Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,204 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 1.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
Lowest review score: 20 Double Dragon II: Wander of the Dragons
Score distribution:
1,204 game reviews
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 100 Critic Score
    This quirky, spastic shooter has rightfully earned its seat at the Indie Game Round Table.
    • 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
    Anyone who loves the Mega Man will enjoy this, and early adopters get more for their money with the inclusion of Mighty Gunvolt as a free extra.
    • 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
    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
    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
    • 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
    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
    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
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those who haven’t experienced the original incarnation of the game will find Plus to be the premier version, and the fact that it’s the handheld rendition of a graphically-intense six month old game makes that fact alone worth the price of admission.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even with its faults, Stealth Inc. is a thought-provoking experience that should give most gamers a run for their money.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One just wishes that the game went on for a bit longer, but for 600 Wii points it does a good job of delivering a solid amount of entertainment for what you might be able to find digging through your couch after you are done bobbing along to the mus
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s as beautiful as it is deep, and will keep you glued to your television screen as the hours fly by.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    140
    Top notch platforming mechanics combined with a brilliantly captivating soundtrack that seamlessly meshes with the unique visuals and gameplay turn it into an experience that shouldn’t be missed. 140 is gaming minimalism done right — just don’t expect it to last you very long.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The New Order is also easily the most enjoyable shooter in years, boasting a tongue-in-cheek dose of ’80s B-movie action that easily topples the previous entry in the series. There’s a lengthy campaign, some genuinely impressive set pieces and, most importantly, incredibly fun gameplay. And that’s something I did Nazi coming.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The magical combination of two creative powerhouses in Disney and Harmonix has produced one of the best Kinect rhythm games to date. Like no other to come before it, Fantasia: Music Evolved combines the required accuracy of the best of the genre with wholly enjoyable remixing tools that allow players to create new compositions on the fly merely with their hands.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As far as puzzle games go, Scribblenauts is one of the best and will have you entranced by its cute and creative nature.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the bubble-eyed anime character designs, the game's script is sharp and subtle in a way that anime usually isn't. [Sept 2007, p.60]
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    People who want a portable experience are going to absolute require the Circle Pad Pro, in addition to a suitable explanation for your friends and family as to where you were for the month you disappeared and couldn’t be found.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With its unique gameplay, addictive multiplayer, lively characters, and stylishly minimalistic visuals, You, Me & The Cubes is exactly the kind of game what the Wiiware scene needs more of.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In essence, Rotolla is the Tetris of this generation. It’s accessible, easy to understand and heinously challenging — all the ingredients a game needs to thrive in the mobile space.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Payday 2 is everything a sequel to a mediocre game should be. While there is still room for the franchise to grow, this is both an entertaining and affordable cooperative shooter. As long as potential buyers know that this is a game best played with friends, they should have a great time. Just make sure they won’t go running ahead setting off any of the security cameras.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even with its imperfections, Hitman: Absolution is a magnificent achievement that goes well beyond expectations and will lead future stealth action titles into a better tomorrow.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though it’s engrossing in its own right, and it provides a hearty serving of gameplay, Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney feels full of wasted potential.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s Angry Birds meets tower defense meets beat ‘em up meets crack cocaine levels of addictiveness in a hodgepodge amalgamation of stuff that absolutely should not work as well as it does.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Trials Fusion is basically what we’ve come to expect from the series, just with a shinier new coat of paint.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 is a fantastic game, offering many great hours of game play.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Where NBA 09: The Inside shines is in its library of mini-games, more than making up for the lackluster core gameplay.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the mechanics are starting to feel a little dated at this point and the sound effects lack the quality the rest of the game shows, Resident Evil 4 is still one of the greats that needs to be experienced, and the Ultimate HD Edition is the perfect excuse to do so.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a splendid casual game for commuters or for people who simply wish to pass the day faster than a flip of a Mario coin.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even so, Hominid's crazed charm shines through and makes it all worthwhile, and if it doesn't there are always several minigames to play with. [May 2007, p.68]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sure, there’s fun to be had shooting baddies in the face for 10-12 hours over the course of the 14 missions, but sadly F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin isn’t nearly as remarkable as the original.