ZTGD's Scores

  • Games
For 2,608 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 2.7 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 76
Highest review score: 100 Pinball FX 2: Marvel Pinball - Fantastic Four
Lowest review score: 10 Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad
Score distribution:
2,608 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    NHL 10 is the epitome of hockey games. Granted the changes are not as revolutionary as last year's game. What is here is the best experience a fan of the sport could ask for.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the addition of true online play, content download, and some creative touch screen use this is certainly one of the better games available right now for Nintendo’s handheld wonder.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game’s writing is one of the big highlights. The tutorial sections are hilarious, as is the dialog between characters. Rex is constantly spouting insanely cheesy dialog, and it all works really well.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For a very inexpensive price, you get a polished, well made fighting game that is well worth the money for newcomers to the series and the Virtua Fighter veterans alike.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a no brainer for anyone who missed this gem of an SRPG when it first released and a worthwhile purchase even to those who have already experienced the original just to play through the new content.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the game stands leagues ahead of its competition, there are some needed changes that I hope make their way into next year's version. Updated presentation, a new commentary team and some rudimentary facelifts to RTTS would go a long way towards refreshing the franchise and ensuring its continued success for years to come.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vita has one of its first killer apps here, and it belongs in everyone's library.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Telltale delivers an episode that capitalizes on the story built in the first four. It's a thrilling, entertaining epitome of adventure games.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 on the Wii breathes new life into the franchise. Everybody golf clap, Tiburon has created a very robust, non-boring golf game where sim meets sport in a scalable experience. WiiMotionPlus brings unparalleled immersion to a game brimming with content, and this Wii title earns its place among the greats as the Tiger game golf fans have to own.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While I may have a few grievances as to how Arcsys is handling the balancing of the characters, it’s apparent that this is the best entry in the series yet, and it remains my personal go-to choice for a 2D fighting gaming.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I would have to say I'm very impressed with the first piece of DLC Borderlands 2 has to offer. It constantly keeps you moving from one area to the next, and nothing ever gets monotonous.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a well done package, and on top of that a fun and charming little game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Street Fighter Alpha Max 3 isn’t going to win any awards for innovation, but what it will do is bring back some great memories and remind gamers that it isn’t all about bump mapping and resolutions anymore.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you love pinball, no one does it better than Zen. Although the price is only $10 (800 MS points) for all four tables, that is the only way to get them. If you want just one of the four, you're out of luck, but that shouldn't be a problem, because all of these tables are awesome and each has its own special concept that will have you playing for hours and hours to try and see what they all have to offer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In conclusion, Pokemon Conquest is an incredible game that is both easy to get into and incredibly deep at the same time. This game might not be for everyone, but those who are open minded enough to give this a shot (Pokemon fans and just RPG strategy fans alike) will find that this game is strange, charming, and just completely awesome.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best thing about the next-gen version though? The menus no longer lag – which has been a pet hate of mine for years. Yay! It only took a new console for them to fix that!
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In closing, Tales of Vesperia is a must buy for fans of the series, and a Must Try for those new to the series, or new to the genre. Vesperia is, what I hope, the tip of the iceberg for next gen capabilities as the series continues.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For pinball fans looking for more, this pack is quite the steal.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even with an exclusive license and no reason to improve their game, Tiburon and EA Sports continue to refine the best football experience ever made.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s charming, fun, lighthearted and has a plethora of content to play and create. It’s a shame that the experience of LBP 3 couldn’t be a little more polished or the story mode just a little longer, because these are the only two blemishes on an otherwise excellent addition to the series.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Definitely the best of the series, and easily the most streamlined of the genre. The option for importing songs is disappointing, but everything else is finally up to par with that other music game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Definitely recommended for fans of the genre, as this is the pinnacle of what Shinji Mikami created all those years ago.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cave Story 3D provides the perfect blend of action and adventure that embodies the days when Jason was the kid with a mutated frog and an awesome tank and not the kid that wandered away from his Dad and got lost in a mall.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quantum Conundrum is a great game that stretches your brain and forces you to think in different ways. It's fairly long as well, and I spent about 10 hours finishing the main game. There are goals related to time and the number of shifts needed to solve a puzzle, which adds some replay value. It's a terrific game for puzzle and platforming fans alike, and at $15 it's a great bargain.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mevo and the Grooveriders is a fantastic little game, it has so much charm to it, and a pretty original gameplay idea that works, that you're going to find yourself having fun playing regardless if you're a FPS veteran or a boyfriend/girlfriend who got suckered into trying it in the hopes of getting you a gaming addiction.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clocking in at around twenty hours, there is little reason to play through a second time but as is the case with a great book, once picked up it’ll be difficult to put down and when this abearrant tale has finished bearing it all, you’ll put it down with a smile on your face.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    MLB 14: The Show is a fantastic first offering on a new platform. I am impressed that every single feature is included, and the visuals are truly stunning.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, the combat can be argued all day long by purists of the series, but if that is your hang up, you are denying yourself an amazing game to play. Fans of the genre, series and games in general definitely need to see what Ninja Theory has achieved here. It's easily an early contender for my favorite games of the year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guitar Hero World Tour manages to do a lot of things very well, but the problem arises when you realize that with so many options it is hard for one of them to stand out. The song list is excellent, but suffers now because of not being backward compatible with previous games. The music studio is an excellent first effort, but hurts from sound quality and complexity.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is easily the most complete, innovative, and accessible wrestling game since Aki’s incredible "No Mercy."
