NZGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,967 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 2.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Halo 4
Lowest review score: 20 Smash 'N' Survive
Score distribution:
1967 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It's far better suited as a quick kick-around, 'pick up and play game' than it's older and far more serious FIFA sibling - especially with friends.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    MAG
    It’s in these areas that MAG succeeds in what it set out to do – delivering some epic, heart-pounding and bullet-ridden multiplayer action.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Don't write Driver: San Francisco off as 'just another driving' game (despite the fact that you'll behind the wheel of various cars for 99% of the time). There is a lot more on offer here and this game will certainly be a pleasant surprise for players of the previous Driver games.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    With Socom: Confrontation that ‘nice job’ is as rewarding as ever, and considering all the obstacles you have to overcome to get it, it feels all the better.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Managing to deliver an emotional story and a big body count with lots of explosions.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    For a movie tie-in game, X-Men Origins: Wolverine has a surprisingly long 13+ hour playing time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    At this point, I’m definitely going to keep playing for a little longer with my friends, and see if the free Incursion mission coming out in April helps improve the longevity of the end-game. However, it isn’t looking too likely that The Division is going to take over as my next “gaming addiction” the way I’m sure Ubisoft were hoping it would.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Sheer awesomeness - for Queen fans, at least.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Although the new features are welcome, Madden NFL 13 has nothing that will draw you in if you've tried the games before, and found them cluttered, confusing, and just plain hard to get into. But, for those who enjoy some pixelated pigskin, Madden 13 is solid, occasionally slick, and not afraid to wear some big hits in order to gain a few yards.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    With its well crafted, cleverly designed levels and impressively high production values, Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is a 'must play'... but like that fanciful Friday night party, such a pity that it's all over too soon.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Overall I think PES 2009 has the makings of a great game that’s just been held back by the lack of forward momentum.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Gatling Gears is most definitely an entertaining arcade title. It's polished, action-packed and fun. But it is a limited experience, one unfortunately let down by a lack of narrative and variety.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    If you like old school RPGs, but never played the original release, buying Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen may be the best fifty dollars you’ll spend all year. If you bought the original, and all the downloadable missions, sorry people, prepared to get gouged.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Joe Danger is great fun wrapped around a retro sound track and some clean cartoon graphics. He's a likeable little motorhead with a goofy grin and, as with all daredevils, a rather unhealthy obsession with fame and a charming little death wish.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Sorcery does have a few minor shortcomings, but overall it's a beautifully presented Move title, which is surprisingly fun to play. Your budding young wizards will most likely love it.
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    • 78 Critic Score
    The humour is corny and sometimes you want to slap Mark Matthews for his lack of conversation choices, but it’s an enjoyable way to pass the time, and if you fail then you can play again to try and nab that hot Army guy or try to unlock the "secret easter egg date".
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Sheer awesomeness - for Queen fans, at least.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    There is no doubt that this is a quirky game; however it hangs together well and delivers an entertaining gaming experience.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Regardless of the questionable depth, and maybe slightly high price, you'd have to have a heart of stone to regret time spent with When Vikings Attack. It might be a bit repetitive, but it continues to be fun to biff cars and bombs about, all while listening to the humorous banter between your lot and everyone else.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Not for the weak stomached, but a well thought-out shooter for early adopters of Playstation VR.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Han Solo steals the show again, even in tiny minifig form.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    This is still football at it's finest for Xbox 360 or PS3 owners. It's difficult to justify it for owners of FIFA '14, but these titles always do well with a non-footballing audience. It’s ideal for gamers who enjoy the sport and want to get immersed in World Cup fever when June rolls around.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    While it's probably best suited to fans of the franchise, the game's gorgeous animal antics are guaranteed to generate warm fuzzies in all but the coldest of hearts.