ZTGD's Scores

  • Games
For 2,444 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 3.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Lowest review score: 10 Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad
Score distribution:
2,444 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    One of the most engrossing experiences in the history of interactive entertainment.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Spread across twenty-six chapters is a story as playful and worthwhile as the gameplay.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    You will be hard pressed to find a better deal this holiday season and to those who think gaming was better back in the glory days, enjoy your 8-bit sprites while I continue to indulge life as a Freeman!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Consider the purchase of your PS3 more than justified.
    • 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
    • 95 Critic Score
    The Last of Us is a testament to game design. Naughty Dog continues to perfect their craft at immersive storytelling, while still delivering one amazing game to 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
    • 90 Critic Score
    Players who missed this on the PS3 will find a lot to like here, but for those who have already completed it I doubt the graphical upgrade is worth another play through.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    The dialogue from Stephen Merchant, J.K. Simmons and, of course, Ellen McClain as GLaDOS steals the show. The writing is top-notch, and you will actually be upset if you miss some of the quips and humorous banter.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    While it may not reinvent the wheel, it makes it a much more enjoyable ride.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Even with a disappointingly short campaign CoD 4 is a must own for fans of the genre, I know it seems like there have been a million FPS game released in the last three months, but this is yet again another must have. The highly addictive online mode is the first game that I could see knocking Halo 3 off its pedestal as well as becoming a staple for future online games.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    There are few games that truly define "classic" in this day and age, and Ocarina of Time is one of them.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game is a masterpiece that deserves to be experienced by everyone who calls themselves a gamer. If you have already been through the vistas of Rapture there is little here to warrant a return visit, however if you have managed to remain closed off from the story it is definitely worth the trip.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mass Effect still proves that it is one of the best game series this console generation. The story, characters, game play, and overall presentation are one of pure quality.
    • 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.
    • 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
    CoD 4 is much more than a new subtitle and change of weapons; the team has crafted one of the best paced, most beautiful shooters ever created. Couple this with the highly-addictive and extremely well balanced multi-player and you have a package that is the epitome of how sequels should work.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The combat wore thin, the collection aspect is archaic, yet the narrative payoff is worth every hindrance. That speaks volumes to the construction of the story Ken Levine and his team at Irrational Games have achieved here.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Deliver[s] an intense and satisfying gaming experience.
    • 94 Metascore
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    When all is said and done Metal Gear Solid 4 is exactly what the fans wanted for Snake's final mission.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A great game for the handheld and can satisfy any hardcore gamers' craving for something more than cooking games and language teachers on their DS.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Bioshock Infinite is a really remarkable game. While the combat may get old at times the story never does, and I really don’t want to write anything about it, because discovering it was such a joy. Any complaints I had were immediately washed away by the game’s incredible ending, which is one of the best game endings I have ever experienced. It’s a well-polished, exceptional experience, and something that I would recommend to anyone.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Super Mario 3D World justifies a Wii U.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Braid is the kind of game that will likely change the face of downloadable entertainment.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Combat seemed flawless; the puzzle element, while at times unnecessarily misleading and therefore frustrating, was even more rewarding because of the joy of discovery.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 98 Critic Score
    I am however completely enthralled with the game.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Visually this is one of the best looking games on the system to date. Even more so than the already gorgeous Xbox 360 version released last year, the PS3 iteration features some much appreciated improvements that really show off the engine and the environments.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Fallout 3 is among the best games I've played this year, and represents both Bethesda's legacy and the legacy of the Fallout series incredibly well. It's easy to sink hours into exploring this world, and its depth will consume you if you let it. Fallout 3 is a must buy for anyone who loves games, regardless of your preferred genre.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    Mass Effect 3 is about as good of an ending as anyone could have possibly hoped for.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is a fantastic game that should get even better when the aiming and shooting is patched. It's an absolutely worthwhile experience for anyone who loves the series or simply enjoys a heart-pounding adventure. Unfortunately, the pacing, puzzle segments and platforming just aren't quite as good as those found Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Critic Score
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Fire Emblem: Awakening is one of those games to which I couldn't help but become addicted. Even as someone that has a difficult time with strategy games, I was able to see just how brilliant this game is.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Rock Band truly raises the bar for the genre, and with continually updated downloadable content it's no one night stand.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    With 84 tracks on the disc, an additional 20 more coming before year's end and the gigantic amount of improvements to an already stellar game Rock Band 2 is a music game lover's dream come true.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I want you to reward the development team of Dark Nebula: Episode 2 with your dollar, I want them to experience the positive affirmation of your purchase. I want this app to sell well, so that they can go forth and create more awesome. Now hop to it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The sheer amount of content and improvements more than warrants the price tag and you would be crazy to pass up this delightful package.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An immaculate piece of software (and hardware) that should at least be experienced by everyone, especially people who love playing guitar.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Truly one of the most impressive years for the monstrous sports studio.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    My only gripe about GOW: COO is that is just too short. I completed the game on the normal difficulty in less than 5 hours on my first play through.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A must buy for any baseball fan. It is up there with some of the best baseball games of all time, and is one that deserves to go on your shelf. Sony literally hit it out of the park this year.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
