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 BioShock Infinite
Lowest review score: 10 Haunted House: Cryptic Graves
Score distribution:
1,423 game reviews
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If your primary attraction to racing games is the visual thrill and stylish presentation, you'll be best served elsewhere. Fortunately, as a racing experience MotoGP is up there with the best.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's no doubt about it, Split/Second is a finely balanced, visually stunning racer that loves the brown stuff hitting the fan.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the oddities, the head-scratchers and the disappointments, there are some moments of pure brilliance that reminds us just why we were playing in the first place.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's a lot to said for visuals these days though, and having played the PC version extensively we're not sure we could then go to the console with a neutral mind-set. Swings and Roundabouts, as they say, but Reckoning is a good game all round and well worth getting – no matter the platform.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ducktales Remastered is a nostalgia trip from start to end, frustrating, life-taking warts and all.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It successfully combines all the best elements from Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite into a satisfying package, and it should be pointed out that level-wise nothing has been reused from either game (unlike the superb Minerva’s Den, which was great but didn’t have much new).
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Yes, it feels like we’ve been here before, partly because we have. But when it’s executed with such finesse, is that such a bad thing?
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Co-op is a bit of a cop out all told, and the other additions made to the game are largely superfluous. For those exclusively playing Ninja Gaiden II on the PS3 however, Sigma 2 is a genuine treat and nigh-on essential.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Age of Conan in this state is a hell of a lot closer to the world that people envisaged prior to the original release, and Godslayer simply fills one of the final gaps and expands horizontally at higher levels. If there ever was a game that deserved an official relaunch, this would be it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Xtreme Legends, though, is a proposition only for the hardcore Warriors fan or at a bargain basement price. With the original Dynasty Warriors 7 now reduced, picking up this package that arguably has less compelling content and asks for the original disc for some of its modes seems crazy. If you're just looking for some mindless hacking and slashing, though, this'll do fine.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you want to replay Baldur’s Gate II or are an RPG fan who hasn’t played it this is definitely the version to get, but unless you’re desperate to get it now I suggest waiting until a Steam sale.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dead Rising 3 is a step forward for the series as it finally finds the confidence to expand its setting, which is mostly down to better hardware being available.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Improves vastly on a lot of the formula that made the first outing good; better and sexier powers, more stuff on screen to play with, addictive collectibles and fun bonus objectives, rewarding and pip-boy-esque mutations and, frankly, a better all-round character in James Heller.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I thoroughly enjoyed going back to Albion and can't wait for more from Peter Molyneux and Lionhead Studios.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a unique window into the world of the iconic TV show, with splashes of brilliance from one of the finest developers of this generation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's testimony to Harmonix that the Dance Central series has become an essential purchase for Kinect owners. Having two players in front of the screen is tremendous fun, and adds to the game's appeal massively.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    These points aside, the first episode of Broken Sword 5 is a lot of fun and a welcome return to form for the series.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the last quarter of A Story About My Uncle does become a little too repetitive, and slightly overly obscure grapple set pieces require blind luck more often than skill. That said, this is still a great adventure - one which will return you to childhood fantasy, and one which will far from get your goat.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The point is fun, and that's something Infested Planet has in spades. Blasting aliens is inherently enjoyable thanks to responsive controls and some satisfying sound and visual effects.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A new engine and new ideas breath new life into a series that was in serious danger of turning stale.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you haven't played Worms before, pick this up. Otherwise, you're probably best to stick with what you've got. Worms 2: Armageddon is great fun, just as it was ten years ago.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There is definitely a case that some of the structural improvements and additions should have found inclusion in the original title, but all of them are well thought-out and implemented, adding longevity and replay value to an already deep title.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nonetheless Poltergeist is a very fun puzzle game, that really taxes the brain muscles occasionally but it’s all done in such a lovely way that you never want to give in.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It could do with a few more levels, a bonus stage, more bosses, slightly tighter controls and a load more playtesting.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fans of classic adventure gaming should absolutely check out the Hector: Badge of Carnage series. The point and click formula is present and largely unchanged from the golden age of the genre but the unique well-realised setting and the excellent writing put this well above the mediocrity bar.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It could do with a few more levels, a bonus stage, more bosses, slightly tighter controls and a load more playtesting.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    DmC does a fantastic job of being immediately recognisable as a game belonging to the franchise, while also providing an experience that will introduce those unfamiliar to it. It's sleek and cool, providing a frantic and flowing combat system that underlies and defines it from the get-go. Dante doesn't just look cooler, he plays cooler, and this may well be the series' finest hour.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If there's any one thing that can be stated about Transformers: War for Cybertron, it's that you should buy this game. The single player campaign is good, and the multiplayer portion is a surprise hit.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A taste for micromanagement, high difficulty and a tactical way of battling is essential to enjoy Disgaea 4.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Memoria is an excellent follow-up to Chains of Satinav, and you don’t need to have played that game to get what’s going on here.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall, Battle Worlds: Kronos is a really robust strategy game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All of the problems are irksome rather than game-breaking, and don't have a significant impact on what is a surprisingly deep and engaging rendition of Mark Twain's "good walk spoiled".
