Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,154 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 Fez
Lowest review score: 20 Me & My Pets 3D
Score distribution:
1,154 game reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    What could have been a good game inspired by the great "Warioware" series instead is nothing more than a poor imitation. [Nov 2007, p.62]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 47 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    As far as licensed games go, it isn't too offensive, but it could have been so much more.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    As far as licensed games go, it isn't too offensive, but it could have been so much more.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Had Bullet Witch been a launch title, this bitter pill could've been swallowed, but with so many other great choices out there like "Gears of War" or "Lost Planet," there's simply no reason to play this. [Apr 2007, p.54]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 49 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Party games are supposed to contain playable sequences that are instantly accessible, engaging, and fun. In Fuzion Frenzy 2, there are precious few that fit that bill. [Apr 2007, p.56]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    It doesn't matter how good the rest of a game is, though, if the controls betray you just when you need them most. [May 2007, p.55]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    It doesn't matter how good the rest of a game is, though, if the controls betray you just when you need them most. [May 2007, p.55]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 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]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 65 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    I can see the novel ideas going on here, but this game needs some serious extra time in the oven. Also, an analog stick. [Vol 3, Issue 2, p.63]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 67 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    The Wii Fit Balance Board is of little help, and only serves to complicate things further.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    RACE Pro has compelling racing mechanics when it is just you versus the track, but it has more than a few rough patches elsewhere.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Thor would have been a lot better with some more time and resources at hand. The problems of the game are plentiful and while some are forgivable considering what the game is, it still doesn't add up to a product worthy of Thor's prestige.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Thor would have been a lot better with some more time and resources at hand. The problems of the game are plentiful and while some are forgivable considering what the game is, it still doesn't add up to a product worthy of Thor's prestige.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Dawn of Mana is a hodgepodge of ideas that range from nonsensical to decent, all smooshed together in a failure of a game. [June 2007, p.54]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's a nice try, but it still needs a bit of polish. [June 2007, p.61]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 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
    • 52 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    t is not just bad, it is bad in an incredibly Wii-specific, low-effort sort of way you just don’t see on other consoles.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Ju-on can be finished in mere hours, but if the characters could actually run, I’d reckon it could be completed in around twenty minutes. In other words, it’s way too short to warrant the price tag.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Eight dollars seems too high, especially since the experience is pretty short, and while smashing things has some entertainment value, the overall feeling coming out is “that was really annoying.”
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Attack of the Movies 3D is just plain bad from start to finish, and while that can be fun in the right movie, it’s just painful in a game.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Attack of the Movies 3D is just plain bad from start to finish, and while that can be fun in the right movie, it’s just painful in a game.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    This isn't a remake or a reimagining of the original Painkiller; this is a high-resolution texture pack for an outdated eight-year old game that's missing significant story beats.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Until the bugs are ironed out, it’s just not worth the headache.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you played through the entirety of the first game and didn’t have a problem with it, this may be your thing. While the collision detection, and some other things have taken some serious hits, there’s still a good story to be found. Otherwise I would skip this and wait for the inevitable sale.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Zack Zero could have shot for the star of “inoffensive mediocrity” and gotten higher marks for the effort. What’s on display here, however, is the product of a game development fiasco that dragged some seemingly good people through a gauntlet of emotional and financial insanity.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Here Anomaly 2 is trying to reinvent its own wheel with little tiny incremental upgrades instead of taking the same drastic approach that gained it such praise in the first place. The result isn’t something groundbreaking; the result is a confused and missed opportunity that has more in common with RTS games in every wrong way possible.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Bad Bots is a great idea for a game brought down by a lack of variety or legitimate innovative challenge.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Fireburst is mediocre at best, playable whenever you have friends over, but not necessarily a first choice in anyone’s library. With the lack of any real story or campaign mode and busted online features, there are games that do a lot better than this offensive, boring and buggy arcade racer.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, at $15, it’s hard to recommend even if you’re a PS3-only player since Urban Trial Freestyle does the same thing as this, but better.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Bugs vs Tanks! is a great B-Movie idea in search of a game to do it justice, but this just isn’t it.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There’s certainly worse driving games on the platform, but it’s hard to find a reason why anybody would want to play this revival of a dormant series that was mediocre to begin with and is even weaker over a decade later.