GameWatcher's Scores

  • Games
For 1,401 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 1.7 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:
1,401 game reviews
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It was perhaps too much to ask of Telltale that they blow our minds in the very first episode, but I still feel a little let-down with how “setty-uppy” All That Remains felt, with a mostly predictable storyline and few really significant or interesting choices to make.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nevertheless, if you like the sound of a strange Naked Gun/Monty Python-inspired robot-filled adventure/exploration game jam-packed with laughs you should get Jazzpunk as soon as possible.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The focus on unique weaponry and customization at the moment provides Loadout with a degree of compulsive appeal. But without Annihilation mode, it's debatable whether there is any long-term depth on offer here.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Good ideas, but execution leaves something to be desired.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yet the novelty of airships and battles with giant sky-whales are simply not enough to save it from its flaws, painful as they are. Perhaps post-release support will allow Windforge to transform into the game I hoped it would be, but for now it sits as a flawed gem.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Betrayer is a hugely atmospheric and unique game, with a cool exploration/survival thrust that never gets frustrating thanks to some excellent sound and visual design, but it's really let down by these two major flaws. It desperately wants to be scary but never manages it, but most importantly it gets way too repetitive way too fast.
    • 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'.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite being slightly predictable in places I really enjoyed the story of In Harm's Way and Clementine's key role in it, but it's a bit light on things to actually do.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Men of War: Assault Squad 2 won't be for everyone, but there's something endearing and impressive about its utter lack of concern for your well-being.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s good, but it could, and probably should, have been great. The underlying irony of Watch Dogs is the fact that the game itself suffers a bit too much from an identity crisis.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite the acting, music, and graphics teams doing their bang-up jobs, and the storyline taking some interesting turns toward an epic finale, Episode 4 of The Wolf Among Us was more than a little unsatisfying.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Gods Will Be Watching is not necessarily frustrating in its difficult, it's that it really didn't need to be.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Road Not Taken might not always be successful in making players feel remorseful for paths avoided, but the game itself stands as one journey that at least everyone should attempt; if only to expose themselves to the game's frustrating, yet undeniably fresh idiosyncrasies.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Nevertheless despite these issues I still found myself enjoying The Journey Down: Chapter Two a lot as it is just a fun, charming adventure that gets the LucasArts spirit pretty darn right.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    One for hardcore military history fans only.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Just keep in mind you'll need to go in with plenty of patience and a willingness to search outside the game if something obscure trips you up. If you can get past that, and you like a bit of simulation, you're going to have a lot of fun.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The world and characters are forgettable and uninspired without any of that deeper lore and storytelling Dark Souls is known and loved for. But despite those criticisms Lords of the Fallen is still worth a look if you’re after challenging combat and a grisly dark medieval world to explore.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s perfectly enjoyable, but for every smart innovation it seems to have lost a portion of both complexity and character. There’s potential here, but we’ll have to wait for a couple of meaty expansions to see Beyond Earth’s promise fully realised.
    • 71 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.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    While it’s no mega contender, it does have its charm and could easily be one of those games you find yourself visiting time and time again.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    An enjoyable game. But frankly even if it wasn’t for the bugs, the simplicity, the lack of a campaign, and the other minor short-fallings, I’d still be disappointed because when someone like Sid Meier copies a classic genre, I at least expect him to add something new and innovative to the game-play.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    A fairly run of the mill expansion pack that offers few new incentives in terms of missions or units, and it’s not something for every WWII RTS gamer to snatch up.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    All in all this is a good set of games for burning away spare hours with high seas hijinks. Now if only it came with a Captain Jack action figure!
