ZTGD's Scores

  • Games
For 3,232 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 73% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 23% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.8 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 75
Highest review score: 100 Gears of War 2
Lowest review score: 10 Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad
Score distribution:
3232 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Central Fiction adds enough characters, mechanics and fine tunes its already nearly flawless gameplay into something that feels as amazing to play as it looks. It’s currently my favorite fighting game on the market, and I have no doubt that I will be throwing dozens of more hours into it in the months to come.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Guns, Gore and Cannoli might only last a couple of hours, bit it can be picked up for a low price of $9.99, and I’d highly recommend any fan of the genre to check this game out immediately. Godfather + Metal Slug + Zombies = Guns, Gore, and Cannoli.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All this praise and I’m mostly referring to the single player main story, but with its bevy of other cool unlockable modes and the multiplayer party like games available, there is so much content here, it’s a great price for an absolutely jam packed 3DS cartridge.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Star Wars: Rebels is another great table for the Zen Pinball platform. It’s easy to play and understand, and offers up a fast paced, high scoring track that really shines in some parts. Zen Pinball players should definitely give this table a shot, especially if you felt a little let down by the Age of Ultron table.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is awesome to finally have Axiom Verge on all platforms now, and for those that missed it for some reason, there is simply no excuse anymore. It is an excellent callback to classic titles, while also bringing its own flair and making a stamp on the genre. I cannot recommend it enough. I am disappointed that I waited so long to finally dive deep into its world, but now that I have, I can’t wait to go back.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Those minor grievances aside, The Fafnir Knight is a fantastic addition to the Etrian Odyssey name. It features the deep, satisfying dungeon crawling action fans of the series have come to expect, all the while allowing newcomers a multitude of options to tailor the experience to fit their skill level.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All in all, this is a pretty great pack that has some really well done tables in it. There are a few hiccups with the Archer table, and while it wasn’t my cup of tea, people have different tastes in pinball tables. Even then, there is a lot to have in the Balls of Glory pack. Zen Pinball players should pick this up without a doubt. More pinball is always a good thing and Zen knows how to make some fun tables.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s not the most user-friendly game at the start, especially for those having never played the genre before, but if given the time, will grow on players immensely.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Streets of Rage 2 3DS has everything going for it as a downloadable retro game. Taking good use of the 3D effect, decent new modes, and offering players one of the best ways to play Streets of Rage 2 on the go, if you’re a fan, I don’t see how you could resist this brawl.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Crimsonland is now up there with Super Stardust HD as one of my favourite twin-stick shooters. It may not blow you away with the visuals, but looks certainly don’t matter when it’s packing this much content. Added to the fact that the Xbox One version includes new content, this is a must buy for fans of the genre and for those looking for a fun co-op experience.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This final episode does some really interesting things, wraps up everything in an emotional way, and leaves me thinking about it even hours after seeing the final scene. If you haven’t played through this game yet, do yourself a favor and do it. Hopefully, you’ll feel the way I have throughout this adventure.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately Paradox has created a brilliant and lasting experience in Stellaris; one that allows players to cultivate an empire that spans entire galaxies. It is both wonderful and appropriately grand.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fans of the series will likely love it, but for newcomers this is the best time to jump in. I am happy to have finally taken the plunge, and over time I can see myself returning to the series, especially with two more games already scheduled to hit PS4 soon. There is plenty here to enjoy, and I guarantee there is nothing else quite like Yakuza.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On one hand I love the game play. Building up Mother Base, the missions, the stealth and gunplay all feel so refined. The open-world sandbox is endless fun. The Metal Gear portion though sadly disappoints. The boss fights are lackluster, the cut scenes are not as wacky and outlandish as I expected, and the story never really grabbed me.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    These are some really well made pinball tables wrapped around one of the best horror/sci-fi franchises ever created.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gravity Rush 2 feels as great to play as it looks. It’s a true fulfillment of a premise with tremendous potential that was previously hindered due to hardware limitations. It’s a massive improvement in every possible aspect from the original and makes a strong statement as my very first pick for a game of the year contender of 2017.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Valyria Chronicles remaster is an excellent addition to the PS4 library.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Abzu is something that was never even on my radar. Then I booted it up, and never let go. Every area was an experience, and it made an impact on me. I don’t spend my time trying to figure out what it means, I just enjoyed the ride, and it is easy to recommend. Especially to those that enjoy the idea of swimming in the depths of the ocean, and exploring the alien life found below the waves.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    That said, if you like point and click adventure games with mystery, good puzzles, humor, and a little bit of history, Broken Sword 5 is exactly what you’re looking for.
