Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,535 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
Lowest review score: 20 R.I.P.D. The Game
Score distribution:
1,535 game reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Those looking for a true challenge will want to inquire here, as Fantasy Zone, if nothing else, has a devilish propensity to shatter players’ spirits with its steep challenge.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Those looking for a narrative video game with distinctly slick presentation will no doubt look at Knee Deep, Act 1: Wonderland with excitement. It does not quite live up to expectations, but then again, this is just the start of a larger series.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It doesn’t seem fair to say Culdcept SAGA is bad, because it’s not. Still, it’s missing too many obvious features to really pass muster as well-designed software.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Subdued visuals, a mysterious storyline with strange characters and nearly ten endings make Train of Afterlife a commendable visual novel effort.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Max: The Curse of Brotherhood doesn’t break any new ground, and should have had the option of using the Kinect for the drawing mechanic, but still delivers. It has rough edges, but overcomes most of them because the platforming is done well.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A great title for kids. Many of the plain jokes and goblin humor is not lost on the younger crowd.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s fun and challenging enough to keep Pokémon and puzzle fans entertained.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the game invokes memories with those who grew up playing the Neversoft games, the content is a bit skimpy and the gameplay behind its time.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Bladestorm may not be Omega Force’s finest hour, but it’s a good one just the same.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Regardless, if you’re a fan of old school RPGs and have a couple bucks (and hours) to spare, Rainbow Moon is still an investment that should be sought out.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Paradox Interactive have managed to release a grand strategy game that actually feels not so overwhelmingly complex as to scare off newcomers.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The strict linearity of the game’s thirteen cases means that you’ll have little reason to replay the game, but the clever logic puzzles and mini games give you plenty of reason to play through it at least once.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Score-chasers, 16-bit enthusiasts, arcade-game aficionados and Sega addicts all need apply for this one; anyone outside of those groups may not get as much from it, but even still there’s fun to be had.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Awesome Games Studios wanted to create a fun, casual, goofy game and that's what Oozi: Earth Adventure is. Despite issues with the controls and musical selection, there isn't much wrong with it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Army of Two is definitely one of those "love it or hate it" games. If you manage to "get" the game mechanics, there’s definitely quite a bit to enjoy.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Marvel Heroes is a good game that would probably get more praise if it worked out some of its most fundamental issues out the gate. Lean character selection in a game as huge as this is to be expected this early in its life, but it isn’t something that had to be such a standout issue either.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Metroidvania formula will forever remain one of gaming’s best, so whenever a modern 2D (or 2.5D in this case) version is announced, it’s cause for excitement. Blackgate doesn’t exactly do anything new and is derivative of practically every predecessor in its “genre,” but that doesn’t mean it’s not a whole lot of fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Turtle Rock’s unique title has enough novelty to capture player interest for the next few weeks, but it is not a Left 4 Dead level game that will keep everyone engaged for years on end.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Wasteland 2 Kickstarter backers will get what they paid for plus a few glitches they didn’t.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord is a more than competent SRPG.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sportsball is a local multiplayer-only title, and should be purchased with that firmly in mind.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Freedom Wars is a decidedly solid action-RPG.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Diehard fans of the series won’t be swayed one way or another by this review, because those folks already know if this game is for them. For fans of the genre looking for an interesting take on the tried and true strategy roleplaying formula with that very distinct Japanese flare, though, Pandora’s Reflection is worth checking out.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can approach the game with a forgiving nature, however, there’s sights to see that will stay with you long after the small piece of willpower necessary to push on has been forgotten.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As it is, though, it's merely a very fun game for those willing to overlook its problems. [Oct 2007, p.55]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Marvelous Miss Take has a good deal going for it – fast-paced stealth gameplay, eminently charming visuals and a fantastic pun for a title. There’s a decent variety to the level design and new game elements are introduced at a good clip to keep things fresh. Unfortunately, it’s hamstrung by its ambitious but flawed control scheme, and while it can provide a decent diversion, it won’t do much for hardcore stealth gamers.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for a puzzler with a gentle difficulty curve then Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake is a good choice.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Master Reboot is a game with an outstanding premise that is backed up by solid execution.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Crimson Dragon is an impressive game that falls short of Panzer Dragoon‘s lofty heights.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F isn’t a game for most people. It’s earnestly dedicated towards its existing fanbase and doesn’t try to expand past that, making it even more astonishing that it made its way across the ocean
