GameWatcher's Scores

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For 1,694 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 39% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 72
Highest review score: 100 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Lowest review score: 10 Haunted House: Cryptic Graves
Score distribution:
1694 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While it’s true some of the tasks open to you in Red Faction: Guerrilla can feel a little repetitious, even laborious, they’re vastly outweighed by the sheer fun you can have taking the land and EDF apart.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall, it's obvious to see why Jak and Daxter makes the perfect choice for a HD collection, and I knew that I would enjoy returning to all 3 of these games. What I didn't expect was to feel that the most relevant release in the package is the original, a type of game that simply doesn't get made any more.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The authenticity and attention to detail in Dragon Rising is to be applauded.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Great fun, if not exactly the step forward we were hoping for. New players will have a fantastic time gunning for best times and whizzing through the air, while old Trackmania legends will either take to the new challenge, or wonder why it's just the very same experience all over again.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Alien Isolation is a nerve-wrecking, stomach-twisting, bowel-moving, edge-of-your-seat experience and is unlike every other game out there.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While Ubisoft may have fundamentally failed to grasp the commitment behind learning actual guitar, the product behind it is sound. It may be a steep initial outlay to play, but if you're serious about learning guitar, this one will put you on the right path, while entertaining you in the process.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A wonderful last hurrah though, as expansions go. With the new ships and tech, the internal divisions along with everything else, there's hundreds more hours of fun to eek out of this game.
    • 81 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Overall, Sniper Elite 4 has so much to offer its players and successfully caters to a wide variety of people. The fact that the Campaign can be played solo or entirely co-op is awesome, making it easy for players and their friends to jump in and out of the story as often as they please. Experiencing each mission for the first time is just the beginning of an on-going learning experience and the more familiar you become with the maps, the better sniper you’ll become.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Flawed as its presentation of the young Lara story may be, Tomb Raider is a great game first and an interesting story second. The latter certainly stumbles frequently throughout, but I was never put-off enough to actually stop playing - chiefly because the gameplay I was indulging in was so persuasively fun. That’s what matters in the end.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A tremendously well optimised PC port of one of the better Japanese action RPG franchises out there, God Eater 2 Rage Burst gives a great account of itself on PC to the point that you nearly forget that Monster Hunter even existed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Just perfect game pacing, splendid atmosphere and top-rating production value.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    To be honest there is very little that Backbreaker does wrong. Its only real drawback is that it is not an official NFL licensed game and misses out on the major draw of taking a team to the Super Bowl.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Exciting, clever and ultimately addictive.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The additions that change the gameplay do make enough difference to those schooled in the ways of hockey, and the goal tenders being made more real is a big boost to how 'authentic' the whole thing feels. But is it worth it for those who like it but who don't know their Jarome Iginlas from their Sergei Samsonov? You've got to say no, even if it is, yes, still a great game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The additions that change the gameplay do make enough difference to those schooled in the ways of hockey, and the goal tenders being made more real is a big boost to how 'authentic' the whole thing feels. But is it worth it for those who like it but who don't know their Jarome Iginlas from their Sergei Samsonov? You've got to say no, even if it is, yes, still a great game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Inquisition is an excellent return to form after the claustrophobic, rushed Dragon Age 2, an exciting and sprawling colossus of a game that rewards the player at every turn.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The fledgling Spanish studio has made Castlevania very much their own and created a beautiful and epic new entry into the series that is capable of engaging both the diehard fans of the series and newcomers alike.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Trine 2 is a rare and beautifully cut gem of a game, and makes for a wonderful end to a season of extremely strong releases.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    But what could easily become an overburdening mess of a structure is cleverly handled by the developer, and Lionheart is engaging as a result.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The fledgling Spanish studio has made Castlevania very much their own and created a beautiful and epic new entry into the series that is capable of engaging both the diehard fans of the series and newcomers alike.