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 flower
Lowest review score: 20 Submerged
Score distribution:
1,535 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Whether you’re a skater (like myself) or simply a gamer who likes to virtually tear it up, Skate 2 offers a fairly complex control scheme that rewards those who dig into the moves with one of the most bold, creative, and downright fun games, like evar.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's a unique experiment with a lot of depth for those willing to donate the time. [Vol 3, Issue 2, p.64]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the end, Heavy Rain is a revolution in video game storytelling offering an emotional thrill ride. Unfortunately it doesn’t quite hold up on the gameplay end of things.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Teenage Zombies is pretty much the perfect platformer. [Spring 2008, p.52]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The formula may be a little over 22 years old, but Mega Man 10 shows that it’s still more than capable of delivering just as much fun as it did all those years ago.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Shift shows a lot of potential for the series and will go down as one of the best racing games of 2009.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The PC version won a number of awards and the PS3 version holds up quite well. [June 2007, p.60]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you like tennis games and you have a Playstation 2, it belongs in your gaming library. [July 2007, p.62]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    At 1000 points, Rage of the Gladiator brings just enough content and old-fashioned fun to warrant adding it to your WiiWare library.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With easy-to-pick-up controls and stunning graphics, Fight Night Round 4 is a fantastic experience with plenty of replay value and tons of unlockable content to keep any boxing fan busy for months.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I'm addicted. [Vol 3, Issue 2, p.60]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The formula may be a little over 22 years old, but Mega Man 10 shows that it’s still more than capable of delivering just as much fun as it did all those years ago.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In short, Assassin’s Creed 2 is the game that the original should have been
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Whether you’re a skater (like myself) or simply a gamer who likes to virtually tear it up, Skate 2 offers a fairly complex control scheme that rewards those who dig into the moves with one of the most bold, creative, and downright fun games, like evar.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The gameplay, as I said above, is fast-paced. It actually feels a lot like old school NBA Jam in execution. [Sept 2007, p.68]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Infamous is everything you could want in a single player experience, from its beautiful graphics to its amazing gameplay.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's not a game to be entered into lightly: once you start, it may not be possible to stop. [Mar 2007, p.60]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In short: come for Balthier, stay for the solid gameplay. It's a win-win situation. [Dec 2007, p.63]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Do not dismiss Borderlands as “just another shooter.” Co-op play is all the rage in FPS games these days, and not only is it featured here, but it is encouraged.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A lot will depend on how the endgame of Lich King develops, and where we go from here. Right now, Lich King is a solid foundation to build on, with a lot to keep you occupied.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With easy-to-pick-up controls and stunning graphics, Fight Night Round 4 is a fantastic experience with plenty of replay value and tons of unlockable content to keep any boxing fan busy for months.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Excitebike: World Rally, like its predecessor, seamlessly merges simplicity with fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The majority of this review may carry a negative, disappointed tone, but allow me to stress that Ninja Gaiden II is not a bad game, nor is it a broken one. It's actually one of the best that the Xbox 360 has to offer, and easily worth your money.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Looking back over my experience, I can safely say that Yuji Naka delivered once again at creating a simple, fun, and challenging platforming game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Plants vs. Zombies is a huge game with a great sense of humor, and while it tends to play itself once a strategy is completed and the field of fire constructed, putting it all together and experimenting with the possibilities stays fun for a long, long time. [Summer 2009]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a unique and fun shooter boasting a far more vibrant color palette and better default soundtrack than Beat Hazard. Vertical shooter fans will adore it, as will those with extensive music collections.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a giant world to explore here, loaded with details and fantastically pretty. Whether you're stealthing your way through a ramshackle outpost or climbing a radio tower on top of a mountain, it's always engaging, pulling you effortlessly from one scenario to the next and hitting all the right notes along the way.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All in all, Total Extreme Wrestling 2013 is a beast of a simulator.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're up for the challenge, They Bleed Pixels is a fast and fun action-platformer that will put all your reflexes to the test. It's utterly unapologetic about killing you, and because the controls are so smooth and precise every single failure feels exactly like it should- as something that could have been avoided if only you'd played better. It's not a game to play when you're looking to wind down at day's end, but bring all your skill and a load of patience, and They Bleed Pixels will make you feel like a magician with a gamepad.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anyone who loves runners will adore this since it’s got far more depth than most of that genre’s offerings and makes trick-chaining easy to learn. This is still a very challenging game, but it’s a fair one that is well worth its price tag.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether or not this brief glimpse into the future of Metal Gear Solid is worth 20 or 30 bucks is up to you, but I can say without any hesitance that Ground Zeroes displays the biggest evolution of the series seen since the original Metal Gear Solid on Playstation, even if that evolution only lasts for a short, fleeting instant. Bring on The Phantom Pain.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Deadlight is a mix between storytelling, side-scrolling, puzzle solving, and good old fashion survival horror. It reinvents nothing, but it successfully integrates components from each genre.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite having a few superfluous levels, Alien: Isolation ends up being a game Alien and survival horror fans can hold in high esteem.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Amnesia: Memories has a great many strengths which include its fantastic visuals, high quality voice acting and tremendous replay value.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The web swinging is better, and the combat system is much more effective (not to mention some awesome Signature Moves).
