Hooked Gamers' Scores

  • Games
For 349 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 The Swapper
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 35 out of 349
349 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aarklash: Legacy can take these criticisms holding its head up high. Its combat is among the most fun I have had in a party-based Action RPG in a long while and its art direction and visual fidelity are way, way up there.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a solid adventure in a wonderfully creative game world which will not disappoint.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even if it was an absolute perfect train sim title, none of the Train Simulator games are going to appeal to everyone. In fact, they probably still won’t appeal to the majority of gamers. That’s OK though, because these games are meant for the people that love the genre, and it wouldn’t be fair to judge them as something they’re not.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Arkham Origins is a very good but very familiar game. It lacks the spice of originality that made the previous two games great.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Escape Goat 2 is joyfully old-school, feeling very much like a lost NES title. Its soundtrack is even reminiscent of Castlevania’s. It’s also comparable to the recent puzzler Teslagrad, but it’s not quite as frustrating.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re a fan of mysteries, Murdered: Soul Suspect would be a worthy purchase.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Valiant Hearts isn't perfect...but it's still pretty great. It may not be completely tear-jerking, but it's still touching. The story may not be one I'll remember in detail decades from now, but it's still strong. The message may occasionally get lost in the gameplay, but it still rings true in the end.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Exploration is its defining quality, even as the puzzle solving elevates above other exploratory games. For this reason, Mind: Path to Thalamus is an easy recommendation, even if its story falls a little short. This is a game that should be experienced.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game becomes much more of a survival-horror title with the new available options, and if you’re new you can try both styles and decide for yourself. Otherwise, there’s really no reason to prefer the original over this remastering.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I would not recommend it as a single-player game. It simply doesn’t have enough flesh on the bones to be played that way for more than a few days. Fortunately, Crusader was never meant to be played alone.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the dismal showing of Call of Duty: Ghosts, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare shows that it’s not quite time to write off this series yet, and I just may be back next year to see if the improvements continue or if this game turned out to be just a fluke.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It takes what the last game did, and makes it better, but at the same time it's because of this that it doesn't break new ground.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    In reality, Dead Space 3 could almost be regarded as a stand-alone expansion pack for Dead Space 2. The single player gameplay is largely identical to the previous instalment. But, since I found Dead Space 2 an enjoyable experience, I find no fault with that at all.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Despite a few flaws, The Bridge is a very good puzzle game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    For the price, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Ultimate Edition has a huge amount of content and variety, and is certainly worth a look.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Crusader Kings II is definitely the deepest, and hardest to understand of all the games of its type, but there’s nothing else out there quite like it. The additions brought to the game by Sons of Abraham are plentiful, and probably stretch further than I encountered. It’s a good reason to jump back into the game if you enjoyed the original or any of the prior expansions. For new players though, it’s just as daunting as ever.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    With the old style platform gameplay, 2D pixellated graphics and some cool retro 8-bit style music (thrown in with some other cool looping tunes), Platformines feels like it should have been released decades ago. But the game is definitely a huge amount of fun to play.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    It’s tough to get into, as many games like this are, but if you are willing to put in the initial work, you are in for a long ride.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It is the quirky puzzles, the fun mini-puzzles and the humorous dialogue and references that make The Book of Unwritten Tales: The Creature Chronicles so enjoyable to play.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    This game is a welcome addition to the combat racing genre and although it adds nothing new to it, it holds up well against games like Twisted Metal. This genre is severely under-served on the PC and I encourage anyone who enjoyed the likes of Interstate ‘76 to pick this game up. It doesn’t have the story of that classic piece of gaming history, but the action and mayhem are definitely there.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Might & Magic X Legacy is not only a faithful tribute to one of gaming’s most lauded RPG series but also a solid, time devouring RPG.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Stronghold Kingdoms does deserve the honour of being the world’s first castle building MMO and it does -despite its presentation- do it well. The game’s depth and scope go beyond that of the regular Stronghold games and is guaranteed to keep your mind firmly lodged into medieval times for a long, long time.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Thunder Wolves is exactly what it promises to be and nothing more, nothing less. If you are in for some action, by all means give this game a try. But if you want more from your games than single-minded shooting and explosions, then look elsewhere.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Company of Heroes 2 is a wonderful game. The gameplay elements work remarkably well.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    When you die – and you will, a lot – the frustration is not because you weren’t expecting it, but because you know you can do better.