Hooked Gamers' Scores

  • Games
For 346 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Metro: 2033 Redux
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 346
346 game reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Swapper is a game that perfectly blends gameplay, story, aesthetics, and mood to shine as a perfect experience of the type of experience only video games can deliver.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Whether you have played the original or not, this is a game for anyone seeking atmosphere, story, and FPS gameplay blended into something amazing. Do not miss this experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    In Gone Home, there are moments of fear, moments of joy, moments of sadness, and moments of peace. In the end, there is acceptance, the kind which comes from a tale naturally concluded and a chapter neatly closed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Gunpoint is fun, innovative, simple, engaging and a whole host of adjectives that would take far too much time to write out. So I will say this instead: Play this game because you won’t regret it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Long in the making, Divinity: Original Sin offers the beautifully deep intricacies of an old-school RPG that does not in any way feel old-fashioned. What a great and unique experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments is hands down the best detective game I've ever played and one of the most enjoyable experiences of the 2014 gaming year so far.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The variety and attention to detail in a game about repetition is quite incredible. At times decisions you make will even influence future gameplay.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Perhaps most surprising is just how broadly the game appeals. Those looking for a challenge will certainly find one, but lovers of immersive storytelling can be captivated by Pinwheel and the patient’s memories without the puzzles getting in the way.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Legend of Grimrock II is better than the original in every regard: more freedom, better character progression, better enemies, better puzzles and better environmental variety. Those who liked the first one will definitely love the sequel!
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    It is always a concern when developers attempt a reboot or remake of a classic game, and whether or not it will live up to the high expectations that gamers of the original have. Tomb Raider is one of the few that have lived up to the expectations.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But the wonderful storyline and the memorable characters help to make the unbelievable believable. Despite the change in scenery, Columbia still exhibits the BioShock feel that was evident in Rapture.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Playing Dyad is nothing short of mesmerizing. The rapid blend of color and sound draw you into the experience like no other and refuse to let go. While it may seem overwhelming, the smart build up ensures it remains manageable, even for players unfamiliar with this style of game. While the achievement system is a bit of a let down, the gameplay and replayability more than make up for it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is very well done and interesting to play and with the option of four player co-op, which means four Van Helsings and four Lady Katarinas, I cannot but give the game my highest recommendation for any Action RPG fan looking for a thrilling experience. Get this game, dear reader. You will not be disappointed.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fez
    Fez is a marvel of a game. Rotating its 2D world on the third axis transforms what would otherwise be a forgettable platformer into an instant classic. Paired with smart and satisfying puzzles, Fez provides hours of entertainment at a budget price. It is disappointing that PC controls and additional content come up short but the quality is unquestionable. Fez is a must buy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Element4l is founded on solid mechanics, fresh gameplay, and a undeniable sense of style.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For the patient gamer willing to spend time with a game and learn its quirks, Expeditions: Conquistador is a definite boon. The branching storyline, seeing the long-term consequences of your actions and the already-mentioned people and equipment management will assuredly entertain those who used to play Sid Meier’s Pirates! and new fans alike. For me personally, this is one of the best and most unique games that I’ve played this year.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Raven: Legacy of the Master Thief is an easy experience to recommend. The mystery is well-written and expertly delivered. At times, it feels as if gameplay is a support to narrative instead of the other way around, but it remains cleverly crafted and fun.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a first entry in a five episode series, The Wolf Among Us: Faith is an exciting game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing: Complete Pack really is the ultimate Van Helsing experience. It offers all the attractions of the original game, adding enough new flavor to keep you coming back for more.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are refinements still to be made but Black Flag is a stunning return to form worthy of any gamer’s time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But I digress, for those bugs do not take away from my overall impression of King Arthur’s Gold, which is a great multiplayer game that stands out from the crowd by being something that embraces lunacy and remains grounded with simple mechanics that allow for a variety of strategies.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game could have come out ten years ago, and it would have been great then, but it's great now too. That's the very definition of timeless.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Insurgency is a breath of fresh air and I can easily see myself playing it every chance I get.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A House Divided ends with one hell of a cliffhanger—arguably one of the worst cliffhangers in the series. The wait for Episode 3 will be very difficult... but if Episode 2's quality is any indication, it will also be very much worth it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you wanted TESO to be a Skyrim sequel, you're going to be disappointed. If you wanted it to be another World of Warcraft clone, then stick to Lord of the Rings Online. If you are looking for something fresh in a familiar setting then you are in for a feast.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Between the lovely aesthetics And the brilliant combat system It becomes a thing of true beauty Full of joy and true wisdom
