Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,220 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 Halo: Reach
Lowest review score: 20 Super Black Bass 3D
Score distribution:
1,220 game reviews
    • 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
    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
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s not a game without its faults as friendly artificial intelligence can obstruct progress and I ran into a number of glitches throughout the campaign, but with an addictive multiplayer and some of the most creative ways in using the handheld’s technology, you’ll have a tough time finding another experience like this.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Don’t Starve is a fantastic, huge, deadly ball of entertainingly gothic survival.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So Many Me is an outstanding puzzle-platformer that fans of the genre should pick up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Baldur’s Gate II is not a game to be missed. With an epic story, memorable characters, hundreds of hours of dungeon crawling, questing and adventuring, Baldur’s Gate stands tall among the classics.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Amid the Ruins is an exhilarating adventure and the best episode thus far. It gives players drastic choices to partake in, not to mention building on the relationships between Clementine and her party.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Rock Band Blitz is a conflicting experience for hardcore fans. The game has its moments, but the most entertaining part of Rock Band has been effectively stripped from the game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a single-player campaign for Hearthstone, Curse of Naxxramas provides quite a bit of bang for your buck.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Charlie Murder is a much more complex game than fans of Ska Studios’ previous works will be expecting. It’s still a rebel, but this time there’s a cause to be found. RPG-lite elements, inviting co-op play, and zaniness combine to create a likeable, refreshing take on the brawler.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This makes Bejeweled Twist easily the best in the series, and brain-consumingly addictive to boot. [Dec 2008, p.56]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With tons of cars, multiple events and a fantastic multiplayer mode, Grid 2 is proof that the series deserves to rank among the upper echelon of racing franchises.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a solid debut for the franchise in North America and, at $19.99, an easy recommendation for RPG and soccer fans alike.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Soundodger+ is a lovely and brutal exercise in pure arcade music gaming.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s no doubt a value, and if you need your fix of The Walking Dead, then this will certainly tide you over until the second season, but don’t expect a consistent plot full of meaningful and difficult choices.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A very good game on a technical level, but falls short of satisfying because it feels far too similar to other games in the series.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Simple fun will only get you so far and players who are looking for a truly “next generation” experience right now will find that Dead Rising 3 simply doesn’t deliver.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It really hits the sweet spot that few games do: it’s forgiving enough for people who like simple, easygoing games to finish, but challenging enough for completionists to work at for days, even weeks on end.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ibb & Obb is an excellent puzzle platformer best enjoyed with a good friend and an open mind. Lightbulb moments where you finally devise an ingenious solution or conquer a frustrating segment are what make the game truly great, coupled with soothing visuals and a welcoming atmosphere. Grab a buddy, hop online, and pick it up. You don’t see games like this often enough anymore.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The debut of the Fox Engine signals exciting things to come for the series, already showing off some unique and realistic physics here. With improved player handling, new collision detection and the best visuals of the series, PES 2014 is simply another great soccer game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sure, it has a larger scope and a more intriguing storyline, but there are some questionable design choices mixed in with the thought of déjà vu. Regardless, Dead Space 3 retains its horror brilliance in offering a moody, atmospheric adventure full of exciting events.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It has its share of frustrating moments and doesn’t offer much gameplay depth, but at its best Outlast is an engaging and immersive horror experience that will have you clutching your controller in terror.
    • 78 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you liked the previous Top Spin games, or if you wish to study the grand, majestic sport of professional tennis, then you should definitely buy Top Spin 3. But if you want to play tennis, the game, then you should probably go snag a copy of Virtua Tennis 3 (or even Sega Superstars Tennis) on the cheap right now.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    From its insanely quirky characters to its underlying tragedy, D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die is oddity done right.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Wii owners waiting for the next big game will not find it in Excitebots: Trick Racing. It suffers from some over-responsive controls and lacks the depth of contemporaries like Mario Kart Wii.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix being a little rough around the edges, it’s still one of the best HD collections around. Things like the controls do take away from the overall experience, but these are fairly minor next to the value you’re getting. The updated graphics make it a must for fans or eager newcomers to experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though it doesn’t navigate through every hairpin turn with perfection, F1 2013 still manages to cross the finish line with an impressive lead on its competition.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman’s Mine is a reminder that while games come in many forms nowadays, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a classic adventure.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As far as free-to-play games with premium add-ons go, World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition does very little wrong.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, though, this is a bundle worth its price of admission for the first game alone, especially because it’s been taken care of so well by Namco in this remastering project.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Element4l is a terrific game that is perfectly balanced in everything that it sets out to accomplish.
