Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,429 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Super Time Force Ultra
Lowest review score: 20 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
1,429 game reviews
    • 74 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.
    • 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
    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
    While The Escapists on the Xbox One may not be the most definitive version of the title, it’s still a soundly optimized and immensely original gaming experience that stands out from the crowd in the One’s digital library.
    • 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]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham Origins doesn’t seem to realize its true potential, and because of it, falls short.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is purposely discomforting, hypnotically visceral. It’s one of the best games released so far this year.
    • 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
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can get past the instability and lack of aesthetic cohesion, you’ll find a foundation of smart mechanics and clever challenges. With that said, you’ll probably better enjoy those elements on your phone or tablet.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the lopsided breakup between the two campaigns, the conclusion of Revelations 2 will leave players satisfied with the hope of more bite-sized spin-offs in the series’ future.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Titan Souls is a quietly beautiful little epic. The contrast of the boss fights with the peaceful exploration works to create a world of contrasts, broken but not dead. Or at least not dead until you come calling with a bow and magic arrow. Just be aware going in that the challenge can be as unforgiving as the ruins are serene, and every ounce of skill may still not be quite enough.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Super Stardust Ultra is an excellent update of a great twin-stick shooter, and worth the time for both long-term fans and those who somehow missed it the first time around.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even though its story will leave most players unsatisfied and its open-world design is questionable at best, its phenomenal side stories and often entertaining gameplay will prevent distaste. This isn’t the next The Last of Us, and its narrative comes nowhere close to Telltale’s The Walking Dead, but the framework is in place for a generally good time.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    Right now, as it stands, Cloud Chamber is an impressively grand experiment that’s well worth your time and money. If this seems up your alley, don’t wait — get into it while the getting is good.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    TRI is not typical by any measure and instead charts its own path to puzzle gaming greatness.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those looking for something completely different in their gaming library ought to download Roundabout.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Particulars combines an interesting and highly progressive style of narration with an old school arcade experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though Shadow Warrior has minor technical imperfections and runs about two hours too long, it’s nothing short of a blast.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham struggles to maintain balance with its cast of characters constantly pushing one another from the spotlight, and suffers from many of the series’ routine issues. On the other hand, it brings to the table an experience DC and Lego fans will not-soon forget: an action-packed adventure, plenty of charm and moments of bona fide hilarity.