Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,153 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 Kentucky Route Zero - Act III
Lowest review score: 20 Gravity Badgers
Score distribution:
1,153 game reviews
    • 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
    • 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]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Calling All Cars is to the PS3 what "Hexic HD" was to the Xbox 360. [July 2007, p.68]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 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
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s a fun, attractive and surprisingly deep experience, therefore unable to be regarded as anything less than an emphatic success.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s for the thinkers; the true appreciators of fine-tuned designs and engaging puzzle solving. It’s a satisfying, refreshing and, most importantly, an incredibly fun romp through Team17’s take on a classic.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once you are willing to pony up your five bucks a month, though, Dungeon Runners becomes a surprisingly addictive time-waster. [Sept 2007, p.68]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham Origins doesn’t seem to realize its true potential, and because of it, falls short.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While Disney Infinity might be a precisely coordinated marketing strategy, it’s also a imaginative multimedia experience that will appeal to gamers of all ages. Kids will adore everything about it and adults will enjoy collecting their favorite expertly-crafted figures and seeing them in action.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Guided Fate Paradox is a niche game, but that shouldn’t scare off anyone who has a taste for Japanese RPGs.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The only real problem with the length is the pacing, with no indication given that you're on the last area and solving the final puzzle until, surprise!, end credits. It's analagous to reading a review that, while technically it's said everything it needs to, simply comes to a stop.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When you take all of the flaws and advancements with the game, The 40th Day really just balances out to be equal to if not slightly behind where the first one started.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When you look at it, Zeno Clash: Ultimate Edition is a pretty good package. You have a slightly flawed, yet still enjoyable seven hour campaign, and a couple of bonus modes that can be tackled with a friend on Xbox Live.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of old-school platformers, however, Yumi’s Odd Odyssey is a comprehensive collection of puzzles that will serve your palate well and well worth checking out on the eShop.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In 2013, this sixteen-year-old game feels fresh, revitalizing and just downright good. That’s an accomplishment all of its own.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whether you play with the keyboard/mouse setup or use a 360 pad, you’ll get solid controls. It’s a challenging, but rewarding game and its surreal audio/visual combination will be stuck in your head for quite some time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Where is my Heart? is an enjoyable puzzle platformer romp.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There really isn’t anything bad about the game, although the audio may not be to everyone’s liking, and the very nature of this being full of logic puzzles means it’s not going to be for everyone. If you’re prone to rage-quitting, this may not be the game for you, although perhaps its relaxed feel will put your mind at ease a bit and help you enjoy the experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tokyo Jungle is easily one of the best games this fall season, and is going to be cropping up in gaming conversations for years to come.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Until the bugs are ironed out, it’s just not worth the headache.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    PIQ2 is themed around measuring intelligence, but all it ends up doing is testing rote memorization and dexterity. [July 2007, p.63]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's an incredible shooter that feels like bullet hell with enemies replacing the bullets, but a little variation would have made it perfect. [Fall 2008, p.55]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're up for the challenge, They Bleed Pixels is a fast and fun action-platformer that will put all your reflexes to the test. It's utterly unapologetic about killing you, and because the controls are so smooth and precise every single failure feels exactly like it should- as something that could have been avoided if only you'd played better. It's not a game to play when you're looking to wind down at day's end, but bring all your skill and a load of patience, and They Bleed Pixels will make you feel like a magician with a gamepad.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What Did I Do to Deserve This, My Lord!? 2 is a good buy for those who loved the first game, but newcomers to the series should probably pick up the newly-discounted original game, as the complex and unpredictable gameplay certainly won't be for everyone
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The single player is disposable, albeit fun, but it’s irrelevant as there’s enough content in multiplayer to keep gamers busy for hundreds of hours until the next Call of Duty comes out.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even though Extreme Justice keeps throwing out issues such as bland foot missions and the uninteresting Challenges mode, it’s still got 30 levels of decent gaming wrapped in an entertainingly cheesy story.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Zumba Fitness: World Party is the next best thing to attending an actual Zumba class. This is the most polished iteration yet, featuring well-choreographed routines, impressive looking backdrops and a great lineup of hit and world music.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dance Central Spotlight will be a hard pill to swallow for the legions of rhythm fans burnt out on Rock Band DLC, but will suit those who’ve accepted DLC culture just fine. Cost-conscious gamers should proceed with caution because that $10 purchase price is just the beginning.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shadow Warrior has big guns, deadly blades, enemies ranging from small to enormous and enough explosions to satisfy even the most pyrotechnically enthusiastic gamer.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As a result of all the hard work, this is a rewarding game to play and one that everyone should experience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Your Shape: Fitness Evolved is a title that will require a lot of determination, but if you put in that time and effort, you will see the results.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    When you take all of the flaws and advancements with the game, The 40th Day really just balances out to be equal to if not slightly behind where the first one started.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Killzone: Shadow Fall is not a perfect game. It has design flaws and the story is lacking, but it’s a whole lot of fun and a great showcase for what the PS4 can do.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Life Goes On is a clever and fun puzzle/platformer with a surprising amount of replayability, and if that results in a few thousand dead minions, at least they left a helpful corpse behind.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, the tongue-in-cheek humor, combined with the rather engaging puzzle system and multiplayer capabilities, make this a rather infectious title.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a big universe out there, filled with beautiful sights, and while it can get a bit repetitive after a while, it’s worth setting out just to see what you can find.