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As a modern re-release of two classic games, the Homeworld Remastered Collection should ultimately be considered a benchmark. Gearbox have delivered on all fronts: visuals, playability, compatibility and spirit. It’s also a heck of a lot of fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is definitely a solid package. The robust cast of fighters, ample amount of stages and sheer plethora of content make it worth the price of admission alone. Factor in the depth of the fighting and promised DLC, and you have a game that could occupy you for a long, long time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Awakening is definitely a nice companion for those that have exhausted the original game. There is plenty here to keep you occupied for at least 20 hours if you want to max everything out. Some may be a bit disappointed in the size by comparison, but for $40 this game is twice as long as most full-priced titles.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the gripping story, the chaotic gameplay and brilliant graphics, it is a game that stands out among the best games on the system.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    DiRT 2 is about as good of a sequel as you can ask for. It took everything that made the original so good and amplified it, while still managing to address all of the criticisms.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is a lot going for Etrian Odyssey IV. It is both an achievement in retro gaming while also an evolution to the series as a whole. For those unafraid of an intense RPG challenge, a rewarding experience awaits you.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The harder boss fights, longer levels, destructible environments, and the on-foot levels add to the already amazingly fun to play and, in my opinion, one of the best XBLA games making it a must buy if you were a fan of the original and have some points to spare.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fans of classic 2D games, or the original DKC games, owe it to themselves to pick up this amazing return to the franchise. The difficulty is the one area that may throw some gamers for a loop, but with the ability to let the game play itself it becomes a non-issue.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a must play for series fans, and a great choice for anyone looking for a deeper take on the genre.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, if you own a DS and have ever played or are interested in a JRPG, you need to own this game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Space Invaders Extreme is a great reboot for fans of the old version, and a great place for new players to experience the classic gameplay.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, Cladun is a fantastic game that will become quite addicting. The game is perfect for pick-up-and-play gamers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Take my advice don’t rent this one, just go out and buy it there is enough stuff to see and do after you finish the game to keep you playing for a long time afterwards.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The side missions may be repetitive, but the story is interesting, the characters are great, and the atmosphere is encompassing. Brütal Legend is definitely one of the better games I have played this year, and I look forward to seeing what the guys at Double Fine come up with next.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Comic Jumper is definitely the game that should put Twisted Pixel on the map. Their first two efforts were tremendous games, but nothing compared to what they have crafted with this masterpiece. I literally could not stop playing the first time I booted up the game, and I talked to every single NPC just to experience all of the hilarious dialogue.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The sheer amount of polish in NHL 11 is staggering.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It would be easy for Sony to rest on their laurels with this franchise, especially considering the downward spiral (and expiring contract) of their only competitor. Instead, they’ve continued to take pride in making sure that The Show is always at the top of its game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you enjoy a terrifying game and are not prone to heart attacks, this $20 fright-fest is for you. Just be warned, it is not for the faint of heart.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The sheer amount of polish in NHL 11 is staggering.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Boss fights are fun and varied, and the excellent checkpointing system kept the big encounters from becoming frustrating. Castlevania fans and 3DS owners alike will find a lot to enjoy here.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the detour with the some of the controls, Super Street Fighter IV 3D stands as the tour-de-force for fighting games on-the-go and a must-own addition to the 3DS.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Sure, there are some odd choices such as only including three characters, but the actual game more than makes up for these quirks. If you have ever loved the series, this is a must have.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bayonetta 2 is more than just a good action game, it is a fantastic addition to the already stellar Wii U lineup, and yet another reason to own the console.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you loved the original there is enough here to replace your copy of the first game, and if you passed the first time around there has never been a better time to dive in.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of those games that will shine bright when people discuss the Vita's launch lineup. It is the Geometry Wars for Sony's portable and a game that anyone who enjoys the medium needs to check out. The price is right, the content is plentiful and the gameplay is top notch.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is one of the best Splinter Cells I have ever played, and I feel that Ubisoft has really made a solid game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you loved the original there is enough here to replace your copy of the first game, and if you passed the first time around there has never been a better time to dive in.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Outland is a phenomenal game that doesn't so much innovate, as much as it perfects. The polarity aspect is genius and the platforming is top-notch. Adding in co-op only sweetens the deal, making this a must-own title.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Of course, the most impressive aspect (and most addictive) is the couch multiplayer with friends. Think New Super Mario Bros., and you get the idea.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Your inner kid wants you to play this game. Do it for them. You will not be disappointed.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    NHL 10 is the epitome of hockey games. Granted the changes are not as revolutionary as last year's game. What is here is the best experience a fan of the sport could ask for.