Critic & User Reviews
Good old fashioned beat'em up
posted by HippyVock (SEATTLE, WA) Jul 21, 2009
Member since May 2006
47 out of 51 gamers (92%) found this review helpful
Again, this is a very simple game where you walk forward, beat some guys up, repeat ad nauseum. The brutal Rorshach animations and electrical fun of Night Owl just doesn't get old tho as you're smashing anything that moves, almost always several up to many enemies at a time. The controls seems simple but take a measure of control as there are VERY important counters to be done along with earned combo moves you can unlock thru minor collecting, usually just slightly off the main path. Not too serious. The characters play fairly differently so it comes down to style as to which you like better. Rorshach is more about starting slow and finishing brutal where Night Owl is about tactical strikes and immobilizing your foes.
I enjoyed the game. It reminded me of the old side scrolling beat em ups on the 8 and 16-bit systems that were usually a lot of fun. You have to like the style, but the license is handled intelligently, the voice acting is good, and the fun lasts a good 8 hours or more (I'm guessing with the addition of Part II). Co-op wasn't online before and it should have been. Other than that, good game.
Watch me beat em up!
posted by aroness26 (FRESNO, CA) Sep 30, 2009
Member since Oct 2008
3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
The story taking place before the Watchmen were banned I thought was a great idea. During this period of time their is a huge area that you can explore and see when these heroes were in their prime. If they had based it off the film it would of been a failure I believe.
What I loved was that the story was both different and very similar to watchmen still having that same rugged theme but telling a new story but keeping familiar characters from the comic.
When I saw the film my favorite character was Nite Owl and my best friends favorite was Rorschach. When we started playing we were so excited to be playing those characters in this game!
Each has their own different unique style of combat,Nite Owl having a martial arts meets gadgets to Rorschach using a more brutal beat the heck out of your opponents style.
However in this game all you can really do is beat people up and continue down the story. Yes I wish they had added more but myself personally I found it to still be very satisfying and a lot of fun nonetheless.
The art style of it and graphics fit the concept of Watchmen perfectly, people mite say they could of been better but they fit the mood and style in a great way.
Overall I really enjoyed this game. Some times you want a game that is just a good beat em up type of game and that's what this is. Its not a game where you have millions of things to do and you do very little fighting, fighting is the heart of this game.
This game stays true to its roots, for that I respect it and will always enjoy it.
Worth the rent, give it a shot.
posted by vonAwesome (MILFORD, MI) Apr 3, 2011
Member since Jul 2010
1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
The cut-scenes are brilliant motion comics that in any other game would have been cheesy, but were perfect for the world of Watchmen.
Nite Owl and Rorschach both had incredibly different feels and both were a thrill to play as (but, naturally, I preferred Rorschach.) The different abilities and combinations were fantastic, and the way you could string together different combinations was unique.
But if you're not much of a Watchmen fanatic then I'm afraid to say this game might not be for you. Stripped down it's really a very basic brawler. All of the enemies are essentially the same and there is only one boss per Part and the bosses are not much harder than regular enemies.
The achievements are very annoying if you like to have an even Gamerscore. They distribute points in 2s and 8s and 11s. Which can get very frustrating.
Another issue is the sparse checkpoints. It's infuriating to fights of waves of weak enemies but end up getting overwhelmed by a whole army of thugs and are forced to fight the same weak waves of enemies all over again.
With that being said, it's an above average game. Don't buy it by any means, but it is definitely worth trying out and feeling nostalgia with the characters.
posted by ebook32 (LOS ANGELES, CA) Aug 7, 2009
Member since Dec 2007
8 out of 9 gamers (89%) found this review helpful
amazing for an arcade game...and then some
posted by cernunnos (GAINESVILLE, FL) Aug 5, 2009
Member since Jun 2009
4 out of 5 gamers (80%) found this review helpful
In all, alot of fun, can get repetitive but honestly now, what games don't get that way, 30 dollar games especially. I'm not the biggest fan of beat em ups, or hack n slash's or those old school side scrolling shoot em ups, which this game has been compared to all of those, but Watchmen keeps my interest and isn't overly frustrating to play.
posted by ironfist18 (BREA, CA) Sep 10, 2009
Member since Sep 2009
2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
The graphics are pretty good. So no complaining there.
