NZGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,531 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 3.2 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:
1,531 game reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    In the end this latest little offering from developer Q-Games (little in terms of file size - good, and story length - not so good) probably should have been called PixelJunk Puzzler. But, it has a great control system, enough enemies to shoot, and the concept of mixing the lava and water, ice and gas is inventive and fresh.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It looks stunning, plays nicely and has enough gadgets and hardware to keep Ratchet and Clank, together or on their own, hitting those platforms for a while yet.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    If LeBron’s your guy you’ll love 2K’s latest release. While there’s not a lot new, aside from the compulsory King James worship, the game is a fitting end to the current console cycle.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Its historical setting, attention to detail, and engrossing combat mechanic make it a worthy addition the Total War series. Fans of the series (especially fans on Creative Assembly's foray into bullets and bombs) should definitely think about picking this up.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Valkyria Chronicles is an excellent game and it gets better the more attention you pay and the deeper you go.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    There's not much new here. But if you have a decent PC and have a desire to check this one out, you can rest easy in the knowledge that it's a pretty decent conversion.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Saints Row IV combines irreverence, comedic genius, and fantastic characterisation with one of the most bizarre and ridiculous storylines you’ll see all year. As a total experience, its got the goods.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    With the new (improved) control system and slight increase in visual quality, it would be safe to say that Wii U owners are getting the best experience out of Most Wanted - even if it is six months behind.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Whether you’re a Final Fantasy veteran, or someone who wasn’t even born yet when FFX first came out, you should waste no time in picking these up.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You won't find an experience quite like this on the iPad (or anywhere, for that matter), and I for one hope we see more games that offer something just a little bit different.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Played through quickly, Patapon is an eight hour game which - when played correctly - can be as long as 15 to 20.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The living, breathing world of Sunset Valley, the town that comes pre-packaged with the game, is a fascinating one.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Titanfall is just so full of things. The world is beautiful and detailed, the maps are detailed and confusing, the giant robots have plenty of places to hide. Take your time to drink it all in as the bullets zing around and into you.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Tomb Raider earns its score for daring to go big and then executing on that goal with considerable aplomb in every important area. It looks great, plays well, and is fun from beginning to end. Even more than that, it does all of those things with more skill and finesse than almost any other game before it.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The mixture of over-the-top action, outrageously powerful weapons and cinematic presentation ensures that the non-stop thrill-ride action keeps the adrenaline flowing throughout.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just playing through the game won't keep you occupied for a huge amount of time, but trying for top times and tinkering with the level editor will keep more dedicated players busy for absolutely ages.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Radiant Silvergun is a triumph and arguably one of the best (if not the best) game of its type available - on any platform.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    PS4 power and updates have made a great game, even better.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Heart of the Swarm is a solid expansion that builds on and refines the Starcraft experience. As a stand-alone game, its campaign is oddly paced, it's got unnecessary bells and whistles, and it lacks strategic complexity. But whatever grumbles gamers might have, Blizzard’s devotion to good storytelling and character development still makes the experience worthwhile.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It's this frustration that turns Crysis 2 from a raging river into a swollen lake. Everything it does well, it does really well. As an overall experience it looks great, feels great and tells a great yarn. Its bells all whistle and its trinkets all sparkle. But this dazzling array of graphical and technical wizardry hides the fact that water has quietly seeped into this title's few cracks. Some of the core gameplay mechanics that you'd expect a tier one developer like Crytek to knock out of the park, are instead a little rusted over.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Brothers is a wonderful piece of storytelling and a fantastic puzzle game that’ll make you want to hug a loved one. Highly recommended.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Like most years, NHL 12 is a mixture of gameplay tweaks, roster updates, and surface polish. Although this year isn't a major upgrade, the changes that have been made make NHL 12 the closest thing to playing professional hockey this side of sharpening up your skates, moving to Canada, and signing up with the Halifax Mooseheads.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    While Street Fighter 3: Online Edition is the least beginner-friendly of the series, that's precisely why it's favoured among the series' biggest fans. The parrying, super moves and timing make this a challenging and surprisingly addictive game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you appreciate hilarity and good puzzles, check this out now!
    • 86 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Tomb Raider is a mature experience featuring a young, strong woman who - armed with grit, determination, and intelligence - rescues not only her friends but herself as well. Surely there’s a lesson in that for the rest of us.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    AC4 looks beautiful, and just feels more polished, cohesive, and comprehensive than the last title did.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Very similar to its predecessor, but it now comes with a proper two-player mode, an improved Break it Down mode, and lots of other small improvements. If you enjoyed the first game, you will certainly enjoy this one.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bastion is a fun and engrossing ride, and I highly recommend grabbing the demo to see if it's your kind of thing. Allow the soothing (well, gravelly) voice of the narrator to wash over you, and go find out just what happened to this destroyed, understated, beautiful world.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    As long as you know the basics, you’re set to build whatever you can think up, be it a castle with a moat, or a roller-coaster, although at the moment, you might have to shrink it down a size.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Joe Danger is great fun wrapped around a retro sound track and some clean cartoon graphics. He's a likeable little motorhead with a goofy grin and, as with all daredevils, a rather unhealthy obsession with fame and a charming little death wish.