BigPond GameArena's Scores

  • Games
For 334 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 47% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 The Unfinished Swan
Lowest review score: 10 Postal III
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 334
334 game reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Ignore the score. This bears about as much comparison to the typical “10/10” game as black and white TV did to colour. What you want to be able to do is tell your kids fond stories of how you played GTA IV when it first came out.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A hardcore gamer’s game, and it makes absolutely no concessions otherwise.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The biggest issue I face with Left 4 Dead however is that I can't stop playing it. And when I can't play it I'm thinking about it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Darksiders is an absolute must have game, and the best possible way to start off gaming in 2010. In a year where almost every anticipated game is a sequel, Vigil Games has delivered a brand new IP the only way possible - flawlessly. The combination of action and puzzling is so perfectly calculated it screams 'gamer' - there's a gamer at Vigil with some power and s/he knows exactly what we want in a game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Pure, unadulterated joy.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    A near flawless epic.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    BioWare has done an excellent job making such a huge game readily accessible while maintaining the vibrancy and richness of the game world, and the depth and strength of the story.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The gorgeous graphics, proper radio customisation, the much better multiplayer and the phenomenal video editor and what it boils down to is... Grand Theft Auto IV on the PC is the definitive GTA IV experience. You haven't played GTA IV before now - not properly. I guess what I'm really saying is... PC Supremacy.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Chinatown Wars is an achievement. It's not the typical kind of game you'd expect on the DS - the learning curve is steeper than normal thanks to the small help text (expected on a portable) and the legions of police and it's a very adult game. Still, I'll gladly take the time to learn if it comes with the entirety of Liberty City, a working drug economy plus people, cars, boats, and the occasional helicopter and next to no loading times.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's the first game in years which inspired me to play it enough to get a blister on a blister on a blister.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The end of the game - and the outstanding epilogue - punctuates one of the most complete video game stories in a long time. The story will stay with the player for a long time afterwards - long after they get their hands on whatever the next 'it' game happens to be.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The end of the game - and the outstanding epilogue - punctuates one of the most complete video game stories in a long time. The story will stay with the player for a long time afterwards - long after they get their hands on whatever the next ‘it’ game happens to be.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's the best treatment of a comic book character outside of graphic novels ever. It's the best Action Adventure/Open World game ever. It's the best game I've played this year. And finally, it's the best superhero game you've ever played.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Skyrim is completely and utterly addictive in every aspect and quite possibly, I'll say it, the greatest RPG of all time. It affords you the luxury of playing it your way and doesn't try to constrain you. It wants you to get lost in a winter wonderland and believe me, you will. Kiss the rest of your life goodbye.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It's expertly paced, cleverly written, gorgeously refined and beautifully executed. What surprised me the most is the sheer level of detail involved. Personalised character elements, the duel for loot system and the depth of your skill tree customisation makes playing for yourself more satisfying than ever. Symbiotic AI and meta-challenge systems give you more reason to fight on. And a combination of loot-chasing and story make Borderlands 2 a must own.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Dishonored, like Thief, or Deus Ex, is one of those timeless games you'll play a dozen times. The game world is gorgeous - a steampunk City 17, the story is spectacularly written and almost depressingly dark and the gameplay is wonderful - either as a stealthy game, or an action fighter... or anywhere in between. Dishonored is all about giving - it gives you the weapon, it gives you the name, and then it gives you the choice - vengeance is entirely up to you.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There are very few games which are able to buck trends with aplomb and do it this gracefully. Pick it up when you can and give it the time it deserves.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Most importantly though is that BioShock Infinite takes the story and uses the gameplay to enhance it. It puts the player firmly in the shoes of Booker, it makes Elizabeth not just your ward but a crucial part of your game. It connects the player and the player character inextricably, and then it tells a story through that connection.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's not a Halo killer, but like Rocky versus Apollo Creed Killzone 2 would last the fifteen rounds.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It sticks to the basics of racing games - going fast and looking nice. It combines a well-balanced learning curve with realistic challenges to keep you coming back again and again if you're even remotely interested in racing games Wipeout HD is a must-have game.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Hardcore Fallout fans will either hate Fallout 3 because it's not Fallout or Fallout 2, or they'll love it because it's still a great game set in one of the best freaking universes ever. If you never played the original games and you like shooter/rpg combinations Fallout 3 is a must buy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is the best brawler I have played in years, and Fight Night Round 4 is going to have to do something truly special to take this one's championship belt.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It combines the best features of any superhero series with fantastic graphics, solid gameplay and outstanding voice acting. The minor flaws - the easy gameplay, the initially confusing layout of Arkham and the occasional loading time hitch - are all negated a dozen times over by the game's character, atmosphere and attention to detail.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The streamlined nature of the story also helps keep the pace of the game up - and the game rarely takes a breather. When Nathan isn't blasting dozens of enemies he's showing off remarkable athleticism as he leaps across buildings and dives around corners. Naturally all of his companions are just as athletic - the amount of climbing and swinging they do leaves me out of breath just watching.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Some hardcore RPG fans will be disappointed by Mass Effect 2 - the higher focus on the shooter aspects of the first game and the streamlined nature of the combat might turn them away from the game. We'll call this their loss, because one thing is certain - Mass Effect 2 is the perfect blending of Shooter and RPG, mixing Gears of War style battles with one of the deepest, most immersive fictional universes in gaming history.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    When it comes to games which offer single and multiplayer, you'd have to be a harsh judge to claim a better first person shooter on console has been released this year, if ever. Modern Warfare 2 is closer to fulfilling the promises made by Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 than any game out there beyond Uncharted 2.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An expertly refined, craftily created fighting game which builds on an already outstanding base to deliver an all-around outstanding experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An expertly refined, craftily created fighting game which builds on an already outstanding base to deliver an all-around outstanding experience.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a fantastically refined title, a worthy sequel to its predecessor and a must own Wii game. Gripes about difficulty only exist in the context of the title's own simplistic tutorial system - platformers should be challenging, and so SMG2 does right by gamers on this front.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Gameplay-wise there is a hell of a lot to do, with the focus primarily being on the endgame - you can still continue playing after beating the final boss and a lot of side quests even require it.