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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] The lines between good and evil have been blurred and crime and terror run rampant in the streets. The alleys, rooftops, and sewers are crawling with criminals and brutal gangs. And now, Underboss - in a daring escape - has broken out of prison and is ruling with vicious darkness. The city is in need of saviors and only masked hero vigilantes answer the call. Answer the call in Watchmen: The End Is Nigh. Two Watchmen characters: Play either as Rorschach, a feral, street-wise fighter who can disarm enemies to use their own weapons against them, or Nite Owl, a refined fighter who uses martial arts expertise and high-tech wizardry. Fierce action: Fight and watch the blood fly through six chapters of gut-wrenching in-your-face action. Intense, visceral battles: Fight up to 20 enemies at the same time with bloody, street-fighting moves. Multiplayer: Clean up the streets with friends in split screen co-op multiplayer competition, or solo. [Deadline Games] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 32
  2. Negative: 6 out of 32
  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. Yes, Watchmen is worth…well, watching, due to its outward beauty, but its essence doesn’t lie in the gaming medium. Maybe the movie will prove something similar—that Watchmen’s mid-’80s comic book-series brilliance cannot be outdone.
  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. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. A strong license attached to an abysmal game, like a Ferrari attached to a boat anchor. [June 2009, p.95]

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Score distribution:
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  1. David
    Apr 14, 2009
    Excellent, expecially for a beat 'em up. It isn't a button masher as the negative reviews say, as enemies are able to detect when a player is mashing away, and will counter. Rorschach is just plain brutal, in a good way. His amazing character and gameplay makes up for the less interesting Nite Owl, and his finishers leave someone going, "Ooooh, Ouch" almost every time.

    The graphics are just plain excellent, I have never seen an Arcade game with similar caliber of graphics. Only faulted at the repetition that plagues the genre, Watchmen is a great experience.
  2. JakeG
    Mar 4, 2009
    This game is way better than I thought it would be. I saw negative reviews and I got kind of bummed out because I was really hoping it would be good. I played the trial game and it was actually really awesome. When you hear "brawling game", that's the worst of it. By that, I mean that the game takes a repetitive and boring genre and makes it really interesting. It's about as good as any brawler game you will see. There are lots of different combos and other styles that make it really fun. I can understand where people say it gets to be boring or repetitive, but Deadline Games (who the &^$% is that?) made it about as awesome as they could. The game probably isn't for everyone, but I definetly recommend you give it a trial run, it's worth it. Fun game. Expand
  3. jerrycorrea
    Apr 7, 2009
    Watchmen is one the best down loadable game i have ever seen possibly the best down loading game i have full of action plenty of combos and very brutal special combos Rorschach are very brutal and Nite owl 2 cool combos not as brutal still cool. I recomend you buy this game it is very fun. Expand
  4. CuriousSofa
    Mar 8, 2009
    It's a mindless but fun beat-em-up, with some smart social commentary to boot. There are no "puzzles" or anything that would make you compare this to say, God of War. But it's worth $20 easily, especially if you like Final Fight type games and like the Watchmen. Amazing graphics, too. Expand
  5. WillH
    Mar 13, 2009
    A lot of the reviews for this game seem a little unfair to me. Having just read the graphic novel and looking forward to seeing the film, this game is the perfect little fan service to someone who enjoys the characters and the world of Watchmen. Being priced at around £12, i was never expecting anything truly genre changing and as a movie tie in, it goes above that particular call of duty. If you like Watchmen, there's really no reason not to pick this up and give it a go. Expand
  6. AlexQ
    Mar 11, 2009
    After only playing the 20min. demo, I think it's enough to make a few notable comments. It looks good, plays well enough, the combat is brutal and satisfying; which also happens to take me back to the late 80's of Double Dragon and other such titles, where all you did was advance forever forward and beat the crap out of everyone that came along. And 20 years on, I can't think of other titles that do just that, without complicating things with various unnecessary puzzles and wondering what to do next. However, some greater variety in characters would be nice. Expand
  7. Mar 6, 2011
    This game is nothing more than your basic average beat em up brawler, while it has some good co op and good character animations, the bland environments and dumb AI hold this back, the story is pretty interesting however, just don't expect anything new or exciting. Expand

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