Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,415 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:
1,415 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    The Wii Fit Balance Board is of little help, and only serves to complicate things further.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Until the bugs are ironed out, it’s just not worth the headache.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for a challenging, fast-paced action platformer should simply flock to games like Velocity 2X or Guacamelee, as both of these titles do everything that Aaru’s Awakening does, only better.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Journey of a Roach is a bog-standard adventure game built around a single kind of nifty idea.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, this is a Harvest Moon title only in name; everything else will feel foreign to the longtime fan.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Overall this is the most amazing, most spectacular, most…you know, I can’t do this anymore, even sarcastically. This game is bad, but I feel a little bad saying it.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Boring at best, annoying at worst, do yourself a favor and give this game a pass.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Among the Sleep is a surprisingly bad execution of a deceptively weak idea.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In the moment, it can be thrilling to spar words with Cersei or choose whether to execute a thief or send him to the Wall. For that to work, however, you have to be willing to put up with a lot: the slow pacing, the exaggerated visuals, the awful animation and the fact that those choices don’t make much of a difference at all. Things could improve over the long haul, but based on this first episode, committing to a season pass is not recommended to anyone but the most diehard Game of Thrones fans with a high tolerance for mediocrity.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It offers players immense freedom to create their ideal farm, but only if they’re willing to do a ton of work to prepare and maintain it for future years.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Bound by Flame is a charming RPG that’s fundamentally and mechanically flawed.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Turbo: Super Stunt Squad is both a Tony Hawk Pro Skater clone and a failed adaption of a snail racing movie. It has little relation with the film and could swap the assets out for say, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, and accomplish the same thing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unless the controls are tightened up in the future, it’s hard to recommend Tesla Breaks the World! to anyone other than the most devoted platformer fans out there.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 55 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 61 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It’s just not particularly fun.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    In all, Shape Up is a cool concept that doesn’t have nearly enough going for it to keep players hooked long term.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    The word “fiasco” is defined as something that is a complete failure. Fiasco doesn’t live up to its definition, but it’s close.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As far as indie titles on the Xbox One go, there is a ton coming out this year, and LA Cops is one game that can safely be ignored for better things.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unless you love BlazBlue and short-burst, super basic brawlers enough to drop $5.99, this will be far too superficial an endeavor to warrant a purchase, even with its charming art design. It’s not an offensively bad game; it’s just for lacking in content and value.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Unless you’re some sort of masochistic that enjoys frustration, there is very little reason to recommend Dark Raid, and even then there are plenty of better anger-inducing games available.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    By tempering expectations somewhat, Yury provides what you expect from a difficult platformer. It will make you die a lot and curse at the screen.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    50 Pinch Barrage!! is a textbook example of archaic design and control; even at a budget price, this isn’t worth your hard-earned cash.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As innovative as its main concept is, Spoiler Alert abandons the inherent interactive element of video games, with only a terribly linear and bleak experiment still in tow.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Sakura Angels is short, seemingly robbed of an exciting ending, and tries to stifle its positive strides with copious CGs.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's a nice try, but it still needs a bit of polish. [June 2007, p.61]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It has an interesting premise, but it’s let down by padded, disjointed plotting and awful character writing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Rudimentary puzzle design overshadows every emotional undertone so greatly that boredom is more likely to ensue than introspection. Whether or not Pillar teaches us something about ourselves is irrelevant; the fact that we’re left wondering what could have been is the true tragedy.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Team Indie is a competent platformer with a unique, cute concept. Unfortunately, when put into action, playing as many famous indie characters reveals how good those original games were rather than make you excited to play this one.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    If you’ve got the tolerance for terrible and the four hours or less that it takes to beat the game, maybe you’ll have fun groaning at how bad Zombeer is too.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Shelter 2 fails to deliver what its concept promises, but it remains an enjoyable adventure that doesn’t overstay its welcome.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    I Am Bread has novelty, but that novelty drains away quickly, leaving nothing but frustration in its wake. It’s YouTube bait and nothing more.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Those truly interested in this should just watch an episode of Falling Skies and then play a mission of XCOM as this mixture works about as well as oil and vinegar and diazepam.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.”
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It works, and it will bring some laughs (especially with friends), but there are better beat ‘em ups out there.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    You get a hollow racing game, a hollow shooter and an overly-simplistic rhythm game. Anyone out for a modern-day Duck Hunt given the whole duck-shooting concept might want to try it out as a curiosity, but not until it gets a 95% price drop.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z’s team-based mechanic is what ruins nearly every bit of it.
    • 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
    • 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!.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Sharknado: The Video Game is so bad that you already knew it was going to be bad before reading anything else about it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The Old City: Leviathan wants you to think, but it doesn’t give you anything to think about.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    The bottom line is that this game doesn’t belong in the hands of children, but rather in place of shock therapy at an institute for the mentally insane.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Boasting highly chore-like qualities, it is nowhere near worth the low price of admission.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If you’re still intrigued by Lili, go with the far less expensive iOS version and enjoy its repetitive play in short bursts.
    • 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.