NZGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,954 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 Deca Sports Freedom
Score distribution:
1954 game reviews
    • 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).
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bound is an ugly game, but it’s the most powerful, most enchanting kind of ugly. It dares to reject videogames’ obsession with “looking good” and instead focuses on using visual design to complement the core themes and emotional hook of the game.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If this is to be the Vita’s swansong, it’s a fantastic one.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A fresh, compelling take on the “cabin in the woods”-style teen horror.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you have a 3DS, Fire Emblem Fates is a must-buy; if you don’t, it’s yet another reason, on top of so many others, to get one. Just be sure you do your research, and stick to Birthright unless you’re absolutely ready for the challenge Conquest has to offer.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Submerged won’t be a game for everyone, in the same way that the likes of Gone Home and Dear Esther aren’t for everyone, but that doesn’t make it any less remarkable. But if you can hear the music that this game is playing - and I’d urge you to give it an earnest go - you’ll find something that may just take your breath away.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you have a 3DS, Fire Emblem Fates is a must-buy; if you don’t, it’s yet another reason, on top of so many others, to get one. Just be sure you do your research, and stick to Birthright unless you’re absolutely ready for the challenge Conquest has to offer.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Stunning visuals and tight combat make up for a lacklustre story mode.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A gripping story and simulative combat combined with a fantastic multiplayer system makes Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare a must-have on your Christmas wish list.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it lacks in a few areas, Smackdown vs Raw 2011 has raised the bar with the unpredictable WWE Universe mode, Road to WrestleMania and Match Creation system. This is like a sandbox wrestling title; the WWE is your playground, do with it what you will.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The improvements - while not always immediately in your face - add up into an extremely tight, polished gem. Very few people will regret buying FIFA 12.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When all the elements work in tandem, this game is extremely immersive - particularly if you have a 5.1 system (or at least a subwoofer) and an HD TV.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’re up for a challenge, MH Generations is an incredibly rewarding and satisfying experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the tracks themselves that are the star.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Small victories will have you grinning from ear to ear in the face of ever greater hardship.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quite simply the definitive version of Twilight Princess.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Its presentation is some of the best on the Wii and will silence those who feel that Nintendo doesn't know modern production values. However, at the same time the gameplay remains the simple and accessible stuff that has sold the console to the masses.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The same loveable Fallout formula far outweighs bugs and directionless new systems.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game that lucky little boy’s Dad created is dark, charming, and wildly varied, with a merge of English and Japanese imagery.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is worth experiencing for the atmosphere alone – it's a great world to get caught up in, yet at the same time it's very easy to simply dip your toe once in a while.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily one of the most jam-packed, visually impressive launch titles that has probably ever been released.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Radiant Silvergun is a triumph and arguably one of the best (if not the best) game of its type available - on any platform.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guild Wars 2 can be what players want to make of (and take from) it, which is pretty much what every good MMO should aspire to. All up, it's been a resounding success.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sine Mora is a unique take on shoot 'em ups and if you're a masochist, the arcade and challenge modes are perfect for you. It's a welcome addition to the genre, and somewhat of a surprise title - especially this late in the console cycle.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately there's less micro-management in Cities: Skylines than in SimCity, but it in no way feels like something cut-down or "cloney." No, Cities: Skylines is its own game - an impressive feat considering the lineage of the genre.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That small gripe aside, MLB The Show 15 is an excellent game and the franchise still rivals FIFA and Madden for the best sports simulation game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hilarity underscored by humanity - a winning formula.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Politics aside, Blizzard have done what they do best: produced a great online multiplayer game.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s - once again - the best version available, and the updates really are significant this time around.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It won't be to everyone's taste, but if you can find a way to try it out before buying, then you may be surprised at just how much you get into it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some directionless new systems and pandering historic tie-ins can’t undermine its achievements.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    'Splosion Man is about the most fun I have had with a platform game since New Super Mario Bros, or Sonic Advance 2.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I don’t think I’ve had this much fun with any other game so far this year, it’s been a true highlight. I can’t wait to jump back in and replay my favourite sections, compete for higher scores and have some fun in the Chaos Squad mode.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There’s a careful balance between sticking to a series’ roots at the risk of getting stale, and pushing boundaries at the risk of straying from what made the series great to start with – but that’s a tightrope Kirby’s been walking effortlessly for 25 years.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If I had children I would be playing this game with them (probably in co-op mode). It felt like Labyrinth and The Neverending Story were distilled down into a wonderfully simple adventure game. There’s nothing too heavy and the fairytale-ness of the game is handled so damn well.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s cute, it’s gorgeous, it’s addictive, and most importantly, it’s fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Halo is an experience worth repeating and CEA is the treatment that the original deserved. Highly recommended.