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 Halo 4
Lowest review score: 20 Deca Sports Freedom
Score distribution:
1995 game reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Personally I’m afraid that Flock’s gameplay quirks will harm the experience for many gamers. I didn’t find them game-wrecking by any stretch of the imagination, but there will be some people who will throw their hands up in despair.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Official movie tie-in or not, dampen down your expectations.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    If you know what you're letting yourself in for, go for it. It's a pocketable version of a minigame, with online play, and 3D that doesn't need glasses. It's honestly little more than that.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the lack of multiplayer really lets the title down in overall value, but the campaign is enjoyable (bar some rough voice acting and gameplay quirks), and will take you a good 20-30 hours to complete.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom is a valiant attempt to capture the feel of AoT that is unfortunately encumbered by some underwhelming elements.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Despite all of these comments and my own personal opinion, this review isn't telling you what football game to buy this year. Both FIFA '11 and PES 2011 are completely different games and play to their own strengths and weaknesses.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    You’re not going to find an incredible game here but what you do get is slickly presented game with a whole lot of laughs along the way.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Whatever you do, don’t just play the first 10 minutes of it. You’ll be utterly disappointed and will immediately wish you purchased another game. The biggest issue many will face is that there is no clear objective, and not a lot else to do other than walk around. But if you do play this, you’re going to need to stay committed - otherwise you’ll end up throwing your Vita against the wall.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It looks good, plays well and is a bit too short.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It may not be fun, but it’s realistic.
    • 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.
    • 55 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Dance Paradise is guaranteed to get a party started if you have Kinect and the floor space at the ready.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It’s definitely a good game, one that shows promise for an action focused future in the Resident Evil franchise, but too many little annoyances add up to prevent it from being a great game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Packed with extra activities, secret areas and a decent if not overwhelming adventure, The Legendary Starfy will no doubt have satisfied all those eager gamers waiting for it to appear in a language they could understand.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    An innovative little puzzler that stacks up well, and will keep you entertained for a weekend.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    If you want to relive the experience you loved ten years ago, get this game, but prepare to feel that crushing weight of nostalgia.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    On top of the irritating cinematics and clunky non-driving gameplay elements, the game continues to feature some unpredictable AI when racing computer drivers.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Just Dance 2014 is still a whole lot of fun, particularly if you bring a few friends around to join in. Just make sure you keep a towel handy, as all that dancing can be sweaty work.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    There’s an interesting mix of characters and environments to keep the gameplay fresh, and the soundtrack is a delight. It doesn’t hold up so well as a single-player experience because of the repetitive nature if you have to do everything yourself, but it’s a great party game with some friends.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    It does get a little tiresome, however, with so few options and - more importantly, perhaps - the lack of variety in the look of the maps.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Army of Two is, at heart, a fairly standard action game that is saved from mediocrity by some fun co-operative gameplay. If you don’t have a friend to play through this with, you may as well stop reading right now.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Despite some frustrating nuisances, this is still one of the best showcases for the impressive Kinect technology.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    So what are you getting for your $70, then? To be honest, not a lot. The remake's cool and all but you'd be hard pressed to justify paying more than $20 for it alone - even if you're a hardcore Tekken fan.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    At risk of repeating other reviews, Battlefront has the form of a Star Wars game that feels like it’s still in the making. Whether from time constraints or by design, every ostensible grandeur and moment of fantasy it does so well to impress can be experienced with a day off. Its glamour and gloss only makes more regretful how little there is. After a ten-year hiatus, Battlefront is only a figment of what it wanted to be.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    This game feels like a shadow of its predecessors and is only saved by the phenomenal impetus this series already has.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It’s definitely worth a rent, but it has limited re-playability and its multiplayer value is only going to last as long as its community.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It's important to note that this DLC adds nothing new in terms of the gameplay. In a similar vein to the previous Kinect Sports Season 2 content for the golf component, this Midnight Mountain Ski Pack just adds new maps or tracks to your library. However, each new map has been well thought out and manages to get more juice out of the original game by offering up new challenges.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The game is very playable and is an absolute bucket-load of bloody fun. And who doesn't fancy joining the undead for a night, or sending a few of the blood-sucking freaks back to their graves for good?
    • 73 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    While The Missing Link does present an intriguing cast of mysterious characters, none of them feel particularly imperative or tug at your heartstrings.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The multiplayer likewise suffers a bit from a lack of variety.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Probably not a game for anyone born too far before the millennium. But it is sure to bring some joy for younger players this Christmas.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    SingStar Dance is very party-game orientated with the full track listing accessible from the get-go.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Beating levels will unlock different helicopters. So you can replay missions with birds that are faster and can carry more troops. All so you can get better completion times to move up the online leaderboards.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Judged purely on its racing, MX vs. ATV: Alive is a good game. But that's not what most people will judge it on.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Chances are that if you’ve played Virtua Tennis 3 you may be slightly disappointed, as the usual high bar that is the VT series hasn’t been quite reached this time round, and 2009 is quite similar to VT3 to begin with.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    While the game never comes close to the level of daring and invention within that work, the good news is that it is at least on par with the film, and probably better. In the world of comic/movie tie-ins, that in itself is as unlikely as breaking the laws of physics.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    There is no doubt that Arma III is realistic. In fact, it is the best combat simulator on the market. Is it fun though? For me, I found it an exercise in frustration at times. Games need to entertain me, not frustrate me.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The multiplayer likewise suffers a bit from a lack of variety.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Repetitive and unashamedly fun (but a lacklustre port to PS4).
