Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,780 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Mark of the Ninja
Lowest review score: 20 SPOGS Racing
Score distribution:
1780 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Through peerless cinematography and sound design, Dontnod imbues everyday moments like waking up or riding the bus with profundity.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you love point and click adventures, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is everything you could possibly want and more.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from some spotty keyboard control implementation and limited online play, there’s little not to like here. Mount Your Friends is a wonderfully weird game best experienced with buddies.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fallout 3 is the biggest accomplishment in adventure gaming since Oblivion.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We couldn’t have asked for anything better than Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward. It comes packed with a staggering amount of content that will leave players overwhelmed in both quantity and quality. It contains a storyline that’s highly entertaining and rivals most RPGs in length, three new jobs that are more than welcome additions and flying mounts that help revolutionize traversal in Eorzea.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl feels less like a remake and more like a full-fledged sequel.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The term "interactive film" is thrown around often, but this is the first game to actually feel like one. Carefully maintaining a balance between its social context and supernatural elements, the game refuses to give into standard video game tropes and remains a mature and thoughtful story throughout. It’s poignant, thrilling and even a bit frightening at times.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Capcom broke out their calligraphy brush and created a masterpiece that, while shows some signs of aging, remains an awe-inspiring experience like no other.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The single player is disposable, albeit fun, but it’s irrelevant as there’s enough content in multiplayer to keep gamers busy for hundreds of hours until the next Call of Duty comes out.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’ve already explored Tumbleton’s depths, the PSN version won’t give you many new or better reasons to buy it again, but if you’ve yet to grab your pickaxe and start digging, SteamWorld Dig has a lot of fun and well-designed ideas buried within.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A Link Between Worlds is a delightful return to the classic game we loved. There aren’t a lot of improvements, but the additional world and new power are more than enough.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What I can say about Rock Band 3, though, is that it's excellent, and a ton of fun in both single and multiplayer.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is at once a love letter to the classics that came before it and a gorgeously unique collection of clever ideas, all wonderfully packaged into an 8-bit style game that looks like it jumped straight out of the NES era.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What I can say about Rock Band 3, though, is that it's excellent, and a ton of fun in both single and multiplayer.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kororinpa, feels like a solid beginning to what could become a beloved franchise. [May 2007, p.59]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dontnod created a stroke of genius with the ending of Episode 3: Chaos Theory, leaving an open-ended cliffhanger that is nothing short of the best jaw-dropping conclusion to any episodic title to date.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the past Nintendo’s reluctance to embrace new intellectual properties for release on the Wii has failed to produce new classics. However, their dedication to their established franchises has always seemed to result in fun games and Punch-Out!! for the Wii is no exception.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Antichamber is a giant, brilliant, stripped-down shot of pure mental exercise, delivered with a stark but colorful style and wrapped in an accessible FPS shell.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s amazing that Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn managed to turn a generally detested game into a great one, but this is proof it’s possible. Playing on PS4 is quite the experience as well.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We’re getting to the point where denying the greatness of the Forza franchise is borderline ridiculous. The saddest part about Forza Motorsport 6 is that it will likely be brushed away by critics and gamers alike as a fantastic racing game rather than a fantastic game in general. Make no mistake, with all of its meaningful content and rock solid gameplay, Forza Motorsport 6 is one of the best games to come out in 2015, period.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you somehow missed the many opportunities to tryout Lara’s rebooted fiction, then the Definitive Edition offers a remedy for that.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a game that transcends its name and should be spoken of in the same breath as the genre’s best.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Littlewitch Romanesque is a gorgeous, enthralling visual novel. Not only is the magical storyline interesting but the cast of distinct characters really bring the world to life. This is counterbalanced by a surprisingly addictive gameplay system which pairs luck with strategy in order to take on tons of quests.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’ve somehow managed to stay away from the phenomenon this entire time, then Ultra Street Fighter IV is the perfect gateway to becoming a World Warrior.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the new changes and how much they add to and improve the overall gameplay, it still feels like the same fun zombie killing game at its core.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a great game and worth a try if you're brave and/or a masochist. [July 2007, p.64]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you have someone who you’ve always wanted to experience video games with but never could convince them to play, give Tales from the Borderlands a shot. This story, these characters and this product are simply too good for only a small segment of the population to enjoy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Amid the Ruins is an exhilarating adventure and the best episode thus far. It gives players drastic choices to partake in, not to mention building on the relationships between Clementine and her party.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is basically five standalone games wrapped into one deep package. While it will have DLC released for it, there’s enough content out of the box to keep players busy until the next Call of Duty and probably some time after that. The campaign is perfectly paced and entertaining throughout, the multiplayer is rich with customization and Zombies is refreshingly challenging. The only real black mark is a story teetering on the on the brink of pretension, but the existentialism of it is undeniably fascinating.