Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,444 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 41% 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 Guitar Hero II
Lowest review score: 20 Forward to the Sky
Score distribution:
1,444 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Inventive lore, gorgeous art direction and clever use of RPG mechanics make Endless Legend an absolute treat.
    • 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
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For fans of the comics and adventure buffs alike, The Wolf Among Us continues to assert itself as a must-play game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 is tactical arcade sports action at its finest, and an easy way to lose far too many hours maneuvering a bouncy black and white ball into a net at the end of a grassy field.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a reason the Prince is still popular almost twenty years later, and this is it. [Sept 2007, p.69]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For under ten dollars, there’s a lot of fun to be had with SteamWorld Dig.
    • 82 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a side-scrolling brawler, Dragon’s Crown is deep and loaded with replay. As an example of 2D art in gaming, it’s unequalled.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay is fun, varied and challenging, and will test the skills of even the most hardcore platforming fans.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rising represents some of the most fluid and enjoyable combat mechanics to grace a modern action game, presented in a manner so over-the-top that it’s hard not to laugh hysterically at the sheer ridiculousness of the affairs.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In essence, though nothing beats being in front of the actual machines and feeding in a quarter to square off with it, Pinball Hall of Fame – The Williams Collection is about as close as the video game medium allows for.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a mixed bag and the game is nowhere near perfect. Stick through the linear and less gripping parts for the first few hours, and you’ll end up with a story and combat engine that’ll hold you hostage until completion.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    ModNation Racers is an enjoyable game that is packed to the brim with so much content that you won't know what to do with it all.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are still some qualms here and there, such as the returning frame-rate slowdown and repetitiveness, but in general this is a solid action-RPG that should be played by anyone who adores the genre.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Halo Wars will feel like a game of ’My First RTS’ for all the well seasoned veterans of the genre, but a good solid starting point for those that have never played a strategy game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anyone who owned or played the first MotorStorm and dug it will love MotorStorm: Pacific Rift. It’s as every bit as good as the first, and surpasses it in many areas, such as the tracks and music.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Don’t expect Dark Souls II: Crown of the Sunken King to match up to Artorias of the Abyss, but it still offers a surprisingly deep and gratifying experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With enough combat goodness to satisfy even the most truculent warmongers, a variable Marianas Trench of depth in its customization and laughs aplenty, A Promise Rewritten isn’t only the Vitas latest proof-of-worth, it’s also its strongest.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The thirteen year old remake is arguably the best game in the long running series, not only staying true to its source material, but expanding upon it greatly with new content directly built into the core story.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With more fine-tuning and content, Lethal League could have been a home run. Sadly, it balks the opportunity.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite a few issues that prevent the game from being a wholly immersive open-world exploratory experience, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter packs an impressive punch.
    • 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
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shrewdly taking advantage of current-gen’s capabilities with added emotional intelligence and improved animations, this is easily the prettiest EA Sports title this year. Unfortunately, game modes remain relatively unchanged, but if optimizing for current-gen currently means choosing between re-skinning them or omitting them entirely, we’ll gladly take the former.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nidhogg is a polarizing game. Experiencing it the way it’s meant to be played (via local multiplayer) is a fantastically fun event. Without that, it’s easy to pick at the ways in which the game feels small.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With improvements and additions to the tried and true formula, the lackluster single-player can’t hold the game down — the explosive multiplayer playground simply must be experienced.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Madden NFL 15 marks a noticeable improvement for the long-standing franchise.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sunless Sea is a little darker and less cheerful than its already morbid sister Fallen London, but it’s no less delightful.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Dual Destinies is a success. Yes, it feels like more of the same, but for a series that has yet to put out a bad title, that shouldn’t be viewed negatively.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Boasting the tightest multiplayer of the series and one of the strongest campaigns, Advanced Warfare proves that Call of Duty is here to stay — and it’s welcome.