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 Darksiders
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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The sense of dread washing over you as you crouch in a corner in almost total darkness with your vision swimming, heart pounding and breath comes in short gasps as a humanoid creature with flayed skin instead of a jaw stands just metres away from you is more intense than any other video game has managed and if you even marginally enjoy the horror genre you owe it to yourself to pick it up.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The lack of progress with the AI continues to be an anchor on the series, but on every other count the game is an outstanding experience, well worth the money.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    An absolute essential addition to your collection if you own a PSP, and is quite possibly the finest title to fit in your pocket to date.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game plays like it was borne of a scientific experiment designed to test the best methods for delivering interactive horror fiction.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It goes beyond making you smile to that level of cuteness where your cheek muscles feel sore from the big smile which won't leave your face and you feel a rush of energy like you just had a shot of hard liquor. If you have any interest in platforming games at all, get Kirby's Epic Yarn.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you were like me and worried about Dragon Age II, you can relax. It's not quite the same game, but where it's different it is better.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One of the most complete sports simulations I've played and by far the best in the series. If you're after the quintessential boxing experience, you've found it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    From the multi-threaded plot down to the variety of suits Cole wears, LA Noire has an unmistakable charisma about it - it's a fantastic game. A few anomalous missteps hold it back from being 'the next big thing', but if it was perfect to begin with they'd have nowhere to grow. As it is now, I really want to see what Team Bondi do next.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The addition of UGC, the less angsty - but still serious - storyline and plethora of new abilities make inFAMOUS 2 a much better game than its predecessor.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Those that have smashed through their first playthrough can unlock and jump in to Master mode, a significantly harder version with tougher enemies and a mirrored world to mix things up a bit the second time round.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There's the real sense of consequence to your actions, and it's something we've not seen in games for a long time. The augmentations are diverse and interesting enough to also force you into making some legitimately tough decisions.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's pretty easy when it comes down to it. If you're looking for an offline experience, look elsewhere. Battlefield 3 has a decent singleplayer - it's certainly better than some other games I've played recently - but it's not mind-blowing. If it's the best multiplayer game in the world that you're after, get your affairs in order. You're re-enlisting soldier.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    As all sequels (or three-quels) should, this third outing significantly raises the stakes and is by far the most personal.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Modern Warfare 3 really is the best multiplayer shooter on console right now. It's not changing the landscape of shooters - it's honing it to its sharpest point. It's a no-brainer purchase for console gamers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you already purchased Rayman Origins on your PS3, 360 or Wii you can safely skip this one. It really is just the home console game perfectly ported across to the PS Vita - so if you, like me, never got Rayman Origins the first time around, grab it now. It's the best platformer out today.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It might sound like like an exaggeration, but it's not - Journey makes people stop what they are doing and then it holds them in its thrall, making them sit down to watch in silence (barring the occasional exclamation.) When I played it towards the end of an entertaining Saturday night, my living room slowly filled up with my roommates' guests, none of them saying anything, just sitting and watching. If thatgamecompany ever decides to take over the world we will all be in trouble.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With an intensely addictive gameplay model - the sort usually seen in the likes of Angry Birds - and expertly created tracks and game modes, Trials Evolution is a must-buy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Max Payne 3 makes you feel like the man with a very particular set of skills. With a good story, jaw-dropping action and fantastic graphics, it's a must-experience game. It's an homage to some fantastic movies, it's a step forward for Rockstar games and it's a satisfying continuation of the Max Payne saga.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At the end of the day there will be gamers who buy Fable 2 expecting a masterpiece of coding finesse, with every bug squished and a seamless play experience. The nature of the game makes that hard. The reaal challenge is if you can handle the design elements that pull you out of the game world and into the mechanics of gaming. There's plenty of people who can meet that challenge – if you're one of them, you'll love this.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In reality, LittleBigPlanet is a game with all the right ingredients - maybe just not quite the right mix.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As singleplayer experiences go it's still phenomenal - especially for a loot ***** (rhymes with boar) like me. I've racked up 25 hours in the game now on just one of my characters - and I'll absolutely play it more.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It takes a hard-line approach at strategy gaming and despite a few hiccups it conquers all those in its path. If it comes to a vote though, I say we go back to Rome and we fix that iffy AI.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The only people I wouldn't recommend this game to are people who fly into a homicidal rage over video game glitches.