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 Bad Boys: Miami Takedown
Score distribution:
2,521 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As long as you're willing to explore the city's nooks and crannies, drive offensively, and take a hell of a lot of risks, you'll find it supremely rewarding. [Feb 2008, p.70]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The allure of this package is irresistible. [May 2009, p.70]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To our surprise (and relief), adding the diminutive Jedi master to the melee mix turned out to be more than just a Force-fueled marketing ploy. He controls like a dream, animates as acrobatically as his Attack of the Clones counterpart, and amuses when responding to the conceited cast with his backward-speak: "Once you start down the dark path, consume you it will."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All of this boils down to gameplay that is slower-paced, more realistic, and lightyears more satisfying than "Top Spin 2's" or anything with "Virtua" in its name. [June 2008, p.74]
    • 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]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ironically, these rough edges seem almost at home in the messy, funny, in-your-face world of Saints Row 2. Stilwater isn’t pretty; it’s a dark, dangerous place. But as it turns out, there’re lots of big thrills here, and it’s well worth the $60 to live here for a while — whether you’re a lawful citizen or a would-be gangster.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unless you absolutely loathe poker or puzzlers, buy this game. [Feb 2008, p.75]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gameplay depth comes from mastering the basic skills..., but none of this is overcomplicated: Pure delivers that prized "pick up and play" experience with several shots of adrenaline. [Oct 2008, p.72]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Red Alert keeps getting better as you play. [Holiday 2008, p.82]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game isn't about simulating racing; it's about creating fun out of it. And it succeeds beautifully, one thrilling white knuckle at a time.
    • 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]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A genius quiz-show game that ranks right up there with classics like "You Don't Know Jack." [Apr 2008, p.68]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the uphill difficulty curve, repetitive commentary, and long loading times, Round 4 is a force that topples its mind-blowing predecessor in every category. You will get punched in the face, and you will love it. [Aug 2009, p.64]
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Braid is absolutely a game you shouldn’t miss.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Impeccable presentation from top to bottom. [Nov 2009, p.82]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clever humor that'll have you chuckling for months. [Dec 2008, p.93]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The do-what-you-like pacing, charming presentation, and endlessly addictive nature of tackling increasingly complex structures in an effort to ultimately erect an impressive castle, mirrors an addiction we haven't experienced since the last time we preened in our pretty pinata gardens. [Dec 2008, p.88]
    • 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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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shift is hugely entertaining, but remember that it’s not about the sillier fun of its Need for Speed predecessors. It’s about the nail-biting intensity and challenge of hanging on to your car at high speed, and as long as that’s how you like your racing, you’ll disappear into this game.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Complementing the on-field awesomeness is Year Two of online franchise mode. It’s better than before — you can even manage it from EA’s website or from your iPhone — and we encountered no issues during our testing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For the hardcore hockey lovers who expect the significant improvements each year, NHL 10 is pure bliss. Everything you loved before is either back in full force or improved enough to warrant playing again. The core experience was already electric, but the enhanced realism, new player abilities, and gratifying sense of progression have us skating on smooth ice.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beautifully balanced vehicles. [Aug 2010, p.82]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We were spoiled by Shadow Complex’s sophisticated environments, and while we could settle for the truckload of timed challenges in the nifty Proving Grounds collection of mini-games, we wanted to fall back into the darkened corridors of the sinister Restoration’s high-tech mazes for more, more, more.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Secret is the foremost example of the genre on Xbox — and arguably anywhere else.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gamers who are prepared to think — and commit for the long, long haul — will revel in a story that touches on resonant issues and puts the fate of a spectacular world in your hands.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Probably the core of what makes this game such a blast is the handling. It’s not as scientific and demanding as Forza’s, nor is it as slap-happy loose as Need for Speeds of old, but it hits a nice sweet spot between real and fun.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This series has always been known for its presentation — particularly its animation — and 2K10 is no exception. Big and small, the movements are all so perfect now that the occasional gaffe jumps out only because it’s a reminder that you’re not watching a real NBA game.