Official Xbox Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 2,521 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 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Halo 3
Lowest review score: 10 World War II Combat: Road to Berlin
Score distribution:
2,521 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The boxers ripple with animated musculature and move with a lightning smoothness, while the brutal injuries and blood sprays make you sincerely regret every opening you leave for your opponent. [March 2005, p.76]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The closest digital equivalent to real baseball. [Apr 2005, p.84]
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    • 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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    • 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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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Polished, clever, and full of fun, Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones wraps up the Prince's saga with the style and grace it deserves. [Jan 2006, p.82]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Great blend of the series' best bits: customizable cars, high-octane races, and cop chases. [Holiday 2005, p.86]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the surprisingly effective tweaks to the melee and grenade damage, however, that remove any shred of doubt as to the value of this expansion. [June 2005, p.34]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay is great throughout, even if the graphics and A.I. don't quite live up to the standard set by "Call of Duty 2" for 360. But it stands up really well among the existing Xbox library. [Jan 2006, p.58]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Black does what the original did best, and hits the elevator button and ascends to an even higher level. [Nov 2005, p.134]
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    • 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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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though Fight Night Round 3 for Xbox isn't the jawbreaking work of staggering genius that the 360 version is, that doesn't mean it isn't a great game. [Apr 2006, p.74]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By adding muscle and dropping fat, Mortal Kombat feels tight and toned, just in time for the end of the Xbox world. [Dec. 2006, p.74]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No mere phoned-in afterthought like far too many original-Xbox games these days, NCAA 07 is a mature, refined sports game. [Aug 2006, p.75]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you like action-RPGs, superhero games, or both, a smack-tacular adventure awaits. [Holiday 2006, p.82]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At its core, Tiger 07 has ditched most of the bad case of the sillies that's possessed it for the past few years, and it finally feels authentic. [Nov. 2006, p.80]
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    • 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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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Better graphics, better environments, more options, and most importantly of all, a massively overhauled gameplay structure, exactly what the old dear needed. [Dec 2002, p.138]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fact is that there's no other Xbox game that offers you the uniquely multi-layered experience that BG&E does. And isn't that what gaming is all about? [Dec 2003, p.98]
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    • 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.
    • 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]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mortal Kombat still isn't quite up to Street Fighter's level of complexity, but it's a deep, incredibly brutal fighter nonetheless, offering tons of variety and hidden extras. It's a goofier reboot than we were expecting, but it's also the most fun the MK series has been in years.
    • 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]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Breathtaking combination of visuals, music, and motion.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A marvelous action game that outshines everything in its class. [Aug 2011, p.73]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    XBLA's best pure-2D platformer to date.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I love how it combines hard training and unapologetic difficulty with the real-life personalities who serve as your trainers: much like the gymnastics coaches who saw me through days of torn palms and taped shins, this tough-love attitude kept me focused and on track.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A veritable clinic on how to enhance your game for a follow-up. Most of Splosion Man's niggling issues have been replaced with a dizzying grab bag of interesting and compelling design choices. Well done, guys.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A series of very difficult parry and combo trials are what you're given to learn the game. Completing them is a slow process, but it's a fantastic and compelling way to figure out this notoriously complex sequel.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At four hours, Gunstringer's a short ride, but it's a thrilling one you shouldn't miss.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game is a testament to Capcom's genre mastery, and it's as incredible now as it's ever been. [Nov 2011, p.85]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The biggest sport in the world. And EA has done it justice with FIFA 12, improving virtually every aspect of last year's game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    NBA 2K12 is not to be missed, lockout or no.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We're not saying that multiplayer's rippling muscle excuses the solo campaign's disappointing flab. But as long as you're not dead-set against venturing online, Battlefield 3 is a tremendously satisfying way to go to war.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Given the countless enhancements to this version of Sonic CD, it's surprising that Sega is selling it for a mere $5. Make no mistake: no corners have been cut, and the developers have put in more than enough extra content (in the form of audio and video options) to properly pay tribute to Sonic's finest spin.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FFXIII-2 repairs almost every problem with Final Fantasy XIII, delivering an experience that feels like what that original game should have been. If your faith in Final Fantasy has been damaged by past disappointment, playing FFXIII-2 will restore your excitement for the franchise's future. [Feb 2012, p.68]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a welcome alternative for veterans, but even folks relatively unfamiliar with soccer will find a lot to love here.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Future Soldier's campaign does lose its stealthy way a bit right at the end, and the presentation can be rough at times, just like the throwaway plot. Ultimately, though, the game shines not only for staying true to Ghost Recon's roots, but also for doing so while successfully balancing the memories of old fans with the modern expectations of new ones.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forget discs and standalone releases. Here's how to repackage old games: with tender loving care.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best add-on adventures in recent RPG memory, but take our warning to heart: save early, save often, and expect the unexpected.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Betrayal and constant infighting - problems that've been building since the beginning - finally boil over, proving deadlier than anything else in this crazy zombie apocalypse.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's quirky enough to turn off the unadventurous, but for the rest of us, it's every bit as relevant as it was in 2000. [Nov 2012, p.84]
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Other than improved controls, stylish presentation, and a better MyCareer mode, NBA 2K13 doesn't provide a significant leap forward. But then again, this series wasn't really lacking much in the first place.
    • 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]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The surface changes lead to a more varied world and relatable characters, while the action itself is a benchmark for the genre.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s pure arcade fun, and easily the best game to hit XBLA so far this year.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Injustice is fast, destructive, and extremely accessible without sacrificing its hardcore edge, and its slick visuals and nonstop craziness put it in a class by itself. This fighter is DC and NetherRealm at their finest, and while certain aspects (like Super Moves) wear thin, there’s enough great content here to keep fans busy for months.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Knife of Dunwall sharpens Dishonored’s storytelling and combat in one slice.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dispel any doubts you might have had: thanks to some smart tweaks and changes, Diablo III is a deep, spirited game that fits right into its new home.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With four massive game modes to choose from that could all serve as standalone titles plus a strong core gameplay engine, NHL 14 is about as good as it gets.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [Skill Games] aside, FIFA 14 oozes style, authenticity, and bold design from start to finish. It looks and feels better than ever - and that's no small feat considering the series' incredibly rich tradition.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The improvements and additions to one of 2012’s best games make XCOM: Enemy Within’s second quest every bit as alluring as first contact.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stunner, refreshing the tried-and-true formula with fantastic visual pop and engaging new modes.
    • 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]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if Peggle 2 works best as a solitary pursuit, you can fully expect 12 bucks to buy you innumerable hours of absorbing amusement.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The inclusion of new tools only complements this rawness, and even adds a distinctly unique flavor to combat.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In Stick of Truth, Obsidian has created what’s essentially an incredibly well-paced, extended playable episode of the TV show, cramming in a tightly constructed “greatest hits”–style, kitchen-sink gag reel of everything that can make the show such a riot. For fans, it’s hard to imagine a better way to wind down the Xbox 360 console generation than with this gloriously gassy, burrito-fueled send-off.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Super-creepy antics frame a stellar storyline. [Jan 2002]
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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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    • 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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    • 81 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    The controls work extremely well. [Jan 2003, p.60]
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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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    • 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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    • 89 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Smooth framerates directly translate into smooth gameplay. [Jan 2003, p.65]
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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
    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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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
    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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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