ZTGD's Scores

  • Games
For 2,505 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 76% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 19% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Dark Souls II
Lowest review score: 10 Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad
Score distribution:
2,505 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With stellar Xbox Live integration and an almost infinite number of ways to play the game Project Gotham Racing 3 is the definition of what next-gen gaming should be.
    • 85 Metascore
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    For fans of the series DOA4 is everything you could possibly want from a next-gen iteration of the game; a revamped fighting system, faster game play, and enough T&A to satisfy even the most jaded otaku.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    What it does do is take a great game with superb gameplay and improve upon it in every way imaginable. You will also not find a more complete package for your money this year.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I could go on for another couple thousand words about the amazing experience that is GTA IV, but what's most important for you to know is that this game is an absolute masterpiece.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I could go on for another couple thousand words about the amazing experience that is GTA IV, but what's most important for you to know is that this game is an absolute masterpiece.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    When all is said and done Metal Gear Solid 4 is exactly what the fans wanted for Snake's final mission.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    All of these elements blend together perfectly to deliver the most cinematic gaming experience since "Metal Gear Solid" on the PSOne. MGS was the only other game that I have played that I felt like I was actually playing a movie.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the most engrossing experiences in the history of interactive entertainment.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The Xbox 360 adaptation is far and away the definitive version of the game and certainly worth the extra ten bucks. With an expanded track list, the promise of downloadable content, and the addition of leaderboards and Achievements you will be playing this game well into 2007 and beyond.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you had any question about getting this enormous expansion, my suggestion is do it. You shouldn't need any other reason, in fact, you should not even bother with reading reviews on it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If I’ve said it once, I have said it a thousand times; this is the greatest game ever. There is really nothing wrong with this game whatsoever. If you enjoy old school side scrolling, or you just want a really good adventure game to play on your 360. Look no further than Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, you won’t be disappointed at all!
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Consider the purchase of your PS3 more than justified.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An in your face, balls to the wall, destroy everything in your path treat. With a ton of missions to complete, an entire planet to destroy, and online modes that will have you sitting in front of your television for hours upon hours, this game has it all. I know this has been said a ton of times before, but it holds true for this game; if Red Faction: Guerrilla doesn't get your blood pumping, check your pulse.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An in your face, balls to the wall, destroy everything in your path treat. With a ton of missions to complete, an entire planet to destroy, and online modes that will have you sitting in front of your television for hours upon hours, this game has it all. I know this has been said a ton of times before, but it holds true for this game; if Red Faction: Guerrilla doesn't get your blood pumping, check your pulse.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Gears of War 2 does everything you wanted the original to do and then some. I have never been so hooked on a game. I couldn't put it away until I beat it. I just couldn't get enough of the intense action, the beautiful visuals and I especially couldn't get enough of the story.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Sucker Punch achieves what should be every developer's objective: creating an engrossing game experience that is focused on, above all, fun. inFAMOUS delivers explosive action within an extensive sandbox, a veritable playground of electrified mayhem.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of those games that comes along every few years that will have gamers talking about it long into the future. It is this year's BioShock, and I for one could not put it down from start to finish. If you enjoy great narrative, interesting boss encounters, fresh gameplay and of course everyone's favorite detective then Arkham Asylum will not disappoint.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of those games that comes along every few years that will have gamers talking about it long into the future. It is this year's BioShock, and I for one could not put it down from start to finish. If you enjoy great narrative, interesting boss encounters, fresh gameplay and of course everyone's favorite detective then Arkham Asylum will not disappoint.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This game deserves a place on everyone's shelf, from the most casual fan of fighting games to the most hardcore. No matter your personal skill level, you owe it to yourself to buy this game. SFIV's incredible art style, rock solid gameplay, and infinitely compelling multiplayer make it stand out as one of best games of this generation.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    This game deserves a place on everyone's shelf, from the most casual fan of fighting games to the most hardcore. No matter your personal skill level, you owe it to yourself to buy this game. SFIV's incredible art style, rock solid gameplay, and infinitely compelling multiplayer make it stand out as one of best games of this generation.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The captivating Flower manages to be both uncomplicated and deep. While many games fail to truly engage the player this highly conceptual title succeeds, and is more immersive than many feature-driven titles dare to dream.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Spread across twenty-six chapters is a story as playful and worthwhile as the gameplay.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    If you even remotely enjoy a good narrative, this game is a must buy. Fans of the original are in for a treat as everything that was wrong with the last game has been fixed. Mass Effect 2 truly is the definitive entry in the series, and quite possibly the best BioWare game to be released thus far.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Shadow Complex is an amazing game, and the 15 bucks this will be the best buy you do this year. Chair has a bright future ahead of them and after seeing what they could do with this game I can't wait to see what they could create if they were given the chance to make a big AAA title.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    It will stand out as the perfect end to one of the best action series in a long time. If it truly is the end.
