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 3.8 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 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
2,495 game reviews
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Super-addictive twitchfest with a terrific theme. [Sept 2008, p.74]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    For DDR newcomers, then, Universe 2 is the complete and definitive package. Longtime fans, on the other hand, will be left wondering how so little extra content can justify so full a price tag.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Armored Core 4 might be uninspired and forgettable, but beggars can't be choosers. [May 2007, p.74]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Crash of the Titans makes a solid, if uninspiring, choice for younger fans of the series, but everyone else should head for more enjoyable all-ages fare like "Beautiful Katamari" or even--yes--"Surf's Up". [Holiday 2007, p.82]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 81 Critic Score
    The most polished and enjoyable hunting game ever made. It's surprisingly well-designed, with graphics and environments that actually make you feel like you're roaming the great outdoors. [Dec 2003, p.130]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, Kinect problems abound: the fussy, imprecise motion-reading is frustrating(especially when you're blocking and deflecting attacks), and some of your physical actions require exaggerated movements. [Oct 2012, p.79]
    • 65 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Powerstar Golf has its enjoyable strokes, whether playing solo, with local buddies, or while challenging an online rival's best score in an asynchronous mode, but truly head-scratching skill and progression choices diminish what's already an uninspiring clone.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Brave can be endearing and diverting, particularly if a parent and child work together via local co-op. Unfortunately, the whole journey lasts only four hours or so, and the bonus Kinect archery mini-game won't keep you playing for much longer.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The confusing narrative, poor voice acting, and lackluster puzzles make the game hard to love, but if “weird” is your niche, this trip offers some solid entertainment.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A fascinating diversion you could spend the rest of your life pursuing, but this presentation of it is disappointingly short on frills.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Mind-numbingly repetitive. [Jan 2006, p.75]
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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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    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    It all moves at such a slow pace that there's no feeling of excitement or achievement in finishing a level. [May 2009, p.84]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    It starts to get a bit mind-numbing by around level 20 if you play solo, but when you bring some friends along for the adventure, your evening will quickly disappear in a puff of fun. [Jun 2006, p.61]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Other than the stunning graphics, Tao Feng doesn't excel in any other area, but is quite competent in most. [May 2003, p.72]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 51 Critic Score
    With better graphics and better (read: more fun) controls, Crash 'n Burn could be a standout racer. [Holiday 2004, p.87]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Arena Football may be a little rough around the edges, but it has the potential to grow. [Mar 2006, p.77]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    As you grit your teeth through 30 missions, you'll run into frustration aplenty. [Feb 2012, p.76]
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Critic Score
    It's the lack of real depth that will definitely bore serious gamers, but for the under-six set, Spyro is very easy to get into and understand. [Holiday 2004, p.87]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    You're just a little spaceship trying to collect crystals while dodging mines and various creatures. [Jun 2006, p.61]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    It slowly dawned on us that that's all there is to the game. [Oct 2009, p.82]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    As difficult as it is for a self-proclaimed story-aholic to admit, the flow of combat and epic exploration is enough to make the Gothic series' console debut an interesting experience, despite the mind-boggling story design.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A few more maps, a few more multiplayer modes, a few more unique areas in the campaign, and a few more fear-inducing moments would’ve gone a long way toward making Aliens vs. Predator set off gamers’ motion trackers. Instead, it registers as simply a medium blip on the radar — a second-shelf shooter that falls just short of fulfilling the incredible potential of its license.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's a solid approach in both concept and execution, but the game just doesn't offer enough to keep you interested for long. [Mar 2010, p.81]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    As a story that up-ends an icon, Testament certainly delivers for the bulk of your adventure, stumbling only in its weaker, latter third. What hurts the game more, unfortunately, are its dicey production values.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    This game’s not just bizarre, it’s downright schizophrenic. And while we’re used to — and even enjoy — some of these sorts of wild hijinks from mad-genius Suda51 and his team at Grasshopper, Killer Is Dead’s individual components never coalesce into a worthwhile experience.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Online multiplayer and tournaments liven up the competition, but London 2012's uneven gameplay makes it more of a sampler plate than a main course.
    • 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]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 82 Critic Score
    Desite this strictly linear gameplay, there are still times when you'll be confused as to what you're supposed to do next. That just doesn't equal a fun gaming experience by any stretch of the imagination. [Jan 2005, p.82]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Hardcore realism and all kinds of cool real-world weapons and vehicles. [Holiday 2005, p.83]
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