Ten Ton Hammer's Scores

  • Games
For 79 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 10% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 79
Highest review score: 95 Rift
Lowest review score: 24 Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 59 out of 79
  2. Negative: 3 out of 79
79 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Taking the best aspects of the games that came before it, improving on them and adding its own unique elements has Rift poised to be a long term power in the MMOG community.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    When ArenaNet first released its MMO Manifesto we knew they were aiming for something revolutionary with Guild Wars 2. What we got is the first worthy successor to World of Warcraft.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    There's really only one conclusion to be made with Borderlands 2. Despite its flaws it really is some of the best co-op gaming you're likely to see in recent years.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    For those who crave ultimate RPG immersion to sink into for weeks of world exploration and questing Skyrim is a must-have.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Runic has done it again - delivering a lot of what we love about co-op dungeon crawlers and sparing us most of what we hate, and what's left of the latter will likely be modded away soon.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    On paper, RaiderZ might seem like an easy game to simply dismiss out of hand. Let's be frank: the name is kind of silly, and it's coming out of a market that is kind of notorious for producing less-than-stellar games. But the combination of charm and challenge is a winner.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    With its immersive world setting, nuanced choices that aren't clear cut good or evil, and large number of quests to eat up all your free time (and more!), Witcher 2 has become the game to beat in the RPG market.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    With twice the size of its first expansion, double the level cap increase of the second expansion, and orders of magnitude more endgame content and innovation than the third (at launch), Riders of Rohan delivers on all fronts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    FFXIV : ARR isn’t new, it is polished. It is the same dish we’ve been served countless times, but perfected. Think, if you will, of the finest steak dinner, cooked to perfection, served with a baked potato.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Probably the best all-around first-person shooter we've seen since the original.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The possibilities are endless, and that's why this game is a resounding success.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A game that is just fun as hell. It has something for everyone, not only the Tribes fans. If you don't like the skiing, pilot a vehicle. If you don't like the flag capping, defend your generator. If you don't like shooting midair, repair and upgrade your defenses.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    While near perfect--you'll be drooling for more on your first play through no matter what--the shimmer does wear off a tiny bit on successive play throughs and you'll begin to notice flaws yourself that hamper the experience ever so slightly.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While nothing is completely ground breaking it shows that for the most part Blizzard can take and refine a game to a point that very few other companies can.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if you've played The Sims before, you haven't played this game--it brings something brand new to the table in a familiar and well-loved format.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Reckoning is an absolutely engaging fantasy experience where the main story and nearly every side quest winds around the idea that you're character is not just disrupting - but improving - the fate of the world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A game that changes the standard by which FPSs are measured.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although there's not much about this expansion to entice new players into the game, it does offer a big incentive for returning players to renew their subscriptions. If you like RIFT, you'll enjoy Storm Legion.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DUST 514 is a ground-breaking, innovative game which takes the concepts and principles of EVE Online and applies them to a multiplayer first-person shooter. Gameplay is fantastic and focuses on teamwork as well as carefully building your character to fit your own style of play. The promise of free add-ons and updates assures players that the game can only grow and become better, just as EVE Online has.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Fun and engaging and and well worth the time investment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    they've pulled off two impressive feats. First off, they've successfully launched a top-shelf superhero MMOG which has been a subgenre that has historically been a weak contender in the overall market. And secondly, they've managed to successfully incorporate action game mechanics into this title in such a way that it will not alienate gamers that are used to a slower pace, but will still deliver pulse-pounding action on par with many single player games.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Trine 2 is a stellar sequel that is worth every penny, but it's a fairly short ride and the replayability is strictly up to you and your love for collection, or breaking the physics engine and flying across the stage on a levitating box while doing your best Magneto impression. Which is pretty cool.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If World of Warcraft marked the beginning of a new era for the MMO industry back in 2004, then The Old Republic will no doubt be long remembered as the title that helped bring that era to a close on an astoundingly high note.