GameWatcher's Scores

  • Games
For 1,434 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:
1,434 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A great chapter and one that can easily be picked up and played through for beginners like myself without becoming bewildered by past game lore.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Resident Evil 6 is the disfigured spawn of a generation that is best known for Call of Duty. We've got Resident Evil 4's atmosphere spliced into the body of Operation Racoon City's action. Moments of brilliance clash with sections of irritation.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The ending's superb (much better than both New Vegas and Fallout 3), and I never was bored or wanted to give up. It's not the full Fallout experience, but as the ultimate final test of your skills it works very nicely. Now then… when's Skyrim out again?
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Toybox Turbos might not have the Micro Machines branding then, but when it nails everything else that those licensed games did so well in the first place, it feels churlish not to look past such superfluous things.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Should you buy Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition if you own it on GOG? Probably not. A few optional characters, a Horde mode, and a few built-in modifications do not a Really Special Edition make. You should absolutely play Baldur's Gate if you don't mind isometric RPGs that give you a real challenge, since the writing is still amazing and both the world and combat system are still really deep and engrossing.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Battle Academy 2 won't be for everyone. It's not a very attractive game, and the presentation can sometimes leave a little to be desired.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Despite the flaws and interruptions of the story and presentation, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a superior title.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By far, however, the greatest addition to the formula is the co-op multiplayer. Grab a friend online, and the two of you can slice, chop and smash your way through the hordes together, with plenty of missions to complete. The action is very entertaining with a second person keeping you company and you'll spend hours simply exploring and clearing out entire areas of zombies together.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    It's difficult to assess what a non-fan of the Might & Magic series will think of Kingdoms. For those who've followed the series, it's a nice addition to the canon and one to enjoy daily while we wait for the appearance of the 6th in the series. Still, for those who are looking for a browser title with substance – it's hard not to recommend Kingdoms.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Better realism gives you far better challenges and when coupled with the graphics and fantastic audio it makes the ‘beautiful game’ into a beautiful game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    By far, however, the greatest addition to the formula is the co-op multiplayer. Grab a friend online, and the two of you can slice, chop and smash your way through the hordes together, with plenty of missions to complete. The action is very entertaining with a second person keeping you company and you'll spend hours simply exploring and clearing out entire areas of zombies together.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The greatest addition to the formula is the co-op multiplayer. Grab a friend online, and the two of you can slice, chop and smash your way through the hordes together, with plenty of missions to complete. The action is very entertaining with a second person keeping you company and you'll spend hours simply exploring and clearing out entire areas of zombies together.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    A gigantic and compelling RPG experience. It's not quite ready to topple the big guns of the genre, but despite feeling "inspired" by every RPG or fantasy ever made it manages to offer a unique and entertaining alternative. Even if it does add yet another surly scantily-clad elf girl to the genre.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Now for the age-old question: is war worth it? At £30, Ardennes Assault might be slightly overpriced, yet within lies a brilliant war sim RTS. Only the best need apply.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Seriously DC fans, buy LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. It’s pure DC fan-service in game form.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The Old City has a tendency to get into your head and bones after a few hours and as this is the first of a trilogy, I’m eager to see where Leviathan will take me next.
