NZGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,573 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 Halo 4
Lowest review score: 20 Smash 'N' Survive
Score distribution:
1,573 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Its refreshing take on platform-based gaming, humour, variety, challenge and polish are instantly - and enduringly - impressive. Not only is this one of the best games on the Vita, it's one of the best games of the year - period.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    But the truth is, Rockstar know their onions. They understand the importance of a gritty story, concise controls, cinematic visuals, balls-out action, and genuinely fun (albeit not 100% balanced) multiplayer. But above all, they carry with them a sense of style across all of their presentation. Max Payne 3 is yet another fine example of their prowess.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A fantastic setting, realistic controls, and insane graphics make EA Skate a definite must-have.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s hard to find earlier entries in the series now, but if you can hunt one down, your money will be better spent there. However, if you’re itching for some more Advance Wars and don’t care about presentation – or indeed find the darker, moodier presentation a positive change – then you could do a lot worse than Advance Wars: Dark Conflict.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FIFA 14 on the PS3 is brilliant. However, I can't help but feel that there is more coming to those looking at buying the next-gen consoles.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    This content takes the game to whole new level of interest and challenge. I thought the game was great as it was, but these additions add so much more and further extend my enjoyment of what is a classic game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In terms of playability, it's challenging (and often blisteringly hard), a la development studio Harmonix's other monster hits: Rock Band and Guitar Hero.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Taken as a whole, Shatter combines well-thought-out gameplay with a highly polished and immersive aesthetic. Only a particular type of person need apply, perhaps, but if you’re into Geometry Wars or other score-based titles, Shatter should keep you satisfied.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    PS4 power and updates have made a great game, even better.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    The pride in the Nintendo legacy is apparent in every single aspect of this title; the attention to detail, and sheen of professionalism is everywhere. It’s a triumph - visually one of the best handheld titles ever seen, and in terms of capturing your emotions, Luigi has you on board from the first sequence. You want to guide him to victory (and safety!) because he is just so darn sweet.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Those who have their turntable controllers gathering dust in the cupboard will also be pleased to hear that Activision have hardly changed the peripherals and they will work perfectly with the sequel.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    For a free title, knocked together by a small team, it's stunning just how much it blows the opposition away. They have taken what was wrong with the genre and fixed it; what was right, they have made even better.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    If you’ve ever wanted to visit Europe, soak up the history and culture in Italy, or bask in the sun on a beach in southern France, then it may not be the game for you. Also, if all you want is a serious racer with the Top Gear guys telling you what to do, then stay well clear. However, if you’d rather bounce maniacally in a Dotcomesqe euro-rave or rip up a hillside of vineyards in a re-conned VW van, then Forza Horizon 2 may be just your thing.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    If you like fighting games, Persona, or - better yet - both, you’ll be well served by Persona 4 Arena. It’s familiar yet unique, and has enough stuff that’s all its own to warrant its existence.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not the most amazing thing ever by any stretch of the imagination but if you like the idea of a suped-up Snake, with a bunch of modes, and don't want to lower yourself to lugging a dated mobile phone around with you, it's hard to beat.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    All of the narrative and story-driven dialogue is beautifully pitched throughout, making the plot meld seamlessly with the gameplay.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Extreme weather variables add substance to the racing.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Exploring Ni No Kuni is a wonderful, magical experience.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Telltale have proved yet again that they’re the big dog when it comes to licensed adventure games and emotionally-charged, gripping, character-driven narratives.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    UFC Undisputed: 2010 might not be as “real as it gets”, but this year, it’s as close as we are likely to come.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    While the game provides hours of blissful fun, it would've been nice to see some more substantial improvements and gameplay changes over what "Guitar Hero II" offered.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Sucker Punch's Sly series is witty, irreverent, intelligent and polished.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    If you like Splinter Cell: Conviction and want to get stuck into more action without any annoying narrative to get in the way, the Insurgency pack is likely just what you're looking for. Just don't expect quite the level of execution the original is deservedly acclaimed for.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    If you've got a 3DS and like good games, this one is a no-brainer. Get it. Love it. Fight me. Go on, I dare ya.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    I liked Mass Effect 3 when it first released and I have to say I am liking it even more on the Wii U. Again, I think it is the graphics and the controller that do it for me.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    But collecting stuff is what Lara Croft does. And when it looks and plays as well as this, there is a lot of enjoyment to be had.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    Most of the game is absolutely brilliant, looking back at classic RPGs while also pushing the genre forward. But sadly, the final hours of the game, those that should be the most memorable and climactic, are tedious beyond words, and undermine everything great that came before. And this is something that’s hard to forgive.