Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,781 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Assassin's Creed III
Lowest review score: 20 Submerged
Score distribution:
1781 game reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Prison Architect is a genuinely fun game that makes you think in unexpected ways. Apart from some slight campaign fatigue and an Escape Mode with plenty of potential but poor execution, it’s hard to put it down.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Something about the Wii remote makes this game feel very immediate and real, leading to a more fun gameplaying experience. [Mar 2007, p.59]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MLB 14: The Show was a great game a month ago when it came out on PlayStation 3, and it remains so on PlayStation 4.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only is this the highest quality story NetherRealm has ever put together, it’s perhaps the best fighting game story ever. Character Variations aren’t the game-changer NetherRealm was hoping for, but do little to detract from how good the core gameplay mechanics already are.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The NBA 2K series continues to deliver the best professional basketball experience available on consoles and PCs. Though some strange visual bugs might rub a bit of shine off of an otherwise excellent package, there’s no denying how well NBA 2K15 plays.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s not a myriad of changes this year, but what has been tweaked is noticeable and makes for a fantastic game of pigskin.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire aren’t just great RPGs, they’re a great example as to why Pokémon might be the surest thing in gaming.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's an interesting evolution of the brawler, a neat implementation of DS controls, and a worthy successor to its notorious forefather. [Spring 2008, p.53]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It might not be the most complex or most challenging title out there, but it is unique, clever, funny, and, most importantly, genuinely and remarkably fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sleeping Dogs isn't a groundbreaker so much as a hodgepodge of awesomeness. It is the satisfying culmination of years of open-world gaming. With hours of replay value, smooth combat and great voice acting, Sleeping Dogs illustrates the beginning of a successful franchise.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I got a gang of friends together to test it out and we spent hours unlocking songs and fooling around, but, because some of us are guitar heroes and some are guitar zeroes, having a truly quality time is a tougher than it should be. It's still well worth a look. [Nov 2007, p.63]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It may have taken over five years, but the delays and development reboot was well worth it as Alan Wake is one of the top exclusives for the 360, and a welcomed new IP several years into the lifecycle of the 360.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    GTR Evolution is a good sim racer that fans should be happy to have. For its $19.99 price tag, you get a lot of content and replayability.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Perhaps with future content updates and tweaking, Free Lives can elevate Broforce from the good game it is to the great game it can be.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dust suffers from the typical redundancies of a hack-and-slash, but offers more than enough attractive environments to keep the gameplay fresh.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may have taken a number of years to get here, but Yakuza 5 was worth the wait. It’s not only the most robust and well-executed game in the series, it’s also one of the best games of last generation.
    • 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
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its color-coded racing improves upon the F-Zero formula, and even if the mutiplayer fails to meet its potential, FAST Racing NEO is challenging and riveting enough to keep players busy for a long while, whether driving solo or with friends.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The enhanced RPG-lite mechanics, sheer wealth of content and grade-A presentation values makes this a must-buy title for anyone who considers themselves a lover of Final Fantasy or music in general.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure Pokémon Platinum may not exactly seem like the manliest game, but with a sound battle system, a lengthy main quest, and a variety of multiplayer options, it may just be the best hand held RPG available right now.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For all of Odin Sphere's innovations, few manage to have a meaningful impact upon gameplay, and the experience fails to gel into a cohesive whole as a result. [July 2007, p.56]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Terrian Saga: KR-17 is a loving tribute to glorious days of 32 bit sprite-based video games.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall, it’s is a gorgeous game that doesn't fully cultivate its Metroidvania roots, and while that’s a disappointment, there’s still enough fun to be had here to be worth a look.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Klei Entertainment has once again proven themselves to be at the forefront of creating endless replay value, all while wrecking backlogs near and far.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    For some people and maybe even for you, WipeOut Pulse is worth the effort involved and then some.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With well-conceived bosses, an exciting new snow setting, and a shiny new crown to put on your mantel, Crown of the Ivory King helps expand the Dark Souls II fiction into great territories.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thankfully, the Ultimate Edition is packed with so much content – eight different multiplayer modes, nineteen different maps and a six hour campaign – that players will be immediately hooked. Gears of War is a game truly worthy of remaking and The Coalition has done a bang up job doing so.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s truly impressive just how solid a game Ys: Memories of Celceta is. It has a lot of moving parts, and yet never once does it get lost in all its trying to do. Instead, all of its aspects feel polished, well-conceived and executed in tandem with a remarkable sense of precision. This is one of the Vita’s most prized RPGs, and realistically, one of its best titles.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dance Central is obviously the first of future iterations of a new franchise, with very slim pickings when it comes to features. Don't let that throw you off though, as it's one of the must own game of 2010.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Much like its predecessor, FIFA 16 is likely to be picked up by a brand new audience purely thanks to the fact that professional soccer is growing exponentially in popularity in North America. Thankfully, newcomers and veterans alike will find an excellent game of soccer that yet again takes advantage of the higher processing power of current-gen consoles to deliver an experience more realistic than ever.