NZGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,684 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 62% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.9 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 20 Smash 'N' Survive
Score distribution:
1,684 game reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Resistance 2 is gutsier, it’s gorier, and it’s much, much bigger.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    As long as you know the basics, you’re set to build whatever you can think up, be it a castle with a moat, or a roller-coaster, although at the moment, you might have to shrink it down a size.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The system seller Nintendo fans have been waiting for.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    This is the definitive Zelda game, don't just buy it - put it on display. Zelda transcends the quirks that time has revealed in her and shines just as bright in the light of a new millennium.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Not only is it highly recommended among its app store peers, it stands well alongside much more expensive console games as well.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    By and large FIFA 13 is chock-full of content. The online aspects are so in depth now there is no doubt you could play FIFA 13 for all eternity if you so chose, which really represents excellent value for gamers.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The Association shows great statistical depth and nice opposing management AI, and My Player provides a long and in-depth journey from proving yourself in the combines, to the draft, and eventually to press conferences, playoffs and stardom.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The Association shows great statistical depth and nice opposing management AI, and My Player provides a long and in-depth journey from proving yourself in the combines, to the draft, and eventually to press conferences, playoffs and stardom.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    If you have a 3DS, and can handle the idea of a cartoon-like racing game, you absolutely must get this game. Believe it or not, Mario Kart 7 is the very best version of the formula yet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    NBA 2K8 is superior to last year's game in almost every way, which is no mean feat.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    LBP for Vita is truly incredible, and arguably the definitive version of the experience.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    God of War III is polished from (severed) head to (bloodied) toe, and is an enjoyable, ridiculous experience perfect for the moments where you just want to switch your brain off.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It was one of the best, if not the gold standard for sports genre video games last year, and it looks set to re-claim that title yet again this year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The jump-in, jump-out aspect of multiplayer mode is great for people who like to play both solo and multiplayer. And while FPS/multiplayer extremists may find the questing a bit grindy (as one confided to me after a few days of playing), there really is a je ne sais quoi about this game that totally rules.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It's fun, looks and sounds great, has loads of content, and integrates very well with your friends lists and the leaderboard system...It is, in a word, awesome.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    What separates the truly stupendous from the merely amazing is that often elusive je ne sais quoi. Mass Effect 3 burns brightly. But that extra spark would have transformed it from a shining star, into a blazing supernova.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Wipeout 2048 isn't just one of the best launch games (an achievement in itself, as the standard is very high), it's also one of the best games in an excellent series.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is a whole new, uber-improved racer that will change your view on the Need for Speed franchise for the better. Best enjoyed with eye-drops as you won't want to blink.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    All of the narrative and story-driven dialogue is beautifully pitched throughout, making the plot meld seamlessly with the gameplay.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    AC4 looks beautiful, and just feels more polished, cohesive, and comprehensive than the last title did.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 5 offers some great level designs as well.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Fundamentally there are improvements, but the game doesn’t feel completely balanced as a whole and the pace of matches is sometimes uneven. It happens often between console generations and while FIFA 14 on Xbox One is certainly no cheap port of the current-gen edition - I can’t help but think that the next rendition will truly take the franchise to the next level.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    But the truth is, Rockstar know their onions. They understand the importance of a gritty story, concise controls, cinematic visuals, balls-out action, and genuinely fun (albeit not 100% balanced) multiplayer. But above all, they carry with them a sense of style across all of their presentation. Max Payne 3 is yet another fine example of their prowess.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This game has taken the best points from the first three titles, and improved upon them yet again. It comes highly recommended: it looks great, it sounds great, it plays great. It's great.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With the new (improved) control system and slight increase in visual quality, it would be safe to say that Wii U owners are getting the best experience out of Most Wanted - even if it is six months behind.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The most accurate description of American Football on a videogame console that I’ve ever seen.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you've got a Vita and like fighting games, buying Mortal Kombat is an absolute no-brainer. There's so much content here, and it's loads of fun, with lots of depth and plenty of challenge to keep you going long into the upcoming cold winter nights.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A phenomenally clever game polished to a new level of perfection by the masters at Q Entertainment.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 5 offers some great level designs as well.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fresh and vibrant graphics, and brilliant sound effects and music round out a near perfect score for Mario and Luigi.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I may have come down hard on the story, but that's because I hate to see potential unfulfilled. Uncharted 2 remains my favourite, simply because I value well-realised characters above anything else. But if you're less of a fussy bastard than me, and if you want a game that will wow you with sheer spectacle and keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish, then get this game.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game looks even more fantastic than ever and a few extra features are on its way for lucky PC users.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In conclusion, if you are picking it up for the first time, this is obviously the version to get. This is an improvement in so many ways - including navigation of Arland, swappable costumes, and everything you can harvest from such as wells, are highlighted.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, despite the issues with clipping and load screens, Monster Hunter Tri shows off what the Wii is capable of visually. And when it comes to online play, this is the best for the system.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There are still a few little quirks, and likely still some balancing and other changes required, but it's clear that this is a great World of Warcraft expansion, and that the team behind the game are still focused on giving WoW players what they want. Recommended.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    My gaming tastes are such that I'm perfectly conditioned to fall in love with something like Journey. Keep that in mind - if you're more about visceral action or epic 40-hour experiences, you should possibly look elsewhere. But in my opinion, this is one of the best games out there that can provide you with an experience - and a memorable, highly positive one at that.