    • 83 Metascore
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    The co-op implementation is great and the extra unlockable provides more than enough incentive to play the game through multiple times. If the controls don't bother you, anybody can have a great time playing through this adventure.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    The co-op implementation is great and the extra unlockable provides more than enough incentive to play the game through multiple times. If the controls don't bother you, anybody can have a great time playing through this adventure.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    There is simply not a better, more complete shooter on the market, and with all this content, there isn't any way you can find something that you cannot sink your teeth into.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    With a pleasant learning curve and gradual introduction to game features and environmental pitfalls Quest for the Golden Orchid is so polished that it comes across as effortless.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    For the price you simply will not find a better deal this year. Even if you beat the first game to death including both Hurricane Packs, NGB is still worth owning.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An incredible package that should appeal to any fighting game fan or anyone who grew up with the series. Ed Boon and his team at NetherRealm have created a love letter to fans that will stand the test of time.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    An incredible package that should appeal to any fighting game fan or anyone who grew up with the series. Ed Boon and his team at NetherRealm have created a love letter to fans that will stand the test of time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Dirt 3 is the best in the long running series and a must for any fan, but there is fun to be had regardless of your experience with the genre. Codemasters have taken everything that was great about the previous games and improved upon it.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Batman: Arkham City is a rare treat, much like its predecessor. Not only is it a great licensed game, it is quite possibly the best superhero game ever made.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    They could have easily just threw on a fresh coat of paint on it and called it an HD remake like a lot of other titles, but 343 has more respect for Bungie, Halo and the fans than that. They have added a ton of new features well worth the $40 price tag.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Simply put, this is a beautiful game. The scenery on display here is almost unparalleled in the genre. From scenic viewpoints atop snowy mountains to the rushing streams and waterfalls I found myself often just stopping and admiring for a while.
    • 93 Metascore
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    Mass Effect 3 is about as good of an ending as anyone could have possibly hoped for.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Not only the best RPG this generation, but it's also my favorite game on the Nintendo Wii. If you like RPGs, then you own it to yourself to buy this limited time gem of a game. The world and story of Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the most profound gaming experiences in recent years.
    • 88 Metascore
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    Simply put, Torchlight II is a phenomenal game. It's incredibly polished, and everything just feels like it's in the right place when you're playing. It's tons of fun to play and never takes itself too seriously, and there are some great pop culture references sprinkled throughout. It's a great pickup for both action RPG fans and newcomers alike, at $20 it's the best bargain that there is in gaming, and something I would recommend to anyone without hesitation.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Needless to say, Persona 4 Golden is a must buy for Vita owners. Large amounts of gameplay are wrapped in the shroud of an incredibly deep story. It touches on death, murder, other dimensions, moral ambiguity, suicide, celebrities, media exploits and even corporate greed via major department stores; this game has it all. I feel that Persona 4 Golden is a very fitting title; this game truly is golden.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    I could do all of those things, but I’d rather just say that GTA V is as close to a perfection of the Grand Theft Auto formula as has been created thus far. If you have any interest at all, it should already be installing on your system.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Super Mario 3D World justifies a Wii U.
    • 91 Metascore
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    If you have any interest in playing this game after reading this review, do yourself a favor and get it now. If you allow yourself to be enthralled with its atmosphere and game play you’ll become an avid fan just like me.