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bioshock 2 is an admirable experience, one that doesn't compare to the narrative of its predecessor, but carries forth the fun gameplay that was originally inspired some two years ago.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a game with a great deal of replay value, and one that will keep you immersed for hours. An extra edge of realism has been added in the reinforcement system, which forces you to win objectives before you receive reinforcements.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Forces of Corruption is an absolute must-have for fans of Empire At War, it adds great new features and fantastic new units.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It doesn't hurt that the gun play is extremely well realised, with each weapon feeling distinctive, and even, dare it be said, approaching realism.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Once the initial 'oooooo' factor wears off, singleplayer does get a bit tiresome if you haven't got a purpose, but then all you need is a couple of online friends or someone in your own house to share the experience with, and it becomes fun again.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Regardless of its technical shortcomings, CoS provides a superbly engaging story driven experience, that feels uniquely its own. When a story makes you care about its characters, it's a triumph, and in this, Chains of Satinav excels.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are moments of pure unadulterated joy packed into this sports compilation, and although it's all over rather rapidly, it's a great ride while it lasts.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For 800 points on XBLA and whatever it ends up as on freshly un-borked PSN though, Sega Rally Online Arcade still represents somewhat of a bargain.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Whatever your experience with the series, if you've ever been fond of alternative racing games and have friends wanting to go for a spin with you then Joy Ride Turbo is a no-brainer. It's a legitimate alternative, perhaps an outright replacement, for the likes of Mario Kart.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a videogame that deserved a bit more attention, rather than being labelled as simply a fun download only diversion. That said, Papo & Yo is still a remarkable experience, one of the most emotive games of the year so far and one that will stay with you well after the credits have rolled.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Perhaps this is greatest compliment I can pay Liberation. This game restored my faith. Ubisoft can still produce a good Assassin's Creed game.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, expansion or no, is the game Duke Nukem Forever should’ve been – all ridiculous lines, over-the-top moments, glorious cheese all the way, with plenty of moments where you feel like the greatest bad-ass in the world.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's no doubt about it, Split/Second is a finely balanced, visually stunning racer that loves the brown stuff hitting the fan.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are quibbles along the way but Injustice: Gods Among Us is exactly as much fun as it needed to be and I can happily recommend it. And as a final point for fans who don’t know already, the tie-in comic is (whisper it) pretty darn fantastic
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's terrific fun and ably demonstrates an exciting new genre for console gamers.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite still having a few issues Risen 3: Titan Lords is a vast improvement on Risen 2. The combat could be better but doesn't cripple the game this time, the world is more interesting and easier to get around, and there's tons of stuff to do.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Experiencing Resident 4 HD, everything is as it ever was. The visual upgrade is well received, and the game's narrative is as terrifying and enticing as ever. Capcom have played this one safe, as it would have been nice to see them try and mix things up with a new inventory system.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Flight Control HD may be a little short on content, but it's still one of the best downloadable Move games available right now.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More time was spent fiddling in the control settings menu than actually getting on with the on-ice action, which speaks volumes of a title that prides itself on such an innovative system.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Experiencing Resident 4 HD, everything is as it ever was. The visual upgrade is well received, and the game's narrative is as terrifying and enticing as ever. Capcom have played this one safe, as it would have been nice to see them try and mix things up with a new inventory system.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The combination of strategy and role-playing still stands out from the crowd and the added bonus of so many extra quests, items and units crammed together really adds value to the game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's funny, it'll push your mind to breaking point but never go over, and is expertly designed and polished to perfection. Well, at least in its puzzle rooms, which are basically the entire game so we won't worry too much about the repeating filler rooms.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you can get over the relative tedium of the dungeons you'll be trawling through, there's a deep indie RPG adventure here. Certainly it's good enough to recommend to old codgers who remember the likes of Eye of the Beholder or Lands of Lore.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If there's any one thing that can be stated about Transformers: War for Cybertron, it's that you should buy this game. The single player campaign is good, and the multiplayer portion is a surprise hit.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those with the time and patience however, World of Tanks looks to be an ever-evolving title with ambitions to stay fresh for the foreseeable future (new nations have been added since launch, and Risk-style clan-based world warfare is reportedly coming soon).
