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 2.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Lowest review score: 10 Postal III
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 334
334 game reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    No, F.E.A.R. 3 isn't scary - but considering the length of the singleplayer and the strength of the multiplayer, I don't think it really matters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For your money you get about 15 hours worth of gameplay in a single playthrough, and while that seems a little light in comparison to Origins, it's a decent price for a stand alone expansion pack on a console.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Those of you expecting a return to the Prince's former glory may be disappointed, though this is definitely a step in the right direction.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's still a little distressing that a game with all the potential in the world to be one of the most spectacular gaming experiences of the decade is instead... a middle-of-the-road title. It may not crash, and it may not really bore you, but it isn't polished, and doesn't fully engross you.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A little more spit and polish could have significantly elevated the title to the ranks of the FPS elite. The old school gameplay was a winner in my book; just don't expect to be wowed by the plot or anything else.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Action gamers who found their way to Uncharted via God of War and similar bombastic franchises will only have their itches scratched in the cutscenes. Whereas if your main enjoyment comes from the character interaction and cute dialogue these games seem to do better than so many others, you won't be disappointed at all.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're the kind that relishes a challenge and has understanding neighbours (for when you swear loudly), Dustforce is a low cost yet deep title that can keep you mercilessly addicted for hours.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're under 14, or some unfortunate pituitary disorder has rendered your hands miniscule, you can't really go wrong with Guitar Hero: On Tour. Just make sure that when you're touring, it's somewhere devoid of other people and their pitiless, judging eyes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though its fundamentals are starting to show their age, Earthworm Jim HD was really satisfying to knock out.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you do have friends with the same console who are willing to pick up a copy of the game, it's a no-brainer. In terms of execution, Operation Flashpoint: Red River demolishes all comers - and thanks to a heavy dose of replayability, I'd even recommend it over Portal 2's coop.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Wet
    Overall, excluding the jumping puzzles, there isn't anything particularly bad about WET. It's a fun shooter, it's clearly designed for adults, and it gives you a lot of options for looking cool while mercilessly slaughtering hundreds of people.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nan Assault Neo successfully blends the biological with the mechanical into a twin stick shooter that just feels right.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy XIII wanted you to love it for who it was, but Final Fantasy XIII-2 wants you to love it for who it's like. And compared to Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy XII and Chrono Trigger it falters significantly, with a ridiculous and convoluted story, some awful voice acting and the worst music I've heard in a video game. If you're a fan of JRPGs you'll probably enjoy it, but it's in no way the best game on the market - not by a long shot.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The more you play Need For Speed: Shift the more you find yourself forgiving the half-arsed attempt at vehicle damage.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A game unlike no other. Every minor failing in gameplay or plot was cancelled out by a graphical marvel or auditory explosion.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It requires a significant investment of time before players will begin to enjoy themselves. It has loading times which are pretty bad at best and unacceptable at worst. Oh and for a lot of the game the only thing you'll be racing is your own PB time.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The co-operative features are silky smooth with great voice chat and not a hint of lag and the inclusion of Daily Challenges keeps the content fresh and constantly evolving. It may not be perfect, but goddamn it's a hell of a lot of fun.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    When it works it really works well and its attention to the canon and lore of the Lord of the Rings is phenomenal, but it does too many things poorly to put it in the same league as a game like Dark Souls or The Witcher 2.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The best reason to buy this is if you don't think you can hold out until God of War 3 - the other reason is if you're a huge fan of the character. You'll find that this is ultimately the definitive version of the Xmen Origins story.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An extremely fun action experience that is sure to induce Tourette's to the most levelheaded gamers. It's a blast for the most part, but on occasion it defies explanation by breaking its own conventions and using shoddy camera angles and unresponsive controls to artificially increase difficulty.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Very average in most respects - everything it does right has some element which drags it straight back down. The one thing which makes the game amazing is the attention to detail given to the characters, story and the world they live in.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's a story-heavy sequel to a game with a pretty forgettable story and the story it has is almost laughably bad. It abandons the concept of being a supervillain, but never burdens you with the responsibility of being a good guy and ultimately, it brings almost nothing new to the franchise.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Regardless of my feelings for The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie, its levels were longer, set in interesting scenes, and did what the Lego games have been doing from the start - paying excellent tribute to one of my biggest heroes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Each level looks so enormously different that aside from a very distinctive 2D style, it very rarely seems like the same game at all.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    One of the biggest early appeals of Mortal Kombat was the forbidden factor, personified by that curtain that appeared around some of the earlier arcade cabinets to shield kiddies from the evisceration. In its quest for broader appeal, that element of MK is now dead and gone.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Quantum of Solace directly suffers at the hands of a strict movie release schedule - with more time the game could have been the Goldeneye replacement everyone has been dreaming of.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    I've played 28 hours of Diablo 3 (according to the in-game measurement) - but this isn't the whole story. I've spent six hours not playing it - nearly a quarter of my time total. With no competitive multiplayer (except for the facile concept of a 'race to the finish line'), constant network related issues and what I feel is negative movement in terms of the 'loot' metagame, Diablo 3 in its current state isn't something I see myself playing any more.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While I had a better time than expected taking Warfighter online, its singleplayer remains a well-crafted imitator in a year of new ideas.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The single-player alone doesn't make Shank 2 a must buy, but if you enjoy horde modes with a spicy Mexican twist then Shank 2 is an unbelievably fun addition to your party game collection.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    I'd recommend Tokyo Jungle to anyone looking for an utterly unique take on the post-apocalyptic theme. It's the sort of game that can get overwhelming if you play it all in one weekend, but if you jump into it every now and then you'll find yourself repeatedly enamoured with the world.