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Cosmophony blends the runner and shooter genres together just about perfectly.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Freedom Cry is simply a great addition to an excellent game, offering a story worth experiencing across a setting worth exploring.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fun, light-hearted dungeon crawler that anyone who likes the genre should buy. At a mere $10, there's a lot of game to play here and genre fans will easily get that much out of it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thankfully, 3D Dot Game Heroes is a memorable game that winds up being more than just an homage to the past. It takes the top-down Zelda formula and expands upon it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite some minor rough edges, the spot-on emulation of both games makes this an easy recommendation for fans of either game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd isn’t for everyone. It appeals to a very specific sect of gamers, but those who find themselves within its territory will quickly become spellbound by the polish, challenge and sheer volume of content offered.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s sad to see the series go but the satisfying revelations and conclusion makes Blackwell Epiphany a must play.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A more intimate affair rather than a blockbuster, it recalls terrific classic elements that have been sorely missed, easily besting the latest main-series entry.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By and large, though, this is a game that shouldn’t be missed by anyone who appreciates Sega and/or gaming experiences of the late 80s and early 90s.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rare Replay isn’t without its minor hiccups, understandable in such a vast collection, but it’s something that should be in every Xbox One owner’s collection.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hardline may not revolutionize the Battlefield brand, but it fixes many of its biggest problems.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clan Wars is a worthy entry in the series, but even then, it’s good to hear that Team 17 is leaving the series alone for a while to work on something new.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The PC port of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has its share of issues, but it still gets the nod over its console counterparts.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thunder Wolves is a game that knows what it wants to be, and cuts through any of the other filler to give an experience that is as pure as possible.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rogue galaxy is one of the competitors for the title of the last great PS2 game, and while it is by no means flawless, it should still keep you entertained for a few dozen hours. [Mar 2007, p.52]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, MLB 09 walks a fine line, catering to both hardcore baseball fans and more casual players. There are a lot of deep game play elements and features to be explored, some complex and intricate.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Super House of Dead Ninjas is one of those rare games that is meant to serve as an homage to various gaming classics and yet manages to develop its own unique identity.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The massive catalog of puzzles is incredibly enticing and the visuals give it a unique beauty.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Grim Grimoire is an aesthetic masterpiece, and a good reminder of the storytelling potential inherent in video games. [July 2007, p.58]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 feels less like a true game of the series and more of the spin-off that it is, trading the methodical and tactical pacing of the franchise mainstays for a more fast-paced and action oriented shooter.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Icon is a fun ride, but it's got some pretty deep shoes to fill. It is fun and the music features are pretty cool, so give it a look. [Apr 2007, p.46]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Resident Evil Revelations 2 may have started off a bit slow, but Capcom was able to redeem themselves by creating an irresistible adventure through and through.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 3 – In Harm’s Way is another strong addition into an already compelling universe.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shin Megami Tensei IV manages to meet its hype in some respects and fall short of it in others. Its combat is stronger than ever, adding in components that are deep, unique and reward the strategically-inclined, while the character customization options will excite those who like to build their ideal fighter.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Weak continuity and weaker dungeon crawling gameplay make this hard to recommend to anyone who enjoys the series for its depth. If you’re not bothered by a bit of stupidity, give it a play.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the lopsided breakup between the two campaigns, the conclusion of Revelations 2 will leave players satisfied with the hope of more bite-sized spin-offs in the series’ future.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Offering up a new experience every time the mice finish their well-deserved cheese, Mousecraft is a refreshing experience for those in need of a complex puzzle game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Universe at War is a good title, but it isn't without it's flaws. As-is, though, Universe at War is a comfortable ride. [Dec 2007, p.64]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s not a game without its faults as friendly artificial intelligence can obstruct progress and I ran into a number of glitches throughout the campaign, but with an addictive multiplayer and some of the most creative ways in using the handheld’s technology, you’ll have a tough time finding another experience like this.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pix the Cat continues PastaGames’ reputation for making incredible bite-sized gaming experiences. There’s even a surprising amount of depth here thanks to its multiplier and variety of game modes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although the game modes may not be innovative, innovation doesn’t always spell fun, and that’s something Loadout has by the explosive crate-full.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The crux of the problem with In Sheep’s Clothing is that we’re still not getting much in the way of payoff. A lot of questions are answered, sure, but the episode presents itself as one final buildup to the confrontation with The Crooked Man.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As long as you come in with the expectation of a short, non-linear storytelling experience then you won’t be let down by The Moon Sliver. It’s a bit creepy, sad and ultimately quite compelling.