GameWatcher's Scores

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For 1,411 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 10 Haunted House: Cryptic Graves
Score distribution:
1,411 game reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Port Royale 3 is not a bad game, not by any means, and I'd say on the whole it does a better job of things than Patrician IV did – it's still not fantastic though. Definitely one to pick up cheap if you can find it, but still worth picking up all the same.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    There are a fair number of things to like in Cognition and it certainly represents a promising start to the series. While it's not quite up to the "modern adventure" standard set by The Blackwell Deception at least Phoenix Online are trying, and I was pleased to see and feel how much thought and effort had gone into all the components.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For its budget and decidedly indie status, maybe that's a bit of a harsh criticism of Strike Suit Zero, but the feeling of repetition was overwhelmingly strong as I made my way through the latter half of the game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Whilst there’s little in the way of tactical depth to sustain the action beyond the initial rush, Rebellion’s sniping and killcam mechanics remain an interesting and satisfying prospect in the short-term.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Those who enjoyed the previous games should give Razor's Edge a chance, the improvements allowing the finer aspects of the series to shine through much clearer, but if it's a Premier Ninja experience you are looking for you might have to look elsewhere.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If Shootmania can gather creative types into its playerbase, capable of bringing it new modes, weapons and maps then it could turn out to be a varied and lasting experience. But for now it feels like a shell or wraparound for a game that hinges on players engaging with the myriad tools available.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Wait for a better discount, or wait until they’ve made some improvements to it. As it stands, there are bigger and better titles to be excited about.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    And that’s the reason the first Leisure Suit Larry is beloved enough to get a crowd-funded remake – it’s still very funny to play. Yes some of the mechanics are painful, irritating, or just obtrusive (even by 1987 standards, yet alone 2013), but lose them and you lose the experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Raven is a gentle, well-crafted mystery, but it just doesn't carry enough interest or intrigue to make you fully invest.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The story tries to be too dramatic in parts, with a few out-of-place dark moments and a slightly unsatisfying ending that seems entirely written to tell me off for saying that Rufus was a selfish unlikeable dick (you’ll see).
    • 52 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Competent to the last, Alien Rage Unlimited will tick the boxes for anyone wanting to indulge in warfare, whilst perhaps parting ways from any sort of thought process for an hour or two.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    As cynical as it might be to release a quick follow-up to a third-person shooter in one of the most populated thematic genres of the last generation then, Sniper Elite Nazi Zombie Army 2 is nonetheless another diverting exercise in brainless co-op action.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    As a series of systems then, Final Exam is actually a whole bunch of fun, but it fails to harness those into a coherent whole and inject enough variation to keep things fresh.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Those who fully appreciate the fast-paced, arcade action may not be fully appreciative of the attention to detail paid to the planes on show. Likewise, those who fully appreciate the attention to detail, may be disappointed to not be given a deeper flight simulation with which to fly their historical birds.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    These caveats are not minor ones, and it's important that people don't rush into buying the game from blind nostalgia without some idea of its not inconsiderable technical deficiencies.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Whilst 1954 Alcatraz does certain things very well, it too often lets itself down.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Spiders wanted Bound By Flame to be their big breakout hit but penny-pinching on theirs or their publisher's side will hold them back.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Krillbite get a lot of things right in Among The Sleep. Their use of graphics, sound and level design to build tension and create a creepy atmosphere is second to none, and I was genuinely on the edge of my seat for almost all the time I spent playing. Unfortunately the tension builds to nothing, the monsters aren't involved enough and the game's over and done with in no time at all.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Try it, you may very well like or even love it, but don't come crying to me if you don't. I told you so.