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: 70
Highest review score: 100 BioShock
Lowest review score: 10 Pulse Racer
Score distribution:
2495 game reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Beautifully balanced vehicles. [Aug 2010, p.82]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Varied events, sparkling social challenges, and rowdy online skirmishes make Dirt Showdown the rare spinoff that's as amazing as its much-loved predecessor, albeit in its own unique way. It's an absolute blast throughout, and proof that accessible, arcade-style thrills and spills can still deliver via superb execution.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This impressive update beats out its 360 counterpart...just like it did last year. [Sept 2007, p.83]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Playing through Kong is one of the freshest gaming experiences we've had all year. [Holiday 2005, p.34]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, if you've invested in a Kinect, this is definitely the game you must pick up to showcase to your friends and justify your purchase.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What pushes the gameplay over the top is how at any time you can let go of the rope, pull off some wild tricks and call the rope back. [Aug 2003, p.76]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A House Divided makes a strong case for being the best episode of Telltale’s Walking Dead series to date, but it’s more amazing to think on what's being set up for the rest of the season.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    After weathering the somewhat diminishing returns of Revelations and ACIII, Black Flag is exactly the shot in the arm Assassin’s Creed needed. It’s dependably fun, endlessly engrossing, and filled with tons of ready distractions everywhere you look, all while bringing to life a fascinating period of history with an engaging story and memorable characters. And if that isn’t enough, it’s the best game about pirates we’ve ever played.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The mix of stealth, assault, night-time and other types of missions means that things never get repetitive. [Dec 2002, p.140]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mastering the saber and the associated Force powers is a Herculean task, but when you do, this game turns from great to truly fantastic. [Dec 2002, p.151]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you're seeking a simple, entertaining, and supremely effective method of getting in shape (no dumbbells or reps required), or just an extremely satisfactory substitute for your local Zumba class (even if you choose to play alone to avoid accidentally beating up your multiplayer buddy), you'll definitely want to pick up this game.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So whether you're easily dazzled by superb graphics or are itchin' for some multiplayer-lovin', GRAW scores on both fronts as an impressive new chapter in the series. [Apr 2006, p.79]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Clever humor that'll have you chuckling for months. [Dec 2008, p.93]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    An overarching story broken up into five hilarious adventures, Beyond Time and Space is an incredible value. Sharp, witty dialogue and creative puzzles make this laugh-out-loud package a true delight.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's easy to pick nits about the weird Achievement appropriation, the fact that the games lack HD detail such as animated hair and high-quality lip-synching, and that two of the franchise's best games are absent. But the fact that three of the best stealth games ever made look even better in a $50 Xbox 360 package should put this collection on your radar.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The prospect of racing everything including the kitchen sink should be a recipe for disaster, but for Toca 3, it's not. [Mar 2006, p.80]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Spend your 800 Points with a smile, and dive deep. [Oct 2007, p.70]
    • tbd Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best standalone stories in the game.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    You could always power through with some special ammunition, or grind past opponents with charged sonic blasts. But really, you'll only be cheating yourself out of all those marvelously entertaining chain-reaction killing sprees and the resulting scoring bonuses. [Nov 2010, p.72]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A nine-hour, tension-filled rollercoaster ride. [Holiday 2005, p.66]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Civilization Revolution's sunny presentation and bountiful depth might not be sufficient to draw legions of newcomers to turn-based strategy, but it easily the single greatest example of the genre ever to grace a console. [Aug 2008, p.70]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But the overall experience just somehow feels a tad incomplete, like a shiny Ferrari Enzo with an old Burger King wrapper on the passenger seat. [July 2005, p.80]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Between the remarkably replayable eight-hour campaign and competitive multiplayer, BattleBlock Theater already offers an exceptional value for your $15. But the cherry on top is a level editor that allows anyone to create, decorate, and upload their own collections of linked levels, complete with secret areas.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It doesn't have the clever story or wacked-out writing of "GTA", but it trumps that game so severely when it comes to doing the same kind of gameplay that it deserves its own sub-genre of clones. [Feb 2005, p.78]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But at $20 for what is basically last year's quality game on original Xbox or $60 for the irresistible package on the 360 title offers, there's a lot to love on either platform. [Jan. 2007, p.76]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Artorias is for hardcore players only, but anyone still playing Dark Souls at this point easily meets that requirement. It's a fantastic addition to an already great game, and a no-brainer purchase for anyone still under Dark Souls' spell.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We're happy to report that Madden NFL 09 represents the pinnacle of the modern Madden era. [Sept 2008, p.68]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At its worst, Rock Band 2 feels like a massive expansion pack that fills in the gaps from the original game. At its best, it’s a rewarding and refined excuse to pick up your fake career where you left off — laughing and rocking with friends near and far for a group thrill that few other games can deliver.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Almost every facet's been upgraded - and somehow it's faster and even more of a blast than the original. [June 2004, p.70]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Breathtaking combination of visuals, music, and motion.

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