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mugen Souls is a fun, fast-paced RPG with a goofy sense of humor and a million interlocking gameplay systems, and both makes fun of and feels like a throwback to a more traditional style of RPG. Ignore the character art and dive in - you'll have a great time converting the world to minion-hood.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is a solid reboot of a series that’s been gone far too long, and even if all of its experiments on the old formula don’t work, enough of them do to make it a game worth chasing as many high scores as you can manage.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Color Guardians blends a variety of fast-paced genres together nicely. It controls perfectly and every set of stages changes things up enough to use the core runner/platformer/rhythm game template and keep it interesting.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fairytale Fights is not a game that’s going to revolutionize the genre. It is, however, a very fun, unique, and beefy (15-20 hours of gameplay) game that’s fun to tear through.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you do opt for the Steam release you get extra commentary from Kitty Powers herself. In any case, Kitty Powers’ Matchmaker provides a solid casual title for those looking to play cupid.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You just have to be willing to put up with a really boring card game to get to all the good stuff, and there's something depressing about that. [June 2007, p.59]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Sayonara is hurt by questionable graphical changes and iffy animations, the final product is true to the source material and worth playing for anyone who enjoys this particular series.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In a perfect world Oblitus could have been a timeless legend, but even as it is now, Oblitus is a refreshing departure from indie norms in every way.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Those who like Shadowrun or turn-based RPGs should still give Boston Lockdown a look, but anybody else need not apply.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With a bit more polish and tweaking, Rollers of the Realm would stand out for more than its genre mixing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Klei Entertainment has once again proven themselves to be at the forefront of creating endless replay value, all while wrecking backlogs near and far.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The way Telltale is able to manipulate your emotions so easily is astonishing, so it makes it all the more disappointing the rest of the episode doesn’t come together as well as it could have.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’re a newcomer to Dragon’s Dogma, then this is the edition to get; otherwise, you’ll have to be an incredibly dedicated fan as there isn’t enough here to justify an upgrade.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, whether or not you will enjoy Senran Kagura: Burst will ultimately come down to answering this question: do you pine to play a game where getting beat up means your character’s clothes become tattered, torn, or completely destroyed, revealing the half-naked body of an adolescent girl who just so happens to have absolutely titanic breasts? If you answered, “yes,” then Burst has a lot to offer: pulse-pounding combat, deep customization and a wealth of unlockables and content. If you answered, “no,” then all the best brawling mechanics in the world probably won’t make Senran‘s provocative, shinobi schoolgirl pill any easier to swallow.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is the kind of game you’ll enjoy while playing it, but will almost immediately forget about once you move on to something else. htoL#NiQ is good, which is a shame because it could’ve been much more than that.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So in essence, if the still free SanctuaryRPG: Classic satisfied you, then chances are that the new content won’t give you that urgency to purchase SanctuaryRPG: Black Edition any time soon. But if you’re a purist who really delved into the intricacies of SanctuaryRPG: Classic and would have loved more, then it’s worthwhile to fork over a few dollars for improvements that you’re likely to appreciate in SanctuaryRPG: Black Edition.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Simple as it may be, Alien Breed isn’t unenjoyable. It’s a bit easy and straightforward, sure, but it’s also a very good update of an Amiga classic. You run through corridors, shoot everything that moves, pick up all the goodies, then make a run for the exit to do it all over again. There’s no denying that Alien Breed is pretty mindless, but sometimes a bit of brain-dead xenomorph extermination is a nice way to kill an hour.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In a perfect world, everything here (minus the updated racing info, of course) would have debuted last year as F1 2014. Alas, we now have two F1 games released within mere months of each other that both feel incomplete.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can put up with the grind, Samurai Warriors 4 is well worth your time.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The gameplay itself is complex and enjoyable, but the lack of consistency in the controls will drive more hardcore players nuts. Still, it’s almost worth buying for the gorgeous art and animation alone, and I can’t deny that it put a smile on my face.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ame no Marginal -Rain Marginal- tells an interesting story in a short period of time. There’s not really a reason to replay the title either, unless you find yourself so moved by what it has to offer.