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Its gorgeous visuals and in-your-face combat may wow, but their shine dulls with unfortunately little to be offered in their place to reignite that initial excitement.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It’s far from an essential purchase, but hardcore Crusader Kings 2 fans will probably want to pick this up for the custom kingdoms alone. For everyone else I’d advise giving it a miss unless you’re very interested in the period setting.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you can put up with the stuttering performance and some comically ridiculous bugs (my favourite was an assassination target moon-walking backwards into my confused assassin’s cavalry sabre) then there’s a decent Assassin’s Creed experience to be found in Unity.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Overall Vanguard isn't a bad game, but it doesn't really bring anything new to the table of the MMO industry.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    This is one just for the big Star Trek fans. The average gamer is unlikely to maintain interest for too long; especially given the main campaign has a completion time of around 10 hours.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    What they get is what they expect; a bright and brash fighting game that keeps to the established expectations, but would have been far better suited to the repetitious, unpretentious and simplistic nature of a home console.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Overall Darkness Within wasn’t a bad game…however it wasn’t a great game either. It’s a game with a lot of potential that felt like it just needed someone to tighten everything up across the board.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    The harsh void of an instructive and friendly tutorial is enough to send away newcomers within the first minutes of firing up the game.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Lacking in polish and attention to detail, Risen still stands up as an absorbing and hugely playable RPG title.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    It's a lot of fun, visually pleasing and nods towards players who've been with SEGA since the dreaded Dreamcast days.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Right now, Mario won't be looking over his shoulder, but if this title (and indeed the franchise) continues to grow, we could see a much needed competitive side to the genre that has been severely lacking for a decade now.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    Rise of Prussia is a solid but unspectacular slice of neoclassical strategy gaming that is worth a look if you are a die-hard fan of AGEOD's previous efforts, or if you're a strategy buff looking for a new challenge. And possibly if you have an obsession for white wigs.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Buy it on a console if you must play it, but don't expect things to be much of an improvement.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Escape from Paradise City attempts to combine strategy games and RPGs, but does so in a most unspectacular manner.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Two Worlds succeeds at what it sets out to provide – a poor man’s Oblivion and a simple, unrestrictive introduction to role playing games.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    A little more imagination and Galactic Assault could have been a far more valuable addition to the overfull alien battle strategy genre.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Obscure II's solidity of game design tends to fall by the wayside to some glaring technical glitches and generally low production values, making it look like a game from 2005 rather than 2007 at times.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Perhaps this is due to the game being rushed out to coincide with the film's release, but whatever the reasoning behind it, The Incredible Hulk just doesn't quite seem finished.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    It's very traditional, very solid and in gameplay terms doesn't offer anything new to the genre. Behaviour have, as mentioned, attempted to keep things fresh, but there's only so much they could do if their remit was to create a generic platformer.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    It's very traditional, very solid and in gameplay terms doesn't offer anything new to the genre. Behaviour have, as mentioned, attempted to keep things fresh, but there's only so much they could do if their remit was to create a generic platformer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    A mixture of classic and new levels is a perfect introduction for newcomers, but perhaps only the ardent roll ‘em up fan will truly love this Katamari.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s essentially an enhanced remake of the original with new 3D graphics applied. There’ll be a certain feeling of monotony when playing through the title, so players shouldn’t expect a fantastical time that revolutionizes the genre.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Did they hope people wouldn't notice its shortcomings? Where they conducting some kind of experiment? Did they always plan to do this overhaul?
