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 Batman: Arkham City
Lowest review score: 10 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
2,495 game reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A very satisfying experience. [Holiday 2003, p.85]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Quite simply the best two-player basketball game ever made. [Dec 2002, p.108]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The game is absolutely brilliant. [July 2002, p.74]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    What's fundamentally so appealing and refreshing is how Full Spectrum Warrior is a breath of fresh air nor not one but two genres, with the unique gameplay, stellar presentation, and sweet two-player Xbox Live co-op play adding up to make this a winner. [Aug 2004, p.74]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A rather wonderful follow-up, packed with personality, action, and a windfall of extra goodies. [Oct 2003, p.70]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    By far the deepest of the Big Three, but the choice to ditch online play really hurts. [Oct 2002, p.100]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The year's best overall baseball title. It's got enough simulation to satisfy the hardcore and sufficient arcadeness to please the casual gamers. [Apr 2003, p.80]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The [Xbox] game is crisper, has more resplendent visuals, a more balanced level of challenge, and swifter load times. [Dec 2002, p.142]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Nothing compares to NFL2K2’s replays. We’ve watched hundreds, yet we’re still impressed each time we see one. [Mar 2002, p.77]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The best soccer game on the Xbox by a mile. [Jan 2003, p.74]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's a bafflingly well-done license that not only does justice to the show, but turns out to be a brilliant "Grand Theft Auto" clone in its own right. And one that isn't violent or scary, but is addictive and genuinely amusing. [Oct 2003, p.82]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This year we're picking Sega's game over EA Sports' - it just feels more like the real thing. [Holiday 2004, p.82]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The Dynasty mode in NCAA 2003 is better than any franchise mode in any of the pro games on the market. [Sept 2002, p.99]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It'll take a little while to get the hang of Vince's structure and layout, but he controls so tightly it's fun to get lost for a while. [Dec 2003, p.158]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The kooky cutesy Japanese art is perhaps a bit too goofy, and the gameplay is solid, if slightly too easy at first, but prepare to waste a lot of time playing - this title is EXTREMELY hard to put down. [Oct 2004, p.66]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It doesn't have depth, brains, or complexity, but it does have killer looks and loads of style. [Feb 2002, p.67]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Packs in enough extras to really shine. [Dec 2001]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Heroes manages to build complexity while increasing the fun in so many ways that we're anxious to see what's in store for the next iteration. [Dec 2005, p.119]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A respectful nod to the past with the luxury of the present. [Holiday 2004, p.66]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Other than the unforgivable lack of online multiplayer mode on Xbox, this is one of the best ways to experience NASCAR short of making the pilgrimage to Thunder Valley. [Nov 2003, p.126]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    When you mix the reinvigorated gameplay with the familiar RPG-lite, detail-intensive Dynasty Mode, you've got a hockey sim that the "Swingers" crew would call "pretty damn money." [Sept 2005, p.84]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    This will surely upset some hardcore hockey fans, but there's no denying that NHL Hitz 20-03 is a better hockey videogame this year than "NHL 2003." [Dec 2002, p.133]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    An excellent game that earns bonus points for doing something new, but it ultimately falls just a splinter short of greatness. [Dec 2003, p.102]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A near-total package, but when compared head-to-head with "March Madness 2004," it doesn't feel as exciting or addictive. [Dec 2003, p.94]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    It's focused tightly on perfectly re-creating the atmosphere and physics of Rally driving, without any arcade-y distractions. [Jan 2003, p.69]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It feels just like last year's version with online play added. [Oct 2002, p.100]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    With tons of user-customizable elements, hones core gameplay, and plenty of surprises to discover and explore, no other action sports game can touch Tony Hawk's Underground 2. [Dec 2004, p.64]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    If you're a Formula One fan, the sport has seldom been treated as well. [Feb 2002, p.76]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The finely tuned play mechanics are what make the game so astonishingly fun to play. [Mar 2002, p.68]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A good trick structure and decent playability. [Jan 2002]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A great flow and fine multiplayer action put a serious spit-shine on Live's sneakers. [Dec 2005, p.117]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    It really is like the developers played every PC shooter from "Doom" through "Quake" and "Half-Life," even "Sin" and "Soldier of Fortune," and applied cool elements from them all into this package. [Nov 2005, p.112]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Selecting Online mode almost literally transports you to another game - a new interface and a surprisingly robust and navigable online selection screen. [Dec 2003, p.93]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 87 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The most polished, complete, and best-looking basketball game ever made. [Dec 2002, p.108]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Despite a few missing links and annoyances, Stranger still emerges as a beautifully fun beast. [Feb 2005, p.71]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    Solid, entertaining, and graphically attractive, without ever leaping into risky territory. Unfortunately, that's exactly what's keeping the series from being truly great. [Dec 2003, p.150]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    This is not a game for casual, pick-up-and-play gamers. You'll need to spend a good chunk of time learning the nuances of surviving. [Jan 2003, p.86]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The game is charming in its simplicity. [Holiday 2004, p.80]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    In no way has the gameplay quality suffered in order to get this game on shelves for a mere $20. In fact, it's become better overall, amidst a couple of steps back and a few more forward. [Oct 2004, p.78]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Rocks the rink. [Jan 2002]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Slinging, jumping, and crawling your way up to the very tip of the Empire State Building and surveying the traffic below is almost worth the price of admission alone. [Sept 