Hooked Gamers' Scores

  • Games
For 747 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 11% same as the average critic
  • 34% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Fallout 4
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 88 out of 747
747 game reviews
    • 66 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    That said, it’s still Saints Row, and there’s still a ton of fun to be had up front before the activities start repeating themselves.
    • 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.
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    • 74 Critic Score
    Cook, Serve, Delicious! isn’t trying to impress you that much, it is just all serving up a healthy dose of fun with a side helping of frenzied action.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    All in all, Nihilumbra is a short, but fun, puzzle platformer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Although Assassin's Creed Rogue has many similarities to both Assassin's Creed III and Blag Flag, it does combine the main gameplay features of sailing, exploration and combat rather well.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    March of the Eagles is a great game, but it’s the same game you have played before.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The Metronomicon comes together in a neat package which rhythm game fans will certainly get a deal of enjoyment out of. The soundtrack is varied, with highlights being songs from the likes of Perturbator, however it’s likely you will dislike just as many songs as you do like. Bringing in the RPG elements makes this game stand out from other rhythm games, and there’s enough here to keep you going through the end of the game and beyond.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Mafia III does most things right, though. It is an enjoyable game, one that has probably the best licensed soundtracks for a game outside of a music-based game. The combat and cover mechanics work really and the cut-scenes allow the story to progress smoothly in the wonderfully presented city of New Bordeaux.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Anyone who plays adventure games for deep stories and complex characters should definitely avoid this one, but players looking for a short, surreal point & click will undoubtedly enjoy their time in the Bunker if they can look past the flawed gameplay experience.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Overall, the story was interesting, the puzzles had just the right mix of challenge and logic, and I enjoyed almost every minute of playing. Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton Hall didn't disappoint and kept me riveted until it was over, too soon. I'll be looking forward to the next instalment in the Nancy Drew series – though I might wait until I have some real free time before I buy it!
    • 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.
    • 57 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.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    LA Cops is a heap of fun. And although the missions are all somewhat similar, they are a joy to complete.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Verdun is a game that should appeal to any FPS fans looking for something different.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Thankfully for Samurai Warriors 4-II, the core of the game works well enough that despite its flaws it’s still a very, very fun game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Ain't pretty but plays well.
    • 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
    • 72 Critic Score
    The game has taken an interesting departure from its predecessor and I found myself slightly preferring the first game. That’s probably just down to my own personal preference in genres so if a deck-building / action-RPG / Rogue-like hybrid appeals to you, Forced Showdown is worth your time and money.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The Masterplan succeeds in making everything from the triumphant heists, close scrapes and complete wash-outs, interesting – you’ll just have to work for them.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    From top to tail-pipe, Car Mechanic Simulator 2015 is every bit a fun game, but it doesn't always live up to its predecessor. Much has been improved in terms of added variety in cars, but there are still many areas that feel under-developed and lacking in substance, even in comparison to that earlier title.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    I don’t think anyone will consider Viking: Wolves of Midgard’s hack & slash play as anything novel but some of its other innovations are very welcome. The environment forcing you to take some time to recover is a nice little feature but the town building aspect is what I enjoyed the most. It sounds like a simple enough addition but the impact on character progression and the relevance of loot and materials should not be overlooked. What you do during a mission, or rather bring from one, actually matters beyond a few gold coins in your inventory. Fun? Fun.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    If circle strafing, weapon switching, and sci-fi monster killing is right up your alley, then Desync is an easy recommendation if you’re willing to deal with some obscure menus and high difficulty. It’s got a lot of style, and the combo kills feel great when you’re in the zone, but resist the temptation to get pulled in if you’re looking for a game to blow off steam. Desync will have you on edge and frustrated for a lot of the time while playing it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Overall, Cyto is an entertaining experience, and it's been put together very competently, but there's little here that hasn't been seen before.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Despite the somewhat slow pace, there are some neat ideas in Convoy and I quite enjoyed my time playing it. Combat is interesting, even if it can become quite formulaic over time, especially when you have to restart the game fairly often.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Dirty Bomb is an addictive game. Even though I was often handed my ass on a platter by gamers with more skill, I was still enjoying myself for much of the time.