    • 85 Metascore
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    If you played these classic NES games back in the day and are looking for that feeling again, you just found it. Shovel Knight is one game pretty much any gamer should not miss out on.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Dragon Age: Inquisition is an amazing game. There really is something special about it. I know a lot of people were down on Dragon Age II, but this game redeems every issue you may have had with the last game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Nothing has changed from the XBLA version, but that is not a problem at all as Peggle is a very addicting game that will have you playing for hours. And with the release of Peggle Nights to bring the level count to well over 200(!), that life you had before Peggle, yeah you might as well kiss it good-bye. Welcome to the PSN, Peggle, you will be loved by many.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    If you love video games and love having fun, then you need to do yourself a favor and download Joe Danger. I guarantee you this, it will be high on top of my game of the year list come December.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Double Fine has achieved an amazing feat with Once Upon a Monster. Not only is the game ideal for children in both design and presentation, but it is a game that parents will want to play with their kids.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 99 Critic Score
    Zen Studios has done it again, with an incredible pinball table that is extremely fun and addicting to play.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Completely absorbing, Fable 2 is unfettered by its few faults and while perhaps not entirely epic in depth, it is truly epic in scope – and even more fun.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    If you loved the original 1942 then Joint Strike will likely conjure up memories of the golden days of shooters.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Probably the most fun I have had playing an XBLA game, so far. With its simple to learn and use controls to the ton of levels you can play, I can see why this game was so talked about when it made its first run on the XNA.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    It is a game that requires you to think, use different angles and timing to complete the game. It is a game that makes you sit back and rethink those strategies. But most importantly, it is a game that is extremely fun and addictive.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The Terminator 2 of videogames. A sequel that contained all that made the original so good, without all the boring and unrefined portions...This is by far the most fun I have ever had with an open-world game.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The Terminator 2 of videogames. A sequel that contained all that made the original so good, without all the boring and unrefined portions...This is by far the most fun I have ever had with an open-world game.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    I am however completely enthralled with the game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    In all, Rockstar struck gold by releasing Undead Nightmare.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    In all, Rockstar struck gold by releasing Undead Nightmare.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    The story and presentation rival that of a summer blockbuster. Throw in some smart dialogue, fantastic gameplay and addicting multiplayer, and Rockstar has hit the ball out of the park again.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    Simply put it’s one of the best games available on the 3DS or anywhere else, and it’s a must play.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    You really can't afford to miss this one! It has set a new standard for sandbox games.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    You really can't afford to miss this one! It has set a new standard for sandbox games.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    With so many degrees of gameplay, and so much fun packed into a single game, it's hard to not recommend this game to anyone who has ever picked up a controller.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    I honestly can't say enough good things about Disgaea 4. The game is a fantastic RPG that can be as deep as any other, yet as simple as the player wants it to be. You can easily sink 50 hours into the main story itself. It never gets too difficult, and with the visceral combat in place, there is always more than one way to take on a battle.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Today, the best sports games are more than simulations; they are immersive, customizable and infinitely social. No game has elevated its sport to the level of "platform" better than EA's FIFA Soccer 12.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    You may hate motion control, but once this game clicks, it is genius. If you are a Zelda fan, you cannot miss this game. It is simply the best Wii game yet, and definitely up there as one of the best Zelda games I have played in years.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    One of my favorite XBLA games ever. With fun gameplay, witty dialogue that stays true to the show, huge levels, and a ton of fan service, this is THE game South Park fans have been waiting for.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    For such a simplistic game, I’m amazed at how deep it can be.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    The whole point of Terraria is to explore, find weird contraptions and treasure chests, and use new items to make even more awesome things. I just wanted to keep unlocking the secrets of the game, and that is why this simple yet massive game just keeps giving and giving. I have barely scratched the surface, and I can’t wait to play some more.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 97 Critic Score
