Official Xbox Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 2,495 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 58% higher than the average critic
  • 5% same as the average critic
  • 37% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Mass Effect
Lowest review score: 10 Pulse Racer
Score distribution:
2,495 game reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As good as the comic is, and as exciting as the TV show's third season has been, this vision of Robert Kirkman's zombie opus will always be our one, true, definitive version.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Astonishingly, every one of these dazzling battles is thrilling without overstaying its welcome - and also challenges you without being cheap. [Jan 2009, p.66]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Though it's not a first-person shooter, Halo Wars packs all the Halo fixings you've come to expect: an engaging campaign, co-op play, engrossing multiplayer, efficient party-friendly matchmaking, hidden skulls, Legendary difficulty, and impeccable controls. We can confidently say that it's the foremost example of a real-time strategy game done right on a console. [Mar 2009, p.72]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Yes, it’s frustrating at times, but it sure as hell got our blood pumping. Plus, the animations look unbelievably organic — especially contextual finishers that incorporate the surrounding environment —and the sound effects give every hit a satisfying sense of bone-crunching devastation.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Tiny Tina’s snarky adventure manages to dance on the precarious barrier between shooters and fantasy RPGs with surprising dexterity, and the amount of content more than justifies its price. For those disappointed that Dragon’s Keep marks the final DLC for season-pass holders, take heart: Gearbox saved the best for last.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Knife of Dunwall sharpens Dishonored’s storytelling and combat in one slice.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This episode dazzled us. Everything from its brisk pace to its gorgeous, comic-booky visuals to Lee and Clementine's sweet friendship just feels right. Unlike so many zombie games, its story is human instead of hokey, and it helps make The Walking Dead, Episode 1 slam-bang entertainment.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Naturally, the table artwork is gorgeous, doing the Marvel license proud, and the animated characters that leap around the playfields always enhance the look and never distract from the action.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So while a handful of dings and scrapes will unquestionably set some teeth on edge, Forza Motorsport 5 remains a fantastic opening salvo in the battle of the Xbox One racers.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Braid is absolutely a game you shouldn’t miss.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beautifully balanced vehicles. [Aug 2010, p.82]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Varied events, sparkling social challenges, and rowdy online skirmishes make Dirt Showdown the rare spinoff that's as amazing as its much-loved predecessor, albeit in its own unique way. It's an absolute blast throughout, and proof that accessible, arcade-style thrills and spills can still deliver via superb execution.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This impressive update beats out its 360 counterpart...just like it did last year. [Sept 2007, p.83]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Playing through Kong is one of the freshest gaming experiences we've had all year. [Holiday 2005, p.34]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, if you've invested in a Kinect, this is definitely the game you must pick up to showcase to your friends and justify your purchase.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What pushes the gameplay over the top is how at any time you can let go of the rope, pull off some wild tricks and call the rope back. [Aug 2003, p.76]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A House Divided makes a strong case for being the best episode of Telltale’s Walking Dead series to date, but it’s more amazing to think on what's being set up for the rest of the season.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After weathering the somewhat diminishing returns of Revelations and ACIII, Black Flag is exactly the shot in the arm Assassin’s Creed needed. It’s dependably fun, endlessly engrossing, and filled with tons of ready distractions everywhere you look, all while bringing to life a fascinating period of history with an engaging story and memorable characters. And if that isn’t enough, it’s the best game about pirates we’ve ever played.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The mix of stealth, assault, night-time and other types of missions means that things never get repetitive. [Dec 2002, p.140]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mastering the saber and the associated Force powers is a Herculean task, but when you do, this game turns from great to truly fantastic. [Dec 2002, p.151]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you're seeking a simple, entertaining, and supremely effective method of getting in shape (no dumbbells or reps required), or just an extremely satisfactory substitute for your local Zumba class (even if you choose to play alone to avoid accidentally beating up your multiplayer buddy), you'll definitely want to pick up this game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So whether you're easily dazzled by superb graphics or are itchin' for some multiplayer-lovin', GRAW scores on both fronts as an impressive new chapter in the series. [Apr 2006, p.79]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clever humor that'll have you chuckling for months. [Dec 2008, p.93]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An overarching story broken up into five hilarious adventures, Beyond Time and Space is an incredible value. Sharp, witty dialogue and creative puzzles make this laugh-out-loud package a true delight.