    • 77 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Ubisoft has shown that it can deliver outstanding blockbuster AAA titles, its growing library of creative downloadable games should put EA and Activision on notice: this is how to be creative.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a downloadable title Scott Pilgrim is almost what everyone could want. It does nothing but pay homage to the ghosts of gaming past while it improves a long forgotten genre of gaming.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara packs together two splendid side-scrolling brawlers that have withstood the test of time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Universe at War is a good title, but it isn't without it's flaws. As-is, though, Universe at War is a comfortable ride. [Dec 2007, p.64]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While an excellent step in the right direction and a guaranteed hit among fans, the layperson may find too many faults to enjoy the experience extensively.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tower of Guns is an ass-kicking bullet-hell FPS arcade-style action, loaded with cool toys and unpredictable situations, and one of the most purely fun shooters I’ve seen in a very long time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Eldritch is brutally tough until you learn it, and then settles down to be pleasantly challenging, It’s a big random first-person dungeon crawl dripping with atmosphere, evil and fun in equal measure, and as a bonus you get to be a librarian reigning in the power of dark tomes of terrible knowledge.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a bit pricey, but if this is a genre that’s interesting to you, the time and perseverance needed to attain the title’s full enjoyment is well worth it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Sanctum 2 is still a tough game, it’s tough in smart substantive ways that add up. Opting for this instead of the punitive approach that Sanctum was built on has made for a far superior product in the form of Sanctum 2.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are those who would call a game such as this "shallow", and with good reason: most games like this are. However, most games that subscribe to this concept don't allow you the freedom of movement or tactics that Stranglehold does. [Nov 2007, p.56]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Strider hits all the right notes and winds up being an experience not soon forgotten.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is 2D fighting bliss, the likes of which we haven't seen since the heady heydays of Capcom, SNK, and Midway dominance. [Oct 2007, p.54]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those simply looking for a solid game of collegiate football should ignore all that, however, as NCAA Football 14 offers the same quality the series has been known for this generation with some great tweaks and implementations added. Madden 25 will likely take the crown for the best game of football this year, but those who make NCAA Football a yearly tradition have no reason not to add this solid addition to their collection.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’re a newcomer to Dragon’s Dogma, then this is the edition to get; otherwise, you’ll have to be an incredibly dedicated fan as there isn’t enough here to justify an upgrade.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If just a few nagging flaws would have been corrected, ZombiU could have been a revelation for the floundering genre. Still, with top-notch graphics, a huge world and great exploration elements in play, it remains a must-buy for the console for those with the patience to see it through.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is one problem with how simple this game is, though: it gets old quick. Usually these are the kind of games that players say “just one more” for several hours, but I didn’t catch myself saying that with Tomena Sanner. After a handful of stages it started to wear thin and I ended up doing multiple ten-minute sessions instead of a one-sitting playthrough.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’14 offers up a satisfying golf experience that will certainly please fans of the sport. Serious fans will get a lot of use out of the online modes, and the ability to relive key moments in the careers of legendary players should keep die-hards happy for a long time. The game is very accessible for newcomers as well, although they may want to either pick up an older game in the series or try out the demo before paying full price for the latest incarnation.
    • 77 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There are those who would call a game such as this "shallow", and with good reason: most games like this are. However, most games that subscribe to this concept don't allow you the freedom of movement or tactics that Stranglehold does. [Nov 2007, p.56]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just Dance 4 is a hard game not to like. It's completely unpretentious and simply exists to make you have fun, hopefully starting a party in the process.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While this latest "Mercury" may not be essential to the Wii's library as it was to the PSP's, it is essential to anyone who misses the glory days of endless puzzle platformers, or is serious about getting more game for their buck. [May 2007, p.54]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Attack of the Friday Monsters is a perfect bite-sized chunk of story-based gaming, and will easily blow past any cynical defenses to take up a warm and fuzzy place in your heart.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those who loved the original Peggle will easily get their money’s wortht out of its sequel.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate is purely for the hardcore fans of the series, or newcomers wanting to finally jump in.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you can ignore the more tasteless elements, you’ll find yourself being sucked into the world of République.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thankfully, 3D Dot Game Heroes is a memorable game that winds up being more than just an homage to the past. It takes the top-down Zelda formula and expands upon it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Gabriel Knight is absolutely a must-play game, but this is the absolute worst way to play it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is not much to be said about Green Day Rock Band that isn't covered by the simple fact that if you enjoy Green Day as a band, you will likely enjoy what the game has to offer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The visuals, interface, framerate and online matchmaking, combined with one of the best original soundtracks ever to grace a video game, make for impeccable production values. This is an experience that could have benefited from being open world, however, as well as having more varied combat and map design.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With period-authentic aesthetics and sharp writing, this point and click will keep you enthralled from beginning to end – and maybe teach you a thing or two about history along the way.