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dead Space 2 is a more than worthy successor to the original, adding plenty of oomph to the series and a solid multiplayer experience to boot. We would have preferred more puzzles and a little less linearity, but that doesn't stop us wanting a third Isaac outing.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dead Space 2 is a more than worthy successor to the original, adding plenty of oomph to the series and a solid multiplayer experience to boot. We would have preferred more puzzles and a little less linearity, but that doesn't stop us wanting a third Isaac outing.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you've never played a MOBA before, SMITE is an excellent place to start.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Ultimately, it makes Civilization V a much better game, which is the key thing here.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Combined with The Knife of Dunwall, The Brigmore Witches and the story of Daud is exactly what Dishonored’s DLC needed to be – a fun side-story with an interesting character that adds to the main story but doesn’t take anything away.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dead Space 2 is a more than worthy successor to the original, adding plenty of oomph to the series and a solid multiplayer experience to boot. We would have preferred more puzzles and a little less linearity, but that doesn't stop us wanting a third Isaac outing.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    This is very much the God of War we all know and love, and it's great to finally witness both games on a screen worthy of the series.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While Pop cap haven't changed up too many of the fundamentals that make Bejeweled what it is, they have instead added some modes that feel either superior or wholly unique when compared to other puzzle games on the market.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite a bitch-slap of an ending (setting it up for a sequel no doubt), there's some really great moments in this game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There are some issues but overall this is a unique experience that deserves to be played.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite a bitch-slap of an ending (setting it up for a sequel no doubt), there's some really great moments in this game.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    To be honest there is very little that Backbreaker does wrong. Its only real drawback is that it is not an official NFL licensed game and misses out on the major draw of taking a team to the Super Bowl.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Splinter Cell: Blacklist isn’t absolutely perfect, but there’s bags of quality content here that’ll keep stealth gamers happy on-and-offline.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If Sleeping Dogs started life as an unloved orphan, it's now an adult that can hold its head high.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Rockstar Leeds has done a great job bringing Team Bondi's L.A. Noire to the PC, which is a thoroughly interesting and at times quite addictive crime thriller. It's easy to get wrapped up in a case and wanting to uncover what really happened; sifting through the false smiles of NPCs and rubbing their nose in our superior detective work.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Grid 2 is a racing game that rewards skill without punishing you for the tiniest mistakes, letting you master a simple system with a forgiving attitude. It may stray too close towards the easy side of the scale at times, and it'll be interesting to see how the game works online (which unfortunately wasn't tested in this review), but its career mode is well worth playing and you won't be satisfied until you've mastered every single corner.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Looking forward we wouldn't mind seeing some kind of abilities worked back into the game, whether off-map or unit based (Engineers, for example, don't really do anything engineering). Regardless of the future though, this game is worth getting now, pure and simple.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    As the name suggest, expect more enemies, and a harder fight for survival.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Like Way of the Samurai 4 before it, Way of the Samurai 3 isn’t much of a looker and arguably feels a touch dated when it comes to certain elements of its interface.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It’s more of the same, but better, which was to be expected, and I have enjoyed playing it a lot.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Technobabylon is one of the best adventures WadjetEye have ever published, and that’s saying something.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Vermintide is fast, furious fun, and its supporting systems do a great job of dragging you back in for just one more go.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With a gorgeous soundtrack and its sublime design Escape Goat 2 is the kind of 2D puzzle platformer that made me feel warm and fuzzy inside - like a mug of hot tea with a jam crumpet.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Dragon’s Dogma is a great game that feels unique among fantasy RPGs thanks to its blend of mechanics and influences. Its flaws - repetitive quests and a somewhat aimless structure - don’t block out its enormous strengths. Its core combat is great, and fighting the game’s array of giant beasts is some of the most fun I’ve ever had in an RPG. And this PC version is absolutely the best way to play it.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Fortunately TT Games are not content to rest on their laurels as they've managed to pack in an exciting, thrilling and funny adventure with lots to explore and hours of gameplay to make the whole package feel not only fresh but epic to boot.