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With around 25 hours of solid gameplay in one sitting and a huge replay value to try out new endings and character developments, this game deserves a proper outing. Don't expect to sit down and blast your way from start to finish – because although it might be possible to do so, you'll definitely be missing what Deus Ex has on offer if you do.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Epic has not re-invented the wheel with Gears 3, they've simply improved on a formula that was pretty awesome in the first place.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FIFA 14 on the PS3 is brilliant. However, I can't help but feel that there is more coming to those looking at buying the next-gen consoles.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the challenging learning curve, Midnight Club: Los Angeles succeeds in exactly the way it should: taking you to heights of adrenaline that are simply unparalleled.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The expansion has done well to provide a decent singleplayer experience on top of the extensive multiplayer platform.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Ballad Of Gay Tony is the most enjoyable by simply upping the ante a notch, reminding us that even in a city 'where the money is making the plan', you can still have a little fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I had an absolute blast with the title and was blown away with how they managed to get all the highs, lows, shocks, twists, lore and excitement of the series into a snug 2-3 hour gameplay session.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With such a wealth of characterization, exceptional narrative, side-quests and good old-fashioned homicide on the sprawling Liberty City streets, Rockstar have delivered us a title that is the first worthy piece of downloadable content of this generation so far.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, it's hard to justify a purchase if you already own the original Marvel vs. Capcom 3, as there just isn't enough new content for the $89.99 launch price. However, those who didn't pick up Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will find this a great fast-paced fighter with a challenging boss and familiar Capcom and Marvel characters beating all shades of red out of each other.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily the best Square title on the DS available now, and possibly the best value for money title on the system too.
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    • 90 Critic Score
    ut Tin Man has not only managed to give me nostalgic sustenance from a game genre of my childhood, they've succeeded in making the adventure game book genre more fun that it's ever been.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The story flows too, as Faith unravels her mystery. Between the chapters, which are all go, are artfully animated cut-scenes, which explain what’s going on.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As far as strategy games go Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 is the current cream of the crop. The three separate campaigns provide over 15 hours worth of game play not counting the endless skirmishes and multiplayer matches available.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics, although minus a few polygons in comparison to its bigger console sibling, are almost identical, paying careful attention to both detail and fluid animations. But more importantly the gameplay feels right at home for FIFA fans.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I found Deadlight very entertaining, and consider it one of the best platformers I have ever played. I highly recommend it to pretty much anyone who likes the sound of a fast-paced horror action platformer that also has a decent story and amazing visuals.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is so much crammed into Saint’s Row 2 (if you have a juvenile, slightly insane creative side to you) that you will seldom be at a loss for something to do.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you played the original, then this is a no brainer purchase; if you haven't, then you are in for a lot of gameplay hours that will both challenge and enthrall you.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The thing is, the core game is so good that the lack of such things is far from a dealbreaker. I’d go as far as calling this a must-play for anyone even remotely interested in sports games. You won’t regret it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy is a game for history buffs and war game enthusiasts. If this is your bent, you will not find a more enthralling and historically accurate game.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Absolutely delightful.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The dungeon crawl aspect of it can be a little repetitive at times, but for the most part it’s a fun, engaging game with plenty of humour, action, and randomly inserted titty jokes.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a complete package its clearly an impressive, engrossing experience. Its storyline is excellent, its characterisation, voice acting, score and script are very well done, and its aesthetic is deliciously dystopian. The only fly in the ointment is its binary combat mechanics.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you enjoy F1, there really is no excuse not to pick up F1 2011 - it's a wonderful balance between simulation and fun, although the learning curve is still relatively steep which may frighten off some gamers.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rayman Legends offers a surprisingly diverse 12+ hours of gameplay - an admirable feat for a platformer of this type.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beat Drop is a superb puzzle game with loads of depth, excellent accessibility and more modes and options than you can shake a stick at.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Revelations deserves to be a full, numbered iteration in the series, in recognition of the excellent (and important) part it plays in filling in the Resident Evil story. It's every bit a fully-blown Resident Evil game and is absolutely worthy of a place in any fan's collection.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Arkham City, despite its squalor, is fantastic to look at.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is as great today as it was nine years ago. Now it’s back in semi-HD and, best of all, they have saved you hours of fun unlocking every character and scene; now you can play as any team you want from the start, online or off.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game is a great use of the Wii's technology, and combined with Disney characters, art and music themes we know and love, this is a charming game, and it's not too cutesy for the older kids in your family - although your emo teenager will probably turn their pierced nose up at it.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those that sold their originals, or are just wanting to play some of the games on here will get great value out of the disk.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's sad, scary, kooky, weird and wonderful: everything that we love about the Fallout universe.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The sequel possesses hours of extra activities, a more complicated plot and still manages to maintain a great gameplay engine while adding some much appreciated tweaks to expand the controls slightly.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Although it’s disappointing that New Zealand isn’t one of the twenty international teams included in the game, that disappointment is greatly outweighed by all the positives.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With so many vehicle parts, places to go and people to see, Nuts & Bolts is going to be a game you keep going back to. Just getting to the end will require hours of commitment, but, it’s not like you need an excuse, right? Apart from a confusing premise (the story is a little bit weak) and the small text, this game is a massive success.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you've been hoping for a hardcore, mega-challenging, controller-tosser, this probably isn't for you. But if you like the idea of exploring an incredibly well realised world, with loads of variety and gameplay that won't rule out the very young (or very old...), Kirby's latest adventure is a rare treat - doubly so if you've got friends or family to enjoy it with. Highly recommended.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A charming platformer. It comes loaded with a sense of style and humour that only developer The Behemoth possess. An incredibly funny narrator, adorable creature design, and cut-scenes that look like paper-doll puppetry all amount to a stylistically cohesive game that has tight platforming to boot (albeit with a few mechanical hiccups).
