Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,997 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 Guitar Hero II
Lowest review score: 20 R.I.P.D. The Game
Score distribution:
1997 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite having a lot of flaws, Far Cry 4 is a lot of fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Sorcery! is one of the best games that this reviewer has played on the iPhone and iPad, offering a plethora of options and an excellent story.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse works just as well on a console as it did on a handheld.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you somehow missed the many opportunities to tryout Lara’s rebooted fiction, then the Definitive Edition offers a remedy for that.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Infamous is everything you could want in a single player experience, from its beautiful graphics to its amazing gameplay.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While a few more arenas would have been nice, this is the ultimate modern Bomberman, and one of the best multiplayer games around. [Oct 2007, p.66]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans looking for a compelling plot that will help reinforce and enhance the Persona fiction will unfortunately have to look elsewhere as the story mode drags its feet far too often. Regardless, the core mechanics of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will have you immersed, but only if you’re willing to put in the hours to master it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rare Replay isn’t without its minor hiccups, understandable in such a vast collection, but it’s something that should be in every Xbox One owner’s collection.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although it comes in the wake of dozens before it, Shadow of Mordor is the definitive Middle-earth experience. It smartly avoids trying to adapt already existing plot points, instead crafting its own unique story and overall experience.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a deep dark well filled with monsters and gems, equal parts platformer and reverse vertical shooter, and falling into its depths is the stuff that 1980s arcade dreams were made of.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Thanks to a solid understanding of core fighting game mechanics, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- is the installment fans have been waiting for.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    TxK
    Definitely take a look at TxK if you’ve ever enjoyed any version of Tempest. Heck, grab it even if you haven’t and give yourself a proper introduction to a truly great game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you are tired of recycled game play mechanics and just want to experience a downright fun soccer experience, Pro Evolution 2009 for Wii will deliver that and more.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While not a groundbreaking game like its predecessor Resident Evil 5 offers up one of the most fun co-op experiences to date. Any fan of the RE franchise or action games in general will find a lot of enjoyment in RE 5.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re someone who typically shrugs off indie games as somehow less meaningful then their AAA counterparts, you owe it to yourself to play Hyper Light Drifter. Alex Preston and his team have delivered a title that highlights everything great about the medium as a whole, it’s as simple as that.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Assassin's Creed III is a beautiful, sprawling adventure that proves to be one of the most, if not the most, ambitious titles ever created. Just when you think you have it figured out, an entirely new element is introduced that enriches it further, rendering it one of the least repetitive experiences to be had with a controller.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Make no mistake — it’s a compelling, challenging and rewarding JRPG in it’s own right, but with little fresh content and some lingering accessibility issues, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 might not be the title everyone was hoping it to be.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Halo 5: Guardians is a fine-tuned machine. It has a robust and highly addictive competitive multiplayer component, a large variety of aesthetically pleasing customizations and some of the tightest controls to ever grace a Halo title. Unfortunately, the campaign leaves much to be desired.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Darkest Dungeon is difficult, but not because its systems are unclear or unfair. In fact, the richness and complexity of its mechanics are miraculously transparent. What makes Darkest Dungeon challenging is balancing and equipping a party and the essentially unpredictable nature of the dungeons and combat.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There should be no doubt that Valkyria Chronicles is a modern classic that has earned each one of its fans and accolades. As the game rolls on, the battle system shows itself to be both complex and intuitive, with enough depth that hours can be lost in a blink. While some might be put off by ponderous exposition, the overall package is sublime. Players who have not experienced it before really should give it a shot, but as there is no brand new content to be found in the remaster, those who have played the original to death need to decide if a graphical upgrade and trophy support is worth purchasing again.
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is arguably the definitive version of Trine 2, offering more content and the ability to draw and aim with a touchscreen. While some of those controls can be a bit finicky when in the heat of battle, it does offer a fun and interactive way to play this brilliantly crafted game. Trine 2: Director's Cut does the Wii U's eShop a favor in creating a platformer that's both luscious and well designed and could easily go as a standalone product in some capacity. Even if you own the original, this is definitely worth checking out to see the enhancements.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its puzzles may be a bit lackluster but you’ll be too busy unraveling its dark secrets and conspiracies, worrying whether your character will survive the episode and terrified by the sudden sounds coming from next door to notice. Whether as feature film, TV series or episodic game, it matters little: bring on Season 3.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guacamelee! is a rich, fun, free-scrolling action platformer with a fantastic fighting engine, some truly tricky platforming challenges, and a vibrant style all its own.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While a bug-squishing patch would be nice, Civilization Revolution is an excellent revision of the series despite the trades it makes for accessibility over depth.
    • 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
    • 85 Critic Score
    This game is tightly designed and coded, contains tons of abilities to take advantage of, and is just downright fun.