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Insanely Twisted? Maybe not, but it's definitely entertaining enough to be worthy of the name Ultimately Excellent Shadow Planet: a fantastic adventure for anyone enticed by the thrill of exploration.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I’m pretty sure this won’t appeal to a lot of people. It can be bone-crushingly hard at times and difficult to get into. But by giving you the tools to craft your own escape and leaving you alone to sort it out, The Escapists is one of those classic hands-off games that encourages you to create your own story and incredible moments.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    All of the problems are irksome rather than game-breaking, and don't have a significant impact on what is a surprisingly deep and engaging rendition of Mark Twain's "good walk spoiled".
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There's no doubt about it, Split/Second is a finely balanced, visually stunning racer that loves the brown stuff hitting the fan.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Not every sport is a winner, but there's no denying that Sports Champions does a great job of showcasing what the Playstation Move has in store for us over the coming years.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you've got time to kill, Tropico 4 is perfect. It hasn't changed much since its predecessor, but it's still an excellent simulation – something that's welcome in the era of visuals-conscious FPSs and lacklustre adventure games. A modernised concept, that's perfectly period.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great game that you’ll find yourself unable to step away from because you have to research one thing more, or expand to one more territory.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Even if it's just a nicer version of Lemmings at the end of the day, Flockers at least isn't trying to pull the wool over your eyes. It's baarilliant.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you've forgotten just how much fun Gears' 2 multiplayer can be, whether co-op campaign, Horde mode or straight-up ranked play takes your fancy, now would be the time to step back into the fray.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It has a gorgeous engine which lets you create stunning scenes with your towns and cities. Anyone with a flare for simpler Latin times or who really enjoy city builders – you don’t want to miss out on this.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything kind of just plods along and while you will get moments of brilliance, moments of wonder… they’re too easily buried by a startling amount of mediocrity. Total War: Rome 2 is a perfectly adequate/decent game. It should have been a bloody brilliant game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Granted, it’s a HD remake of a 2002 game, and when the new wave of space sim games come – X: Rebirth being the first in November – it’s going to get completely overshadowed, but it’s a great way to pass the time till then.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Warlock 2 is definitely a step in the right direction – it takes everything that was good about the first game, and refines it a bit, while also leaving the original experience intact.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While issues of army balance will inevitably rear their head down the line, it's a smart concept that gets off to a good start with The Western Front Armies. If you're yet to try out Company of Heroes, which is one of the best multiplayer RTS experiences currently available, this is a great opportunity to do so. Just bear in mind that aside from skirmishes you won't get any singleplayer options.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A success in its simply-stated goals, and worthy of a play for anybody looking to zone out and relax for a while.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A success in its simply-stated goals, and worthy of a play for anybody looking to zone out and relax for a while.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The art-style and characters make it a special experience and even though the final few levels are a bit of a let-down with their formulaic design, The Last Tinker is worth picking up just to drink in its handcrafted visuals and feel-good vibe - when was the last time someone said that about a videogame?
