Official Xbox Magazine's Scores

  • Games
For 2,521 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 Gears of War 3
Lowest review score: 10 Pulse Racer
Score distribution:
2,521 game reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Nickelodeon may typically shoot for the young 'uns, but this cel-shaded RPG-ish action/adventure is loads of beat-'em-up fun for adults as well. [Holiday 2006, p.86]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Despite clocking in at around 2.5 hours, The Redemption rushes you through the final paces of the three-part Tyranny of King Washington saga so doggedly — and with such gaping holes throughout the narrative — that we were left with a sense of nagging unfulfillment, not closure.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Texas Hold 'em has plenty of flaws that will justifiably tick off poker junkies, and hardcore players are better off with "Stacked" or one of the original xbox's other poker games. [Nov. 2006, p.77]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Triggerheart Exelica is the kind of brutally difficult bullet orgy that shooter otaku love. [May 2008, p.76]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    A collection like this should be extremely quick, easy fun, and Museum's quirks detract too much from that. [Holiday 2008, p.74]
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    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    The visuals and consciously retro soundtrack show a sense of style, but Sacred Citadel lacks the heart that defines the greatest brawlers. Use it to scratch an itch if you must, but if you’re new to action-RPGs, XBLA games like Castle Crashers and Guardian Heroes will prove far more rewarding.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The simple rules and appealing storybook presentation are wonderfully captivating for the two hours it takes to play through all 27 main levels. [Holiday 2009, p.81]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 79 Critic Score
    What it lacks in style or personality, Gun Metal more than makes up in gameplay and action.[Sept 2002, p.90]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    While Rogue Ops isn't quite up to the level of "Splinter Cell," it's pretty close. And Nikki's hot. Mark this one down as a big surprise, and pick it up. [Dec 2003, p.132]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 63 Critic Score
    As it is, the game plays it safe with a by-the-numbers kill-fest that's fast and fun while it lasts, but ultimately, like the movie, feels more like a matinee. [Aug 2004, p.78]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 45 Critic Score
    Relies on its demanding difficulty to disguise its creative bankruptcy. [Mar 2010, p.83]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    If it were a meal, Spider-Man 3 would be a very filling sweet-and-sour dish--often too tough, sometimes uneven, but ultimately very tasty for Spidey fans. [July 2007, p.80]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a limited, simplistic experience, but still an enjoyable one for old-school shooter fans. [Jan 2013, p.83]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 55 Critic Score
    Fatal's look hasn't exactly aged well, and SNK has done little to update the graphics. [Dec 2007, p.78]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    High-concept and high-action from beginning to end, Jericho is far closer to "Gears of War" and "Painkiller" than to "Condemned", but it's darker and gorier than all three combined. [Holiday 2007, p.66]
    • 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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    • 63 Metascore
    • 69 Critic Score
    It's clean and playable. That's all. [May 2003, p.75]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Critic Score
    Definitely worth trying, and legitimately funny in places. [Dec 2003, p.154]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Repetitious platforming may have cut the mustard back in the NES days, but today’s tech-savvy, multi-tasking kids won’t stand for it.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    What we really craved, though, were a little more story (beyond quick cutscenes and text) and some interesting puzzles - stuff that might've given us a better connection to the source material. As is, Scarygirl's pretty but feels a bit empty.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    It's nerve-jangling fun while it lasts, but unless you're a score whore, Contra loses its appeal once you beat its five missions. [Jan. 2007, p.77]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    For anyone who enjoys tossing cards, this game is a relaxing experience, and worth chilling out to. [Sept 2008, p.79]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    But any $20 game that lets you butt-stomp bad guys as a neon-green elephant earns props from me. [Feb. 2007, p.77]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This explosive follow-up builds on all the things we enjoyed about the first game while enhancing--or completely replacing--most of the elements that dragged Dead Men into the doldrums. [Oct 2010, p.70]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Bladestorm looks and plays better than "Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires", so longtime fans should enjoy this more next-gen DW-style title until "Dynasty Warriors 6" hits the battlefield next year. [Dec 2007, p.76]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Sadly, significant omissions derail this misguided offering, making it fairly unfulfilling. [July 2011, p.78]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 85 Critic Score
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    Raiden IV could’ve been a genre godsend for a devoted fanbase; instead, it proves merely adequate.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 65 Critic Score
    Problem is, the aesthetics are disconcerting. [Aug 2009, p.76]