GameWatcher's Scores

  • Games
For 1,560 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 39% 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:
1560 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sorcerer King’s fatalistic themes are tied cleverly in to its mechanics, resulting in the first game in the Elemental series that really feels like it has a distinct identity.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    All in all, Heroes of Might and Magic VII is a solid addition to the series.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Chronicles might be a little tame in places and lack enough variety to keep you interested for long, but it has a charm I feel the other Assassin’s Creed games now lack.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With some more creative level design and a fully fleshed-out campaign, Star Hammer could have really been something special.
    • 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
    Nevertheless A Nest of Vipers ups the ante considerably and makes for a fine build-up to the finale.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    A decent choice for any PS3 owners looking to get off the sofa this Christmas.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As it is I believe Kholat is still worth playing but just be aware that frustration and tension will be present in equal measure.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s clearly not perfect, but in a world increasingly dominated by time-consuming, social-life ruining games, it can sometimes be a lot of fun to hop back in time with a tight, ultra-responsive twin-stick shooter whose humble charms magnify in the presence of friends.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Game of Thrones is really beginning to kick in to high gear as things start to possibly look up for the Forresters in Sons of Winter, but most importantly the characters start to get much-needed shots in the arm.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Still, there’s plenty more to keep them satisfied, and the game’s rough presentation and slightly disappointing campaign are easy to forgive when the basic gameplay is so solid.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    So minor licks of new paint aside, Worms World Party Remastered remains much as it always has been then. Twee to look at and evolving little in this latest instalment but still horrendously entertaining all the same, it’s difficult to be too upset with Team 17’s newest release when it maintains the core of the series so commendably well.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If you’re looking for a fun, clever little strategy game, you could do a lot worse than pick this up.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Bedlam is a pretty amazing balancing act on multiple fronts. It has a feel that fondly reminds me of Oregon Trail, but with more head shots and acid-scorched bones.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    While Star Wars Battlefront is by no means a triumph, it’s not a disaster either. It nails the Star Wars atmosphere perfectly, with an incredible sense of spectacle and some of the most awe-inspiring moments in multiplayer gaming.