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    However you play TDU2, you're likely to miss out on something Eden Games and Atari did extremely well. Whether that's vehicle paint and decals, avatar fashions, car interiors, a surprisingly robust casino experience, or just some gorgeous scenery in certain out-of-the way places, there's just way too much good stuff going on in this game to have anyone yawning with a cursory playthrough.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It might take every last bit of power for your computer to make it shine, but samurai combat and ninja assassinations never looked better. You don't need a geisha's help to convince you that this sequel is worthy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The concept is simple, but the variety and customization are without equal and keep you coming back for more.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Invisible War has finally been atoned for... Deus Ex :Human Revolution is a wonderful step forward for cyberpunk RPG enthusiasts.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Anno 2070 is a game for the slow-paced, economy-driven game fans. It packages a beautiful game of capitalistic supremacy with radiant graphics and an interface that has been tried and tested over the years. Yet with the introduction of the underseas empires and combat, it attempts to branch out and make a name for itself in the series, and for the most part it succeeds on all counts.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Playing through the depth and awe of such a fantastically crafted series of stories and legends is a remarkable experience. But perhaps not one that is meant for everyone.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The best stand alone defense game since Plants vs. Zombies.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    High production values and original gameplay combine to make Vindictus one of the most interesting MMOGs to launch in several years.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A wonderful tideover game with solid gameplay, excellent collection & loot chase values, all the varied difficulty and challenge you could want, and a beautiful presentation to back it all up. But perhaps the developers paid a little too much attention to the enthusiastic beta playerbase and over-estimated the gaming mainstream's willingness to grind.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Funcom has colored outside the tried and true (and often dull) MMOG lines and drawn a game that's truly different from all the rest.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Wakfu isn't for everyone, but it is right up your alley if you love a grid-based strategy RPG with the MMO elements we're all familiar with. It has enough charm to keep you in awe for days, and enough depth to keep you playing for weeks.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    If you can stomach the controls, you'll find a well-polished action RPG beneath that surface.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    While not quite a must-play title or game of the year contender, Rage hearkens back to the glory days of 3D shooters.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Champions Online : Free For All is a fantastic F2P option if you've never tried the basic Champions Online.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    In the wake of full-fledged car and driver series like Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport, and Test Drive Unlimited, the inflated expectations around The Run make it seem like more of a letdown than it really is.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Alan Wake is an amazingly good PC port, all things considered, with a fair price point and prepackaged DLC so you get the complete experience without breaking your wallet.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Like many shooters, most gamers won't likely play for the long haul, but for the cost of free it's entirely worthy of a download and your time. Hell, you might even be inspired to spend a few bucks.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Punching healers in the face is fun, pulling people across the map is fun, cutting people up from behind is fun… Stunlock Studios basically took everything good about arena and hero combat and put it all together into one game. They removed the grind, the items, the buildup… and everyone is on the same level playing field.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    At the end of the day, for all of Bulletstorm's over-the-top chaotic combat the game still falls short of being truly epic, and feels a bit more like a tech demo for the next Gears of War release rather than a fully realized concept.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game's focus on Western style gameplay really sets it apart from other Eastern imports.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a full retail price and low amount of single player content, you have to really love the multiplayer gunplay in order to love the game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While gameplay can become repetitive, the overall experience is very good and dealing with natural disasters or various tasks enlivens the gaming experience.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If this were the first World of Warcraft expansion and you had all of the level 1-90 content to do, there is no doubt that it would have lasting appeal. But it isn't.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    While Dungeons is a unique take on being an evil mastermind, it's not without flaws. However, the charm of the gameplay and tormenting of souls keeps you wanting more. The appeal might fall with time, but if you enjoy the first hour, you'll enjoy the next thirty easily.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Negativity aside, we've got a real winner on our hands with Terraria. There are plenty of unique weapons to keep you busy, which are crafted with plenty of unique ores found in the core of the earth or even the sky. With great risk comes great reward though, so I'll see you in heaven or hell to mine those minerals on a server at some point!
