GameWatcher's Scores

  • Games
For 1,481 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 1.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 71
Highest review score: 100 Portal 2
Lowest review score: 10 Haunted House: Cryptic Graves
Score distribution:
1,481 game reviews
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Block N Load offers an intelligent blend of tactical play and madcap carnage that hits the spot in a way that Ace of Spades never did.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    White Night’s biggest achievement though is clearly the terrifying atmosphere that pervades throughout its duration. Though certainly not absolving the game of its other flaws, the sense of dread and fear is palpable and in a genre which has largely neglected the finer aspects of its craft, White Night stands out as an exceptional, yet mechanically imperfect proposition.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It feels fresh and unique, and the way the plot and lore slowly collects over the course of the first three episodes leaves me pining for the next two.
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It may not quite master its new perspective, but Trine 3 is still a charming, light-hearted romp that’s well worth your time.
    • 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.
    • 87 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.