NZGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 2,007 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 61% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 33% 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:
2007 game reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Sadly by the time my twins are old enough, we'll probably be up to Kinect 3.7, where it will monitor your blood pressure and check for Vitamin C deficiencies while you sing the 'ABC song'. But for now, those with little ones in the household, a Kinect-equipped console, and a decent amount of safe living area by the TV, you should give Kinect Sesame Street a go and watch the fun that unfolds.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Deep and rewarding.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    PixelJunk Shooter 2 is the faster, more difficult second half of the original game. But in no way is that a bad thing. There are more frustrations than the first, with a lot of levels demanding multiple replays to avoid some surprise deaths.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Both the simple controller and the easy-to-understand gameplay mean that anyone can have fun with the game.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It's the only recent player in the genre and, while not bringing any monumental innovation to the genre, its high definition graphics certainly give it a bunch of new clothes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    With all this hype, generated as a result of the repeated brilliance demonstrated by the developers themselves in the first place, we were expecting something... more. A lot of its flaws are, at the end of the day, skin deep - and they won't stop people from enjoying the rich experience that the Gran Turismo mode represents.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Yes, Skylanders will make your wallet cry out for mercy, and parents the world over are probably dreading their kids’ Christmas Wish Lists this year. But their latest offering, Trap Team, is more than just a money grab. It’s one of the most polished, expansive (expensive?) platformers available and is sure to entertain a wide audience, both young and old if you have the cheddar to keep up.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Functionary and solid.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    A worthy experience, thanks in no small part to the sense of urgency that comes from the story being plucked straight from the world's headlines.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Ultimately, if you have NHL 10 there is no real reason to get this.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    But it can be safely said that the bare bones are here, and Bright Light Studios have provided you with all the necessary tools to get you going. Ultimately the value of this title is up to you and what you do with it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    In the end it's a great PlayStation Vita game that is a bit too simple and a touch too cute to translate perfectly to the bigger Xbox 360 console. But terrorizing a planet has never been this friendly, this upbeat, or this much fun.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Diehard fans of the franchise are going to be disappointed with the way that Gas Powered Games has dumbed down the game mechanic. But while this results in a game that is in many respects a shell of its former self, it’s still a fun and exciting title that has a compelling narrative and solid game play.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    An entertaining, fast-paced execution of the Battlefield engine.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Three games for the price of one is a great buy, but be prepared for shoddy looking characters.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the camera problems from NWN 2 are still here.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Good job EA, you have finally given a parachute to your declining series and now you are ready to pick yourself up from a botched landing and create a truly next-generation shooter.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Aside from the impossible submission mechanic, and the prospect of being matched up online against someone far better than you, EA Sports UFC 2 is a serious sports sim. In all its bloody, knock-down, choke-out, primal glory.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    With video games being blamed for stunting imaginations in young minds, it’s refreshing to see a game that promotes a creative spark.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    In terms of features and rounds, it’s business as usual.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    Remembering that players won’t need Second Son to play, it’s a great opportunity for new-comers to the InFamous series to get stuck in. But those who got their fill with Deslin’s earlier adventures, you probably won’t find much new on offer here - apart from an interesting new character to get to know.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    An engaging and refreshing survival horror, if that's what it truly can be called. Its got solid combat and challenging puzzles, all wrapped up in excellent atmosphere.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're a big fan, of course, you can stop reading now and go buy this thing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ion Assault is a well presented package that is a blast for short plays. It doesn't have as much meat as some other XBLA games, but I do see myself firing it up every now and again to kill some precious minutes (and asteroids).
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Lumines and Tetris may have paved the way with their falling block puzzles, but TiQal holds its own with a combination of gorgeous presentation, humorous writing and a simple yet entertaining puzzle structure. TiQal is worth your time, money and praise.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's definitely worth a look if you're the type who keeps their DS for long plane, train or automobile journeys, and I've no doubt that Beyonce's relaxed endorsement of the product will see it enjoy some success.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Rare Replay is a fantastic “Best-of” collection, and for $40, it’s a bargain.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it's true that the market is currently experiencing a bit of a glut in the Zombie genre, in our view the modern take of most of these games is not a patch on the old B-Movie style. So, Melon Farmers, if you want a game filled with blood and tatties, get your artichoke down to the store and grab this one.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you appreciate hilarity and good puzzles, check this out now!