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    To be fair, however, Humans Must Answer is a good example of a specific sub-genre of shooter, but it’s just not one that happens to be much fun.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Cognition: Episode 2 fails to live up to the standards of Episode 1, which wasn’t exactly a lofty bar to aim for in the first place.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you’re dying for something similar to Flashback, and don’t mind wrestling with some control issues, an inferior story and a generic art-style, then this may be what you’re looking for. Otherwise, you’d best just sit tight and hope that someone decides to make a version of the original game with a slightly higher resolution.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The only way I could possibly recommend this game to anyone is if you have a blossoming interest in both breasts and fighting games, and are trapped on some sort of desert island with a PS3 that only has Girl Fight on it. Everyone else is going to want to look elsewhere.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Journey of a Roach is a bog-standard adventure game built around a single kind of nifty idea.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    When playing around in free-play, not worrying too much about the needs of your brain-dead guests, Adventure Park can at least prove to be entertaining. Unfortunately, it’s just impossible to play it – with all of its flaws – and not think about the vastly superior amusement park sims of yesteryear.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Stick with the mobile version and feel sorry for all the poor kids on Christmas morning who’s parents were fooled into thinking this was the must-have PS4 launch title.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Even looking fantastic wouldn’t save how inane, silly and not fun Twisted Pixel’s latest effort is. A generic voice and personality for IRIS, a weird twist in the form of Pablo, and tired vehicular combat do not make for a fantastic Xbox One debut.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A big budget project gone horribly wrong. The graphics and voice acting are top notch, but everything else is a complete wreck. Environments are boring and repetitive, combat is uninspired, platforming is a joke and the stealth elements are some of the worst ever conceived from a major publisher. It’s a dismal affair through and through and an absolute slog to finish.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    BeatBlasters III encourages excitement and the party vibe with its aesthetic, but its design does nothing but slog around obnoxious escorts and defense missions that instantly overstay their welcome.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    They wanted to give the IP as much space as possible from this train wreck, and I’d suggest you give yourself the same.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you love the idea of speed runs and like the thrill of making every move count to beat the clock, then 10 Second Ninja might be for you. For everyone else, though, 10 Second Ninja is a repetitive and dull game, one whose philosophy on improvement is player-hostile for the entire ride.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you absolutely need another platformer for the PS4, which is currently lacking in them, then you could do worse than choosing this game. However, be warned that it is quite the challenge which can make it more frustrating than fun.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    At $2.99, RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile isn’t a smart purchase, especially considering it’s an extension of a series as robust as RollerCoaster Tycoon. There are plenty of similar tapping games out there that are absolutely free.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Good looks and smooth movement mechanics can’t cover for a shallow game. On almost every level, Secrets of Raetikon is a disappointment.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Bound by Flame is a charming RPG that’s fundamentally and mechanically flawed.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There are much better puzzlers on the 3DS eShop than Bit Boy!! Arcade, so you’re better off skipping this flawed endeavor unless you really want to hear a red, cherub-faced cube talk like a serial killer.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Tough racetracks and quick losses lend themselves very well to short bursts of gameplay, but in a world where Jet Car Stunts 2 exists, alongside other, more polished challenging games, it simply doesn’t hold up.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The framework of what could be a solid title is in place; perhaps even the talent to see it through. But as it stands, DreadOut is plagued with poor design choices and a small budget.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Among the Sleep is a surprisingly bad execution of a deceptively weak idea.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Z-run’s combination of zombies and endless runners was undoubtedly a brilliant idea. Unfortunately, the game design, fun factor and replay value were all poorly executed.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    There’s a lot to enjoy in Lovely Planet, so long as you don’t actually have to play the game.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    There's very little consideration for the platform it's been ported to, and even the small handful of DS-specific tools are liable to be useless or buggy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    It’s a complete train-wreck of a game, only suitable for those with an appreciation for the amazingly awful.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 35 Critic Score
    All said and done, while Gameloft may have had some good intentions with Texas Hold’em Poker – a family-friendly game of Texas Hold’em with online play to boot – I simply can not recommend this game to anyone outside of those looking strictly for a Wii poker experience.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Ghost Rider is a game that aspires to be mediocre, but comes up several leagues short. [Apr 2007, p.57]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Ghost Rider is a game that aspires to be mediocre, but comes up several leagues short. [Apr 2007, p.57]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Undertow is an obnoxious, aggravating mess that, while trying something clever by combining a 2D twin-stick arena shooter with team-based gameplay, fails to be any fun whatsoever. [Spring 2008, p.61]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 37 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Ultimately, the game is so bad that even extremely fond memories of the original cannot redeem the wretched controls and dull character design. Do yourself a favor and don’t go anywhere near this catastrophe.