Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,385 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 Pac-Man Championship Edition
Lowest review score: 20 Fast & Furious: Showdown
Score distribution:
1,385 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.
    • 43 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.

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