Hardcore Gamer Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 1,103 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 BioShock Infinite
Lowest review score: 20 Double Dragon II: Wander of the Dragons
Score distribution:
1,103 game reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kororinpa, feels like a solid beginning to what could become a beloved franchise. [May 2007, p.59]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Anyway, Mana Khemia has a solid story, hilarious character dialogue, and an engaging combat system, and it lets you make giant swords using only dirt, vegetables, woodchips, and household cleaning products.
    • 69 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.
    • 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
    • 50 Critic Score
    Table Top Racing is an excellent mobile game that doesn’t translate well to Vita.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Earth Defense Force 2017 is the action game equivalent of potato chips: no nutritional value, but tasty nonetheless. [May 2007, p.61]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When the layers of the experience are peeled back, what we’re left with at Arcadias‘ core is a sluggish brawling RPG that can sometimes lack the kind of gameplay merit needed for sustainability beyond a handful of hours.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Octodad succeeds as both a gut-busting slapstick routine and a touching treatise on what it means to be a family. It’s a little short, and it won’t turn the gaming world on its head, but at least it’s fun, replayable, heartwarming and didn’t cost 15 million dollars.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you go into Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends Complete Edition knowing that it’s just a slightly better looking port, you’ll have a blast with its addictive mindless button mashing mechanics.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    I did have a good time with SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1; despite some emulation issues and some poorly chosen extras, it's still an excellent value and will bring back memories of the good old days.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    So how does Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason stack up? With mediocre horror themes, poor level design, and a poor story all muddled with poor stability, this is one game you wont miss playing.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With dozens of levels to try out and a lot of replay value thanks to the three-starred system, Furmins is an easy recommendation if you grew up loving Lemmings or the Incredible Machines (or if you just dig a good physics puzzler).
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    FIFA Soccer 13 for Wii U isn't the worst version of this year's popular soccer game, but it's certainly below standards for most modern console owners.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is a good sports game for people who don't like sports games, i.e. me. [Vol 3, Issue 2, p.62]
    • 69 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s fast, full of enemies, and has a sweet soundtrack to boot. It’s hard to ignore how powerful Crimsonland makes the player feel as they mow down copious enemies as blood splatters cover the entire field.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 70 Critic Score
    When it sticks to its best features, Metrico is a stupendous experience. When it pushes the envelope, it’s far too obtuse to enjoy.
    • 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]