Hooked Gamers' Scores

  • Games
For 693 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 56% higher than the average critic
  • 11% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Metro: 2033 Redux
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 79 out of 693
693 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is PC gaming personified.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I had extremely high expectations for Fallout 4. I was so concerned that Fallout 4 might not live up to them that I nearly ran back to Fallout 3 and forget about the whole thing. Fallout 4 does not just live up to the expectations, it surpasses it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Kojima and his team saved the best for last, bringing the long running story of Big Boss to a close with a bang in gameplay, though a slightly stumbling run in the story. Despite that, the Phantom Pain a must play.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Since picking the game up, I've already sunk over 40 hours into it and I don't see that stopping any time soon. We are back to what Battlefield is all about, and it's never been better as far as the multiplayer is concerned. It is the stuff dreams are made of, the very thing that Battlefield 1942 strived to be all those years ago but was limited by hardware at the time. It may not be the single player experience some people may be looking for, but for the multiplayer massive-scale shooter fan, this belongs in your library of games. It has crawled through the mud, bludgeoned previous entries, and taken its rightful place as my favorite Battlefield game to date.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It is an outstanding creation I highly encourage anyone to go out and buy this game.
    • 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.
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    • 95 Critic Score
    Another World is a short experience, and those five words are the only negative ones I can come up with. Despite getting (embarrassingly) stuck on some puzzles, and having to play the game’s last sequence a few times, I finished the game in about five hours. Yet I didn’t feel gipped, I didn’t feel let down, or like there should have been more to it. As I watched the game’s ending, I just felt a sense of satisfaction. This was five hours of my time that I enjoyed immensely, frustration-inducing moments and all.
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    • 95 Critic Score
    If you don't already own Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion, now is the time to jump in on an expansive and overall great experience that any RTS fan can easily embrace.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Though it should've come out ages ago, and PC gamers have every right to feel like they were put on the backburner, Rockstar North has tried to make sure that Grand Theft Auto V for PC is the ultimate version. If you ask me overall, they've succeeded.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Regardless of a few small issues, Stardew Valley is a successful send-up to Harvest Moon that truly comes from the heart.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The Bug Butcher is an addictive game for all the right reasons, and one that should be on everyone’s radar.
    • 85 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!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Both paid DLC packs and free updates are planned to bring about new cars and cosmetic changes, and if developer support continues, Rocket League could turn into something truly special. Even as it is though, it quickly became one of my favourite games of the year, in a year where we’ve already had a huge number of great titles.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    There are about 300 other games that have come out in November that I need to play, but I haven’t loaded up a single one of them since I first launched Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Pretty, fast, and fun, Lost Orbit makes it sound like being lost in space might not be all bad after all.
    • 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.
    • 78 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tadpole Treble is a game for children, specifically for the child that still exists in everyone. It uses music as a mechanic in a way that I haven’t really seen before. The excellent soundtrack, fun gameplay, and great level editor makes Tadpole Treble a game for the “kidult” in all of us.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a game that shows there’s still plenty of power in punk.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may not be perfect, but for something so ambitious it's off to a pretty grand start.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you love horror games, Kholat is one game that will give you a delectably terrifying experience.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Well Blizzard, it looks like you have a fantastic new IP on your hands because Overwatch comes just shy of perfection with addicting enough gameplay to ensure people stay hooked in the same way they stay hooked on your other long standing games.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall- Director’s Cut is the best available version of an already great game.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Insurgency is a breath of fresh air and I can easily see myself playing it every chance I get.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Three Fourths Home is not for everyone. But it is an experience that, as short as it may be, is worthwhile to play. Through the options it presents you and it’s wonderful aesthetic, Three Fourths Home is a game that I would recommend to anyone who wants to try something new.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    Like its predecessors, it brings something unique to the 4X table that goes beyond the sum of its parts.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Virginia is a really, really cool little piece of media as long as you know what you’re getting yourself into.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a shooter, it’s an oddity, a gimmick that may not appeal to people who want to shoot things. As a puzzle game, it’s up there with Portal.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sins of the Fathers is an excellent point-and-click adventure offering a strong and engaging story.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Red Hook Studios' Darkest Dungeon is one of the most compelling Lovecraftian video games ever made.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a game that appeals to all gamers, not just fans of rhythm games, but it’s a damn good rhythm game regardless.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a first entry in a five episode series, The Wolf Among Us: Faith is an exciting game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Divide by Sheep is a fantastically addictive example of modern puzzle gaming.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dying Light just stepped up the game in a genre that has gone stale. Color me impressed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    iNK Stories Studio has raised the bar in real-world based narrative, and it will be exciting to see what they deliver next.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game reminds me vaguely of a kind of Mount and Blade in space, which should be good news for those of you looking for a sci-fi game with those elements, because in my eyes they are hard to really find. But I know that Ceres is not going to be for everyone and I highly suggest you see if you can get your hands on a demo before you go ahead and purchase it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Broken Isles, New Dungeons, PVP "Honor Leveling", and World Quests offer more than enough to sate hungry fans on the next leg of the journey of World of Warcraft.