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire aren’t just great RPGs, they’re a great example as to why Pokémon might be the surest thing in gaming.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 doesn’t try to make any drastic changes, it’s still a worthy entry in the series.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s not the worst way to spend your time and money, but there are also much better local multiplayer games you could be playing instead.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Borderlands: The Handsome Collection isn’t the greatest remaster ever, nor is it the worst.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The actual amount of content added with the Storm Island DLC isn’t Earth-shattering, but there are a lot of new events thanks to the new locale and some new vehicles made with this terrain in mind.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite minor technical issues, though, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 is for the most part a polished and enjoyable golf sim.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The humor is consistent with some of the show’s best episodes, the visuals are wholly original for a game and the gameplay is surprisingly challenging and rewarding. As much of its humor is dependent on character references, those who aren’t avid viewers of the show probably won’t enjoy it, but you should remedy that if you fall into that category.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions is a solid reboot of a series that’s been gone far too long, and even if all of its experiments on the old formula don’t work, enough of them do to make it a game worth chasing as many high scores as you can manage.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones opens a lot of doors for the series. The Metroidvania overworld lets you learn and use the different gadgets in open-ended ways, offering ample opportunities to experiment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s cute, approachable by all, and most of all its addicting and creative gameplay can get its hooks in you pretty deep if you let it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What Asteroid Base has done here shouldn’t be brushed aside: this is a game that feels like some real effort and soul was put into it, and the result is a title that is emblematic of everything awesome about the independent game development scene.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those looking for a new 3DS game to sink at least 100 hours into should buy The Fafnir Knight; it’s the definitive Etrian Odyssey game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    N++
    Whether you’re someone who wants to play one of the toughest games of the year, or someone who just enjoys pure gameplay at its finest, you’re doing yourself a disservice not giving N++ a shot. You’ll die a million times, but every single one of those failures will remind you that success is just around the corner, and that’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As an experience, it's one of the most unforgettable of the generation, and overall one of the best games on PSN.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After a few submissive years, Konami has put forth a game that caters to soccer fans with superb flexibility for creative expression, fluid gameplay and astoundingly intelligent AI.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Antichamber is a giant, brilliant, stripped-down shot of pure mental exercise, delivered with a stark but colorful style and wrapped in an accessible FPS shell.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a single-player campaign, Blackrock Mountain isn’t quite as well-tuned as Curse of Naxxramas, but it makes up for that shortcoming by somehow being even funnier.
    • 82 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
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you've already played through another version, there’s enough extras to make the purchase entertaining; if you've never played Disgaea before, this is a great place to start.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lunar Knights is a game that manages to feel really fresh and original despite sticking to material that's as traditional as it gets in a video game. [Apr 2007, p.48]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Road to Gehenna expands the story and provides more of what made its parent game so incredibly playable, providing a welcome return to a lovely but ruined virtual world of puzzle-based first-person action.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Galak-Z is the very definition of awesome.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nuclear Throne is impeccably presented and tightly designed. There is enough variety in characters, upgrades and weapons to ensure that playthroughs never get repetitive and its visceral combat is a joy in itself. Its frustrating unfairness, however, holds it back and may alienate even hardcore roguelike fans.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sportsfriends is the most-fun party game I’ve played since the days of the original Mario Party.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still, despite being overly-casual, Trauma Team is an incredibly enjoyable game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Inventive lore, gorgeous art direction and clever use of RPG mechanics make Endless Legend an absolute treat.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    Whether you’re a fan of exceptional adventure games, science fiction, or even its apparent influences, there is a memorable adventure in Technobabylon backed by a believable setting and driven by a strong narrative.
    • 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
    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
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Firewatch is one of those games that you need to take a step back and think about after it’s over. This tense four-hour adventure might lead you to believe it’s going places it never goes, and while some might wish for a grander tale loaded with conspiracy, what’s actually there stands on its own as wonderful. A touching human story sprinkled with player agency, Firewatch succeeds in causing players to consider what it truly means to be alone.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a game that transcends its name and should be spoken of in the same breath as the genre’s best.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Splatoon is all about staying fresh, and despite its lack of content somehow manages to remain just as appealing after twenty hours as it was in its first.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dontnod created a stroke of genius with the ending of Episode 3: Chaos Theory, leaving an open-ended cliffhanger that is nothing short of the best jaw-dropping conclusion to any episodic title to date.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, 3D Fantasy Zone II W is better than its predecessor, though not by much of a margin.
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    From top to bottom, SuperChargers is clearly a labor of love and fully deserves the countless hours that people of all ages will be addicted to it.