NZGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 2,084 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: 77
Highest review score: 100 Halo 4
Lowest review score: 20 Smash 'N' Survive
Score distribution:
2084 game reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Its story unfolds at a good pace and looks great on the Vita. There's only one thing missing: the skies were never burning! Maybe a bit dark in places, but never burning. At some point I could have used a burning sky to lighten up the game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    AwesomeNauts is a great multiplayer game and although it lacks a story mode, the singleplayer practice mode is still compelling - despite a the odd AI quirk.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Ultimately, Datura comes across as more of a fragmented, artsy homage to Sony's magic wand, rather than a genuine source of entertainment... and for most gamers, entertainment is boss.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Blizzard haven't set out to reinvent the wheel with Diablo III, opting instead to release the ultimate version of a wheel that's already beloved by its niche audience.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The music was too cutesy and grating for my liking (a complaint I have with many Nintendo sports games), and I would have liked the option to be able to turn it off, but keep the sound effects of the match. Still, I would rate it as a good go-to game to pick up for short periods, like the bus ride to work. Just make sure your headphones are firmly plugged in first.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    But the truth is, Rockstar know their onions. They understand the importance of a gritty story, concise controls, cinematic visuals, balls-out action, and genuinely fun (albeit not 100% balanced) multiplayer. But above all, they carry with them a sense of style across all of their presentation. Max Payne 3 is yet another fine example of their prowess.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Developers Rebellion have harnessed the insanely difficult, but addictive vibe that die-hard fans grew to love and even added a few extra aces up their sleeve.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A surprisingly solid port - given the switch to controller.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Shank 2 is high energy, gleeful violence. Over the top perhaps, but it's a game that knows what it is and revels in it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Apart from the poor solo game, every other aspect of the game felt well polished. In fact is was a pleasure to play a game without any discernible graphic or control issues. Stetsons off to the game testers!
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    If you've got a Vita and like fighting games, buying Mortal Kombat is an absolute no-brainer. There's so much content here, and it's loads of fun, with lots of depth and plenty of challenge to keep you going long into the upcoming cold winter nights.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 48 Critic Score
    The only thing you will find confrontational will be the game itself.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    A strange mash up of party game and action RPG title that doesn't do either well. However, thanks to it simply being a Lionhead title, it will be useful to Fable: The Journey owners due to its compatibility with that title. Unfortunately, on its own, Fable Heroes fails to provide a solid singleplayer or multiplayer title.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The relationship between Lee and Clementine is handled extremely well throughout the game.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The visuals are decent in Battleship, albeit extremely monotonous, and the controls are solid - but there are just too many negatives in the game to ever appreciate them.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    No, it's not perfect, but it is good and the atmosphere herein is valuable all by itself. A must-buy for retro enthusiasts.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is the best touch-based version of Tetris you can get. No, you won't be able to get to the levels of the guy in that video we linked back in the first paragraph without actual buttons, but that's not why you're here. If you want to play Tetris on your iPad, and can justify dropping a tenner on it, you won't be disappointed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure is about as connected an experience as you'll find in the genre. The characters are cool, the narrative interesting, and the gameplay (mostly) very enjoyable.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    It's big, dumb fun, presented in a package that might be derivative, but at least has a lot of polish. The story is forgettable, and the jumping is entertaining.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The developing relationship between Aeron and Elena is a truly enjoyable one, and it is interesting to watch how the flashbacks Elena gets after eating the Master flesh start to shed light on the mystery of why she was cursed in the first place.
    • 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
    • 78 Critic Score
    This game feels just right in duration and should be worthwhile for horror fans looking to get more use out of their dusty Move controllers this Winter.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A solid tower wars title with little competition in the genre at the moment. Unfortunately, it's let down by a large difficulty jump and, although it's a visually pleasing title, the grid displaying locations isn't on by default - a strange omission for any tower defence title.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The tutorial aspects of the game are also a bit thin, with the smallest of introductions to the base concepts, while the more intricate aspects need to be figured out as you play through.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The learning curve is steep, and it can be hard to keep up with all the made-up words if you're new to the series, but it's all worth it in the end. This is a fun world to inhabit, and the narrative weaved throughout is deeply satisfying. Not afraid of a little complexity? Then get this game.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    For 400 Microsoft points, this Basketball DLC is worth a go for those loving Kinect Sports 2, but probably not good enough to breathe new life into the game if it's been stored away since Xmas.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It's packed full of collectibles and secrets to keep players entertained and while it's aimed at the younger ones, parents who pick up the Vita after dark can while away an hour with it too.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    It's just shame you have to put up with the cheap AI and frustrating general mechanics of the core game to get involved.

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