NZGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,573 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 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Red Dead Redemption
Lowest review score: 20 Smash 'N' Survive
Score distribution:
1,573 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of military shooters like Modern Warfare, and/or are looking for an extremely solid multiplayer game, look no further.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is a game that a lot of people can potentially enjoy; it’s a welcome return to form for Need for Speed, and worth checking out.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you are even remotely interested in tactical, turn-based RPGs and you have a PlayStation Portable, you simply need to buy this game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A shotgun barrel of fun. There really is so much to do and so little time to do it. You'll hardly ever get bored of running around torturing zombies with all manners of sadistic, man-made equipment.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A shotgun barrel of fun. There really is so much to do and so little time to do it. You'll hardly ever get bored of running around torturing zombies with all manners of sadistic, man-made equipment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Sucker Punch's Sly series is witty, irreverent, intelligent and polished.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Regardless of your particular alignment on the question as to the value proposition, Skylanders is a very well executed and fun game. It's appropriate for the entire family and delivers a compelling new hook that isn't just the same stuff re-skinned for a new generation.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's not Forza but it doesn't set out to be; instead, it aims at being the very best arcade racing game available and it succeeds most assuredly at that goal. A balls-to-the-wall thrill-ride, beginning to end, and definitely worth a thrash - if you can handle it.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Highly recommended.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Just what the doctor ordered. It's fun, clever, charming, action-packed, replayable, and, above all, loyal to DC Comics and the LEGO videogame universe. I totally dig games intended for both young hands and old minds alike and once again, Traveller's Tales have delivered.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Sound Shapes is a fun game to while away the hours with. Kids will love it and so will older gamers looking for a fun challenge. But the real love will come in enjoying playing inside a wonderful piece of art, and then creating your own.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With only two episodes left until the end, it is hard to imagine any kind of happy ending for Lee and the gang (whoever will be left by then, that is) and yet I cannot wait for episodes four and five to come out so I can slog through the rest of this journey with them to whatever (I'm assuming) tragic ending awaits us.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While there are still some issues on the bench and in the locker room, on court, where it counts, NBA 2K13 still dominates.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    WWE '13 offers a lot more of what we want (and less of what we don't) than last year's release. It features a lot more customizations, a larger roster, and superior story mode. It feels more polished. This is the game WWE '12 should have been.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    New Super Mario Bros. U feels lovingly crafted and is a welcome change from earlier, rushed, or unpolished games in the franchise. The platforming aspect is perfectly balanced, offering a decent challenge but never straying into the realms of frustrating or awkward.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Although it’s in no way game changing, Gears of War: Judgment is a fast paced, satisfyingly violent, action shooter.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    An incredibly fun bit of fantasy fulfilment as you get to test Earth’s mightiest heroes (cough) against each other. It is also a very dark look at these heroes and villains.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    There are legitimately scary moments in Last Light, to the point it’s almost one part survival horror to three parts first person shooter.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for something deep and significant, something that will eat away 100+ hours of your gaming life and still offer more, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is here and waiting.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It’s not a cheap app, but it’s a great game! The basic gameplay is identical to the game on PC and consoles, except that you use the touch screen. To do each action you’ll need to press a button on the screen (as opposed to double-tapping). I found this to be an excellent idea because you do not want to lose a soldier to an errant double-tap.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Does it stick to the MMO tradition? Absolutely. But it takes that tradition and refines it, and captures brilliantly those less tangible elements that make a great game instead of a good one - an inviting, vibrant world, the foundations for a dynamic player economy, and the freedom to take to the world as you please.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Ultimately, PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD isn’t for tower defence rookies. While fans of the franchise will be used to its quirks, its unforgiving difficulty will likely put casual players off. I came into this expecting ‘just another tower defence game’ and despite its flaws - some inherent with being a console port - PixelJunk Monsters Ultimate HD was still a pleasant surprise.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Wonderful 101 has its flaws, but thankfully they don’t surface very often, and let’s be honest, the presentation, graphical quality, humour, and insane gameplay make up for any shortcomings that may appear.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Arkham Origins has a lot to live up to. I think it gets close but sadly not close enough. You still feel like Batman, but it’s missing... something. Perhaps Batman isn’t just a man with a bunch of extraordinary gadgets, maybe he needs that creepy weirdness as well.