Official Xbox Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 2,504 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 3.5 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Grand Theft Auto V
Lowest review score: 10 Bad Boys: Miami Takedown
Score distribution:
2,504 game reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes the crashing so addictive is the visual, visceral spectacle of the fully deformable vehicles piling into each other, catching air, rolling, and spinning across the highway. [July 2003, p.82]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    We've seen a few middling attempts at Vietnam War experiences, but this one rocks because it doesn't try to bring politics or sense to the table--just lots and lots of death. [March 2011, p.77]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
    • 88 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The finely tuned play mechanics are what make the game so astonishingly fun to play. [Mar 2002, p.68]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Other than improved controls, stylish presentation, and a better MyCareer mode, NBA 2K13 doesn't provide a significant leap forward. But then again, this series wasn't really lacking much in the first place.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    2012's edition of Rocksmith suffered from some slight latency problems, making it hard to hit notes accurately. This year's release fixes that. [Jan 2014, p.67]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Beneath its sometimes bombastic layer of blockbuster-level polish, Halo 4 hides a complicated heart filled with intelligent sci-fi and a surprising amount of humanity and soul. Count us in for Chief's next outing. We'll be ready.
    • 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]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Now this is the right way to do a Platinum Hit! [Jun 2006, p.81]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The best addition, though, is undoubtedly the glorious 10-vs.-10 Be A Pro online mode, which lets every participant commit to a single position for the duration.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    The fact that it's a mere five levels long and can be frustratingly difficult might limit the game's appeal, but it's hard not to appreciate Ikaruga's meticulously crafted brilliance. [May 2008, p.75]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In around three hours, Lair gives you a mystery to solve; tense shootouts in several locations(including the outside of a spaceship!); a"car" chase through the skies of Ilium; and engrossing boss battles. [Nov 2010, p.81]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While Dirt 3 takes surprising steps backward in terms of social networking, thereby limiting its addictiveness, it's still the best way to head off-road without winding up in the hospital.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The Xbox equivalent of "War & Peace." [August 2002, p.77]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Glorious looking, fast moving fighter with all the right moves. [Dec 2001]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A truly fantastic college football game. [Aug 2005, p.88]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's enough cool stuff here--undead animals, fanciful new mounts, and fantastic new weapons--that it's among the best game add-ons on 360 to date. [Jan 2011, p.76]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 86 Critic Score
    Some of the prettiest graphics to ever grace a racing game – console or PC-based. [Apr 2002, p.82]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 88 Critic Score
    Nothing compares to NFL2K2’s replays. We’ve watched hundreds, yet we’re still impressed each time we see one. [Mar 2002, p.77]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Control deserves special mention, as it is especially top-notch. Despite the fast-paced nature of the game, it still feels like you're controlling a hulking, four-story robot. [Jan 2003, p.72]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the uphill difficulty curve, repetitive commentary, and long loading times, Round 4 is a force that topples its mind-blowing predecessor in every category. You will get punched in the face, and you will love it. [Aug 2009, p.64]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fact is that there's no other Xbox game that offers you the uniquely multi-layered experience that BG&E does. And isn't that what gaming is all about? [Dec 2003, p.98]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 87 Critic Score
    The most polished, complete, and best-looking basketball game ever made. [Dec 2002, p.108]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While Substance is absolutely a gorgeous-looking game and has tons of gameplay options, its graphics engine sometimes performs a bit below par. [Feb 2003, p.60]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s pure arcade fun, and easily the best game to hit XBLA so far this year.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Probably the core of what makes this game such a blast is the handling. It’s not as scientific and demanding as Forza’s, nor is it as slap-happy loose as Need for Speeds of old, but it hits a nice sweet spot between real and fun.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    Though far from perfect and using some very standard gameplay mechanics, Rayman Origins is easily one of the best family-friendly games in years.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It's madness worth embracing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    All three tables look gorgeous, and all the familiar dialogue clips and sounds are a treat, too. Star Wars Pinball never up-ends the formula quite as much as Avengers Chronicles’ selectable balls and upside-down table did, but silverball and sci-fi buffs will adore it nonetheless.