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The game is quite difficult to master, which will leave a lot of challenges unbeaten while you're still learning and that will extend the life of Stoked quite nicely, so long as you don't hurl the controller down and stalk off cursing Bongfish's name.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The play modes don't introduce anything broadly new, and the quest mode hasn't been executed to its full potential. However, it's still a decent addition to the collection, and the singleplayer and band modes work seamlessly.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    High Moon Studios have injected just the right amount of crazy into this game and fans of the comics will latch onto it immediately. Others however, might need to prepare themselves for one of the maddest gaming experiences they’ve ever encountered.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Personally I think this DLC (at the right price) is the ideal way to go. FIFA '12 owners waiting for the next annual iteration to kick-off wouldn't be keen to splash out $100 in between games.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of Bejeweled there's a good chance you'll also enjoy this variant. Be warned, though: it takes a little time adjusting to the different mechanics, but it does kinda grow on you.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Still – there is a lot to be said for the ability to sling on a proton pack and stand shoulder to shoulder with the four members of the Ghostbusters, to catch a ghost in your beam and drag it down towards a trap.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    While there was nothing exceptional or innovative about Binary Domain online, what worked was fine - which sums up the entire game. With the fairly significant exception of the voice recognition, what you have is a pretty good shooter.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    With its solid list of national teams, good selection of competitions and game modes, including the Champion's League, and simple arcade-style gameplay, PES 2012 offers a footballing experience that's accessible and enjoyable.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Thankfully the running game has been upgraded from Madden 13.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    This could have been a great game. Heck, it still is, but it is a real shame they did not put more effort into the player instructions instead of relying on the player to work things out as they went on. Despite this, if you are a fan of space trading and combat games, this will light up your night sky and deliver you hours of happy game play.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed the Monkey Island series you will probably feel right at home dumpster diving on Deponia.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    It's an enjoyable game, and I have had the songs stuck in my head for a few days after playing it. If you're a fan of Glee, and enjoy having a sing along at home, you will most likely enjoy this.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Drawn to Life is by no means a bad game, it's just a simple one with innovative mechanics thrown into the mix.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Although the game isn't ground-breaking, it's well worth that trip down memory lane - especially to anyone who didn't play the Wii version.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    It is a very, very good series of puzzles. And, (I suppose we can't avoid the elephant in the room any longer) if you've been looking for the smaller, cheaper, nephew to Professor Portal, without the co-op play, the polished presentation, or the laughs, Quantum Conundrum is it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    And as with previous Off Road Fury games, the handling is fun and accessible while the competitive AI supplies a surprisingly tough challenge right from the start.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The controls are a mixed bag.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    A good option for those times when you have a few minutes to kill, and for less than the cost of the Dom Post, it's a real bargain.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Spec Ops: The Line spurs you through the eight hour campaign thanks to some incredible cut-scenes and storyline progression, but sadly makes every interactive experience in-between fairly mundane.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    With its colourful visuals, animated soundtrack and a real sense of “pick up and play” gaming, Age of Booty is a title most people with Xbox Live should check out, even if it is just for the demo, as chances are you’ll like what you see and purchase it for 800 MS points.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Microsoft's Kinect is impressive tech and granted, has had a rough time making any headway in the world of gaming. It's here, though, that the motion-capture technology excels. Giving kids a creative outlet in an educational realm is fantastic and Kinect works beautifully for navigating media and getting people up off the couch.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Seasons is to The Sims what MSG is to cooking (minus the possibly toxic side effects): it enhances the overall experience. Even if you've played it to death already, the simple application of weather and seasonal content guarantees plenty more mileage from the original game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    With a mixture of action and basic puzzles, they'll spark the imagination, keep them laughing, and soak up a decent amount of energy too. It's perfect for a lazy Sunday when you just want to sit back and read the paper.