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's easy to pick nits about the weird Achievement appropriation, the fact that the games lack HD detail such as animated hair and high-quality lip-synching, and that two of the franchise's best games are absent. But the fact that three of the best stealth games ever made look even better in a $50 Xbox 360 package should put this collection on your radar.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The prospect of racing everything including the kitchen sink should be a recipe for disaster, but for Toca 3, it's not. [Mar 2006, p.80]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spend your 800 Points with a smile, and dive deep. [Oct 2007, p.70]
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    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best standalone stories in the game.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You could always power through with some special ammunition, or grind past opponents with charged sonic blasts. But really, you'll only be cheating yourself out of all those marvelously entertaining chain-reaction killing sprees and the resulting scoring bonuses. [Nov 2010, p.72]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A nine-hour, tension-filled rollercoaster ride. [Holiday 2005, p.66]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Civilization Revolution's sunny presentation and bountiful depth might not be sufficient to draw legions of newcomers to turn-based strategy, but it easily the single greatest example of the genre ever to grace a console. [Aug 2008, p.70]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But the overall experience just somehow feels a tad incomplete, like a shiny Ferrari Enzo with an old Burger King wrapper on the passenger seat. [July 2005, p.80]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Between the remarkably replayable eight-hour campaign and competitive multiplayer, BattleBlock Theater already offers an exceptional value for your $15. But the cherry on top is a level editor that allows anyone to create, decorate, and upload their own collections of linked levels, complete with secret areas.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It doesn't have the clever story or wacked-out writing of "GTA", but it trumps that game so severely when it comes to doing the same kind of gameplay that it deserves its own sub-genre of clones. [Feb 2005, p.78]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But at $20 for what is basically last year's quality game on original Xbox or $60 for the irresistible package on the 360 title offers, there's a lot to love on either platform. [Jan. 2007, p.76]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Artorias is for hardcore players only, but anyone still playing Dark Souls at this point easily meets that requirement. It's a fantastic addition to an already great game, and a no-brainer purchase for anyone still under Dark Souls' spell.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We're happy to report that Madden NFL 09 represents the pinnacle of the modern Madden era. [Sept 2008, p.68]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At its worst, Rock Band 2 feels like a massive expansion pack that fills in the gaps from the original game. At its best, it’s a rewarding and refined excuse to pick up your fake career where you left off — laughing and rocking with friends near and far for a group thrill that few other games can deliver.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Almost every facet's been upgraded - and somehow it's faster and even more of a blast than the original. [June 2004, p.70]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Breathtaking combination of visuals, music, and motion.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vampire Smile simply reasserts Ska Studios' placement on the top-tier rung of Xbox Arcade developers. [May 2011, p.80]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, EA's got the player control, but Sega's got the online play and more realism, so that may be the difference-maker for you. [Dec 2003, p.153]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's enough cool stuff here--undead animals, fanciful new mounts, and fantastic new weapons--that it's among the best game add-ons on 360 to date. [Jan 2011, p.76]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The successes massively outweight the mistakes here - which, strangely enough, is exactly how we'd describe Matt Baker, the game's troubled hero. [Nov 2008, p.62]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We didn't get the "face in the game" feature that the PS2 has, which admittedly sucks, but this is still the best out there and it keeps getting better. [Jan 2004, p.66]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We love it when a sports game comes together. With NHL 09, all the potential this series has teased us with for the past two seasons has finally gelled into actual, grade-A greatness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Arkane Studios has crafted what's likely the year's best new IP, and by tapping into elements of so many of this generation's greatest games, this adventure sneaks up, grabs you, and won't let go.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unless you absolutely loathe poker or puzzlers, buy this game. [Feb 2008, p.75]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Horizon may not be the natural successor to Forza 4, but it manages to steer the franchise in a fresh and entertaining new direction. Serious Xbox racers need a lot of room to properly stretch the legs of their Ferrari F-40s and Audi R8s, and Forza Horizon delivers that room - and those wonderfully responsive cars - in spades.