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 Halo 3
Lowest review score: 10 World War II Combat: Road to Berlin
Score distribution:
2495 game reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Another month, another retro space shooter on Xbox Live. This one, however, isn't as much fun as you remember. [July 2007, p.81]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Only dedicated privateers will make it to the unsatisfying conclusion. [Oct 2010, p.75]
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    • 55 Critic Score
    It pains us to have to say that it's just not too fun to play. [Aug 2009, p.75]
    • 60 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    But ultimately, there's very little about Mind Over Mutant that makes it worth your $50 or the four hours it takes to complete. [Holiday 2008, p.67]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Those intrigued by 19th-century strife should wait for a price drop: $50 is too much to ask for such a slim package. [Jan 2009, p.75]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    In the heat of battle, Need for Speed: The Run generally serves up a solid and speedy arcade racing experience, with expectedly steady controls and physics. But it's consistently undone by painful rewinds and a dull campaign marked by predictable events, not to mention technical issues.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    As uninspiring as it is harmless. [Sept 2006, p.79]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    So even if The Meltdown doesn't aim high on the innovation scale, it accomplishes just enough, well ebough, for a few hours spent on the couch with tweenie Ice Age fans at the next family gathering. [May 2006, p.74]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Granted, even with a friend in tow, the missions all feel the same--which rings true of DW7 as a whole. [June 2011, p.83]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    It was a cute but unimaginative game for pre-teens when it debuted for the original Xbox this summer, and this 360 version of Pixar's animated movie Cars is essentially a high-resolution copycat. [Holiday 2006, p.76]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Maybe little kids would like it. But do kids really want a game where you sneak up on dull robots because you're not allowed to kill anything? [Feb 2004, p.82]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    The Tackle Alley mini-game is fun. [Aug 2010, p.77]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    The game was expressly designed for co-op play, but that makes the enemy A.I., poor vehicle mechanics, and the inability to save on command hard to accept, considering it costs you and a friend a combined $120 to play the game “as intended” over Xbox Live.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Weakened by a bland story, uninspiring graphics, and grating voiceovers. [July 2010, p.84]
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    The clean, simple interface serves Domino Master well, but complete games (composed of several matches) drag on too long, and the tile-placement guides slice too much of the plotting and planning from the experience. [Dec 2008, p.73]
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    • 45 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Feels totally manufactured and formulaic. [Sept 2007, p.76]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    The game's impressively creative in parts, but regrettably, the blend of combat and driving never feels very fluid or cohesive.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    There’s so much lovely intelligence lurking under Alone in the Dark’s hamstrung, occasionally glitchy surface (unforgivably, we found a few crash bugs in even the retail version!) that it’s hard to let this one go quietly into the night.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Powerstar Golf has its enjoyable strokes, whether playing solo, with local buddies, or while challenging an online rival's best score in an asynchronous mode, but truly head-scratching skill and progression choices diminish what's already an uninspiring clone.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    The controls are almost always downright woeful - mostly being either way too sensitive or barely responsive at all.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    It's a minor relief to compete against slower-moving humans, and the option to play as robots who behave a bit differently injects a smidgen of variety. But even in online games, paltry tactical options and awkward controls makes Planets feel shallow and clumsy. [Nov 2012, p.77]
    • 53 Metascore
    • 54 Critic Score
    A madcap, farcical mishmash of both online and offline multiplayer options, along with a fairly weak, platformer-centric single-player Story Mode. [July 2005, p.89]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 53 Critic Score
    Two-player co-op is okay, but it's still fans-only for this one. [June 2005, p.88]
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 53 Critic Score
    Shrek's gameplay is sub-par. [Jan 2002]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 53 Critic Score
    Little errors such as collision detection are present, and the bland visual effects result in a game that controls poorly, looks bad, and is generally not much fun at all. [July 2003, p.79]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 52 Critic Score
    The gameplay takes its cue mainly from games like "Phantasy Star Online," except simpler, a lot rougher, and yet plenty more convoluted. [Sept 2005, p.80]
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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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    • 65 Metascore
    • 51 Critic Score
    With better graphics and better (read: more fun) controls, Crash 'n Burn could be a standout racer. [Holiday 2004, p.87]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The FIFA Street series has enough interesting ideas to sustain a fully realized, sports remix, but after three lackluster entries, it desperately needs to work on its finishing technique. [Mar 2008, p.92]
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While the game strives for a balance of realism and playability, the bottom line is, it's not much fun. [Sept 2006, p.79]
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    • 50 Critic Score
    By virtue of Season Two's weak core collection of mini-games, Basketball slots in as the second-best sport on-hand (after golf). And this DLC's 10 Basketball-themed Achievements are some of the easiest 250 Gamerscore you'll ever earn.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Both Cave fans and challenge hounds will bask in Nin2-Jump's oft-arduous tests. All others, proceed with caution. [July 2011, p.75]
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    As a free Flash game, Bliss Island would be mildly entertaining, but in light of Live Arcade's more engaging offerings, it just doesn't cut it here. [June 2008, p.81]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Fancy Pants biggest problem, though, is that it's just plain dull. [July 2011, p.77]
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's frustrating, it makes no sense, and it just makes everyone involved want to play something else. [Aug 2011, p.76]