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Van Helsing II eclipses its predecessor in almost every way.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It all blends into a winning mix that sees Tropico going from strength to strength delivering a fresh take on a concept that has captivated city-builder fans since the turn of the century. More than a decade after its inception, Tropico is still getting better and has me hooked all over again.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s peaceful, intellectually rewarding, and of all things a stress reliever. Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube, is great.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the story never reaches the level of Bioshock or Portal 2, Wolfenstein: The New Order is a great experience both narratively and gameplay-wise, and has way more heart than it has any right to.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Fall is a great story, well told, and it's thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Taking everything into consideration, it's safe to say that Xenonauts is a must play for any fan of turn based strategy games, as it is one that I'll be playing for some time to come.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Terrian Saga: KR-17 is simply a must play for anyone looking for a new platformer, or anyone looking to recapture the days of old.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    OlliOlli is a fun, even exhilarating, game. As a long-time fan of the skateboard genre, I stand in awe at how well Roll-7 has been able to translate the experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Endless Legend is not a fast game, but if you prefer your games deep and thoughtful, then it is this game that will put your brain to task.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may be a mixed bag of hits and misses, but when all of those misses have nothing to do with the gameplay itself, that's a very good thing.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall- Director’s Cut is the best available version of an already great game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sins of the Fathers is an excellent point-and-click adventure offering a strong and engaging story.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In my time with World of Warcraft, I can say without a shadow of a doubt that Warlords of Draenor is the best expansion yet to the game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Once I got going, I found it hard to stop running, jumping, sliding and smashing my way through the hundred and twenty levels Runner 2 had to offer. The gorgeous visuals combined with the fantastic soundtrack and addictive gameplay make this an excellent game, and it is great value for money.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    I’m not sure there is enough extra content to warrant a purchase from FIFA 13 unless you’re a diehard fan and want the up to date player lists, but if it’s been a couple of years since you’ve looked at a FIFA title, then there is no reason why you shouldn’t be getting FIFA 14.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The Banner Saga’s mature and gripping story, sublime visuals and soundtrack, and engaging gameplay make for a game that’s worth raising the banner for.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A few things hold it back from being a complete success, but these can largely be overlooked in favor of all the things the game does right. Never before has a game made four words fill me with such excitement and anticipation. "Pilot, prepare for Titanfall."
    • 80 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Once you have maybe 10 hours of gameplay under your belt, you will start to appreciate the subtle changes that the upgradable heroes and combat mechanics bring, and thus the equally subtle innovations that Triumph Studios has made throughout the game.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The overarching story itself is fairly generic - the world is in peril and only you can fix it - but the bits and pieces that it is made up of are all colourful and entertaining.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It is elegant gameplay combined with a nice social commentary on the side which makes it unique, and I can’t recall the number of times I smiled as I performed a perfect combo.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Although frustratingly hard in places, most of the time Monaco is a delight to play. It looks great, has a wonderfully fitting soundtrack, and has simple gameplay while maintaining a high level of precision required to be really successful.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Overall Saints Row IV is a marvellously enjoyable game, while still suffering from a few of the complaints that the series has always had. The main quests are great, and although the side missions are not painful to play, they don’t pack the same punch. If you played and enjoyed Saints Row The Third, then picking up this sequel is a must. Equally if you’re looking for a game that lets you act like a badass with special powers, this might be a better superhero game than many others that are actually billed as such.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While the Scale User Interface is the true hero of this release, it would not exist if it weren’t in the service of Baldur’s Gate II and its expansion. If there was ever a good time to replay Shadows of Amn or to sink your teeth into its considerable flesh for the very first time, then it is now.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It doesn't live up to the admittedly high expectations, lacks in presentation and feels more like an expansion than a standalone game. Yet what it does do, is deliver fun by the bucketload.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    So if you are looking for a thrilling Pacific theatre WWII shooter and don’t mind having to master it to gain the respect of your fellow players, you should definitely be playing Rising Storm right now.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Despite the occasional control annoyance and underdeveloped trait system, this is a fantastic game that I am going to spend many more hours with to continue building my legacy.