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We’re more than a little sore about the inexcusable lack of online play, but between the startlingly sharp neon visual aesthetic, the bumping new soundtrack, and smartly integrated Achievements, Retro Evolved 2 sets a new standard for arcade shooters on any platform, downloadable or otherwise.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whereas we loved DC2 and its routines with a fierce consciousness, Dance Central 3 infiltrated our bodies without our knowing it. [Dec 2012, p.80]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As long as you're not dead-set on playing by yourself, don't miss one of the most exciting and habit-forming co-op experiences on Live Arcade. [June 2011, p.81]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Borderlands 2 features an insane amount of content. Expect to spend at least 40 hours finishing the main story campaign, and much more than that to complete all the optional missions. Once you beat the campaign, you can replay the game in harder Vault Hunter mode with your veteran character for even better loot and rewards.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Darkness II's copious gore might upset sensitive stomachs, but it's vastly superior to its predecessor in every respect, spinning a frantic, fantastic neo-noir nightmare you won't want to end. Even those who ordinarily dismiss horror with a shake of the head should give it a shot.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With HD Remix, it feels like you’re getting the Ferrari of 2D fighters — and it’ll cost you. The game is a moderately pricey $15, and while it’s playable with a standard controller, it pretty much demands a Hori Fighting Stick for the full arcade experience. But on both counts, the payoff is oh-so-worth the sacrifice.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wrapped around the entire single-and-multiplayer package is, again, some of the best presentation in any Xbox 360 game to date...With single-player delivering another snipe-'em-if-ya-got-'em ride and multiplayer upping the ante with its everything-you-could-imagine delivery, GRAW2 easily achieves must-play status. [Apr 2007, p.54]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Together, this mix of realistic physics and wildly imaginative board design will keep you coming back until...well, Zen releases its next batch of tables. [Jan 2014, p.67]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Multiplayer maps feel thoroughly playtested, with more game types than you can shake a stick of C4 at. [Nov 2005, p.122]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At only 10 bucks, Charlie Murder is both a killer game and a solid value for solo artists; for anyone with a few friends willing to join the slaughter, it’s damn near mandatory.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A classic. [Dec 2001]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics look great (special nod to nice lighting), and the animation is outstandingly lifelike. [Dec 2003, p.130]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those new to the series, Resident Evil 5 may not be what you expect. It's neither scary nor survival horror, and though its story throws plenty of love to longtime fans, you don't need to be one to enjoy it. Ultimately, it's an action feast for two - with just a little gristle amid all the delicious blood, bone, and brains. [Mar 2009, p.58]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This excellent sequel capitalizes on its precursor's strengths while breaking some fresh ground for the simulation genre. With its snazzy additions, sharper visuals, and gearhead-focused customization options, Shift 2 Unleashed strikes a fine balance between appealing to sim newbies and grizzled vets.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, UFC is the most realistic fighting game ever. [Apr 2002, p.68]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But here it is: the finest version of the finest fighting game series, and with spot-on Xbox Live play. [Holiday 2007, p.64]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Red Alert keeps getting better as you play. [Holiday 2008, p.82]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Secret is the foremost example of the genre on Xbox — and arguably anywhere else.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fable III is most memorable not because it makes you laugh, but because it also makes you care. If a spouse gets carved up in your absence, you'll feel pangs of guilt. When your dog saves your bacon during a fight, you'll feel pride.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forget discs and standalone releases. Here's how to repackage old games: with tender loving care.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from some minor control annoyances - like the same button used for multiple actions (such as blade attacks and item pick-ups) - Shank's craftsmanship is largely impeccable. It's one of 2010's most memorable and exciting action games. For $15.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Hexic almost single-handedly kept out 360's from collecting cobwebs during the post-launch lull, and we still found ourselves firing it up when we don't have a time for a marathon "Oblivion" session or some "Fight Night" brawling. [Jun 2006, p.62]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Xbox version's single-player isn't quite the brave new world of the 360 game, but it's exciting enough to deserve a play-through, and the exceptional Co-op and Versus just can't be missed. [Dec. 2006, p.72]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    EA Sports MMA's universal accessibility - especially its fast-paced career progression and one-button-based grappling - is an impressive improvement over UFC Undisputed's dense amount of complexity. Both games are great, but EA Sports MMA is, indisputably, the best brawler of its kind.