Hardcore Gamer Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 1,114 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 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Space Giraffe
Lowest review score: 20 007 Legends
Score distribution:
1,114 game reviews
    • 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
    • 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]
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    • 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
    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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
    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
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you can ignore the more tasteless elements, you’ll find yourself being sucked into the world of République.
    • 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
    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
    • 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]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bubble Bobble Plus is a decent update, but the 23-year-old is still the better game. [Summer 2009]
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    • 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
    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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
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    • 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
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The crux of the problem with In Sheep’s Clothing is that we’re still not getting much in the way of payoff. A lot of questions are answered, sure, but the episode presents itself as one final buildup to the confrontation with The Crooked Man.
    • 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]
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    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Traditionally, games that needed to carve out a niche for themselves within the crowded shooter genre have done so by introducing a new gimmick. Nanostray 2 relies instead on pure polish.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The "Worms" series has been around for years, but it's finally found the perfect home on Live Arcade. [May 2007, p.68]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Reus is a game of giants walking the earth, and an epic contraption whose pleasantly rewarding output wrests a world teeming with life from a dead planet’s skin.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A more intimate affair rather than a blockbuster, it recalls terrific classic elements that have been sorely missed, easily besting the latest main-series entry.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Tropico 5 managed to disappoint more than it excited.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Much like how Saints Row is a damn good GTA clone, Dante’s Inferno is the best God of War clone yet that should be enjoyed be all.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Noby Noby Boy is weird, but that's ok. Less game than activity, there's no point other than what you decide there ought to be. [Summer 2009]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re looking to laugh a lot, and maybe even think about stuff just a little bit, give it a play.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    In reality though, Etrian Odyssey is a challenging, ballsy, rewarding game that gives the otherwise stagnant RPG genre a swift, much-needed kick in the ass. [June 2007, p.62]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Tidalis is a puzzle game for everyone. It has the charm and personality for casual players while keeping the most elite players coming back for more with the challenging trial and puzzle modes
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ring Runner: Flight of the Sages is the sort of project Kickstarter was built for: two brothers, nary a lick of development experience between them, making a game inspired by the favorites of their youth. It’s got all the rough edges and more that you’d expect from such a team, but it’s also brimming with ambition and heart.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fans of the old school adventure games should definitely enjoy the combination of exploration and puzzles the game offers and Anodyne is a nice throwback to a type of game that you simply can’t find any more.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can approach the game with a forgiving nature, however, there’s sights to see that will stay with you long after the small piece of willpower necessary to push on has been forgotten.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    New players should choose Re;Birth over the PS3 original, while fans who haven’t yet worn out on the series’ charm should jump back in. The new Plan system and revamped battles make Re;Birth a much better game than its predecessor.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end, AquaPazza: AquaPlus Dream Match is a steal for its budget price.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It breaks my heart to even talk about The Night of the Rabbit in a negative manner because, while it has its issues, it’s still an imaginative experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It doesn’t seem fair to say Culdcept SAGA is bad, because it’s not. Still, it’s missing too many obvious features to really pass muster as well-designed software.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Grid Autosport is far from a pick-up and play racing game, but franchise veterans and those willing to spend the time mastering its intricacies will find it all the more rewarding for it.
    • 75 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game engine is silky smooth and, for the PSP, quite detailed and amazing. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better-looking game on the PSP. Combat is neither easy nor shallow, and you’ll soon find that with multiple heads in your inventory, Fred can pull off a wide variety of moves.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After three commendable HD ports, Sanzaru Games has done a perfect job capturing the essence of Sucker Punch’s original trilogy. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time features not only the addictive gameplay the series is known for, but the humorous and charming tone it’s loved for.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You just have to be willing to put up with a really boring card game to get to all the good stuff, and there's something depressing about that. [June 2007, p.59]
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    • 75 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those who experienced Guilty Gear XX Accent Core first on the PlayStation 2 back in 2009 will feel right at home with Plus, as it looks and feels the same - which is both a positive and a negative. Overall, though, the transition to this console generation has been kind to Accent Core Plus, with astoundingly deep mechanics that still play impeccably in the year 2013.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Nihilumbra is the kind of game that many will look over because they think they’ve played things like it hundreds of times before. It’s not. This is a project filled with incredibly smart puzzle design and an important message at its core.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi is an excellent example of how to pen a visual novel without a horrific female lead, and an intriguing tale to boot. This is a gripping read, with the mystery surrounding Chizuru’s father taking center stage rather than the romance plots.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a tremendously unique, wildly creative endeavor that is a blast to play and even more enjoyable to listen to.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a unique and fun shooter boasting a far more vibrant color palette and better default soundtrack than Beat Hazard. Vertical shooter fans will adore it, as will those with extensive music collections.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In the end, Hohokum often seems content with simply being strange rather than evolving into something transcendent.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For the $29.99 price tag, The Dark Eye: Drakensang, offers you a full 40 hours of well-written story filled with missions and side quests to complete.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Guardians of Middle-Earth is a very pleasant surprise. A well-crafted title that fans of either RTSes or tower defense games will enjoy, the season pass setup ($14.99 by itself, or $29.99 with the full game via retail) ensures that new content will be coming for quite a while to this already jam-packed downloadable title. Those in the mood for a relatively easy to learn RTS-style game or with Hobbit-fever will find a lot to like here.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Looking back over my experience, I can safely say that Yuji Naka delivered once again at creating a simple, fun, and challenging platforming game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Chili Con Carnage is much better at sparking a racially-charged debate than it is at being and entertaining product. [Apr 2007, p.50]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Calling All Cars is to the PS3 what "Hexic HD" was to the Xbox 360. [July 2007, p.68]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is the kind of title that has niche written all over it in bold, flashing letters, but if this happens to be your flavor of niche, you’re in for quite the treat.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Awesomenauts was an easy recommendation before, and with the addition of new characters and other improvements, Assemble! is a must-have both for those who haven’t experienced the game and veterans who want to play the best possible console version. Anyone who enjoys run and gun shooters or action platformers will enjoy this, and it’s a perfect gateway game to the MOBA genre.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re sick of the run and gun nature of Call of Duty but find the simulation aspects of something like Arma a bit too daunting, Insurgency is the perfect middle ground, and a supremely enjoyable multiplayer experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Army of Two is definitely one of those "love it or hate it" games. If you manage to "get" the game mechanics, there’s definitely quite a bit to enjoy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Few games in recent years offer the immeasurable amount of content offered in Disgaea D2. With a 35 hour campaign, multiple endings to complete, side-missions, an expansive and randomly generated item world, thousands of character customization options and endlessly replyable levels, the series didn’t really need to make many improvements or changes to remain a true value.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Those looking for a truly rewarding challenge are better off looking elsewhere.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Played with one of the other supported controllers, though, Sky Crawlers will deliver all of the above, but nothing else new to the genre.