    • 81 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
    The biggest problem Grey Goo has is that it’s far too hard for what it is, which is a fun Command and Conquer-style RTS.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We think it's better than Dragon Rising, and the fact they've taken the "less is more" approach and focused on a couple of key features has been to their credit. It's got some good moments in it, but playing with friends is key and we question the longevity of this title, so the post-release DLC better be good and regular.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We think it's better than Dragon Rising, and the fact they've taken the "less is more" approach and focused on a couple of key features has been to their credit. It's got some good moments in it, but playing with friends is key and we question the longevity of this title, so the post-release DLC better be good and regular.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    We think it's better than Dragon Rising, and the fact they've taken the "less is more" approach and focused on a couple of key features has been to their credit. It's got some good moments in it, but playing with friends is key and we question the longevity of this title, so the post-release DLC better be good and regular.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Alien Breed 2: Assault is solid, alien-splattering fun, and a real challenge to boot.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Franchise aficionados will know how convoluted Metal Gear plots can be. Revengeance also stumbles into preachy territory and tries to provide comment on America, politics and terrorism. This is expected for the most part and doesn't become too overbearing until the final hour, where cutscenes take an even greater role in proceedings. If the sociocultural commentary becomes too much, Virtual Reality missions offer a direct chance to get down and dirty.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The lack of a competitive online mode also reduces the replay value, although you can compete indirectly by getting high scores, and you can even visit other player’s islands.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    What The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing may lack in replayability it makes up for in competence, enthusiasm and easy charm. The moment to moment slaughter, the deceptively deep levelling and abundance of powerful loot mean it's a difficult game to put down.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a bold step for an RTS into the ripe and unconquered pastures of the Internet, and while it isn't completely surefooted, its spears are certainly sharp.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    I have no idea where the story is going next, and I'm itching to find out.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Is it better than last year? It offers a more complete package and the interfaces are much improved, but some of the sports lack the pace and excitement which really makes this a key party piece. It still goes down though as one of the best Kinect titles money can buy.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The plot is getting more intriguing by the second and the feud between the Forresters and the Whitehills makes for good drama.
    • 68 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. For that reason alone, I'd suggest giving it a try.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    If you’re a Batman fan you should already have Batman: Arkham Origins, but anyone else might want to hold off a couple of weeks for some patches to come through.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just don't expect many things you haven't seen before.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Xenonauts is a faithful modernization of a classic. It retains the features that made X-COM such a tense and memorable game, with base invasions and a gigantic open-ended campaign of depth and freedom. If Firaxis' revamped take on the series felt a little too directed and linear for you, then Xenonauts is likely to delight.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The excellent Clan eSport-style multiplayer, Steam Workshop support, Story Mode, and hilarious water system are all reasons to buy Worms: Clan Wars. It can honestly lay claim to being the new definitive Worms game on PC, despite the mangling of the Ninja Rope.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Just don't expect many things you haven't seen before.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It carries that rare trait of success where many expansions suffer miserably and leave many gamers in despair.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Whatever your feelings about Cars, arguably Pixar's least popular movie series, you can't deny the quality of Cars 2: The Video Game. It's everything that typical movie games aren't, being fun, content-rich and technically solid.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Whatever your feelings about Cars, arguably Pixar's least popular movie series, you can't deny the quality of Cars 2: The Video Game. It's everything that typical movie games aren't, being fun, content-rich and technically solid.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Whatever your feelings about Cars, arguably Pixar's least popular movie series, you can't deny the quality of Cars 2: The Video Game. It's everything that typical movie games aren't, being fun, content-rich and technically solid.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Armed Assaults comes with all the bells and whistles any gamer would love in a combat simulator, despite some really poor choice of menus, texts and questionable briefing presentations.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The story falters towards the end, and the fact that the game is so short is the biggest bummer of all. Regardless, it’s a great game that will be remembered for a long time coming.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The level of historical detail on offer will be enviable to even the more established franchises, and whilst Imperium doesn't do anything to reinvent the genre as a whole, it's certainly a well-refined product that's worth a look to veteran players; or particularly those of you jumping in for the first time. Solid, if unspectacular then.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Blacklight: Tango Down turns out to be too much fun for the slowness of the matchmaking system to prove too much of an obstacle.