GameWatcher's Scores

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For 1,439 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 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Transistor
Lowest review score: 10 Haunted House: Cryptic Graves
Score distribution:
1,439 game reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A lean offering with a promising future, developer Faultline Games has achieved that rarest of things; to separate a core feature from a game and allow it to stand on its own two feet and make it equally worthwhile to established veterans and unpractised hands alike.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's the kind of release that gives us hope that Kinect will finally find its legs and become a more regular part of our gaming lives.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As the landscape of these types of games becomes increasingly bigger, it’s nice to see a game strive so hard for innovation.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dying Light is a very impressive game that’s clearly had a lot of care and attention put into it.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I'd not visited The Sims 3 since its launch and Late Night has successful reignited my passion for the series. It's a welcome addition the Sims 3 family and one that's executed to the high standards that we've come to expect.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For all its slight foibles, Just Cause 2 is hugely entertaining, and despite the creeping feeling of repetition beginning to set in as you destroy your 500th fuel tank or collect your 1000th item, there's more than enough freedom to pull off ludicrous stunts and experiment with your weapons, vehicles, parachute and grappling hook to make you want to extend your stay in Panau's sandbox paradise indefinitely.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While Torchlight's original faults still stand, the game lends itself wonderfully to the Xbox 360 controller, and we found ourselves preferring the console edition. If you're looking for a hack 'n' slasher to lose a week's worth of nights to, then sit down - you've found it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The solid base THQ built themselves two years ago has progressed massively, making this game the most complete experience yet.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is one of the most immersive and fun strategy experiences around, so dig in.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a strong foray into the Tolkien universe, backed up by popular combat from other major action series, with its own free-running style to boot.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    When summarising most videogames, it's almost always important to thrust the mechanics out front as one of the primary metrics to be judged. Catherine, for the first time that I can recall in a very long while, demands to be reviewed on its narrative and thematic content. It simply cannot be ignored.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Being a gamer who puts story almost equal to gameplay, personally I was kind of annoyed at the tangent the third game seemed to go off on. Gears 2 asked more than a few questions, and whilst Gears 3 answers some of them - mainly relating to the lambent - it leaves other's painfully un-answered.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With some of the most nerve-shredding strategy you can engage in and a real embarrassment of riches when it comes to content, Space Hulk Ascension’s niggles aren’t nearly enough to derail it from being both the best Space Hulk title and one of the better turn-based strategy titles available right now.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With its genre-fusing game play and cheeky yet surreal take on ancient history it really is one of a kind.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In mechanics though, the game soars, offering awesome new takes on systems that made the original TTT title a must-have PS2 classic whilst also adding a modern flair and polish that makes it a stellar example that fighting games don't have to all be about gaining extended revenue through costume and character DLC - it can be about packing in a great suite of impressive features from the word go.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As it is, Deathtrap approaches the qualitative apex of its craft and niggles aside, sets a splendid example of how to marry two genres together to make a superlative whole.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As uninspiring as it is, Heroes Over Europe does deliver adequate multiplayer features that are found in a majority of other similar titles.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Since I never played the earlier games, I can’t make the call as to whether or not this game was worth waiting 11 years for. Saying that, I’ve been waiting since I saw the game at GamesCom last year to get my hands on it, and it was definitely worth it.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Yes – the campaign is probably the weakest element of the game on balance, and one needs to look towards future Spartan Ops episodes to see what will become of that mode, but taken as a package this is a game that Halo fans, including this Halo fan, can seriously enjoy. Plus, it looks amazing.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dance Central is not perfect, but at its core there is plenty of enthralling entertainment to be found.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A decent addition to Shogun 2's content library, although we still think a slightly missed opportunity to do something truly special.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It’s a shame that Focus haven’t done more to ease people wanting to jump in to AirLand Battle who’ve bought the original game, but in all honesty this is worth the money, even if Focus don’t follow the same DLC plan they did before.