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Madden NFL 11 is a must own for all football fans, and now it is even more accessible to the masses.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Madden NFL 11 is a must own for all football fans, and now it is even more accessible to the masses.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Overall, I found the journey into Fabletown a delight; filled with memorable characters built on a solid mechanical foundation, and while I believe there more to be done with the formula, it’s the finest Telltale has made so far and well worth experiencing.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wii owners should definitely rush out and snag a copy before it becomes a rarity. If you have even the smallest of interest in fighting games, this is a must-own. There simply isn’t a better fighter on the Wii and this is likely the closest we may ever get to a sequel to Marvel vs. Capcom 2.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Treyarch has done an amazing job with this game and has quite possibly constructed one of the best online experiences currently available anywhere.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, Velocity Ultra stands as one of my favorite 2D scrolling shooters and a pleasant surprise that harkened back to the day where I was eagerly looking forward to each new release in the genre.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it may be on the short side, I still highly recommend picking up Unmechanical Extended. Like me, you may have a really fun time with it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    SteamWorld Dig on the PS Vita and PS4 is a wonderful achievement; great game play, beautiful to look at and with a sense of humor. Bringing it to the Sony stables was a great move on the part of the developers, and one that will hopefully prove fruitful for them.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fighting in Naruto: RoaN is such an important part of the game play that it has been given its own online modes.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guitar Hero World Tour manages to do a lot of things very well, but the problem arises when you realize that with so many options it is hard for one of them to stand out. The song list is excellent, but suffers now because of not being backward compatible with previous games. The music studio is an excellent first effort, but hurts from sound quality and complexity.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias is one of the best downloadable games you will play this year. The sheer amount of detail and care poured into this title secretes from every flick of the Wii remote. The motion controls are better than most every other game on the system and the art directions is absolutely jaw-dropping at times. I cannot recommend this title enough to anyone who enjoys a solid platformer.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There is plenty of content for the money, and it's different enough to allow even those with over 100 hours in Skyrim to feel refreshed. It's easily the best piece of Skyrim expansion content yet, and well worthy of $20.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it was nice to dig back in for a while, I have moved on to other titles now, so anyone looking for a double dip will likely not get as much mileage out of this version. For the few that have yet to play it though, you are in for a treat. The PC version is by far the best looking iteration of the game, and the amount of content packed in here will keep players occupied for months. That is of course if the online manages to get a foothold.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With over sixty playable characters, kreate-a-fighter, and all the mini-games packed in you get more than your money’s worth. MK fans will drool with delight seeing some of their favorite fighters from every game packed into one arena.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In conclusion, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 for the Wii U is a fantastic fighting game, and a must buy for the new Nintendo system. This game has so much to offer, and it adds a hard-core competitive element to Nintendo gamers that have been lacking for a long time.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Heroes and Castles is a phenomenal addition to any gamer’s iOS library. For the $1.99 asking price, you get a ton of content and a really unique experience.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, the first episode of The Walking Dead was a fantastic experience. Fans of a good narrative should look into this game, as well.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I wholeheartedly recommend.So spend!
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is most certainly the definitive version of Disgaea 4 and a worthy addition to any JRPG fan’s collection.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hotline Miami is truly a unique experience packaged in a bloody mess of human skin and entrails. It’s a title that grips the player with its sharp, visceral game play and asks uncomfortable questions which there aren’t clear answers to.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the Call of Duty game fans have been clamoring for, and I feel sorry for the team that has to try and top it next year.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You will be surprised at just how deep the combat can be, not to mention how addicting it is to get into a good 16-player skirmish over Xbox Live.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Games like Costume Quest are a breath of fresh air in a sea of FPS's and hardcore RPG's. I welcome any more games like this.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    LittleBigPlanet Vita is a must own title for the platform. The series feels right at home on a handheld, and the new implementations made for this version are outstanding.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Games like Costume Quest are a breath of fresh air in a sea of FPS's and hardcore RPG's. I welcome any more games like this.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you own a Vita, there’s really no reason why you should not have this game.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    MAG
    MAG is yet another fantastic addition to the PlayStation 3 library and one of the most addictive online experiences I have had in quite some time.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In my humble opinion, Disgaea 2: Dark Hero Days for the PSP is the definitive Disgaea portable experience. From the widescreen presentation to the sound and voice work, the PSP is the benchmark for Disgaea on the go.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Obsidian has nailed that signature crappiness that the team at South Park Studios has perfected over the years. Fans of South Park will be thrilled with almost everything here.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Axiom Verge is fantastic addition to any fan of the genre.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easily the best flight-sim available on next-gen systems, not to mention the best the series has ever had to offer. Picture perfect controls and lush visuals make this a package that fans of the series will not want to miss.