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 Pulse Racer
Score distribution:
2,521 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    A prettier, better-playing sequel that fails to make any new gameplay strides but is an incredible thrill ride for the all-too-short time it lasts. [Jan 2004, p.68]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Packs in enough extras to really shine. [Dec 2001]
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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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    • 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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    • 85 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The game is absolutely brilliant. [July 2002, p.74]
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 82 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Quite simply the best two-player basketball game ever made. [Dec 2002, p.108]
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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 88 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    The best soccer game on the Xbox by a mile. [Jan 2003, 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 65 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    A very satisfying experience. [Holiday 2003, p.85]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    A good trick structure and decent playability. [Jan 2002]
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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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    • 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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