NZGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,540 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 Deca Sports Freedom
Score distribution:
1,540 game reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Pokemon games are getting deeper, more complex and ever more exciting with each iteration. The only thing to do is keep catching em all. It would be rude not to.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    There is enough here to keep you busy for ages, and the game is remarkably imaginative and fun. It was just never going to be as earth shattering as Mario 64 or the first Super Mario Galaxy.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    If your creative heartstrings are tugging and heavenly ballet of the Wonderplane is calling, go grab LittleBigPlanet 2. Your inner child will be endlessly thankful for it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Killzone 3 is one spectacular game - sure, it's really only doing the basics in terms of gameplay, but it does it in the balls-to-the-walls, damn-the-expense, ultra-intensity manner that only a top-shelf, big-budget, mega-spectacular can.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Star Fox 64 was a phenomenal game and it's even better the second time around. This is the definitive version of one of the most important games of a generation. You absolutely need this game if you have a 3DS, and if you don't have one, this game is genuinely good enough to justify looking into rectifying that. Get it. Immediately.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Trade and economic growth are explored in a simple and deeply engaging way.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Trials Evolution is so good that the award for downloadable game of the year may already be locked up.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The stupid grins on our faces, the uncontrollable laughs and the humming of the music long after the race was over, show that his game is fun right through to its adorable little core.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The beautiful graphics and facial expressions bond you to Jodie, and the raw emotion embodied by Aiden is conveyed not via gameplay but by sound design and the reactions of the supporting cast. By the end of the game you are as connected to Jodie as Aiden is.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    For a free title, knocked together by a small team, it's stunning just how much it blows the opposition away. They have taken what was wrong with the genre and fixed it; what was right, they have made even better.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    This content takes the game to whole new level of interest and challenge. I thought the game was great as it was, but these additions add so much more and further extend my enjoyment of what is a classic game.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The first episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two was undoubtedly great, but definitely had its flaws - partially due to being a pilot episode, and partially due to the writing being, though damn good, not quite up to the par of sheer excellence that Telltale have set themselves. The same can’t be said of Episode Two: A House Divided - this is some of the studio’s finest work.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With its beautiful graphics, excellent voice acting, inspiring music, fantastic story and script, and amazing gameplay, Uncharted is nothing short of a winner – it’s Game of the Year material.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Even by the standards of the series, Empire: Total War is epic. It takes the combined real-time and turn-based strategy, and pushes it out into the eighteenth century in style. It's bigger, and it has a hell of a lot more bang.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The graphics are an amazing painterly mixture of abstract and cartoonish styles – it actually looks like a living painting you’re waltzing through. The music is of an equally high quality, switching between string compositions and folk music.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    It feels strange playing such an adult and violent game on the Nintendo DS, but at the same time, Grand Theft Auto feels right at home here. If future titles are announced for the DS then Chinatown Wars is proof enough that skepticism of Rockstar's ability to deliver on the platform is completely unjustified.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If you like survival horror games and you have a Wii, buy this immediately. Buy a second copy in case the first one wears out. If you don't have a Wii, hire one to play this. It's that good. Just don't play it alone - it's that good.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    BioShock 2 is a game developed for all those square-eyed shooter fiends who wanted to explore the ocean floor, shoot-em-up with others online, and never play one of those annoying pipe-puzzlers again so long as they lived.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The cannon may be the final argument of kings. But the Total War series is undoubtedly the king of the real time strategy genre - and Napoleon: Total War could very well be Creative Assembly’s crowning jewel.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    For the most hardcore Civ addicts out there, some of the changes may be a little unfamiliar. But Civilization V retains the ethos of this iconic series, while modernising, simplifying and improving both its look and its feel.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This is the real deal and the whole package folks. A must have for all Wii owners.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Skyward Sword is not only a fitting tribute to the long running series, but also a milestone in the life of the Nintendo Wii itself, as it finally delivers a game that shows the true power of the control system. Besides, it is fun and challenging to play in its own right. Very highly recommended.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    This is a must buy for anyone interested in fantasy RPGs.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Its refreshing take on platform-based gaming, humour, variety, challenge and polish are instantly - and enduringly - impressive. Not only is this one of the best games on the Vita, it's one of the best games of the year - period.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    If you like this kind of thing, buy it, love it, and trade me your teams - there's battlin' to be done.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Brothers is a wonderful piece of storytelling and a fantastic puzzle game that’ll make you want to hug a loved one. Highly recommended.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Final Fantasy XIII is a fantastical foray into a magical imagination. Ably supported by gorgeous visuals, the gameplay ramps up at a rate than can only be described as perfection as you fall in love with the characters in your party and the environment in which they adventure. It's not perfect in every way but the imperfections that are to be found are like dust on a diamond - there, certainly, but utterly irrelevant.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The jump-in, jump-out aspect of multiplayer mode is great for people who like to play both solo and multiplayer. And while FPS/multiplayer extremists may find the questing a bit grindy (as one confided to me after a few days of playing), there really is a je ne sais quoi about this game that totally rules.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    NBA 2K8 is superior to last year's game in almost every way, which is no mean feat.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It was one of the best, if not the gold standard for sports genre video games last year, and it looks set to re-claim that title yet again this year.