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 3.9 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:
2495 game reviews
    • 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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    • 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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    • 74 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    This won't be a welcome addition for newbies, but if you've breezed through "Bemani," the aggressively challenging Pump It Up: Exceed will reward you. Just be prepared to earn it when you step up. [Oct 2005, p.102]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Bunny + Weasel is a whip-smart idea. Too bad the joke gets old fast. [Jan 2004, p.74]
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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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    • 53 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Tetris will always be fun. The question is whether you're willing to shell out $30 for the privilege. [Oct 2002, p.109]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    The franchise is clearly in need of an overhaul to address those core gameplay frustrations. [June 2005, p.76]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Don't expect the flair of the cartoon series to survive the transition into game form - 'cause it sadly doesn't. [May 2004, p.84]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Just because you can cut a worm in half to get two new ones doesn't mean you actually should. [Apr 2005, p.81]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Confuses more than entertains. [Dec 2001]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Just try getting Rhama to climb up a wall, and watch the camera flail around behind you. Puzzles are clever, but that doesn't mean they're fun. Boss battles are repetitive, and at times, insanely drawn out. [Sept 2004, p.74]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    The heart of Crime's problems: the driving is OK, but the shooting interface manages to be worse than "GTA's"... You'll spend more time in L.A. frustrated than having fun. [Jan 2004, p.64]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Casting and reeling are both saddled with overly sensitive controls and there's little instruction as to how to work each lure type. With an unimpresive graphics engine, this one is a candidate to be tossed back. [Oct 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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    • 76 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    Despite its cleverly conceived features and options, the actual execution is missing something. [Dec 2002, p.98]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    There's a strange delay as characters to from one move to another, and matches with more than two AI opponents can take as much as half an hour because of constant interference. [Dec 2003, p.120]
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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]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 74 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    A mediocre installment in a series where the bar - and our expectations - have been raised very high. [Nov 2005, p.128]
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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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    • 83 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    The trouble starts as soon as you hit the ice - skating is downright abysmal. Players feel floaty, like they're just gliding effortlessly on the frozen surface. [Oct 2005, p.109]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    It's straight arcade action all the way, and it lets you re-create some of your favorite fights from all five of the Stallone films. [Holiday 2004, p.78]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 66 Critic Score
    The story and mission objectives are great, but the game isn't polished enough to let the good points shine. [Nov 2002, p.136]
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    • 43 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    And while the game is generally fun, it's strictly for casual, arcade racing-style fans. [Jan 2008, p.69]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    So-so graphics and straightforward action never tap the 360's potential, but what you get is 10-or-so hours of middling superhero beat-'em-up fun. [Jan. 2007, p.76]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's disappointing to get a same old game on a fresh new platform. [Holiday 2005, p.80]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A pleasant, solidly entertaining, and kid-friendly option. [Dec 2009, p.77]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    But overall, the affair is a tad bit low-rent on the production values. [Dec 2007, p.75]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It does feel more than a little cheesy when you're probably expecting it to be one of the early stars on Microsoft's wunderkind console. [Jan 2006, p.74]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The routines here are fun when you know them, but getting there is more of a struggle than it should be - and unfortunately, that slows this dancer's roll.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Betrayal's wild artistic flair alleviates some of its pain, but you'll still grind your teeth at least as often as you sink them into new flesh.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    So it's dissapointing that instead of the mind-shattering experience that should properly claim "first MMO" honors, we get Final Fantasy XI--a port of a four-year-old game. [July 2006, p.78]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    On the other hand, anyone who enjoys shaving seconds off speed runs and obsessing over scoreboards will appreciate Mercury Hg's focused simplicity, not to mention its $5 price tag. [Nov 2011, p.75]
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    But mostly you'll just grind through wave after mildly entertaining wave, and wonder why hardly anyone drops any desirable equipment. [Sept 2011, p.85]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It’s still nice to see Tecmo Koei making enhancements, even if the fundamental formula is a bit flat these days.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    As hardcore gamers, we'd pay $5 for this port. But ultimately, it's one of Live Arcade's weaker offerings. [Oct. 2006, p.72]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Drop-in/drop-out couch co-op adds an extra level of value to this extremely affordable game; overall, World Gone Sour is a fairly satisfying, calorie-free way to get a Sour Patch fix.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Old-time arcaders will dig the ramped-up challenge: Super's tough even with a partner, and we had to lower the difficulty and hoard the spread gun - our sidearm soulmate - to beat all five levels solo. [Sept 2007, p.76]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    No matter how you view the game's potentially divisive depiction of Juliet (Is her giggly, panty-flashing, stripper-pole-swinging act crassly exploitative, or just cheeky, campy fun? Lollipop's tone is frustratingly all over the map.), the gameplay seems to always fall just shy of being much more than it is.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    There's no denying Tintin's engaging personality. From slick effects and slapstick animations (you can actually trip enemies with banana peels) to solid voice-acting, it immerses you in its world, even with the lackluster gameplay.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The stop-and-go action, the occasional jumps, and the sheer ridiculousness of what you're taking part in lends every race a manic aspect that elicits more giggles than groans. [Holiday 2006, p.78]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    There's just enough payoff to keep fans trekking through, but it's a shame that this marvelous license wasn't treated better. [Holiday 2009, p.79]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It feels less like a lost Sergio Leone classic than a simple coin-op shooting gallery. [June 2004, p.82]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you can handle the delivery, though, you're rewarded with some of the best flight mechanics on the 360 - especially if you take the time to master the Simulation controls. While completely unrealistic, the combat is fluid, fast, and fun.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Battle Fantasia may be a niche game for a specific audience, but otaku will live happily ever after.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's probably the game Hobbes' buddy Calvin would have designed had he ever grown up, although it's far too repetitious and simply not challenging enough for grown-ups. [Jan. 2007, p.76]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Though sometimes repetitive, combat is tense, frantic, and structured in such a way that a big new boss or new challenge is always around the corner.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Despite a few flaws and one ill-conceived megamix, these games are treated with the respect they deserve at a price we’re willing to pay. We’re happy to see them on Arcade where they belong.
