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: 69
Highest review score: 100 BioShock
Lowest review score: 10 Pulse Racer
Score distribution:
2495 game reviews
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Diverse online multiplayer battles are exciting and accessible. [Apr 2010, p.80]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fortunately, these stumbles won't keep you from enjoying most of Carnival's offerings, especially if you play it with friends. [June 2011, p.83]
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As long as you possess ample patience and an abiding affection for mental gymnastics, you’ll still emerge with a smile on your dial.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It seems content to merely bridge the gap between the quirky RPG charm of "Episode 1" and whatever's next without even getting out of the car to stretch a bit. [Dec 2008, p.72]
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Even if you couldn't care less how efficiently you put hundreds of drug-dealing scumbags to rest, you may well be surprised by how enjoyable a bit of this disposable ultraviolence can be.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    From its quirky mechanical enemies to its strident strains of deliciously lo-fi music, this run-and-gun platformer honors the 8-bit era.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The Simpsons Game is wittty and well-written, and it intelligently plays into the nerdy sensibilities of gamers; really, only the by-the-numbers gameplay sometimes comes up short. [Holiday 2007, p.68]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Still, this is a smartly executed return to the kind of gameplay that made Castlevania great, and we'd love to see it grow into something more. [Jan 2014, p.85]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Fortunately you can also go online and play against humans in what is definitely one of the Xbox's better poker offerings. [Holiday 2005, p.73]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Following the action and its muddle of player bodies is the only real issue, and a tighter, less far-flung camera could have fixed it. [Apr 2006, p.77]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For longtime gamers and those who can stomach the blocky graphics and touchy controls, it's great retro fun. [Dec 2007, p.78]
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    • 42 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The recurring annoyances that result don't bleed all the joy from clobbering, but they do keep this third-person action game from devel¬oping a more natural flow and better exploiting its gruesome graphic-novel aesthetics. Luckily, such issues are diminished when you try to chop down massive bosses inspired by Celtic mythology.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Though the inclusion of sometimes mind-numbing "climb the tower" segments in Story Mode, as well as occasional enemy AI that ranges from stupid to cheap, keep it from mass-scale beat-'em-up greatness, Samurai Warriors satisfies an appetite for destruction in a way that few other games can. [Aug 2004, p.80]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Destruction is simply more fun than obsessive tuning, assuming you've got a few screws loose to start with. [Nov 2007, p.84]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    100% exact port of a stellar series. [Aug 2009, p.74]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Great aesthetics and monster designs. [Feb 2010, p.85]
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    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sure the graphics are dated, but the game is just as fun--and frustrating obtuse!--to play as it was then. [Nov 2007, p.94]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    For all the unique thrills and spectacle the series still delivers, Forgotten Sands never quite reaches the dizzying heights you want it to. [July 2010, p.78]
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    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    It’s not the most standout piece of work in Xbox One’s launch lineup, nor does it pull off any amazing technical tricks — but it’s a fun, cheap ride busting at the gills with an absurd amount of charm.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Stoked is priced at a sweet $40. So even if a tricks-splosion isn't your personal boarding nirvana, there's enough great stuff in this game that you'd be crazy not to check it out. [Mar 2009, p.82]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    The new Killer Instinct succeeds at stoking nostalgic fires while updating the action. However, a piecemeal season-based approach means that the initial incarnation is extremely light on content, revealing a fighter that’s as packed with vibrant combos as it is unfulfilled promise.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    If only the title had been given a full HD makeover instead of sticking with its decade-old graphics, more players would've been turned on to this lost gem. [Oct 2009, p.82]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    With WWE 2K14’s comprehensive roster and WrestleMania fan service, it’s hard not to find something to dig your teeth into à la George “The Animal” Steele on a turnbuckle. Still, we’ve seen the series tell better stories and work better between the ropes, making it tough not to notice the flaws in what might be the last dedicated current-gen match.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    But it's certainly easier to grit your teeth through some frustration when almost every level has an intriguing new wrinkle.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Between the stages' constantly changing art style, the strange story, the unforgettable cast, and the novel take on action combat, this game is definitely worth checking out for people seeking something new. [Sept 2011, p.74]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Still, the big missions get a bit too big by the end, especially when you keep thinking you're going to fight the last guy, only to be forced to endure one tedius jumping puzzle after the next. [Jun 2006, p.83]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Sure NCAA is prettier on 360 (the stadiums and crowd atmosphere are particularly sweet), and hey, we love racking up Achievements as much as you do, but the vastly deeper Xbox 1 version (OXM score: 90) is really the only serious option. [Sept 2006, p.81]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    You're in for a snooze if you demand a hurried pace and copious eye candy, but dice-rolling dungeon nuts will happily while away a dozen hours over the course of Vandal Hearts' satisfying ride. [Jan 2010, p.69]
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