Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,471 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Halo 3
Lowest review score: 20 Escape Dead Island
Score distribution:
1,471 game reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pixeljunk Monsters is a constant struggle to properly allocate gold, gems, firepower, and time as the horde advances single file, with each level being more addictive than the last. [Spring 2008, p.61]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Weak continuity and weaker dungeon crawling gameplay make this hard to recommend to anyone who enjoys the series for its depth. If you’re not bothered by a bit of stupidity, give it a play.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While not a groundbreaking game like its predecessor Resident Evil 5 offers up one of the most fun co-op experiences to date. Any fan of the RE franchise or action games in general will find a lot of enjoyment in RE 5.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Those who want the best Runner 2 experience, however, should seek it out elsewhere. If you only have a Vita to play with, though, then this is still a mighty fine way to get your dose of Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Call of Duty: Black Ops II continues the trend of a Michael Bay action film packed into a video game format. There's spectacle, voice talent, zombies, and finally a story with a good set up and player agency to boot. It may lack significant innovation, and the missions set in the 20th century are far from compelling story pieces, but with a robust multiplayer experience and a half-decent story, Black Ops II does the series proud.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s sad to see the series go but the satisfying revelations and conclusion makes Blackwell Epiphany a must play.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Shift shows a lot of potential for the series and will go down as one of the best racing games of 2009.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the end, though, it's a testament to the game's quality that even in the face of the imperfect camera and combat, the wonderful adventuring aspects manage to make up for whatever other shortcomings this game may possess. [July 2007, p.54]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, Bangai-O is a fantastic shooter, and the sheer customizability of it is amazing. Still, if you like shooters, or puzzles in general, it is worth your time—oh-so-worth it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In essence, though nothing beats being in front of the actual machines and feeding in a quarter to square off with it, Pinball Hall of Fame – The Williams Collection is about as close as the video game medium allows for.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a mixed bag and the game is nowhere near perfect. Stick through the linear and less gripping parts for the first few hours, and you’ll end up with a story and combat engine that’ll hold you hostage until completion.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    More like an effort-intensive relationship than an adrenaline-inducing one-night-stand, Transistor is a must-play for those who are committed to its cause. However, those who are looking for an instantly-gripping cheap thrill should look elsewhere as this is a game that must be seen through to the very last second.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A host of unlockable content, including graphic filters, extra lives, and single-level score runs rounds out the package, providing plenty of replay for your trippy musical abstract gaming dollar. [Dec 2007, p.69]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Card Hunter folds the best of card games and video games into a single experience. The combat and aesthetics all gel together in a unique browser-based game. Try the game, even if you’re not into board games, as it a should scratch the itch of anyone who is missing a polished turn based experience.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Best of all, Picross is a wonderfully pure test of logical puzzle solving, with a deep challenge that's as satisfying as it is addictive. [Oct 2007, p.61]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though not all the touted features may be immediately noticeable, they greatly contribute to improving the overall experience. Most importantly, though, Madden offers a fun game of football with or without friends.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether you’re a fan of exceptional adventure games, science fiction, or even its apparent influences, there is a memorable adventure in Technobabylon backed by a believable setting and driven by a strong narrative.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Swapper is yet another indie coup for Sony, as it is very clearly one of the best puzzle games to come out in years.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The PC port of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has its share of issues, but it still gets the nod over its console counterparts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Lords of Darkness is a solid action game that just gets better the farther in you go, loaded with content and high production values despite its barely-passable framerate, but it doesn't do much to earn the Castlevania name.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While some of the controls can be a bit bothersome, the overall gameplay mechanics and sense of enjoyment is overwhelming. Mix one of the most gratifying cooperative campaigns in recent history with an absolutely charming cast of characters, and you have an addictive upper echelon independent game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's an all-new game with dozens of new mazes, and a timed score-run that's all about managing risk and reward. [Sept 2007, p.68]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rogue galaxy is one of the competitors for the title of the last great PS2 game, and while it is by no means flawless, it should still keep you entertained for a few dozen hours. [Mar 2007, p.52]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Something about the Wii remote makes this game feel very immediate and real, leading to a more fun gameplaying experience. [Mar 2007, p.59]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MLB 14: The Show was a great game a month ago when it came out on PlayStation 3, and it remains so on PlayStation 4.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The NBA 2K series continues to deliver the best professional basketball experience available on consoles and PCs. Though some strange visual bugs might rub a bit of shine off of an otherwise excellent package, there’s no denying how well NBA 2K15 plays.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only is this the highest quality story NetherRealm has ever put together, it’s perhaps the best fighting game story ever. Character Variations aren’t the game-changer NetherRealm was hoping for, but do little to detract from how good the core gameplay mechanics already are.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire aren’t just great RPGs, they’re a great example as to why Pokémon might be the surest thing in gaming.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's an interesting evolution of the brawler, a neat implementation of DS controls, and a worthy successor to its notorious forefather. [Spring 2008, p.53]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It might not be the most complex or most challenging title out there, but it is unique, clever, funny, and, most importantly, genuinely and remarkably fun.