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
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Someone desperately needs to declare the Army Men franchise KIA, and spare gamers from any future war atrocities. We surrender! [July 2006, p.81]
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    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    An all-killing, all-leaping game in which you can neither kill nor leap...that truly does spell the end of honor for this Ninja. [Apr 2005, p.87]
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    • 31 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Nothing bout the experience stands out, and in eschewing modern enhancements and conveniences, the developer hasn't crafted a purer or more-to-the-point shooter--just a much less interesting and impactful one. [April 2014, p.72]
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    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If I were William Ford, I'd be looking for a new ad agency. [Nov. 2006, p.81]
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    • 33 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    We've reached the point in the 360's lifecycle where even movie tie-ins have decent graphics. Too bad that the only part of Megamind: Ultimate Showdown that doesn't totally suck. [Feb 2011, p.83]
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Appalling.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It's painfully repetitive, and though you play as anti-hero Griffin, the added backstory just isn't that interesting. [May 2008, p.72]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    It may flesh out the recent movie, but on Xbox, it feels like a picked-over meal. [Feb. 2007, p.78]
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    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Though the real world environments aren't ugly, this Cabela's, ptarmigans and all, is simply pterrible. [Jan 2008, p.69]
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    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Unless your nostalgia borders on masochism, let this pointless war rage without you.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    As a gigantic fan of cycling, I'm absolutely crushed to report that this game is atrocious. [Oct 2009, p.80]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    This limping Track & Field deserves no medals, let alone any of your Microsoft Points. [July 2007, p.81]
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    • 45 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Sixteen-player online matches might offer some relief from the solo tedium…if you can locate someone to play with on Xbox Live. We tried several times with the retail game, to absolutely no avail.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Good luck ffinding a game on Live, anyway--the servers are barren, and with cut-rate production values like this, it's not hard to see why. [Holiday 2008, p.83]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Unless you're dying for a lightgun game at any costs, you're best advised to set your sights elsewhere. [Jan 2011, p.75]
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    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Perhaps it's most critical element is deceptive: Samurai Shodown: Sen is so unfamiliar that even the franchise's most dedicated fans won't recognize it. [Jun 2010, p.83]
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    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    As a community, we must save the children...from mediocre cartoon-based cideogame adaptations like this one! [Holiday 2006, p.76]
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    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    Some subjects will just never translate well into videogames--like anything related to proctology, Paris Hilton, or, yes, MTV shows. [Feb. 2007, p.79]
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    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    If you're not gnashing your teeth trying to make Totem Ball work, then you're gritting them in pain because your arms are killing you. [Holiday 2006, p.80]
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    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Critic Score
    After playing through it, I can safely say that there's nothing redeeming about this dud. [Jan 2004, p.79]
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    • 30 Critic Score
    The few exciting moments are simply crushed by the feeling of having the same content and problems tossed into a slimmer and sleazily misleading "sequel."
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    • 30 Critic Score
    There's just no way this charmless slapdash mess is worth anywhere near its asking price, much less your hard-earned recreation time.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 28 Critic Score
    Close Combat also includes co-op and deathmatch, but you'll only lose friends by exposing them to this trash. [May 2005, p.88]
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    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    A sea of generic combat - you face an endless meat train of brain-dead A.I. schmucks that can't shoot straight and leave behind guns and ammo that mysteriously disappear at random. [Sept 2007, p.77]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Poorly conceived controls destroy what otherwise promised to be exciting and challenging. The simplest tasks become monotonous chores as you exhaust your hands in an effort to keep pace with world-record A.I. athletes.
    • 17 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    XBLA’s Double Dragon II: Wander of the Dragons pulls the beating heart out of Technōs’ 1988 coin-op Double Dragon II: The Revenge and stomps on it until it barely resembles the sequel we once loved.
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    • 25 Critic Score
    Though you’ll hunt pigs, turkey, elk, and many other animals across the 30 core missions, Hunter’s Trophy 2 is absolutely exhausting in its monotony. Neither the pursuit nor the kill proves remotely interesting, and it makes for a terribly tedious time.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Coupled with atrocious cutscenes and a pathetic story (how can a shadow be "ancient," anyway?), this is a real toad of a game. [Holiday 2005, p.73]
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    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Yapping lies into a mic is a unique and creative idea, but Truth or Lies never works like it should, and there's no reason to play it beyond nabbing easy Achievements. [Jan 2011, p.65]
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    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Critic Score
    Cheap games don't have to be devoid of imagination, and Combat has no excuse for stapling together a bunch of tired cliches and calling it a bargain. [June 2005, p.82]
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