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 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 BioShock
Lowest review score: 10 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
2495 game reviews
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The story extends Daniel's tale, but Hell & Damnation's 14 levels are merely somewhat revamped versions of environments from the original Painkiller and its Battle Out of Hell expansion. [May 2013, p.77]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Big Bumpin' is a no frills, arcade-style gaming at its purest. Bumpin' is identical on Xbox and Xbox 360, but the 360 version looks dramatically better and offers online play. [Holiday 2006, p.78]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's a by-the-numbers adaptation with more than 1000 built-in multiple choice questions, which should sate trivia buffs for a while, though the sluggish pace and the host's incredibly repetitive quips turn grating after only a few rounds.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    We'd still rather play the first game than this weaker follow-up.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Even the hardest bosses are just plain dull, and even fully upgraded weapons lack modernized visual punch. [Aug 2010, p.77]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Instead, the game is a simple shooter with a small variety of extinct species--raptors, pterodactyls that animate like paper kites, and boring T-Rex bosses. [Jan 2010, p.75]
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    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A rental at best. [July 2009, p.81]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Boring combat lacks variety. [Mar 2010, p.84]
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    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    As the game reaches its midpoint, repetitive missions and aggravating boss encounters begin to sap the seat-of-your-pants fun.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Repetitious platforming may have cut the mustard back in the NES days, but today’s tech-savvy, multi-tasking kids won’t stand for it.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A glorified mini-game. [Oct 2008, p.85]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It’s certainly a fresh take on the franchise, but sadly, it isn’t a particularly captivating one.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A slick yet largely routine exercise in jumping, balancing, and fast-twitch hand-eye coordination. [Sept 2007, p.76]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If you're morbidly curious or looking for a weekend rental, Urban Chaos is nowhere near as crummy as its first impression would lead you to believe. [July 2006, p.85]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Just fun (and wickedly funny) enough to make it worth a rental. [Jan 2006, p.71]
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    • 50 Critic Score
    We must say, though, using Kinect to spin the big wheel is a treat. [Feb 2012, p.74]
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    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    With gameplay that doesn't really change(you use the same A-button sequence every...single...time), AMF is inoffensive but repetitious. [Oct. 2006, p.81]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's not so much broken as an unnecessary addition to your gaming library. [Feb 2012, p.78]
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    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It grows repetitive far too fast, and a few uninspired multiplayer modes do little to extend the fun. [Holiday 2008, p.74]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The real threat to Warfighter's longevity is how its multiplayer maps feel like patchworks of arbitrary buildings and debris instead of bona fide real-world strongholds. Without a palpable sense of place, these battlegrounds never give you enough reason to choose this particular universe of gunmetal and grit over any other.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Texas Hold 'em has plenty of flaws that will justifiably tick off poker junkies, and hardcore players are better off with "Stacked" or one of the original xbox's other poker games. [Nov. 2006, p.77]
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, it mostly feels like you're being charged $40 for something that offers little beyond what you've seen in previous games' GM and Owner modes. [Feb 2009, p.84]
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    Think of Karaoke as a backup for a night at the pub with rowdy pals; serious singers won't find much satisfaction here.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's fun, it's wacky, and it's quintessentially Saints Row - but it's also crazy-short. Each of these four new main missions unlocks a similar activity on the world map where you'll earn new crew, respect, money, and vehicles, but that's it - and eight new scenarios aren't worth $7, we say.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Body-slammed by slipshod control, uninspired storytelling, and AI that flips between hyper-brutality and empty-headed idiocy. [Dec 2003, p.106]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    At best, Disney Sing It is a gateway game to Rock Band or SingStar for Disney Channel devotees. [Dec 2008, p.92]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The fast pace, aged artifacts, and new online multiplayer functionality might make Sensible worth a peek for the curious, but only the truly devoted will even consider purchasing it. [Feb 2008, p.80]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unless you're plagued with a kimono fetish, you're just better off creeping around elsewhere. [Aug 2007, p.82]
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's an interesting piece of Sega history, but not one that's aged particularly well.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The only reason to try TNT Racers is its four-player online stampedes across nine courses, each with a reverse variant. [May 2011, p.77]