NZGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 2,057 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: 77
Highest review score: 100 Gears of War 4
Lowest review score: 20 Smash 'N' Survive
Score distribution:
2057 game reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite the sad excuse for a sandbox mode, Naruto: Ultimate Ninja is the best Naruto game on PlayStation 2; this installment refines the series further with flashier visuals and mini-games.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    DiRT Showdown does a great job of bringing an action packed racing experience to the living room - but it won't appeal to gamers looking for that rallying sim. Additionally it isn't focused on a racing career, such as the previous titles have been. But if that still sounds appealing, you won't be disappointed....give it a try.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Rather than stretching to make a multi-bajillion dollar, true-to-life racing simulation, Sidhe have focused their efforts on producing a rather cute, well-designed, simple puzzle/platform racer and the awards speak for themselves.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Essentially, if the original Rainbow Six: Vegas didn’t float your boat then this game probably won’t do much for you at all. But for hardcore fans of the original or for others who didn’t get round to playing it, Vegas 2 should definitely be worth checking out.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Catherine has a niche market in fans of brutally difficult puzzle titles, RPG - Persona fans - may want to rent before buying it due to its high difficulty.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Although a lot of the new content is pretty fun, unlike some of the best expansions, Showtime doesn't feel particularly integrated with the rest of the Sims world, an aspect I always look forward to when I get a new expansion.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Skylanders Giants delivers what would easily have been the best toy/game of my childhood and I can foresee this being the game that gets a lot of young kids into the medium. The fact that it looks and sounds great and has amazing quality toys to go along with it only sweetens the deal.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    No doubt about it, you'll definitely get your money's worth here. It may not be the most memorable or challenging RPG you'll play, and is definitely not without its frustrations, but Golden Sun: Dark Dawn is a respectable package - with sufficient character and quality to hold your interest right through to the end. It's a good game for younger players to cut their RPG teeth on… and for the fans, of course.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is a Star Wars game that reminds you how brilliant Mr. Lucas’ creations can be. But I can’t stress this enough – there are plenty of frustrations to be encountered amongst the brilliance too.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Viewed as a standalone title, Silent Hill: Homecoming is extremely competent, but as a sequel, it falls short of progressing the series in any meaningful way.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Big splash in the grand scheme of quarter four 2009? No. Big splash on the Wii? For what it is, absolutely.
    • 63 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Worth the price, worth the time, and worth the last level.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All up though, Speed Racer is colourful, funny, has good music and the graphics still hold up on the aging PS2. In fact, I would go so far as to say Speed Racer makes a much better game than it does a movie.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    You can’t be a master of everything, and Tom Happ has cleared mastered the exploration element, level design, and sense of progression - the most fundamental parts of a Metroidvania game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Zen Pinball and their latest Star Wars offering is a fascinating blend of old-school gaming with the level of interactivity that can be obtained on a console. Despite the repetitive nature of only needing to hit two buttons, there is definitely room to hone your skills and maximise your high scores as you understand the table layout and improve your reflexes. If you remember the good old days of tilting and yelling at an old pinball table in an arcade parlour, Zen are definitely keeping the spirit alive here.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There is little doubt that The 40th Day packs in a barrel load of action and is an ideal way to bond with a male friend over a couple of beers and some beef jerky.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s not a ground-breaking title, and those last few levels almost had me rage-quitting, but the traits allow for some fun strategies and if you’re wanting an enjoyable sci-fi story with your TBS/RPG elements, then Halfway is more than worth the miniscule price being asked for it. I look forward to the sequel (please).
