GameWatcher's Scores

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For 1,454 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 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 10 Haunted House: Cryptic Graves
Score distribution:
1,454 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Trials Evolution's first batch of DLC is exactly what the game needs. A decent amount of extra content for 400 MSP will rejuvenate interest in those who have moved on. Upon returning you'll notice a richer, more diverse community to enjoy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Still, this is definitely an improved version over the original, so kudos to Larian for the extra work they've put in.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While it may be only three hours long, The Evil Within: The Assignment is a fine slice of DLC.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You can tell a lot of effort has been put into the GeoMod technology, and making sure everything is as polished as it can be. This has to be one of the most technically sound releases we've played in a long while, and it's draw backs mainly come from the content itself, and not the design.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom may lack the polish required to elevate it to triple-A status but its sense of adventure and exploration remain strong.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You can tell a lot of effort has been put into the GeoMod technology, and making sure everything is as polished as it can be. This has to be one of the most technically sound releases we've played in a long while, and it's draw backs mainly come from the content itself, and not the design.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nevertheless the quests are fun, the world still good to explore, the combat great, the community wonderful (apart from those damn spambots) and the Alliance War a wildly ambitious and impressive experiment. Elder Scrolls Online is, by the skin of its teeth and a lot of hard work from Zenimax, a success.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You can tell a lot of effort has been put into the GeoMod technology, and making sure everything is as polished as it can be. This has to be one of the most technically sound releases we've played in a long while, and it's draw backs mainly come from the content itself, and not the design.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Anyone who enjoys a good tactical shooter, especially those with an affinity for the long-range kill, would do well to check it out.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're looking for a cheap, fun tactical combat game that's simple to grasp and satisfying to master, Frontline : Road to Moscow comes highly recommended.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The story is really picking up gear and I still love how the consequences to the player’s many choices are very unpredictable, but how great it is will depend on the ultimate question: can you lose the Game of Thrones?
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crysis 2 ticks all the right boxes, with a lengthy campaign that packs plenty of replay value and multiplayer options that are bound to prove a big hit. If only the suit's powers were managed a little better, and the AI was up to scratch, we'd be recommending this outright.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In some respects, Splinter Cell Conviction on the PC is the definitive version of Ubi's reborn franchise. But it's a far more controversial choice for those with flakey broadband connections that just want to experience the single-player, or for anybody that enjoys conversing and strategising with other players in their multiplayer.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    In truth, this writer wasn’t overly excited at the prospect of playing McDROID when they first read into it – more fool me. While I still harbour reservations about its long-term appeal (a product of the genre’s repetitive nature more than anything) McDROID is an excellent tower defense romp with enough candied charm to keep you coming back.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Crysis 2 ticks all the right boxes, with a lengthy campaign that packs plenty of replay value and multiplayer options that are bound to prove a big hit. If only the suit's powers were managed a little better, and the AI was up to scratch, we'd be recommending this outright.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Make no mistake this is a tremendous homage to classic RPGs but that means it also comes with a few caveats.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Some areas still need more fleshing out, and there's some things that haven't been touched on at all here that could do with some work, but Civilization V is certainly better with Gods & Kings, and there is plenty of new content here to justify the cost.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    One of the most refreshing turn-based strategy games I've experienced for some time. It's clever and deeply tactical, yet also manages to be relatively quick-paced and exciting.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not a progressive MMO that moves the genre forward. Instead it's well-balanced, polished, highly entertaining and brimming with variety.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Coming so soon after the first entry Blackguards 2 is a surprisingly packed improvement over the original, giving you the chance to dominate and rule over South Aventuria with all the bitterness and rage such a task would need.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom may lack the polish required to elevate it to triple-A status but its sense of adventure and exploration remain strong.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nevertheless, Shadow Warrior is a highly-polished fun FPS that realises that while being old-school is great there’s no reason why you can’t still be innovative.