GameWatcher's Scores

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For 1,423 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 41% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Portal 2
Lowest review score: 10 Haunted House: Cryptic Graves
Score distribution:
1,423 game reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A consistently thrilling and explosive tale that states its case as one of 2012's best. I'd be hard pushed to find a game that has made me scream with excitement on such a regular basis, as the compelling narrative and rewarding gunplay conglomerate into a truly spectacular product.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cooperative play done right!
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's issues and niggles here and there in the amount of Career Mode repetition of event types and environments, as with many racers, and the game is almost devoid of innovation in all modes other than the brilliant Gymkhana – but perhaps an evolution rather than a revolution was all that was needed for DiRT 3.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cooperative play done right!
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's issues and niggles here and there in the amount of Career Mode repetition of event types and environments, as with many racers, and the game is almost devoid of innovation in all modes other than the brilliant Gymkhana – but perhaps an evolution rather than a revolution was all that was needed for DiRT 3.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Connor's adventure is an excellent one. His story is methodical and meticulous, much like the land his people inhabit. A slow build-up may deter players, but plenty of memorable moments are worth sticking around for. The game is so rich with content and minor activities that it's almost impossible to tackle it all.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Cooperative play done right!
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So, Paradox have done it again – learning from the design of Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis is an excellent starting foundation.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To put it plainly, there is an odd disconnect between this game and Mass Effect 2. In fact, there are more ties between this game and the first game than there are between 2 and 3, and sometimes we can't help but feel Mass Effect 2 never happened.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rampaging counter-measures aside; Battlefield 2142 is the latest and greatest release in the series and is well worth every pound/dollar/euro.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's issues and niggles here and there in the amount of Career Mode repetition of event types and environments, as with many racers, and the game is almost devoid of innovation in all modes other than the brilliant Gymkhana – but perhaps an evolution rather than a revolution was all that was needed for DiRT 3.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As long as you enjoy action, sci-fi and a rich amalgam of gaming styles, there's loads to enjoy right here.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For Company of Heroes veterans, Company of Heroes 2 feels a little like coming home.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As far as 2010 goes, it's mightily difficult to recommend a downloadable title more than Pac-Man Championship Edition DX.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As far as 2010 goes, it's mightily difficult to recommend a downloadable title more than Pac-Man Championship Edition DX.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Witcher 2 itself is still an incredible title that really makes you feel that you're having an impact on the people and politics of this world, and the Enhanced Edition only makes it better.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether or not you can forgive CA for 'pulling a Valve' is up to you, but please don't blame the game itself - this is a worthwhile experience and well worth the money in reality, if not in principle.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's rare that a videogame can remain just as relevant today as it did at the turn of the decade, but precisely because of the stylised graphics, simplistic physics and endless customisation options, Worms remains evergreen to this day.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mafia II is exactly the sequel Mafia fans have been waiting all these years for.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mafia II is exactly the sequel Mafia fans have been waiting all these years for.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mafia II is exactly the sequel Mafia fans have been waiting all these years for.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you're a casual gamer then steer clear, but If you have both the time and the inclination to devote a lot of time to learning the sometimes over complicated set up then you'll have more fun than some kind of space pun I can't think of at the moment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a challenging and complex game packed with features that allows you to choose just how you want to play it, while accommodating a wide variety of play-styles and strategies.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It might not reinvent the wheel, but that doesn't stop it from being the most addictive version yet. Fantastic in every sense – here's to a year of imaginary goals.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The developers need to be commended for their efforts and if you like sandbox games, this is unmissable.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Some scenes in this game genuinely moved me.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Wolf Among Us is superb, and Cry Wolf is probably the best episode.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not perfect, but we highly recommend this title to all FPS fans looking for something fresh to bide the time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not perfect, but we highly recommend this title to all FPS fans looking for something fresh to bide the time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Strider is unapologetic in its approach: it’s a Metroidvania that thrives on speed, slashing, and general carnage. It manages all four very well.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not perfect, but we highly recommend this title to all FPS fans looking for something fresh to bide the time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not since Rocksteady's Batman Arkham games has a developer so successfully made such an amazing title out of a licensed property, one that not only is a perfect South Park game but an incredible RPG as well.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Killzone 3 is the best first-person shooter on PS3, with its varied and stunning single-player campaign and all-out action-packed multiplayer.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may have taken 3 attempts, but Resistance 3 is the FPS the PS3 has been waiting for.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you're an MMO veteran looking for your next fix, or if you're a newbie looking to expand tour horizons and jump into the genre for the first time, RIFT is an excellent place to start. Just remember - we're not in Azeroth anymore.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, it's properly, wonderfully creative and brilliant – and proves that even the most disparate of series can be bedfellows if executed well.