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Great in sprints, but tedium might put off players looking for deeper experiences.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A simple, additive game and one which we found was a lot of fun to play.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As a zombie twin-stick shooter it gets the job done, but its qualities are lessened by lost potential. Nothing jumps out at you, and everything seems to have been done better in other games.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sadly, whoever picks this up will find something to dislike, from an over-reliance on cutscenes to watered down fights, or the fact that smaller details are only found in the anime. What we have here is a title that is trying to be the best Naruto game ever made, but is held back due to not knowing what kind of game it wants to be; this is made even more frustrating by the fact that it comes so close.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It ain't a revolution, folks, but racing on ice probably isn't something you're going to get to do in real life, so you take what you can get.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a mental gym, Smart As is a good option. It's fun, well put together, and you'll look forward to your daily workout. Frustrations aside, it's well worth a look.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Not an overhaul, but a refinement.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It looks nice, moves at a good clip and you always feel like you’re able to control the car and know exactly when you lose your grip. The Flashback feature feels like something with a lot of promise and we can’t wait to see what the next racing game that rolls out of the garage at Codemasters will be like.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you’re stuck playing PayDay 2 in singleplayer, or if connection problems and waiting for players to join drives you crazy, you’ll want to do the same.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Warriors series has a special place in my heart, and is easily something you could judge by face value for being too much of the same thing, or just another musou. It’s not completely different from its predecessors, but there are definitely no two alike, especially with the emotional story locked up in each. Go get the game and give yourself a weekend with it, especially if you’re now the one wheezing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The unashamedly jovial and fun tone of Batman: The Brave and the Bold is sure to please gamers young and old.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As I mentioned, the boss fights and characters in the game have their own style and charm, and the graphics and pacing of the game is, for the most part, spot on. While the game doesn’t reach the heights of Sonic Adventure, it does manage to fit nicely alongside most of the recent Sonic offerings.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There is still no denying that Afro Samurai is an entertaining visual treat. The aesthetics of the game are a joy to behold and when you get into the zone you are bound to witness gory scenes of pure awesomeness.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It brings a sense of passion and build-up to a football match which EA Sports haven’t captured as of late.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The concept is good and the combination of play styles almost works; however the driving and chase aspects of the game really let it down. When you strip away this and the action elements of the game, it is basically a puzzle solver.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For new players, it may be a stepping stone to true greatness. Fans of the older Civ games may enjoy it for nostalgia. It may also serve as a 'nicotine patch' for megalomaniacs; a healthier alternative to wasting whole days taking over the world. The serious Civ fans, however, should keep to their PCs: this one isn't for them.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This game is not going to break new ground in innovation but what it does do is deliver a good solid game that has well thought out online play, a good three player co-op mode and a solid single player experience.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's hard to deny that a coop beat-em-up with loads of visual flair and plenty of replayability (thanks to the various characters and even character builds you can try) represents damn good value for around $16 (it's 800 of Microsoft's mystical Points.) It's frustrating that you can't really find anyone to play with online, but friends / local coop cures that and, let's face it, this sort of game is more fun with friends than strangers anyway.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The simple, bold graphics, tailored for smaller screens, look fine on the living room telly and the soundtrack is not obtrusive or distracting.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Viewed as a standalone title, Silent Hill: Homecoming is extremely competent, but as a sequel, it falls short of progressing the series in any meaningful way.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I found Wii Party to be pretty average in terms of presentation, though I did enjoy the different costumes for the Miis in each game, as well as some pretty convincing animations when someone wins or loses.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you go into it with the right mindset, it will be worth your time; just don’t expect the usual level of Nintendo polish, because it’s just not up to that standard.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It features some classic nostalgia from the 80’s, a fair amount of strategy mixed with skill and is pretty addictive – especially in online multiplayer where you can have four player dogfight mayhem.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It looks dated and there have been many arcade racers since this debuted in 1994, each iterating and experimenting - taking the arcade genre to thrilling new heights.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s hard to find earlier entries in the series now, but if you can hunt one down, your money will be better spent there. However, if you’re itching for some more Advance Wars and don’t care about presentation – or indeed find the darker, moodier presentation a positive change – then you could do a lot worse than Advance Wars: Dark Conflict.