GameWatcher's Scores

  • Games
For 1,445 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 54% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 40% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 10 Haunted House: Cryptic Graves
Score distribution:
1,445 game reviews
    • 88 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Axel & Pixel is an enjoyable experience through the brief moments that players are able to experience.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    For a game so concerned with balance, its annoyances are in danger of outweighing its virtues.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    NHL 2K10 talks a good game with it’s brilliant TV-style presentation and is almost every bit as comprehensive as its competitor, but when it comes down to the clutch, 2K can’t quite seem to ‘squeeze it’ where it really counts.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Put simply, if you’re invested in the Paperworld universe, it’s worth exploring its spooky counterpart – even if the day of the dead has long passed.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hegemony Rome's quick, neat and easy approach to grand strategy puts impressive control in the player's hands.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The gameplay and graphics plus the historical accuracy of the game make this game a good choice for the right kind of gamer.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Four expansions in, it finally feels like World of Warcraft is slowing down. Unless you're currently sitting at 85, even pandas aren't going to bring you back into this one.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fans of the Frogwares titles will be satiated, even with the lack of Creepy Watson shadowing your every move. Inconsistencies and plot, er, 'quirks' aside, this is a pretty solid adventure with some neat ideas and a dog jumping onto a series of wooden pillars.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Krater presents an intriguing world, a new take on character development and clever design but at the same time the design choices to support its interesting mechanics are the negatives.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    SEV doesn’t bring anything new to the table but it is a refinement of the genre. It has all the features you’d expect or want from a turn-based space strategy game and it does them all very well.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Surgeon Simulator 2013 is engagingly ludicrous. It’s neither a substitute for actual medical training, nor will it take anywhere near as long to complete, but it’s a good way to find out where you fall between squeamish and remorseless monster. Physician, heal thy self (and stay away from me).
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite many glaring flaws, this title provides a sense of impending doom that is thoroughly engrossing from start to finish.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As it is, you've got an above average third person torch-'em-up that's still got issues and will take some getting used to with the old mouse sensitivity issues.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There will be few fans of Naruto that will find much to gripe about in this game. Its story is huge and detailed, the epic battles with the incredible quick time events will dazzle gamers regardless of their opinion of Naruto and anime in general, and the online fights have hidden depth, but those irritating load screens and the mundane aspects of Story Mode put a large pinch on the glories found within each battle.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There will be few fans of Naruto that will find much to gripe about in this game. Its story is huge and detailed, the epic battles with the incredible quick time events will dazzle gamers regardless of their opinion of Naruto and anime in general, and the online fights have hidden depth, but those irritating load screens and the mundane aspects of Story Mode put a large pinch on the glories found within each battle.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Only the serious war-gamer need apply.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    But as it stands, Samurai Heroes probably won't change the minds of those adverse to the Dynasty Warriors template.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Definitely worth a play if you like the idea of a Star Trek/Facebook parody game, but don’t expect any longevity from it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though it lacks the direction to make itself a pure arcade skateboarding title it has enough humour, self-awareness and interesting gameplay to be worthwhile.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Resonance is undoubtedly a compelling adventure for the majority of the playtime, but it also feels only half of one, and with the rush to the finale even a sequel couldn't fill in the blanks. Most importantly: what the hell was with the mysterious breast-feeding Japanese lady?
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It comes away respectful of its inspiration and educational as well, but won’t last long in the memory as a gaming experience.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Overall, Murdered: Soul Suspect is an enjoyable but simplistic mystery adventure which, although it features a well-detailed game world and well-written plot, is far too short for its own good. It's a game which I'd recommend to fans of this genre, but only at sale price.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    That's not to say Jet Car Stunts is not a fun game to pick up and play and if you're interested in chasing high-scores and persevering through extremely challenging courses there's a bountiful package on offer here for you. Unfortunately the fussy physics, camera problems and controls that are difficult to entirely master will halt the progress of all but a persistent few.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fans of the game will enjoy this distraction, even with its similarities to Pirate Bay, and with any luck some of the more promising additions will pave the way for further enhancements for what is really a neat, if slightly flawed, little game.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Flight has nothing to do with Flight Simulator and the sooner people realise that the better.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though it lacks the direction to make itself a pure arcade skateboarding title it has enough humour, self-awareness and interesting gameplay to be worthwhile.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Jurassic Park: The Game gets the licence utterly perfect, offering a thrilling rollercoaster ride (sometimes literally) of dinosaurs, tension and action, but still wise enough to slow down, let you and the characters catch their collective breath, and unwind with a simple puzzle or two.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a decent enough title, but unless you're a hardcore fan, you could easily live a happy life having not played this game.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Jurassic Park: The Game gets the licence utterly perfect, offering a thrilling rollercoaster ride (sometimes literally) of dinosaurs, tension and action, but still wise enough to slow down, let you and the characters catch their collective breath, and unwind with a simple puzzle or two.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hothead may be pushing their luck, but there's life in the Hero to the Downtrodden yet.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It is good, but the Vietnam setting doesn't fit the template as well as World War II, and I would strongly advise newcomers to play the original Men of War first, otherwise that first mission may well put you off for life.