Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 2,351 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Livelock
Lowest review score: 20 Super Black Bass 3D
Score distribution:
2351 game reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you somehow missed the many opportunities to tryout Lara’s rebooted fiction, then the Definitive Edition offers a remedy for that.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a game that transcends its name and should be spoken of in the same breath as the genre’s best.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, there’s no Trance Vibrator attachment, but being immersed entirely in Rez’s world is an almost religious experience in and of itself.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether new to the series or a long time veteran, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the perfect balance of challenge, adventure and fun that shouldn’t be missed out on.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Codemasters have crafted an almost perfect racing game with Dirt Rally.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    Littlewitch Romanesque is a gorgeous, enthralling visual novel. Not only is the magical storyline interesting but the cast of distinct characters really bring the world to life. This is counterbalanced by a surprisingly addictive gameplay system which pairs luck with strategy in order to take on tons of quests.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those already tightly entrenched in the series won’t have anything to scoff at. Significantly improved over its predecessor, Dark Souls III will have players immersed in the deep and rich fiction that From Software is known for.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To put it simply, Stephen’s Sausage Roll might be some of the meatiest and most delicious food for the mind you’ll taste all year.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A beautiful, emotional journey through some of the best looking environments on the PlayStation 4, Abzû was well worth the wait.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’ve somehow managed to stay away from the phenomenon this entire time, then Ultra Street Fighter IV is the perfect gateway to becoming a World Warrior.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the new changes and how much they add to and improve the overall gameplay, it still feels like the same fun zombie killing game at its core.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a great game and worth a try if you're brave and/or a masochist. [July 2007, p.64]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you have someone who you’ve always wanted to experience video games with but never could convince them to play, give Tales from the Borderlands a shot. This story, these characters and this product are simply too good for only a small segment of the population to enjoy.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the help of Naughty Dog alumni, the story is one of the most comprehensible and well-rounded in recent series history, even it can falter due to a lack of backstory. The multiplayer is a strong effort and introduces the neat Combat Rigs, although it can sometimes feel a bit like the little brother of Black Ops III.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hearts of Iron IV is an easy recommendation for grand strategy fans of all ages and encourages them to take the time to figure everything out.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A modern JRPG masterpiece. It is the perfect blend of the classic JRPG formula mixed with contemporary features. Almost everything this title does has had some equivalent seen in RPGs that came before it, but they have been tweaked where the experience still feels fresh.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Amid the Ruins is an exhilarating adventure and the best episode thus far. It gives players drastic choices to partake in, not to mention building on the relationships between Clementine and her party.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is basically five standalone games wrapped into one deep package. While it will have DLC released for it, there’s enough content out of the box to keep players busy until the next Call of Duty and probably some time after that. The campaign is perfectly paced and entertaining throughout, the multiplayer is rich with customization and Zombies is refreshingly challenging. The only real black mark is a story teetering on the on the brink of pretension, but the existentialism of it is undeniably fascinating.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An excellent conclusion to Blizzard’s trilogy. While one can get impatient with the familiar mission structure, it’s impossible to argue with the excellent faction balance and action.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Pony Island is a short game —we clocked in at around two hours for a playthrough— it is an achievement. Very quickly, Pony Island’s subtle ominousness becomes a journey into utterly fun madness.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one of the most satisfying and complete tactical roleplaying experiences to come out of 2013 and realistically the last few years.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Attack of the Friday Monsters is a perfect bite-sized chunk of story-based gaming, and will easily blow past any cynical defenses to take up a warm and fuzzy place in your heart.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is the definitive Danganronpa experience.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Witcher: Enhanced Edition is a remarkably deep title filled with decision making tasks that actually have an effect on the story itself.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite being only one level long, Cocoreccho! is packed to the brim with excellence and fun, and that one level is worth ten from any other game. [Nov 2007, p.66]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ether One might well represent the apex of its particular subgenre. It engages the player at every level they might want to engage it, and rewards them handsomely for plunging into its depths.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It feels like an important evolutionary step in presentation and tone, presenting a believable narrative populated with realistic characters, structured in a way that remains captivating until the last word is spoken. Multiplayer is disposable and combat can feel a bit rudimentary at times complete with balance issues, but being perpetually enveloped in the stunning world Naughty Dog created makes it easy to forget any flaws.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Legion injects excitement into a game that for the past year has survived on being better than most. With the addition of features such as Artifact Weapons and cinematic story driven content, World of Warcraft’s sixth expansion raised the bar back to where it should be while at the same time adopting ideas that will take it into the future.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combining the tried and true RPG elements of the series with exciting new 2D gameplay, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team is a joy to play.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best Splinter Cell since Chaos Theory, Blacklist is a gritty and intense entry into the series that offers an unbelievably robust package.