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Pretty light on content but it's (nearly) a launch title so it does its job well enough, particularly when it comes to demonstrating the value-add of the 3D depth.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Clicks together beautifully like LEGO, but you might be searching for that final elusive brick.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For me, Snowfall will definitely be sticking around on my PC, but more as a feature I’ll dip into from time to time, rather than a permanent installation.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Definitely not mentally stimulating but the games will require a good level of reflexes and hand-eye co-ordination.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Elder Scrolls Online is set around 1000 years before Skyrim, and Morrowind is also stuck in the past. In terms of setting and story, this is a good and comfortable thing. In other ways it makes the game feel unoriginal. Especially when summoning a bear, and playing a capture-the-flag multiplayer match are among the main selling points. But, if you want to build a spell casting tank and dominate multiplayer matches, or wander around Tamriel crafting armour and mixing potions, The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind offers many hours of both.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's a unique experience, even if it doesn't last long (a few hours, tops), and it does develop some challenge - especially when you start competing on times and try to fill in your decal collection.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sam & Max represents fantastic value.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I wouldn’t rely on it as the only game for the summer, but it’s definitely a fun time-filler.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    When the battle’s done with and the bodies are rotting where they fell, Star Wars Battlefront is still at heart ‘Battlefield for Star Wars fans’ - and that’s what makes it great.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    At its core, All Zombies Must Die is a solid shooter with RPG elements and a decent level of character upgrading. Unfortunately, it's let down a little by the monotonous missions of 'kill that' or 'collect this'. Rachel isn't a particularly likable either - of course, you don't have to use her at all!
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But overall Shattered Dimensions is very easy on the eye.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s a must for GP fans, and recommended for racing enthusiasts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What Just Dance 3 gets right is how easy it is to load up, choose a song, and get dancing with multiple players.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This has been an exercise in balance that has proved to be worth our while. While this game might not be up to much if you’re the owner of one of the hulking beasts that are Microsoft and Sony’s consoles, if you’re a Wii owner, don’t be put off by what you’ve read.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's recommended as a good multi-player fun fest, but genuine fans might find it less satisfying than the last few iterations - which have been rip-snorters.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While the gameplay was OK, there were just too many things in the campaign mode that bugged me. Multiplayer is much better, however, with a solid mission-based experience and smooth interaction.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Yonder is as calming as it is addictive. I had thought I was happy with the amount I had played, only to come back the next day and complete even more quests. At just shy of $40 it's a little more than I'd want to pay for a game based around exploration, despite how wonderful the world being explored was. That hasn't stopped me from showing the island of Gemea off to all my friends though. Like a kid with the latest set of Pokémon cards, they're not really interested, but I'm going to make sure they know all about Yonder: The Charming and Calming.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While Anomaly 2 will be easy enough for people who have played the original, it can be a challenge to pick-up and play for newbies - especially once you advance onto the later levels where things heat up.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Easy and enjoyable and likely to appeal to casual gamers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Just keep in mind that the d-pad on the 360 controller is probably the worst thing since cancer (seriously, it's that bad) and that the game has a few issues that really do need resolving. If you're lucky enough to have a decent controller, however, don't let the bugs stop you getting on board - it's solid Street Fighter action to its very core.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The addition of multiplayer adds plenty of gameplay and luckily removes some of the frustrations you’ll encounter in single-player.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A funny fighting game with the option of a drunk announcer.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For those who can't get enough, Liberation is a handy portable companion to Assassin's Creed III, but it is definitely a lighter experience both in physical form and in terms of content.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Great story content, dearth of endgame.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Wii Sports Resort perhaps doesn't go as far as a good sequel should, but it's still - yes, yes - damned good fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Magic: The Gathering is a great game and Duels of the Planeswalkers 2012 does a great job of bringing that experience into the virtual space – even if it's in a somewhat simplified form.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Overall, this is a solid, if not utterly spectacular, adventure game carefully wrapped up with a beloved license.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is the best version of the game, without a doubt, but it’s the best version of a game that is still, at it’s core, good without ever crossing the threshold into great.