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dependable as ever, Just Dance 2014 is another solid entry into the hit dance series that simply wants players to have a good time.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Memoria is a breathtaking visual showcase that tells one of the most compelling stories in recent memory. The puzzle complexity is the right mixture of not too easy and not too difficult, but I wish there was a deeper variety considering most of the solutions can be found within a limited number of areas, if not a single one.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Speedy, stylish combat mixes with incredibly detailed cinemas and movie-style storytelling to create a game that feels like an action movie and plays like a dream. [Oct 2007, p.50]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The graphics are stunning, the characters are interesting and the game is simply really fun to play.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 is a fantastic game, offering many great hours of game play.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Lego Harry Potter Years 1-4 is a fantastic game, offering many great hours of game play.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Race the Sun is very close to a perfect pick-up-and-play game, except for the bit where it’s very hard not to keep playing once you’ve started. A quick break easily turns into one more attempt, trying to plot a different course over the cluttered plains, maximizing Tri collection while minimizing the risk of turning into a cloud of debris.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a unique, funny, occasionally brilliant experience full of colorful characters and creative puzzles.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unless there’s a major update in the near future, you’d be better off waiting until it inevitably becomes part of an indie bundle so that you can briefly jump in and enjoy its first few hours. Until then, your money and time should be spent elsewhere.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Atelier Escha & Logy is a lovely RPG that should easily succeed in its goal of pleasing both series and standard RPG fans, with pleasantly deep systems and an inviting world to explore them in.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sure, there’s fun to be had shooting baddies in the face for 10-12 hours over the course of the 14 missions, but sadly F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin isn’t nearly as remarkable as the original.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The main game is quite memorable though thanks to the concept being so different, and it’s worth checking out for most retro-loving fans — it’s just not something that’s likely to appeal to many beyond that fanbase.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Atelier Rorona Plus is a charming, lighthearted JRPG that’s more open-ended than most of its brethren. It can be a little on the repetitive side, but there’s just enough variety to make it a delight in short bursts.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    N+
    N+ is almost completely free of distracting bells and whistles, and I’m going to give it the best compliment I can for this type of game: it would have made an excellent ’80s arcade game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Res Publica gave me a reason to have a blast playing as the Dutch. It adds a fun, historically accurate story about the competition between two philosophies and political entities and asks you to harness their competition for the benefit of the empire.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In an era where games are getting even-shorter, Blue Dragon is a staggeringly 16-bit, grind-happy title. [Oct 2007, p.53]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The story is too loose and doesn’t display a proper direction just yet. It’s not all bad as there is a rather striking moment halfway through the story, but if this is truly all that remains, then we’re in for a rough season.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Disgaea 3 is as brilliant as the other games, but the over-saturated gameplay and less than expected graphic quality are regrettable drawbacks.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The way Telltale is able to manipulate your emotions so easily is astonishing, so it makes it all the more disappointing the rest of the episode doesn’t come together as well as it could have.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not be the best 3DS roleplaying experience, but it’s a darn fine one all the same.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    1001 Spikes‘ challenge doesn’t hurt its cause by any means, but those who despise trying something hundreds of times in a row will find themselves quickly turned off.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Xillia takes the familiar and blends it with exciting newness, and that’s what it does best. It’s the first must-play JRPG to release in a while, and the second couldn’t arrive soon enough.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Not only is Silent Hill Origins a strong handheld effort, but also a worthy entry into the beloved series. [Dec 2007, p.60]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the end, though, it's a testament to the game's quality that even in the face of the imperfect camera and combat, the wonderful adventuring aspects manage to make up for whatever other shortcomings this game may possess. [July 2007, p.54]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dark Souls II: Crown of the Old Iron King is a solid expansion to an already captivating game, but there are some questionable choices that have been made.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Between unlocking all the characters, getting every collectible and missions to complete, The Wonderful 101 gives more than enough reason for you a reason to dust off your Wii U or simply pick one up a little early to experience it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nintendo and Camelot have created an extremely accessible game that pulls you in early and doesn’t let go.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Garden Warfare remains a colorful and entertaining experience no matter the platform and one we hope will continue to grow.