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 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 10 Haunted House: Cryptic Graves
Score distribution:
1,423 game reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    There is no denying that fans of the series can and will appreciate the options available and will spend hours customizing and creating the ultimate robot. With a stronger story and more attention to detail as well as a simplified difficulty level this mech could have been the ultimate warrior.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While it is clearly a nice game, Ancients of Ooga doesn't really do anything interesting enough to get beyond being a nice game into being a must have.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you've played through The Witcher 2 and are hankering for another similar experience, and don't mind a budget-feeling title, then Game of Thrones is well worth considering.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    TinTin may be basic and one of the easiest games I've played in some years, but it's certainly a cracker of a game for children and gives them something to get their teeth into with its cute visuals.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    TinTin may be basic and one of the easiest games I've played in some years, but it's certainly a cracker of a game for children and gives them something to get their teeth into with its cute visuals.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The trouble is, after half an hour you'd be wondering why you got so excited in the first place, switching shuffle back on swiftly.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Baconing sags limply in a puddle of its own stale grease when it should sizzle: reheated leftovers from the previous two games, liberally seasoned with humour to mask the aging ingredients, in danger of becoming inedible.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Baconing sags limply in a puddle of its own stale grease when it should sizzle: reheated leftovers from the previous two games, liberally seasoned with humour to mask the aging ingredients, in danger of becoming inedible.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Rage is flawed from the get-go, and by the time it finds its legs, its all too little, too late.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Rage is flawed from the get-go, and by the time it finds its legs, its all too little, too late.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For everything that Altelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland does right though, it fails to deliver on another key element of the genre. I never felt fully connected to the world.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The trouble is, after half an hour you'd be wondering why you got so excited in the first place, switching shuffle back on swiftly.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Space Ark is a decent kids game, and it will probably hold the attention of an adult for a good couple of hours, but eventually the repetition begins to grate, and staring into the hypnotic disney-eyes of the Arkonauts becomes slightly disturbing as you begin to wonder whether they can see into your soul.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    There's still a bit of extra polish needed, not to mention, well, the rest of the game. If you like story and want to take yourself through the tale of the Gemini sector, then by all means give this game a go.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Mad Riders borrows a little too liberally from other titles to truly have its own identity. What is there, however, is an enjoyable enough arcade racer.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It’s a real shame that the campaign plays second fiddle to challenges for drama and certainly entertainment, as Tropico 3 still has a fair way to go before it makes a significant impact outside of the PC world.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's an incredibly niche title, which unfortunately suffers from one too many flaws.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you're looking for what is probably the deepest and most complicated strategy game ever made, oh boy have you found it.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you like the series, or enjoy games like Dead or Alive, then this new addition is something that you may enjoy. On the flip side however, the fact that it's very similar to these games might mean that it's not worth the extra cash.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Criticising a title like Rig'n'Roll for lack of variety would be churlish considering the niche subject matter, but even so, the lack of interesting graphical presentation, open-world vitality or any compelling storyline presentation doesn't help its cause as you make your way from point A to point B for the 90th time.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Kinect Adventures acts as a decent way to show off your latest hardware purchase to friends, but beyond this there really isn't much reason to bung the disc back into your Xbox.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    UFC Personal Trainer would make a fine introduction into the world of fitness – it's just a shame that the surrounding shell of the software is so lacklustre.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The gameplay of Paradise is fair, but nothing that will impress. A typical point and click third person style interface, with plenty of pixel hunting and manipulating of levers, dials, switches, etc.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    There's a great game in here, and people who buy Risen 2 will probably be quite content with their purchase if they can get past the infuriating first few hours (and that sugar quest in the giant termite cave, shudder).