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It really feels like a lot of effort was put into Starhawk, and that effort has certainly paid off. After dusting off my PS3 to play it, it seems Sony have finally found a new exclusive title to show off and be proud of.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It may carry a lot of the same foundations as other MMOs but BioWare has given the genre something it has desperately needed - actual RPG - and that can only spell good things for us all.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the most fully featured Total War to date, and a great homage to the game that launched the series.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For 2013, there's more than enough to keep fans happy, and while it sometimes seems worth it to skip the latest version of Football Manager, the overhauled multiplayer and game mode variation makes this an essential purchase as ever.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Need For Speed Shift does exactly what it is made for: giving any driver the experience they want in a racing game.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is a game that's worth immersing yourself in. There may be a few bugs now, but they'll inevitably be fixed in a patch soon, and there's more than enough here to keep you coming back for more Thrax-spanking action.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An excellently crafted game that goes above and beyond all expectations for an indie downloadable title. The action feels tight, it's bursting with content, the graphics and sound are impressive.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It is glorious.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Finish with the option to inflict pain online to friends and random contenders and you're looking at the most definitely Fight Night yet.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Blackwell Epiphany is a fantastic and poignant end to the series, and I really hope we can start mentioning Dave Gilbert in the same breath as adventure gaming luminaries like Tim Schafer, Charles Cecil and (sigh) Jane Jensen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Finish with the option to inflict pain online to friends and random contenders and you're looking at the most definitely Fight Night yet.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's no incremental upgrade and brings more than just character balancing to the table, managing to improve, fix and surpass the original Street Fighter IV in every way imaginable - and they've done it at less than full price.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The developers need to be commended for their efforts and if you like sandbox games, this is unmissable.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A quality game, but at that absurdly low price there's really no excuse to deny yourself of it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What Singularity is is a AAA title masked behind a lack of commercialism, which is completely out of style for Activision, and not nearly enough time to polish the game. With another two-three months, Singularity could probably have been the best shooter of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best FM by far - the definitive football management simulator.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Evolution's main strength comes from ambition. It's definitely a fully-fledged, weighty sequel. With a superb array of courses, newly-introduced multiplayer and a limitless track editor, 1200 MSP remains an absolute steal.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only is FIFA 10 the best EA has ever produced, it’s also one of the best football games we’ve played, period. It’s not without its niggles, but setting these aside, FIFA 10 does just about everything else exactly right.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s a fascinatingly engaging game, drawing you in with humour and charm, then keeping you hooked with its intelligent level design that guides you to the hidden treasures subtly, making you feel like you’ve achieved something without ever forcing you into frustration.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliant homage to the 2D fighters that birthed it and brilliantly plucks features equally from more modern fighters as well as adding a few new ones of its own. Definitely brilliant – just not quite perfect.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A brilliant homage to the 2D fighters that birthed it and brilliantly plucks features equally from more modern fighters as well as adding a few new ones of its own. Definitely brilliant – just not quite perfect.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The deed system is so simple yet so great; it’s a real surprise it hasn’t been included much before.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the lack of co-op Fall of Cybertron is a huge improvement on its predecessor, offering plenty of entertainment for the non-fan and out-and-out geekgasms for the Transformers acolyte.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This sophisticated tone is one of the reasons I would recommended Yakuza 4 to any PS3 owner. It's brutally violent, intriguing from start to finish and requires a surprisingly small amount of background knowledge.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is the finest available version of an excellent, atmospheric game. It's still not perfect, but the Redux version irons out a significant number of weaknesses, adding some of Last Light's improved mechanics while also providing a welcome layer of visual polish.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    NBA 2K11 is undeniably the best game in the series yet, pushing forward just enough without leaving behind the fans who fell in love with this version of NBA in the first place.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In every way, DJ Hero 2 is an exceptional successor, and a great rhythm game for this year.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s an experience that truly stretched different parts of my mind in more satisfying way than Portal.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite a battle system that has the ability to irritate, Ni No Kuni should be experienced and enjoyed by all types of gamers.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    NBA 2K11 is undeniably the best game in the series yet, pushing forward just enough without leaving behind the fans who fell in love with this version of NBA in the first place.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    GoD Factory Wingmen is a game where accessibility comes easy but mastery does not.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    NBA 2K11 is undeniably the best game in the series yet, pushing forward just enough without leaving behind the fans who fell in love with this version of NBA in the first place.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In every way, DJ Hero 2 is an exceptional successor, and a great rhythm game for this year.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An unforgettable, beautiful experience.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I'm confident that Silent Hill 2 will be held up as one of the greatest games of all time in years to come, and you owe it to yourself to (re)visit those deserted streets.