NZGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,969 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 Red Dead Redemption
Lowest review score: 20 Deca Sports Freedom
Score distribution:
1969 game reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Quite a fun game, though it is a Japanese RPG so expect seemingly endless screens of dialogue that can (thankfully) be skipped through if you don't mind missing a few jokes. There is also a lot of explaining about exactly what all of the mechanics do from the Explanatory Shampuru.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    More of what you loved, but no earth-shattering experiences.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    My time with Starwhal: Just the Tip was a roller coaster of emotions. I didn’t enjoy the Challenge levels, but once the ghosts started appearing I found I liked them a bit more.
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    • 79 Critic Score
    Even from that distance it's quite clear that Telltale games have produced an admirable replication which is commendably loyal to the original – but with enough new depth to make it worth a return to Llewdor.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    It probably isn't the game you'll play hours on end, but you'll find yourself coming back to it over and over again.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    The graphics are cartoon like, cute, and colorful, so the game has good eye-catching appeal.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    If you want a story-driven, graphically intensive roleplaying game, this is not going to do it for you. But if you enjoyed the freedom of Sid Meier's Pirates!, Mount & Blade is probably right up your alley.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    It’s not going to knock the socks off you, but Runic’s Torchlight may be just the title to slake your fantasy-grinding thirst, while we wait for Diablo 3 to make its way to our shores.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    For the strategy gamers who love base-building rather than raiding and for the keen traders who want to settle down and establish a port and a merchant navy, I can imagine little better: Anno strikes a very interesting balance that you won't find elsewhere, and it should provide a lot of gameplay hours.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    A simulation game fan looking for a hardcore micromanaging experience might want to look elsewhere, but for anyone else, Zoo Tycoon offers a whole lot of fun - with an important and oft neglected side dish of education and awareness raising.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    If you’ve got a next-gen console and you’re into racing simulators, it’s your only choice - and it’s far from a bad one. Just don’t expect it to be the “next step” or any kind of evolution of the genre.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Actually playing the game is a remarkably satisfying experience. No, it's not as in-depth or as polished experience as you'd expect from the console versions but it's still, in essence, a very good NFL game.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Despite the new power of the PS4, the town is essentially (if you’ll excuse the pun) dead. NPCs stand or sit in the same place constantly, their faces devoid of emotion. The only one who actually looks alive is the man with seven glowing bullet holes in him.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    I’m sure plenty of fans will find this to be the perfect complement to Trigger Happy Havoc, but in my opinion, that was a game that is at its best as a single, self-contained experience. No sequel needed.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    This could be Telltale’s best single episode - of any game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Most of the game is absolutely brilliant, looking back at classic RPGs while also pushing the genre forward. But sadly, the final hours of the game, those that should be the most memorable and climactic, are tedious beyond words, and undermine everything great that came before. And this is something that’s hard to forgive.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    If you want a minimalist, surreal mind-bender to challenge your sense of reality then welcome to the world of Echochrome.
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    • 79 Critic Score
    It’s a game that not only takes practice, but also takes patience to play. While you bowl bouncers, hit sixes, and get to ask for the DRS if you've been given out - the game's biggest thrills are a tidy over of good line and length, and the crack of the ball coming out of the fat of the bat.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Blizzard have made a really good game with Overwatch, and succeeded in building a foundation from which they can build another mega-franchise. But it’s not perfect. Despite their inclusion of so many eSport friendly features and an incredible diverse cast of uniquely powered characters, a lack of modes, party options, and a context-creating campaign are sore points in my eyes.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    A great game, but one held back by some disappointing, avoidable flaws. The multiplayer mode is well intentioned, but poorly implemented, and I should never have my right to pause during singleplayer stripped from me. Then there’s the story, if you can call it that; a juvenile, “f*** the police” mess that is a good reminder that not every game needs a narrative.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The many identical henchmen start to grate and the boring and awkward free roaming gets also gets annoying pretty quickly. But, you also get and enormous amount of style, strangeness and violence.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Even with the continued existence of the human race at stake, there's plenty of fun to be had just eating heaps, getting to be the size of a bus and just blobbing out.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Some of the original game's grandeur and visual impact may have been lost in its transition to the small screen, but much of the original charm remains. The story is engaging and you're guaranteed many, many hours of playing time.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The presentation of the game is probably its strongest point – it simply looks really good.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    You pay more for the brand, but you do get quality alongside it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Compared with other high profile RPGs and Square Enix's own recent big budget release, the inventiveness of NIER is well ahead. However, the graphics and the bad choices keep it well out of their league.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Intense and a refreshing change of pace for a shooter, but only if you have the right team beside you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    On the whole, the game has enough extras to keep it from being too dull - puzzle levels for example - but apart from some of the boss battles the combat as a whole is a little underwhelming and a bit same-same, even on the higher (punishing) difficulty levels.