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A 30 dollar eShop purchase will net you some 50-60 hours of gameplay, which is nothing to sneeze at, and the full Japanese versions of all three games are included as well — perfect for a gamer looking to practice the language and start importing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Helldivers is at first a fresh, rewarding, challenging experience that stands up to any other game in terms of quality.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lords of Shadow has incredible production values and an astonishing length for a character action title, but not only is it far too late to the party, but dapened by uninspiring combat.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The massive catalog of puzzles is incredibly enticing and the visuals give it a unique beauty.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault is a standalone title in the venerable franchise that is wholeheartedly worth exploring.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the season two debut failed to capitalize on the suspenseful tactics Telltale Games was able to integrate in the first season, Episode 2 has fixed that. It’s still a bit shorter than what we’ve grown accustomed to and the zombies feel tacked on rather than an actual story driven threat, but the hour and a half long episode is able to convince us that the drama within the group of survivors is much deeper than first expected.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A breath of fresh air in a stagnant, overpopulated marketplace of gritty shooters.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the end, don't think about what you're not getting in Overlord: what you are getting is a hilarious, complex, unique experience. It's an absolute must-have for PC gamers. [Sept 2007, p.66]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Playing it after experiencing Forza Motorsport 5 makes it feel like, well, going back a console generation. The mechanics and features are as impressive as ever, but now that we’ve seen what cars can look like on the current generation of consoles, it’s hard going back. Still, it’s hard to fault the game for being released too late and it remains another thoughtful, expertly crafted racing experience. - See more at: http://www.hardcoregamer.com/2013/12/06/review-gran-turismo-6/64753/#sthash.bsOa86kF.dpuf
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I enjoyed MadWorld when it was fresh, but it’s so sad that I can’t enjoy it more just as I’ve gotten to know it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a massive game filled with a lengthy single player campaign and a long-lasting multiplayer component that can be played day-by-day or minute-by-minute. Patience is a virtue as Skulls of the Shogun was worth waiting for.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On PS3, MLB 14: The Show is an excellent game; it’s just not much of an improvement over last year’s entry
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Terraria was utterly fantastic on PC, and has made a near-perfect jump to console.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a work of speculative fiction that allows the player to speculate for themselves, starting from a similar place each time but potentially reaching vastly different conclusions. It’s also a tightly-designed, well-balanced 4X game that is sure to consume many gamers’ free time in the coming months and years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mutant Blobs Attack is a clever and stylish game, and while the its full potential is never entirely displayed, you’d be hard-pressed to find a game that makes mass destruction this adorable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, though, Lost Winds is a wonderful little game, and a great promise of what’s to come.
    • 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
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Wasteland 2 Kickstarter backers will get what they paid for plus a few glitches they didn’t.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Given its somber tone and grueling difficulty, I’m not sure if I should refer to Brandish: The Dark Revenant as the PSP’s swan song or its funeral dirge, but either way it’s among the system’s best RPGs.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Catan is strategic, fun, and lets you screw over your friends, making it a perfect online party game. [July 2007, p.68]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Affordable Space Adventures is a journey well worth embarking on, especially with a few friends.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is the definitive Danganronpa experience.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’ve been looking to get in on Company of Heroes, then this is the place to do it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When compared to GTAV, the game falls short in most places — notably in driving and side-missions. Falling short to one of the games of the generation, however, is still a huge accomplishment and Watch Dogs blazes its own trail by offering the ingenious addition of hacking. With tons of content and a surprising amount of humor, Ubisoft has laid an incredibly solid base with Watch Dogs. It might not be at the top of its class, but it’s a damn fine salutatorian.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LEGO Marvel Super Heroes may be rough around the edges with a shaky sandbox setting, screen tearing and generic music, but it does right by the Marvel universe and offers an experience that can be loved by both devoted fans and children alike.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it may only take an hour or so to complete the main mission that acts as the prologue to the next game, the PC port of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes not only lives up to expectations, but surpasses them in creating an overly satisfying sandbox to sneak through.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This quirky, spastic shooter has rightfully earned its seat at the Indie Game Round Table.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re getting tired of swords and sorcery, or just looking for meaty tactical battles, few RPGs will satisfy you better.