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 BioShock
Lowest review score: 10 Pulse Racer
Score distribution:
2495 game reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This repetition, combined with Severed's short runtime(two chapters beaten in around two hours), keeps it squarely in the realm of diehard devotees. [May 2011, p.75]
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though you don't get much for your extra $20, the slight gameplay tweaks make the 360 version of MLB 2K6 the best choice if you've got both systems. [Jun 2006, p.78]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    What it does deliver is a clearer, darker look at Wolf’s depressingly downbeat landscape, complete with trolls shooting smack and corrupt, greedy bureaucrats. It’s as mesmerizing as it is glum, using the series’ stark, black-and-neon backdrops as visual clues to Fabletown’s — and Bigby’s — split nature.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A strong example of challenging, polished 16-bit platform gameplay. [Oct 2009, p.80]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It may be a poor man's "Ratchet," but at least it's not a phoned-in bargain-basement "Ratchet" ripoff. [Nov 2005, p.131]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Playing against other people online, you'll have a decent time, but solo players will miss out entirely on the sense of satisfaction that comes from outwitting another person. [Nov 2010, p.81]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's worth putting up with the game's frustrating failures for the chance to defeat 100 Agent Smiths. [Jan 2006, p.68]
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    • 70 Critic Score
    This DLC isn't quite the arm-jerking reflex test that Gunstringer's Real Big Shootin' DLC was - you have to be quick but careful in deciding whether to shoot targets - but both packs were built purely for diehard fans. If that's you, spend the $3.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Jedi Academy was a solid game on PC, but sadly, the Xbox version falls far short in nearly every regard. [Holiday 2003, p.85]
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    • 70 Critic Score
    All three modes are fast-paced and enjoyable, but don't expect them to add anything major to the game: aside from letting you gradually unlock weapons and characters that can also be earned in Mercenaries (including the new, faceless Agent and mysterious Carla Radames), they're a little shallow.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mired by clumsy controls and spotty friendly AI, this sequel can't decide whether or not it wants to be a tactical realistic shooter or simply a run-and-gun arcade fragfest. [Nov 2003, p.114]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Front Mission Evolved doesn't deliver the innovation its name suggests, but it does offer the best classic mech action on 360, and fans of big-bot wars will enjoy it. [Nov 2010, p.82]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The cartoonish, blocky graphics don't help, but constantly challenging gameplay and surprisingly smart A.I. make this a game that all strategy nuts will enjoy. [Oct 2008, p.85]
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    • 70 Critic Score
    Without multiplayer or varied play modes, Rhythm Party can be conquered in a snap. But it's an entertaining and solidly priced treat for Kinect dance fans who need a fresh distraction.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yes, the graphics are sharply upgraded, the new 12-player online matches are wicked fun, the Franchise mode is deep and detailed, and the silly Zamboni mini-game somehow mesmerized us. But with NHL 09 turning in such an all-star performance (see review, left), this exercise in nostalgia is enjoyable…but unnecessary.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you wish your home had room for a pinball table, put this in your collection. [Feb 2005, p.80]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    We'd recommend this Trilogy more if most of its content wasn't available for free or a lot less money on other platforms. But what's here is still plenty addictive, challenging you with many hours of fun.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Want an excuse to keep climbing ledges and sailing the high seas? This downloadable Assassin's Creed III pack gives you exactly that, and little more.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's one of the brighter spots in this somewhat patchy DLC set, but serious online players needn't shrug off a welcome injection of variety. [April 2014, p.73]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Multiplayer offers little besides in-person crowing or comfort, and the difficulty ratings for songs are somewhat uneven, but for $10 plus roughly another $20 for a dance mat from eBay, Dance! does a cheap, solid job of training you to hop between four arrows effectively. [Nov 2010, p.67]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While we would've had the first female Dead Rising hero headline a full length game, Fallen Angel is a nice add on with excellent storytelling beats and a beefier adventure than Broken Eagle. [May 2014, p.77]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Beyond the visuals, the new Live is a completely fresh experience, rebuilt from scratch for Xbox 360. [Holiday 2005, p.94]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Game of Thrones lacks the absorbing gameplay and polished presentation that'd help set it among the 360's finer RPGs. But those already committed to the realm won't regret the couple dozen hours they'll spend under its narrative spell.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Up
    Obviously, Up wasn't meant for adults, but the kid in all of us can find something to enjoy in it. [Aug 2009, p.74]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    However you look at it, the so-so cardplay (you can choose Texas Hold ’Em or Omaha this time) does offer some nifty real-world prizes for winning challenges and tournaments: several unlockable heads and skins for use in Borderlands 2, plus five 360 Avatar items. It’ll take a number of hours to get them all, although while you’re working on that, you can also spend your in-game cash on custom chips, decks, and felts for use within Poker Night 2 itself.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Twenty-seven years later, the game's Live Arcade version is still stressing us out, but in good ways. [Aug 2007, p.79]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's just a prettier version of a really enjoyable multiplayer game. [June 2002, p.76]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Still, even the subtle control lag that crops up online can't diminish the ham-fisted charm of each vicious contest, so retro fans shouldn't think twice about dropping 10 bucks on Speedball 2. [Oct 2007, p.81]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It might not hold your attention for too long, but it's not meant to.

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