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Still enough juice in this well-worked smoothie of fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    LEGO City is a great game - but I do wonder just how many limitations the hardware had on the final product. Perhaps it has nothing to do with the Wii U, but for Traveller's Tales to omit multiplayer altogether? That seems an unlikely choice, considering their previous work.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Twang the Fox is good fun. It's highly accessible and does a great job in adding variation to the gameplay, despite the basic mechanics.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    It's big, dumb fun, presented in a package that might be derivative, but at least has a lot of polish. The story is forgettable, and the jumping is entertaining.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    But ultimately The Force Unleashed II is let down most by the short campaign mode which most people will be able to plough through in around 5 hours with time added for a couple of unlockable Challenges thrown in.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    In the end the high difficulty will drive away casual gamers so trying the demo first is a must. But between the tough bosses and fast gameplay, this is a worthy successor to the NES original.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Whether you go to whole-hog and play in 3D, or your budget only extends to 2D, the games are all largely the same as when they were originally released - only brighter and sharper.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Sore fingers aside though, The Simpsons Arcade Game not that difficult.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Set in an enchanted world of monsters and mysticism, Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom brings together exotic locations, plenty of puzzles, platforms, and a large chunk of bonding between a boy and his big furry muppet monster.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    It would have been perfect with a little more polish and gameplay variety, but it still manages to be enjoyable, not too hard or scary for younger kids, and a nice looking game that adults hopefully shouldn’t find too unbearable to play with the young ‘uns.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    For anyone who hasn’t had their fill of retro side-scrolling platformers, Broforce effortless and undeniable fun. Load-up, settle in, and invite a few bros.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Soul Sacrifice pulls you in with an interesting premise; retelling the exploits of a dead sorcerer. The levels are short and brutal, making it ideal for a lunch break brawl. As far as action RPGs go, this is the best Vita has to offer thus far, but it’s far from perfect.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    OlliOlli is addictive and challenging. While face-plants and missed jumps are common, the accessible gameplay and gentle learning curve will keep players coming back for more.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    While strategically deep; pacing and control issues prevent this game from being fantastic.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    In the end the high difficulty will drive away casual gamers so trying the demo first is a must. But between the tough bosses and fast gameplay, this is a worthy successor to the NES original.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    This is a mindless game really. Catching virtual fish, trying to beat a game clock, and working out the right lure to fool the fickle fish. But - and this is a qualified but - it is still strangely entertaining.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Overall, EndWar got right the part I thought would go horribly wrong – the voice system – yet didn’t manage to get the more traditional RTS stuff up to the same level. As a result, this game is fun for a little while, but might not hold your attention for too long.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    Despite all of this nonsense, Virtua Tennis 4 still packs in plenty of authentic traditional tennis.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    After raising the bar higher and higher, this version seems to come across as underwhelming.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    In the end the high difficulty will drive away casual gamers so trying the demo first is a must. But between the tough bosses and fast gameplay, this is a worthy successor to the NES original.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fat Princess, despite the dodgy premise, is heaps of fun. It’s old-school gameplay with a fresh new look.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Feels like an intern, in that it knows what it wants to be - but it isn't quite sure how to do it yet. From a simple consumer point of view, this isn't THE game. But from an industry standpoint, it's an exciting warning shot to Turismo and Forza.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    At no point in the adventure do you ever suspect you're playing a cellphone game, nor do you feel like the experience is ever less than it can or should be. It's fun to play with a cool (if formulaic and linear) tale to tie the various levels together. If you're at all interested in Kingdom Hearts and have a DS, there's no reason to leave this one on the shelf - just make sure you've played through Birth by Sleep before you do!
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A challenging platformer disguised as a racer.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    We managed to tear through over half the songs before my voice starting shutting down from overexposure to my bad falsetto. We were anything but bored. The songs are fun, the videos are hilariously bad, and a good time was had by all involved (except Tristan, who just seemed a little awkward through most of this).