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    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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An incredibly robust package that will please any racing game fan. Even players not so keen on simulation owe it to themselves to check it out. There is so much content included on the disc that you could literally spend months trying to see it all. Combine that with outstanding presentation and truly spectacular handling and you have the definitive car-driving simulator.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    With gorgeous graphics and great moment to moment gunplay, Killzone 2 should not disappoint any shooter fan.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Writing this review has been hell for me, never have I had to write so much about something I wanted to do so badly. I've had to stop myself at least 4 times from tucking this away and jumping on Dragon Age. It's the best recommendation I can give the game, its beyond addictive, and the story is so good that I never want it to end.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Mark of the Ninja is a fantastic game.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Far Cry 3 was a shock all around. After being cold on the second game and only mildly excited about the original, I wasn't expecting groundbreaking. FC3 obliterated my expectations and is easily in my top-tier of 2012 games. I can see myself sinking hours into the campaign, and I am stoked to see what people concoct with the map editor over time. If you like FPS games in general, you owe it to yourself to pick up FC3. The game exceeds all expectations and is quickly becoming one I can't stop thinking about when real life takes me away from Rook Island.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    A fantastic expansion pack. It shrugged off a lot of the easy game play that was introduced in the last expansion and requires you to have to work for the best gear. Add onto that quests that redefine what you should expect from an MMO, and you have a winner in my books.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Bayonetta is the kind of game that makes me appreciate why I love videogames. It really defines a time when things were not taken too seriously and the focus was more on style and gameplay than anything else. The outlandish boss battles and over-the-top action really make this game stand out amongst its peers.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Diablo III was a fantastic game to begin with, and Blizzard has just refined it once again, making this the best version to have.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The most important new thing is the heavy emphasis that is placed on bikes. You are after all part of a bike gang, and as such it never felt quite right to see Johnny driving a car.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Truly one of the most impressive years for the monstrous sports studio.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Fallout 3 is among the best games I've played this year, and represents both Bethesda's legacy and the legacy of the Fallout series incredibly well. It's easy to sink hours into exploring this world, and its depth will consume you if you let it. Fallout 3 is a must buy for anyone who loves games, regardless of your preferred genre.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    This is one of the most memorable experiences in the history of gaming, and it is a shame if anyone misses out on it.
    • 90 Metascore
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    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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Legends is one of the last great 2D platformers, and to think we may never see a sequel simply saddens me.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    I can't imagine any fan of our national pastime that wouldn't love MLB 11.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The bottom line is that every PS3 owning baseball fan should reserve a spot on their shelf for this no doubt first ballot Hall of Famer.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I can't recommend this game enough. I have loved the direction Klei has taken with their games so far. Shank was a little too much for me, even though it was such a great game. Mark of the Ninja seems to evidence refinement and growth for the studio. It has been a long time since I enjoyed a stealth game this much. The balance between risk and reward is perfectly balanced, and if you enjoy the genre, this is a must own.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The game may have the odd technical flaw, but it still stands out as the best in the franchise so far. Oodles of fun with an epic campaign and slick multiplayer, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is a serious contender for Game of the Year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Super Meat Boy is a fantastic addition to the XBLA library and one of the most addictive games I have played all year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Amazingly Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars outshines every other portable version of the series, and even some of the console offerings. This game is absolutely one of the most diverse and feature-rich games on the PSP, or any other system for that matter.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Even with the disappointing multi-player this is one game you simply must own if you are a fan of the genre. I cannot stress enough how incredible the campaign of Dead Space 2 really is. If you even liked the first one, the sequel is a must own on so many levels. The tension will have you gripping the controller and sitting on the edge of your seat for its entirety.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    If you have played Okami before, or if you are interested in it now that the remake is here, there is no doubt in my mind, you really need to pick this game up. I usually don't say this, but this is more of an experience than it is a game. The story is charming, the visuals are beautiful, and the presentation makes me smile from ear to ear. This is one of the better HD upgrades and well worth the time and money. I can not suggest Okami enough.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you own a 3DS, this is one game you simply cannot miss. Everything about it is so well designed and fun to play that you won't remove the cartridge for months.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forza offers a fantastic sim race experience. The deep career mode, and incredible physics engine offer a one of a kind racing experience. Not to mention the replay value of a game with this level of customization.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    While it stuck to what Empire: Total War did and didn't come up with a lot of new things, it was still a lot of fun to play. If you have the dough, you should pick this up.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Even with its problems Empire Total War is an amazing addition to the series, it's great to look at, great to play, and will suck up all of your free time, and then start consuming the time you have set aside for stuff like real life!
    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Nothing about it screams revolution of the series, but at the same time, it remains a fairly fantastic experience. If looting and shooting for 30 hours sounds great to you, and you enjoy the shooting mechanics, it is a no-brainer. Playing with friends is a blast, and the humor is outstanding. This is a finely crafted sequel that will likely impress all fans of the original.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The pure adrenaline rush that you get from any level in this game is amazing, the mission structure actually keeps you entertained, and the presentation and top-notch AI really draw the player into the game world.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unlike the iPad/iPhone version, the game offers everything the PC version does, and then some. So along with all the mini games, the Zen garden and the survival modes you also get local co-op and Vs modes, which give it added value.