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Saints Row: The Third is a consistently thrilling and addictive streak through the sandbox genre's most popular avenues, even if it is as shallow as the 'GTL' lifestyle it strives to promote.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Endless Space may not push any boundaries or possess much 'wow' factor, but it's a very enjoyable 4X strategy game, set in a rich and diverse science-fiction universe that begs exploration.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    An interesting mix. If it wasn't so daunting, it'd pick up more fans.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With awesome character customization and the impressively bold approach the pawn system takes to storytelling and online connectivity, that makes this all the more worth exploring, even in spite of its sometimes conspicuous faults.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Saints Row: The Third is a consistently thrilling and addictive streak through the sandbox genre's most popular avenues, even if it is as shallow as the 'GTL' lifestyle it strives to promote.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While there are a few flaws in Shadowrun Returns, most notably linearity, the lack of a save function and a slightly under-utilized world, the excellent and consistently fun writing and XCOM-inspired combat make it a worthwhile experience.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It may be a simple old-school arcade twin-stick shooter but the huge maps, secondary objectives, and fun things to discover like being able to collapse buildings by driving through them elevate Renegade Ops to must-play territory.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's definitely going to be punishing to casual players or people who simply aren't that good, but if you do manage to get to grips with it, it's very rewarding. It can sometimes feel a little grindy, especially early on as you're trying to save up money to perfect your first load out, but other than that this is one good looking and well-made man stabber.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A homage to retro classics is one thing but having gameplay that’s both challenging and fun makes Axiom Verge special. If you grew up in that era, you’d be a fool to miss out on this and if you’re new to the genre, I can’t think of a better entry.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    How does The Sims 4 measure in the grand scheme of things? It’s an excellent stepping stone for what could be moving forward, although this comes at the cost of numerous add-ons and expansions raiding our pockets.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you like the idea of Resident Evil 4 crossed half-and-half with Silent Hill then The Evil Within is the game for you. Just be prepared to put up with 30 FPS.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A mostly triumphant and surprisingly refreshing return to the FPS' favourite setting. Although the single-player is rather lacking, the attention to detail and harrowing atmosphere make for some intense and gripping multiplayer battles.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you've got a solid Internet connection and some spare cash you might want to consider braving the DRM, or you can hope that Ubisoft will stop being so bloody stubborn, realise the error of their ways and scale down the DRM so that everybody can enjoy the impressive game Blue Byte have so lovingly created.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For old, war-tested Stronghold players Crusader 2 is a triumphant evolution of the game that they've held dear for the last twelve years. For the rest of us though, there is perhaps no better time to see what all the fuss is about.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More importantly, it's actually one of the best fighting games available on the market in its own right, so it shouldn't be overlooked by those who enjoy the genre but not the sport.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ubisoft are to be applauded for grasping, as Hi-Rez Studios did with Tribes Ascend, that the secret to a successful free-to-play title is building a healthy player base first and foremost and watching the income flow from that, rather than nickel and diming gamers for even basic content. It also helps if your core game is any good to begin with, and Might & Magic Duel of Champions is most certainly that. In fact, I'd heartily recommend it to fans of the Might & Magic series or online trading card games in general even if it had a price tag attached.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The more you play it the more it feels like a patched version of previous entries and less like a new iteration of the series. It doesn’t mean you should avoid Autosport if you’re looking for a return to form from Codemasters and the Grid name. Far from it.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The ability to drive everything and anything combined with the detailed levels and highly flexible units makes it a very realistic experience for an RTS and it's not far off being the modern-warfare version of "Company of Heroes."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Creating the rat cannon was a sure fire giggle and I loved collecting coins al la Mario in order to pay Bosco for his latest sales item.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Fortunately by being just generally being more challenging for both stealth and action gamers Knife of Dunwall is a decent piece of DLC no matter how it’s sliced. There may be only two real missions over five levels but there’s so much packed in those levels that I spend a good few days exploring them, and was left fully satisfied.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As delightful and clever as Reus is, the intensity of the play when you find yourself juggling multiple projects unfortunately lets it down, as it doesn't feel built to support such action.