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An excellent conclusion to Blizzard’s trilogy. While one can get impatient with the familiar mission structure, it’s impossible to argue with the excellent faction balance and action.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Pony Island is a short game —we clocked in at around two hours for a playthrough— it is an achievement. Very quickly, Pony Island’s subtle ominousness becomes a journey into utterly fun madness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one of the most satisfying and complete tactical roleplaying experiences to come out of 2013 and realistically the last few years.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Attack of the Friday Monsters is a perfect bite-sized chunk of story-based gaming, and will easily blow past any cynical defenses to take up a warm and fuzzy place in your heart.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is the definitive Danganronpa experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Witcher: Enhanced Edition is a remarkably deep title filled with decision making tasks that actually have an effect on the story itself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite being only one level long, Cocoreccho! is packed to the brim with excellence and fun, and that one level is worth ten from any other game. [Nov 2007, p.66]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ether One might well represent the apex of its particular subgenre. It engages the player at every level they might want to engage it, and rewards them handsomely for plunging into its depths.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It feels like an important evolutionary step in presentation and tone, presenting a believable narrative populated with realistic characters, structured in a way that remains captivating until the last word is spoken. Multiplayer is disposable and combat can feel a bit rudimentary at times complete with balance issues, but being perpetually enveloped in the stunning world Naughty Dog created makes it easy to forget any flaws.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combining the tried and true RPG elements of the series with exciting new 2D gameplay, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is a joy to play.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best Splinter Cell since Chaos Theory, Blacklist is a gritty and intense entry into the series that offers an unbelievably robust package.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Crypt of the NecroDancer is a phenomenal dungeon crawler.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Sanctum 2 is still a tough game, it’s tough in smart substantive ways that add up. Opting for this instead of the punitive approach that Sanctum was built on has made for a far superior product in the form of Sanctum 2.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a delightful experience, and acts as a reminder that sometimes a simple change of perspective is all you need to succeed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At $15, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is well worth its cost to platforming fans.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a lot of depth to Bookworm Adventures, with many small, extraneous details adding to the charm and fun. [June 2007, p.68]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those who haven’t taken the two-hour journey to the mountain top yet should stop what they’re doing and dive in. Journey really is that good.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure Pokémon Platinum may not exactly seem like the manliest game, but with a sound battle system, a lengthy main quest, and a variety of multiplayer options, it may just be the best hand held RPG available right now.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Galak-Z is the very definition of awesome.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's nice to play a game that manages to be fun for the hardcore and casual alike. [Summer 2008, p.48]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though the first game in the franchise didn’t have a clear direction for itself, Dirt 2 is outdoor racing across various types of racing events tied together under a cohesive extreme sports presentation.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it isn’t perfect and there are limitations evident in each episode, Life Is Strange sets a new precedent for episodic gaming and reiterates why it’s a bona fide contender for 2015’s GOTY, despite facing fierce competition for that distinguished accolade.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a must-buy platformer for anybody who either grew up on that genre as a kid or who fell in love with it again — or maybe even for the first time — with Shovel Knight.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Demon's Souls knows that winning is something to be earned, and the satisfaction of living up to the challenge it presents is its greatest reward.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fallout 3 is the biggest accomplishment in adventure gaming since Oblivion.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some of its flaws live on in this 3DS remaster, but ultimately The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D is a game that absolutely deserves three days of your time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the most versatile racers on the market, Forza Horizon 2 fires on all cylinders.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for an example of how to create meaningful downloadable content that doesn’t feel exploitative, you’d be hard pressed to find a better example than Hearts of Stone.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you are tired of recycled game play mechanics and just want to experience a downright fun soccer experience, Pro Evolution 2009 for Wii will deliver that and more.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its ingeniously implemented seasonal puzzles, graceful platforming segments and immersive environment, LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias has successfully triumphed over the faults its predecessor, elevating it to a near-masterpiece.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Much like Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a constantly creative adventure that offers players something they won’t find anywhere else.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Broken Age tells a concise, clever story and, more importantly, knows exactly where to leave off. There’s a sense of accomplishment and closure in the final moments of Act 1, but it still leaves you itching to know what’s coming next.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Still, it remains the same great game as before, so those who have yet to venture out into the great unknown as Death are guaranteed a great launch title with the Wii U version of Darksiders II.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    LYNE is a great game not only for its clever puzzles, but for the soul soothing elegance it emanates throughout the experience.