    • 70 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The presentation of the game is nicely polished for the most part. From a distance, everything looks really good in-game. Up close, however, H.A.W.X kind of suffers from what most flight games do – bad terrain!
    • 82 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Play it because it’s different, play it because it’s a far cry from anything you’re likely to in the coming months.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Commentators aside, some of what Big Ant did well in the original game gets a bit lost in its second season. buried under the weight of the options and menus. But, you can still smash it like the Big Bash and IPL, if that’s what you’re after. Or, you can go all village green on the game. It’s slow, deliberate, complicated and, without any cynicism, that may be the best thing about Don Bradman Cricket 17.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    A jarring contrast between epic beauty and controller destroying frustration.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    While its simple presentation lends itself more towards phones than 50 inch flat-screens, it's a clever little game that puzzlers will love and gamers everywhere might find something to like. And it might even get passed uncut in Australia.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    You get a straight port of Doom and Doom II, a nicely polished up HD version of Doom 3, and a chance to send a whole lot of monsters to hell. It's Doom. Marine, grab the biggest freakin' gun you can find and follow me.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    This isn't a game that will convince non-golfers to take up the sport, whether virtually or otherwise, but if you're a fan and need a golfing fix on the go, you can do a lot worse than Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 for the iPad.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    While a couple of the games are downright boring, and a few frustratingly difficult, most do definitely have an interesting X-factor about them; even if they're ultimately hamstrung by a lack of polish.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    A great addition to the PlayStation Store and the perfect "mini" gaming experience.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    For those who like their adventures on the darker, twisted - but still humorous side, Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes might just tickle your fancy. A worthy successor to the original.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    While the action is fun, there is no way to avoid feeling it's stuck in the past.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    This is a well thought out game with a huge amount of complexity. Unfortunately the steep learning curve means the ladder to the top looks almost impossible to climb when you first begin.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    What changes you do find in Tiger Woods 08 are positive; however, it’s just the fact that there is more polish needed to make this title really stand out.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Rogue is not one of the best in the series, in fact I’d put it pretty low on the pole. But they did give it a good try and there’s hope for more intricate gameplay in the future, though this is certainly the last AC game developed for the previous gen consoles.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    While I’ve been on the verge of giving the game the people’s elbow, especially sitting through the long load times and when I lost a match because I couldn’t tag back into a tag team match; it’s a ‘tag’ team match, and I couldn’t figure out how to ‘tag’. It’s in the bloody stupid title. But, I’m going to keep playing. I love all the bluster, all the blood, and I want to eventually get a win by submission.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    A competent helicopter simulator. It will most certainly push some gamer's buttons and become a well loved addition to their military combat collection. But I'm not sure how large that market is.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Naruto: Uzumaki Chronicles 2 simply repeats a lot of the mistakes of its predecessor and proves that it wasn’t just the escort missions holding Uzumaki Chronicles back: it was an overall flawed design.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    NBA 08 ultimately is too hit and miss to warrant becoming anything greater than an average basketball title.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Thief isn’t terrible, it’s just not as good as other games, so in a way I want to say leave Thief for a while; come back to it when it’s on sale, wait for it to be a steal.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    While a few annoying quirks threaten to get in the way, overall this is definitely more of the same.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Developers Rebellion have harnessed the insanely difficult, but addictive vibe that die-hard fans grew to love and even added a few extra aces up their sleeve.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    ‘Malicious’ is a fitting name for a game this unforgiving.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Trusting other players for quality levels is risky business, but making your own is creative heaven.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a fun title for the kids, and even older gamers may get a bit nostalgic value of their old Hot Wheels cars.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Republique is a decent game with a good premise and unique gameplay, but a disappointing ending.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a Fire Emblem game, which means, yes, while it's diabolically hard, the gameplay is solid. More than solid – it's worthwhile.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a game it doesn't really offer us anything new. Its driving mechanic is a little clumsy and frustrating, but it's got enough variety and depth to keep you moderately entertained. As a portable driving distraction it's a decent attempt. But it could hardly be called the breakthrough ingenious iPad title we are all still clamouring for.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An intimidating and mixed VR experience, but could appeal to fans of the ‘whodunnit’ genre.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s a beautiful game to watch, but so insanely frustrating to play single player that you wouldn’t care if the game was hand-drawn by a mermaid riding a gold unicorn. The multiplayer co-op adds a lot more playability but usually multiplayer features like this should add to the solo experience, not justify it.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's a lot of potential, but it would be much cooler with dragons. And fire.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's hardly a step forward for the franchise and clearly lacks the polish of earlier titles, but if you're into this kind of game and are looking for more pocket action from your favorite characters, it could have been worse.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game crashes. I mean, it crashes a lot. Oh, you finished a level? Let’s return you to the Xbox home screen. You’re loading a new level? There you go, back looking at your pins. Oh, you’re on the last shot of an extremely difficult level that you’ve been trying to conquer for more than an hour? LOL, SEEYA.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    800 points seems pretty steep for such a tiny amount of content but then again, what is there is a heck of a lot of fun to play. You'll need to make your own mind up as to what value that represents.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Destiny isn’t a bad game, by any means. If you like sci-fi shooters, you’ll get a good 20 hours of enjoyment out of this. But that’s really all it is; a fun, forgettable shooter that plays it safe and sticks to what’s been proven, with nothing to really set it apart from it’s peers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you are a fan of the band, then you should most definitely Walk This Way. If you’re simply looking for a new Guitar Hero fix, you may wish to rent the game first, or look towards the next downloadable content for Guitar Hero III.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As it stands, though, you'll need to be really hankering for some old-school gameplay to enjoy 3D Dot Game Heroes. I wasn't able to manage it, but I suspect there are quite a few of you out there who would actually enjoy this game from start to finish. You know who you are.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Comes up a little short (pun intended).
