NZGamer's Scores

  • Games
For 1,970 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 Red Dead Redemption
Lowest review score: 20 Smash 'N' Survive
Score distribution:
1970 game reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Penny Arcade: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness does a lot of things a little differently from the generic western RPG. Unfortunately, some things work better than others. No doubt the system will be refined with the sequels to come.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Newcomers might be flummoxed by the dynamics while seasoned gamers will quickly crack this, but you could do a lot worse if you're after a platforming fix. [Dec 2008, p.70]
    • NZGamer
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, SingStar Vol.2 is a step in the right direction, if only because it’s slightly better than your average sequel on the PS2.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A perverse dichotomy; RUSE either goes too far, or not far enough.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    An irritating bug severely holds back this setup episode.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Although it has dated visuals, it comes through on a gameplay front - for fans at least. The battles feel epic due to the number of drones on the screen. In the end, that’s what these titles are all about - epic battles that keep these titles going.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A fairly enjoyable title that's let down by a few glitches and questionable design decisions. The best things it has going for it is the budget price (around $60) and that the majority of the game is the classic Metroid-style exploration.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you've still got a 14" monitor or are looking for something to play on your GeForce 2 equipped monster of a PC (this would probably work well on a netbook), Din's Curse is a pretty addictive way to flit away the winter hours.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Aside from difficulty finding a quick match, and the fact that it’s a year old game that looks a lot older as it’s being sold at full price, Don Bradman Cricket offers plenty for those that don’t have the 2014 version.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All in all, the lineup of songs isn’t terrible – it just lacks any compelling set of standout songs that hold everything together.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This is the game to get if you're set on buying a Move controller or two. It's a shame that we couldn't have more involved experiences at launch, but Sports Champions should tide you over until the mythical bunch of 'second generation' Move games arrive.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A combination of an average shooter (that won’t appeal to shooter fans) and a (tension and atmosphere barren) survival horror game.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fans of the series may want to pick this up to get another taste of what used to be an amazing franchise, but be forewarned that it's not what you're hoping it to be and that you should probably steer clear.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Repetitive and unashamedly fun (but a lacklustre port to PS4).
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    By design, Thieves in Time is a fairly simple experience, so if you want more of a challenge, maybe it’s time to graduate to something that’s going to stretch you a little more. I personally need more from a game at this stage of my life. Sorry Sly, it’s not you, it’s me.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Atelier Sophie isn’t at its best when doing particularly anything. It may only appeal to an alcove of anime fans, being so jovial you can practically hear it wishing you a merry Christmas. The broad stroke of the content can be experienced with any other JRPG, and better so. But if the home-bound, alchemic twist appeals, you may have a game worth persisting for.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Same lovable formula, but not much else.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Zone of the Enders sometimes feels like a retro grind, The 2nd Runner is stylish and engrossing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A pretty solid product, but it would have made a better impression had it been a little less punishing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game is also limited by what is missing. There is no Wimbledon, no Williams sisters and no Ana Ivanovic, and although Roddick and Murray might draw some interest from the US and UK, they don’t have the same effect at this end of the world. And there is also the fact that it’s a sport sim.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    In Sheep's Clothing was something of a letdown, especially compared to the calibre of the previous episode. It's an exposition-heavy hour and a half that does little to move the plot or develop the characters, and would have better as a concise, 15 minute introduction at the start of the final part.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Maybe the most enjoyable typing game ever, but it’s clichéd story elements hold it back.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    An intimidating and mixed VR experience, but could appeal to fans of the ‘whodunnit’ genre.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you enjoyed Dead Nation and are the kind of player who wants that high score challenge, then Road of Devastation could be the perfect expansion to scratch that twin-shooter itch for you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Symphony is a good game, however the longevity of the title will really come down to the depth of your playlist.
    • 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.