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 Mass Effect
Lowest review score: 10 Pulse Racer
Score distribution:
2495 game reviews
    • 93 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    It's just that brilliant. [Aug 2005, p.76]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 95 Critic Score
    The nuanced tweaks and countless subtle refinements really ratchet up the atmosphere and make Dead Space 2 a richer, more streamlined experience...There's a sure-footed confidence this time around that gives the ghastly proceedings a level of character investment and polish that Dead Space never quite achieved. [Feb 2011, p.29]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Jade's world is its foremost strength. A fantastical mix of myths and pure fiction, you'll find it hard to put the controller down once you've been sucked in. [Apr 2005, p.40]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    Nothing short of breathtaking... The "Star Wars" game that fans of the movies have been waiting for since 1977. [Sept 2003, p.74]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    A stunning and rare achievement that makes you feel happy to be a gamer. [Jan 2004, p.56]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 90 Metascore
    • 94 Critic Score
    It's a stunning achievement in design, playability, good old-fashioned fun, and in my humble opinion the best Xbox game this year. [Dec 2003, p.82]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 94 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Powersliding through a curve at 75 mph and missing a tractor trailer by a hair's breadth should prompt a few calls to your cardiologist. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll scream until you giggle. The pure visceral experience of Burnout 3 is as intense as racing gets. [Oct 2004, p.58]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The super-smooth graphics and wonderful gameplay mean this is almost a home run. [Aug 2003, p.80]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Not only is ESPN an outrageously inexpensive AAA-level game, it's also the best NFL title on the Xbox at any price. [Sept 2004, p.83]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Almost the definition of a triple-A title. It's got everthing - good online play, amazingly fun and addictive action, options up the wazoo, a graphics engine that will make your eyes well up - and it's all polished to a glistening shine... It's a spectacle to behold. [March 2005, p.32]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The on-court action is a monstrous, 52-inch vertical leap forward in authenticity and immersion. [Dec 2004, p.88]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 88 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    Expertly balanced, with tons of options to keep you improving either your golfer or your wardrobe or your course. [Nov 2004, p.80]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 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]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 92 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    The best football game on the Xbox (or any other system) this year. [Oct 2002, p.100]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 91 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    No game, no TV broadcast... flat-out nothing I've ever seen has come close to re-creating the intensity of a real NFL experience like ESPN Football's First Person Football mode. [Oct 2003, p.73]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 93 Critic Score
    A stunning beauty with deep gameplay to match. [Nov 2002]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Water, sky, textures, animation, design, particle effects, draw distance, frame rates - every visual feature excels and entrances. You have to see Crimson Skies move. It'll move you. [Dec 2003, p.126]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The creators at Obsidian have crafted an amazingly compelling story with just the right tweaks and upgrades to keep the action fresh. [Jan 2005, p.30]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Graphically, FIFA charms, but the gameplay is sublime. [Dec 2003, p.146]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 86 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Best Xbox Live game ever made? Yeppers. Best first-person shooter this year? Indeed. [Dec 2003, p.54]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The Hell levels are beautiful in their nightmarishness. Add in cool features like online play and the inclusion of older Doom games, and you've got a genuine horror masterpiece for the Xbox. [Apr 2005, p.82]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 92 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Crisp, tight controls, hilariously dramatic dialog, and oodles of options make Soul Calibur II an instant classic. [Nov 2003, p.128]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    The best part of this game is the absolute depth and replay value that'll keep you coming back for more. [Dec 2002, p.128]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 88 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    Where else can you grind up a neon-lit, dragon-shaped skyscraper while launching a graffiti assault on a bunch of red-headed punkettes in tube tops? Absolutely nowhere. [Apr 2002, p.66]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 92 Critic Score
    There's so much goodness packed into Tides of War that it's impossible not to find something to like. Return to Castlewolfenstein is truly an incredible, value-laced package. [May 2003, p.20]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    This is easily the most realistically simulated home field advantage in all of digital sports. [August 2004]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Visually, Aggressive Inline is up there with the best of them. The levels are loaded with small details, all of which can be interacted with in some way. [Oct 2002, p.104]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    A visual feast with each car modeled with incredible care. Everything from the texture work right down to the tiny car logos on the hoods is impeccable. [Oct 2002, p.110]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    The variety of play, including obstacle courses, photo shoots, midnight races and stunt driving is staggering. Wreckless is a work of art. [Mar 2002, p.63]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Critic Score
    Technical quibbles aside, Deus Ex is a brilliant RPG that manages to pull off freeform gameplay without a hitch. It's as smart as you want it to be, and cuts no gameplay corners. [Holiday 2003, p.72]
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