Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,987 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.6 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
Lowest review score: 20 007 Legends
Score distribution:
1987 game reviews
    • 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
    • 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
    An absolute blast at every turn and just pure concentrated fun overall, Enter the Gungeon is an absolute gem that is not to be missed out on and Dodge Roll should be congratulated for it.
    • 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
    If Severed does turn out to be the Vita’s swan song, Sony can hang its hat knowing that the Vita’s last hurrah was a grade-A banger from a premier independent developer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Broken Age tells a concise, clever story and, more importantly, knows exactly where to leave off. There’s a sense of accomplishment and closure in the final moments of Act 1, but it still leaves you itching to know what’s coming next.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More visual improvements would have be nice, especially in Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Final Mix, but the package as a whole is good enough to make the visuals seem like an afterthought.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nidhogg is a polarizing game. Experiencing it the way it’s meant to be played (via local multiplayer) is a fantastically fun event. Without that, it’s easy to pick at the ways in which the game feels small.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With improvements and additions to the tried and true formula, the lackluster single-player can’t hold the game down — the explosive multiplayer playground simply must be experienced.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fun and charming with some nice extras to boot, Kalimba kick-starts Xbox One’s indie wave with a bang.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Madden NFL 15 marks a noticeable improvement for the long-standing franchise.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In many ways it feels like an expansion, but one that comes packed to the brim with new content.
    • 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
    Trackmania Turbo is the kind of game where you can easily spend an hour or more to perfect a 45 second run, constantly looking for sections of the track to do just a tiny bit better. If one run doesn’t work the next one will, and the only thing between you and the next attempt is the instant response of the reset.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a delightful experience, and acts as a reminder that sometimes a simple change of perspective is all you need to succeed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If there is one way to best describe the experience that Episode 5: Polarized has to offer, then it can easily be done through the word that Dontnod Entertainment specifically chose to feature in the title of the fifth and final episode for Life Is Strange. It will no doubt polarize people on whether or not they believe it’s a satisfying (or fulfilling) conclusion to what has been such a spectacular title.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combining the tried and true RPG elements of the series with exciting new 2D gameplay, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is a joy to play.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Helldivers is at first a fresh, rewarding, challenging experience that stands up to any other game in terms of quality.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The massive catalog of puzzles is incredibly enticing and the visuals give it a unique beauty.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault is a standalone title in the venerable franchise that is wholeheartedly worth exploring.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the season two debut failed to capitalize on the suspenseful tactics Telltale Games was able to integrate in the first season, Episode 2 has fixed that. It’s still a bit shorter than what we’ve grown accustomed to and the zombies feel tacked on rather than an actual story driven threat, but the hour and a half long episode is able to convince us that the drama within the group of survivors is much deeper than first expected.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only is Episode 3 of Tales from the Borderlands a fantastic entry into a fantastic series, but it sets the stage for a thrilling final two episodes.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Episode 4: Dark Room shows how far Dontnod has continued to push the limits of Life Is Strange, with every choice made, regardless of how significant it might be, having a real meaning behind it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A breath of fresh air in a stagnant, overpopulated marketplace of gritty shooters.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If anything, this game is a promising gateway to many future projects, but to consider this a successful blend between the franchises wouldn’t be true.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In the end, don't think about what you're not getting in Overlord: what you are getting is a hilarious, complex, unique experience. It's an absolute must-have for PC gamers. [Sept 2007, p.66]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Playing it after experiencing Forza Motorsport 5 makes it feel like, well, going back a console generation. The mechanics and features are as impressive as ever, but now that we’ve seen what cars can look like on the current generation of consoles, it’s hard going back. Still, it’s hard to fault the game for being released too late and it remains another thoughtful, expertly crafted racing experience. - See more at: http://www.hardcoregamer.com/2013/12/06/review-gran-turismo-6/64753/#sthash.bsOa86kF.dpuf
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I enjoyed MadWorld when it was fresh, but it’s so sad that I can’t enjoy it more just as I’ve gotten to know it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen for PC is a gem among the RPG genre, despite it being flawed in places.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bravely Second is without question another memorable, worthwhile and undeniably essential play for anyone striving to get their latest RPG fix.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While gameplay at the core is functional and multilayered, most won’t find themselves excited to play over and over again.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    On PS3, MLB 14: The Show is an excellent game; it’s just not much of an improvement over last year’s entry