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Really, it costs nothing to give the game a go, so if you're a PC Gamer who likes shooters and wants to try something truly different, you owe it to yourself to drop onto Auraxis. You won't regret it.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Best Game Moment: Smashing in a 30-yard screamer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Metro: Last Light is a hugely atmospheric FPS that has corrected all the real flaws of its predecessor and improved on them to such a degree that they’re actually superb – stealth and shooting are now things to enjoy rather than avoid, and can compete with the best in the genre.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There are a whole lot of things I want to try over the next few months playing Stronghold Kingdoms, and it's gotten its teeth into me such that I'm ploughing a little time into it at least three times a day and not feeling cheated for any of the money I've spent. For a free-to-play title at the very least, that has to be mission accomplished.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The decision to let Criterion tackle the Need for Speed franchise has paid off massively. They've produced one of the simplest, yet endlessly engrossing racers of the generation, which is all down to their superb ability to balance how each race plays out.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The fact that, at the time of writing, Magicka had surpassed 150,000 sales, is just a testament to how fun and addictive the core game really is. Now that most of the major hiccups out of the way, this is definitely a must-buy game, but it really needs to be experienced to get how much fun it is.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The reality is, Life is Strange is a really charming enjoyable experience with a great deal of character depth and an intriguing, if not entirely original, story.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's a lovingly crafted sandbox experience with enough direction and personality that you'll want to help those little guys to the bitter end. If shooting things is more your game, however, we'd suggest checking out the demo first.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There's a lot about Marvel vs Capcom 3 that's disappointing, but in the end there's too much in here that's good to make me really want to be really hard on it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There's a lot about Marvel vs Capcom 3 that's disappointing, but in the end there's too much in here that's good to make me really want to be really hard on it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For all its slight foibles, Just Cause 2 is hugely entertaining, and despite the creeping feeling of repetition beginning to set in as you destroy your 500th fuel tank or collect your 1000th item, there's more than enough freedom to pull off ludicrous stunts and experiment with your weapons, vehicles, parachute and grappling hook to make you want to extend your stay in Panau's sandbox paradise indefinitely.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    I Am Alive is brutal; gripping; captivating; depressing; miserable; and almost always utterly brilliant. An unforgettable game that reminds you why we all love this medium.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As far as the 360-specific additions are concerned, there are a few extra environments and characters for you to get your teeth into, but the core of Joe Danger is resolutely the same as its PS3 cousin. And for once, that's a fantastic thing. If you enjoyed Trials, and if you like Sonic or even Tony Hawk, you owe it to yourself to give this a try.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While in my opinion it has a few flaws that hold it back from true all-time-classic status Divinity: Original Sin is an excellent, beautifully designed and engaging RPG that absolutely never gets boring.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Legend and Underworld are both good, while I think Anniversary teeters on the absolute brilliant quite often – but three games of that quality for a bargain-basement price is an offer I find hard to refuse and hard not to recommend – especially if you've a hankering for a bit of artefact hunting while waiting for Uncharted 3.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It’s chaotic fun in a mould that’s largely disappeared since the advent of online gaming but has seen a revival of late with the likes of Towerfall: Ascension.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    ModNation might not be the greatest kart racer that you'll ever play, but the endless invention of the userbase will keep it fresh long past others that are put out to pasture. Highly recommended.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Instantly accessible, free for the base game, an active community that's happy to accommodate new players and a combat system that's got plenty of room to grow, Funcom have whacked this one out of the park.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What kicks this game into the frustration bucket more than anything else is that control system.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In summary - here’s the city-builder you’ve been waiting for.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What kicks this game into the frustration bucket more than anything else is that control system.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Bionic Due is not only a necessary purchase for all true rogue-clone fans, but it’d easily be a pride-worthy addition to the game collection of anyone with even a remote interest in this sort of thing. This game is a great laugh and a good challenge; Arcen Games, hat’s off to you chaps.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What kicks this game into the frustration bucket more than anything else is that control system.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Warband is a huge improvement over the original game, but we'd have to wait for a sequel in order to see anything really new and exciting (aside from multiplayer I guess).