    • 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.
    • 82 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Survival games seem to be a dime dozen recently, but The Solus Project is doing enough differently to earn its place in gamers’ libraries.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Homeworld: Deserts Kharak not only sets a new standard for RTS games, it proves that there is a lot more the genre has to offer yet.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mortal Kombat X is ridiculous amount of fun, maintaining the core of what’s made the franchise successful while evolving enough to stay relevant.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Banner Saga 2 is a slight improvement on an already excellent game and the wait for the third game in the series is going to be even more painful than it was for the second.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, the best thing about Audioshield is the ability to add any song from your personal music library to interact with in an all-encompassing environment, making every other rhythm game obsolete.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Poly Bridge is a game beautiful in its simplicity, doing everything a good physics-based puzzle game should do.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Van Helsing II eclipses its predecessor in almost every way.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I may have failed beautifully in managing my city, but Cities: Skylines allows me to create a vast, complex ecosystem of a city that I can call my own, and it does so with style and grace.
    • 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.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    Pool Nation VR is a polished, fun game that does what every good early entry for a new device should do- showcases what it does that those coming before it couldn’t and does it well. Here’s to hoping that there are more like it to come. [Tested with Vive]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While not everything has panned out as brilliantly as I had hoped, I have to say this is the most fun I’ve had with a Civilization game since III (I know - heresy).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Fall is a great story, well told, and it's thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for a deep sim, this game isn’t going to be quite deep enough to satiate your hunger. If you’re looking for constant guided goals and challenges, you’ll run out soon enough. Where Planet Coaster’s long-term legs are going to reside is with the people like me that simply enjoy the thrill of the build. It’s easy to sink hours into, even if you’re just trying to design a building or tweak some scenery. Quite simply, it’s the sequel that RollerCoaster Tycoon games of yore really deserve.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Playing the remastered Homeworlds is a trip through memory lane. Carried by the original’s fantastic story, the series has been restored to the point that it feels and plays like a brand new game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Total War: Warhammer seems like what the Total War franchise should have been all along, and after playing it I’m not sure I want to go back to the real-world Europe or Asia again anytime soon. Above all else, I don’t think I can stand losing the personality the battles have adopted. While it’s cool to see real historical figures and eras, games here just seem so much more alive. Total War: Warhammer has become the best of both of its worlds.
    • 87 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DOOM is a must own for veterans of the series, and any FPS fans in general.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Element4l is founded on solid mechanics, fresh gameplay, and a undeniable sense of style.
    • 77 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    If I wanted a deep fantasy RPG with strong characters and a thick plot, I'd go and play Dragon Age. What we have here is something very different – a game that you can pick up and play without all of that traditional RPG baggage. Grab a few friends, hit 'random level', and give it a go. I challenge you not to have fun.
    • 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."
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Inside isn’t as impressive in terms of the physics based puzzles as Limbo was six years ago, but it doesn’t make them any less enjoyable now.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    There’s no way of skirting the issue – this game is a Zelda clone, through-and-through. From the bombs and arrows to the comically oversized chests you find them in, Oceanhorn is a mere re-skin mod away from being the Zelda release for PC we all so desperately long for. In fact, this may well be the closest we will ever get.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Its outer layer may appear light and fluffy, but its innards are serious and in-depth, and anyone who enjoys exploration and adventure with a light smattering of combat should definitely investigate this game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Fans of both the Star Wars movies and the Lego series of games will not be disappointed and those looking for a fun, easy to play title, should definitely consider this game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Blackguards 2 is an immensely satisfying turn based strategy game that brings an enticing story and high-quality balanced combat to the table.
    • 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.
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    • 88 Critic Score
    In many ways, The Japanese Incentive makes Omerta feel like a more complete game. The turf war mechanic could certainly have been fleshed out a little more but it is easily the primary reason for picking up this expansion as it has a tremendous effect on how dynamic the strategic maps feel.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you don’t mind aging a couple of years from playing a game, then be sure to check this one out. You’ll fall in love, and then develop that love-hate kind of relationship with a game that has you talking about it for years to come.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It’s just Starcraft, with some new additions here and there, but that’s all we were expecting, and it’s great.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.