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Terraria was utterly fantastic on PC, and has made a near-perfect jump to console.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a work of speculative fiction that allows the player to speculate for themselves, starting from a similar place each time but potentially reaching vastly different conclusions. It’s also a tightly-designed, well-balanced 4X game that is sure to consume many gamers’ free time in the coming months and years.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mutant Blobs Attack is a clever and stylish game, and while the its full potential is never entirely displayed, you’d be hard-pressed to find a game that makes mass destruction this adorable.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, though, Lost Winds is a wonderful little game, and a great promise of what’s to come.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The Bug Butcher is a good-humored throwback to an almost-forgotten series, updating the gameplay while preserving the heart of what made it great in the first place.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In short: come for Balthier, stay for the solid gameplay. It's a win-win situation. [Dec 2007, p.63]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Wasteland 2 Kickstarter backers will get what they paid for plus a few glitches they didn’t.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether or not Atlas Mugged hits as hard as Zer0 Sum is irrelevant; the fact that this series is shaping up to be something brilliant is the more important point here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Galactic Civilizations III is good (and I love the cutscenes which really build up the universe), it’s just not good enough to stand out in such a crowded market, particularly due to its endgame and micromanagement problems.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Given its somber tone and grueling difficulty, I’m not sure if I should refer to Brandish: The Dark Revenant as the PSP’s swan song or its funeral dirge, but either way it’s among the system’s best RPGs.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Freedom Planet is a love letter to SEGA fans, and newcomers are in store for a special gaming experience that they won’t experience elsewhere in this modern age.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It might not have the unbridled thrills of World of Warplanes nor does it possess the immediacy of World of Tanks, but World of Warships manages to fill a special spot for action gamers.
    • 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
    This is basically five standalone games wrapped into one deep package. While it will have DLC released for it, there’s enough content out of the box to keep players busy until the next Call of Duty and probably some time after that. The campaign is perfectly paced and entertaining throughout, the multiplayer is rich with customization and Zombies is refreshingly challenging. The only real black mark is a story teetering on the on the brink of pretension, but the existentialism of it is undeniably fascinating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s never a moment that pushes the boundaries of the console, but it feels like a 2015 PS4 title through and through. The main issue with this release is the fact that there’s not a whole lot of value here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is the definitive Danganronpa experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Affordable Space Adventures is a journey well worth embarking on, especially with a few friends.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Score-chasers, 16-bit enthusiasts, arcade-game aficionados and Sega addicts all need apply for this one; anyone outside of those groups may not get as much from it, but even still there’s fun to be had.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you love point and click adventures, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is everything you could possibly want and more.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance implements some of the smartest choices the series has seen since its debut in 2003, making this not only the best Disgaea game to date, but one of the best Strategy-RPGs available.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Bit.Trip is a must for anyone who owned any of the original games on the Wii, or heard of them and just wants to try them out. Their designs are simplistic in theory, but a riot to play.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    LEGO Marvel Super Heroes may be rough around the edges with a shaky sandbox setting, screen tearing and generic music, but it does right by the Marvel universe and offers an experience that can be loved by both devoted fans and children alike.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it may only take an hour or so to complete the main mission that acts as the prologue to the next game, the PC port of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes not only lives up to expectations, but surpasses them in creating an overly satisfying sandbox to sneak through.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This quirky, spastic shooter has rightfully earned its seat at the Indie Game Round Table.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re getting tired of swords and sorcery, or just looking for meaty tactical battles, few RPGs will satisfy you better.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of Disney, Star Wars, Tron, Pixar and just plain fun are going to have a blast in Disney Infinity 3.0.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Pix the Cat continues PastaGames’ reputation for making incredible bite-sized gaming experiences. There’s even a surprising amount of depth here thanks to its multiplier and variety of game modes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a shame the experience is so brief, but because this is an arcade title that only costs fifteen bucks to scoop up, it’s a nice amount of depth and a completely absurd amount of fun. It’s just funny that this may turn out to be one of the better things released this year and it started out as a joke.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl feels less like a remake and more like a full-fledged sequel.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    DariusBurst Chronicle Saviours is a welcome return for one of gaming’s longest-running series, digging deep into its history to create a modern shooter with a depth of content unmatched in its genre.
    • 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
    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
    • 70 Critic Score
    Longtime adventure fans should have little to no trouble decoding pictorial dialogue and should already be accustomed to carefully scanning each and every scene for objects, it’s just a shame that these caveats still persist in even in a modern point and click title with as much promise as Dropsy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Another winner for JapanStudio, Puppeteer is a strong addition to Sony’s increasingly impressive stable of first-party franchises.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It has some qualms, but on the whole it’s a success.