Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 30
  2. Negative: 7 out of 30
  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. The real surprise was the final level against Underboss, where you chase him up an under construction building with crews of underlings coming out the woodwork, packing some nasty hand to hand weaponry, like wrenches, pipes, crowbars and baseball bats.
  3. The End Is Nigh serves up light beat-'em-up fare with a Watchmen flavor. Those hungry for anything substantial will be disappointed.
  4. The End is Nigh is a good beginning for the Watchmen franchise in videogames, although in the future we should ask them for more. An extra in variety and a deeper AI in the enemies seem necessary, and the presence of more complex puzzles will bring variety to the experience. Nevertheless this is a pleasant but brief Hack and Slash.
  5. Watchmen: The End is Nigh is not a completely broken game, nor a good game, it's just like an old brawler game like the ones we used to play at the arcade, but it's a little bit short and tedious. However there is no question that breaking bones and killing scum as Rorsharch could be funny and enjoyable side by side with Night Howl II.
  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. 50
    Unfortunately EA doesn't provide you with a good game when it comes to Watchmen: The End is Nigh. Only gamers without a high standard can consider buying this junk.
  8. Though largely lacking in ingenuity, Watchmen: The End is Nigh proves that if licensed games can’t be good, they can at least look good. The gameplay has a life expectancy of about 45 minutes, and at a pricey $20 for just a few hours of play, it probably should have been released for five bucks and used as a promotional tool for the flick.
  9. 45
    A distressingly shallow videogame in which there's nothing for players to do but beat the living crap out of everyone they see.
  10. 60
    Watchmen: The End is Nigh offers a solid foundation with high production values and surprisingly good combat as the first of perhaps many episodes to come, but is it worth sacrificing your Jackson for a chance to slip into Rorschach’s trench coat? The answer is… up to you really.
  11. 67
    Objectively, this first Watchmen episode is just an average brawler that looks fantastic at times, and has some good voice acting to boot.
  12. Disappointing lately, city filled with grime and filth. Soul gone. Inspiration gone.
  13. A game that probably shouldn’t have seen the light of day. A brawler is not something you expect to see these characters starring in, but it’s not as bad as you might imagine.
  14. There are Achievements and Trophies to unlock, but more levels and characters (no Silk Spectre II) would've made this something to really watch.
  15. At first glance Watchmen looks like a nice surprise with its beautiful style and delicious combat system. But after a while the repeating level design and gameplay elements will have you thinking otherwise. Nevertheless, we'll be waiting for episode two, because we're convinced that there is light and the end of the tunnel.
  16. The lack of Online Co-op mode is a huge loss and, after finishing the game, it remains the idea that The Watchmen might have been better with a solid structure and a some more content.
  17. The real breaking point for this innocuous title is the price tag. Yes, Watchmen is one of the best looking downloadable games we’ve seen on a console (even if the lighting takes the murky color palette to nearly opaque darkness), and yes, the voice acting and production values are impressively high-end. Still, paying $20.00 for such a shallow experience just doesn’t seem right.
  18. 40
    The game requires very little in the way of strategy or timing -- just mashing on the attack buttons is more than enough to get you through half the game. At that point, more and more enemies start piling on you, and getting cheap-shotted in the back is an excellent way to die (and be booted out to a long loading screen while you wait for the exact same level you were just in to be reloaded).
  19. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    In a game that's only two hours long, being this gnawingly repetitive is actually quite an achievement. [May 2009, p.103]
  20. 75
    Even with the seemingly high price of $20 for a downloadable game any Watchmen fan or fan of old arcade beat-em ups should consider this well worth their money.
  21. 70
    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.
  22. At $20 dollars/1600 MS points, the cost is too high for a roughly 3 hour experience, slightly longer than the film. The story is good and the action is fun, but the repetitive gameplay and lack of replayability make this a really hard game to recommend.
  23. Watchmen: The End is Nigh is overall way too short and easy to be considered a good choice for action fans. Hack'n'slash mechanics are too repetitive to deliver enough fan, placing this title way below the Digital Delivery usual standard. Let's hope the next chapters will be developed with more care, for the Watchmen franchise surely deserves better than this.
  24. 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.
  25. As a traditional arcade co-op fighter this one delivers. Anything past this, and you are asking too much from it. The price tag is its own worst enemy.
  26. An unmotivated brawler at best. Consider to buy it only if Watchmen is your absolute all-time favorite and you can’t live without a game about it.
  27. The End is Nigh seems like the foundation for an exceptional, well-put-together brawler, with the look of a Triple-A title that could have been something more. But it also feels like a concept, a shell that only gets the basics right and doesn’t take that next step to become a more interesting, engaging experience.
  28. Games Master UK
    Gamers have outgrown games so utterly basic and brainless. [May 2009, p.80]
  29. PSM3 Magazine UK
    Clumsy and uninspired. Avoid this like a mugging. [May 2009, p.64]
  30. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    The game nails the atmosphere but fails to implement a single original idea. [May 2009, p.82]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. DeucePlanter
    Mar 20, 2009
    Long loading times, a high price, very little to do with watchmen, crap story, short and more redundant/simple than any other game I haveLong loading times, a high price, very little to do with watchmen, crap story, short and more redundant/simple than any other game I have played in the past few years.
    The one decent thing is the graphics but they're incredibly smoke and mirrors(relying on UE3 shine). This game is a waste of time and money. It really shouldn't even appeal to the typical watchmen fan...
    Full Review »