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    it’s an action-packed, casual, and thoroughly fun experience.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Unless you desperately need a decent storyline to enjoy a game, this is a must-buy for any JRPG fan, especially for $24.95. I’ve put 95 hours into the game so far, and I’m still going strong - that should tell you all you need to know.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you’ve ever wanted to visit Europe, soak up the history and culture in Italy, or bask in the sun on a beach in southern France, then it may not be the game for you. Also, if all you want is a serious racer with the Top Gear guys telling you what to do, then stay well clear. However, if you’d rather bounce maniacally in a Dotcomesqe euro-rave or rip up a hillside of vineyards in a re-conned VW van, then Forza Horizon 2 may be just your thing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    For real FIFA fans, you’ll want this latest update not just for all of the new content, but also for the finer adjustments and improved goalkeeper AI. For more casual fans however, there might not be enough glaringly obvious updates from last year’s edition to do a Mexican wave for.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor takes the combat of the Batman games, the stealth and exploration of the Assassin’s Creed games and combines them into a really fun package.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    While the hand-to-hand battle mechanics are a bit spongy - the targeting system especially so - the gun fights are a joy to control.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    While the game provides hours of blissful fun, it would've been nice to see some more substantial improvements and gameplay changes over what "Guitar Hero II" offered.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    FEAR 2’s core is essentially a heart-stopping first person shooter, filled with memorable scenes and terrifying action. It makes shooting people fun again, unlike a lot of FPS titles where it feels like you’re killing mindless drones over and over. But the game also has mystery, suspense, horror and a brilliant storyline driving the whole experience that takes it to a new level.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A great game done better. The graphics are improved, the gameplay remains intact, and some quality content has been added into the mix. If only every port to the PC were like this.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The game is so charming that the gameplay doesn’t feel particularly repetitive. The visual style is gorgeous, the ‘romance dance’ for each type of piñata is clever and imaginative, and there’s some great music here too, in a range of styles that won’t have you reaching for the mute button any time soon.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The single-player missions (with a few activities added) clocks in at over 20 hours of captivating gameplay. Add to this the multiplayer aspects and replay value with the dynamic style of play and you have a very worthy title for your hard-earned moola.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    World Adventures brings an intriguing addition to the Sims game mechanic, some beautiful new locations and tons of great new material.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    With simpler play calling, more online options, plenty of in-game advertising and a ton of ways to spend your hard-earned cash, the game manages to make it easier for new players to get into, while still catering to its veteran fans.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    For fans of Bayonetta and those who found Gears of War a bit too slow and clunky, Vanquish is definitely going to please.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It's worth every penny and many more besides - highly recommended.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    For fans of the series, it's a no-brainer. There's so much Gundam here I'm surprised it doesn't leave little Manga stains when you put it down.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The above-average graphics do an adamant job of carrying you through what really matters in Resistance 3 - the gripping and harrowing story. Think of it as an interactive blend of Cormac McCarthy's The Road meets District 9. It's a must play for fans of the previous games, but a solid sci-fi shooter for those new to the Resistance franchise as well.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you were ever thinking you could have had enough of the series, these two games will rekindle your love for button mashing madness. We highly recommend it and look forward to seeing the Cosplay of "Two Girls and a Spartan" - thank you Ares!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A great game, and it has largely delivered on all of the pre-release hype. We do however warn you that if you are looking to buy the PC version, don't be surprised if you have some issues. It certainly knocked some of the gloss off the game for us.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Ms. 'Splosion Man's gameplay provides a manic, engrossing, and dizzying experience. But its feel and its humour add so much more.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It's a classic for a reason and Popcap continue to demonstrate their fanatical quest for perfection through ongoing dominance of the genre. Get it. You won't be sorry you did.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    For all of its crude and juvenile content, it's a hell of a lot of fun - albeit shameful fun. Sometimes we tend to take videogames a bit too seriously and, although this game probably goes too far in the other direction, you can't discredit Volition for letting loose.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The presentation of the game is top-notch, with quirky enemies (from flying cakes to something that can only be described as an evil flying comedy nose / glasses / moustache combo), great voices (and sounds in general), and an excellent story. It's funny, and very Nintendo - without feeling at all like any kind of rehash.