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 Batman: Arkham City
Lowest review score: 10 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
2495 game reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Hell wars doesn't promise any particular greatness, but for a quick $30 FPS thrill-ride, it'll do nicely. [July 2006, p.85]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though Space Ark is a visual riot of bright pastels, sparkly special effects, and supermarket-circular-burst graphics, it'd be a stretch to say it ever becomes truly exciting. [July 2010, p.85]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Wet
    A super-accessible, stylish, over-the-top slaughterfest. [Dec 2009, p.80]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    So yeah, Stranglehold does a great job of aspiring to the qualities of Woo's movies, but unfortunately, it just doesn't aspire to be a truly great game. [Nov 2007, p.86]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It absolutely nails the atmosphere. [July 2010, p.81]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a cute toy without enough pieces to build anything truly great. [May 2005, p.84]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It shines as a fun but pricey distraction. [May 2008, p.76]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If all you want is Knuckles' debut, this is a fine $5 deal. [Oct 2009, p.77]
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    • 43 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fluffy ultraviolence. [Sept 2010, p.79]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Lips: Number One Hits certainly isn't a full-fledged sequel to Microsoft's singing debut, nor does it come across as a quick cash-in with new songs. [Holiday 2009, p.83]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With 20-plus cars to unlock (and upgrade) and modes ranging from straight-up, no-weapons racing to missions where you protect a VIP--all of which are seriously more fun when up to four buddies join in--Scrap Metal is more than worth the $10 download. [Jun 2010, p.81]
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    • 70 Critic Score
    The central story mode follows December's movie with players unlocking successive sets of songs and stages. Free play and same-screen co-op modes round out the package, with all content generously unlocked from the start. Between the kid-friendly dance-a-thon and the Chipmunk singing, Chipwrecked is equal parts adorable and grating. Your young ones will have a blast getting down with Alvin and his pals while you can at least take solace in the easy Gamerscore boost.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    But it’s still a letdown. If only this had been packaged with more goodies or delivered digitally for a more reasonable price.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's not the most spirited or original game, but Realms' raw intensity and chaotic excitement will keep you playing.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    That nostalgia isn't worth 15 bucks. [July 2009, p.84]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fighting tanks, getting ambushed, and creeping through jungles provide enough variety to keep armchair generals satisfied. [Nov 2004, p.85]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Amazing speed, fluid graphics. [Feb 2006, p.81]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Dreamfall's downfall may be that it's too ambitious. But control issues aside, its epic story has us wishing that we won't have to wait another six years for the series' final resolution. [Jun 2006, p.80]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Prizefighter is definitely a contender in the guilty-pleasure category: its story mode trumps the competition’s, and though its fighting mechanics won’t dethrone the current champ, they still pack a simple, straightforward wallop.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Assault Heroes is a no-nonsense blaster with plenty of co-op chaos and a lust for making hordes of things go boom. [Feb. 2007, p.77]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Plus there's no Quidditch - what's with that noise? [Aug 2004, p.78]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Battlestations may not be the deepest or prettiest WWII-themed 360 game on the shelves, but it still hits a solid broadside. [Mar 2007, p.80]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    But none of those gripes can compare to the biggest crime committed here: no co-op! In a game that focuses more than a little on the exploits of two seemingly inseparable brothers, why would we not be able to bring a friend down the dusty trail? That absence is completely inexcusable, and the addition of pointless, paint-by-numbers competitive multiplayer only adds insult to injury.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With your $60 on the line, however, it's only multiplayer that rescues TimeShift from the throes of average-dom. [Holiday 2007, p.74]
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Sadly, infuriating difficulty spikes--exacerbated by unskippable cutscenes and a lack of mid-chapter checkpoints--occasionally lead to frantic, fun-sucking button-mashing, as do moments of what-the-hell's-happening chaos. [Dec 2011, p.78]
    • 40 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With better tuning, this could be a much more fun game. As it is, we'd strongly advise you to check out the game's finicky controls for yourself in the demo before you commit. [Jan 2008, p.66]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Lego Batman is loaded with goofy charm and humor, its original storyline is paper-thin.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    All the glitches make single-play stumble, but the game looks good, sounds great, and runs smooth like butta. [Jun 2006, p.86]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    FaceBreaker delivers fast online brawls, and the constant back-and-forth of counters, stuns, and outrageous signature moves yields a surprising amount of room for strategy and style. As tiresome as solo scuffles become, exciting multiplayer bouts against unpredictable humans save FaceBreaker from a TKO.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Doesn't make any earth-shattering changes to its predecessor, but it also doesn't break anything, either. [Aug 2009, p.76]