NZGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,488 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 3.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Tomb Raider
Lowest review score: 20 Deca Sports Freedom
Score distribution:
1,488 game reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Wii Music is a novel and fun experience that will sweep away the hours while you're jamming with your buddies. Give it a chance and you're in for a good time.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Because you don't control the pace of the game or have control of the pieces the game chooses for you, I found Lucidity quite unsatisfying, a bit hands off, if you will.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Pid
    The learning curve ain't too steep for your average punter, but the overall difficulty is. The many, many deaths of Kurt can be demoralising and extremely frustrating; however despite this it does grow on you after a while - especially with another player to share the experience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Whether the uDraw (and Instant Artist) becomes a necessary peripheral, spawns new art talent, or just winds up in the technology drawer with your pre-Bluetooth headphones, still remains to be seen. But in the meantime, it's yet another fascinating look into the development of the integration between life and technology, and pretty fun to boot.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    With Socom: Confrontation that ‘nice job’ is as rewarding as ever, and considering all the obstacles you have to overcome to get it, it feels all the better.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In Jericho there was the potential for an atmospheric game packed with terror, wonder and invention. Unfortunately, all we get is a very standard shooter with a number of annoying failings, sitting atop an undoubtedly original premise.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's a decent game here overall. It isn't particularly difficult, and experienced gamers will be able to blow through it in a day or two, I imagine. But it looks cool, and it harks back to a simpler time, when 2D platformers ruled the roost.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As I mentioned, the boss fights and characters in the game have their own style and charm, and the graphics and pacing of the game is, for the most part, spot on. While the game doesn’t reach the heights of Sonic Adventure, it does manage to fit nicely alongside most of the recent Sonic offerings.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What it’s done is added a real human element to the SimCity genre. Where before people were really just another resource to control, they now bring some personality to the places they inhabit. This makes for a much more unpredictable and interesting game, in my opinion.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A weekend's worth of entertainment for just under US$10, or a week's worth of casual gaming. If puzzles are your thing, it's worth a look.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    It's a decent adaptation of a fun card game, and at 400 Microsoft Points it's priced just right. If a few things were tidied up this would be one of the elite card genre titles, but it still holds its own against the competition.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Granted, there is plenty of action, a LOT of shooting things and a stylish flair to the presentation of the game. But with the dodgy controls and often distracting visuals most people would be happy with a rental over a weekend for this one.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unfortunately the gameplay feels equally uninspired.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It shows so much promise, and you'll love your first couple of hours, but it will become stale well before it should.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Dance Evolution is not a bad game, but if you only want a single dancing Kinect title, forget this one immediately and buy Dance Central.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 64 Critic Score
    FUSE could have been awesome, but it's not. Graphics and sound are fine. Firefights are intense and you can take out enemies with stealth and melee kills. At times the story tries to give the characters some emotion and depth, but fails, and generally ends up half baked and confused.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    What we all deserve is a solid, faithful, and fun Sonic the Hedgehog game. While Episode 2 is closer to this than Episode 1, there is still a way to go. Let's just hope that the Hedgehog still has the legs.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Should you buy it? Almost certainly not. It's dull and has been done a thousand times before - and most of those attempts are superior.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s a must for GP fans, and recommended for racing enthusiasts.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    Not something we can recommend - to anyone. Obviously built on a too-small budget or by a B-team, it's slow and unrewarding to play. The graphics are ugly and nothing from the puzzling itself through to the meta RPG or even the narrative have anything significantly valuable enough to suggest tolerating any other part of it to experience.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    A broken game with a repetitive mechanic.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Casual gamers: if you're looking for something a little different - with bags of character, that will challenge your wits and reflexes (and test your patience!), then this is well worth a look-see.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 58 Critic Score
    There isn't a huge amount to keep you coming back, so this game is going to be most popular among kids who go straight for the box, collectors who have to have everything with Pikachu's face on it, and video game journalists who give it 5.8 out of 10 and almost feel bad about it.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The PS2's graphics are looking dated – but that's not really much of a surprise. Complaining that the PS2 looks blocky is like complaining that dial-up is slow. It is what it is.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The game as a whole is a charming package suitable for all ages. With its user friendly interface, addictive gameplay, generous number of levels and multiple modes, Crazy Machines Elements is worth the download.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Yes, it's pretty rough around the edges and yes, it can be frustrating to interface with. What it is, however, is a very good story with an engaging combat engine, lots of content and a good bias towards action.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The new story elements, while brief, are still welcome, and features like the new dog types and the Colosseum will keep people coming back.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Really, there's not much here, and for 500 points I can think of plenty of better examples.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The majority of gamers looking for a satisfying third person action title would be best to look elsewhere.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Overall Fracture takes parts of Xbox 360’s Halo 3 and Gears of War, PlayStation 3’s Resistance: Fall of Man, GameCube’s Metroid Prime and several other recent sci-fi shooters. Unfortunately, once you’re over the novelty of ground manipulation, it’s not nearly as fun as any of the above.