Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,166 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 1.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Space Giraffe
Lowest review score: 20 Final Fantasy: All the Bravest
Score distribution:
1,166 game reviews
    • 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]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you grew up in the '90s, you'll easily get $15 out of it just for the trip down memory lane. Younger players who like open-world games and have an appreciation for that time, even if it's just for ironic purpose, will like it as well.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pick it up if you’re looking for a fighting game that’s a little different and packed with personality.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut won’t win any awards for its visuals or mechanics, but the player will be completely immersed within a world just brimming with life thanks to the intriguing storyline and highly likeable cast of characters.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, Crackdown 2 is a fun game, especially when played with friends but, unfortunately, it just doesn't deliver quite a deep experience.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Maybe there's a great game beyond level 8. Maybe it turns into peaches and honey. Maybe a magical unicorn bursts from the screen. Who knows? After playing a single level beyond any possibility of ever getting any enjoyment from it again, I turned the game off and walked away. Gameplay masochism only stays enjoyable so long before a feeling best described as "screw this!" sets in, and Fractured Soul blew past that point and never looked back.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s decent survival horror, but Silent Hill fans will be disappointed.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With some fine-tuning and a more effective blending of old mechanics and newfangled, newcomer-friendly ones, Gust may have a top-notch JRPG hit on their hands next time — but only next time, because this time they’ve missed the mark ever so slightly, despite their intentions being in the right place.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Much like a jalopy can become a classic, Arrrowhead has beautifully restored Gauntlet to its former glory and made it something you’ll be proud to take a spin in. Ride on, Gauntlet fans.
    • 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]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 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]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 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
    The lack of core-features, underutilization of the impressive emotions system, flawed customization and faulty… practically everything else, only emphasizes EA’s struggle to keep its promises.
    • 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.