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It leaves once again a lasting impact and shows the real depths city building can go to and how strategy counts all the way. A few questionable elements hover like a dark cloud but honestly this is the best experience you’ll have to sate a city building lust, Roman or not.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    A great, if not fantastic adventure game that any fans of the genre must get a copy of. It was surprisingly intriguing and has now perhaps spoilt things for me, as anything less than ‘Tunguska quality’ and I’ll be gaming elsewhere.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The story falters towards the end, and the fact that the game is so short is the biggest bummer of all. Regardless, it’s a great game that will be remembered for a long time coming.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    There's no doubt that Flying Lab have created the best online sea-faring adventure there is for players to get their fix of the Caribbean with such a large, intricate and growing community.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The only issue that stuck out like a sore thumb was that the magnetism of the cursor was poor and three options to change it didn’t help either. For only 800 Microsoft Points, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3: Commander’s Challenge has plenty of replay value for offline players.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    A welcome addition to the strategy genre, offering a few new ideas sprinkled over a solid base of classic turn-based gameplay.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    MotoGP 09/10 is a solid, enjoyable racer that manages to capture the feel of charging about a track on a Superbike without being inaccessible to newcomers to the series.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    Gothic 3 is a deep and rich world, waiting for your guidance to free or subjugate mankind. Any RPG lover must have this, but you may want to wait a while for the patches to arrive and then settle down.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    A very fun game for the buck. It’s a nice addition to the season arc, and likely my favorite of the four.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    All in all, Shadowgrounds: Survivor is a game for fans, casual gamers, and for gamers who miss the old ‘simple’ style of the arcade era. Newcomers may be a little put off with the ‘enter-in-the-middle-of-a-story’ feeling, but if you just ignore the story completely, then what you are left with is a perfectly enjoyable third-person shooter.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    The only issue that stuck out like a sore thumb was that the magnetism of the cursor was poor and three options to change it didn’t help either. For only 800 Microsoft Points, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3: Commander’s Challenge has plenty of replay value for offline players.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    MotoGP 09/10 is a solid, enjoyable racer that manages to capture the feel of charging about a track on a Superbike without being inaccessible to newcomers to the series.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Dawn of Magic contains enough deep content and a pleasing enough approach to the genre to recommend a purchase, but only if you know what's in-store and don't mind the incessantly repetitive nature of the combat.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Despite a few annoyances, Darksiders still manages to coax you in with it's scale and scope, proving to be a uniquely enjoyable and involving hack and slash title well worth spending time with.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The best advice anyone can be given is to pick up South Park: Let’s Go Tower Defense Play! for the Xbox Live Arcade if they are either a fan of the genre or a huge South Park fan by default.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    If you like a hack and slash game in the style of "Diablo," then you’ll definitely enjoy Titan Quest. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a true role-playing experience in which bashing things with a sword, spear, axe, bow, or some other weapon isn’t the only way to achieve your goal, you’re probably better off playing "Oblivion" or waiting for "Neverwinter Nights II."
    • 82 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Despite a few annoyances, Darksiders still manages to coax you in with it's scale and scope, proving to be a uniquely enjoyable and involving hack and slash title well worth spending time with.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    The AI for all of the Battlefield suite is well written, but there's nothing like a human opponent or partner to add spice to the experience.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Sword of the Stars is unique from other turn-based space empire titles out there, the enormous sizes of the galaxies and their shapes set it apart. Players of the original will already be familiar with this but for those still in the dark, space is all 3D here and not just in terms of pretty graphics.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    If breathing through the rifle’s scope, watching your subject walk unaware of his soon-to-be demise is not enough to make you feel like an assassin, then this may be the wrong game for you.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Succeeds and amazes in some areas but almost horridly trips and stumbles along in others. Still I find myself liking the game and am willing to overlook its potholes.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    It has some nice features which make it better than an average FPS, but the things that are missing mean it’s never going to be great.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Perhaps not one for the hardcore role player, but an FPS gamer or MMO addict might well find The Witcher to be a great alternative to watching a DVD during the evening.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    All in all Supreme Ruler is a solid game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Obviously there are a few limitations such as only having 5 characters, but that’s not too much of a problem. I was personally impressed.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A rollickingly gory ride, packing with blood, style and content. If only it built on its foundations, rather than pounding us with the same repetitive gameplay throughout, this would be a must-have.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's gets a tad dull by the end of the game, and as your character levels up, it becomes less of a challenge as well (unless you're on harder difficulties, naturally).
