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 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Lowest review score: 10 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
2495 game reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The only reason to try TNT Racers is its four-player online stampedes across nine courses, each with a reverse variant. [May 2011, p.77]
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    • 50 Critic Score
    After last year's abysmal MLB 2K13, a new contender seemed like a breath of fresh air, but R.B.I. Baseball 14 is a poor alternative. [July 2014, p.82]
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If Mayhem 3D emphasized convincing handling and powerful impacts over graphic-novel gimmickry, we might've spent less time grinding gears and more time high on adrenaline. [May 2011, p.75]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Retribution's grim, obscenity-packed narrative fails to hit any high notes. [July 2010, p.83]
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    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Torino's 2006's lack of ambition and polish keeps it in the corner to be quietly steamrolled by college hoops and MLB spring training. [Mar 2006, p.78]
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    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Dead Rising led by unrepentant killer could be perfect, but Chaos Rising sinks like a stone. [May 2014, p.71]
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    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The ride is short and bittersweet. [June 2002, p.77]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the lack of intuitive physics is the real killer.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Blood Knights is too easy to ever become actively irritating, but its deficit of danger makes it too darn dull to hold even a devoted horror nut’s attention for long. Perhaps it’s a blessing, then, that the whole ho-hum campaign clocks in at just four hours.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    But unless you're an absolute aficionado of international soccer, you'll be lost. [Holiday 2009, p.85]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Far Cry Classic exhibits many of the ideas that came to define the series, but this decade-old shooter doesn't hold up very well thanks to antiquated design and a spotty porting job. [May 2014, p.82]
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    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    But most of the time, you're simply playing furniture inspector in an environment that's about as spooky as an episode of Scooby-Doo. [Nov 2010, p.71]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The world's first bona fide videogame mascot deserved better than to have five failures trotted out alongside four dirt-simple classics, and the inflated price of admission doesn't do his flawed exhibition any favors. [May 2014, p.83]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If you're looking for quiz show entertainment, you're bound to be disappointed. [Jan 2010, p.69]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    But the expansion pack-sized experience--we completed it in just a single day--also retails for 50 whole dollars. [Jan 2008, p.69]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 51 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's an ambitious approach to a hunting shooter, but its execution misses the mark. [Nov 2010, p.79]
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Really, it’s the same old story — if you like all things Warriors, buy this with confidence. If you don’t, then don’t. Easy.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Online play undercut by crummy design choices. [Mar 2010, p.83]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    But as the last of Dragon Age's downloadable expansions, Witch Hunt closes out the story with more of a whimper than a bang. [Nov 2010, p.81]
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Swaying your arms and sliding down an ice tube is lightly amusing, but it doesn't add up to much - you can clear all of Crashed Ice's events in an hour, leaving you with little to do but chase leaderboard rivals.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    What'll positively set your teeth on edge, though, is how any sense of breakneck speed comes as the result of a ridiculous eye-torturing wide-angle camera (not shown in screens at right). It's like racing while staring through a hotel-room peephole. Spare yourself the headache.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Even players with an insatiable lust for fiery explosions will be disappointed when they find that the whole affair’s easily finished in under four hours. Thunder Wolves is mindless fun if you're in the right mood, but it's just too flawed and fleeting to be a good value.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Sure, it's got a few unique nuances, but in the end, a half-assed game deserves a half-assed score. [Feb 2005, p.84]
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Local co-op play requires constant communication and generates some small excitement, but isn't enough to make Shrek-n-Roll more than an overpriced novelty. [Jan 2008, p.69]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Our advice: just save your money and pop in your old copy of "Unleashed". [Jan 2008, p.64]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Crazy Machines Elements might turn your crank for a day or two, but only if your enthusiasm for Rube Goldberg-style mechanical oddities knows no bounds. [Dec 2011, p.71]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    There's a strange charm to Bound By Flame that helps paper over the performance issues. There's a well-acted but profoundly bewildering script, a baroque crafting system, and drawn-out boss battles. It's not great, but it's fairly... interesting.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Smash Court Tennis 3 straddles the line between Virtua Tennis’s arcade style and the technical aspects of Top Spin, but ultimately it comes off only as a sluggish imitator of both.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Fleeting moments of decency can't make up for the overall trudge, though. With such better Sonic outings in recent years, this old speedbump is best avoided.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Shallow and dull, but it's also inoffensive and marginally enjoyable. [Oct 2009, p.73]

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