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    It's not terrible, but not even the ability to make Grylls drink urine or hollow out a camel for shelter are enough to make it compelling. [July 2011, p.77]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    While a few arcade ronin might still hold on to the old ways, most will find this Samurai is an obsolete relic. [Feb 2006, p.82]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Sadly, significant omissions derail this misguided offering, making it fairly unfulfilling. [July 2011, p.78]
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    • 50 Critic Score
    With its nifty fill-in-the-backstory premise, this downloadable expansion should've been a must-buy for anyone who dug Armageddon as much as we did. And it might've been, it it wasn't so weirdly lifeless. [Nov 2011, p.79]
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    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A game stuck between hardcore and casual, without appealing to either one. [Feb 2010, p.84]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The story extends Daniel's tale, but Hell & Damnation's 14 levels are merely somewhat revamped versions of environments from the original Painkiller and its Battle Out of Hell expansion. [May 2013, p.77]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Big Bumpin' is a no frills, arcade-style gaming at its purest. Bumpin' is identical on Xbox and Xbox 360, but the 360 version looks dramatically better and offers online play. [Holiday 2006, p.78]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's a by-the-numbers adaptation with more than 1000 built-in multiple choice questions, which should sate trivia buffs for a while, though the sluggish pace and the host's incredibly repetitive quips turn grating after only a few rounds.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    We'd still rather play the first game than this weaker follow-up.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Even the hardest bosses are just plain dull, and even fully upgraded weapons lack modernized visual punch. [Aug 2010, p.77]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Instead, the game is a simple shooter with a small variety of extinct species--raptors, pterodactyls that animate like paper kites, and boring T-Rex bosses. [Jan 2010, p.75]
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    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A rental at best. [July 2009, p.81]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Boring combat lacks variety. [Mar 2010, p.84]
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    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    As the game reaches its midpoint, repetitive missions and aggravating boss encounters begin to sap the seat-of-your-pants fun.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Repetitious platforming may have cut the mustard back in the NES days, but today’s tech-savvy, multi-tasking kids won’t stand for it.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A glorified mini-game. [Oct 2008, p.85]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It’s certainly a fresh take on the franchise, but sadly, it isn’t a particularly captivating one.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    A slick yet largely routine exercise in jumping, balancing, and fast-twitch hand-eye coordination. [Sept 2007, p.76]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    If you're morbidly curious or looking for a weekend rental, Urban Chaos is nowhere near as crummy as its first impression would lead you to believe. [July 2006, p.85]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Just fun (and wickedly funny) enough to make it worth a rental. [Jan 2006, p.71]
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    • 50 Critic Score
    We must say, though, using Kinect to spin the big wheel is a treat. [Feb 2012, p.74]
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    • 34 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    With gameplay that doesn't really change(you use the same A-button sequence every...single...time), AMF is inoffensive but repetitious. [Oct. 2006, p.81]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's not so much broken as an unnecessary addition to your gaming library. [Feb 2012, p.78]
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    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It grows repetitive far too fast, and a few uninspired multiplayer modes do little to extend the fun. [Holiday 2008, p.74]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The real threat to Warfighter's longevity is how its multiplayer maps feel like patchworks of arbitrary buildings and debris instead of bona fide real-world strongholds. Without a palpable sense of place, these battlegrounds never give you enough reason to choose this particular universe of gunmetal and grit over any other.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Texas Hold 'em has plenty of flaws that will justifiably tick off poker junkies, and hardcore players are better off with "Stacked" or one of the original xbox's other poker games. [Nov. 2006, p.77]
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, it mostly feels like you're being charged $40 for something that offers little beyond what you've seen in previous games' GM and Owner modes. [Feb 2009, p.84]
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    Think of Karaoke as a backup for a night at the pub with rowdy pals; serious singers won't find much satisfaction here.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's fun, it's wacky, and it's quintessentially Saints Row - but it's also crazy-short. Each of these four new main missions unlocks a similar activity on the world map where you'll earn new crew, respect, money, and vehicles, but that's it - and eight new scenarios aren't worth $7, we say.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Body-slammed by slipshod control, uninspired storytelling, and AI that flips between hyper-brutality and empty-headed idiocy. [Dec 2003, p.106]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    At best, Disney Sing It is a gateway game to Rock Band or SingStar for Disney Channel devotees. [Dec 2008, p.92]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The fast pace, aged artifacts, and new online multiplayer functionality might make Sensible worth a peek for the curious, but only the truly devoted will even consider purchasing it. [Feb 2008, p.80]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Unless you're plagued with a kimono fetish, you're just better off creeping around elsewhere. [Aug 2007, p.82]
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It's an interesting piece of Sega history, but not one that's aged particularly well.
    • 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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    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]
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    • 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]
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Playing solo is incredibly difficult and very little fun, and once people stop playing on Live, God Mode’s as good as dead.

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