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 World War II Combat: Road to Berlin
Score distribution:
2,521 game reviews
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though Super Street Fighter IV lacks the impact of its predecessor, it's still engrossing, enthralling, and plain ol' fun. [May 2010, p.70]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An overarching story broken up into five hilarious adventures, Beyond Time and Space is an incredible value. Sharp, witty dialogue and creative puzzles make this laugh-out-loud package a true delight.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the game's first 10 hours still give me pause, the 60 magnificent hours after those initial steps onto Cocoon make up for the tunnel-vision tutorial. [Apr 2010, p.68]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those new to the series, Resident Evil 5 may not be what you expect. It's neither scary nor survival horror, and though its story throws plenty of love to longtime fans, you don't need to be one to enjoy it. Ultimately, it's an action feast for two - with just a little gristle amid all the delicious blood, bone, and brains. [Mar 2009, p.58]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easier to pick up and play (and faster pace) than previous Maddens, without losing any strategic depth.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from some minor control annoyances - like the same button used for multiple actions (such as blade attacks and item pick-ups) - Shank's craftsmanship is largely impeccable. It's one of 2010's most memorable and exciting action games. For $15.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You could always power through with some special ammunition, or grind past opponents with charged sonic blasts. But really, you'll only be cheating yourself out of all those marvelously entertaining chain-reaction killing sprees and the resulting scoring bonuses. [Nov 2010, p.72]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you love or hate Michael Jordan, 2K11 is the finest hoops title to come along in a long time for its near-perfect presentation of both Number 23 and the other greatest players of his era. The Jordan Challenge mode could almost be its own game.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    EA Sports MMA's universal accessibility - especially its fast-paced career progression and one-button-based grappling - is an impressive improvement over UFC Undisputed's dense amount of complexity. Both games are great, but EA Sports MMA is, indisputably, the best brawler of its kind.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it lasts, though, Vanquish is one hell of a ride. [Nov 2010, p.84]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In around three hours, Lair gives you a mystery to solve; tense shootouts in several locations(including the outside of a spaceship!); a"car" chase through the skies of Ilium; and engrossing boss battles. [Nov 2010, p.81]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fable III is most memorable not because it makes you laugh, but because it also makes you care. If a spouse gets carved up in your absence, you'll feel pangs of guilt. When your dog saves your bacon during a fight, you'll feel pride.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, if you've invested in a Kinect, this is definitely the game you must pick up to showcase to your friends and justify your purchase.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's enough cool stuff here--undead animals, fanciful new mounts, and fantastic new weapons--that it's among the best game add-ons on 360 to date. [Jan 2011, p.76]
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    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In fact, it's the opposite: a cranked-up and damn near hypnotic high-energy sprint across a flashy, ever-shifting psychedelic racetrack. [Feb 2011, p.79]
    • 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]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Next to its predecessor, Dragon Age II may be a slightly altered beast, but the minute Isabela slyly chirps "I like big boats, I cannot lie" to a Desire Demon in the murky Fade, you'll realize this game offers some of the deepest, nerdiest, most worthwhile 40 to 60 hours you'll ever love losing sleep over. [April 2011, p.70]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fortunately, what this exceptional new version of a PC favorite lacks in story, it more than makes up for with deep character customization, ever-more-powerful loot, and a dungeon-generation system that'll devour whole days of your life. [April 2011, p.76]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A splendid, imaginative romp. [Jan 2002]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Modes aplenty and a fun, refreshing points system. [Dec 2001]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The mix of stealth, assault, night-time and other types of missions means that things never get repetitive. [Dec 2002, p.140]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, UFC is the most realistic fighting game ever. [Apr 2002, p.68]
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    • 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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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Buffy is exceptionally well balanced and designed. The control is nicely responsive, it looks absolutely fabulous, and there's a tremendous amount of gameplay variety. [Sept 2002, p.84]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A classic. [Dec 2001]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With incredible track designs, a spot-on control system and a soundtrack by Junkie XL, Quantum Redshift leaves little to be desired. It may not be perfection, but it's pretty darn close. [Dec 2002, p.125]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fun, addicting, original, and has more gameplay options than any other FPS on Xbox, including "Halo." [Dec 2002, p.147]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What pushes the gameplay over the top is how at any time you can let go of the rope, pull off some wild tricks and call the rope back. [Aug 2003, p.76]
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