    • 54 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    For the tactician who has always wanted to go into that fourth dimension, here is your calling.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    A solid military shooter with an enjoyable and fitting (if brief) campaign, but with co-op being little more than a time-wasting ring battle and multiplayer still overly punishing to CoD neophytes, it's hard to recommend this game to anyone other than the Modern Warfare hardcore.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    While the writing and pacing may detract a bit from what should be the most epic of space conflicts, you'll still have a good time blasting the hell out of aliens, robots, and your former employer. It just doesn't feel like as big of a step forward as the second game was from the first.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    TERA is a game that certainly offers a fresh appeal on an aging genre but there isn't quite enough "new" here.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Age of Wushu is successful for what it is and it has a community of players who enjoy the game and developers who actually care about their community. The translation is iffy, combat can be awkward, and there are some confusing elements to the game, but it does encourage interaction with other players and has plenty of content.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Marvel Heroes is a must-play for any fan of the Marvel universe. The amount of lore and hidden gems of insider knowledge scattered throughout for your discovery, the story penned by one of Marvel's most iconic writers and, and the level of sheer destruction available for you to dish out is too entertaining to pass up. Never mind the fact that the game is free to play.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    The Showdown Effect won't disappoint, either as a popcorn game you play when you're in the mood or the new found focus of your hardcore energy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Space Marine is fun to play, but the limited campaign time of ten hours and the few PvP maps lower the value.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All Points Bulletin has improved drastically from its original launch but isn't necessarily the MMO Grand Theft Auto we've been looking for.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Dead Island is a wonderful concept and the core gameplay is executed beautifully, but it really doesn't do anything new or interesting.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Borrowing on the many strengths of Brotherhood, Assassn's Creed: Revelations delivers a fun and memorable experience, but it fails to stand out very well compared to the other games.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Brink tries so hard to be the next big thing, but just launched with too little to go around. A poor map selection and mindless grinding to unlock things doom it to being uninstalled by all but the most diehard fans quickly.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The adventuring side of the game is really just a distraction and a way to waste time until the next bout of brick-related inspiration hits, and will not offer sufficient content to satisfy the appetites of most gamers. Unless you, too, are a building fanatic – then you're in for a potentially limitless amount of creativity-fueled play time.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A game that has an amazing concept but doesn't fully deliver.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    An average shooter with typical gameplay and average graphics.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    PvE and PvP are quick and easy to get into, and quests are readily available at any given point in time. If you can overlook the flaws of progression and pacing, you'll find a respectable online shooter that has zero up-front cost, and also has a polished film noir feel if you choose to progress into the episodic content of BLEEDOUT.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    This score will likely come as a shock to many, but this game suffers from pathetic frame rates at times, both on console and on PC.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    This war is just one that is fought in the past of game design, and as a result, just lacks the punch or feature set that addicts people and keeps us coming back for more.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    What the game has in single match entertainment, it lacks in overall cohesiveness and reasons for playing long term. It clearly has the potential to be much more than what it currently is, but that potential has yet to be reached.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It's not that this is a bad game, it's just far too little/late for this point in the market. The setting is wonderful, and there are some cool systems in play here.... it's just marred by yesterday's graphics, too little polish, and some weird design decisions.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Magic: The Gathering – Tactics is a mixed bag. The basic gameplay is extremely fun and well designed. The graphics are vibrant and amusing whilst the sounds add to the game. The interface is well designed and easy to navigate. However, the fact that the game requires a good deal of money or a lot of time grinding to be competitive really hurts the game.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Defiance is a pretty average game that may only survive the test of time based on the popularity of the TV series.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    Enough gimmicks to make you want to run through stages as quickly as possible, and a forgettable but fun multiplayer component, Duke Nukem Forever fails to live up to the legacy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    The biggest problem with King Arthur II is that is tries to do too much, and as a result, just doesn't do any of it truly well.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 61 Critic Score
    Heroes of Might and Magic VI isn't a bad game, per se; it's just that it's too safe.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 52 Critic Score
    Back in Action is a boring game that just doesn't cut it, regardless of whether you're a purist or a new player.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 41 Critic Score
    This game has done everything in its power to make you want to quit before you experience it all.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 24 Critic Score
    Sword of the Stars II is fundamentally broken, poorly programmed and a complete mess of a retail game.