    Those who liked the past few games and even those looking to play Magic: The Gathering for the very first time should all pick up Duels of the Plainswalkers 2014. I can’t suggest it enough.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    One of the most visceral and enjoyable experiences you will find on Xbox 360 this holiday season. If you love classic zombie movies and/or love the idea of co-op shooter there simply is no better game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Soulcalibur IV is the definition of how to make a sequel to a beloved franchise. Everything is dialed up and the amount of content will keep gamers occupied for months to come. The fighting engine is deep enough for hardcores to take pleasure in while easy enough for casuals to simply pick up and enjoy.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Soulcalibur IV is the definition of how to make a sequel to a beloved franchise. Everything is dialed up and the amount of content will keep gamers occupied for months to come. The fighting engine is deep enough for hardcores to take pleasure in while easy enough for casuals to simply pick up and enjoy.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Dead Space is the type of game that people will talk about five years from now about just how good it really was.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Dead Space is the type of game that people will talk about five years from now about just how good it really was.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Battlefield Bad Company 2 is by all intents and purposes a fantastic follow-up to the original game. All of the great ideas that fell short have now come to light, and the return of classic Battlefield online make this the game to own for online shooter fans.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Battlefield Bad Company 2 is by all intents and purposes a fantastic follow-up to the original game. All of the great ideas that fell short have now come to light, and the return of classic Battlefield online make this the game to own for online shooter fans.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    I admit the first 30 minutes of the game feel really slow and disappointing, but once you move past that it easily becomes one of the best games I have played this year.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    I admit the first 30 minutes of the game feel really slow and disappointing, but once you move past that it easily becomes one of the best games I have played this year.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Dungeon Defenders is deep. I don't use that word lightly. RPG fans will be in heaven with this game.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    With the amazing dark look, the awesome soundtrack and the superb narration by Patrick Stewart, War of the Worlds is one of the best XBLA games I have played in a while. And, for only 800 MS points, you would be silly to pass up this gem.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Trials Evolution is about as close as you can get to a perfect downloadable package. It has nearly limitless potential to entertain gamers, and its addictive properties are unmatched. If you liked the first game, this is a no-brainer. If you were lukewarm to the original, I suggest giving it another go.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    If you're looking to get into MTG for the first time, or if you want to rekindle your love for the game, 2013 is a must own. The game explains everything in detail, and the amount of content and modes are robust enough to keep players going for hours. This is the best Magic video game that is on the market today, and its all yours for 10 dollars. That is a great deal for what you get. I can not suggest Duels of the Plainswalker 2013 enough.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Shin Megami Tensei IV is one of those games where many people have probably heard the name but have never tried a game in the series. This is a great beginning point for anyone that has never played a MegaTen game before.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Fans of Pokémon will be in familiar territory while newcomers will have a great time learning the ropes. It never deviates from the norm too much, but what X and Y does and does brilliantly, is the improvements to connectivity and game progression.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 96 Critic Score
    Fans of Pokémon will be in familiar territory while newcomers will have a great time learning the ropes. It never deviates from the norm too much, but what X and Y does and does brilliantly, is the improvements to connectivity and game progression.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Squeenix once again delivers a grand adventure, with the main quest being at least 60 hours. In a genre which many think has become redundant and stale, FFXII stands out with a unique battle system, endearing characters, and a beautifully crafted, well presented story.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    A visually stunning title that continues the tradition of excellence the series is known for coupled with an outstanding online component and more than enough content to keep you playing for many months to come.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With its enormous amount of quests, the beautifully expansive environment, and a degree of subtlety that most games don’t even dream of, Bethesda has created a gaming masterpiece that will be hard to knock off come Game of the Year voting.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The biggest draw to Epic’s newest masterpiece is obviously the visuals. Gears looks better than every other game you have ever seen, and yes that includes every single one of the PS3 launch titles.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Even though it might look like it's for kids, trust me it is for adults, too. Guys or Gals, everyone who is a gamer and enjoys games like Sims, and Harvest Moon should pick this one up. You won’t regret it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    All in all, it's a robust title with very few flaws and a lot of play time potential. While some titles are the type you play once, complete, and put on the shelf; this is one title DS players would likely come back to time after time.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I love the sound of music blasting into my duo earlobes in the morning, and the soundtrack to this game is super.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With its simple, yet addicting gameplay and amazing visuals, Super Mario Galaxy is by far the best game available for the Wii, along with the best Mario title released in years.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Portable Ops is by far the best reason to own a PSP so far. For fans of the series this game is a must own simply because of the story tie-ins and the incredible production values.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    While the game is just a giant mesh of tons of genres it manages to do them all to near perfection. When a game has you thinking about it constantly and talking about it only makes you want to play it more you know you have something special on your hands.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Super Smash Bros. Brawl is the type of game that actually delivers on every promise as well as exceeding every expectation.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    One of the best games that I have played so far this year. The team at Square Enix has really taken a leap in the right direction for the JRPG genre. They have made a gorgeous game that is fun to play, yet at times challenging and rewarding.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Uno
    I have been OBSESSED.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Controls are easy to learn, players look great, and the soundtrack is outstanding.