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you haven't already played it on the 360, get it right now and see what you have been missing. If you have played it on the 360, get it right now and play it properly, the way it should have been in the first place.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The PC is an excellent offering, but if you’re without a wheel and you’ve got the choice – grab it on console.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A flawed masterpiece. It has so much to offer on so many different levels, and while it does fall down in a few places I'd heartily recommend it to anyone.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The massive jump in scale, increase in options and improvements in overall quality make The Sims 3 a worthwhile addition to any games library, and while it may be frustrating at first for a beginner, it won't take long for most to get the hang of it. It is well worth the effort - we're now taking bets on how many expansion packs this one will get.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great game. Even with the few bugs it released with DoW2 is a recommended purchase for any PC gamer. It will run on archaic computers fine and still look fantastic, it plays well in both MP and SP - even if the two are very different - and the core decision to switch things up from the previous Dawn of War is a brilliant way to keep the series from becoming stale.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With new features like Backtrack and old features like Superstar and Franchise mode, Madden 09 is probably the best Madden yet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall Call of Duty World at War is a great game with some great ideas, but it feels too familiar to be a real must have title.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s a load of play modes to stop you doing the same old thing over and over again, including kickass, not internet play. The funny thing is most of us will settle for obsessively playing one mode anyway, and once again busting for just one...more...go. Not bad for a ten buck investment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s one of the must have original titles on the Xbox Live Arcade – go and get it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FIFA 09 plays well enough that the little bit of response and reflex you lose on the turf is not enough to stop it being the choice for players heading into summer.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Far Cry 2 is what you might call a risky move. In a culture of playing it safe with first person shooters, Ubisoft Montreal has created a title where you have to essentially make your own fun.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Skate 2 is an amazing skateboarding game. It's better than skate., the best skateboarding game out there.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The new music and radio stations are a testament to the attention to detail you'd expect from Rockstar. They went all out to secure new music for the game as well as create brand new shows, ads and news stories, which is fantastic.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The singleplayer isn't going to win awards, but it's a great training ground for new players.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I honestly never thought I'd see the day where I would recommend a game on the Wii above its Hi-Def console counterparts, but it's genuinely here.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just Cause 2 is one of the best sandbox games I've ever played. The action is absolutely insane, the plot ludicrous, the scenery breathtaking, and though there is a slight learning curve to get your funky fresh moves down pat, it's well worth the investment, as you find yourself drawn back to it again and again just to round out that last village as you edge closer to the massive task of 100% completion.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, the philosophy is more obvious this time and there'll never be a real equivalent to Sander 'effing' Cohen but BioShock 2 still manages to live up to the high standard set by the first game - even if it doesn't exceed it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's absolutely the new generation of the Hero franchise - I just don't think the general public is ready yet.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The biggest problem with Peace Walker overall, is that it would be an amazing console title. The controls have been well worked out, but they would have been flawless on a DualShock 3 with a second analog stick for camera control. There is so much stuff packed into the game, with the Extra Ops, Mother Base, Monster Hunter Island and all of the other bonuses that it seems a shame to cripple it with the limited hardware of the PSP.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If the user-generated content goes well it will continue to be a worthwhile purchase months after it comes out - if you're a fan of ridiculous storylines and overblown characters you can't pass up WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rather than merely adhering to a score like a Metacritic slave, I will say this: FIFA 10 plays a better, more realistic game of football than any football game that has come before it. To do this it has had to take some subtle liberties, but the overall outcome - as we stated up front - is the best footy game of its time. Until next year, or - our sadly frequent disclaimer - if Konami pulls Pro Evolution out of its funk.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    HOI3 has a steep learning curve and it will be a struggle at first, but once you've got it all under control you can have some serious fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Frustration and lack of tension aside, Osmos is an excellent game. I would only hesitate to recommend this to the most diehard ambient music hater, and I imagine such a person would be too angry for video games anyway.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    People with both a DS and a PSP will probably want to get the game on the DS - it's the better version of the game. If you're a PSP loyalist though, Chinatown Wars definitely rates as a must have on your handheld of choice.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The reality is the game delivers exactly what any fan of the games could want - epic battles, loads of gore and a plot vehicle that sees Kratos take on the mightiest characters in Greek Mythology.