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Had the core gameplay been better polished then Naughty Bear would have been able to get away with having only a few solitary environments to explore, but as it stands it's a hell of a lot of fun for a couple of hours, but that's your lot.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Had the core gameplay been better polished then Naughty Bear would have been able to get away with having only a few solitary environments to explore, but as it stands it's a hell of a lot of fun for a couple of hours, but that's your lot.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    None of the single pieces of Darkstar are particularly shoddy (voicework aside), but mixed together they form an experience that's largely devoid of anything memorable, but also one that remains hypnotically sedate until eventual boredom sets in.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For all its faults though, Disciples is certainly something unique, and the quality of the overworld sections and general strategising may well be enough for a crowd that will inevitably seek it out anyway.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Reign isn't a bad game at all, and it's surprisingly well-balanced given the tremendous scope and ambition on show; but that's a breadth that comes at a price, as none of the various elements in your kingdom ever feels completely well realised, leading to a lack of personality and ultimately forgoing that familiar Civdrive to play long into the night. If you want to test your management skills in one of the deepest strategy games of the year however, delve right in.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Front Mission Evolved can sit well with mech game fans especially with its multiplayer. However as a third-person action shooter not very much stands out unless you quite enjoy boss battles with lots and lots of strafing, reloading, repairing and firing volley after volley of missiles, rockets and bullets.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Front Mission Evolved can sit well with mech game fans especially with its multiplayer. However as a third-person action shooter not very much stands out unless you quite enjoy boss battles with lots and lots of strafing, reloading, repairing and firing volley after volley of missiles, rockets and bullets.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Front Mission Evolved can sit well with mech game fans especially with its multiplayer. However as a third-person action shooter not very much stands out unless you quite enjoy boss battles with lots and lots of strafing, reloading, repairing and firing volley after volley of missiles, rockets and bullets.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    John Daly's Prostroke Golf is a great display of how the Move controller can be implemented, and has officially made us excited about what the future of Move holds.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though it's competently made and packs in a good amount of content overall The UnderGarden makes for a fairly dull experience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though it's competently made and packs in a good amount of content overall The UnderGarden makes for a fairly dull experience.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Though it's competently made and packs in a good amount of content overall The UnderGarden makes for a fairly dull experience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As enjoyable as Blacklight: Tango Down can be, more often than not the game struggles under its own limitations; it's near unplayable when frame rate drops kick in.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    With an identical look and feel to its predecessor, it's hard for anyone but the most hardcore of players to get excited. Battles of Ardania is a continuation, nothing more.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Years of waiting, and we're presented with a title that still feels unfinished. Gran Turismo 5's main frustrations come from the fact that, at times, the game is entertaining and a joy to play. At other times, it had us questioning if Polyphony understand what the current generation of consoles are capable of.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For all its Bioshock-inspired environments Dead Money falls short delivering on its premise. At 800 points for an eight-hour adventure it's certainly value for money but when the quantity far outweighs the quality then this is one adventure you can miss.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    But a jam-packed experience underpinned by flawed game play is still a flawed package.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    PlayStation Move Heroes isn't awful, but it's a shame these grand old licences have been used for something not so grand.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    That it's a slight improvement over the last is not a surprise though, and for those of us not in love with the series it's just another disappointingly average action game.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    That it's a slight improvement over the last is not a surprise though, and for those of us not in love with the series it's just another disappointingly average action game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Brink is an extremely confused piece of software, that isn't quite sure exactly what it is, or what it's meant to be doing. When it gets into its stride and the gameplay flows, there are moments of beauty to behold. For the most part, however, it's all a bit irksome, as you battle with server issues, single player modes that aren't really single player at all, and a severe lack of direction.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The whole affair just suffers from a lack of polish all round.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The whole affair just suffers from a lack of polish all round.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you're a Pirates of the Caribbean fan, have a friend, sibling or girlfriend to play it with and aren't yet burnt out on the LEGO series this might be one for you. Everyone else should probably think twice.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you're a Pirates of the Caribbean fan, have a friend, sibling or girlfriend to play it with and aren't yet burnt out on the LEGO series this might be one for you. Everyone else should probably think twice.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you're a Pirates of the Caribbean fan, have a friend, sibling or girlfriend to play it with and aren't yet burnt out on the LEGO series this might be one for you. Everyone else should probably think twice.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Die-hard players will enjoy the new multiplayer content but will probably feel ripped off that it comes on a full-priced retail disc rather than a downloadable content pack for the first game.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Dungeon Siege III falls victim to its lack of ambition.