    • 69 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Despite my lacking interest for the Cossacks game titles, I was surprisingly impressed by the game play (not that I can remain patient for long with turn-based games), though slightly disappointed at the immense strain the game causes to lower end systems.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Unique and fresh strategic approach, but it lacks a compelling creamy plot centre that would make Perimeter an instant classic.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Games like this are notorious for having very little replay value, but Professor Fizzwizzle saves the day and the game from being uninstalled once all the levels have been played by including a level creation feature which enables you to make your own levels to play.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Sadly the AI almost cripples the game and leaves questionable balances between class professions.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Destination: Treasure Island a good game. In fact if you like Adventures, I’d say that given the slating they have been given over the years, it is very good.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    The Golden Horde is a pleasant shake up to the usual tried and true method of a RTS game, mixing light RPG to give the player the chance to better customise and tune their own war machine is an engaging feature. Unfortunately this also plays against as some won’t find it to their tastes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    A solid puzzler but little else. What it sets out to do, gameplay-wise, it succeeds in, providing admirable and occasionally fiddly conundrums to cudgel your grey matter with. However, outside of that, there's little to charm you, little to make you 'love' the game, rather than just like it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The sum of an adventure game’s parts however is equal to that of the quality of the puzzles. Operation Wintersun gives us a mixed bag indeed.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    For all its comical charm, Jack Keane does not quite reach the heights of the games that inspired it.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The gameplay of Paradise is fair, but nothing that will impress. A typical point and click third person style interface, with plenty of pixel hunting and manipulating of levers, dials, switches, etc.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Saboteur can be both addictive and engaging, but also rather stale, all at the same time.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Saboteur can be both addictive and engaging, but also rather stale, all at the same time.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Since this isn’t aimed toward the flight sim brigade, the control system is a critical make-or-break aspect of Attack on Pearl Harbor.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The tragedy of Alpha Protocol is that, hidden behind the mass of technical failings is a superb action RPG bristling with choice and driven by some inspired storytelling.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The tragedy of Alpha Protocol is that, hidden behind the mass of technical failings is a superb action RPG bristling with choice and driven by some inspired storytelling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The tragedy of Alpha Protocol is that, hidden behind the mass of technical failings is a superb action RPG bristling with choice and driven by some inspired storytelling.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    So when it’s all said and done, The King of Fighters XII isn’t going to be placed on a mantle above all other fighting games. It lacks proper net code and not everyone is going to enjoy the pixilated graphics.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    So when it’s all said and done, The King of Fighters XII isn’t going to be placed on a mantle above all other fighting games. It lacks proper net code and not everyone is going to enjoy the pixilated graphics.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Saboteur can be both addictive and engaging, but also rather stale, all at the same time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It’s a real shame that the campaign plays second fiddle to challenges for drama and certainly entertainment, as Tropico 3 still has a fair way to go before it makes a significant impact outside of the PC world.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Criticising a title like Rig'n'Roll for lack of variety would be churlish considering the niche subject matter, but even so, the lack of interesting graphical presentation, open-world vitality or any compelling storyline presentation doesn't help its cause as you make your way from point A to point B for the 90th time.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Enjoy it for the looks, the controls and cuteness of it all and enjoy it for the simplicity, most of all.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Majesty 2: Kingmaker will appeal to two types of people; those who enjoyed the original so much that they cuddle the game box while they sleep, and masochists.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Space Ark is a decent kids game, and it will probably hold the attention of an adult for a good couple of hours, but eventually the repetition begins to grate, and staring into the hypnotic disney-eyes of the Arkonauts becomes slightly disturbing as you begin to wonder whether they can see into your soul.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    While it is clearly a nice game, Ancients of Ooga doesn't really do anything interesting enough to get beyond being a nice game into being a must have.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    With no online play, replay value is a reverse skyrocket, burrowing deep into the Earth's crust.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    With no online play, replay value is a reverse skyrocket, burrowing deep into the Earth's crust.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The majority of those tracks, of which I've kept a list somewhere in this mess of a music hall (thanks to the hordes of music-specific game controllers), still remains undigitised.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The majority of those tracks, of which I've kept a list somewhere in this mess of a music hall (thanks to the hordes of music-specific game controllers), still remains undigitised.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's horrible to say, horrible to trash something that's been lovingly put together by a dedicated group of developers, but Comic Jumper: Adventures Of Captain Smiley is, sadly, a case of style over substance.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The trouble is, after half an hour you'd be wondering why you got so excited in the first place, switching shuffle back on swiftly.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Kinect Adventures acts as a decent way to show off your latest hardware purchase to friends, but beyond this there really isn't much reason to bung the disc back into your Xbox.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The trouble is, after half an hour you'd be wondering why you got so excited in the first place, switching shuffle back on swiftly.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's an incredibly niche title, which unfortunately suffers from one too many flaws.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    And the good bits, for all their worth, are just that; good, but not classic.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Quake Arena Arcade is Quake III: Arena again, except this time around there is no-one to play against. If you've already played Quake to death, there is no need to pick this edition up, even for the exclusive maps. The lack of players online is a clear sign that Quake fans would really like something new for a change.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    With more variation and a more concentrated shooting experience, this would easily be one of our Move party games of choice. Hopefully we'll see the ideas on show here shift and blossom into something brilliant in the future.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Same old same old, then - Alien Breed 3: Descent is not the sequel we were hoping for, dragging the series out rather than building on it. Still, for Alien Breed fanatics, the story will at least provide closure and more of the same.