NZGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,691 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 Smash 'N' Survive
Score distribution:
1,691 game reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Got a PSP? Awesome! Strike now. This is well worth your time and money. You won't be disappointed. Got both? Get the DS version. Better graphics don't trump the touchscreen.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Okami is beautiful to witness and plays like a true classic.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With its subtle but significant changes to the gameplay, and with the leaderboards providing excellent motivation for just one more go, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 will last players until their skills plateau. Even those that are loath to get into the fuzzy area of downloadable content and digital rights management owe it to themselves to purchase this game. It’s simply that good.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It's the best game on the 3DS and it justifies the purchase of the system all by itself.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a complete package its clearly an impressive, engrossing experience. Its storyline is excellent, its characterisation, voice acting, score and script are very well done, and its aesthetic is deliciously dystopian. The only fly in the ointment is its binary combat mechanics.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Thankfully the combat controls are simple and intuitive.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Its incredible controls and even gameplay really elevate the franchise to new levels.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guild Wars 2 can be what players want to make of (and take from) it, which is pretty much what every good MMO should aspire to. All up, it's been a resounding success.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rayman Legends offers a surprisingly diverse 12+ hours of gameplay - an admirable feat for a platformer of this type.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Massive and beautiful. Classic roleplaying at it’s finest
    • 89 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Its relative ease makes redoing the challenges very pedestrian, and worse yet, replaying the same dungeon also means reliving all the pre-faffing-about to get there. You have to endure many of the same conversations, cutscenes and menial tasks you already know of and know how to do. Regardless of what decade you played it in, that is not fun.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When all the elements work in tandem, this game is extremely immersive - particularly if you have a 5.1 system (or at least a subwoofer) and an HD TV.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Demon's Soul is it. It will kill you, cap your health, break your sword, make you replay the same half hour ten times over and then kill you some more. But, because of this its rewards are infinitely more exhilarating and satisfying. However, the game isn't completely heartless.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Taken as a whole, as an experience rather than a series of discrete mechanics, this is a game that – if you let it – will draw you into its world…and then let you run loose in it. It feels refreshing enough to breathe new life into this crowded genre, and if you’re an RPG fan – even a casual one – then this should definitely be on your ‘must play’ list.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There is a stack of gameplay here, both in the singleplayer story (which is heavily connected to Assassin's Creed II) and in the multiplayer, which is a series first.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I am going to have to point out that the guts of the action is really quite basic: see zombie, kill zombie. But this game was always meant to be more of the "see zombie, make pithy remark to friend via Xbox live, kill zombie" type.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're a multiplayer fiend and like the thought of mowing down zombies with chainguns, this is definitely worth checking out. The thrill of obliterating hordes of screaming bad guys that just want to gobble up your brains really is quite unique and fun. Just don't expect to be getting very good value for money because there's really not very much inside the box.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The PC version mirrors all of the good stuff and can be confidently defined as a title that is going to be hours of fun to PC gamers the world over.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Need for Speed: Pursuit is a ridiculous game. It's totally absurd.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game looks even more fantastic than ever and a few extra features are on its way for lucky PC users.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Ballad Of Gay Tony is the most enjoyable by simply upping the ante a notch, reminding us that even in a city 'where the money is making the plan', you can still have a little fun.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I feel The Walking Dead is so special that five to ten years from now people are still going to be talking about it and referencing its importance. I imagine this series will be the first to make many gamers cry, it is that emotionally powerful.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The concept is good and the combination of play styles almost works; however the driving and chase aspects of the game really let it down. When you strip away this and the action elements of the game, it is basically a puzzle solver.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Strangely, what holds this title together is not its gameplay, but its place. As a stealth-action game it has its flaws. But sometimes experience wins out over action. Dunwall is full of death, disease, and dishonour. Just being there is enough.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you played the original, then this is a no brainer purchase; if you haven't, then you are in for a lot of gameplay hours that will both challenge and enthrall you.