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Germinator doesn’t do a lot new, but everything it does is done really well. It uses the basic framework of a Bust-A-Move game and tweaks it to craft the most addictive puzzle game I’ve played this generation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Red Thread Games has given us two spectacular worlds to explore, and while actually getting around those worlds can be a bit of a hassle, they’re still well worth visiting.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is a must-buy for anybody who skipped the initial release, or those still burned by a likely swift trade-in of the flawed original. It’s only forty bucks at launch and offers up a lot of fun gameplay that is back to feeling what it should feel like instead of a neutered version of it. This is the definitive version of Ninja Gaiden 3, and fits in nicely with the best versions of NG and NG II for scratching that action-platformer itch when you’re in the mood for some ninja-based killing sprees.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is not much to be said about Green Day Rock Band that isn't covered by the simple fact that if you enjoy Green Day as a band, you will likely enjoy what the game has to offer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It might not resonate as strongly as Earthbound, but Citizens of Earth is arguably more fun to play.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, Dungeonland is light on content and features, but that’s okay because it’s an absolute steal for $9.99. Players will get a hell of a little dungeon crawler that can provide hours and hours of entertainment, so long as they have friends to partake in the silliness.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, Crackdown 2 is a fun game, especially when played with friends but, unfortunately, it just doesn't deliver quite a deep experience.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Over the Moon have begun something very special with The Fall and you’ll be looking out for ARID again even months after you finish this intriguing opening act.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a price point of only $15, A Story About My Uncle is a must-own for anyone who loves games that make them think and can appreciate a good platforming challenge as well.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The increased emphasis on delivering a high quality game makes Rivals the definitive entry in the series to date, even though it lacks the plethora of modes in the second installment.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For a game without any kind of established lineage, this is a very welcome addition to the Vita’s growing JRPG library.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an incredible shooter that feels like bullet hell with enemies replacing the bullets, but a little variation would have made it perfect. [Fall 2008, p.55]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Killzone: Shadow Fall – Intercept is a fun add-on to the base game and serves as a competent standalone product.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not demo material or a novelty release, but an uncompromising adventure game that weaves an engrossing story while utilizing the full potential of motion control. It doesn't always work flawlessly, but the sheer ambition alone makes it a must-own for Fable and Kinect fans alike.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thus, if you haven’t had the pleasure of playing Muramasa before, and you have a Vita, Rebirth is wholeheartedly worth playing. It’s breathtakingly beautiful in all aspects — from its combat to graphics to soundtrack to the sword forging mechanic, this is just an immensely enjoyable game, even in spite of its repetitious combat and under-emphasized story.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite these flaws, Alpha Protocol is still a fun and entertaining experience with a dynamic storyline and solid RPG mechanics.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Few games in recent years offer the immeasurable amount of content offered in Disgaea D2. With a 35 hour campaign, multiple endings to complete, side-missions, an expansive and randomly generated item world, thousands of character customization options and endlessly replyable levels, the series didn’t really need to make many improvements or changes to remain a true value.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As it is, it's merely very good on several different levels, and is more or less a must-play for RPG fans. It will drive shooter fans completely up the wall, though. [Dec 2007, p.56]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is not much to be said about Green Day Rock Band that isn't covered by the simple fact that if you enjoy Green Day as a band, you will likely enjoy what the game has to offer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once you are willing to pony up your five bucks a month, though, Dungeon Runners becomes a surprisingly addictive time-waster. [Sept 2007, p.68]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you can take the heat of its difficulty, Isbarah is a unique twist on bullet hell shooters, one that turns repeated defeat into a captivating and surprisingly fun experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sorcery! is one of the best games that this reviewer has played on the iPhone and iPad, offering a plethora of options and an excellent story.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pokémon X and Y makes the classic series feel brand new.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More visual improvements would have be nice, especially in Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Final Mix, but the package as a whole is good enough to make the visuals seem like an afterthought.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pokémon X and Y makes the classic series feel brand new.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fun and charming with some nice extras to boot, Kalimba kick-starts Xbox One’s indie wave with a bang.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The graphics are stunning, the characters are interesting and the game is simply really fun to play.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a fun, attractive and surprisingly deep experience, therefore unable to be regarded as anything less than an emphatic success.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After a string of rehashes, Team17 has done a fantastic job updating the series while keeping the core gameplay the same. With a polished presentation, attractive visuals and improved level design, we finally have a Worms game that doesn't feel like it emerged from a '90s time-capsule. The series remains as polarizing as ever, but those who enjoy the zany antics of the series will dig Worms Revolution.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Give The Nightmare Cooperative a shot if you’re bored by the existing base of roguelikes and dungeon crawlers.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This mixed with AI problems, some glitches and an over-reliance on played-out concepts makes Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch a great JRPG, but overall, only a good game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It has some qualms, but on the whole it’s a success.