new content, but as it stands Moon Chronicles doesn’t quite live up to its lofty potential.
    • 70 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The problem with Vertical Drop Heroes HD is that it’s not very fun.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you’re up for an artistically ambitious puzzle game and don’t mind getting lost in the stages (literally), Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube will mesmerize you the whole way through.
    • 70 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If you’re already a fan of the series, it’s impossible to recommend a bare-bones expansion like this at its current price point. If you’re not… well, I have a hard time imagining that you’d enjoy the third installment at all.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great game that is persistently close to being a spectacular one. It has a bigger story to tell than a 10-15 hour third-person action title can accommodate, but still manages to be surprisingly emotional and touching by the time the credits roll.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The term "interactive film" is thrown around often, but this is the first game to actually feel like one. Carefully maintaining a balance between its social context and supernatural elements, the game refuses to give into standard video game tropes and remains a mature and thoughtful story throughout. It’s poignant, thrilling and even a bit frightening at times.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Diehard fans of the series won’t be swayed one way or another by this review, because those folks already know if this game is for them. For fans of the genre looking for an interesting take on the tried and true strategy roleplaying formula with that very distinct Japanese flare, though, Pandora’s Reflection is worth checking out.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Number One Hits has a few things going for it and is worth picking up if you own the original Lips, but ultimately falls short at being the must have karaoke game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anybody interested in games with a narrative focus simply must give Richard & Alice a shot.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Project X Zone is an outstanding blend of action RPGs, SRPGs, and even fighting games that tries many things and manages to do them well.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once you get past the vertigo, Retrovirus becomes a great little shooter that also resurrects an FPS sub-genre that absolutely deserves its new lease on life.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Regardless, if you’re a fan of old school RPGs and have a couple bucks (and hours) to spare, Rainbow Moon is still an investment that should be sought out.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It detracts from the enjoyment value when a "puzzle" game is almost more of a game of chance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Since Aero Porter only resembles a traditional airport sim, it's hard to recommend for Aerobiz fans, but those with an affinity for fast-paced puzzlers will probably like it. It's certainly not a graphical showcase, but there's a lot of enjoyment to be had once you get past the crippling difficulty spikes. It's a lot more fun than a baggage-sorting game sounds, so If you've got the patience, give it a shot.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    On one hand, the mechanics are satisfying as timing counters and ground passes are down to precision. On the other hand, this is a light package that contains unpolished gameplay.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s very hard to get a rhythm game right on a handheld, but Activision has really accomplished that.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kororinpa, feels like a solid beginning to what could become a beloved franchise. [May 2007, p.59]
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