Official Xbox Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 2,504 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 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Lowest review score: 10 Pulse Racer
Score distribution:
2,504 game reviews
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Beneath its sometimes bombastic layer of blockbuster-level polish, Halo 4 hides a complicated heart filled with intelligent sci-fi and a surprising amount of humanity and soul. Count us in for Chief's next outing. We'll be ready.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    As fun as its combat is, BioShock Infinite’s real strengths are its weirdly lovable characters, its richly realized world, and its story, which stays addictively convoluted from its eerie intro to its lengthy, jaw-dropping ending. It may not always be quite as inventive as the original BioShock, but it’s just as — if not more — unforgettable.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Nothing short of breathtaking... The "Star Wars" game that fans of the movies have been waiting for since 1977. [Sept 2003, p.74]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It's a stunning achievement in design, playability, good old-fashioned fun, and in my humble opinion the best Xbox game this year. [Dec 2003, p.82]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A stunning and rare achievement that makes you feel happy to be a gamer. [Jan 2004, p.56]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Jade's world is its foremost strength. A fantastical mix of myths and pure fiction, you'll find it hard to put the controller down once you've been sucked in. [Apr 2005, p.40]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A stunning beauty with deep gameplay to match. [Nov 2002]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Control deserves special mention, as it is especially top-notch. Despite the fast-paced nature of the game, it still feels like you're controlling a hulking, four-story robot. [Jan 2003, p.72]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The super-smooth graphics and wonderful gameplay mean this is almost a home run. [Aug 2003, p.80]
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    No game, no TV broadcast... flat-out nothing I've ever seen has come close to re-creating the intensity of a real NFL experience like ESPN Football's First Person Football mode. [Oct 2003, p.73]
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Powersliding through a curve at 75 mph and missing a tractor trailer by a hair's breadth should prompt a few calls to your cardiologist. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll scream until you giggle. The pure visceral experience of Burnout 3 is as intense as racing gets. [Oct 2004, p.58]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Almost the definition of a triple-A title. It's got everthing - good online play, amazingly fun and addictive action, options up the wazoo, a graphics engine that will make your eyes well up - and it's all polished to a glistening shine... It's a spectacle to behold. [March 2005, p.32]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Not only is ESPN an outrageously inexpensive AAA-level game, it's also the best NFL title on the Xbox at any price. [Sept 2004, p.83]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The on-court action is a monstrous, 52-inch vertical leap forward in authenticity and immersion. [Dec 2004, p.88]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Expertly balanced, with tons of options to keep you improving either your golfer or your wardrobe or your course. [Nov 2004, p.80]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The best football game on the Xbox (or any other system) this year. [Oct 2002, p.100]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Where else can you grind up a neon-lit, dragon-shaped skyscraper while launching a graffiti assault on a bunch of red-headed punkettes in tube tops? Absolutely nowhere. [Apr 2002, p.66]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    There's so much goodness packed into Tides of War that it's impossible not to find something to like. Return to Castlewolfenstein is truly an incredible, value-laced package. [May 2003, p.20]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Best Xbox Live game ever made? Yeppers. Best first-person shooter this year? Indeed. [Dec 2003, p.54]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Water, sky, textures, animation, design, particle effects, draw distance, frame rates - every visual feature excels and entrances. You have to see Crimson Skies move. It'll move you. [Dec 2003, p.126]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The best part of this game is the absolute depth and replay value that'll keep you coming back for more. [Dec 2002, p.128]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The Hell levels are beautiful in their nightmarishness. Add in cool features like online play and the inclusion of older Doom games, and you've got a genuine horror masterpiece for the Xbox. [Apr 2005, p.82]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Graphically, FIFA charms, but the gameplay is sublime. [Dec 2003, p.146]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The creators at Obsidian have crafted an amazingly compelling story with just the right tweaks and upgrades to keep the action fresh. [Jan 2005, p.30]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Crisp, tight controls, hilariously dramatic dialog, and oodles of options make Soul Calibur II an instant classic. [Nov 2003, p.128]
    • 96 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Whether you've played them or not, the pair of masterpieces contained in the Grand Theft Auto Double Pack are too good to pass up, especially when it's a two-for-one deal. [Holiday 2003, p.97]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Spectacular debut football sim. [Dec 2001]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The variety of play, including obstacle courses, photo shoots, midnight races and stunt driving is staggering. Wreckless is a work of art. [Mar 2002, p.63]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A visual feast with each car modeled with incredible care. Everything from the texture work right down to the tiny car logos on the hoods is impeccable. [Oct 2002, p.110]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This game has it all – great gameplay, tons of depth, awesome AI, and plenty of gameplay modes...it sets the standard for all future basketball games. [Apr 2002, p.78]