GameWatcher's Scores

  • Games
For 1,411 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 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 10 Haunted House: Cryptic Graves
Score distribution:
1,411 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For all its faults though, Pirates of Black Cove is a very endearing game.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    One of 2011's best surprises.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    In a year of big-hitters, Space Marine is one hell of a surprise.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What it loses in realism it makes up for with variety and a strong presentation.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    What it loses in realism it makes up for with variety and a strong presentation.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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!
    • 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?
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The rhythmic chants of bygone planes is something that easily get your juices flowing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Some of the challenge of the original Zuma is clearly gone.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    F1 2012 produces an excellent race, but we've seen it all before.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A decent choice for any PS3 owners looking to get off the sofa this Christmas.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's not quite deep enough, and the difficulty curve ramps up to an insane degree pretty quickly.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Beautiful, well written, but aggravating. That’s The Banner Saga in a nutshell.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It's still enjoyable, but it's too wide of the mark. And that's a taffing shame.
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s ok, but it’s probably not the best piece of DLC they’ve put out.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    A game specifically catered to football enthusiasts who are not really on the nitty-gritty of football technicalities. Creativity and the spirit of the football game are the very elements that EA and Tiburion had wonderfully weaved into this All-American game.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    An involving game, with interesting varied strategic options and challenges thrown at the player.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    If this were a TV show, one watch of this and any TV network would commission a full series – much like any adventure game fan who tries this will almost certainly follow this series throughout its run - provided it sticks to a somewhat regular release schedule.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    A superb addition to the Xbox Live Arcade library that is full of shoot ‘em ups. It’s a smart purchase for any Geometry Wars fan that is dying to fill their time with a similar title. The controls could’ve been tightened up and the single-player campaign could’ve been longer, but in the long run, Ion Assault is a surprisingly great title for 800 MS Points.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Axel & Pixel is an enjoyable experience through the brief moments that players are able to experience.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It may however be frustrating for some to play the game, which seems to be predictable and far too quick.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Medal of Honor: Airborne is a game that needs time ploughed into it to reap the fill awards. If you’re looking for something that will reinvigorate your experience of WWII FPS’ then look elsewhere. But if you are looking for an excuse to take the same old fight back to the Nazis’ then here is your answer.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    If I had to describe in one word the high point of this game, it would be Atmosphere. This game has it by the mega tonne.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    If you enjoy a good horror mystery there’s definitely a lot of meat here to dig your teeth into provided you have the patience for the places that move a bit more slowly, or require a lot more dig. I think I’ll go play something warm and fuzzy now to chase away the chill.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Top marks for creativity, but the occasional flaws, bugs and, to repeat my oxymoron, lack of unnecessary depth, make it look like the game could have done with another 6 months of fine-tuning.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Overall the game is well done and will be very much enjoyed by fans of the classic X:COM games and anyone who enjoys tactical combats.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    All in all Fantasy Wars is a solid game. If you are not a turn based strategy fan give it a miss, Fantasy Wars isn’t going to make any converts but it won’t drive away anyone who enjoys the genre either.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Wet
    Fighting through crowds of enemies is only appealing for so long until a sense of confusion sets; a confusion that asks, “What else does WET offer besides the same fights over and over again?” The answer to that rhetorical question is not much.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Wet
    Fighting through crowds of enemies is only appealing for so long until a sense of confusion sets; a confusion that asks, “What else does WET offer besides the same fights over and over again?” The answer to that rhetorical question is not much.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It's well presented, incorporates some intriguing puzzles and actually involves a good deal of thinking. It's also repetitive, obtuse, and frustrating with game mechanics that seem a little dated.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    For a game so concerned with balance, its annoyances are in danger of outweighing its virtues.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It’s perfectly pleasant and enjoyable brand of cartoon violence will probably see a good few hours of your time fly by as you swipe your way through adorable, glowing-eyed samurai enemies.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It’s perfectly pleasant and enjoyable brand of cartoon violence will probably see a good few hours of your time fly by as you swipe your way through adorable, glowing-eyed samurai enemies
    • 74 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It's a solid effort from tri-Ace in the end, and a marked improvement on their other titles this generation, but the solid gameplay is let down by its sometimes overwhelming difficulty and a bland story and world-design.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It’s a solid effort from tri-Ace in the end, and a marked improvement on their other titles this generation, but the solid gameplay is let down by its sometimes overwhelming difficulty and a bland story and world-design.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The ground combat is the most enjoyable I've encountered since Relic's Company of Heroes, and playing tactically genuinely pays off. Yet these bouts of entertainment are marred by long periods of trundling tedium, and novices are likely to be baffled by the complex interface and the lack of direction in how the game is supposed to be played.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Fans of the first HAWX will no doubt derive a great deal of joy from another hearty dose of solid dogfighting, but then everyone else will feel the same sort of confused indifference towards the story and will quickly grow tired of shooting down wave after wave of jet fighters.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Fans of the first HAWX will no doubt derive a great deal of joy from another hearty dose of solid dogfighting, but then everyone else will feel the same sort of confused indifference towards the story and will quickly grow tired of shooting down wave after wave of jet fighters.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Fans of the first HAWX will no doubt derive a great deal of joy from another hearty dose of solid dogfighting, but then everyone else will feel the same sort of confused indifference towards the story and will quickly grow tired of shooting down wave after wave of jet fighters.