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A splendid dungeon crawler that's one of the best co-op experiences on Xbox. [Nov 2003, p.108]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ah yes, multiplayer. It is an incredible experience...While single-player is mostly solid, multiplayer is, like the original game, GR2's real star. [Holiday 2004, p.74]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's all worth it...for the unbridled fun of wreaking havoc at high speeds and experiencing the laughs and unexpected emotional highs of Saints Row IV's storyline. Simultaneously more and less impressive than SR3, it's not quite the highest point the series has reached, but it's nonetheless a satisfyingly explosive send-off for the Saints.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Features the ability to visit other locales. This is huge...Sims fans, get ready to kiss the next month of your life good-bye. [Holiday 2003, p.104]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Super-creepy antics frame a stellar storyline. [Jan 2002]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    There are hundreds of hours of gameplay to be mine from Sonic Team's gem, and at $39.99 with the first two months free, it's a bargain. [July 2003, p.76]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The greatest boxing game you've ever played - but not the great boxing you will ever play. [Apr 2004, p.71]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    "Ridge Racer" on steroids... The best-looking racing game we've ever seen. [Mar 2003, p.77]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    My only real complaint is that too many levels are spent fighting tanks and Hulkbuster mechs with too few appearances by familiar Hulk villains. But no matter: This is the first game to make me feel like I am a mindless behemoth. Hear me roar. [Sept 2005, p.87]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The controls work extremely well. [Jan 2003, p.60]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The problem is simply that there's no online play, and that's huge considering that the other guys do it, and do it well. [Oct 2003, p.72]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    One of the best trips down puberty lane you'll probably ever have. [Dec 2005, p.112]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Major kudos are in order for accomplishing the goal of creating an RPG where you truly have an immense amount of freedom. [Nov 2004, p.72]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Much more than a cheap commercialization; it's a meaty game that kids and some masochistic adults will enjoy endlessly. [Dec 2004, p.84]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Smooth framerates directly translate into smooth gameplay. [Jan 2003, p.65]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The easy-to-understand controls, functional juke moves, fancy passes, deep single-player game, four-player madness, and competitive spirit make this not just the best alternative b-ball game on Xbox, but the best street ball game period, and the only one worth buying on Xbox. [May 2003, p.82]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    One of the most fun, frenetic, addictive multiplayer action shoot-'em-ups on Xbox, and, most likely, any system. [July 2002, p.73]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    With a cast more than 20 strong, and move sets that are as well-balanced and diverse as they are visually incomprehensible, #Reload's gameplay parallels its absurd-but-charming title in terms of completeness and gameplay sophistication. [Oct 2004, p.62]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    This strategizing is made easier by excellent level design tht allows players multiple, open-ended ways to accomplish objectives. [Dec 2002, p.122]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Despite the inexcusable omission of Xbox Live support, this is the best college basketball game on the Xbox. [Dec 2003, p.94]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Not only definitive but also indispensible... Newer fighting games might be bloodier, flashier, or sexier, but Street Fighter Anniversary Collection offers purity and impeccable gameplay. [March 2005, p.80]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Don't expect Indigo to placate cheap-thrill seekers, but if you're looking for a satisfyingly good yarn, this is much too clever and unique to pass up. [Nov 2005, p.116]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Beyond its gorgeous surface trappings, Otogi 2 may not be as deep or satisfying as "Ninja Gaiden," but the minute you rack up a 200-hit combo or smack the snot out of a gaggle of headless ghouls, there's no denying it - Otogi 2 deserves to be experienced by all gamers who have a spot for pretty things and are unafraid to get in touch with their button-mashing side. [Nov 2004, p.82]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A prettier, better-playing sequel that fails to make any new gameplay strides but is an incredible thrill ride for the all-too-short time it lasts. [Jan 2004, p.68]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    It's just too ambitious, too immersive, and too freakin' cool to be anything but captivating. [Jan 2003, p.89]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A completely new graphics engine combined with more ESPN-style replays and the excellent play-by-play of Gary Thorne and Bill Clement has vaulted the presentation of ESPN NHL head and shoulders above the competition. [Oct 2003, p.81]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Lives up to its hype, but we can't help but think how much better it would have been with a better choice of cities. [Aug 2003, p.84]
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