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves is a brilliant game, peppered with original ideas, a unique setting, and an interesting premise. It is a clever amalgamation of asynchronous tower defense and synchronous brawling. It teems with pride and gusto, and should be lauded for attempting something bold, fresh and inimitable. It just needed a little more love, a little more time, and much better visuals.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    The foundations are there and the premise is one of the most original we have seen in recent times, but it’s just not quite fleshed out enough.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    There are plenty of missing features that may or may not be coming at a later date, but take it for what it is for the time being – a flawed experience, but one that's hugely rewarding when everything goes just right.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For all the moments of greatness that Brutal Legend has, it is brought down by a lack of unified gameplay structure.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Were it not for the fact that SimCity’s servers have been so broken, the above criticisms would have been all there was to complain about. Unfortunately, the decision to design SimCity to only work with an online connection is adding a truckload of other things.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Showdown Effect is a good game, and if you're a fan of platform-based competitive online, it's one of the best offerings available today.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All in all, the combat and gameplay is unchanged, and I’m OK with that. Even in a world of beautiful advanced RTS titles like Starcraft II the game holds up remarkably well.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Papo & Yo is a unique game. It handles its themes extremely well, and the world is simply amazing to behold. Though the game is not without its faults, chief among them a lack of difficulty and challenge, Papo & Yo should be played at least once. Trust me, the journey will be quite worth it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Taken as a whole, Stadium presents the best Trackmania 2 experience. It offers every feature found in last year’s Canyon and for half the price. More importantly, Stadium has adopted the bulk of the community, so new players would be advised to choose this better, cheaper option.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, PayDay 2 is an easy experience to recommend. The controls are familiar and, more importantly, tight. Make no mistake, Payday 2 is a tough game and demands that its players work together, but when coordinating with a good team, it provides one of the best cooperative experiences this year.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Regardless of how you prefer to play Worms, the potential of this drive for e-sports recognition is sure to add months, if not years, to the longevity of the game's popularity. I, for one, will definitely be adding my roster of worms to the virtual soup of manic mayhem that is Worms: Clan Wars.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes is without a doubt the best Elemental game to date.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Shadow Warrior is the reboot nobody seemed to ask for but are lucky to have gotten anyway. The game is good, bloody fun and a bloody good time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In an industry with dozens of titles vying for the top spot in their genre, stagnation is a death sentence, and I fear that without a change on par with the Modern Warfare revolution that rose the series to where it is, the spirit of Call of Duty is destined to soon become no more than a ghost.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    You get more than a simple head-basher. Instead, you have action, stealth, roleplaying, and even some light strategy that brings out the simulation in survival-sim. Your choices have weight. Zombies are deadly. The good guys don’t always win.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    However, I still wholeheartedly believe that Teslagrad is worth playing: Rain Games has made a fun twitch-puzzle platformer that both hits the right nostalgic notes while also carving out its own unique identity. There aren't enough games like this these days and despite its moments of extreme frustration, the game's beauty and charm were always enough to keep me playing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As it is, the game still comes recommended...but only for non-epileptic players who have a high tolerance for frustration.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While the developers may have missed their overall mark of mixing retro style with a story and a crafting system, what they did manage to pull off was the core game itself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Cloudbuilt is a fine game. It’s not a great game. It’s not a really good game. It’s fine.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sir, You Are Being Hunted is stock-full of superb dark humour that ties the game firmly to the country of its origin.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All in all, it's a rather depressing entry into the series. The storytelling is as good as ever, and players are sure to feel as much regret as they do with any other episode. But the lack of interactivity takes a heavy toll on the experience as a whole.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The gameplay Whispering Willows delivers serves its purpose, but it’s clear the developer’s aspirations were to immerse the player and draw them in. On that point, this freshman effort is a success.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All in all, King’s Bounty is starting to feel a little old. You explore the campaign map’s islands, fight chess-like battles with stacks of fantastical armies, cast spells to buff your units or hurl pain at those of the enemies and that’s pretty much it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Make no mistake, Alien: Isolation is several steps in the right direction for both the Alien franchise, and horror games in general.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    March of the Eagles is a great game, but it’s the same game you have played before.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    I don’t think Valley is the strongest of the three games which make up Trackmania 2 but you will still have fun if you play it. I certainly did, and will continue to do so. Now, if you’ll let me, I’m going to go and conquer that wall ride that’s been bugging me.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    It has some faults, but for the most part you’ll have a good time fighting and thinking your way through this game’s many levels.