NZGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,995 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 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 20 Deca Sports Freedom
Score distribution:
1995 game reviews
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Trials Evolution is so good that the award for downloadable game of the year may already be locked up.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With such a wealth of characterization, exceptional narrative, side-quests and good old-fashioned homicide on the sprawling Liberty City streets, Rockstar have delivered us a title that is the first worthy piece of downloadable content of this generation so far.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The iPad has the sweetest graphics with a massive screen.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The options presented to you in Fallout 3 are so numerous and complex that you are likely to want to replay the game just to experience them.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you’ve played the original, let’s face it, Nintendo prices don’t drop very quickly. You may as well just go and pick this up because you know you want to play it. This is easily the definitive version of Wind Waker and the best you’ll ever play.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    So are you a diehard nut who can’t get enough Portal action? Then you’ll probably already own this one. And if you’re new to the whole thing, Still Alive is easy to recommend. But everyone else in between, you may be better off saving your pennies for the inevitable Portal 2.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Fez
    Minor flaws aside, FEZ is a great game that's hard not to recommend. At least, it'll offer a few hours of fun puzzle platforming; at most, it'll give you a fresh outlook on our three dimensional world and open your mind to what more there could be.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, while Limbo's back-story is strangely absent, it can stand on the unique visual style and deceptively difficult platforming/puzzle gameplay alone.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Massive and beautiful. Classic roleplaying at it’s finest
    • 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.