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 Fight Night Round 3
Lowest review score: 10 Pulse Racer
Score distribution:
2,521 game reviews
    • 40 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    You're better off slamming something in a car door....and that's free. [Holiday 2009, p.80]
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    • 36 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    You might be itching to try a new crab-fishing sim, but don't fall into Sea of Chaos' minigame-laden trap. [Feb 2011, p.81]
    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    At least there's an online-enabled multiplayer mode, but it sure isn't worth suffering through the dismal single-player campaign for. [Mar 2006, p.82]
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    • 33 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It's like the game was born with cement shoes - destined to sink. [Feb 2005, p.80]
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    • 41 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Classified: The Sentinel Crisis couldn't flop much harder if it had gills and a hook in its chops. [July 2006, p.81]
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    • 25 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    You still can't heal or even take enemies' weapons, although some minor gameplay improvements make this sequel better than "Berlin", so we are upping the score to a full 2.0 [Dec. 2006, p.84]
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Sadly, that's not the case in this tremendously poor adaptation, which nauseates from the outset with obnoxious music and garish menus. [Dec 2011, p.73]
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    • 26 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    Outside of the core gameplay, the career mode is a bore, the cartoony visual style is ugly, and the voice implementation is super-sloppy. Even as a Live Arcade game, Main Event wouldn't rank high on the fight card. As a fully priced retail Kinect game, it's an embarrassment.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    It's a joyless, grace-free slog dominated by repetitive stop-and-pop shootouts, lifeless linear environments, and inconsistent weapon physics, not to mention full-stop gameplay pauses during certain actions (like detonating a robot with an EMP grenade), obnoxiously tacky dialogue, missed audio cues, and overwrought enemy death screams that replay incessantly.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 20 Critic Score
    In every respect, Fighter Within feels hacked together and devoid of interesting ideas or precise execution. The result is a game that would’ve been lousy at the launch of the original Kinect, but on Xbox One it’s just embarrassing.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 15 Critic Score
    The worst sports game in Xbox history! [Feb 2010, p.88]
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 15 Critic Score
    The Guy Game's trivia-based party-game core isn't fun or interesting enough to justify the ooze you'll feel covered with after watching one dumb, drunk, or disinterested girl after another reveal her chest to a horde of sweaty virgins. [Nov 2004, p.89]
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    • 45 Metascore
    • 15 Critic Score
    A virtual mess of epic proportions. [Dec 2005, p.115]
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    • 30 Metascore
    • 15 Critic Score
    The story is almost laughably bad, but a laugh would give it some value, and it really is value-less! [Feb 2006, p.79]
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    • 44 Metascore
    • 15 Critic Score
    Just a visually ugly game, through and through. [Jan 2006, p.68]
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    • 35 Metascore
    • 15 Critic Score
    But the biggest bug of all came when Fireburst simply stopped working, and hard-froze our console any time we tried loading an event. Deleting and downloading the game anew didn’t help; we had to start over using another gamertag. Were we not reviewing this horrendous, bug-ridden racer, we would’ve taken that as a welcome sign to burn it from our memories and never look back.
    • 24 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    This is the worst Xbox game available, in every category, from graphics through gameplay. [Feb 2003, p.75]
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    • 10 Critic Score
    The awful controls are a hhindrance, the missions are pedantic, and the levels are apparently designed by LevelBot 3000. [Jun 2006, p.83]
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    • 35 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    Tries to be more than a straight shooter, requiring you to use cover and tactics. But it's like putting a turbocharger on a Yugo: pointless. [Jan 2005, p.74]
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    • 19 Metascore
    • 10 Critic Score
    A now-linear mess of awful mechanics, broken A.I., and constant glitches that wouldn’t have been remotely acceptable even in the console’s early days.