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 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 10 Haunted House: Cryptic Graves
Score distribution:
1,423 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All in all, Conquistadors is a pretty solid game – the New World is full of wonder and danger, and there’s just enough RPG in the mix to make you feel like a real explorer, dealing with realistic problems.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's an old school platformer, in a macabre horror world populated with tricks, traps and freakish foes. The difficulty of the game veers between perfectly pitched and pretty damn frustrating, marring the experience somewhat for those of us lacking the heightened reflexes of a supernatural monstrosity. Despite that, it's a finely crafted package worth experiencing for fans of the genre and those craving a challenge.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With improvements that feel more incremental than innovative, 2K Australia have stepped up and provided a solid and long-lasting if technically safe entry in the Borderlands series and yet, it's one which stands out almost singularly on the merit of it's breathlessly entertaining cast and rowdy narrative.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's a decent stab at resurrecting the atmosphere and sense of foreboding that the series was once known for, and if it wasn't for those frequent technical hitches, it could well have been one of the best in the series. As it stands, it's a very, very good survival horror title.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Apart from those silly puzzles, a rushed ending and the absolute conviction that Revolution made a colossal mistake in splitting the game into two (and did it poorly anyway), Broken Sword 5 is still a good game and a worthwhile new chapter in the classic series.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Finally significant progress has been put into place, as the game's backbone is starting to feel sturdy enough to carry the weight of expectation.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Finally significant progress has been put into place, as the game's backbone is starting to feel sturdy enough to carry the weight of expectation.
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Beautiful, well written, but aggravating. That’s The Banner Saga in a nutshell.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    I like Wasteland 2, I really do, but I can't help but think it's not quite the masterpiece we were promised.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sanctum 2 at the very least improves on every aspect of its clunky predecessor, offering smoother and more enjoyable gameplay and living up to the great promise offered by the premise.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    There is more than enough content here to keep avid adventure and puzzle gurus occupied.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s a decent expansion, but the weak colonial nation AI brings it down – they are supposed to be able to start wars and stuff on their own, but I haven’t witnessed that much autonomy so far.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes is now a solid fantasy 4X game with plenty of mechanical depth for those who delight in tweaking parameters, if still lacking that certain spark to elevate it into the top tier of the genre.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Ultimately, we can’t help but feel that you’ll play through the rather short campaign, and while you’ll probably have a great time doing it, you’ll shrug your shoulders and either give multiplayer a quick blast, and/or go back to Call of Duty or something.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Not essential, but a very solid expansion.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite its short-length, bland level design and forgettable bosses, The Darkness II is a thoroughly entertaining blast from start to finish. Who knew dismembering hordes of enemies would be such a guilty pleasure?
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But outside of the scares, Haunted Memories may strike the more fearless among you as a pretty basic experience. Find a key at location A, to unlock a door at location B, which yields a creepy note to give you the tiniest amount of context for what it is you are experiencing. There is a sense of mystery to be uncovered, a myth explained – but you won't find all the answers in the first of six planned episodes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    On its own merits, the PC version of Insect Armageddon is a strong port of the most modern and proficient Earth Defense Force yet. The downloadable version is even cheaper than its console counterparts too, currently "e-tailing" for £14.99 on Steam.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite lacking the scripted set-pieces of a so-called 'AAA' game, Insect Armageddon does a remarkable job of showing what a focused team can produce on a minimal budget.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite lacking the scripted set-pieces of a so-called 'AAA' game, Insect Armageddon does a remarkable job of showing what a focused team can produce on a minimal budget.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite it's downfalls, El Shaddai is a memorable experience from start to finish. It offers a quirkiness and sense of style that is not only unique, it's surprisingly refreshing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Despite it's downfalls, El Shaddai is a memorable experience from start to finish. It offers a quirkiness and sense of style that is not only unique, it's surprisingly refreshing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Gas Guzzlers Extreme is still worth the plunge if you’re at all intrigued by a return to its simple diet of racing carnage however.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All Zombies Must Die is a solid shooter with RPG elements and a decent level of character upgrading. Unfortunately, it's let down a little by the monotonous missions of 'kill that' or 'collect this'. Rachel isn't a particularly likable either - of course, you don't have to use her at all!