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Played through quickly, Patapon is an eight hour game which - when played correctly - can be as long as 15 to 20.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I don't want to repeat myself, but this version of Plants vs. Zombies is my favourite - it's simply the best way to play the game. A mouse does the trick just fine, but you can't beat the immersion factor of directly touching on parts of the screen to direct the action. It's just cool.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, you have to weigh up the cost against the replay value – which is low, unless you're into collecting trophies or DLC. For us, this was the only downside to an excellent overall package, and a truly worthy sequel to one of the most engrossing and popular puzzlers around.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Lots of places to go, lots of enemies to see. The bosses are a joy to battle, and you ought to take a great deal away from these enormously fun interactions.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from the challenges, truly mastering the controls of this game and really exploring the available environments will keep you busy forever.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best survival action adventures you’ll come-across. To be experienced with dimmed lights, the sound cranked up and a pair of diapers handy.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    PS4 power and updates have made a great game, even better.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Football games have never been better than Madden 15.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The car models are fantastic, essentially moving the graphics of the arcade racer into the realm of the driving sims.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When I sit back and think about Smash Bros I think about how amazed a gamer from the mid 90s would find it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It has taken all the boring bits of the genre, reworked them and delivered a well polished game that continues to surprise and delight.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game is superb and although there are some still slight glitches, offers the most comprehensive and realistic football games on the market.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As mentioned at the beginning of the article, when I first played Magic the Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 I was expecting the same experience as last year, simply with new decks. The fact that Magic the Gathering - Duels of the Planeswalkers 2014 brings a new game mode, in the shape of Sealed Play, to the table (excuse the pun) really adds to the Magic the Gathering feel.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Watching a robbery go down with detached movie-convention-predictability and suddenly realising you have to intervene can freeze you up like Paul Henry spotting a mustache on a lady. It adds the third dimension that makes this game a game. In any case, it's an entertaining variation on screaming, "Don't go in there!" at a flickering screen in the dark.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No matter which way your see it - 2D or 3D - Dead or Alive is one of the best titles on 3DS and, potentially, the best handheld fighting game ever.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bastion is a fun and engrossing ride, and I highly recommend grabbing the demo to see if it's your kind of thing. Allow the soothing (well, gravelly) voice of the narrator to wash over you, and go find out just what happened to this destroyed, understated, beautiful world.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Theatrhythm Final Fantasy is, quite simply, a superbly polished game that benefits to no small degree from having 25 years of amazing material to draw from.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great experience. Those who have had the joy of playing it on the PS3 or XBOX360 won't find anything new here, but for everyone else, this is one fantastic little portable title.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Five fun slices of an extremely delicious pie. If you’ve never played Half Life 2 before, this package will keep you occupied for some time to come, and rarely makes a wrong move.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s an understatement to say Gears of War 2 is the epitome of action. This game defines the genre.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An amazing looking game with amazing gameplay.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is something to be said for the thrill of thinking you could feasibly put hundreds of hours into this game and still have new cars to unlock. Replay value here is through the roof, but if you didn’t get that into playing it the first time, it might not be for you.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The mixture of over-the-top action, outrageously powerful weapons and cinematic presentation ensures that the non-stop thrill-ride action keeps the adrenaline flowing throughout.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thankfully the combat controls are simple and intuitive.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if this is your first taste of the franchise, if you like horror, violence, severed limbs and bodies crushed into seeping bloody pulp, then the dark depths of dead space is just the place for you.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not perfect but, instead of the faults (little things like visual glitches, etc) piling up to become an unbearable thorn in your side, they're more like the eccentricities of a favorite uncle. It's whacky, weird, and wonderful.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, there is still room for improvement with Skate 3 with regards to the customisation and off-board controls, but it looks like the days of the Tony Hawk reign might be finally gone. Whoop!
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is definitely one of the better episodes of The Walking Dead: Season Two, and the best chapter of a Telltale game in a good few months.