    • 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.
    • 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”.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    And while console gamers have an overabundance of fighting games to choose from, Ninja Storm 4 is one of the few AAA fighting games that has transitioned to PC, so that in itself gets a thumbs up from me.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It is not your run of the mill city builder and it is hard to market something so different from the norm. That difference is not just a weakness, though, it is also a strength. I can guarantee you that you’ve not played anything like this before and the community - is - figuring it out, slowly. Urban Empire is a breath of fresh air and for that reason alone it is worth checking out.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In Lego Marvel’s Avengers, the developers have placed the focus squarely on combat then discovering the hidden special items through smashing bricks and puzzle solving holding up the rear. And although I did enjoy my journey through the Lego-themed scenes from the Avengers movies, I can say I didn't quite enjoy myself as much as I have in the past.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Major Mayhem is an entertaining little game that manages to charm despite its limitations. With a cute art style and simple yet effective gameplay, it remains a fun side-scroller.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I never got the chance to play the original Planescape Torment, and so I wasn’t totally sure what to expect with Tides of Numenera. But the game brings with it a story that is wonderfully detailed. Each choice you make and each person you meet along your journey seems to alter the course of the game and those within Numenera. And this is to be commended. Unfortunately, though, many may feel that there is not enough action or combat, and I’d probably agree with them. The game did take me a long time to warm up to it and I’m still not totally sure if it was worth the time I’ve spent. But the story has drawn me in as I delve further into the story of the land and its characters. With some wonderful visuals and some beautiful locations, Torment: Tides of Numenera is well worth a look for RPG enthusiasts.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Crookz: The Big Heist is a game with a lot of options, but not enough of a sandbox to use them all in. A bit of the unknown would be nice to liven up the action a bit.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a love letter to the nostalgia of the ‘80s cartoon, despite its high points the game feels fleeting and leaves you wishing for the full potential of the licence to be realised.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a world full of interesting characters and visuals with some promising gameplay mechanics, but it ends too soon.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For JRPG fans, Shadows of Adam is comfort food. It’s simple, to the point, and does a great job of distilling what made many of us connect with the genre in the first place. The story is not particularly compelling and it may be a bit bland at times, but its firm roots in nostalgia create a pleasant experience that I do not regret playing.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With smart writing, an incredibly off-putting atmosphere, and a low enough price and run time to fit into anyone’s schedule, NORTH is a little game that you’ll remember for a long time.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Valhalla Hills is all in all, a strong little RTS, with enough going on under the surface to satisfy most fans of the genre.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Probably the best thing about République is its evolution and the improvements made in the later episodes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For those looking for the most beautiful or moving game ever, whether visually or from a narrative state, move on. For those who are looking for pure action, you're getting a bit warmer but still quite a ways off. If you want a game filled with a mix of puzzles and combat that leans more towards the former, then you're right on the money.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fun spin on a serious profession, ability to play in any city is a great touch, gradual challenge build is welcome.
