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 Smash 'N' Survive
Score distribution:
1995 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Fundamentally there are improvements, but the game doesn’t feel completely balanced as a whole and the pace of matches is sometimes uneven. It happens often between console generations and while FIFA 14 on Xbox One is certainly no cheap port of the current-gen edition - I can’t help but think that the next rendition will truly take the franchise to the next level.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    It was one of the best, if not the gold standard for sports genre video games last year, and it looks set to re-claim that title yet again this year.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a clever concept, and the game offers surprising depth once you get past the repetitive 'weak enemy' battles of the first half hour.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    NHL 10 is a great game, hampered only by a lack of anything new.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    With its beautiful graphics, excellent voice acting, inspiring music, fantastic story and script, and amazing gameplay, Uncharted is nothing short of a winner – it’s Game of the Year material.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Just keep in mind that the d-pad on the 360 controller is probably the worst thing since cancer (seriously, it's that bad) and that the game has a few issues that really do need resolving. If you're lucky enough to have a decent controller, however, don't let the bugs stop you getting on board - it's solid Street Fighter action to its very core.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you're a fan of military shooters like Modern Warfare, and/or are looking for an extremely solid multiplayer game, look no further.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you appreciate hilarity and good puzzles, check this out now!
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great experience. Those who have had the joy of playing it on the PS3 or XBOX360 won't find anything new here, but for everyone else, this is one fantastic little portable title.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    All of the changes made in this version are improvements. The only thing left to do is get rid of those damn coins!
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The difficulty curve might scare some people away, especially those who haven’t experienced an XCOM game before. There are a few little technical hiccups like certain alien enemies going invisible during their attack animations, or damage numbers taking a few seconds to show after an attack has played out. However, these things are easily ignored and I can still highly recommend XCOM 2.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    In the end, I love this game. While it’s a slow starter plotwise, Dishonored 2 builds up wonderfully to a satisfying conclusion, with plenty of memorable challenges along the way. But more than anything else, it’s fun. It’s a gorgeous, deep, enjoyable piece of work, and I highly recommend it if you like stealth, exploration, or cool steampunk Portugal. See you in the Void.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Minecraft isn’t for everybody (fortunately, there’s a free demo that you can try), but for those who will hear its call, it’s easily one of the best games available on Xbox One.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Regardless of the fact that it’s basically a third version of the same title, Ninja Gaiden Sigma is a well put together game with an interesting storyline and some inspired settings.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s - once again - the best version available, and the updates really are significant this time around.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    From the moment the game begins, to the moment the credits start rolling, it’s obvious that Moon Studios were crafting this out of love. While most may play a second time to earn every achievement, many will just want to experience the fantastic presentation one more time.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There's a fair amount you can do with your new-found virtual driving skills.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Hearthstone is a well-executed and fun card game, one which lives the “easy to learn, hard to master” mantra to the utmost.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    BioShock 2 is a game developed for all those square-eyed shooter fiends who wanted to explore the ocean floor, shoot-em-up with others online, and never play one of those annoying pipe-puzzlers again so long as they lived.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    I’ve had an absolute blast with Civilization VI. I found it easy to approach, and loved how deep I could choose to go with it. The number of options to completely customize my civilization, and how drastically different each play could be thanks to the randomly generated maps made each match a challenge.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Tough but rewarding.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A small evolution in multiplayer and a definitive end to the story. Despite being a solid, well-rounded experience, I felt there wasn't enough difference or progression in use of technology to really rate the game higher.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    FIFA 11 is big. It's packed to the brim with virtual football action, all of it bigger and better in some way than last year's version.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    LBP for Vita is truly incredible, and arguably the definitive version of the experience.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    By and large FIFA 13 is chock-full of content. The online aspects are so in depth now there is no doubt you could play FIFA 13 for all eternity if you so chose, which really represents excellent value for gamers.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    New content that’s less like busywork, and more like meaningful progression.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it may not be as ground-breaking as the games it draws its inspirations from, this samurai’s tale represents a return to form for the developer. With precise and purposeful combat, foes that demand your respect, and a world of fantastical folklore, Nioh is a fine action RPG worthy of anyone’s attention.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But those controls are what I keep coming back to. Frankly, I really detest playing an iOS game that has virtual buttons. Gameloft has done what it can, but this is far from an ideal platform for first person shooters.