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    • 65 Critic Score
    Overall, there's not a lot of depth to Country Dance, but it is a pleasant, non-demanding way to spend a few hours kicking up your cowboy-booted heels.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For DDR newcomers, then, Universe 2 is the complete and definitive package. Longtime fans, on the other hand, will be left wondering how so little extra content can justify so full a price tag.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Even if there were room to experiment, a few dozen animals aren’t sufficient to lure back veteran gardeners for long, and newcomers are bound to wonder why life on the island is so needlessly difficult. In the end, Trouble in Paradise proves to be aptly named.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If you don't mind a little aggravation, Capsized has its charms. [Feb 2012, p.72]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    However, Battlefest's plan to play it safe also limits it. No hint of a single-player campaign is included: you're either playing multiplayer matches with humans or simulating them. [March 2011, p.85]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Next to the content-packed SmackDown series, this workout feels light. [May 2011, p.74]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Despite its solid on-course action, this franchise is starting to show its age. [May 2011, p.79]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    On the whole, this inspired, if somewhat contrived, tale offers a satisfying close to the season. [Jan 2010, p.81]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The sorest spot is the game's lack of polish or presentation - two things that pro-wrestling is all about. [Mar 2003, p.81]
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    • 65 Critic Score
    It's goofy, straightforward fun that's hampered by its occasional lack of responsiveness to your tablet inputs. [Feb 2012, p.78]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The game's force variations and library of over 50 maps make it a solid online contender, assuming you can forgive the fact that major battles still reduce an otherwise attractive presentation to a slow and unresponsive slideshow.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Encore is a decent party game but it sure lacks the depth and gotta-play-it power of "Rock Band". [May 2008, p.72]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Still, the writing and voice-overs match the quality of the cartoon. Is that praise? If you answer "yes," then you'll enjoy this game. [Feb 2011, p.76]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    What we really craved, though, were a little more story (beyond quick cutscenes and text) and some interesting puzzles - stuff that might've given us a better connection to the source material. As is, Scarygirl's pretty but feels a bit empty.
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    • 65 Critic Score
    This expansion’s biggest problem: the woeful lack of people with whom to play. Days and even a couple of weeks after Lost Island’s release, finding even a single match often felt like an endurance trial, which is a shame — this add-on’s neither truly spectacular nor a fantastic value, but it is worth playing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Even at $40, it's tough to recommend the meager additions Off the Record delivers. Diehard Dead Rising fans will like the callbacks, and series newcomers won't mind the recycling, but everyone in the middle will wish the new material was more abundant.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Like Dawn, Contrast sometimes misses the leaps it strives to make, but when its simple, quiet story and uncomplicated platforming perform in balance, it transforms into a beautiful indie experience that manages to stand on its own. [Feb 2014, p.71]
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    • 48 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    You still get a decent value for your $10, though, including fun (if simple) combat, a several-hour career mode, engaging character customization, and serviceable online matches. Plus, minor hiccups are easy to overlook when you're Marcus Fenix flying off the top rope.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Now, the circle of Velveeta is complete: Jaws Unleashed is as gruesome as it is cheesy. [Aug 2006, p.81]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Not being able to save during missions is a pain, as a single poorly tossed grenade or unseen enemy tank might cripple your crew. But find your sweet spot among the five difficulty levels, and suddenly ambushes and rolling heavy artillery feel like reasonably fun challenges instead of backbreakers.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    NCAA Basketball 09 is a serviceable showcase for basic hoops traits, but without a flagship feature to lead it, it fels more like a pro-flavored tilt without a few of the raw ingredients that make the collegiate sport special. [Jan 2009, p.76]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Nice gameplan, poor execution. [June 2009, p.79]