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    All in all, Nihilumbra is a short, but fun, puzzle platformer.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Overall, Thief is a quality game, particularly if you take the time to explore the side missions. If you go in expecting the game to be a solely stealth game or a remake of the original, you will probably be disappointed.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    You can play Marvel Heroes through without spending any money on it, and it will be a decent experience for you. However, the inelegant handling of multiple characters, along with the lack of any real difficulty means that it doesn’t quite reach the heights of other games in the genre. But it is the only game of its type where you can play as your favourite Marvel characters and that is certainly something that will draw many people in.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    OK, so The Bureau is different to what XCOM fans would be used to, but does that make it a bad game? As a squad based shooter, The Bureau is reasonably good.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Despite its issues, The Dark Eye: Demonicon remains a fun adventure that, while lacking polish, is an enjoyable journey through The Dark Eye setting.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Let’s be clear here: Ancient Space is definitely not a new Homeworld, nor should it have to be. It has found its own niche, applying the excellent balance and approachable tactics of the traditional RTS, and taking it into space with panache.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    When it comes to the fundamental elements that make up a point-and-click adventure, Randal’s Monday gets a lot right, but also makes some disappointing mistakes. Fans of Kevin Smith or of comedy adventures will want to at least give this one a shot, but make sure to have a walkthrough on standby – I assure you, you will need it.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    A solid title, a Kickstarter success story. Unfortunately, owing to a forgettable story, uninspiring missions, some wonky combat mechanics and the infrequent crash, it will not win any GOTY awards.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The new features and the new game modes certainly make the Cubemen 2 an improvement on the original and for the small price tag it is certainly worth a look.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Arma III is the best representation of realistic warfare I've seen to date, and I for one can't wait to see what the community cooks up for it. For now, however, it is a bit too skinny for its breeches.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    My initially negative impression started to melt away when I reached the second island. I don’t blame myself too much for that, as the game’s presentation at that stage is kind of bland and uninviting and especially its God-awful music needed switching off immediately. But sticking around a little longer, I started to appreciate what the game was trying to achieve; combining the therapeutic fun of slaying zombies with requiring players to apply their brain and look for ways to survive tomorrow as well as today.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    All in all A Walk in the Dark is a great game for a rainy afternoon, or to play in short bursts between work, school or other responsibilities. The piano-filled soundtrack does much to soothe the irritations of dying constantly so you won’t feel like throwing your keyboard at your screen - too - often.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Primarily marketed as a multiplayer game, I was a little disappointed to see that there are very few people playing online. Granted, I’m more of a single-player gamer and I enjoyed my time with the single-player missions but these are not fleshed out enough for me to want to play them over and over. The real Leviathan: Warships experience is meant to be consumed online where you compete against human players that employ ever changing tactics and unlimited surprises.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Vivid descriptions of the setting and the people you are talking to help to liven up the game, but never enough to make you forget that there is no voice acting. It also lacks the depth you would expect from something set in so rich a universe and, as it stands, Shadowrun Returns does not surpass a classification that goes beyond “a fun little RPG”.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Sacred 3 doesn’t do a whole lot wrong other than having lackluster writing. However, as has always been the case with the series, the action is very standard. There’s not a great deal of depth, but if you want to spend a few hours hacking and slashing your way through hordes of enemies, you could do a lot worse.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Akaneiro could stand on its own as a $20 game and, in fact, does if you would prefer to skip region unlocking entirely. Being free, however, makes it a much more compelling option. Without a need to spend cash, the whole game is still open to you, without penalty, and it's worth trying out.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Retrovirus is a functional shooter that suffers from difficulty spikes and a too-small online community. It’s like Tron with its wild conception of what the inside of a computer could be and breathes life into the lifeless. For a setting so well realized, and so much fun to explore, it is worth the cost of admission.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Shattered Haven is a decent game for its low price. It features a standard narrative with a few twists and turns to keep things interesting.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Defiance lacks the humor of Borderlands but retains all of the gun-hunting and combat that made that game great but the bugs and interface issues are a problem. Patches will surely address these but that does not take away from the fact that the game suffers for its week-one presentation. Even with the solid core to pick it back up, it may be difficult to convince people to come back. If you can get through its shortcomings, Defiance is well worth a look.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although Riptide features a New Game Plus mode, I find myself calling it a day. I enjoyed the game, just as I enjoyed the original, but that's the thing: I enjoyed it -just- as I enjoyed Dead Island. Riptide offers very little to keep the franchise fresh and instead focuses on giving us more of the same. For series newcomers, Riptide is undoubtedly the better game. As a fan, I was happy to receive it, but until a numbered sequel comes along, my time in the tropics is through.