2004, p.78]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The tense atmosphere conjured in the Thief universe is fantastic. [July 2004, p.74]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    If you can stomach the story problems, the spotty humor, and the lack of originality and simply focus on the gameplay, then you'll enjoy Roadkill for what it is... and addictive combination of two more inventive titles. [Nov 2003, p.104]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Dynasty Mode is NHL 2004's best feature. It's literally an RPG. [Oct 2003, p.80]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Outlaw Tennis' blend of comedy mishap and gameplay genius makes for an odd cocktail. But for a mere $20, it's a shockingly good one. [Oct 2005, p.110]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 79 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The main complaint is that the appeal of the game wears off quickly. [Nov 2002, p.129]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Some of the prettiest graphics to ever grace a racing game – console or PC-based. [Apr 2002, p.82]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 68 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    A clean, enjoyable, and ultimately playable game. [May 2002, p.82]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 81 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    The game suffers from a baffingly stupid and fundamental flaw that puts a crimp in all that style: Season Mode and Rivals Mode have no difficulty levels. [Nov 2005, p.120]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Although it can get repetitive, the overall feeling of zooming around on perfectly realized waves, complete with foam and spume, is mindlessly addictive. [Sept 2002, p.96]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    That customization model is simply the most robust we've ever seen... The game's only real failing is in its comparative lack of [track] variety. [Dec 2003, p.108]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    It's the gameplay in Rayman 3, though, that really keeps you hooked. [Apr 2003, p.84]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    There are moments of gut-wrenching terror and suspense, but the most remarkable part of Ties That Bind is that it never, ever flinches at depicting gore, evil, and depravity. [Dec 2005, p.114]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Devotees of the old TV series will be thrilled. [Nov 2002, p.116]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Pid
    Brimming with subdued pastel colors, hand-drawn characters, and a trippy, jazzy soundtrack, Pid's aesthetic is peculiar but challenging enough to be fun. [Nov 2012, p.85]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Intense without being brash, and focused on a tight situation as opposed to a global theater of operation, the relaunched Medal of Honor definitely finds its own voice as a military shooter. It's polished and visually appealing, while providing a little gaming perspective on a controversial military action. And you don't get that every day.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Most crucially, the journey is worth every minute of effort: The Witcher 2's malleable final moments are remarkably satisfying no matter which choices you make. [May 2012, p.36]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Loads of fun, a delightful trip back to an era where simply jumping in the right spot could reveal copious hidden goodies. Whether you’ve played the original or not, this remake is worth every Number-One Dime.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's great that Tiger 09 doesn't add 17 new mini-games, but instead reformulates its approach to your golfer's skills and gear with dramatically improved results. [Oct 2008, p.81]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Twenty bucks is a perfectly reasonable sum when you consider how many retail Xbox 360 games offer the same quantity of content…and we'll bet you didn’t laugh half as much playing any of those as you will playing this.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you're a Hitman fan, Blood Money will make you fall in love all over again, and if you never dipped your toes in 47's particular brand of wetwork yet, the time has never been more ripe. [June 2006, p.74]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's also got the most riveting plot of any Xbox FPS to date, topping "Halo." [Apr 2004, p.78]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    About the only thing in Moto GP 2 that hasn't changed is the spot-on handling. Everything else, from the graphics to the gameplay modes, has been overhauled, and it shows. [June 2003, p.80]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    With a few frustrating puzzles, some unclear solutions, and no cooperative play, Quantum Conundrum isn't quite as polished as Portal 2 - but it's a very close homage at a fraction of the price. If you've been aching for more drops from Valve, this game will satisfy your quandary.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even if you ordinarily shy away from a daunting challenge, give this one a shot. As difficult as War of the Worlds is to conquer, it's also more than satisfying enough to be worth the struggle.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    A thoroughly engaging new experience that is well-deserving of its heroic namesake.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Once you get past the self-consciousness of waving your arms around with a midget-sized club, you quickly realize how much fun the game is. [May 2006, p.81]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Having this much Taken-slaughtering glee in such a small, concise package makes Alan Wake's American Nightmare an instant "yes, please" for series fans. But what's more surprising is that its accessible approach to combat makes it an equally worthwhile experience for those who've never suspended their disbelief to wander Wake's dream-like world. [Mar 2012, p.62]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It’s these sneaky moments of sweetness across Citadel’s five-hour journey that make it a pricey but wholly affecting excuse to linger just a little longer under Mass Effect’s spell.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Episode 2 does an excellent job of keeping the adventure going while setting the scene for plenty of struggles ahead. If Telltale stays on target, their full, five-part Walking Dead saga may prove to be one of the best, most ambitious zombie games ever.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Highly honed, it beautifully perfects the elements that the first three games almost nailed without reaching for the next great thing the way a truly classic game does. [Mar 2007, p.76]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Pound for pound, this is the Madden you've been waiting three years to play. [Oct 2007, p.80]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you can get past the unfamiliar (though movie-faithful) look, you'll find an incredibly well-crafted game full of bonus levels, variety, and emergent gameplay that's as entertaining as it is brutally violent. . [Holiday 2005, p.72]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Blood Omen 2's world is so realistically brought to life that you'll be checking your fingernails for grit after climbing Kain up the sides of rocky walls. [Apr 2002, p.63]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Guardian of Light plays out like a deftly crafted, fun piece of arcade-style shooting and puzzling expressly made for buddy co-op night on Live. Who knew Lara was such a team player?