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Horror, and actual consequences makes for an enthralling game let down only by the slow beginning.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The combat is sublime (even the dodging is fun), the environments are bizzarre and the action incredibly intense. Bosses are spectacular, many and varied and there's lots of it to go around.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bound in Blood has a lot to offer. Great, fun gameplay mixed with likeable characters, an unpredictable plot-twisting storyline and jaw dropping visuals makes up for a high-quality title.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Players looking for a pure stealth game will be disappointed, but everyone else will find in Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena a healthy mix of action, stealth and heavy weapon gameplay.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the moment the game begins, to the moment the credits start rolling, it’s obvious that Moon Studios were crafting this out of love. While most may play a second time to earn every achievement, many will just want to experience the fantastic presentation one more time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics are really lovely, the greens are green, the blues are blue, and my elephantitis-afflicted hero is a sort of mottled grey. Career mode is a pretty good simulation of what actual golfers must go through, and is one of the best career modes in a sports game I’ve played in a long time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tyranny is a tale about evil, but not as you know it. It sidesteps the predictable tropes of grayscale morality by shifting the spectrum entirely. The first few hours of the game are spent in disgust, but by the end you’ll become numb to your actions; evil becomes banal, terror and violence normalized. You’re not a moustachioed villain, as you so often are in games with morality meters – you’re a bureaucrat. And it’s terrifying.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you were ever looking for a WWE title where you write the story or spam the online services with b-grade knock offs of Cloud Strife, look no further.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is no better way to wrap up the last few chapters of Naruto.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While ultimately echochrome ii is a sparse puzzler where you point a light source at a cluster of coloured blocks, it is so lovely, so seamless, and so enjoyable to play (not to mention bloody difficult at times), I'm adamant if you are going to purchase a Move this Christmas, echochrome ii is an absolute must-have.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Players looking for a pure stealth game will be disappointed, but everyone else will find in Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena a healthy mix of action, stealth and heavy weapon gameplay.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Existing fans of the franchise will be head over heels for Birth by Sleep. Everything you love is here with new twists and turns, and this is ironically the longest game in the series. It may even be the best game in the series so far.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As well as being wonderfully constructed, the environment drips with atmosphere.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tales from the Borderlands got off to a good start last year, and now that Atlas Mugged is finally here, the series has only gotten better.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A surprisingly solid port - given the switch to controller.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Apart from the slight faults in the AI and voice-acting, Ubisoft has done an amazing job in creating a unique gaming experience and a solid new franchise.
    • 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!
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The atmosphere in Resident Evil is second to none, and it's something that needs to make a comeback.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the size, Smash Bros. feels right at home on the 3DS.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The living, breathing world of Sunset Valley, the town that comes pre-packaged with the game, is a fascinating one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    ocket Knight is one of the best downloadable games available and Climax, and Konami deserve all the acclaim they are bound to get from it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bayonetta 2 is bigger, faster, crazier, and prettier than the original, and is very much deserving of your time.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What I like about Borderlands 2 is that the game can be as complicated or straightforward as you like.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you've been hanging out for some wholesome fun, F1 Race Stars has got it - in bucket loads. Now all we need are some more tracks!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Massive and beautiful. Classic roleplaying at it’s finest
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But for all those FIFA fans who are annoyed at the dodgy AI and lack of real control in FIFA ’09 – I think it’s safe to say you won’t be disappointed with this year’s edition. Whether playing single player and pushing your team through tournaments or taking your personal ‘Be a Pro’ player online and making a name for yourself – there are hours upon hours of pure football brilliance here.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Most importantly though, it appears that Bungie are learning how to write and present an excellent single-player story to match the multiplayer prowess of Halo.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It brings new humour, new methods of interaction, and a much more fleshed-out portrayal of personality for your Sims. In fact, it can be argued that this is the desert-island expansion pack; the pack you'd choose if you could only pick one. If you own the Sims 3 you need to buy Generations.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New players may find all the back story and references from XIII a bit confusing, however with the inclusion of a "beginner's primer" in the menu, there's no reason why longtime fans of the series as well as complete newcomers won't get a brilliant gaming experience out of this title. Two thumbs up!
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its subtle but significant changes to the gameplay, and with the leaderboards providing excellent motivation for just one more go, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 will last players until their skills plateau. Even those that are loath to get into the fuzzy area of downloadable content and digital rights management owe it to themselves to purchase this game. It’s simply that good.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I am just one reviewer who found it far too pointlessly violent.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Minecraft isn’t for everybody (fortunately, there’s a free demo that you can try), but for those who will hear its call, it’s easily one of the best games available on Xbox One.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's probably about four people on the planet that won't enjoy this game and 80% of the rest of us that do enjoy it will be very impressed by both what it brings to the genre and how it goes about presenting that gameplay to the player.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game that finally convinced me to get a Telltale account.