Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,784 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 51% higher than the average critic
  • 8% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Mark of the Ninja
Lowest review score: 20 SPOGS Racing
Score distribution:
1784 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Metro Redux doesn’t provide enough new content to be worth repurchasing except for the most die-hard fans, but if you haven’t experienced the masterful adaptation of Glukhovsky’s series yet, fix that mistake and get Metro Redux on the double.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even seventeen years on it still stands taller than just about every other game that built upon its foundations. Aesthetically speaking, almost no game of its era has aged quite as gracefully, and even with the remastered visuals turned off it still looks great.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Axiom Verge is absolutely worth your time if you’re a fan of old-school Metroidvania games, but even if you’re not, it’ll still be a lot of fun.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wealth of Nations adds real depth to the game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its unflinching tendency to do things that were not part of its predecessor’s legacy will solidify it as not only its own game, but the best role-playing experience on Wii U.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This game is tightly designed and coded, contains tons of abilities to take advantage of, and is just downright fun.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Criterion Games have once again proved that they're the pinnacle development team at Electronic Arts and will lead the Need for Speed franchise into a brighter future. While there are some shortcomings, such as poor map navigation and some rubber-banding issues, Most Wanted is an adrenaline-pumping racer that will leave you with sweaty palms.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Whether you’re a skater (like myself) or simply a gamer who likes to virtually tear it up, Skate 2 offers a fairly complex control scheme that rewards those who dig into the moves with one of the most bold, creative, and downright fun games, like evar.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If someone is looking for one of the most entrancing, addictive RPGs on the 3DS, then they should not hesitate to run as quickly as they can to their nearest game store to purchase Legends of the Titan; it’s certainly worth every penny of its price tag, and then some.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That being said, DJ Hero is a quite fresh approach to the rhythm genre despite the areas where it obviously falters. It’s certainly an expensive game to grab, but its unique style of play and well-done mashups do a good job towards warranting it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Resogun is an incredibly fun game, but not much more than that.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Shift shows a lot of potential for the series and will go down as one of the best racing games of 2009.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Whether you’re a skater (like myself) or simply a gamer who likes to virtually tear it up, Skate 2 offers a fairly complex control scheme that rewards those who dig into the moves with one of the most bold, creative, and downright fun games, like evar.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Do not dismiss Borderlands as “just another shooter.” Co-op play is all the rage in FPS games these days, and not only is it featured here, but it is encouraged.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Fallout 4 contains what should go down as the best open world in the history of this medium considering the sheer wealth of meaningful content packed into it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A few technical limitations show that Vita may still not be the ideal platform to play on - but for now it is by far the best handheld option available.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New Super Mario Bros. U plays it safe in the right areas while providing enough new things and challenge to make it worth not only playing, but coming back to for series veterans. Featuring tons of platforming fun, it plays wonderfully on both the GamePad and Wii Remote and has the best level design of any New SMB-series game to date. A notable improvement from NSMB 2, it does just the right amount of new things to seem different from past games, while still giving fans what they expect in a Super Mario Bros. title.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’ve somehow managed to stay away from the phenomenon this entire time, then Ultra Street Fighter IV is the perfect gateway to becoming a World Warrior.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Virtue's Last Reward follows up on 999 wonderfully and delivers everything you'd want in a sequel. It's got the same kind of creepy soundtrack and cerebral gameplay 999's fans will love, but done far better. Part of that is due to it being more user-friendly, making VLR an easy recommendation for anyone who missed out on 999. Everything about how VLR plays is improved, resulting in a better experience in every way imaginable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cry Wolf serves as a satisfying conclusion to The Wolf Among Us, delivering on all the promise that previous episodes held.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Leo’s Fortune is conceptually, stylistically and mechanically one of the best iOS games on the market.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There’s a strong variety of unique puzzles, and with the gorgeous world that can be taken-in, Trine 2 ends up being a luscious adventure. If you haven’t had the chance to pick it up on the many platforms it has been released on, then now is the best time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A year later, its still hard to say bad things about this compilation. Final Fantasy X is still one of the best installments in the franchise, and the fresh coat of paint is a delightful treat.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the fluid and highly enjoyable combat remain intact, the restructuring of collectibles and scenarios such as the final boss tarnish the experience. That’s not to mention that the Definitive Edition doesn’t hold a candle to the two year old PC version from a visual standpoint as there’s a lack of anisotropic filtering and a shinier gloss to Dante’s skin.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With a kickass, overcharged aesthetic and silky-smooth mechanics, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma is one of the finest fighting games available today.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On the whole, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D offers up one of the most challenging and rewarding platforming adventures in recent memory. Take note, developers, this is how a port should be done.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lara Croft GO is a great adventure-puzzler, filled with clever problems that require either a nice amount of thought or a lot of trial and error, and usually end up with a good combination of both being used before finally earning a victory.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With Darksiders II, the franchise has cemented itself as an essential property among the likes of Devil May Cry and God of War. Even with the scale increasing in practically every area, the game manages to be less intimidating than its predecessor.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shin Megami Tensei IV manages to meet its hype in some respects and fall short of it in others. Its combat is stronger than ever, adding in components that are deep, unique and reward the strategically-inclined, while the character customization options will excite those who like to build their ideal fighter.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Between the new campaign and Firefight mode, Halo 3: ODST shows that the Halo franchise can have a Spartan-free title that can still rise up to the same level of entertainment that is to be expected from the series.