    • 73 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    BandFuse: Rock Legends is the most technically impressive rhythm-game ever released.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s hard to think of another Big N game that has its heroine munching on monster flesh, so here’s hoping that Nintendo recognizes what a fantastic action-roleplaying experience they missed localizing and gives stateside players more of this kind of mature title in the future.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate HD presented MercurySteam with a chance to correct many of the original release’s problems and glaring issues. What we ended up getting was an airlifted port with the only new addition being online leaderboards. Sure, the gameplay is tighter on a controller, but that doesn’t make this lazy port any better than the original release.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a ton of excellent shooting arcade action in Under Defeat HD, and it's absolutely worth seeing what Dreamcast importers got to play 6 years ago.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The controls are smooth and accurrate and there are a good number of levels, but the overly-careful strategies needed make it more work than play. [Dec 2008, p.57]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There’s an audience for Strike Vector, but that audience needs a lot of patience and a high tolerance for failure.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Right now, as it stands, Cloud Chamber is an impressively grand experiment that’s well worth your time and money. If this seems up your alley, don’t wait — get into it while the getting is good.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Always Sometimes Monsters is a unique and distinctly powerful experience, but it is also deeply and undeniably flawed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Clan Wars is a worthy entry in the series, but even then, it’s good to hear that Team 17 is leaving the series alone for a while to work on something new.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F isn’t a game for most people. It’s earnestly dedicated towards its existing fanbase and doesn’t try to expand past that, making it even more astonishing that it made its way across the ocean
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After a string of rehashes, Team17 has done a fantastic job updating the series while keeping the core gameplay the same. With a polished presentation, attractive visuals and improved level design, we finally have a Worms game that doesn't feel like it emerged from a '90s time-capsule. The series remains as polarizing as ever, but those who enjoy the zany antics of the series will dig Worms Revolution.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It plays smoother, looks better than anything out there, and has a kick-ass soundtrack with a goofball announcer to boot. If you absolutely must recreate your childhood, then pick up the $40 pack, but most will be satisfied spending half that.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Soul Nomad is a surprisingly radical departure from type for NIS, and it's largely successful. It's just more frustrating than it needs to be. [Oct 2007, p.57]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fist Puncher‘s name fits it well. It’s a game where you punch a great many things and will have a lot of fun doing so. While that fun is hampered a bit with navigation problems, when those don’t crop up, it’s impossible to not enjoy yourself.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite its minor disappointments, I enjoyed White Wolf a lot, and it's clear that the developers at Her Interactive really know how to integrate story and gameplay and create a smooth production. [Sept 2007, p.63]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 73 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Every Vita owner needs to experience Murasaki Baby. By creating a personal and engaging story, all while wrapping it in a hypnotically original art design, Ovosonico have gone where most other developers fear to tread.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    With its budget price and most of its bizarre humor intact, you could most certainly do worse than pickking up a copy of Beautiful Katamari. [Dec 2007, p.65]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    After everything is said and done, Infamous: First Light is a solid standalone expansion to a great game, but because there weren’t any risks taken, it ends up being an uninspired adventure.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yeah, both games are a bit too talky, and somewhat short as well, but they deliver high octane giant robot action with grace and skill. Both games hit the ground running, give the player a ton of power, and don't let up on the energy until done.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As a result of all the hard work, this is a rewarding game to play and one that everyone should experience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These two ports prove that HD re-releases still have the potential to feel like more than cheap money-grabs; the seamless God of War Collection seems like it was meant for a handheld all along.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a price point of only $15, A Story About My Uncle is a must-own for anyone who loves games that make them think and can appreciate a good platforming challenge as well.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The PC version won a number of awards and the PS3 version holds up quite well. [June 2007, p.60]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Much like its title, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow — Mirror of Fate plays with multiple concepts attempting to garner widespread appeal, but would be better suited focusing on just one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As it is, though, it's merely a very fun game for those willing to overlook its problems. [Oct 2007, p.55]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    RACE Pro has compelling racing mechanics when it is just you versus the track, but it has more than a few rough patches elsewhere.