NZGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,693 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:
1,693 game reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    If you can deal with the fact that you can't play it with your friends, there's no reason to hesitate.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Still the best sports simulation out there, until the PS4 version.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Dark Soul's weakest aspect lies in failing to draw the player into something deeper, other than just leveling up and managing to stay in one piece after crossing swords with a Black Knight.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Being compared to a game as universally loved as LBP sets some pretty high expectations, but I have to say: ModNation Racers effortlessly meets (and sometimes exceeds) them.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Overall, Team Ninja has done a great job making Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate worth the double dip with additional modes including team play, and a ‘new’ training mode. The additional features make this the game Dead or Alive 5 should have been.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    All of this has me very eagerly waiting for the next episode, and wishing it wasn’t six weeks away. But the thing behind most of that anticipation is the thing I can’t talk about - one hell of a cliffhanger ending, that I never saw coming.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A whole lot more content, all wrapped up in one of Dragon Age’s most impressive zones.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    So very obviously a labour of love, above and beyond being simply a money spinner. If you like The Beatles, and want to play their music, this is the game for you. If you’re not into them at all, of course, stay well away – while the minor gameplay enhancements are well and good, it’s not enough to keep non-Beatles fans captivated.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Despite online idiots, NBA 2K12 is a very big win. The players, game modes, gameplay, and incredible attention to detail make sure of that. It's complex and very tough to learn, but in a good way.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    On top of the single-player, DiRT 3 includes a welcomed split-screen multiplayer for head to head racing. But more welcomed is the large number of mad online party modes to try out.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    EA have proven with Most Wanted that the Vita is capable of much more than the likes of Call of Duty: Declassified or even Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, and Most Wanted should be at the top of your want-list for Vita as a result.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Exploring Ni No Kuni is a wonderful, magical experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    There are a number of annoying parts of Far Cry 2, but things are more than held together by both the presentation of the game, and the sheer absorbing joy of exploring the world that has been put together with so much care.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Overall, Dragon Ball Xenoverse is probably one of the best, if not the best, Dragon Ball related games out there – and there are a lot. You can replay missions to enhance your character. There are various trainers to go on missions for. It also has time travelling - and that’s always a good thing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Flower is magical. There really isn't another word to describe it. It's fresh, it's new, it's fun and it has a whole lot of heart. Don't pass on the opportunity to pick it up.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Overall Rock Band 2 makes a few welcome changes to a solid rhythm action title – and the overall soundtrack is a big step up.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Overall Rock Band 2 makes a few welcome changes to a solid rhythm action title – and the overall soundtrack is a big step up.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    PixelJunk Monsters is the definition of a game “which takes five minutes to learn, but a lifetime to master.” Its level designs are spectacular, challenging and vibrant, while its easy going controller layout allows you to jump straight in to the action and try to wade through the twenty or so levels on offer.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A bigger and more beautiful Far Cry 3.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you can get past the fact that you must do a lot of reading, you'll find a game which is highly original, incredibly fun and will stay in your memory for many 'next-generations' to come.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Simply a lot of fun. It has the benefit of being familiar to those who have played previous Guitar Hero titles, and builds in the drum and microphone instruments pretty well.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    While not all of their efforts have translated perfectly, Project CARS comes pretty damn close. Some frame rate drops hampered my experience, but overall Project CARS has done what it set out to do: build a fantastic looking, authentic racing simulator.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It’s much easier to get into than Tekken or Virtua Fighter, and the characters are generally – in my opinion at least – much more interesting.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The options presented to you in Fallout 3 are so numerous and complex that you are likely to want to replay the game just to experience them.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Crysis, like "Halo 2," is like foreplay without sex. The journey is great but its abrupt ending leaves you speechless and annoyed.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you're looking for something with a different storyline to WoW, don't play WoW for reasons other than its gameplay or want something more than combat, Aion is well worth checking out. It's arguably the best MMO at launch that we've ever seen.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    BeautiFun’s unique platformer has never looked or played better.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With any luck, with your purchase of Zack & Wiki we can show Capcom and the rest of the gaming industry that gamers are ready to be challenged, that gamers are open to something new, and that we would welcome a sequel, or something similar – the Wii needs it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Sucker Punch's Sly series is witty, irreverent, intelligent and polished.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Highly recommended.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    it’s an action-packed, casual, and thoroughly fun experience.
    • 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
    If you're a fan of military shooters like Modern Warfare, and/or are looking for an extremely solid multiplayer game, look no further.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    With the insight and dedication the makers of NBA 2K9 have applied to their franchise, dunking from my couch has never been more fun, more rewarding or closer to the real thing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Out of Time takes the strengths of the debut and runs with them, while also making a respectable effort of addressing its problems. I’m certainly looking forward to my next trip to Arcadia Bay.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Nexus will delight new players and veterans alike with its humour, enjoyable gameplay, and captivating story.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It's worth every penny and many more besides - highly recommended.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    DiRT is one of the prettiest and most accessible racing games you’ll ever lay hands on.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It’s fun, accessible to all gamers, challenging and very easy on the eye graphically.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It is a solid, well presented title with a hell of a lot going for it.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.