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If, however, you're like me and have a whole bunch of friends who grew up with Soul Calibur, you're going to be spending all your time in Versus mode.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Personally, Pro Evo 2013 feels a bit too much like work. Videogames are meant to be fun and, while I appreciate the finesse and hardcore aptitude required to impress in Pro Evo, I can't help but think that time would be better spent on a pitch mastering the real-life sport.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it hasn’t lit my world on fire, Reflex is solid fun.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    DR3 is a fun game with awesome amounts of zombie smashing but it also has a bunch of annoying things which distract from the aforementioned smashing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall though, it’s a fun new game mode. And for Killzone - it’s an interesting experience working as a squad, rather than a group of individuals. There is no question that you’ll need to work together to win the game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    N+
    A hardout classic platform game with cool physics, a cool character and boatloads of content (online tournaments, system link, support for up to four players, level editor and 300 levels), all for a measley 800 points.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is little doubt that this game is likely to be picked up by fans of the extreme sport. It is detailed, well presented and has a fighting control system that is both challenging and rewarding.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In the end Galaga Legions provides the fast, intense and unforgiving gameplay modern shooters tend to go easy on.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As part of the PSN mini series of games, and for just $8.45, Car Jack Streets is good value for those looking for a console copy of the original GTA game, packed with plenty of urban mayhem and with a real time twist.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s not the best title for newcomers (who should try Path of Radiance on Gamecube or Sacred Stones on GBA if they want an easier route into the series), but veterans of Fire Emblem, or strategy games in general, should at least consider this purchase.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great single player campaign that pays homage to the original, but the multiplayer is forgettable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Disappointingly, there's not a hell of a lot you can do with a completed game, aside from play it yourself.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like most years, NHL 12 is a mixture of gameplay tweaks, roster updates, and surface polish. Although this year isn't a major upgrade, the changes that have been made make NHL 12 the closest thing to playing professional hockey this side of sharpening up your skates, moving to Canada, and signing up with the Halifax Mooseheads.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great, simple shooter for all ages.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An extremely well made and well thought out romp packed with loads of laughs and fun things to do.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Strong RPG delivers on a great premise. Extensive customisation, let down by clunky menus.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The bear gameplay alone offers up around ten hours of fur-bonding adventures, packed with fun activities and even an over-arching mystery in which players can solve the Fiddler's quest.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Snipperclips is designed around having a small burst with a friend or three, although it could easily take up an entire night with the right person. The mere fact that you can play this game with someone else out of the box thanks to the Switch’s design, mixed with the fact that there’s serious enjoyment to be had, makes this purchase a must-have for Switch gamers looking for something challenging and unique.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A series of short episodes make for one good game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A unique take on the fledgling RTS spinoff genre, most notably due to its easy-to-use creation system and score sharing. Unfortunately, that creation system is marred by glitches that cause inexplicable crashes when loading some custom levels.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're a first person shooter fan, and you have an iPad, and you care much more about blasting mindless aliens with a shotgun than being immersed in a riveting story, then Nova could well be for you.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With a Christmas download already set for December release, it is a happy little title, simple enough for the kids but with a nostalgic vibe and enough humour to draw in those a bit older.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It’s the length of the game that makes me say that you should wait for Tengami to be on sale before you buy it. While I had fun playing it, I wanted more and was actually surprised when I reached the end. On the flip side, this will not be a game you leave unfinished.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ultimately, this all adds up to a disappointment for the vets. Band Hero, simply, is not for them. It is an introductory title, a gateway drug for those who are yet to experience the near-saturated market of music games.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I never thought I’d admit it, but Superchargers is one hell of an amazing time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Beautiful re-imagining of a classic franchise, but could use a journal and cutscene skipping options.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The unique puzzle and adventure elements are challenging, while the artistic elements set them apart from any other games you have played before.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As a package, The Darkness II is an enjoyable story with an appealing visual aesthetic worthy of the R18 rating. Just be prepared for some frustrating moments and, if you enjoyed the first Darkness, you will miss the exploration and side quests - but at least you can turn on all the taps in the mansion.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a solid effort at porting Ninja Gaiden 2 – one of the best hack and slash titles of this generation – to a handheld. Unfortunately, it still has the poor camera and occasionally sloppy level design of the original, problems that are further compounded by the Vita’s small screen.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The revamped HUD works a treat, and the convenience factor of not having to install a huge number of mods is also a major plus.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    No real innovation to speak of, but well worth the purchase price.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a classic JRPG experience and many hours of fantasy fun, Tales of Graces f ticks all the boxes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid strategic effort, but no Triumph.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a game for anyone looking for some light, easy fun either by themselves or with friends.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a game with a number of mediocre elements, being released in a season already crowded with other shooters. However, the main thing it does well – capture the spirit and fun of the Bond movies – is enough to draw in a number of people.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All up Dimensions is a solid remake of an all-time classic, and is much more convenient than plugging in old systems to give the game a blasting. If you like R-Type, or shooters, then this game is a must.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The stunning production values in the cut-scenes are worth the price of admission and it is all wrapped up with a comprehensive multiplayer component too. Just be prepared for some brutally tough single-player gameplay.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In its fully-evolved form, Pokémon Rumble World works much better here than as a freemium game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Someone needs to make the arcade machine version of this.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While my iPad 1 struggled with some of the more demanding scenarios (more than two players usually crashed me out of the game), the iPad platform, generally speaking, is perfect for this sort of game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The new story elements, while brief, are still welcome, and features like the new dog types and the Colosseum will keep people coming back.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everyone should try this game, even if you hate cars or football.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yakuza 3 has more depth to it than the Titanic and although this strange combination of gameplay elements might deter a lot gamers, you just can't help but admire it at the same time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's fun, serious and silly by turns, and, dare I doom it by saying... possibly educational?