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    One of 2011's best surprises.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In a year of big-hitters, Space Marine is one hell of a surprise.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's fair to say Final Fantasy XIII-2 is an appealing return for the much-adhered franchise. It offers some truly unique and intriguing gameplay elements that will invite newcomers whilst challenging series aficionados. This is extremely important after the failings of XIII, as it shows Square Enix are prepared to keep building on the RPG formula they shaped. Serah's adventure is an entertaining and dynamic one, signalling that Final Fantasy is moving in the right direction once again.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    F1 2012 produces an excellent race, but we've seen it all before.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    After the massive improvement of last year, we're glad to see the WWE brand is back on track.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Aside from balancing the random elements of the game to make them less unfair, Crowntakers is a superbly focused effort that can be enjoyed in short bursts or gorged on for multiple hour sessions.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's still enjoyable, but it's too wide of the mark. And that's a taffing shame.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This is a low-budget affair however, make no mistake, but as long as your brain can get over the sound of three British blokes hamming up their lines with conviction, then you'll uncover a decent amount of charm within Da New Guys script.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For third person action veterans it probably won’t quite cut the mustard, but for Castlevania fans who are still digging the reboot this will be another good title in the reimagining of a classic series.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Satisfying if a bit on the short side.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Going into Yakuza: Dead Souls I had some reservations, but after playing it, I'm happy to say that this works surprisingly well.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What it loses in realism it makes up for with variety and a strong presentation.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Zombie Driver HD's relatively low price point and reasonable replay value make it easy to recommend, so long as you aren't expecting something of full retail quality.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What it loses in realism it makes up for with variety and a strong presentation.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    This one's going to be a bit of a slow burner we imagine – needs more content, more tweaking, and obviously the community needs building upon too. But it's got good tech and good support from Bohemia behind it, and we'd be surprised if this didn't do as well as the realities of this niche allow it to do.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It takes a while to get going; unlike the very best titles in its genre, it doesn't present complex information to the player in a concise and understandable way, which means it can sometimes be a frustrating experience for new players.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    After last year's encouraging switch-up, the developer hasn't done enough to iron out encounters in the ring. A little imagination would go a long way with WWE's next installment.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    After the massive improvement of last year, we're glad to see the WWE brand is back on track.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    However while The Chinese Room have attempted to make their Amnesia a purer horror experience they’ve merely succeeded in removing all the actual gameplay along with the first game’s brilliant sanity meter.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Instilled with an obvious reverence and applied knowledge of the genre, The Journey Down is an adventure game made by people who love adventure games. The ride's a little bumpy at the moment, but it's surely going interesting places.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The campaign isn't up to much, the interactions between various factions are simplistic and missions occasionally feel repetitive, but the game largely nails that feeling of being a grizzled starship captain who doesn't play by the rules, making his living any way he can.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Zone of the Enders ultimately doesn't offer much, but then it didn't really promise much either – it's a great, if short ride for any mech fans, and even those who just enjoy fast paced action games should get a good kick out of this as well. Here's to Zone of the Enders 3.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s definitely a step in the right direction for the series as a whole, but I can’t help but feel Gaming Minds have held out on us a little bit.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s ok, but it’s probably not the best piece of DLC they’ve put out.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The rhythmic chants of bygone planes is something that easily get your juices flowing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In the long term though, I think Cities in Motion 2 will turn out to be a far better game than the original one was. Once the team get rid of the rest of the bug fixes, and fix that problem with short-term gameplay to pull people through, then this should become one decent transport simulator.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Whilst Section 8 may not be revolutionary, it’s a refreshing take on the genre.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Still, for those who take the time to persevere, New ‘n’ Tasty proves to be as delectable a treat as Abe’s original Odyssey all those years ago.
    • 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
    In many ways, Blood Stone is a mediocre title. Graphically, characters look dull and frankly some PS2 and Xbox titles looked better.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Green Day Rock Band is an enjoyable distraction but wholly unnecessary especially when you look at the features announced for Rock Band 3.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    A good blend of economics and warfare, Paradox fans and newcomers alike should like it. Those who liked the new trade system in Empire will love this game, as whilst not being perfect, it sure as hell is addictive.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Green Day Rock Band is an enjoyable distraction but wholly unnecessary especially when you look at the features announced for Rock Band 3.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Heroes of Newerth is an intriguing mix of frenetic action and tactical gameplay, showcasing some of the very best aspects of it's still-evolving genre.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Overall there is probably not enough in here to make it worth upgrading if you already own the previous version. The new additions and tweaks are all very welcome and should encourage more people to enjoy what is a solid and fascinating game. That said, if you are a war fanatic, as some of us war gamers tend to be, then you will obviously lap up the new features and get a lot more value out of the game.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Order of War does little to justify a purchase above the likes of CoH or Dawn of War II. The campaign modes are light on depth, and most seasoned players will breeze through before heading back to the heavy-hitters.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    White Knight Chronicles is a game that isn’t quite the sum of its parts. The parts actually add up together pretty well on paper, but in reality the MMO and single player Japanese RPG styles don’t merge too well, and what you’re left with is a fun combat system with a cluttered HUD, generic storyline and design and a multiplayer component that is a side-component at best.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    All in all I didn't have too many complaints about Bus Driver. It's a simple casual game, but it does what it sets out to do well.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The Guild 2: Pirates of the European Seas does justice to the franchise and certainly shows in the areas it has listened to the community.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    An involving game, with interesting varied strategic options and challenges thrown at the player.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Whilst the Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom may not be everyone’s cup of tea it is a quirky and whimsical jaunt through the mind of a man addicted to pies and probably well worth a look for anyone wanting a change from the endless FPS cavalcade.

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