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I was pleasantly surprised by Squeeballs Party. As one of many who grew tired of party games due to the over saturation of Mario Party games, I found this to be a much fresher, more modern take on the genre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For all its faults: the agonizing familiarity, the workable plot, the insipid characters and, perhaps worst of all, the intrinsic absence of novelty common in most of the series’ open worlds, Assassin’s Creed Rogue — Unity’s last-gen partner in crime — is astoundingly stable.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It might not be the most essential or comprehensive inclusion for the game, but it’s still great where it counts: pure, adrenaline-drenched, space-blasting fun.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All in all, Nether is a great time. It’s a highly engaging and realized survival experience; something we need more of.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Others might be mad knowing they’ve missed out on some scenes due to Steam’s restrictions on adult content. Still, NEKOPARA is a light and fluffy visual novel that fans of catgirls will enjoy their time with.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The developer is showing continued effort to tune it up on a regular basis so perhaps soon enough we’ll see the current issues fixed. Until then, it’s recommended for the more hardcore set of gamers who don’t mind dealing with unexpected hiccups on occasion. When it works as intended, Cloudbuilt is simply an exhilarating ride.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For anyone who has their Wii up and running online, you should definitely take the plunge, because the game's strengths will outweigh its flaws. If you can only play this game offline, however, then unless you're a masochist (or someone psychotic like me, who actually managed to get to the final stage of F-Zero GX’s crazy-hard Story Mode) pass on this; in fact, I'd go so far as to advise you to run in the other direction.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, Hohokum often seems content with simply being strange rather than evolving into something transcendent.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a whole, Pro Cycling Manager suffers from too many elements that are closed to the player unless they’re dedicated to uncovering the confusing interface. Indeed, the game can’t be recommended to those not willing to spend hours trying to come to grips with the huge amount of detail within it. That said, those who put plenty of hours into the game will be rewarded with an addictive and satisfying experience that is well worth working past the flawed and mind-numbingly difficult opening that most players are sure to have.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus is a short epilogue that may leave dedicated fans of the franchise a bit disappointed. Those that look past its length, however, will find an adventure worth having. The writing, humor and beloved characters are all there along with addicting classic Ratchet & Clank gameplay. Even with its flaws, you can’t really go wrong with this finale considering its low price tag.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Cooking mama's game design just doesn't carry its weight; it can't seem to decide if it wants to be a cooking sim for grown-up food geeks or a party game for kids, and the result is an excersize in frustration for both groups. [May 2007, p.63]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With four modes, a deep interface and multiple activities, it’s clear that a lot of effort went into its development. Unfortunately, by combining classic Zoo Tycoon elements with those of Kinectimals, it lowers the challenge.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk doesn’t significantly subtract from or add to the original 2013 release. It does, however, incorporate some new elements that do just enough to make this the more complete edition of the game. It still lacks depth due to Gust’s mission to streamline much of the series’ nuances so as to rope in new players and broaden the title’s appeal, sacrificing some of what gives Atelier its identity.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There is no doubt about it, Arc Rise Fantasia wants to be a hardcore JRPG. In many aspects it achieves this, but before fans go rushing to buy it they have to ask themselves: just how much grind is too much grind? If killing the same weak enemies over and over for innumerable hours before any story progression is made doesn't deter you, then by all means buy Arc Rise Fantasia.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Those who can get invested in learning and mastering a deep combat system, however, will find a lot to like in Final Exam.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Galactic Civilizations III is good (and I love the cutscenes which really build up the universe), it’s just not good enough to stand out in such a crowded market, particularly due to its endgame and micromanagement problems.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its biggest issue is how safe it plays everything, but anyone wanting a straightforward approach to the JRPG genre will leave more than likely impressed by Alphadia‘s endearing simplicity and nostalgic allure.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Some aesthetic issues keep it from being perfect and it lacks the consistent adrenaline-pumping action that thrill-seekers crave, but overall it is an immersive and engaging experience for space captains everywhere.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Payday 2 is everything a sequel to a mediocre game should be. While there is still room for the franchise to grow, this is both an entertaining and affordable cooperative shooter. As long as potential buyers know that this is a game best played with friends, they should have a great time. Just make sure they won’t go running ahead setting off any of the security cameras.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The problem is that. at press time, Castle Crashers is as glitchy as it gets. [Fall 2008, p.54]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although it provides fun in small doses, the difficulty quickly ramps up in a way that requires patience to progress. Hardcore puzzle fans, however, should not pass it up for exactly that reason.