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 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 BioShock
Lowest review score: 10 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
2495 game reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Older kids will undoubtedly roll their eyes at this harmless sequel, but its simple platforming hub and dozens of unpredictable mini-game spokes cater nicely to youngsters with short attention spans. [Jan 2009, p.75]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Has enough satisfying moments to warrant a playthrough, but only a patient gamer will make it to the brilliant final hour. [July 2010, p.76]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Backed by identical(and cheesy)interfaces and feature sets, all three do an excellent job of re-creating there respective game, though their finest hour comes over live multiplay. [Jun 2006, p.64]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With the power to shift the very earth beneath your feet, Fracture could have reshaped the action genre. But repetitive missions and a barren plot leave only the multiplayer to shake this shooter loose from the rest.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    BGH feels somewhat real. [Jan 2008, p.69]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you love surprises yielded by the collision of inventive card abilities, you'll get a respectable kick from Culdcept Saga. [Feb 2008, p.78]
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Ion Assault occasionally feels insubstantial and rarely replicates the big, tense moments of other thrill-a-second shooters, but it works well as a slightly more strategic alternative. [Nov 2009, p.72]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Warts and all, Rogue Trooper's a perfectly decent rip, and as comic-book tie-ins go, it's better than most. [July 2006, p.82]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a damn good hack'-n'-slash game based on and sharing a name with the game that spawned the genre. Elf may be about to die, but let's hope this series doesn't. [Feb 2006, p.78]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    With its charming, colorful sandbox of tools, there's definitely a micro-managing itch that Zoo Tycoon handily scratches - we just wish the thrills stuck around a bit longer.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    N+
    What makes N+ really new and fresh though is its customizability. [Jan 2008, p.66]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The super-basic matchmaking and sometimes-laggy online play are also disappointing, especially coming from the developer that brought us BlazBlue's superb netcode. Ultimately, this game's a good value; just be prepared to do a lot of your own research if you want to grow beyond a rudimentary level - and get local buddies to do the same if you want competition.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The jaggies are gone/ The framerate is much faster/ Still no Rogue Leader. [Haiku Review - Feb 2002, p.80]
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    • 51 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    You've played this game before, but action-sports fans with a sick sense of humor should still suit up for the ride. [Aug 2006, p.77]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    My 4-year-old said the worst part of the game was "having to turn it off," which probably tells you all you need to know! [July 2008, p.64]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Black Knight's unique presentation is certainly memorable, and fans of hardcore combat platformers like Mega Man will relish its considerable challenges. But less masochistic souls will just curse up a blue streak and move on to something less merrily sadistic. [Nov 2012, p.77]
    • 68 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Fun for a quick multiplayer spar, but it doesn't come close to what we were hoping for nor what the Xbox really needs. [Apr 2003, p.85]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    A hard game to review simply because it's so very, very good in almost all the right places except for its length. [Dec 2002, p.105]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    The basketball itself is lacking in comparison to the amount of culture and attitude. [Oct 2002, p.112]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    As you progress through the game's 15 missions (and 20 challenges), the action often deteriorates into essentially chasing giant icons as opposed to enemy aircraft. The monotony isn't alleviated by anything innovative or daring the gameplay. [Jan 2004, p.83]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    With the single-player game so clearly in focus, it's disappointing that it plods along so unevenly, and at times, progress feels like you're wading through molasses rather than zipping through the ether. [Jan 2005, p.78]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    It's a decent surf sim, but by no means definitive. [Nov 2002, p.120]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    The game behind the skimpy clothes fails to impress... The play balance is simply no fun. [Mar 2003, p.78]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    A brawler at its heart, Gladiator is not short on blood or action, but it is lacking somewhat in depth. [Dec 2003, p.92]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    It's clean and playable. That's all. [May 2003, p.75]
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    • 49 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    Just enough to satisfy the console fishing vet. [Sept 2003, p.83]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    This should make a good party game for the grownups, especially over Xbox Live. [June 2004, p.81]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    More savvy veterans should beware of platformer deja vu. [Nov 2002, p.129]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    A PS2 port that went un-enhanced but otherwise plays fairly well, but it's not without some flaws. [Jan 2002]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 68 Critic Score
    A decent "Max Payne" clone whose gimmicky kills eventually wear off and yield to the mediocre gameplay. They're on the right track, though. [Feb 2005, p.81]
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