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Same old same old, then - Alien Breed 3: Descent is not the sequel we were hoping for, dragging the series out rather than building on it. Still, for Alien Breed fanatics, the story will at least provide closure and more of the same.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    MotoGP 10/11 will disappoint anyone who enjoyed last year's game. In short, the 'all-new handling' the game uses as a selling point makes for a game lodged between two conflicting race genres.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    MotoGP 10/11 will disappoint anyone who enjoyed last year's game. In short, the 'all-new handling' the game uses as a selling point makes for a game lodged between two conflicting race genres.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's a shame because the technology underpinning both Spore titles is undoubtedly a fantastic achievement, but it looks like we'll be waiting a while longer before Maxis manages to find the right outlet for its creative tools.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    As engaging, addictive and fun as the previous games. Unless you really don't like firearms, it will appeal to fans of the series, and even newcomers might appreciate the improved degree of direction you're given at the beginning.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    UFC Personal Trainer would make a fine introduction into the world of fitness – it's just a shame that the surrounding shell of the software is so lacklustre.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you're looking for what is probably the deepest and most complicated strategy game ever made, oh boy have you found it.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Baconing sags limply in a puddle of its own stale grease when it should sizzle: reheated leftovers from the previous two games, liberally seasoned with humour to mask the aging ingredients, in danger of becoming inedible.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The Baconing sags limply in a puddle of its own stale grease when it should sizzle: reheated leftovers from the previous two games, liberally seasoned with humour to mask the aging ingredients, in danger of becoming inedible.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Rage is flawed from the get-go, and by the time it finds its legs, its all too little, too late.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Rage is flawed from the get-go, and by the time it finds its legs, its all too little, too late.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For everything that Altelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland does right though, it fails to deliver on another key element of the genre. I never felt fully connected to the world.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    TinTin may be basic and one of the easiest games I've played in some years, but it's certainly a cracker of a game for children and gives them something to get their teeth into with its cute visuals.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    TinTin may be basic and one of the easiest games I've played in some years, but it's certainly a cracker of a game for children and gives them something to get their teeth into with its cute visuals.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    What's here is entertaining enough, but you can't shake the feeling that the end product could have been so much more fulfilling with just a little more conviction and/or development time. Whatever their reasons though, I'll be crossing my fingers for a sequel; the concept is brilliant.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    What's here is entertaining enough, but you can't shake the feeling that the end product could have been so much more fulfilling with just a little more conviction and/or development time. Whatever their reasons though, I'll be crossing my fingers for a sequel; the concept is brilliant.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    There is no denying that fans of the series can and will appreciate the options available and will spend hours customizing and creating the ultimate robot. With a stronger story and more attention to detail as well as a simplified difficulty level this mech could have been the ultimate warrior.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    There's a great game in here, and people who buy Risen 2 will probably be quite content with their purchase if they can get past the infuriating first few hours (and that sugar quest in the giant termite cave, shudder).
    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A good game. The question is; do you have the patience to play it? Newcomers to the genre probably won't, and even veterans might get easily annoyed at the feeling of helplessness the game can give you when there are so many units but such little control.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Your level of enjoyment will be almost directly mapped to how entertaining you find the visual spectacle to be, and - for me at least - it was perfectly good fun in short bursts.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    There's still a bit of extra polish needed, not to mention, well, the rest of the game. If you like story and want to take yourself through the tale of the Gemini sector, then by all means give this game a go.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Mad Riders borrows a little too liberally from other titles to truly have its own identity. What is there, however, is an enjoyable enough arcade racer.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you've played through The Witcher 2 and are hankering for another similar experience, and don't mind a budget-feeling title, then Game of Thrones is well worth considering.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you like the series, or enjoy games like Dead or Alive, then this new addition is something that you may enjoy. On the flip side however, the fact that it's very similar to these games might mean that it's not worth the extra cash.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's certainly fun for the odd match, definitely different from all the other quick-play multiplayer games out there, but you have been warned. It needs an injection of extra fun, STAT.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Port Royale 3 is not a bad game, not by any means, and I'd say on the whole it does a better job of things than Patrician IV did – it's still not fantastic though. Definitely one to pick up cheap if you can find it, but still worth picking up all the same.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    There are a fair number of things to like in Cognition and it certainly represents a promising start to the series. While it's not quite up to the "modern adventure" standard set by The Blackwell Deception at least Phoenix Online are trying, and I was pleased to see and feel how much thought and effort had gone into all the components.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For its budget and decidedly indie status, maybe that's a bit of a harsh criticism of Strike Suit Zero, but the feeling of repetition was overwhelmingly strong as I made my way through the latter half of the game.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Whilst there’s little in the way of tactical depth to sustain the action beyond the initial rush, Rebellion’s sniping and killcam mechanics remain an interesting and satisfying prospect in the short-term.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Those who enjoyed the previous games should give Razor's Edge a chance, the improvements allowing the finer aspects of the series to shine through much clearer, but if it's a Premier Ninja experience you are looking for you might have to look elsewhere.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If Shootmania can gather creative types into its playerbase, capable of bringing it new modes, weapons and maps then it could turn out to be a varied and lasting experience. But for now it feels like a shell or wraparound for a game that hinges on players engaging with the myriad tools available.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Wait for a better discount, or wait until they’ve made some improvements to it. As it stands, there are bigger and better titles to be excited about.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    And that’s the reason the first Leisure Suit Larry is beloved enough to get a crowd-funded remake – it’s still very funny to play. Yes some of the mechanics are painful, irritating, or just obtrusive (even by 1987 standards, yet alone 2013), but lose them and you lose the experience.