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The difficulty curve is staggering, which may force you to find ways of completing a level beyond what they intended.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Kane & Lynch is more "Freedom Fighters" than "Hitman", so it should appeal to action junkies looking for their next fix. [Dec 2007, p.67]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The use of mouse, while functional and serviceable, takes away from the true potential of the gesture-heavy gameplay. As it stands now, though, Fearless Fantasy is still a nicely streamlined role playing battle marathon.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It has its share of issues, but DW7: Empires turns out to be an incredibly addictive experience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord!? 2 is a good buy for those who loved the first game, but newcomers to the series should probably pick up the newly-discounted original game, as the complex and unpredictable gameplay certainly won't be for everyone
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If publishers are willing to take the risk of keeping the spirit of classic games alive, it's a shame the same courtesy isn't extended to budgets and development windows. With tried and true elements combined with attractive new features, Spy Hunter is a blast throughout its meaty campaign. The fact that such a poor presentation doesn't completely hinder the enjoyment of the title speaks volumes to the strength of the gameplay. As it stands, fans of arcade-style mayhem will adore Spy Hunter, but its low rent appearance will prove a nagging reminder of missed opportunities.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy is a fine DRPG. It has all the facets one would expect from a game of its genre and manages to implement those features effectively. What it does not do a lot of, however, is think outside the box in big ways.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nike+ Kinect Training is not a fun game, but then again, it was never meant to be about entertainment. It's a game that will push you to your limit and make you break down if you don't know what you're getting yourself into. It feels more realistic in routines and schedules than something like Your Shape, but lacks in presentation with an unresponsive user interface and poor objective and calorie counters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s cute, approachable by all, and most of all its addicting and creative gameplay can get its hooks in you pretty deep if you let it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Pixel Star has its issues, it also has a fantastic feeling of playability. The ship is a zippy little thing, capable of fast and nimble maneuvers but also flailing into trouble if you aren’t careful of controlling its speed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Transformers: Dark of the Moon may not be a truly complete experience, but it's just that: a good time. At their core, I think that's what games should be all about.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While a property as strong as The Avengers warrants more than a Kinect game, Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth rises above the movie-tie in it would have likely received instead. A great opportunity for fans to step into the shoes of their favorite heroes, it's a fun fighting title that makes great use of the Kinect with multiple characters, modes and an impressive amount of polish. Unfortunately, it's not a deep game and the limited combat options will disappoint hardcore fighting fans and hurt replay value with casual ones.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Transformers: Dark of the Moon may not be a truly complete experience, but it's just that: a good time. At their core, I think that's what games should be all about.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s by no means a top tier open world game and can be completed in a very short amount of time, but great gameplay makes The Amazing Spider-Man 2 a solid package that’s worth playing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    LEGO The Hobbit is a fun little game that serves its purpose well.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Kids will eat this up, no question. Older gamers who like either Sonic or good action games owe it to themselves to at least rent this, if only to see whether or not it’ll leave the correct taste in their mouth before committing to a purchase.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While an excellent step in the right direction and a guaranteed hit among fans, the layperson may find too many faults to enjoy the experience extensively.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, 3D Fantasy Zone II W is better than its predecessor, though not by much of a margin.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A very good game on a technical level, but falls short of satisfying because it feels far too similar to other games in the series.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This magical recreation of Japan’s Akihabara District bolsters a magnitude of content and things to do, while the accessible yet rewarding combat makes traipsing through the cityscape pleasurable, feeling like a blend of a traditional beat’em up and something more like what the Yakuza series has to offer. Unfortunately, an unfathomable amount of fan-service and technical hiccups dampen the experience.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Just about every Vita feature is fully utilized and combined they offer a unique and engaging adventure. Unfortunately, the adventure is quite short and the replayablity isn’t there. Once you finish the game and find all the collectibles, the only choices are to start over or move onto the next game.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There is nothing wrong about the game, though, and if you like tower defense games then Defense Technica might provide a suitable distraction for a couple of days. The experience isn’t bad, but it is one you will forget almost as soon as you finish playing it.