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The presentation is absolutely sensational, providing a television feel that eclipses anything I've seen before.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The presentation is absolutely sensational, providing a television feel that eclipses anything I've seen before.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's not perfect, with slightly clumsy partner AI and awkward flying mechanics for Superman featuring prominently, but any game that makes you continue to smile long after you've finished it, is a special game indeed.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    3rd Strike Online Edition provides a lick of paint that improve the dated visuals considerably.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Amid The Ruins is utterly superb and is everything I want from a Walking Dead episode.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    3rd Strike Online Edition provides a lick of paint that improve the dated visuals considerably.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the release of Revelations, Ubisoft have finally turned their initial concept into a truly unmissable game. Pulling the narrative together alongside some vital gameplay additions, this is the best, most complete Assassin's Creed title to date.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Night of the Rabbit, regardless of what it’s called and the few other minor complaints I had, is a triumph. It’s Daedalic once and for all proving that they are indeed capable of producing an adventure that can stand tall with the classics of the genre.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I didn't bother to mention how amazing the '70s neon cel-shaded graphics are or how spot-on the voice acting is since you should be taking them for granted from Telltale now, but combined with everything else The Wolf Among Us is shaping up to be potentially Telltale's strongest series
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With the release of Revelations, Ubisoft have finally turned their initial concept into a truly unmissable game. Pulling the narrative together alongside some vital gameplay additions, this is the best, most complete Assassin's Creed title to date.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Need For Speed Shift does exactly what it is made for: giving any driver the experience they want in a racing game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bastion is not just a great game: it's a beautifully articulate, heartfelt and poignant work of fiction.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Sly Trilogy is worth a punt whether you played the originals or not. It still plays fantastically, and now looks gorgeous too. Prepare yourself for the upcoming fourth release, and grab a copy of this 2000's legacy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ether One provides a platform to explore dementia - a very common incurable mental illness - for anyone who has had direct experience in the past, whilst delivering a subtle rudimentary level of understanding to those who haven’t.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rayman Origins is the best 2D platformer this year, one of my favourite ever made (it's up there with Yoshi's Island), and the one game out in November everyone should play. I don't care if you've got other games to play – this one will make you feel good inside.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Rayman Origins is the best 2D platformer this year, one of my favourite ever made (it's up there with Yoshi's Island), and the one game out in November everyone should play. I don't care if you've got other games to play – this one will make you feel good inside.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's culled the crap, brought new content and tactics to a near-perfect series, and focused on community. It's got an extremely bright future ahead of itself.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The story kicks into high gear with some tense and amazing scenes, the choices become tougher and more oblique and the consequences hit hard.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's no incremental upgrade and brings more than just character balancing to the table, managing to improve, fix and surpass the original Street Fighter IV in every way imaginable - and they've done it at less than full price.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bayonetta is an assured, impeccably well-crafted game overflowing with enough offbeat ideas to fuel a million action games, and if we were doling out medals of our own, we'd award Platinum Games with the highest possible accolade. Simply put, Bayonetta is worthy of nothing less than pure platinum.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you’ve never picked up a CKII expansion before, The Old Gods would be the perfect place to start. Saying that, there’s no reason you shouldn’t pick up the other expansions either, but we guess it depends on what you like to play as.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The plot may be straightforward but the level of detail in the world could inspire countless fan fiction stories.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Double Dragon Neon is evidence. Evidence that my misplaced obsession with a classic coin-op wasn't misplaced after all. It's proof for those who weren't there – or weren't even born – who believe themselves gaming experts because they remember when the first Deus Ex game came out.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Limbo is a fine example of how you can create a masterpiece, yet sell it through the Xbox Live arcade at a budget price. It may not be the longest game, but to capture the imagination of any player is something that is a rarity in gaming.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The story, world, voice acting, music, script and style are some of the best gaming has to offer, rivaling the best animated movies. The puzzles are 80% superb, best the adventure genre can do, and 20% frustrating as all hell. Nevertheless that’s an absolutely minor thing in the grand scheme of things, and the world and writing are so incredible you’ll let any trial-and-error moments slide.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Walking Dead: The Game won't just go down as one of the best examples of gaming as a storytelling medium, it isn't just one of the best licensed games ever made, and it won't just be known as one of the best games of 2012 (if not the best). It'll also be the only game ever that made me think, made me laugh, made me jump out of my seat, made me cry, and made me want to vomit. That's Telltale's real achievement in my view.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While in many ways superior to Origins I’m giving it the same score because it’s a little bit too similar in places, nevertheless Rayman Legends is one of the best platformers of all time and you should definitely buy it if you want to have a smile on your face.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Not only is FIFA 10 the best EA has ever produced, it’s also one of the best football games we’ve played, period. It’s not without its niggles, but setting these aside, FIFA 10 does just about everything else exactly right.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Valiant Hearts, by using the war as a backdrop and avoiding too much direct conflict, pays tribute to the 16 million that perished in The Great War 100 years ago and does it with humour, pathos and melancholy.

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