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Regardless of its length, Guacamelee is a fine platformer that is lighthearted and entertaining, with plenty of things to fight and laugh about along the way.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The blood curdling story which has you twisting between empathy and loathing is truly fantastic, and it’s one of the best reasons to put aside any fears you may have and play this great game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you are a seasoned turn-based strategy gamer, you can really sink your teeth into this one and get a run for your money. If you are not, you will still get both that run for your money and a crash course in applied survivor tactics.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Pinball FX2 is just good fun if you fancy a quick game of pinball. The ball physics are great, the visuals are top notch and, barring some dodgy voice acting here and there, the audio adds to the experience too.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is essentially a shooter, but it is a good shooter for any fan of the Wild West. The story is enjoyable and the little twists and turns along the way keep it interesting and even funny even though you are basically doing the same thing over and over again: shooting at minions until you get to the final encounter of each scene.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite these minor criticisms, the game is brilliant. Having played it both with friends and alone, it is obvious that this game is -supposed- to be played with friends. When playing alone, it feels a bit repetitive, but when you add two friends screaming commands in your ear and a third one laughing manically as he plots your demise, this game is pure candy. If you enjoy playing this kind of game with friends, you will love Dungeonland. If you are a friendless loner, however, you might want to give it a miss.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It may not be filled with as much variety as I would have liked to see in a god game, but Reus nails down its core mechanics and creates a very enjoyable game in the process.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Aside from that one small complaint, Knights of Pen & Paper is a tribute to games from the 8 bit era as well as to pen & paper role-playing. There is an unmistakable charm in the simplistic 8 bit looks and musical score and the game hits a level of immersion that rivals many a triple-A title. Simply put, they don’t make ‘m like this anymore.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    CastleStorm isn't a perfect game but it's definitely a good one. It may not have been the successor to Zen Pinball 2 that we expected, but it is definitely one worth our time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Europa Universalis IV won’t be for everyone, but those who like grand scale strategies that Paradox has been renowned for will find this an enjoyable experience. The game had me playing well into the nights and if that is any indication of a great game, then Europa Universalis IV passes the test.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    When they've sorted everything out, Total War: Rome 2 could well be regarded as the best of the series, as when the game plays as intended, the grand scale campaigns and the battles within, are a joy to experience. The simple interface belies the depth of the game as you control your chosen nation in both a civic capacity and as a general on the battlefield.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Goodbye Deponia is the last chapter in the Deponia series and without going into any spoilers, I'll tell you this: you have to play this game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A perfect mix of humour and intrigue is what separates Broken Sword from other games out there. It's not as foreign and “silly” as Deponia, not as serious as Gabriel Knight and Agatha Christie, not as incredible (in the literal meaning of the word), as The Next Big Thing. Broken Sword is just Broken Sword. There is no comparison.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Zoink! has produced a game which is both smart and funny, one which both challenges convention and embraces it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Taken on its own, “All That Remains” is somewhat problematic, but its flaws are easy to look past if you remember that it is only the first of five episodes.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Revengeance isn’t a perfect game but it sure is a fun one, and it made the jump to PC with ease.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Banished challenges you to give your best and if you provide, it will reward. Perhaps you need to be a bit of a masochist to enjoy the game, but it is easily the most fun I have had in a sandbox city builder in a long time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Last Tinker: City of Colors is appropriate for kids but oodles of fun for adults as well. It's both a love letter to its inspirations, and a true successor to them. If you're at all interested in this game, be assured that it is more than worthy of your time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Gripes with the latter stages aside, Shovel Knight is still a fantastic game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Telltale's episodic adventure game series The Walking Dead is nearing the end of its second season, with the penultimate episode, Amid the Ruins, paving the way for what's sure to be a brutal season finale.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dead Rising 3 had big shoes to fill, following in the wake of two games that had huge impact on the gaming community. While it is by no means a perfect game, and falls slightly behind the original Dead Rising, it is a welcome breath of fresh air into an otherwise stale zombie genre.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The game draws you in deeper with every new area that you explore. Even when you don’t take the time to read its extensive dialogue, the struggle to survive on the barren wasteland and the sometimes nail biting battles in which each bullet counts will make you want to devour this game from start to end.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Styx: Master of Shadows may not come out swinging, it may not become a household name, but it doesn't have to be. Treasure always teases the eyes of those who want it, and Styx has all the makings of a potential sleeper hit.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you played the original Wings! all those years ago, then you'll definitely enjoy the Wings! Remastered Edition. If you're a newcomer, there should be nothing stopping you from picking up a copy. Wings! Remastered Edition does everything right.