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It's a game that asks for a bit of effort at the beginning. But, that's the kind of game it's meant to be. It's a big world to explore, and with plenty of downloads planned, it's only going to get bigger.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The story and drama are more exciting, and move in the kind of crazy direction you would expect from a game in The Walking Dead universe.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It's not an MMO as we currently define them; rather, we like to think of this as the next step in the Adventure game genre. It is pay per play, with in game shopping, but - to be frank - it's worth every penny.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    I liked Mass Effect 3 when it first released and I have to say I am liking it even more on the Wii U. Again, I think it is the graphics and the controller that do it for me.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A forgettable - but still entertaining - singleplayer campaign, and a whole host of multiplayer content to keep people satisfied for the next 12 months until Black Ops III (or whatever Treyarch has planned) hits the shelves.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Nexus will delight new players and veterans alike with its humour, enjoyable gameplay, and captivating story.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It’s important to remember that this is the first episode of a new story arc, and as such, its main purpose is to introduce the new characters and set the scene for what’s to come. And it does a fantastic job with that - especially with one hell of a cliffhanger at the end.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    TxK
    If you like the sound of a retro-inspired shooter, want a massive nostalgia hit, or just want to have a lot of fun with your Vita, TxK is a no-brainer purchase.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    So in the end, Valiant Hearts is something of a flawed masterpiece. But it’s a masterpiece nonetheless. This is a game that definitely won’t be for everyone, but it’s something that the videogame industry has been in dire of need of.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Hellgate: London presents a wonderful story set against an artfully designed world but never goes that extra mile to separate it from the masses.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Likely a platform for Splash Damage to build upon in the future, this will be one aspect of a future 'Enemy Territory 3' that they'll hopefully succeed in producing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    DiRT is one of the prettiest and most accessible racing games you’ll ever lay hands on.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A worthy continuation to the original Company of Heroes and is every bit as enjoyable.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Extreme weather variables add substance to the racing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Tough but rewarding.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Grand Theft Auto IV is very much a console-friendly game, and the PC port brings enough problems – albeit ones that won’t apply to everyone – to make me hesitate to recommend it over the original.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It’s fun, accessible to all gamers, challenging and very easy on the eye graphically.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It can be especially useful for busy people, stay-at-home parents, the self-conscious, or people who simply dislike the gym atmosphere.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    But if you're looking for a narrative driven experience that is going to shock, scare, perplex and amaze you, then Metro 2033 might just be your next stop on the line.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 wont be for everyone. But if you think you're a player off the course and don't mind getting your balls deep in the rough, go grab your Wii-mote and head for the eighteenth. Because Woods on the Wii is one of the most authentic golfing experiences you're going to get – without writing off your Sundays.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Snoopy Flying Ace has leapfrogged to the top of the downloadable pile and easily makes the shortlist of the best games on XBLA. Highly recommended.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's easy to recommend this game if you're a) a fan of the series, b) a fan of Lego titles, c) have children, or some combination of all those things.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    If you want tough, technical races where you'll get disqualified for cutting corners and time penalties for driving recklessly; if you want long races where it might take two or three laps to set up one passing manoeuvre; if what you want is a great racing sim; then, yes. F1 2010 has been well worth the wait.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It is a solid, well presented title with a hell of a lot going for it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A worthy successor to its elder brother. Compared to what came before, it's a more mature experience - and a more complete game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Hours of futuristic sporty goodness to be had. To my old Amiga buddies, come on over for a round of King of the Court. Just remember to bring those steel balls of yours.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's a pretty niche game, for sure, but if you like the sound of something action-y and strategy-y, you should definitely check it out - even if you've never heard of tower defense.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    If you absolutely must have Plants vs. Zombies on your Vita, or haven't already got it on another platform, it's an excellent - if now familiar - experience. Just be aware that the asking price means it falls somewhere short of the deal of the century, even if twenty bucks isn't exactly expensive for a title of this quality.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    SSX