    • 83 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    All told, the addictive, approachable gameplay that made "Puzzle Fighter" a cult hit feels as fresh as ever, and the HD Remix is arguably the series' best incarnation to date. [Oct 2007, p.76]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The Outfit does not aspire in the slightest to reflect the sights and sounds of real-life combat in dubya-dubya-two. It aspires to be one thing and one thing only: fun. [Apr 2006, p.82]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Climax’s brand of dogfighting is certainly straightforward and repetitive, but it’s also ludicrously fast-paced and highly addictive. Hardcore flyboys might sneer, but most others will have a hard time tearing their eyes from the screen.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even if you’ve never owned a Budweiser jacket, NASCAR 09’s slick physics and engaging new racing options - including some addictive Sprint mini-challenges and absolutely seamless 14-player action on Live - will have you burning donuts in Victory Lane in record time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The absence of the PC version's multiplayer modes is a bummer, as is the removal of the penultimate mission from the original campaign. But by the time you reach the conclusion of this exciting bargain, you'll be too amped on adrenaline to care.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The depth of this game is astounding. [Jan 2003, p.70]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    For the third year running, 2K has modified the right analog stick inputs, but luckily 2K14's Pro Stick is the best arrangement to date, letting you shoot, perform flashy passes, and put up your hands on defense with ease. It's a comfortable addition that streamlines some functionality, though the familiar button controls remain for series vets.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    You might want to resist, and you might mind coughing up the extra change, but you're bound to be hopelessly and happily addicted to what is truly a great puzzler. [Oct. 2006, p.78]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Every inch of the hand-drawn kingdom is brimming with endearing eccentricity. [Oct 2008, p.76]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Luxor 2 doesn't quite reach "Hexic" levels of serious mass appeal, but diligent students of the genre will want to sign up for its invigorating new lessons. [May 2007, p.80]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While Rogue Ops isn't quite up to the level of "Splinter Cell," it's pretty close. And Nikki's hot. Mark this one down as a big surprise, and pick it up. [Dec 2003, p.132]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Incredibly satisfying. [Oct 2008, p.82]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    If you're new to the series, this collection is a terrific way to get into it all in one huge, time-sucking package. [oliday 2007, p.82]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    World Tour is a big leap in content and polish over last year’s game, but we’re disappointed by a few unsatisfying creative calls. The extended song endings aren’t always enhancements, the unlockable gear doesn’t match the effort put forth to earn it, and we prefer Rock Band 2’s looser career-unlock structure. Most of all, Rock Band 2 simply feels more musical and organic; we get the suspicion that some World Tour songs had notes added to their charts simply to make them trickier, and not because the music suggested it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Some exceptional next-gen visuals--including complex and intricate terrain graphics, detailed cockpit renderings, and hair-singing pyrotechnics--also help propel Birds of Steel to an unprecedented new altitude for Xbox 360 dogfighters. [June 2012, p.69]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Even by military-shooter standards, Spec Ops: The Line is an uncompromisingly bleak journey into the mouth of madness. Sharing almost nothing with its predecessors except the Spec Ops moniker, this squad-based shooter tries to make you think - sometimes successfully, sometimes not - about the lines you're willing to cross in battle.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    What's available here remains as ridiculously appealing as ever. It's still a thrill unique to the series to be perched six stories high, looking out across miles of meticulously rendered game world - even if that dazzling, danger-filled world has grown overly familiar, having traded what was once revolution for iterative evolution.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    $10 of joy. [Oct 2009, p.82]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Despite different settings, there’s something very Infinite Undiscovery about Last Hope. In a good way.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    No disrespect to "Frogger" and "Bejeweled", but Xbox Live Arcade needs more games like Roboblitz. Score one for the next-generation, Tin Man. [Jan. 2007, p.73]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Still, Tiger 07 is a strong upgrade with lots of smart ways to have a great time playing a virtual game of golf. [Dec. 2006, p.75]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Between equipment variety, handling differences, respawning pick-ups, and the cunning nooks and crannies of each map, the emergent strategic possibilities deliver surprising depth. [Aug 2007, p.72]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Most Wanted delivers raucous entertainment in spades, whether you're battling Fairhaven City's finest in the campaign or dueling network competition in serious races and silly trick competitions. After years of revisiting Burnout Paradise's recurring playground, we finally have a fresh racing addiction to keep us hooked until Criterion's next seemingly inevitable open-road opus.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Best of all, tantalizing hints of what's to come will leave you anxious for the next chapter in your gruff super-soldier's saga.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Online play over Live will enhance this game's replayability, but a little more content would've made it an epic crossover. [Holiday 2008, p.80]