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But, in the end it is too easy and far too short.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An entertaining game for the young ones, but an entertaining distraction for the rest of us.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    So, Gunscape isn’t another Minecraft. It’s a game for fans of old-school first person shooters.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sure, it's hardly pretty and the chances are good you've never heard of it, but if you're hankering for a solid fighting game and don't have the wherewithal to import BlazBlue, you could do much worse than this.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Driveclub Bikes is a solid DLC. When promised extra content starts pouring in, like the trophies and unusable cars, there’s no telling how much better Driveclub Bikes might get.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite its faults, I really like Revenant Rising. It's a meld of gaming and literature that we haven't seen for a while, and that I found I've missed.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In a way, Megamagic: Wizards of the Neon Age is like a Saturday morning cartoon. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but it’s charming and special nonetheless.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you’re really into the roguelike genre, you’ll enjoy this game. I can’t claim to have been blown away by it, but there were certainly some very cool moments during my playthrough and as this game won’t set you back a huge amount on Steam anyway, if you’re craving some retro, sci-fi action, you could do worse than Sword of the Stars: The Pit.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A fun reason to jump back into Deus Ex, but not necessarily worth dropping coin for the Season Pass.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Personally I’m afraid that Flock’s gameplay quirks will harm the experience for many gamers. I didn’t find them game-wrecking by any stretch of the imagination, but there will be some people who will throw their hands up in despair.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Official movie tie-in or not, dampen down your expectations.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    If you know what you're letting yourself in for, go for it. It's a pocketable version of a minigame, with online play, and 3D that doesn't need glasses. It's honestly little more than that.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the lack of multiplayer really lets the title down in overall value, but the campaign is enjoyable (bar some rough voice acting and gameplay quirks), and will take you a good 20-30 hours to complete.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom is a valiant attempt to capture the feel of AoT that is unfortunately encumbered by some underwhelming elements.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Despite all of these comments and my own personal opinion, this review isn't telling you what football game to buy this year. Both FIFA '11 and PES 2011 are completely different games and play to their own strengths and weaknesses.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    You’re not going to find an incredible game here but what you do get is slickly presented game with a whole lot of laughs along the way.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Whatever you do, don’t just play the first 10 minutes of it. You’ll be utterly disappointed and will immediately wish you purchased another game. The biggest issue many will face is that there is no clear objective, and not a lot else to do other than walk around. But if you do play this, you’re going to need to stay committed - otherwise you’ll end up throwing your Vita against the wall.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It looks good, plays well and is a bit too short.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It may not be fun, but it’s realistic.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The game as a whole is a charming package suitable for all ages. With its user friendly interface, addictive gameplay, generous number of levels and multiple modes, Crazy Machines Elements is worth the download.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The game as a whole is a charming package suitable for all ages. With its user friendly interface, addictive gameplay, generous number of levels and multiple modes, Crazy Machines Elements is worth the download.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Dance Paradise is guaranteed to get a party started if you have Kinect and the floor space at the ready.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It’s definitely a good game, one that shows promise for an action focused future in the Resident Evil franchise, but too many little annoyances add up to prevent it from being a great game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Packed with extra activities, secret areas and a decent if not overwhelming adventure, The Legendary Starfy will no doubt have satisfied all those eager gamers waiting for it to appear in a language they could understand.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    An innovative little puzzler that stacks up well, and will keep you entertained for a weekend.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    If you want to relive the experience you loved ten years ago, get this game, but prepare to feel that crushing weight of nostalgia.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    On top of the irritating cinematics and clunky non-driving gameplay elements, the game continues to feature some unpredictable AI when racing computer drivers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Just Dance 2014 is still a whole lot of fun, particularly if you bring a few friends around to join in. Just make sure you keep a towel handy, as all that dancing can be sweaty work.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    There’s an interesting mix of characters and environments to keep the gameplay fresh, and the soundtrack is a delight. It doesn’t hold up so well as a single-player experience because of the repetitive nature if you have to do everything yourself, but it’s a great party game with some friends.

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