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    So when it’s all said and done, The King of Fighters XII isn’t going to be placed on a mantle above all other fighting games. It lacks proper net code and not everyone is going to enjoy the pixilated graphics.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    What's here is entertaining enough, but you can't shake the feeling that the end product could have been so much more fulfilling with just a little more conviction and/or development time. Whatever their reasons though, I'll be crossing my fingers for a sequel; the concept is brilliant.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Same old same old, then - Alien Breed 3: Descent is not the sequel we were hoping for, dragging the series out rather than building on it. Still, for Alien Breed fanatics, the story will at least provide closure and more of the same.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's certainly fun for the odd match, definitely different from all the other quick-play multiplayer games out there, but you have been warned. It needs an injection of extra fun, STAT.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    What's here is entertaining enough, but you can't shake the feeling that the end product could have been so much more fulfilling with just a little more conviction and/or development time. Whatever their reasons though, I'll be crossing my fingers for a sequel; the concept is brilliant.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Enjoy it for the looks, the controls and cuteness of it all and enjoy it for the simplicity, most of all.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Same old same old, then - Alien Breed 3: Descent is not the sequel we were hoping for, dragging the series out rather than building on it. Still, for Alien Breed fanatics, the story will at least provide closure and more of the same.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Majesty 2: Kingmaker will appeal to two types of people; those who enjoyed the original so much that they cuddle the game box while they sleep, and masochists.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Saboteur can be both addictive and engaging, but also rather stale, all at the same time.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Quake Arena Arcade is Quake III: Arena again, except this time around there is no-one to play against. If you've already played Quake to death, there is no need to pick this edition up, even for the exclusive maps. The lack of players online is a clear sign that Quake fans would really like something new for a change.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    So when it’s all said and done, The King of Fighters XII isn’t going to be placed on a mantle above all other fighting games. It lacks proper net code and not everyone is going to enjoy the pixilated graphics.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Whilst 1954 Alcatraz does certain things very well, it too often lets itself down.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For every piece of brilliance Guns and Robots delivers, it’s matched by an equally as confusing or lackluster one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    MotoGP 10/11 will disappoint anyone who enjoyed last year's game. In short, the 'all-new handling' the game uses as a selling point makes for a game lodged between two conflicting race genres.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    MotoGP 10/11 will disappoint anyone who enjoyed last year's game. In short, the 'all-new handling' the game uses as a selling point makes for a game lodged between two conflicting race genres.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 62 Critic Score
    Escape from Paradise City attempts to combine strategy games and RPGs, but does so in a most unspectacular manner.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    In reality, it means that in a game where quick reactions and responsiveness mean everything, you’re often punished for not pushing the jump button hard enough, simply because you don’t have enough time to do so.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It’s clear enough isn’t it, if you remember this Amiga classic and you’re well up for round two then maybe it’s worth picking up. It’s not a full priced release anyway and it seems that they’ve done a pretty good job of capturing the essence of the original but with a new lick of paint.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Defenders of Ardania is competently made but doesn't really excel in any particular area.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's interesting, baffling and - at times - bizarre whilst it lasts, and if the community ultimately flocks around it during the coming weeks, you'll likely have a few hours' fun delving into multiplayer matches and figuring out your best build queues before moving on.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Eschalon: Book 3 is an RPG that defeated me entirely.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Although it doesn't push any boundaries, Just Dance 3 is a decent addition to the much-loved series.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The whole affair just suffers from a lack of polish all round.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Crytek seem to have this innate ability to forget what made their previous games liked and fail to address any complaints – so with Crysis 3 we once again see poor checkpointing, an abundance of non-human encounters, not so fun shooting, linear enclosed areas, and forgetting about human enemies altogether after the halfway point. Their best looking game yet, but also their weakest.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The whole affair just suffers from a lack of polish all round.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    But a jam-packed experience underpinned by flawed game play is still a flawed package.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For a full-price game, though, Wahammer 40K: Armageddon feels lacklustre and slightly cheap, more of a re-skin of Panzer Corps than its own beast, and lacking the sense of grandeur that the setting requires. There’s a great turn-based 40K out there somewhere, but this isn’t it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for an interactive board game with role-playing elements, a ton of stats and moderately interesting writing you could do a lot worse than Blackguards.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It's just a little too shallow for comfort.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Neverwinter is a polished, if uninspiring MMO. There's a welcome fluidity to combat, but it doesn't do anything innovative, taking the successes of Star Trek Online and implementing them in a D&D world, as well as borrowing from other post-World of Warcraft action-orientated MMOs. Ultimately, it'll live or die on the lasting success of The Foundry, which promises potentially unlimited creative content that will let you experience stories far beyond the cookie-cutter nature of the ones in the main storyline.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    We're off the opinion that the worst that can happen to a game is it being uninspiring – Northern Crusades isn't a bad game, but neither is it a particularly good game. It simply is and it's hard to give a passionate answer either way as to whether it's worth your time.

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