    • 84 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed playing Brave New World and would recommend it to anybody either currently playing Civ V or who’d like to play it again.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’ve never played République before, this is the best way to experience it. If you have, I’d say the graphical improvements alone make it worth a second look.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wealth of Nations adds real depth to the game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Episode 3 is an emotional thrill ride that had my jaw glued to the floor with spectacular ground-shaking events. If you thought the last episode was disturbing, you haven't seen anything yet.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Metamorphosis improves on République’s initial episode in a number of ways, not the least of which being that it raises the emotional stakes of the story.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game is not for everyone and if you didn’t grow up on super-hard games that tested every reflect, it probably isn’t going to be a game you enjoy. However, it is an absolute must-buy for anyone who loves a challenge. It controls perfectly, looks and sounds great, and does everything it sets out to do nearly flawlessly.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New Super Mario Bros. U plays it safe in the right areas while providing enough new things and challenge to make it worth not only playing, but coming back to for series veterans. Featuring tons of platforming fun, it plays wonderfully on both the GamePad and Wii Remote and has the best level design of any New SMB-series game to date. A notable improvement from NSMB 2, it does just the right amount of new things to seem different from past games, while still giving fans what they expect in a Super Mario Bros. title.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a developer that understands and loves their source material, which very evidently comes out in their work. Consequently, Shadowrun: Dragonfall is another home run for the up-and-coming studio.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Much like a jalopy can become a classic, Arrrowhead has beautifully restored Gauntlet to its former glory and made it something you’ll be proud to take a spin in. Ride on, Gauntlet fans.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On the whole, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D offers up one of the most challenging and rewarding platforming adventures in recent memory. Take note, developers, this is how a port should be done.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Virtua Fighter 5 is a rock solid entry into the series, and a must-buy for your PS3. [Mar 2007, p.64]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lazy Bear Games have created a retro themed-world that is wonderfully entertaining and simply must be experienced by gamers far and wide.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sonic Unleashed is a glorious return to true console form for Sonic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is arguably the definitive version of Trine 2, offering more content and the ability to draw and aim with a touchscreen. While some of those controls can be a bit finicky when in the heat of battle, it does offer a fun and interactive way to play this brilliantly crafted game. Trine 2: Director's Cut does the Wii U's eShop a favor in creating a platformer that's both luscious and well designed and could easily go as a standalone product in some capacity. Even if you own the original, this is definitely worth checking out to see the enhancements.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Perhaps the best compliment that one could pay Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition is that it is absolutely Divinity: Original Sin in every sense of the name.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Last of Us: Left Behind captures everything that is great about The Last of Us and distills it down into a tight two hour journey.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The one blemish are the abhorrent loading times, which is a shame as they’re simply an optimization issue rather than a design one. Expertly crafted on practically every level, Bloodborne is a deviously delicious experience that deserves to be experienced by anybody valiant enough to conquer it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To just put it bluntly: buy this game. Even if you’ve played both titles before, there’s enough here to warrant a purchase. Final Fantasy X, at least, should be played by anyone who considers themselves even the slightest fan of roleplaying games.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all though, I’d recommend giving this game a few days, playing through any initial frustration, and experimenting with this extremely well crafted sandbox.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the new changes and how much they add to and improve the overall gameplay, it still feels like the same fun zombie killing game at its core.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If someone is looking for one of the most entrancing, addictive RPGs on the 3DS, then they should not hesitate to run as quickly as they can to their nearest game store to purchase Legends of the Titan; it’s certainly worth every penny of its price tag, and then some.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If the gaming world doesn’t talk about Tales from the Borderlands as one of 2015’s best offerings, then something has gone horribly, horribly wrong.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite a few rough edges, Styx: Master of Shadows deserves a place alongside Metal Gear Solid 3, Hitman: Blood Money, and Mark of the Ninja as one of the best titles the genre has to offer.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s one of the most — if not the most — hardcore action games to ever come from a major publisher. Players will die — a lot — as they come to realize that this is a punishing is a test of resilience. Those who can brave the challenge, however, will be richly rewarded with one of the most gratifying experiences in gaming and a true sense of accomplishment...A stunning accomplishment.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These two ports prove that HD re-releases still have the potential to feel like more than cheap money-grabs; the seamless God of War Collection seems like it was meant for a handheld all along.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s rare to see a game with stunning visuals and excellent gameplay, but Ori and the Blind Forest does exactly that. As long as you’re prepared for a serious challenge, then this is one game not to miss.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For disillusioned former veterans and newcomers alike, Warlords of Draenor is the time to pick up a new WoW expansion; it’s just that good.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not be Platinum Games' most technically sophisticated piece of work, but it's damn good all the same. For $30, it's a total steal, and a great way to kick off 2013.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those seeking a satisfying, skill-testing platforming experience will love Rogue Legacy. It puts a fresh coat of paint on a variety of well-worn gaming genres and ends up a must-play gaming experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a tremendously unique, wildly creative endeavor that is a blast to play and even more enjoyable to listen to.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one of the top visual novel releases on Steam this year, and an excellent horror experience in general.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mushihimesama is a phenomenal arcade game and an indispensable addition to any shooter fan’s library.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may have taken a number of years to get here, but Yakuza 5 was worth the wait. It’s not only the most robust and well-executed game in the series, it’s also one of the best games of last generation.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its cel-shaded, low-poly art style is perfectly suited to bringing its lovable cast of characters to life and painting a cute yet macabre world reminiscent of Caroline and Okage: Shadow King. Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure will make you grin like you’re a kid again from beginning to end.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With individualized players, explosive tactical potential and unparalleled realism, PES 2016 redefines what a soccer game can be.