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    What struck me most was the potential. Omerta is a good game but if it succeeds, it has the potential to be a great game. Add opposing AI gangs and allow for turf wars to occur, shrink the building sizes on the strategic maps and give players control over many more buildings, and you have a strategy title that has no equal and is infinitely playable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    You will probably only get a few hours out of it before you start to feel like you are repeating yourself, but those hours will grip you fully.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    It’s silly, but in a way everyone can enjoy, and most importantly, it’s a lot of fun to play with friends. Which is fitting, because that’s what the game is all about: friendship.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Combined with the great Boss Battles, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is definitely a must-have for Borderlands fans and should be high on the wishlist for everyone else.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Antichamber impressed me from start to finish with the variety and complexity of its puzzles. I never felt like I had to repeat the same tasks over and over, and my mind was always being engaged.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The single player mission is a tad on the short side (although I have recently played Borderlands 2 and that has a lengthy main story in comparison) and as was the case with the original Crysis, sort of peters out near the end, but the multiplayer modes make up for it.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Once you have figured out what the game expects of you, it is hugely addictive. Toki Tori 2+ is a brilliant, charming puzzle platformer that will keep you entertained (though frustrated) for hours. And without the hand-holding, solving those tough puzzles is all the more rewarding.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Beatbuddy’s soundtrack is simply fantastic, and the way it changes as you play is unique and interesting to play around with. The levels are long enough that you quickly become accustomed to each song and start humming along as you solve the simple puzzles. The overall length of the game is somewhat lacking, but the time I did spend playing was very enjoyable.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    All in all, Rise of Venice is a bit like a new flavor of Ben & Jerry’s. It is new, exciting and heartwarmingly familiar to anyone who has tasted the other flavors before.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Whether you are a fan of jazz or punk, Jazzpunk is certainly something you need in your life.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    GRID Autosport is definitely a fun game to play. It is one that anyone can pick up and play without having a working knowledge of the intricacies of a motor vehicle.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    The team at Double Fine have succeeded in creating a truly unique game, and I can guarantee you haven’t played anything like this before, but it’s tempered by the ever-present sense that it could’ve done with just a little more time in the oven.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    If you're planning on buying Battlefield 4 purely for the singleplayer campaign, then I'd strongly advise against it. Yes, the visuals are amazing, audio - especially the voice acting - is top notch and the game runs smoother than the previous instalment in the series. But the story was a little underwhelming, and frankly, a little on the short side. Luckily the multiplayer aspect of the game is superb, making up for any shortcomings of the campaign.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Despite the camera angle and controller issues, Dark Souls II is a great game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    If the team at EA Sports gets the balance right between attack and defence, this game would be near perfect. But as it stands, FIFA 15 feels like a slightly improved version of FIFA 14, a game that itself was near footballing perfection.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The graphics ooze style, and the tentative use of sound and music throughout the game is excellent. The story, while lacking in strong details, intrigued me to the point that I did not mind the lack of actual game to be found.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anodyne is a game that, despite one very problematic gameplay element, manages to play with a tried and true genre and create something new and exciting.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just like the zombies that the Resident Evil brand was built on, Revelations proves that there might be life after death (or at least severe downward spiral) after all.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’ve played the original Metro title, you’ll definitely want to pick this one up. But, like me, if you hadn’t set foot in the Metro landscape before, then you might wish you had given the quality of the sequel.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Indeed, if you are a gamer that doesn’t spend much time in a single sitting, then GRID 2 will suit because of the short, speedy events. I was personally disappointed by the short length of the Endurance races, but can overlook my disappointment somewhat. The rest of the game plays really well.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 isn’t a substitute for the real game, but it’s clear that it’s not trying to be. Its narrower scope of cards and options work well to introduce new players to the game, as well as give veterans a quick fix.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you know what you’re signing up for - incredibly hard gameplay followed by a lot of repetition - then you will definitely enjoy it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Playing Outlast means embracing that horror and walking in it. Even with a handful of small issues, this is a game that will repeatedly make you jump from your seat and for that alone it is worth a recommendation.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Memoria is a very well designed adventure game that is neither too challenging nor too easy, and features a surprisingly well crafted story to supplement its many puzzles. And despite some technical hiccups, it manages to remain a memorable experience to the very end. If you want to enjoy a good old fashioned fantasy adventure, you could certainly do worse than Memoria.