    • 45 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This game earns the name extreme, from the maps to the enemies to the combat.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Sadly, Battlefield 3 is only capable of being the game it should be on a decent PC. As good as it is on the console (looks pretty good for a console game, and is technically pretty stable) - it is still a shadow of it's true self. We don't know if DICE actually favoured the PC as a platform over the consoles, but we feel they did try their best. Sadly, the ageing console hardware naturally limits what is possible.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Sadly, Battlefield 3 is only capable of being the game it should be on a decent PC. As good as it is on the console (looks pretty good for a console game, and is technically pretty stable) - it is still a shadow of it's true self. We don't know if DICE actually favoured the PC as a platform over the consoles, but we feel they did try their best. Sadly, the ageing console hardware naturally limits what is possible.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The true mark of a good game is whether you want to go back the next day and play it again, and I want to play it again so bad I had to stop twice writing this to have just another quick go.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ultimately though, look beneath the sugary-sweet retro veneer of Terrian Saga KR-17 and you'll observe the beating, savage heart of a brilliantly old-school platformer that'll provide hours of nostalgia-tinged entertainment for the same price as a pint.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Sports Interactive has taken a long look at their primary tactical setup and made changes to make it more relatable to their audience and also more analogous to the influence that real-life managers are able to exert. As long as they keep pulling tricks like this, Football Manager is a series that will remain evergreen.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you can pull yourself away from killing things for a few hours to play a sweet, adorable, bizarre, funny, joyful game, you owe it to yourself to buy Botanicula. It's not massively challenging and it only really lasts four hours, but you'll have a smile on your face for the entire time – and often a good laugh too.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A willingness to refine its trademark depth and realism with advanced features has provided enough of a leap for those of you well-versed in the game, and the excellent training Academy and on-screen indicators provide a crucial link for everybody else to get to grips.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A willingness to refine its trademark depth and realism with advanced features has provided enough of a leap for those of you well-versed in the game, and the excellent training Academy and on-screen indicators provide a crucial link for everybody else to get to grips.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    TTT2 offers a lot in terms of features, but its single player offerings in terms of actual gameplay are still largely owed to its arcade roots. It's simple, and while features like customization and in-depth training offer more for console users, that's probably the game's greatest flaw.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days provides what the original could not - fantastically gory action over a stunning backdrop of mob warfare and careless violence. There are still a few issues carried over that mar the overall package, but both Mr Kane and Mr Lynch now most definitely have our full attention.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's got a few kinks to work out - both in technical terms and in the way some elements are implemented, but we'd happily recommend this to both Sim fans and newcomers to the franchise. In fact, this will probably work better on new comers, as it provides an easy introduction to the simulation aspect, whilst providing them something fun to do.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days provides what the original could not - fantastically gory action over a stunning backdrop of mob warfare and careless violence. There are still a few issues carried over that mar the overall package, but both Mr Kane and Mr Lynch now most definitely have our full attention.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days provides what the original could not - fantastically gory action over a stunning backdrop of mob warfare and careless violence. There are still a few issues carried over that mar the overall package, but both Mr Kane and Mr Lynch now most definitely have our full attention.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a very fascinating game, with charismatic characters and gameplay. However it isn't for everyone: buy it only if you're looking for a difficult and demanding experience.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    F1 2013 is a dynamic and varied simulation then, and that’s not a compliment that could readily be aimed at too many of its forebears.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Its story may cut a strange and meek figure against the explosions and grenades and tanks of the boisterous ‘in-crowd’ parading itself around at this time of year, but it’s one nonetheless worth visiting, and one which begs for brains over brawn.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With precious few of those quality gameplay moments and a plot that limps along in need of focus, unfortunately Force Unleashed 2 ultimately fails to live up to the interest of its broken but far more compelling predecessor.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is a must have for both fans and newcomers a like, but don't expect the second coming. This is a solid and improved version of East India Company, nothing more.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    One of the best games to come to PSN in ages, Guacamelee! is one of those rare titles that bridges the gap between the familiar and originality perfectly with some of the most vibrant and stylish graphics of the year.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The real winner here ends up being folk who never experienced the original Dragon’s Dogma. With this release you have an opportunity to experience one of the most refreshing, exciting and different Japanese RPGs of the last decade in its most complete form, and at a bargain basement price.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Alice: Madness Returns may not win awards for genre innovation, but it's the most darkly fun and gloriously batty game I've played since Psychonauts. I can't think of any higher praise.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Alice: Madness Returns may not win awards for genre innovation, but it's the most darkly fun and gloriously batty game I've played since Psychonauts. I can't think of any higher praise.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    From Dust is a magical experience, but it could have been just that little bit more. The Xbox 360 controls aren't as precise as we would have liked, meaning that putting down dirt in exactly the spot you wanted can be tricky. The camera is also completely awful, only allowing you to look from two viewpoints - a 35 degree angle, or from the top. Restrictions on the camera are always a bad idea, period.