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything is competently implemented without excelling in any individual direction, but the combination and sheer variety of content and fan service has to be commended, and for once it's nice to play through a kids game that doesn't just shoehorn the cinematic action sequences into an average procession of linear levels.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything is competently implemented without excelling in any individual direction, but the combination and sheer variety of content and fan service has to be commended, and for once it's nice to play through a kids game that doesn't just shoehorn the cinematic action sequences into an average procession of linear levels.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Everything is competently implemented without excelling in any individual direction, but the combination and sheer variety of content and fan service has to be commended, and for once it's nice to play through a kids game that doesn't just shoehorn the cinematic action sequences into an average procession of linear levels.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Aptly named, Blur tries to unclear the line between kart and sim, but in the process may leave many racing enthusiasts of both sorts uncomfortable.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you've been waiting for the finale to dive in, well go ahead and do so with the full confidence that it'll be worth it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Dark Scavenger takes an iteration of the RPG genre that is generally thought of as obsolete and breathes fresh life into it. While there's room for improvement, it does what it does very well, and is packed to the brim with colourful characters and desperate situations.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A fantastic game of exploration and survival. You can occasionally feel lost in its open-world that lacks any real signposting, but the simple joy of digging and crafting means you’ll keep playing to discover the naturally-occurring progress.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It isn't the greatest, but it keeps making strides to reclaim its former glory.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For a game that can take mere moments to complete, there's an impressive amount of depth to Sniper Challenge.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's the perfect arcade title – quick gameplay, insta-restarts and fun multiplayer. When it's showing you failure in slow motion, you can't help but laugh. Squeezing through a gap, dodging multiple people only to showboat across the line, is a fantastic feeling.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The difficulty of some of the puzzles could be increased, but the variety of gameplay is there and the game was enjoyable and definitely worth the price of download.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    F1 2010 has been a long time coming, and those who enjoy the sport will find such value in this title.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As I said at the start. Motocross Madness is a whole lot of fun. It's not without its problems, and it is a bit rough around the edges, but none of that matters. It's just fun. If you can scrounge up some mates multiplayer is a great laugh too.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While there is a limit to how much replayability Culture Shock offers, with a nine buck price tag it's several hours of bang for your buck. I figure a movie costs more than that, particularly with popcorn, and no one keeps me from bringing my own candy to the computer.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    F1 2010 has been a long time coming, and those who enjoy the sport will find such value in this title.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nevertheless I really enjoyed the 3-4 hours I spent investigating The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and recommend you check it out, although admittedly your own enjoyment will be tied to whether you find and solve all the puzzles first time around.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's not perfect, but F1 2010 is an excellent way of recreating those boyhood dreams of being Lewis Hamilton, and provides a solid base for Codemasters to improve on with future titles.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Bite-sized gaming at its best.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Although Strike Vector is enjoyable to play then, its current range of content hardly represents stellar value at a launch price of £18.99 - even if it is all available up front. RageQuit is promising frequent, and entirely free updates over the coming months however, so if you consider that lump sum a gamble on a lifetime membership to a subscription service then it becomes a little more palatable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite a lack of content, it's a game that should be replayed a number of times, just so you can try different methods of attack and witness everything that it has to offer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Playing this short and sweet game makes you wonder whether they couldn't construct the next title in such a way so that co-op can play a larger part, because if Dead Rising 2's co-op was anywhere near as much fun as Case West's, I doubt I'd want to play it solo more than once.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Boasts enough variety to keep it consistently entertaining, and so that you never know where you will end up.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While there is a bit of a learning curve – you're likely to spend your first few games getting instantly killed by cunning unseen enemies – it's worth persevering with. The realistic aspects to the game like bleeding, and quick death by bullet, give it a unique feel among the majority of today's shooters.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Get yourself a good team, and you're in for a lot of fun.