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is not much to be said about Green Day Rock Band that isn't covered by the simple fact that if you enjoy Green Day as a band, you will likely enjoy what the game has to offer.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If it weren’t for the visuals, this would only be an average shooter with a kick-ass bow.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Armed with a new engine, Rome II looks great, plays smoothly, and will be a challenge to both veterans and novices.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While there are some nice tweaks to the affair, DOA fundamentally remains the same. Considering the loss of its Lead Designer, though, that must be considered a victory. Combat is as enjoyable as ever and the game looks better than previous incarnations. It's a natural step forward for the franchise that should soon lead to a next generation leap.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s a lot of good mining in the depths of SteamWorld Dig, and it stays fun from the basic beginnings to its chaotic ending. It’s not a bad little journey for a steambot that didn’t have a pickaxe to call his own when he showed up in town.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Gunslinger is one of the best downloadable shooters on consoles and easily the best entry in the series.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus is a short epilogue that may leave dedicated fans of the franchise a bit disappointed. Those that look past its length, however, will find an adventure worth having. The writing, humor and beloved characters are all there along with addicting classic Ratchet & Clank gameplay. Even with its flaws, you can’t really go wrong with this finale considering its low price tag.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Over the Moon have begun something very special with The Fall and you’ll be looking out for ARID again even months after you finish this intriguing opening act.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you love Contra games, chances are you already know that Contra ReBirth is worth the 1000 points. But if you’ve never played a Contra title, and want to see what the fuss is all about, Contra ReBirth is an outstanding example of why so many gamers consider Konami the masters of runnin’ and gunnin’.
    • 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
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bubble Bobble Plus is a decent update, but the 23-year-old is still the better game. [Summer 2009]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the lack of leniency, this game is definitely worth losing your hair over. It’ll kick you in the ass several times, but that’s honestly the best part about it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Mechanically it’s more of the same – which is to say that it’s a unique and deftly-constructed second-person stealth title.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a shame that so many people are opposed to the idea of a new-direction for the Divinity series. Even if its main story leaves much to be desired and some of its rules aren’t presented particularly well, Dragon Commander is a whole lot of fun. I urge everyone, even skeptical Divinity fans, to give Dragon Commander a shot — especially if they’re amused by the notion of a dragon wearing a jet pack.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clocking in at the better part of four hours, with a cost of 1000 Wii Points, each episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People will give hope monthly to those looking to support WiiWare.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The low challenge means the title has a relatively low lifespan, but you can get a solid week or so out of chasing down all the treasures and playing the minigames.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    MAG
    It may not be perfect on all fronts, but MAG certainly lives up to its name as a massive action game that caters towards those who want to experience tactical battles larger than those found almost anywhere else.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's the perfect PSP purchase for RPG fans, and a great way for genre newcomers to get their feet wet. [Sept 2007, p.61]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one of the most satisfying and complete tactical roleplaying experiences to come out of 2013 and realistically the last few years.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Undertow is an obnoxious, aggravating mess that, while trying something clever by combining a 2D twin-stick arena shooter with team-based gameplay, fails to be any fun whatsoever. [Spring 2008, p.61]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smartly aiming for psychological horror over cheap jump scares, it gets under the skin and effects the psyche. Unfortunately, it falls into the modern trappings of boasting too much firepower (Sebastian can look more like Rambo than a detective) at the cost of stealth and intelligence. Still, this is a bold and seductive experience that is seen too infrequently from major publishers these days.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare is an incredibly frustrating game to review as everything that’s here is great, but there’s simply not enough of it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This episode has a fairly basic story, driven forward by great character writing and a compelling air of mystery, but it’s plain to see that there are many dramatic, earth-shattering moments yet to come.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Crimson Shroud is an easy game to recommend for those into Dungeons and Dragons or with an affinity towar
    • 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
    • 50 Critic Score
    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is an unpolished, uninspired adventure where fun can be had with friends, but that time could be better spent elsewhere.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When it works, Demigod is a game with plenty of fun to be had and at times even rivals its source material.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s good to see that new life, by means of bizarre franchise combination, can be breathed into a nearly dead game series.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Statistically-minded individuals will enjoy delving into the surprising deep Owner portion of Connected Franchise, while older fans will love the opportunity to play as hall of fame players and the history tidbits of past Madden games shown during loading screens.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can put up with the grind, Samurai Warriors 4 is well worth your time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's awesome. Joker features the same style of RPG-lite storyline and team-based combat from the earlier "Monsters" games, only everything here has been prettied up. [Dec 2007, p.62]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Madden NFL 13 is the first Wii U port we've played that uses the console to make a notable impact on gameplay. Instead of simply throwing in disposable features, time was taken to ensure the GamePad was utilized to its full potential.