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A great adventure game and certainly worth the time for fans of the genre with its blend of beautiful environments, sounds and entertaining puzzles.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While Syndicate's a good solid FPS, it wastes its world, its unique ideas and its potential. And that's just a damn shame. Bloody corporations.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The increase in class variety is welcome and each combatant has a certain novelty value, but Deadliest Warrior perhaps doesn't bring enough to the table to fully elevate itself above Medieval Warfare.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Unlike anything you'll have ever played. For this fact alone, it's worth a look. Even if the platforming itself is floaty, and later levels fail to inspire the same 'wow' reaction that early ones do, this is an interesting addition to the PSN.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Once I got into a mission I found it hard to stop until all my plans worked out, and even defeat often had me immediately coming back to try again. That's the mark of an addictive, fun game, which Jagged Alliance: Back In Action definitely is, but it just doesn't do quite enough to earn the really high marks.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There are small issues with the HD conversion – especially in the menus – but this still feels like one of the more accomplished HD collections this generation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The turn based combined with RTF is unique and fun, providing a little time for thinking and not so much twitchy trigger finger.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Not a bad game then by any stretch, but hopefully the last small iteration before Sega's inaugural next-next-gen outing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Story-wise, you'll be hooked enough that you'll want to finish Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands, but it's the always engaging gameplay that's king here.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Not a bad game then by any stretch, but hopefully the last small iteration before Sega's inaugural next-next-gen outing.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's good that Focus offered a significant discount to anyone who had already bought Cities XL, as otherwise there would be little here to entice old players. New people to the franchise who've longed for a decent city-builder should definitely try this out though.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It might not have the longevity of a full action-RPG or the combat depth of the best side-scrolling beat-em-ups, but the balance that Lionhead has struck between accessibility and quick 10-15 minute bursts of fun is hard to resist.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Costume Quest 2 has better quests and a more interesting story, and a better designed world. It’s still got the excellent writing, sound, and music that’ll keep most people happy, but it was the battle system that needed an overhaul most and it hasn’t had it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    You won't be buying AvP for its single-player though, and if you are you may find yourself sorely disappointed. Rebellion has built AvP around its multiplayer, which is both well-constructed and surprisingly well-balanced.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Some of the challenge of the original Zuma is clearly gone.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    On a basic level Hard Corps: Uprising is excellent, retaining the Contra spirit yet giving it a new lease of life. As such, series fans and old-school throwbacks will probably love every minute of it, regardless of cost. However, it does get bogged down a little by the strangely bad voice acting, downloadable content concerns and its meek attempt at catering for a broader, less experienced audience.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With 100 buildings, twelve scenarios and thirty vehicle types, we're hoping that the game will be well supported by an active modding community as well as post-release DLC. At the moment actual content is a tad sparse, but at a knockdown price of £14.99, you're getting a lot for your money.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For all its faults though, Pirates of Black Cove is a very endearing game.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Gatling Gears offers several hours of enjoyable carnage and it's doubly fun with a friend, but it settles into a routine early on and sticks to it.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Explodemon is great fun for a few hours, providing interesting puzzles to blast your way through and many a secret to uncover. Repetition swiftly sets in, however, and you may well find yourself not bothering to play through to the end. Still, it's worth grabbing the demo to see whether you're into the concept.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Some of its more unique spin on things do shine through, such as City management, but others like the added adventure/discovery element just get lost amongst the need to survive.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Next Big Thing, then, is not exactly what it says on the tin - but we still got plenty of laughs out of it. If you're on the prowl for a point-and-click adventure, this will easily tide you over until the next Telltale title comes knocking. Never before has a game produced a character who was so... disconcerting.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's not quite deep enough, and the difficulty curve ramps up to an insane degree pretty quickly.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For those after a fresh twist on a near-expired genre, MicroBot offers enough action to get your heart pumping.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I like this title quite a lot. I've sunk in a pretty hefty number of hours, and I can see myself sinking in more.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Yes the second episode isn't anywhere near as much as a challenge as the first, featuring puzzles that you'll solve by just walking around and clicking on things, but all the choices you'll be deciding and seeing how they turn out still make The Walking Dead a delight to play – and those choices are well-implemented, causing massive changes to the group and how they react to Lee.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Star Ocean: The Last Hope's retina scorching vistas and fast-paced swordplay, you'll be well served.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s the best damn football game ever made, but only by a gnat’s whisker, and if anything that whisker is merely the updated seasonal player data which separates it from Pro "Evolution Soccer 5."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With a long campaign, randomly generated side missions and many cards to collect, Prime World Defenders offers fans of the Tower Defence genre a lasting and varied challenge, with new elements being added throughout.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Although the action in the final scenes is some of the best the title has to offer, the delivery of the narrative's closing stages is rushed and ultimately seems rather weak.

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