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With a little less linearity, some easing of the hand-holding, and more focus to what works in the story, a follow-up could be fantastic. For now, Remember Me is simply a 'Good' way to spend ten hours.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With over twenty hours of content and a paltry $8 price tag, Unepic is worth experiencing, even if to re-explore a childhood fantasy.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Deadpool is a game that suffers in ways that should probably bother me a lot more than they do, but there’s no doubting that I had a good time while playing it. I was entertained. I laughed out loud on more than a few occasions.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although Dusty Revenge is a fun game to play, it is rather short, has an uncompelling storyline and lacks that touch of polish that would make it more memorable.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall Deadfall Adventures is a mixed bag that does some things really well, some things so well, and a lot of things pretty average.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Oozi: Earth Adventure looks like it is a simple casual game, and it is, particularly on the easier levels. It is one of those games that you waltz though, with little frustration.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Little Racers: Street is a game I could see myself coming back to. I have taken issue with a lot of its quibbles but here is the fact of it: Little Racers: Street is a faithful recreation of the classic top-down racer with a lot of modern twists.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I was also impressed to see a game made on RPG Maker VX Ace that was so enjoyable - often the products of the RPG Maker series serve as a way for a creative mind to explore ideas, rather than making it to a level where it can actually capture an audience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's a lot of pleasure to be found here, if you can forgive the glowing neon warts.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In closure, Daylight as a whole does not reach the pinnacle of fear factors it strives for.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Contagion is a game that with continued patch support and new maps, has a true potential to be a contender against more popular zombie games out there. However, with the current state of the game I would have to tell the curious buyer to enter into it at their own risk.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All in all, War of the Vikings does an admirable job on all fronts. Although the combat is fun, battles can often end up as swing fests particularly when the servers are full and the battle is being played out on one of the smaller maps.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lifeless Planet is a really fun experience, but not a very good game. I’d still recommend it based on the entertainment I got from exploring the mysteries of the game’s world, but I wish I didn’t have to deal with questionable puzzles and mechanics to do so.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For veterans of the franchise, I imagine that Assault Squad 2 is another trip down into the deep, engaging pit that is the Men of War franchise. For everyone else, prepare to suffer a good, long time before you begin to master this complex game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Road Not Taken is a good little title.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Schrodinger’s Cat is a cute game with some unique and interesting mechanics. Not everyone will understand the humour, but you don’t have to in order to enjoy playing. There are frustrations and annoyances here and there, but the good outweighs the bad for the most part.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Most of the options available to you in Starpoint Gemini 2 will relate back in some way to the market and the economy. If there is an escape from its all-encompassing dullness, it can be found in restlessly wandering.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Lilly Looking Through is a charming little adventure with some unique and interesting mechanics that doesn’t quite do enough to become great. It’s short and sweet, but it’s hard to know who to market the game to.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    There are definitely some areas that could use a little polish - inventory and shop system, the save/load points, but those things aside, the game is fun to play.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    As a puzzle game, it has a lot of potential, but the level of difficulty and lack of any sort of help means I can only recommend it to fans of truly devious spacial puzzling; anyone after a lighter brain-teaser should look elsewhere.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Flockers is a great idea for a puzzle game, but it suffers from a lack of polish and some poor design choices.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Sadly, more seasoned adventure fans looking for a new challenge will not find it here, and are instead likely to be frustrated by the patchy attempts at diversifying the gameplay.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    The team at Brawsome have definitely aimed for the retro feel especially with the top-down pseudo-isometric view, reminiscent of the middle-era Ultima titles. The simple gameplay and controls make this a game that anyone can play in short bursts or for extended periods, and with the addictive nature of the puzzles be prepared to look at the clock and wonder where the time has gone.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    As it is, there are too many frustrations, and I didn’t feel compelled to keep playing on the merit of the puzzles alone. You will get a lot of hours out of it for your money though, along with an engaging storyline.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Megabyte Punch is a decent length for the price, especially if you factor in the tournament mode and custom fight modes outside of the main story.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Shelter certainly doesn’t outstay its welcome, clocking in at just over an hour for an entire playthrough. It’s a short game with just a few levels, but given the lack of variety it is probably a good thing it’s not much longer.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Despite the lack of a storyline (apart from the opening cinematic), Violett does reasonably well in keeping itself interesting.