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The combat itself is fun, with most of the enjoyment on offer during team-based modes when you're working together to assault (or defend) objectives.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 does not struggle. It's a great game with just the one perennial problem. If you bought last year's version, or any from the last three or four years, you don't need this.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    F1 2016 is a real upgrade on its predecessors, and hints at a promising future.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crappy punk music, breweries, tattoos, and exploding heads - can’t get much more party than that.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a clever concept, and the game offers surprising depth once you get past the repetitive 'weak enemy' battles of the first half hour.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    When the last zombie limbs fall, the additional multiplayer modes are passable in the face of cooperative play in the story mode – dual wielding is great too. The only thing letting this down are the frame rate dips. This is a great single and multiplayer title, worth a rent at the very least.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perfectly rendered cutscenes play out like extravagant soap operas with more over-the-top personalities than an episode of America’s Next Top Model.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The games are probably a bit too young to be considered retro or nostalgic, (Infinite is only three years old), but they do bring with them a lot of fond memories. If you’ve never played them before, the series feels fresh and new.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Colourful characters, and enough adult humour to keep you wondering how this is a G rated game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wii U exclusive controls aside, FIFA 13 is proof that the series can and will work great on the new console - it just needs a bigger community right now.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A daring idea that is pulled off brilliantly and beautifully for hours of prison breaking fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We liked this game a lot. It is not going to break any new ground in the genre but it is a very well designed game that is challenging and rewarding to play. Well worth getting from Steam and great value at less than $10.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It has been a fantastic experience to re-appraise one of my all time favorite games and, despite the game looking a bit long in the tooth, it still has the wonderful level of depth and challenge as it did when I first played it way back when.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    So if you like boxing games in general and enjoy iPhone games that you can use to kill some time on the bus with, then you really cannot go too wrong with Fight Night Champion.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The control fiddling has worked, so hats off to the new Pikmin team, and I can recommend this one to any Wii owners, of any age.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The real star of the game is the action, which becomes an explosion-filled thrill ride by the end that never gets old – thanks in part, no doubt, to its relatively short running time.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What also makes Brink interesting is that it provides players different options for approaching the game, with four different roles available: soldier, operative, engineer and medic.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, if you want to get the full experience you will need the season pass. That is your shortcut to unlocking everything, and any future DLC. Commentary is just a bad as ever, Michael Cole doesn’t sound right in NXT. The new additions were ambitious, if poorly executed.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're after something short term – maybe a rental – then Pure is great: it's an adrenaline shot administered by a supermodel. But after a few days, you will very likely realise just how vacuous that supermodel is (how little Pure offers in terms of longterm gaming).
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    My biggest gripe with Tales of Vesperia is cosmetic, so let me say that while it bugs the hell out of me, it doesn't detract from the overall playability of the title. The writing, and the voice acting, is pretty effing terrible.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Could be one of the most under-rated games of the year.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall play-time to complete the expansion is around 4-5 hours, which does not sound like a lot; however this needs to be matched against its price of USD 9.99, which we believe is more than fair given its quality.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You don't need to know anything about the characters or the story to enjoy this iteration, and fans of the series will be able to learn a little more about the Professor's past. Those looking for the series to evolve, however, might want to leave this one alone in favour of the upcoming Level 5 / Capcom crossover Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite being a few early hiccups and almost being put off by the controls, I pushed through like a good reviewer. And the game did start to charm me.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Add to this one touch dekes, black eyes after losing fights, sticks getting tangled up with arms and skates, a wonderful bogun soundtrack that includes bands like Airbourne and Wolfmother, and you get a deep, great looking, and surprisingly accessible sports game.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The extra content on offer in The Teleporter Chambers is, overall, a fantastic addition to the game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The AI can be a bit dense in the team games, though, which end up feeling rather shallow and pointless as a result. Again, the hollow disappointment of finding so few random games to play will rear it's ugly head here and this, as a result, is likely to be the point at which you stop playing it.