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Secret Armory of General Knoxx is by far one of the best pieces of DLC out there and will give you a minimum of ten hours of gameplay, significantly more if you want to hit the new level cap, and with more Borderlands DLC on the way, they certainly know what the fans want, and how to deliver the goods.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of games like Sim City, Tropico, Caesar or even the earlier Settlers games, this game probably isn't one you want to miss. The changes from the earlier games and from other games in its genre are almost all for the better, and it's just generally a well put-together piece of entertainment - whether you prefer to build sand castles or kick them over.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    StarCraft 2 doesn't really do anything to grow the RTS as an actual game - much of what SC2 does better is in the area of matchmaking and social networking, which betters the player experience. The gameplay is very similar, with most changes existing simply to meet current RTS standards.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    F1 2010 ran the risk of merely being merely a competent racer - fortunately it tried to be something more... and in most cases it succeeded.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The important thing is this: this is a game made not just by a fan of the genre, but by somebody who understands when something is fun... and when it needs to be cut entirely.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The bottom line is that Raskulls is a devilishly unique, polished game with a flair and charm missing in most. Worthy of a purchase unless your aversion is something fundamental (like not being on Xbox Live). Raskulls is a superbly crafted platformer which should appeal to everyone.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Pretty much exactly how I expected it - epileptic, frantic fun. Sure, it has a few balancing issues (Sentinel) and it might be a little too frantic at times, but at its core it's a great fighter for those who don't have the patience to learn SSFIV's endless move lists.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These minuscule gripes aside, Guerrilla Games has done and outstanding job in crafting, what is easily the best FPS exclusive for the PlayStation 3, and a rollicking ride in it's own right.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Okamiden might not provide a significant challenge, it's still a fantastic game, with an outstanding atmosphere.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With slick graphics, a slew of racing modes, challenging courses and a crazy take on multiplayer, DiRT 3 is a remarkably playable title that successfully manages to juggle casual, hardcore and multiplayer modes and gives you a more than solid argument to take them for a test drive.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most fun you'll have behind the wheel this year. It feels different from anything you've ever played before and you'll find yourself itching to complete every single task it asks of you. After knocking it out I'm still eager to take it for another spin and you can't give a game a better endorsement than that now, can you?
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Generic story elements aside however, Xenoblade Chronicles is an outstanding game - without a doubt one of the best JRPGs available on the current generation of consoles. If you are a fan of JRPGs this game belongs on your shelf - here's hoping Nintendo Australia keep bringing such excellent titles to our shores.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gears of War 3 is the absolute business. It plays extremely well on your own, as part of a co-op experience or if you've got the minerals to jump online and leave your mark.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All over, F1 2011 is a fantastic simulation of the greatest motorsport in the world. It's sacrificed a little more game in favour of a little more sim this year - but the spirit of F1 is there in oodles, and for any F1 fan this year's game is a must buy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dark Souls won't be for everyone - that is guaranteed - but if it hooks you it won't let go. When you do stop playing - for work, school or to get some plasterboard and caulk for the brand new holes in your wall - you know it will only be a matter of time before you go back.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the industry taking itself more and more seriously, Volition thumbs its nose at convention and gives you one hell of a ride. Expect that to escalate once you grab a buddy and hit co-op - just take my advice and keep friendly fire off, even if you're a masochist.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's about expansion, trading, economics, boats, and staring at a lot of awfully pretty sci-fi buildings while you do so... which, frankly, is more than an enough for me.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Resident Evil Revelations was a genuine eye-opener and one hell of a thrill-ride. It handles like a dream, looks magnificent, has a completely immersive score, clever sound design and unique gameplay mechanics taking the series leaps and bounds forward.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    if you're a fan of the eccentricity of Japanese culture, like a mental challenge and reckon you have fingers dextrous enough to take the job on it will test your mettle and push your sanity to breaking point. It's equal parts frustration and exhilaration, completely intoxicating, almost impossible to walk away from and stays with you. If you're after something a little outside the box Catherine's the game for you.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Don't get me wrong - this is the best UFC game, the best combat sports game and one of the better fighting games to come out... it's just that I can see it being even better, and I'm disappointed that hasn't happened yet.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the extensive customisation, robust level editor with instant access to the PS3 library, and overall polished track design, it doesn't really matter where the ideas in ModNation came from. It's one of the more complete packages in the Vita launch lineup, and also one of the safest bets in terms of having fun.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combat leaves something to be desired, which might diminish what you get out of playing it in 'Action' mode, but what Mass Effect 3 really sets out to do - wrap up one of the best space operas of all time - it does expertly.