NZGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,490 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 Halo 4
Lowest review score: 20 Deca Sports Freedom
Score distribution:
1,490 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    DJ Hero isn’t exactly a step forward, but an impressive leap sideways into a new musical genre and an innovative gameplay mechanic.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's amazing and you should definitely check it out.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But this is one instance where, despite the glitches, I genuinely didn't care. New Vegas is just way too much fun. It's got everything in a game that I love, from a huge open world to explore, interesting characters to meet, challenging critters to fight, an awesome environment, great soundtrack and bloody mayhem.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This is a game that a lot of people can potentially enjoy; it’s a welcome return to form for Need for Speed, and worth checking out.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    For all of its crude and juvenile content, it's a hell of a lot of fun - albeit shameful fun. Sometimes we tend to take videogames a bit too seriously and, although this game probably goes too far in the other direction, you can't discredit Volition for letting loose.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    With all this hype, generated as a result of the repeated brilliance demonstrated by the developers themselves in the first place, we were expecting something... more. A lot of its flaws are, at the end of the day, skin deep - and they won't stop people from enjoying the rich experience that the Gran Turismo mode represents.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, there is still room for improvement with Skate 3 with regards to the customisation and off-board controls, but it looks like the days of the Tony Hawk reign might be finally gone. Whoop!
    • 84 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The jump-in, jump-out aspect of multiplayer mode is great for people who like to play both solo and multiplayer. And while FPS/multiplayer extremists may find the questing a bit grindy (as one confided to me after a few days of playing), there really is a je ne sais quoi about this game that totally rules.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Likely a platform for Splash Damage to build upon in the future, this will be one aspect of a future 'Enemy Territory 3' that they'll hopefully succeed in producing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    New Super Mario Bros. U feels lovingly crafted and is a welcome change from earlier, rushed, or unpolished games in the franchise. The platforming aspect is perfectly balanced, offering a decent challenge but never straying into the realms of frustrating or awkward.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It has taken all the boring bits of the genre, reworked them and delivered a well polished game that continues to surprise and delight.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Some new levels would have been nice (there’s no new content on offer, unfortunately) but the 40+ that are here certainly represent a solid investment and will take some time to conquer, especially if you’re a perfectionist.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It won't be to everyone's taste, but if you can find a way to try it out before buying, then you may be surprised at just how much you get into it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Shatter is a solid little number, with loads of features to guarantee replayability, and the sort of manic speediness that you would naturally expect from a game where you smash things into little bits for fun.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    For fans of Bayonetta and those who found Gears of War a bit too slow and clunky, Vanquish is definitely going to please.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It felt like a delicious goulash of past shooters like Duke Nukem, Unreal Tournament, Serious Sam and Borderlands. But I still found myself laughing shamefully, cringing sympathetically and then replaying levels over and over to unlock a new kill achievement or just to let off some steam. It's the best kind of guilty pleasure.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It’s an interesting, stripped down version that still has a lot of fun packed in. This comes with the proviso of playing alongside decent players, of course.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In my opinion this is the best kind of arcade game: long sequences of button mashing and shouting at your friends to “get that guy!” before trying to figure out exactly how the Boss can be beaten.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The presentation of the game is top-notch, with quirky enemies (from flying cakes to something that can only be described as an evil flying comedy nose / glasses / moustache combo), great voices (and sounds in general), and an excellent story. It's funny, and very Nintendo - without feeling at all like any kind of rehash.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    For the strategy gamers who love base-building rather than raiding and for the keen traders who want to settle down and establish a port and a merchant navy, I can imagine little better: Anno strikes a very interesting balance that you won't find elsewhere, and it should provide a lot of gameplay hours.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    One of the best 2D platformers with a tonne of replayability, now in a portable shell.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    If you were a fan of the first Darksiders, then this is definitely a worthy sequel that you should enjoy. However, if you are new to the series I would advise reading up on the first one a little so the story isn't too confusing before you pick it up. Either way, if you enjoy a dungeon crawling adventure game with RPG elements, then I can easily recommend you grab a copy of Darksiders 2 and embrace Death, with just a few reservations.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Four great maps and a bunch of tweaked weapons and vehicles, all for the annoying price of about NZ $30. Casual fans might want to wait until this thing sees a price drop, but if you're heavily invested in your Battlefield 3 multiplayer then you'll get a lot out of these new maps.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    N+
    A hardout classic platform game with cool physics, a cool character and boatloads of content (online tournaments, system link, support for up to four players, level editor and 300 levels), all for a measley 800 points.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Most importantly though, it appears that Bungie are learning how to write and present an excellent single-player story to match the multiplayer prowess of Halo.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're after something short term – maybe a rental – then Pure is great: it's an adrenaline shot administered by a supermodel. But after a few days, you will very likely realise just how vacuous that supermodel is (how little Pure offers in terms of longterm gaming).
    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    PixelJunk Monsters is the definition of a game “which takes five minutes to learn, but a lifetime to master.” Its level designs are spectacular, challenging and vibrant, while its easy going controller layout allows you to jump straight in to the action and try to wade through the twenty or so levels on offer.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Not only is it highly recommended among its app store peers, it stands well alongside much more expensive console games as well.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 5 offers some great level designs as well.