Like a few other reviews said, it's a fight, walk, fight, walk, fight, ect.. kind of game. If you like it that is cool, it just got way too boring for me.
posted by Filmmaker (CANONSBURG, PA) Aug 21, 2009
Member since Feb 2006
2 out of 3 gamers (67%) found this review helpful
bloody and brutal.
posted by emile (SANDIA PARK, NM) Apr 18, 2011
Member since Mar 2011
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
posted by DennisT93 (FORT WORTH, TX) Jul 27, 2009
Member since Jul 2009
9 out of 28 gamers (32%) found this review helpful
This game is not worth buying or renting
lock picking is not the best
posted by whopoo777 (AMARILLO, TX) Sep 22, 2009
Member since Aug 2007
1 out of 3 gamers (33%) found this review helpful
2 thumbs down
posted by flygame (HIGHLAND, IL) Aug 1, 2009
Member since Jul 2009
3 out of 10 gamers (30%) found this review helpful
posted by tylerdruss (MELBOURNE, FL) Jul 28, 2009
Member since Jun 2008
3 out of 13 gamers (23%) found this review helpful
posted by beruzeruku (WOODBRIDGE, VA) Aug 28, 2009
Member since Jul 2007
1 out of 8 gamers (12%) found this review helpful
Watchmen: The End is Nigh - Part 1 & 2
posted by venom106 (CANONSBURG, PA) Jul 22, 2009
Member since Jul 2009
5 out of 82 gamers (6%) found this review helpful
About what I expected
posted by my_2_cents (SOUTH PORTLAND, ME) Nov 5, 2013
Member since Nov 2013
posted by Fabiocrow1983 (COVINGTON TOWNSHIP, PA) May 26, 2012
Member since Oct 2011
posted by Xman245 (LORTON, VA) Mar 10, 2012
Member since Jan 2012
Poor Fan Service and a Wasted Oppurtunity
posted by Rapture (EDINBURGH, IN) Feb 17, 2011
Member since Oct 2009
The first half-hour of gameplay consists of a few decent thrills, and the utter brutality in the attack combos of Nite Owl and Rorschach manages to evoke a sadistic joy from its players (this is one of the reasons why I and many other "Watchmen" fans enjoyed the graphic novel and the film so thoroughlly). The presentation is relatively so-so, pitting your character amidst the more atypical environments seen in video games, such as: dank dirty sewers, cold claustrophobic city streets, and (more importantly) the shady and violent prison backdrop we've come to expect from so many action games. Don't get me wrong, I think the levels have a good variety of these backdrops, but their graphical presentation is far from stellar. There is hardly anything intuitive about these environments, and the opponent A.I. only feel the least bit threatening when they're shouting blatantly cruel obscenities. They are excruciatingly clumsy and repetitive in their dialogue and movements.
As for Nite Owl and Rorschach, there are very few characteristics separating these two iconic characters, aside from their voicework and art design (both very well done in my opinion). Oh, and as for the mild excitement felt during the first half-hour of play, that quickly fades into several hours of recycled and repetitive gameplay.
I was quite disappointed by the turnout of this game, but I do not wish to dissuade the countless other "Watchmen" fans and fans of action games in general from playing this game. Just be warned, for it probably won't live up to your expectations.
posted by RTRDMayhem (CRANBERRY TWP, PA) Jul 20, 2010
Member since May 2010
first of all, the fighting was horrid. if you ever get jumped by 10+ guys at once, just turn off your xbox and give up. this was one of the more difficult XBLA games ever in my opinion (not even coming close to Megaman 9 though.) the games had difficult achievements and which made it worse was that they were in odd point increments like 8, 11, and 36. luckily before these games, my gamerscore was 84,444; but with all these oddly-pointed achievo's i was able to even out my score at 84,530. meaning i got a 75/200 on W1 and 11/200 on W2. a total of only 86/400.
The only good thing about these games was that W2 was a lot smoother, cleaner, and faster than W1. and the graphics are on the higher end of XBLA games. But still wasn't worth making my gamerscore uneven again.
all in all, i rate this game a 2/10. Not worth a rental, and DEFINITLY not worth a purchase. may god have mercy on your soul if you purchased them on XBLA for the total of $35. Ridiculous.
posted by jaguar7676 (TITUSVILLE, FL) May 17, 2010
Member since Nov 2004
Don't Play With a Friend
posted by ThePhoenix (PROCTORVILLE, OH) Apr 8, 2010
Member since Apr 2010
It was nice to beat stuff up.
posted by Kanetsv (YUBA CITY, CA) Mar 1, 2010
Member since Sep 2007
Control: Is what I thought it would be, close to the Warriors if you have played that on the original Xbox.
Storyline: Not much there, but it was not bad for punching and kicking stuff.
Graphics: I was surprise with the environmental graphics where pretty good.
Watchmen the end is nigh part one and two
posted by tuckerbcbw (WALKERSVILLE, MD) Feb 13, 2010
Member since Feb 2010
Fun but filled with glitches
posted by emptyeyes (VANCOUVER, WA) Nov 30, 2009
Member since Nov 2008