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Victoria 2 is one of those games where it's easy to expect more from it than it can actually give. Giving its dedication to history, depth, strategy etc... fans can get a bit carried away.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Between the new aircraft, cool new orbitals, and fantastic design of the Strategic Zoom function, there’s a lot here to love for any fan of the mass real-time strategy. It’s a shame that the story still can’t always keep up with the stellar additions to the gameplay and that some of the new ground units get swept up in the sheer way that the game is built, but Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation is still one of the coolest, most smooth, and vast real-time strategies out there.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Nadeo have succeeded in turning people who normally wouldn’t care about breaking records on a track into drivers that do.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Torchlight should hold a vast amount of appeal for many people. If you’ve been weaned on the likes of WoW and want something to take on the road: this is for you; and if you fell in love with Diablo or Titan Quest and want to sample the likely direction in which Diablo III will head: don’t hesitate, just buy. In fact, that holds true for all of you. Stop reading this, and go support one of the best PC games you’ll play this year.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone may skirt the line between DLC and Expansion Pack by merely adding more of what was already in Wild Hunt, but gets away with it by being sizeable and awesome.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Banner Saga 2 may be just the next part of Stoic’s ongoing tale but basically everything has been improved.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Torchlight II is addictive, imagination-fuelled goodness. It never gets boring and its "just five more minutes" value is second to none. It may not have an engaging story but I don't think anyone twatting a zombie pirate called 'One-Eyed Willy' with a giant wrench will miss it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Best Game Moment: Smashing in a 30-yard screamer.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Magicka 2 offers a smoother, more comfortable experience than its predecessor, but that doesn’t mean the series has lost its signature charm.
    • 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.
    • 72 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For both longtime fans of the series and newcomers experiencing the struggle against the nefarious Dr. Wily for the first time, what Capcom have essentially wrought with the Mega Man Legacy Collection is a consummate assembly of the franchise’s 8-bit era outings.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While many of the main gameplay mechanics remain like the original, many smaller changes have been made to improve the overall gameplay experience. The UI is wonderful and the varied faction mechanics allow for a good amount of replay ability. There are plenty of joyous empire building moments to be had in Endless Space 2 and it also contains a good level of strategic depth especially in multiplayer.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While in truth, it’s possible that some might tire of its regimented systems and board game esque beats, the fact remains that Renowned Explorers still stands as one of the best surprises of the year so far that wannabe adventurers of any age can enjoy.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    In many ways, Prison Architect feels like the ‘Theme Prison’ game from Bullfrog’s golden years that we never actually got.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Silence is a beautiful game that combines emotional themes with breath-taking art and music. It works fantastically as a cinematic experience and takes its players on a concise yet fun adventure, integrating puzzles along the way. Daedelic have done an excellent job exploring the space between life and death, touching on dark and abstract feelings in a delicate and thoughtful way.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Street Fighter V is mechanically one of the best titles in the genre and possibly the best in this storied series, but it’s also lacking in single-player content to the extent that in places it feels unfinished. Multiplayer battling has practically endless scope on or offline in a game of this tactical depth, but I still can’t help but feel that doesn’t excuse the lack of solo activities or how key training features such as trials are missing for the first month after launch.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    There’s no single feature that will revolutionise Beyond Earth’s fairly conventional approach to strategy, but as a complete package this expansion does a great job of fleshing out the game’s mechanics and giving it a sense of identity that previously was sorely missing.
    • 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
    In many ways Shardlight is a typical WadjetEye adventure game - low-res graphics, common sense puzzle solutions, wildly imaginative, well written and hugely entertaining.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A bold take on the long-forgotten FMV adventure genre, Her Story might be old-fashioned and light on what some might describe as traditional gameplay, but its sophisticated narrative and entertainingly novel take on detective work both allow it to soar far beyond the zenith of its seemingly outmoded remit.
    • 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.

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