    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The soldiers Ivan’s teamed up with are a bunch of generic - almost cliché - and didn’t add to the story, or help with bosses, making them fairly pointless. However, despite all that, it was fun, and in the end this could have been a great straight up beat ’em up if they had left out the shooter aspect.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Competent sums it all up really. If you like the idea of an action RPG with a big emphasis on the action, lots of repetition, and game design that never quite achieves the entertainment level you think that it could, you'd be fairly well served by this.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gravity Crash is an old fashioned two dimensional fight against inertia. While there are a few things that bring it into the 21st century such as the bright neon colour palette, the online/multiplayer components and the build-a-level editor, it’s a simple game (simple in a good way) that is engaging, interesting and hard. Just like games in the olden days.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A solid JRPG, which suffers from the occasional frame rate drop; it seems the developer Gust were so focused on adding costumes, they neglected to optimize it for the PS Vita’s hardware.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As licensed games go, it's above average - but given that the film series it is based on was last seen at the cinemas over 20 years ago, it's a bit of disappointment that it still feels a bit rushed. It could have been (and based on pre-release media, seemed to be) so much better.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you like puzzlers and fancy playing them on your 360, this is a pretty decent and unique experience.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I didn’t love this game, but it had enough nice moments for me to be happy that I played it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The highlight of the pack, however, has to be the 10th Anniversary ‘gifts’ that also come in the stuff pack: three favourites from previous Sims titles. Yes, the vibromatic bed is finally back, as is the large (now stockable) aquarium, and an awesome electric guitar.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Plenty of promise, but this game is going to require some decent updates over the coming months.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Siren is nothing new but is a short, spooky distraction.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All in all we've got a pretty simple game with very little content and no single player of any substance whatsoever. It's fun enough but it feels pretty expensive at 800 points.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Skyrim is still a great game that everyone should play, but it could’ve used more than a paint job.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I can’t help but feeling that, while a good deal of effort has gone into enhancing the essential Viva Piñata experience, the limitation of things I can put in my garden when there is so much on offer really does kill my buzz.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Although the gameplay is limited and only takes around 30 minutes to clock (per plane), 1942: Joint Strike is still a satisfying gaming experience.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A wonderful, but short, plot that will have you believing you own real life detective skills.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hardcore golfing fans (and I do mean hardcore) will probably find this a contender for game of the year, but for everybody else there are more charming, accessible, and fun golfing games on the market.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you enjoy your old-school 2D action games played with a friend or two, Moon Diver could certainly scratch that itch. On the other hand, it doesn't really do anything all that special and if you aren't used to the punishing nature (read: difficulty!) of these games, then it might be best to avoid this one.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Tokyo Jungle is something unique that has a lot of potential but manages to fall short in a lot of areas. Replacing the looping music with a decent ambient track would've helped sell the setting and variation in gameplay for different animals would have given you a reason to pick one over another.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Shaun White Skateboarding doesn't really pull off all of its goals, but it's still a fascinating lateral shift for the genre.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Pretty sick stuff. But apart from teaching children to become sadistic pet torturing horrors, Squeeballs is a good time waster and young male players will most likely enjoy getting through the main bulk of the 150+ mini-games on offer over a rainy afternoon.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While the Wii version offers inferior controls, ultimately the console-TV multiplayer experience is something that the DS version cannot match. While the DS version is technically better, the Wii version offers more potential for spontaneous chaos and fun.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its set in a bizarre world, with a straightforward story, quirky humor, and - some might say - it's trying too hard to break the fourth wall, but I actually had fun playing Rayman 3 HD.