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it is too short an experience it’s a great, unique one and I urge anyone who likes fun games to give it a go.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The controls, simply, work. These kinds of games have had varying amounts of success on the console this generation, with things like Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 coming close but just not being good enough, but in this case Tropico makes a great case for these once PC-only genres appearing on console.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The franchise is certainly improving its core mechanics, placing an emphasis on the minor details that will get fans excited. Hardly anything has changed on the surface, but beneath the exterior there's a sturdier, sharper and far tougher posterior to break through.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you have young children, Kinectimals is a must - it will keep them entertained, and you'll secretly enjoy it too.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    After my first pass at Saga I’m still excited about the game and enjoying it and forsee many hours ahead of me in the Saga universe.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fives games in and the Tropico series has really found its feet, creating a cheery and relaxing ambience that sets it quite apart from other city-builders out there.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That's the story of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3: This is actually the game that the original should've been. If you've not played MVC3 or traded it in and want another fix, this is absolutely the best route to go. If you bought the original, how much do you love MVC? If you want more, go get it – the newcomers are great fun.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    That's the story of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3: This is actually the game that the original should've been. If you've not played MVC3 or traded it in and want another fix, this is absolutely the best route to go. If you bought the original, how much do you love MVC? If you want more, go get it – the newcomers are great fun.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you liked Shadowrun Returns but felt the main storyline was missing something, you'll find that Dragonfall improves on the original in almost every way.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While the problematic menus and glaring lack of single-player content invariably creeps in, tarnishing what is otherwise an essential title, Orbital Gear remains a refreshing and deftly executed take on multiplayer gaming that more developers should consider.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For fans of space-faring simulation games, it's more or less a must.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although notably lacking in enthusiasm for its PC platform, Joe Danger makes an excellent debut on Windows, with enough content to keep you entertained for months.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bioshock 2 is an admirable experience, one that doesn't compare to the narrative of its predecessor, but carries forth the fun gameplay that was originally inspired some two years ago.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More time was spent fiddling in the control settings menu than actually getting on with the on-ice action, which speaks volumes of a title that prides itself on such an innovative system.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Issues with the presentation of the story and the general amount of single player content on offer are slight dings against the experience especially considering SoulCalibur's history of blending RPG elements into its single player campaigns - but even then this is the best reason to return to SoulCalibur's stage of history since the days of the Dreamcast.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For those of you looking for something different, Majesty 2 is definitely one to try out. The humour is light, if sometimes cheesy, and the gameplay is certainly intriguing. Whilst it’s not without its flaws (but then what game isn’t?), this is still a highly accessible title. If Majesty 2 was an 80's TV show, I’d certainly watch it.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game preys on your feelings, and is very skilled at manipulating them. Make no mistake, it takes a certain kind of person (never mind gamer) to stick with and possibly enjoy this game - we believe they are sometimes called Masochists - but Dark Souls does what it does extremely well, and it's to be applauded for that at least.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This game preys on your feelings, and is very skilled at manipulating them. Make no mistake, it takes a certain kind of person (never mind gamer) to stick with and possibly enjoy this game - we believe they are sometimes called Masochists - but Dark Souls does what it does extremely well, and it's to be applauded for that at least.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The game looks absolutely beautiful, is jam packed with things to do, and as ever, the combat is a joy to fiddle with.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Kane's Wrath is a commendable expansion to an already impressive game.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    F1 2011 has got the talent, but it needs to learn to love itself before it can be truly great.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Best of all, when you dive into the first corner melee on race day, the sheer thrill of trying to avoid the seemingly impossible number of cars around you is simply unrivalled.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Apart from the ending of course, which I’m thinking about a lot. Broken Age: Act 1 is a wonderful piece of work, well worth the time and money put into it, an excellent piece of videogame fiction, but it just needs some work being an actual videogame.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's very difficult to adequately score or sum up FIFA 12, simply because it's taken such a risk with an established formula, one that's turned out – eventually – well indeed, but also one that requires a lot of effort to learn and get used to, something a lot of people might not want to do.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's a welcome addition to the franchise and one that slots perfectly into your gaming collection.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's very difficult to adequately score or sum up FIFA 12, simply because it's taken such a risk with an established formula, one that's turned out – eventually – well indeed, but also one that requires a lot of effort to learn and get used to, something a lot of people might not want to do.

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