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although the game modes may not be innovative, innovation doesn’t always spell fun, and that’s something Loadout has by the explosive crate-full.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Full Bore is a very entertaining puzzle game worth your time if you don’t mind a more cerebral experience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lichdom: Battlemage makes being a magic user feel properly badass, and if there’s a little bit of homework involved in creating the spells necessary for badass-dom? That’s just the price of being a mage.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite being only one level long, Cocoreccho! is packed to the brim with excellence and fun, and that one level is worth ten from any other game. [Nov 2007, p.66]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Adventures of Van Helsing is an excellent game that deserves to be played by those looking for an extremely well written experience and for fans of old school RPGs everywhere. With a game length that puts many AAA developers to shame, NeoCore Games punched well above their weight and succeeded where so many indie games have failed in the past.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Killzone: Shadow Fall – Intercept is a fun add-on to the base game and serves as a competent standalone product.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a back and forth battle, as it's an enjoyable experience, but one that falls short of the adventure game and technological standards many have come to expect. If there was only a little bit more polish, A New Beginning – Final Cut could have been a unforgettable adventure.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Played as a single game, it’s incredible, but as I was made to experience it, it falls a little short of greatness. I wish I were reviewing the full game, because the complete package deserves a higher score. The two halves compliment each other perfectly, but on their own, they are wanting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Offering up a new experience every time the mice finish their well-deserved cheese, Mousecraft is a refreshing experience for those in need of a complex puzzle game.
    • 72 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The developer is showing continued effort to tune it up on a regular basis so perhaps soon enough we’ll see the current issues fixed. Until then, it’s recommended for the more hardcore set of gamers who don’t mind dealing with unexpected hiccups on occasion. When it works as intended, Cloudbuilt is simply an exhilarating ride.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may not revolutionize, but Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes 2.0 Edition firmly establishes the property in the gaming landscape.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's nice to play a game that manages to be fun for the hardcore and casual alike. [Summer 2008, p.48]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Max: The Curse of Brotherhood doesn’t break any new ground, and should have had the option of using the Kinect for the drawing mechanic, but still delivers. It has rough edges, but overcomes most of them because the platforming is done well.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There’s the potential for a beautiful journey here, but Rain seems to be too content to wallow in its melancholy to create any real engaging gameplay. All the set pieces are present for a new nonviolent darling, but with the plodding narrative, uninspired gameplay, and often frustrating camera tied to environmental puzzles, Rain combines a string of mishaps rather than a heartwarming journey to save a little girl in need of a helping hand.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    LEGO The Hobbit is a fun little game that serves its purpose well.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Red Star is an amazing game; it's fast, fun, and loaded with variety. [July 2007, p.52]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Papo & Yo's story is powerful and riveting. The puzzles aren't numerous, but are highly imaginative, proving a puzzle game should never have to recycle material.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a solid fighting engine, plenty of room for customization, a copious offering of modes, delightfully oldschool graphics and sound and some solid controls, Battle Grounds is a game that should be played by anyone who loves nostalgic beat’em ups, especially ones that are very stylized and very Japanese.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It is a definite step back from The Dark Descent, but even several steps back makes this better than almost any other horror game released in the past decade.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Forced is a gleeful return to form for cooperative play and a nuanced single-player adventure with trials you’ll be scratching your head over for days. It can become needlessly difficult and frustrating at times, but in the end you’ll feel all the better for sticking with it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Those who want a puzzle game with simple mechanics, tons of replayability and is just plain fun should download Sparkle.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The inability to roast anything on two legs from an overpowering distance away aside, Divinity 2 is a solid RPG if you are looking for a nice real-time romp though a fleshed out fantasy world.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Last Tinker: City of Colors is certainly not for challenge junkies, but anyone looking for a downright pleasant experience full of charm and whimsy will not be disappointed.
    • 72 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.