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 Mass Effect
Lowest review score: 10 World War II Combat: Road to Berlin
Score distribution:
2,495 game reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A truly fantastic college football game. [Aug 2005, p.88]
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    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Whether you've played them or not, the pair of masterpieces contained in the Grand Theft Auto Double Pack are too good to pass up, especially when it's a two-for-one deal. [Holiday 2003, p.97]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Beautifully restyled graphics make a stellar first impression as larger, more realistic players stride with feline grace across courts that drip with lavish colors and lighting. But true beauty lies on the inside, and V3 has layer after layer to peel away. [Feb 2005, p.73]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This game has it all – great gameplay, tons of depth, awesome AI, and plenty of gameplay modes...it sets the standard for all future basketball games. [Apr 2002, p.78]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Live is quite simply the best-controlling basketball game ever. Player control is unprecedented. [Dec 2003, p.152]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    We had some minor issues with course design; there are simply too many "holes" in the geometry - places where your boarder can get stuck and has no reset... That said, you can learn 'em and avoid 'em. [Dec 2003, p.140]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The game's real genius is in its presentation - mega options and a clean interface are backed up by mostly cool and occasionally superb, graphics. [Dec 2003, p.146]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A landmark videogame baseball achievement. The lack of online play notwithstanding, it's brilliant. [Apr 2004, p.76]
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    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Madden's AI is generally solid, but still way too susceptible to an aggressive passing attack. [Sept 2004, p.82]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Spectacular debut football sim. [Dec 2001]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's quirky enough to turn off the unadventurous, but for the rest of us, it's every bit as relevant as it was in 2000. [Nov 2012, p.84]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if Peggle 2 works best as a solitary pursuit, you can fully expect 12 bucks to buy you innumerable hours of absorbing amusement.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Great blend of the series' best bits: customizable cars, high-octane races, and cop chases. [Holiday 2005, p.86]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Impeccable presentation from top to bottom. [Nov 2009, p.82]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Otogi's uncanny amount of spooky artistry, otaku-level challenge, and blissful action make this game a rare treasure and a treat to play. [Oct 2003, p.68]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The surface changes lead to a more varied world and relatable characters, while the action itself is a benchmark for the genre.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Given the countless enhancements to this version of Sonic CD, it's surprising that Sega is selling it for a mere $5. Make no mistake: no corners have been cut, and the developers have put in more than enough extra content (in the form of audio and video options) to properly pay tribute to Sonic's finest spin.
    • 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]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best add-on adventures in recent RPG memory, but take our warning to heart: save early, save often, and expect the unexpected.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So don't let Dirt's pointed non--"PGR"-ness stop you in the slightest--if all you care about is great gameplay, it's easily one of the best 360 racing games yet. [July 2007, p.74]
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    • 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."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This bugaboo aside, though, NHL 11 really is the best realization of hockey to date. Ultimately, its new physics make for better, more believable hockey that we simply can't recommend enough.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The magic of the game is in its approachability... For both hardcore fighting fans and genre newbies, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 offers a whole lotta bang for your buck. [Mar 2011, p.70]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply more of the same, but better. That's hardly a complaint, though, since that's what we begged for all along. [Apr 2002, p.71]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By adding muscle and dropping fat, Mortal Kombat feels tight and toned, just in time for the end of the Xbox world. [Dec. 2006, p.74]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay is great throughout, even if the graphics and A.I. don't quite live up to the standard set by "Call of Duty 2" for 360. But it stands up really well among the existing Xbox library. [Jan 2006, p.58]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No mere phoned-in afterthought like far too many original-Xbox games these days, NCAA 07 is a mature, refined sports game. [Aug 2006, p.75]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Injustice is fast, destructive, and extremely accessible without sacrificing its hardcore edge, and its slick visuals and nonstop craziness put it in a class by itself. This fighter is DC and NetherRealm at their finest, and while certain aspects (like Super Moves) wear thin, there’s enough great content here to keep fans busy for months.
    • 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]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But even with the lack of variety, Monday Night Combat's two modes pack enough juice to make it our new favorite sport.