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Alice: Madness Returns may not win awards for genre innovation, but it's the most darkly fun and gloriously batty game I've played since Psychonauts. I can't think of any higher praise.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For now though, if you’re considering picking up that second season 400 Days is damn near essential – and if you’re not, then it may well change your mind.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's an old school classic, with enough forward thinking to make it feel fresh after fifteen years and enough depth to ensure it'll be relevant in another fifteen.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dig beneath the effortlessly stylish veneer of Apotheon though and it soon becomes clear that its impressive calibre bleeds through into its homage to the engrossing Castlevania and Metroid games pioneered back in the 8-bit days.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    All in all, Bejeweled Blitz LIVE is a great puzzle game on Live, and is one of the few games that is perfect for marathon online sessions, or just a quick five minute round to kill some time.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    A very rewarding game, it provides hours of simple fun, and with all the extra content to unlock you might be immersed in this game for a long time. However non-fan gamers might find LSWII to be somewhat repetitive and eventually even boring.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    For fans of loot hunting and a cooperative multiplayer experience, Borderlands will unquestionably steal their soul. Their days will be wrapped around figuring out how to put more time into Borderlands and trying to find out who they can ultimately trust as a teammate.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Stacking is an essential purchase that will leave a smile on your face for days to come. It needed a little more content and variety, sure, but we'll tell you one thing - we're definitely looking forward to what Double Fine has for us next.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Stacking is an essential purchase that will leave a smile on your face for days to come. It needed a little more content and variety, sure, but we'll tell you one thing - we're definitely looking forward to what Double Fine has for us next.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    NBA 2K10 still manages to take it all the way to the hole and slam it with authority.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    As a casual strategist or a hardcore simulation fan, Defcon contains enough elements to involve anybody in the fight for global thermonuclear dominance, and you won't want to leave any time soon.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Even before the credits roll Sam and Max shoot their way into the shop, defeat a laser grid, complete every child’s favorite science project and get abducted by aliens in the process. Just another day for the dog and hyper kinetic rabbity thing!
    • 86 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    There’s a bounty of new swag, interesting characters and quests to be had in these isles of Mania and Dementia; a great expansion to an already great game.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    Outside of Championship Manager’s excellent scouting system then, Football Manager 2010 has left the pitch under a banner that displays yet another convincing scoreline.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    For fans of loot hunting and a cooperative multiplayer experience, Borderlands will unquestionably steal their soul. Their days will be wrapped around figuring out how to put more time into Borderlands and trying to find out who they can ultimately trust as a teammate.
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    • 82 Critic Score
    Its bubbly presentation and stress free gameplay creates a welcomed change of pace that can appeal to just about anyone.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    If gamers are worried about Fat Princess not giving them an amusing time, then they should worry no longer – Fat Princess has more highs than lows to justify a digital download for any PlayStation 3 owner.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Universe At War: Earth Assault is a finely shaped game with some underlying issues to be sure, mainly UI related, but Petroglyph’s brand of cheesy action humour and the great diversity of strategy, especially when playing against other red blooded players, can make war a guilty pleasure again.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    KDV and Codemasters has a lot to be proud of in their latest creation, Maelstrom is a beautiful game filled with a lot of strategic talent and plenty of room for big pretty explosions, and squirtings of blood. If you love a royal RTS experience then grab Maelstrom and plunge in.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    With it’s unique offerings it breaks away from the historical pack.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It gets its hooks into you prompting you to return in drips and drabs. Fans will love it as ever, but if you've never experienced the world of Gundam or Dynasty Warriors, this is the perfect game to bring you into the series.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    It gets its hooks into you prompting you to return in drips and drabs. Fans will love it as ever, but if you've never experienced the world of Gundam or Dynasty Warriors, this is the perfect game to bring you into the series.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    In summary, I loved playing Tomb Raider: Anniversary, in fact I enjoyed it to the extent of often staying up way too late just wanting to see what came next or trying to get through a particularly difficult section. I would thoroughly recommend this game, both to fans of the original, and newcomers alike.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Once again though, the graphics shouldn’t hold back hardcore fans of the turtles from purchasing Turtles in Time Re-Shelled.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    From strategic trading, the recruiting of legions, where to garrison them, who’s right for the job from governor to general – Rome is possibly one of the only games out there that can really give gamers a glimpse into just how pressured emerging super powers were. After all Rome wasn’t built in a day, let Paradox show you why.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    There is so much going for Warhammer: Mark of Chaos and while it’s beset with lingering technical woes, underneath it has the right stuff and would be well deserved of your attention.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    An excellent game in its own right, Heavy Rain lingers in the conscience long after the final credits, but it feels less like a revolution, more like a precursor to something genuinely fresh and groundbreaking.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    The game provides enough shots of adrenaline to pump up your heart after those “barely-won-battles” which makes it worthwhile.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    I love the first person point of view. It does nothing for me as far as making better building choices, but being able to wander around street level and see what all my little people are doing is fun.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Pour yourself a beverage, grab the controller and sit down for a great evening of stabby stabby.