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you can deal with the clunky combat, the terrible script and the quirky, unreal animation, there’s a game and a story underneath that RPGers will enjoy. Just don’t expect the world’s most polished game - you won’t find it here.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As an action game, this can't contend with the top dogs in the genre, but that's a moot point, because it isn't just an action game. It's a Transformers game. And Transformers: War for Cybertron is better than anything else we've seen from the license before.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It might be asking for a lot of faith from gamers without a decent story tying it all together, but the good news is Season One adds up as one of the better Hitman titles in recent years. Episode two, set in Sapienza, was particularly enjoyable and there is a lot of replayable content as you try and unlock different assassination methods or uncover secret collectibles. However I wouldn’t be surprised that playing through all six chapters in one sitting loses it’s impact somewhat.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As a driving game, it actually handles pretty nicely.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A delightful little hack n’ slash rpg despite, or maybe because of, its flaws.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you're at all into shooters and like the idea of something bitesize you can consume whenever you feel the need, there's just no reason to leave this on the shelf.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For now, our recommendation would be that if you're looking for a fighting game that skimps on story and has just a handful of options, but still delivers tournament-ready credentials, look no further. Killer Instinct is making a brash play at the top table and, as far as we can tell, it's got the goods.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, we liked Battlefield Play4Free. The formula of quick, full-on combat makes this a game you can pick up and play when you have a spare 15 minutes or so.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ashes of Ariandel is a competent piece of downloadable content for Dark Souls III. It checks all the right boxes and makes all the right moves. It’s gorgeous, mysterious, but it’s also tame. While it does fill in the gaps around one of the series’ bigger question marks, no amount of mystique can hide the fact that there isn’t a lot on offer here.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite feeling overwhelmed, and despite still feeling occasionally confused delving through the ridiculous amount of information and menus, there's something really addictive about Football Manager 2012.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    At $49.95, Luigi U is still pretty steep as far as DLC goes, and it’s probably not vital unless you really love the original game and just can’t get enough.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The strangeness of The Sims Medieval is still here, of course; the title is not-quite a strategy game, not-quite an RPG, not-quite The Sims. And fans of each of these different genres will still find the gameplay to be a bit odd. But for all its quirks, it's still extremely more-ish, and the Pirates and Nobles expansion just brings even more good stuff to the game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Once you've beaten the two and a quarter hour experience you'll find little to go back for.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Call of Duty is the Coca Cola of the game industry. Popular, unchanging, and tastes good to most, but it’s still the same stuff.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All the depth of 2D King of Fighters, none of the beauty.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It is action-packed however, and combined with the amount of 80’s Transformers fanfare added in, it’s a decent experience for anyone who still remembers Soundwave as a retro cassette tape deck.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's also a fun game for adults to play in a party situation, and is likely to provide some level of entertainment to people of all ages - just keep in mind the high waggle factor and the convoluted controls; this will definitely lead to frustration for some.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A solid, meaty title. It has hours of gameplay, satisfying character trees, and a wealth of online role playing experiences to churn through. It’s safe and secure. It serves up the classic habitual MMORPG experience, albeit with a “Tamriel Twist”. And for many gamers, this will be fine. But Bethesda have created an example - not an evolution - of the genre.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An excellent fighting game, wrapped in an incomplete package.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In the end, The Godfather II has the recipe for an excellent game filled with action, mindless violence, great characters and strategic thought. But you just can’t help but shake the feeling that it doesn’t quite feel 100% finished.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you don’t have Lego Star Wars or Lego Star Wars II and you’re in the market for a cute, family-friendly affair that can be enjoyed by young and old, then Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga is worth every penny. However, if you already own either game, you’re not going to find much here to justify the price.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Graphically the game looks to be on par with the PS2 titles, but what makes DDD shine above the rest is the 3D.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Just don't expect it to do more than tread water in anyway whatsoever and you won't be disappointed.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For those who’ve already played Capsized on PC, the console version comes with four extra levels, but I don’t know if that’s enough to justify buying the whole game again unless you really liked it and are desperate for more content. If you haven’t played it yet, and are on the hunt for a cheap and charming, if at times frustrating, indie platformer, then a journey with Capsized’s crew is a good way to go.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Where it is impressive is in the explosion and smoke effects – the combination of high impact sound, bright/expansive visuals and the shake of your camera makes for quite an impact.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Although it's easy to lose track of what's happening aurally in any game with an action element, the music in White Knight is consistently brilliant.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Universe is a good game that deserves serious consideration by RTS fans that are looking for a new game that doesn't stray too far from the Command & Conquer mould.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I think fans will have a lot of fun with this one, as long as they take this for what it is: a platformer released on an aging console, with a helluva lot of personality and charm – a little like Homer himself.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It is a shame that V is largely a backwards step compared to IV, at least in terms of value. Playing this game, I get the overwhelming impression that the developers were phoning it in - who knows, maybe the budget was slashed, or they (somehow) didn't have much time.