    • 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!
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mad Max the game isn’t only a fantastic time, it’s a great addition to the franchise, and one of the few games that completely destroys the expectations that a movie based game has to be bad.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you have any interest in logic puzzles and want to explore a pretty interesting world, the Witness is a must own.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Xbox One version feels just as good as on the other platformers with no noticeable issues of concern in comparison. If there are still players that haven’t had a chance to check out Saturday Morning RPG, for the price and quality, this can’t be beat.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Halo 5: Guardians is a fantastic step for the series. 343 Industries proves it knows the series, and this being the first official game on the Xbox One,
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you prefer to play solo like in WoW, or WAR, then this is not going to be the game for you. But if you enjoy PVP, and grouping up with a team to take down another team then this game is meant for you. But be warned, it is very easy to lose track of time in this game as the universe is so big you will quickly find yourself saying "Just one more planet to explore…then I'll go to bed".
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Obviously, fans of Borderlands will get much more out of it, but even if you haven’t played the first person shooter RPGs, you’ll still have a great time seeing this world in the eyes of a couple of cons. It is well acted, has tons of style, and brings a great story to the table.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clocking in at around two hours, this is the best looking, best playing and most polished game that Telltale has created to date and while it’s a bit lacking in the idea that each choice has great weight and meaning behind them, it’s still a fantastic title and a truly promising beginning for what might become Telltale’s greatest work yet.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Street Fighter X Tekken is easily the best fighting game I have played since Mortal Kombat landed last year. Sure, the story mode is a little contrived, and the gem system mildly flawed for tournament play, but the sheer amount of everything else completely outweighs it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The lack of any online component is a heartbreaker, but one that can be overlooked if you truly enjoy the deep combat to be found within. The Quest Mode will keep you enthralled for hours on end, but not being able to put your custom fighter up against your buddies via memory card will hurt this game’s longevity.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The episode is considerably longer than the last few. I was surprised and pleased to finish the trial and find substantial head-scratchers left to solve. As with all these adventures, there's little reason to revisit them once you've finished. That's just the nature of this particular beast, though. Digest it and spend a month waiting for the next one.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forza Horizon 2 is a fantastic racing game, probably the best released so far in this short-lived generation of consoles.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The game is a wonderful blend of mindbending puzzles, old school RPG combat and dungeon survival. If you're a fan of RPGs in any way, shape or form, you owe it to yourself to give this game a shot, even if it's just to see where RPGs got their start.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I can state without hesitation that the wait has been more than worth it. The awe-inspiring living creature that is Trico carries this title, which would have otherwise just been a good puzzle platformer into an instant classic that I’m sure to visit time and time again, just to say hello to my new best buddy, one more time.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Alien Hominid is the epitome of what Xbox Live Arcade should be. This is one of the finest examples of the service since its inception and I cannot recommend this title enough.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A refinement of the series that further evidences why, year after year, Activision puts it on a pedestal. If you enjoy shooters, you owe it to yourself to at least give Modern Warfare a chance. If you've been on the fence because of the die-hards, this is the year to dip your toe in the water.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You'll never feel more like a badass and you'll never have a bigger smile on your face.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    XCOM 2 does everything Enemy Unknown did and improved on it with more variations as well as some very interesting game mechanics.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    LittleBigPlanet remains one of Sony's most endearing franchises and the PSP version is definitely on par with the quality of the series.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite some standout visuals though there’s nothing here that feels like a leap forward in gaming, and I can’t imagine the core game feeling much different had I played a last-gen version. It doesn’t tarnish the experience, but players looking for a reason to need a new console still don’t have one.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the minor flaws the game contains, this is one experience that RE fans and 3DS owners simply should not miss.