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 Gears of War 3
Lowest review score: 10 World War II Combat: Road to Berlin
Score distribution:
2495 game reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This tongue-in-cheek offshoot of EA's core NHL sim is a smooth zamboni ride that mixes goofy gameplay with razor-sharp control, just as "NBA Jam" did when it pioneered this genre over 15 years ago. [Mar 2009, p.83]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A marginally brushed-up verison of Madden visually, but stripped of everything they've worked for over the years to advance the game's sense of realism and fun. [Jan 2006, p.60]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Impact nails the feel of wrestling, but adding a new coat of paint to an old-school style won’t be enough to entice those seeking something fresh. Fans of the genre or “sport,” however, have an accessible and fun wrasslin’ game worth sticking in their collection.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its best moments make it well worth sampling. Just don't be surprised if it somehow feels like less than a meal despite its 10-hour playtime. [Aug 2010, p.83]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It never REALLY gets dull force-pulling a blaster out of adroid's hands and then force-pushing it into a wall where it explodes gloriously into tiny bits. [Feb 2002, p.78]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The over-the-top carnage is rounded out with co-op play (starring new redneck pal Huff), vehicle stages, new levels not in the PC version, and an inexhaustible supply of sticky high-jump pads — though it’s held back by rough visuals, co-op lag, and an overall lack of polish.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Declassified may not be innovative or even very pretty, and it certainly has its problems. But this is also a strategy-lite shooter that’s more than the sum of its often rough-hewn parts. It's entertaining from start to finish, and feels a bit brainier than other shooters when it comes to gunning down hordes of enemies. In that regard, Declassified captures at least part of what makes the XCOM franchise so special.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    EA's newest iteration of FIFA features improved play on the pitch, but doesn't provide enough gameplay modes to justify a $60 price tag unless you live and breathe the World Cup, or want to play as every country FIFA recognizes--including American Samoa. [July 2014, p.73]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There may be no such thing as the perfect heist in PayDay 2, but they’re rarely forgettable — proof that while this game isn’t quite the transcendent co-op experience on the level of, say, Left 4 Dead — it still offers up a nice change of pace in first-person shooters on Xbox.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Constant C’s certainly not for the easily discouraged, but its cleverly designed puzzles and surprisingly engaging story are a treat if you don’t mind a little (okay, a lot of) punishment.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Arena Football may be a little rough around the edges, but it has the potential to grow. [Mar 2006, p.77]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's one of those perfectly imperfect games you'll grow to love, even with its annoyances.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As wrestling goes, XX is quickly learned and mastered, particularly against the computer. [May 2006, p.83]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're into music and/or puzzle games at all, Break Steady is worth a gander for its single-player and versus throwdowns. [June 2008, p.77]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Seeing how the genre has evolved from VF2 is fascinating, but those new to fighting games might find this history lesson a little tougher to enjoy.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The protagonist can feel a bit slow to respond to your commands, but between the unique art direction and 120 boards of imaginative confusion, Exit delivers just enough pleasure to sweeten its pain. [Jan 2008, p.69]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    NCAA may not be a Final Four contender, but it's still the only college-hoops game in town. [Jan 2010, p.78]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    LOTR's slow-paced gameplay and mission-based structure seems more suited to an action RPG, but as an action adventure it doesn't quite measure up. [Dec 2002, p.137]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bladestorm looks and plays better than "Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires", so longtime fans should enjoy this more next-gen DW-style title until "Dynasty Warriors 6" hits the battlefield next year. [Dec 2007, p.76]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Vipers is still a lot of fun, but you won't dump newer 3D fighters for it.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With a handful of infuriating exceptions, Blood of the Werewolf's challenging gameplay generally feels fair and rewarding, and its increasingly lethal, lightning-quick action is well paced. [July 2014, p.78]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dropping collectible fish in a handful of environments feels hopelessly extraneous; luckily, you can disregard the aquatic nonsense and enjoy timeless gameplay in a reasonably attractive wrapper. [Dec 2007, p.65]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Irresistibly cute. [Feb 2009, p.84]
    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's just not the cohesive, polished experience that it should be--and that "NBA 2K7" is. [Dec. 2006, p.86]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The track design is hit-and-miss, usually featuring aggravating blind curves that can quickly turn a comfy lead into a last-place finish. [Sept 2006, p.80]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For all the game's possibilities, however, it also feels remarkably sparse at times, with a seemingly limited set of materials, animals, and enemies in the world. Minecraft is naturally a very slow and deliberate experience, but the Xbox 360 Edition is curiously based on a year-old PC beta version, and thus lacks many of the elements seen in the official release and later updates, including new animals, resources, food, enemy actions, and combat mechanics.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    However, hitting the line of scrimmage with a friend on Xbox Live distills football's best elements into a tasty online brew that fans will suck down with gusto. [Dec. 2006, p.76]
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    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Still, you've got to be a real fanboy to want to mash your way through all two dozen or so of its missions. [July 2006, p.84]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you're already a Naruto believer, this game's excellent visuals and its faithfulness to the source material will outweigh its flaws. [April 2013, p.76]
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This repetition, combined with Severed's short runtime(two chapters beaten in around two hours), keeps it squarely in the realm of diehard devotees. [May 2011, p.75]