Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 6 out of 16
  1. Dec 19, 2011
    Essentially, Xotic is a fun distraction that has the potential to become a great franchise.
  2. Jan 16, 2012
    The unique art style and combo based scoring can become addictive, if that's your thing, but if you're looking for something to blast a ton of bad guys and take on human opponents, you may want to look elsewhere.
  3. Official Xbox Magazine UK
    Jan 10, 2012
    Not perfect, but decent gun-run fun. [Jan 2012, p.103]
  4. Dec 9, 2011
    While the combat side might not be stellar, it's not particularly tough to contend with. Simply clear out the enemies infesting each stage and then turn your focus on scoring points and you'll still get a kick out of it.
  5. Games Master UK
    Jan 12, 2012
    A fairly bland game. [Feb 2012, p.91]
  6. Jan 23, 2012
    The concept behind Xotic is fun, but it isn't executed in a good way. The graphics, audio and overall production values just disappoint and never really seem to impress.
  7. Nov 28, 2011
    First-person shooter Xotic sure lives up to its name with surreal, fast-flowing gameplay.
  8. Dec 7, 2011
    Xotic offers up a fairly mediocre FPS offering for the 800ms points you'll be dropping on it.
  9. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Feb 1, 2012
    There's a crude leveling system. [Issue #81, p.103]
  10. Dec 14, 2011
    There is a good game somewhere in the hybrid FPS/arcade title Xotic, but it's buried beneath gameplay mechanics that don't go well together. Collecting points, going for high scores, and zipping through levels for the fastest time is both fun and challenging, but having to slow the pace down to hunt and kill every enemy in order to advance takes away from what could have been a great title. Overly complicated controls and confusing visuals don't help either.
  11. Jan 16, 2012
    Keep your hands off Xotic. These 800 MSP should rather be invested elsewhere.
  12. Official Xbox Magazine
    May 26, 2011
    The fact that every cheap death forces you to start a mission over from scratch is just the final nail in Xotic's suffocating coffin. [July 2011, p.81]
  13. Dec 27, 2011
    A dissapointing game, based on a strange universe, without a decent story and lackluster gameplay.
  14. Jan 29, 2012
    I have had to concede it a good score in terms of value. Although it has much of the polish of a $100+ title, Xotic can be yours for only 800 Microsoft Points. I'm genuinely impressed by the production values for a game in this league. I just don't want to play it again.
  15. Jan 24, 2012
    Xotic is terrible in most respects and unremarkable or flat-out boring in all others.
  16. Dec 6, 2011
    To use an easy analogy crutch, the Xotic aesthetic is what I imagine would come from Terry Gilliam's seed and Tim Burton's egg. The worlds have a distinct, twisted, colorful look. Each space is so littered with warped objects and fluorescent lights, though, that it becomes difficult to separate enemies, point items, and multiplier and damage pickups from the environment.

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