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Dungeon Siege III falls victim to its lack of ambition. With a little extra guts, the developers could have installed an engaging narrative, memorable characters and an online component that would prolong the title's life. Instead, what we have is an emotionless, unrewarding journey that shies away from doing anything special.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Dungeon Siege III falls victim to its lack of ambition. With a little extra guts, the developers could have installed an engaging narrative, memorable characters and an online component that would prolong the title's life. Instead, what we have is an emotionless, unrewarding journey that shies away from doing anything special.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's just a little too shallow for comfort.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Clever ideas are interspersed with components that fail miserably, making this the definition of 'mixed bag'.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Clever ideas are interspersed with components that fail miserably, making this the definition of 'mixed bag'.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An injection of human drama could have brought the game's reality into line with our expectations, which were so cruelly raised by that teaser trailer mere months ago.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An injection of human drama could have brought the game's reality into line with our expectations, which were so cruelly raised by that teaser trailer mere months ago.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    So amongst the other problems, it's also short and clearly rushed.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    While it won't be able to compete with its big budget peers in pretty much any aspect, at least it's a fraction of the price of the likes of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you absolutely have to get a downloadable Resident Evil fix, get Resident Evil 4 HD instead. It holds up markedly better in every conceivable way and looks pretty good in high definition.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Unless you're really hankering for a relaxing puzzle fix to break up this year's AAA releases, I'd hold off for this to hit Deal of the Week.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An incremental upgrade to Dead Rising 2. It's still great fun, but just be aware this is little extra than more of the same.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    An incremental upgrade to Dead Rising 2. It's still great fun, but just be aware this is little extra than more of the same.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This package feels like it's been thrown together to make a quick buck, and despite having so much content, it's ultimately lazy work. That said, it's immensely fun to come head-to-head with friends in a number of delightfully pretty environments.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Orcs Must Die is fun but in a limited, begrudgingly acknowledged sense. It's lacking a spark: something compelling to make you play beyond the first five minutes, or even through the first five minutes.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Some will find its look and concept tired and defunct, but slow paced strategy titles are still big business. If anything, it's good to have the choice of another franchise in English. It's just a shame that the potential for something great has been squandered by a lack of sheen.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you've never played either of the two previous Cities XL titles this is a much better value proposition and more worth your time – as long as you understand this is a solid – but flawed – title.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    I want to recommend War of the Worlds to everyone, I want to slap a high score on it and call it a classic, but I can't because it made me too damn angry. When it works it's a wonderful and challenging experience, hence the still reasonable score, but it too often doesn't.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In the end, Combat Evolved Anniversary is a strange package. Its campaign feels half hearted, neither fully remaking nor preserving the original game.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Although it doesn't push any boundaries, Just Dance 3 is a decent addition to the much-loved series.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you're willing to put in a good 5-6 hours learning the foibles of the interface, and then spend the rest of your time with the game wishing it was better, there is something to be said for the setting and the heart of the action that lies beneath. It's just not enough to overwhelm the tide of poor UI decisions that unfortunately sit dominant on top.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you're after an old-school brawler it's definitely still worth your consideration – but absolutely keep in mind that this offers frustration as well as fun.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Defenders of Ardania is competently made but doesn't really excel in any particular area.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Other than the acting side of things, which is always an issue with smaller budget titles, there's little 'wrong' with J.U.L.I.A, it's just more of a case of what's right isn't right enough.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The problem with Kinect Star Wars is down to the use of the Kinect Sensor itself – while the package is a well constructed and well thought out one, it's all too often that the sensor misreads something and it becomes frustrating.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    All-in-all, the game can be a lot of fun, but basic gameplay controls and mechanics stifle its ability to really make a lasting impact on you other than one of untimely-rage quitting and frustration.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Even with those negative points and the fact that it doesn't add much to the series I still like Faith in Destiny. Despite showing its age at times the core game play is still entertaining and somewhat addictive.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    There are sparks of inspiration here and a beautifully realised setting, but beneath that veneer of intrigue lies gameplay that just doesn't cut it with the best. There's just about enough to enjoy in this broken version of 80's Seattle, just expect to be frustrated in digging out the treats.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Dogfight 1942 is a decent arcade flyer that's ultimately kept grounded by an insubstantial campaign and a lack of anything interesting in the multiplayer department, and while it may pass an afternoon, don't expect much in the way of longevity.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We actually worry about Kalypso in general at the moment as well, as few of their games to date have been that well received. We had high hopes for Legends of Pegasus. It pains us to see them dashed once again.