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If you are considering Valhalla Knights: Eldar Saga at all, chances are you simply want a Wii-exclusive online RPG, and if that's the case then do yourself a favor and wait for Monster Hunter 3.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    With such a bizarre premise, the one thing Mart Racer desperately needed was fun and enticing gameplay – something that it severely lacks.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    I power walk regularly every summer. I bring my MP3 player with me that has over a 1000 songs and I can actually lift up my feet while I walk. Not only is it free, but it is infinitely more gratifying than Walk It Out!.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Clan of Champions is far too stripped down, generic, and forgettable to ever recommend.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It falls completely on its ass in every category. Generic shooting, incredibly poor artificial intelligence and glitchy bug-ridden gameplay amounts to nothing more than a meager attempt to cash in on next month’s film.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Only try out Time and Eternity when someone offers you money in exchange for playing it, or if you want to see what happens when a development studio doesn’t do any kind of QA testing. For no other reason should you waste your time playing it.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    As a big fan of the developer, I’m sorry to say that if you’re not feeling nostalgic of the original, stay away from Superfrog HD. It isn’t good, but worst of all, it’s not fun.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    With senseless puzzles that destroy any potential feeling of accomplishment, incredibly frequent glitches, a total lack of coherent storytelling, boring gameplay and sluggish pacing, there’s not much Montague’s Mount offers that can’t be found elsewhere in a more attractive package.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Contrast is a mess. It’s ugly, tiresome, insipid and occasionally insulting. It aspires to be like other, better games, and wears that on its sleeve, but has nothing worthwhile to call its own.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Fighter Within could have been a demo disc for the power of the Kinect 2.0, but instead is an absolute mess that recalls all of the original sensor’s faults.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If given the choice between Gomo and another adventure game, choose the other one.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    As it stands, Violett is a mess, and a disappointment on every level.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z’s team-based mechanic is what ruins nearly every bit of it.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for a squad based strategy game on PC, XCOM: Enemy Unknown is currently priced just $5 more than Line of Defense Tactics, and that would be a much smarter and more enjoyable way to spend your time and money.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The most insidious thing about Moebius is that you don’t know how wretched it truly is until the very end.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The gameplay is bad. The story is bad. The visuals are bad. Everything is bad. There is no fun to be had here, no entertainment to be gleaned no matter how hard you try and scrape some out.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment isn’t just a bad game. With its awful story, tedious combat, and inexcusable translation, it’s an out and out insult to anyone who might buy it – fans of the series especially.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Hatoful Boyfriend is not a genuine comedic venture, it’s just a ridiculous idea turned purposely bad game. Charging money for it is just wrong, even if it is the best pigeon dating simulator on the planet.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    The host of technical issues mean that Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command ultimately feels like a bad joke played on anyone who expected it to provide a compelling strategy experience.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    The stealth BK game "Sneak King" is actually more of an entertaining game than Vampire Rain is. [Sept 2007, p.70]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 18 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Nothing about this game is good. It's one of the most horrible games ever made.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Lacking a single inspired trait, 007 Legends is the kind of game released simply to bilk $60 out of uninformed gamers before a swift trip to the bargain bin.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This is a game with only two gameplay features: tap the screen and give Square money. It's true that the music is great and the nostalgia value is off the charts, but neither of these things justify a release that is little more than a blatant cash grab.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    This is the video game equivalent of Rebecca Black’s Friday, something so terrible that its existence is nothing short of a miracle.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Those with even a shred of self-respect should head to a seedy truck stop, bowling alley or other similar establishment and use the forty dollars this retails for to instead play the vastly superior The Fast and the Furious arcade game.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    A failed project that should have been scrapped, Ride to Hell: Retribution represents and includes everything bad about video games.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It saddens me to say that there really isn’t anything redeemable about R.I.P.D.. It’s boring, repetitive, and there really isn’t any circumstance I can think of that would make me recommend it to anyone. I could prolong this depressing review by talking about some of the game’s smaller features, but it would all be for nothing, as they are really just more garbage thrown onto the pile. And I’d much rather rid myself of R.I.P.D. by playing a better game.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    BlackSoul takes one step forward and two awkwardly-placed steps back time and time again. What could have been an impressive homage to the horror genre ends up feeling like a soulless bargain bin find.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Like Birdemic or The Room, Magus is so terrible that it can only be called a masterpiece.
    • 14 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Don’t buy this. Don’t show this to friends as a joke. Don’t even say its name out loud. This is the game that shall not be named. This needs to die an unloved death on the Nintendo eShop purchased by absolutely no one.