Hardcore Gamer Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 1,072 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Assassin's Creed III
Lowest review score: 20 007 Legends
Score distribution:
1,072 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]
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    The Wii Fit Balance Board is of little help, and only serves to complicate things further.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    It's a nice try, but it still needs a bit of polish. [June 2007, p.61]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    As-is, it's a very, very pretty demo of what the SIXAXIS can do. [May 2007, p.69]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.”
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Until the bugs are ironed out, it’s just not worth the headache.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.