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I realise all these caveats render a scored review somewhat meaningless, so the takeaway message is this; if you've never played Last Light, you should – it's an excellent game, and you should opt for this version. If you've already played it, however, you don't need to upgrade.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Nevertheless, if you’re able to look beyond the simplistic graphics to the fantastic game underneath then this one is a real treasure.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    "Reality 2.0" still stands as my personal favorite, but Bright Side of the Moon is a great way to end.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you're more intrigued by jetpacks, rocket boosts, wall-running and the thrill of flying off a ramp as you make your way to levels end as fast as you ruddy well can, Cloudbuilt is heartily recommended.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A solid and enjoyable platformer, and one of the best Metroidvanias available for Xbox Live Arcade. Fans of the genre will note the repetitive strain later into the experience, but anyone else is bound to have a blast throughout.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Total War: Attila is the return to form that the series desperately needed.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Overall if you've got the rig and a game controller plugged in then DmC: Devil May Cry is great start to a new direction for the series, and hopefully one that will get to keep exploring this new, grittier Dante.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Smoke & Mirrors isn’t quite as good as the superb Faith and is a little shorter, which is a kick in the flying monkey nuts after how long it took to turn up, but it’s still an excellent and enjoyable adventure full of intrigue, surprise and emotion.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you've never played Overkill before this is the definitive version of a great game. It's something that might only be played once but will be remembered fondly after that fact as a fun experience. It's hilarious, sometimes disgusting, sometimes ridiculous and almost always fun – especially when playing with a friend.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Leviathan’s simplicity is its strength – the games not that hard to make, it’s not that hard to learn, it doesn’t cost that much to acquire, yet it takes hours to master, hours to fiddle and tweak your ship and fleet loadouts.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is as fine a[n] homage to one of Sci-fi's great franchises a[s] you can get in an MMO format.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Through a combination of streamlining what is a genuinely complicated game and using a simple but effective presentation, the developers have one of the best downloadable games PS3 has ever seen.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    While we're certainly not starving for Action RPGs these days Sacred 3 does manage to stand out.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    As an action-RPG, perhaps there is a better option available if you've yet to play through Darksiders, but Nier still manages to stand on its own accomplishments – as varied in mechanics and quality as they may be.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    More importantly, it's actually one of the best fighting games available on the market in its own right, so it shouldn't be overlooked by those who enjoy the genre but not the sport.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I enjoyed exploring and the missions were always entertaining. You'll probably need at least one friend to buy the game and play some missions with you, but as superbly Funcom allow players to move their characters between servers at will (YES!) and join forces with players of a different faction (hooray!) this becomes very easy.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    With plenty to see and do, not to mention some great multiplayer offerings, this is a sequel worth checking out.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    PES 2012 plays an extremely entertaining brand of football, largely sweeping away the complaints of the two previous versions in the process. There are problems for sure, but it's nice to know that whichever of the football titans you choose this year, you'll get a decent result.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Regardless of its shortcomings, This War of Mine is a hugely powerful game.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Child of Light is like a blast from the past, capturing the essence of a classic JRPG from the genre's heyday and refining it with a fresh coat of modern polish. The art design and audio is gorgeous, the combat is simple and fun, with no ultra-complicated busywork to get in the way, and the characters are charming. It's a brief visit, and one that suffers from an occasionally repetitive formula, but the beautiful art, smart battle system and endearing storytelling make it absolutely worth your time.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    PES 2012 plays an extremely entertaining brand of football, largely sweeping away the complaints of the two previous versions in the process. There are problems for sure, but it's nice to know that whichever of the football titans you choose this year, you'll get a decent result.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The consistency in design and reverence for the subject matter is King Arthur's greatest strength. Too often war games of this persuasion end up as dry, hardcore affairs that only the slimmest of niche audiences can appreciate. Neocore, although biting off a little more than it can chew, has provided an experience that positively oozes with atmosphere and challenge, yet all the while catering to those that spend twelve hours a day devising battlefield plans - and the other twelve reading the Art of War.