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    • 70 Critic Score
    Get this game if you're looking for something to play at the next gamer get-together. Don't if you're looking for a solid single player experience.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All things considered, I did enjoy Grow Up but it doesn't seem to have grown up much at all.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game is a cute little time killer which starts off as an innocent little game for kids but gets more complex pretty fast, demanding a level of tactical thinking I have yet to experience in a simplistic mobile game such as this.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Frantic gameplay keeps you on the edge of your seat though, and the storyline is engaging enough to give you the motivation to start another mission. The true heroes of the game, however, are the comprehensive boss fights which add flavor where it is needed most.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The price won't hurt your wallet and at $7.99, you owe it to yourself to at least try it if you're itching for a point and click adventure.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So AR-K: The Great Escape is an interesting one. Despite its lackluster opening and questionable delivery, it manages to grow on you.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, it's a decent co-op experience - I just wish it was harder.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Splatter lets you blow up pretty much anything you see. A big part of the fun is that you can just walk into a room and lay waste to everything. It's like Michael Bay: The Game: windows will explode, beds will explode, tables will explode, toilets will explode, cars will explode.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's a lot of pleasure to be found here, if you can forgive the glowing neon warts.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Just go play this game, because it deserves a look, and it will be interesting to see what Jon Oldblood’s mind gives us in the future.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Four Last Things is a short, silly, entertaining point-and-click adventure game that pays homage to the genre’s late 80’s roots with a sprinkle of that decade’s funnybone-dust, all wrapped up in a renaissance aesthetic style that makes the experience unique. If you can look past the miniscule production values, and if you’re a big enough Pythonian a heart, you’ll sink right into Four Last Things.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sheltered is a good little game that just becomes bogged down with all the little details.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For the short few hours Talent Not Included lasts, I was entertained. You can easily finish it in an evening and the price tag might be a little steep for its length, but perhaps if you share it with a friend it will become worth it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game suffers from some pacing issues, both with a mostly unexciting and forgettable campaign tale and some very high XP requirements for unit progression, but it’s also got redeeming qualities in a great visual style, distinct faction playstyles, and a plethora of strategic unit options.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Plenty of references for Star Wars fanatics. A decent amount of in-game table alterations.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    TransOcean 2: Rivals is a decent game that is having some trouble leaving the starting blocks.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There is a good measure of fun to be had with Offworld Trading Company, but it’s a bit like ordering a vanilla ice cream dessert and being served pistachio instead – it will be enjoyable but it’s not quite what you wanted.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you do have the patience to spend five minutes setting up your turns, and dig the idea of taking a team of mercenaries into battle, then the game’s concept, aesthetics and complexity will give you a challenge that you have a right to brag about for years to come.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There’s no story, and no other modes to speak of. Thankfully, the action makes up for it in most places.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I’m happy to say that despite my initial worries about their pay model, Nightbanes is a fun, casual card game for people that don’t want to invest a ton of money on physical sets or spend days just trying to learn a complicated system.
    • 59 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Road Not Taken is a good little title.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Leaving the controversy at the door, Hatred is a solid 90's isometric action game, with 80's horror cheese, and cringe inducing parodying of what is considered edgy.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The narrative is over the top in its environmentalist messages that are laid out in text form and hit you over the head like a frying pan. The soundtrack doesn't quite know its place, and the art is passing, but fails when there's nothing to look at but the backgrounds. These sorts of things interrupt the tone, but in situations where the game's parts all work together - which is most of the time - The Aquatic Adventures of the Last Human is a subtle and solemn exploration of a new, but old world.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When all is said and done, Starward Rogue is a solid title and may be worth roguelike fans’ attention if they stumble upon it.
    • 70 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you are looking for a 2D side-scroller then there are better ones out there. But few manage to do it with quite as much nostalgic charm as this.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In Too Deep does well at introducing Michonne as a mentally unstable, seemingly cold-hearted character, but fails to deliver a wholly compelling opening episode.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a game for the patient, as you’ll be spending a lot of time paused and micromanaging.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Max isn't a bad game. It has some fun puzzles, pretty graphics, and in general things work as they should. Almost everything about it is perfectly decent.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Looking beyond the aesthetics, fans of the genre will find a pretty deep business simulation that is worth exploring. The challenge increases along with the height of your tower and stays challenging right until the very end, though there will be some quiet, less exciting times somewhere along the way.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is a game to play when you are waiting around for something, need to quickly blow off some steam, or if you’re a maniacal completionist. The depth behind the simplistic control scheme is impressive up to a point, until it all starts to get a bit samey.
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In closure, Daylight as a whole does not reach the pinnacle of fear factors it strives for.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The setting is lovely, with nature taking hold of the waterlogged city. The day night cycles add a living atmosphere to the setting, and the appearance of the sea monsters add some further drama to the story. And although I loved the telling of the stories and the landscape in which Miku finds herself, there isn't quite enough variation in gameplay to keep players interested for longer than necessary.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lucius II: The Prophecy is a much more fun experience than the original, but its flaws are pretty obvious.
    • 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.