    Just about everything in SSX works well. It looks fantastic and is easy to play. Though there is little point to the story, for once that doesn't matter. SSX is thrilling and, most importantly, fun. And like the best things in life, it can be summed up in a very few words. Board, snow, mountain, awesome.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It consistently challenges you to make use of your latest ability and 'Metroidvania' nuts can take great pleasure in the rewards of backtracking, while it doesn't penalize players who don't.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    While it might not be all that suited to the quick 'pick-up and play' format, Gravity Rush's novel combination of platformer, beat 'em-up, RPG, and puzzler make this a very worthy game for the Vita.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    While it's definitely not going to win any awards in the gameplay department, it does dial up the level of detail that we can expect visually from an open-world game. It also delivers enjoyable, intensely violent action for anyone who wishes they could fill the boots of Chow Yun Fat or Jet Li.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    While the talented (and surprisingly small) team of developers at Giant Sparrow deserve immense credit for their efforts here, I think Sony also deserve a pat on the back for publishing unique art-house titles like this.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    That Treyarch and Activision aren't just resting on their laurels, and are happy to inject new ideas into the experience, is something that should be rewarded by your interest. Interactivity in the way the campaign flows, in particular, is rewarding and fresh, and is something I hope we see more of.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's a fun first person shooter. One with story issues and awful characters, but also with hunting and manta rays and hang gliding over beautiful scenery.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Heart of the Swarm is a solid expansion that builds on and refines the Starcraft experience. As a stand-alone game, its campaign is oddly paced, it's got unnecessary bells and whistles, and it lacks strategic complexity. But whatever grumbles gamers might have, Blizzard’s devotion to good storytelling and character development still makes the experience worthwhile.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    If you like fighting games, Persona, or - better yet - both, you’ll be well served by Persona 4 Arena. It’s familiar yet unique, and has enough stuff that’s all its own to warrant its existence.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    There are a bunch of features I have not mentioned; teleports, a well thought out maps, network play, and a storyline that has a fair amount of depth - to name just a few - however there are some aspects you just need to play and experience to understand why I have rated this game reasonably highly. Yes, I liked it, and I was a fool to dismiss it so easily. The game is available now on Steam, and at a very reasonable price given its quality. Check it out.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Not only is SteamWorld Dig a fantastic way to spend a few bucks (and a few hours), but Image & Form have used it to prove they’re a developer worthy of paying close attention to.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    This game pleasantly surprised me: simple in concept, but with an incredible amount of depth to it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It looks fantastic, bold and bright, just like the television show. The voice acting is perfect.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The tweaks made to the formula perhaps hold Dark Souls II from being quite as good its precursor (and it’s for this reason I’d suggest serious newcomers to give Dark Souls a try first), but it’s still an excellent game that will keep Souls series fans hooked for months to come.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A challenging and genuinely frightening experience...As a survival horror, Alan Wake succeeds admirably, and comes highly recommended. But as a self-proclaimed "psychological action thriller", it falls short of its ambition.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Club wears its heart proudly on its sleeve and makes no apologies for what it is: beautiful, finely crafted gameplay that grabs one by the throat and demands they play some more.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The long, over-indulgent cinematic cut-scenes combined with the sometimes inappropriate odd-ball humour has had many gamers scratching their heads in confusion. Regardless of your view point though, very few could question the artistic genius behind this latest instalment.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Take 1 cup of Star Wars, blend in 2 tablespoons of Firefly and mix thoroughly. Mass Effect might not create as much of a stir as KOTOR did, but it's an undeniably good game that manages to showcase the incredible talent and dedication of the BioWare team.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Halo Wars is the most accessible traditional RTS game we've ever tested - it works, and works well.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The ability to approach missions as you want to or just cruise around town in a tank, blowing stuff up is something you can't get anywhere else and simply must be experienced.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Better than the sum of its parts, the game offers an arcade experience with a little more room to muck around and a little more scope for customising things than is usually offered.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Although it offers nothing new, it refines the series with crisper visuals, improved flight controls and the addition of Clank’s solo missions. If you weren’t a fan of the series before this won’t change your mind, but fans will enjoy it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Visually this is one of the best games on the PlayStation Portable - easily comparable to PlayStation 2 quality from the cut scenes to the in game models; and it plays well too.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's filled with fun!
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is definitely a must for any ice hockey fan or anyone who enjoyed Speedball back in the 80’s.