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    • 52 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Over-indulge, and you'll get sick of it quickly. [Nov. 2006, p.79]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Foul Play won't tempt you to heave tomatoes at its cast, but you won't find yourself crying out for an encore, either.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For double-agent wannabes, we suggest renting a copy. Playing through Casino Royale is worth the thrill despite the game’s many flaws. But if you wanted an interactive version of the newest Bond fl ick or a game to replace the Call of Duty experience, Quantum just doesn’t make the cut.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A poor framerate, bland textures, awful character models, clipping bugs, and a messy interface all suck the fun out of what should be a solid RPG. [Jan 2004, p.76]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    So what's missing? Replayability. Using unlimited continues (an option we do appreciate), both one- and two-player games top out at just under 30 minutes. [June 2007, p.73]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Blackgate succeeds in channeling Arkham's open-world structure into a 2.5D format, but runs into pacing issues and hackneyed dialogue along the way. [July 2014, p.70]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The laundry list of annoying little problems is too substantial. [Apr 2009, p.76]
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Rabbids loses some of its originality and innovation in its move to Xbox 360, and bafflingly, it fails to adopt many of the console's strengths. [June 2007, p.73]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Most maddening is the game's unstable framerate. [Oct 2004, p.76]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The graphics tend to give it the look of a first-generation Dreamcast game, rather than a second-generation Xbox title – which may turn off those accustomed to the visual bells and whistles of, say, "Wreckless." [Apr 2002, p.84]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Clunky controls. [July 2010, p.79]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Narnia lovers will enjoy taking part in the classic story, but you'll likely play it once and put it away like a childhood toy. [Holiday 2005, p.83]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    From its leaden, cheap-shots-aplenty combat to its wild-goose chase through gray, same-y hallways filled with useless, placebo doorways to a story that takes much too long to get off the ground, its entire first half feels like a death march through a clunky hot mess. [Nov 2008, p.73]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Despite clocking in at around 2.5 hours, The Redemption rushes you through the final paces of the three-part Tyranny of King Washington saga so doggedly — and with such gaping holes throughout the narrative — that we were left with a sense of nagging unfulfillment, not closure.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A fascinating diversion you could spend the rest of your life pursuing, but this presentation of it is disappointingly short on frills.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Both games are perfect reproductions that add Live co-op. Sadly, though, their record-scratching soundtracks and exaggerated early-'90s urban culture have aged as well as an MC Hammer lunchbox.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    But as it is, for the sequel to the forefather of online console RPG's--a game we happily sank hundreds of hours into on everything from Dreamcast to original Xbox--Phantasy Star Universe does only due dilligence without pushing the series past, say, 2003. [Jan. 2007, p.83]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's far from the best brawler on XBLA, but Saga is fun enough to warrant a look. [Feb 2011, p.78]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Suffers from linear gameplay, ridiculously difficult challenges, bad graphics, and a lead voice actor who sounds like an utter twit. [Jan 2006, p.75]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For nostalgic fans who can hang in there--or first-time players--earning "crazzzzy money" still has its mome4nts. [Feb 2011, p.81]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Numbers aside, though, the game's old-style simplicity is both charming and, well, kinda boring. Some barely smoothed visuals are the only real upgrade here, so what you get is pretty much the original arcade game.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Storywise, The Betrayal is a shade sillier than The Infamy, and a few moments in its missions are strange to the point of absurdity... If you’re invested in its alternate-universe narrative, though, The Betrayal is an important piece of the puzzle, and its ending hints at something potentially amazing for the final chapter.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The frenzied pace makes for a pleasant enough co-op diversion, but it's also one that's devoid of meaning or longevity. [Feb 2008, p.79]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Despite its flashy razzle-dazzle, Ninja Blade feels surprisingly shallow.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's less enjoyable, more difficult, and at times blatantly creepy. [Jan. 2007, p.68]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Every arcade needs a good pinball game, and Pinball FX fills and obvious hole in Live Arcade. We just wish our 10 bucks got us more variety. [May 2007, p.79]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Not a notable upgrade over Number One Hits. [May 2010, p.83]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Newcomers will find its plodding pace and lifeless visuals tedious, but old-school tacticians will happily breathe vintage moon dust for days. [Holiday 2009, p.81]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Level designs lack the magic of "Splinter Cell," the fighting and stealth can't compete with "Everything or Nothing," and the story follows its plot progression by the numbers. [June 2004, p.76]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's a decent experience for core genre fans, but not consistently sharp enough to stand out from the competition.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's fine for the PS2, but we would have liked a little more polish for the Xbox. [Feb 2002, p.73]
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