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  • Summary: [Downloadable Game] The episodic videogame based on the Watchmen film is a mature action-brawler, which delves into the past of characters from the film and adds new challenges and rivalries for players. The game provides gamers with visceral superhero combat as urban vigilantes Rorschach and Nite Owl. A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, the film "Watchmen" is set in an 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the "Doomsday Clock" – which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union – is permanently set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion – a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers – Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity . . . but who is watching the Watchmen? [Warner Bros. Interactive] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. 80
    So, is Watchmen worth your hard-earned cash? I'm going to have to give a resounding "yes" to this expertly crafted beat-em-up. Even with its' shortcomings Watchmen always feels fresh, and really stands apart as a downloadable title.
  2. If you like classic brawlers, Watchmen is one of the best 3D adaptations of this formula ever made, and the best in recent times. It can become repetitive; in fact it is, what matters is if you like it enough. With a striking technical part because of its price-quality relation, and some very fun features, Watchmen deserves at least a try.
  3. 67
    Objectively, this first Watchmen episode is just an average brawler that looks fantastic at times, and has some good voice acting to boot.
  4. Watchmen: The End Is Nigh is a fairly mediocre beat-'em-up made special only by the source material from which it drew its inspiration. Playing as Nite Owl and Rorschach is faintly amusing, and the in-jokes, references and cameos are certain to appeal to Watchmen fans, but that is about the extent of its potential.
  5. This beat-em-up appeals outright to my instincts with its old school simplicity and intuitiveness. Unfortunately the more I play, the more I long for the end. What initially appears so attractive, becomes stale and boring after about 40 minutes. The specials are worn after two uses, it's more efficient to use one and the same combo all over again. [May 2009]
  6. 55
    Though the very idea of a Watchmen brawler may sicken some, this could have been a good game. Unfortunately, the design lacked any imagination whatsoever. Add Watchmen: The End is Nigh to the long list of movie-licensed games that aren't any good.
  7. Budget price and low hardware requirements can attract gamers to try this straightforward hack’n’slash game. Repetitive missions and locations will reliably repel them after two to three hours of gameplay. [Apr 2009]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. Jan 14, 2013
    The style of the game is nice, but the battles get boring. Still, I loved running around as Rorschach and Nite Owl and beating up people as them. However, I mainly got it cause I'm a Watchmen fan. Expand
  2. Apr 6, 2014
    Kind of liked the movie but knowing how nearly all movie tie games go from bad to worse this game is no exception to rule.The watchword for the Watchmen: The End Is Nigh is, meh. Expand
  3. Aug 14, 2013
    After playing this game I had that disappointed feeling knowing that the experience could have provided much more than it did. The most fun that I got from this game was rapidly clicking left-mouse and mashing spacebar at the same time, forcing Rorschach to lunge and attempt to swing at the same time while making an odd grunting noise. The only way to really get your head around the controls was by sitting through menus and spending time learning what each symbol meant (when a character is almost dead, you are able to do a finisher move when a symbol corresponding to a button appears, however the symbol isn't a graphical representation of the key on your keyboard, it is a generic "punch" icon). Overall, fighting is slow and not fluid, levels are repetitive, voice acting is lackluster at best, and the game is just not worth your money.
    -Cameron Millar
  4. Dec 30, 2013
    Well, i thought this would be an awesome game... But it is a piece of in a game's shape. I didn't even pass the first scenario and I realized how bad is the fight engine. I think the cinematographic fight style of sleeping dogs is incredibly better. And, in the first minute of game, Rorschach was hit by a prisoner and spawned in the sky... i fell on a fence, and stayed on it. I've done playing Watchmen!!! Expand

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