GameWatcher's Scores

  • Games
For 1,400 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 1.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Batman: Arkham City
Lowest review score: 10 Haunted House: Cryptic Graves
Score distribution:
1,400 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Regardless of its shortcomings, This War of Mine is a hugely powerful game.
    • 63 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    It carries that rare trait of success where many expansions suffer miserably and leave many gamers in despair.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    All in all Supreme Ruler is a solid game.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you forgive it for its flaws, the game accomplishes its mission. You end up with a taste of what it’s like to be Tony Montana.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The first time that I was the exploder instead of the explodee I think I scared my fish with the hollering. It’s so fun to see the pieces go flying!
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The acceleration, the speed and the presence of distractions and the actual destruction of my enemies are lovable on screen.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    An entertaining addition, with a great game engine. Sadly I can’t see it breaking out and drawing a huge following simply because the WWII RTS genre has been done to death.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While the game does deliver a nice bundle of challenges and like a larger number of other adventure titles now it comes with a FPS feel, you could still do better.
    • 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."
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Much care has been taken with character, monster and environment design, so even if it is all a bit boring and repetitive, and insists on making obvious statements, it sure is pretty to look at.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Satisfying if a bit on the short side.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The emphasis on grinding, the linear environment and the rather uninspired early levels pose a serious threat to this games growth. Whilst these are things that cannot be changed, it will depend on what NCSoft will do next which will ultimately make or break it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Whilst the integration of the physics system within the environment in Penumbra is certainly more deeply-ingrained, the puzzles themselves never quite reach the same level of ingenuity as the classic Valve title.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    On the one hand, it’s a fun, addictive little game that’s a good homage to a classic genre. On the other hand, as of publication there are still quite a few bugs and entire features that just haven’t been implemented yet. Coupled with the lack of a truly competitive element this game will probably only entertain hardcore fans of the genre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Whilst Section 8 may not be revolutionary, it’s a refreshing take on the genre.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A decent little title, and a testament to just how far you can take your hobby if you but try.
    • 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.
    • 65 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.
    • 68 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    We like Halo 3: ODST and welcome the injection of personality brought to the narrative by your lost crew - especially Firefly actor Nathan Fillion as Buck - but it doesn’t quite manage to live up to our lofty expectations of what a Halo title should offer.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    NBA Live 10 is a step in the right direction for the series. The gameplay and graphics are heading towards offering the best package for the next-generation consoles – especially now that 2K Sports stunk it up with NBA 2K10.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With the customary spit and polish the engine will receive over the next year, Champions Online certainly has the potential to turn into the best superhero MMO out there. For now, that mantle still belongs to City of Heroes, but having played both games throughout beta and release, this is certainly a more daring title in the initial stages.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It is best not to come into Sonic & Knuckles looking for redrawn sprites or HD graphics – this is a faithful port that doesn’t try to crush anyone’s memories of how the game performed in the ‘90’s.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Star Ocean: The Last Hope's retina scorching vistas and fast-paced swordplay, you'll be well served.
    • 74 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There is more than enough content here to keep avid adventure and puzzle gurus occupied.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s a shame that the online aspects are so hit and miss, but the new chapter helps to smooth over that complaint. It’s old school and simple, but if you can look past that you’ll definitely have a blast with Doom II on Xbox Live Arcade.
    • 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).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For a 4X strategy title it hits a lot of the sweet spots you want and is a great entry for anyone who wants to give running a star spanning empire a whirl.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Dodgy camera and mildly repetitive dungeon scenery aside, Trinity Universe has a lot going for it. The subtleties of the Fury battle system and the humorous storylines will keep you entertained for hours on end.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The plot is bland and often corny, but the gameplay is mostly solid and enjoyable.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The plot is bland and often corny, but the gameplay is mostly solid and enjoyable.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you're at all a fan of old-school 90's shooters, Serious Sam or just superb multiplayer fun, Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter could be the perfect distraction from all the serious shooters being released in 2010.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    After a run-and-pass arcade footballer, then pick up PES. Anything else, then FIFA's ahead by a long shot.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    After a run-and-pass arcade footballer, then pick up PES. Anything else, then FIFA's ahead by a long shot.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    After a run-and-pass arcade footballer, then pick up PES. Anything else, then FIFA's ahead by a long shot.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    After the massive improvement of last year, we're glad to see the WWE brand is back on track.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In many ways, Blood Stone is a mediocre title. Graphically, characters look dull and frankly some PS2 and Xbox titles looked better.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    After the massive improvement of last year, we're glad to see the WWE brand is back on track.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In many ways, Blood Stone is a mediocre title. Graphically, characters look dull and frankly some PS2 and Xbox titles looked better.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Until a more precise programme comes along, Your Shape will do a great job of keeping you active with minimal fuss.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Those of you yet to delve into the Blood Bowl universe will find a game with hours of entertainment to uncover, provided you manage to scale the steep learning curve and avoid the pitfalls of mismatching. Online however, Blood Bowl is a rare treat - and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Propaganda have done a really good job in crafting something that not only achieves its main purpose, but also doesn't completely suck.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Propaganda have done a really good job in crafting something that not only achieves its main purpose, but also doesn't completely suck.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Superstars V8 Racing is a worthy PSN title to pick up for racing fans. That being said, it isn't as cheap as most store offerings, and so just how essential it is depends on your budget. I enjoyed my time with V8 Racing, and I know plenty of other people will too.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Raskulls is cute, fun and clever, but it won't be for everyone. A more casual player will most likely get a big kick out of racing around bashing bricks, but the more hardcore Xbox owner will long for a more beefy experience.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But is it worth the initial investment? Due to the impressive groundwork laid by the excellent character creation and combat, I'd say yes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Test Drive Unlimited 2 will most likely receive a cult following for its kooky characters and general offbeat atmosphere, and the solid multiplayer options will keep many coming back. A word of warning, however - give this one a rent before you go the whole hog, as the baffling physics and numerous technical oddities are sure to kill this ride for many.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Test Drive Unlimited 2 will most likely receive a cult following for its kooky characters and general offbeat atmosphere, and the solid multiplayer options will keep many coming back. A word of warning, however - give this one a rent before you go the whole hog, as the baffling physics and numerous technical oddities are sure to kill this ride for many.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Gemini Rue is a truly great adventure game, with its clever mix of puzzles, logic and action, marred only by a convoluted aura.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    On its own Generations isn't going to do much for your experience, but in conjunction with everything else it just makes for a more interesting experience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    FEAR 3 would just be considered an okay shooter with a terrible story and poor attempts at horror, if it wasn't for the wealth of unique side-options it brings to the FPS table.