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a shame the experience is so brief, but because this is an arcade title that only costs fifteen bucks to scoop up, it’s a nice amount of depth and a completely absurd amount of fun. It’s just funny that this may turn out to be one of the better things released this year and it started out as a joke.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition is the much-needed complete version of Injustice. With all the DLC included and all the costumes unlocked, Ultimate Edition is without question the version to play.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    God of War: Ascension is another great entry into the beloved series that fans will eat-up, but it’s just that — another entry. While other hack ‘n’ slash series like DmC have been reinvented and boast fresh mechanics and tone, Ascension is content with simply being another God of War.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Goodbye Deponia sends off the series in the most profoundly memorable way. While there are some pacing concerns and minor technical issues here and there, these are overshadowed by the comical story and clever puzzle designs.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MLB 15: The Show doesn’t bring any major additions to the table, but it does respectably tweak the most beloved modes to streamline the experience for pros and casuals alike.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the time constraints, which are actually pretty generous, Pixeljunk Eden is a peaceful, relaxing, and oddly pretty chill-out game that's very easy to lose a good chunk of time in. [Fall 2008, p.54]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another winner for JapanStudio, Puppeteer is a strong addition to Sony’s increasingly impressive stable of first-party franchises.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It has some qualms, but on the whole it’s a success.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What makes La Mulana work is the way all its elements come together. It's never about straight combat, or platforming, or even puzzle solving, but rather a combination of the three at all times.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If nothing else, Company of Heroes 2 proves that Relic really is in the top eschelon of RTS developers. This is the crème de la crème, people. Do not be the one to pass it up.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    NHL 14 won’t be headed to next-gen consoles, which is a shame as it would benefit from improved visuals, but even with the help of a new engine, it’ll be hard for another sports game to beat the sheer fun of this well-executed hockey game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's hard to talk about Fable III without heaping more and more praise on it. It's one of the best games of the year and one of the richest role-playing experiences to hit the Xbox 360. It begs to be played by anyone who appreciates a game that is expertly produced in almost every area.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Danganronpa is absolutely worth buying, but only if you’re a gamer who doesn’t mind reading 30 hours worth of dialogue, because this is a visual novel at its most basic level.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tales from the Borderlands isn’t just a superb entry point into what appears to be a captivating story, it has the potential to be Telltale’s best work since the first season of The Walking Dead.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Chock-full of replay value, the added content makes this the definitive edition. Challenging, but rarely frustrating, Super Time Force Ultra is a strategic run and gun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Need for Speed Rivals proves how impressive a PS4 racing game can be by offering a fully realized product that blows past conceptions of what a launch title can offer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All in all, Virtua Tennis 3 is an easy to play and visually attractive title. [May 2007, p.56]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All in all, Virtua Tennis 3 is an easy to play and visually attractive title. [May 2007, p.56]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the impact is less than that of previous installments, Episode 4 remains a solid and well-written chapter of Telltale's The Walking Dead. Following up the chills of the last episode was always going to be a tall order, and while this entry may be free of major revelations, Telltale has done a commendable job continuing to establish such a hopeless world. At this point, though, it feels as if they're racing to an absolute conclusion.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Heroes Within is a fantastic table pack for Star Wars Pinball fans.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even though it’s atmosphere heavy and fairly short, its unique world and gameplay pull you in like most shooters don’t.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Playing Luftrausers is like jumping back to a time when the only requirement for a good game was to be fun. Thanks to varied battles, customizable planes, and challenges, it manages to improve on the classic formula of simple and addictive entertainment.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While there’s a strange absence of online multiplayer in Kirby Fighters and the Hypernova feature feels somewhat underutilized, Triple Deluxe still ends up being an experience overflowing with delicious content to be gobbled up.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's rare to play an FPS with gameplay this creative and exciting. [Vol 3, Issue 2, p.54]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The story and morality system may not be up to par with the previous inFamous games, but Second Son excels at everything else it tries to do.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a whole, Wargame: Airland Battle is a bizarre mix of exciting, engaging multiplayer and an abysmal solo campaign that feels like an afterthought.