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Should you buy it? Maybe, as it is cheap. Will you be playing it in a month? Probably not, unless you really get into it. Is it good value if purchased and played with friends? Definitely, it’s at its best. Are there enough people playing to sustain it in the long term? Doubtful.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though it lacks the direction to make itself a pure arcade skateboarding title it has enough humour, self-awareness and interesting gameplay to be worthwhile.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As of means of conquest by trade, Patrician IV is a good solid example that will offer merchant gamers something to chew on. If however you like a bit more turbulence as you lift yourself up and forge a seafaring empire then you'll likely find yourself distracted as it can get boring once you realise your convoy captains practically run everything for you, and coin is in abundance.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dead State is a very fun zombie apocalypse RPG but it’s not quite the hoped-for second coming of Troika.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Right now, Binary Domain is an accomplished and enjoyable shooter that proves excellent combat can make up for shortcomings in other areas.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    One for hardcore military history fans only.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The game time is shorter and the goals are more defined, leading to a more immediate need for diplomacy and warfare, and the stripped down nature of the game actually does it credit when playing with others.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The reality is if you’re looking for this kind of puzzle-action isometric fix, there’s not a shortage of games out there which can offer it. So presumably Lara herself is the lure, however, like I said before the story and characters were, for me, anything but a strong point. That said, this is a decent game with enjoyable puzzle mechanics, a slick combat system and smooth luminous graphics. Just don’t expect any surprises, you’re getting exactly what you see.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    From my view then, this is a game of unrealised potential; it hangs on the verge of being 'good' and instead rests sadly in the realms of 'pretty decent'.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's just a little too similar to previous iterations that it's hard to recommend fans rush out to buy it.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nothing game-breaking, but there's so many oddities, annoyances and moments of utter frustration that keep this game from being as great as it could have been. Nevertheless, there's plenty here to entertain, and it's not every day that a game can stand up against Bioware and not be utterly crushed.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a comfortable Action RPG that makes up for its shortcomings with addictive fun, cool three-player co-op and a goddamned giant talking eagle. Just push a few boundaries and hire a scriptwriter next time Snowblind, please.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What this game does really well is appeal to those nostalgic fans of old-school fighters, whilst providing a new, refreshing aesthetic.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    To be honest, Absolution is a bit of a weird game in general – if you take various components individually, there are a lot of fun and unique elements to the game. Start to look at it as a whole product though, and you can't help but feel as emotionally detached as the people you end up killing. It's way more narrative driven than any of the previous games, and that has a natural effect on where you go, and what you do when you get there.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Once you get through a lot of the shock that comes with The Fall being a tablet conversion and all the little problems it has, fortunately you'll find that it's still a fun new slice of Human Revolution.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can stand the time period, then this serves as a perfectly adequate medium between Hearts of Iron's grand strategy, and Men of War's more tactical focus.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As with the first game, the real charm of this title will be found in the multiplayer, which is as hectic and rush-fuelled as ever - and now fully integrated into Steam to boot.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you can stand the time period, then this serves as a perfectly adequate medium between Hearts of Iron's grand strategy, and Men of War's more tactical focus.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I suspect there's going to be good number of folks out there who'll dig this game. It's cheap, it controls fantastically, the graphics are slicker than an oily fox, and it's a genre which has been gagging for a good makeover.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All in all Band of Bugs was a good play, though how much replayability for the price tag it has is yet to be seen.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I am particularly a fan of the naval battle, actually the ramming of another ship and seeing my enemy’s armies flying high up the sky.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Future Soldier suffers from a sense of split-personality. It tries to follow in the footsteps of the popular crowd, employing predictable set-pieces and hopelessly manufactured scenes of controversy that lack any intelligence.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Time Crisis: Razing Storm is a gaming packaging that brings together both ends of the quality spectrum. Two out of the three games are worth your time and money, and if you can fully ignore the third then you're laughing. If you already own a copy of Time Crisis 4 then don't bother with this - otherwise, this may well be the multiplayer shooter you've been looking for.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The 40th Day is just far too inexcusably frustrating to heartily recommend, but if what you're looking for is a hefty serving of disposable, bombastic fare, then this will be right up your street.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I can't help but feel underwhelmed.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Even though there are a lot of improvements shoved into the patch, which is free, if you’re a CK2 fan then this will add subtle new dimensions to your typical game that you’ll appreciate.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A worthy sequel to one of the most addictive strategy games ever made. It may not have the catchy song, but war still has never been this much fun.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Our conclusive advice is to avoid the single player in anything but very small doses when your chums aren't around and stick to the co-op almost exclusively.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 is a fun game that doesn’t push the boundaries, but does what it’s supposed to just fine.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There were times when Unbounded crept into frustration territory that almost saw it as a complete write-off, but perseverance eventually unlocked something special indeed.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Deadfall Adventures certainly has some problems but if you’re an Indiana Jones fan you really should be getting it.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It just lacks that bit of variety and any sort of multiplayer that would push it right into recommended territory.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Enjoyable but highly flawed.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    I feel a little caught in the middle with Back to Bed. It’s a very stylish looking game with a unique surrealist bent but the puzzle mechanics don’t feel developed enough to fully engage me yet.