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 4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 70
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 10 World War II Combat: Road to Berlin
Score distribution:
2495 game reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    With the single-player game so clearly in focus, it's disappointing that it plods along so unevenly, and at times, progress feels like you're wading through molasses rather than zipping through the ether. [Jan 2005, p.78]
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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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    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It's the lack of real depth that will definitely bore serious gamers, but for the under-six set, Spyro is very easy to get into and understand. [Holiday 2004, p.87]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    This Frankenstein-like "FF meets LOTR" formula ends up satisfying no one. [Holiday 2004, p.70]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 78 Critic Score
    For 20 bucks, this is almost a must-have for the old-school Sega nut inside us all. [Holiday 2004, p.67]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Tantalizing. [Holiday 2004, p.86]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Desite this strictly linear gameplay, there are still times when you'll be confused as to what you're supposed to do next. That just doesn't equal a fun gaming experience by any stretch of the imagination. [Jan 2005, p.82]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Much more than a cheap commercialization; it's a meaty game that kids and some masochistic adults will enjoy endlessly. [Dec 2004, p.84]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The real strength of this game is the bounty of narrated, interactive tutorials that effectively demonstrate strategy, tactics, and psychological analysis of your opponent. [Jan 2005, p.82]
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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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    • 75 Metascore
    • 77 Critic Score
    Though no aspect of it truly screams triple-A, the entire effort is one that patient players who can endure the early hours will surely enjoy. [Holiday 2004, p.84]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The game is charming in its simplicity. [Holiday 2004, p.80]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    For a game that's meant to be a goofy and irreverent take on the usually stuffy golf world, Outlaw Golf 2 is a surprisingly good golf sim. [Nov 2004, p.77]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 89 Critic Score
    Beyond its gorgeous surface trappings, Otogi 2 may not be as deep or satisfying as "Ninja Gaiden," but the minute you rack up a 200-hit combo or smack the snot out of a gaggle of headless ghouls, there's no denying it - Otogi 2 deserves to be experienced by all gamers who have a spot for pretty things and are unafraid to get in touch with their button-mashing side. [Nov 2004, p.82]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It's no "Mario 64," and an occasionally irksome camera frustrates, but Scaler is an enjoyable $20 game. [Jan 2005, p.74]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    The phrase "style over substance" comes to mind, which is a shame...Men of Valor adds up to not much more than a run-of-the-mill police action. [Dec 2004, p.68]
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    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 Critic Score
    Combat is sluggish and mediocre...Merely a shell of the quartet's former glory. [Holiday 2004, p.68]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    A big, deep game with more than 50 tough missions and sturdy Xbox Live support, and while it lacks a certain mass-market sparkle, its gameplay will thrill the niche of gamers that it attracts. [Dec 2004, p.84]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The graphics are noticeably better, the gameplay is expanded upon, and it's twice as bloody as the first game. [Holiday 2004, p.67]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Even though none of the missions are worthy of the term "challenging," Ty 2 is a vanilla alternative to bazooka-toting commandos and is good fun for kids. [Dec 2004, p.74]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 84 Critic Score
    Infinitely playable, online and off. [Dec 2004, p.99]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 76 Critic Score
    While Tak 2 won't score points for innovation, it delivers enough humor and action to satisfy your platforming desires. [Dec 2004, p.82]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But what's really a labor of love is all the bonus material - historical info, original poster and advertising art, and behind-the-scenes videos with the games' creators. [Nov 2004, p.85]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    SvC will make the hardcore audience that lives for technical fighting games extremely happy; most other gamers will be left wondering what all the fuss is about. [Dec 2004, p.90]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 51 Critic Score
    Quality standards may have been different a year or two ago, but as a "new release" today, Yager ultimately crashes and burns as a poor "Crimson Skies" imitator. [Nov 2004, p.74]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    If Syberia II has a serious flaw, it's that controlling Kate requires finesse. [Dec 2004, p.98]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 23 Critic Score
    I'm sure the folks behind this game would've been both pleased and amused to get a "6.9" score in this review. Sadly, this flaccid lump of code is barely worth a third of that. [Dec 2004, p.78]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fighting tanks, getting ambushed, and creeping through jungles provide enough variety to keep armchair generals satisfied. [Nov 2004, p.85]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 59 Critic Score
    Blend a super-cool license familiar to hardcore and casual gamers (and anime fans) with pedestrian gameplay and run-of-the-mill graphics, and you'll upset both fans attracted by the storied name and those hoping for a game that stands on its own merits. [Nov 2004, p.84]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Critic Score
    It's not a question of whether or not you'll enjoy this latest deliciously gore-filled brawler; it's where you'll find the freakin' time to fully explore everything the game offers. [Dec 2004, p.86]
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