Hardcore Gamer's Scores

  • Games
For 3,307 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 50% higher than the average critic
  • 9% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 73
Highest review score: 100 Mass Effect 2
Lowest review score: 20 Tenkai Knights: Brave Battle
Score distribution:
3307 game reviews
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What I've been experiencing since first putting this game in my Wii is the culmination of several lifetimes of game design mastery by its creators. [Dec 2007, p.40]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Super Mario Galaxy 2, just like the first, is one of those magical games that nobody is going to want to miss.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It features arguably the best story of the series that’s greatly enhanced by the added dynamic of three contrasting protagonists.
    • 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.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rockstar has created the single most immersive Wild West game yet, with an intelligently-written story, a compelling core cast of characters, highly-engaging scenarios and a diverse open world to explore. The visuals are also truly stunning, with a substantial amount of detail put into each environment and character model, not to mention the extraordinary lighting techniques.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    More than just a gimmick, the first-person mode really does change how it’s experienced by adding a new layer of gameplay. It won’t be for everybody, but the sheer fact that the option is there is commendable. More still, multiple new vehicles, weapons and animals have been introduced. If none of that were enough, over a hundred new songs have been added to the already robust radio stations.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mario has over thirty years of history behind him and yet Odyssey manages to mix those feelings of old titles with new ideas for a fresh take on a genre everyone is familiar with. Whether in it for a simple fun time or looking to play Odyssey to completion, there’s tons to be enjoyed by every player that will keep pulling them back for more. Mario’s trip across the world is one of pure, simple joy that simply shouldn’t be missed. Super Mario Odyssey is nothing short of a love story to the series as a whole and a title no Switch owner should be without.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The incredible thing is how alive it all seems.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    BioShock has a surprisingly deep and vivid storyline. It doesn't just throw you a few curveballs; it refines how stories are told in gaming. [Nov 2007, p.50]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is one of the most polished, most intense and most entertaining pieces of software out on the market.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Finally, console owners get to experience the entire "Half-Life 2" saga without having to load games off of several discs or tweak their PC just to get a decent framerate. [Dec 2007, p.58]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    More importantly though, Mass Effect 2 is simply an amazing game from start to finish, regardless of the decisions you choose to make.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Persona 5 Royal is a shining beam of light for the JRPG genre and one you won’t want to put down despite its massive time commitment.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is one of the best console ports in recent history, as it manages to fully capture the spirit of the original while improving upon it in nearly every way.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vengeance may not be what Kratos seeks anymore, but that has done little to stop the God of War franchise. Santa Monica Studios have successfully transplanted the Ghost of Sparta to a new world with a new mythology and given the formula the revamp it needed.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    More importantly though, Mass Effect 2 is simply an amazing game from start to finish, regardless of the decisions you choose to make.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Simply put, Celeste is a tour de force. A piece of work that will no doubt go down as one of the year’s best platformers or even just one of its best games in general. Between the immaculately crafted levels with a wide variety of challenges, the intense gameplay that rewards crackerjack timing, the sheer amount of post-game content and things to discover in every chapter, and a moving, amazing story in the form of Madeline’s urge to climb the behemoth that awaits her, what we have here is truly magnificent and an experience that simply cannot be missed. And hey, word has it that the view from the top is amazing.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Halo 3 is the combination of a thoroughly decent singleplayer campaign, a great multiplayer component, and absolutely incredible enhancements to each. [Nov 2007, p.52]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If this were 15 years ago, I wouldn’t have to write 2,000 words explaining why Street Fighter is awesome, but since we’re here, stop reading this review and, for God’s sake, go out and buy this thing.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Metal Gear Solid 4 is by far one of the best games released so far this year.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The entire package is wrapped together in a gorgeous presentation that serves as Naughty Dog’s PS4 swan song. The Last of Us Part II’s harrowing tale and exploration of violence may not leave everyone happy by the time the credits roll, but it’s another stunning home run for Naughty Dog.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hades is no less than an absolute masterpiece, easily a contender for Supergiant’s finest work yet, and a candidate for the year’s best game. It delivers truly classic action in almost every sense of the word, has the perfect level of difficulty, looks breathtaking and has a unique take on Greek mythology that hits just the right tone, always finding a way to keep you coming back for more, always playing to see what’s next. It’s the stuff of legends and everyone involved should be proud of what they’ve made.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Half-Life: Alyx is an incredible journey, worth every second of the nineteen hours from start to epic finish, and an adventure worthy not only of the Half-Life name but also the enhanced expectations that grew during the series’ thirteen year absence.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Divinity: Original Sin II is not only a contender for best game of 2017, but one of the best RPGs ever created. The game could easily take a hundred hours to complete and the interplay between the well-constructed story, gameplay mechanics and player freedom creates a world I could see myself revisiting with different parties just to watch the story unfold differently. Simply put, Divinity: Original Sin II is truly divine.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Whether or not you enjoy first-person shooters is irrelevant. It is whether or not you want an experience like no other; one that will be left in the back of your mind for years to come.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Braid: is excellent and gorgeous, a little over-hyped, but maddeningly fun overall. [Fall 2008, p.55]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Simply put, God of War II is as good as it gets on the Playstation 2. [Apr 2007, p.44]
    • Hardcore Gamer
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, if you own a Wii U and love Mario, then you should definitely pick it up.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If this were 15 years ago, I wouldn’t have to write 2,000 words explaining why Street Fighter is awesome, but since we’re here, stop reading this review and, for God’s sake, go out and buy this thing.

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