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 Gears of War 3
Lowest review score: 10 World War II Combat: Road to Berlin
Score distribution:
2495 game reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We're not saying that multiplayer's rippling muscle excuses the solo campaign's disappointing flab. But as long as you're not dead-set against venturing online, Battlefield 3 is a tremendously satisfying way to go to war.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Shift is hugely entertaining, but remember that it’s not about the sillier fun of its Need for Speed predecessors. It’s about the nail-biting intensity and challenge of hanging on to your car at high speed, and as long as that’s how you like your racing, you’ll disappear into this game.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    [Skill Games] aside, FIFA 14 oozes style, authenticity, and bold design from start to finish. It looks and feels better than ever - and that's no small feat considering the series' incredibly rich tradition.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The boxers ripple with animated musculature and move with a lightning smoothness, while the brutal injuries and blood sprays make you sincerely regret every opening you leave for your opponent. [March 2005, p.76]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All of this action and adventure is brought to life by a combination of tight technology and superb control. The graphics are colorful and do a great job tapping into the Xbox GPU while maintaining a great frame-rate throughout. [Nov 2003, p.100]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The most surprisingly addictive shooter of the year. [Holiday 2003, p.84]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game isn't about simulating racing; it's about creating fun out of it. And it succeeds beautifully, one thrilling white knuckle at a time.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In fact, it's the opposite: a cranked-up and damn near hypnotic high-energy sprint across a flashy, ever-shifting psychedelic racetrack. [Feb 2011, p.79]
    • 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]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The fastest, smoothest, best sounding, best playing version of an already great game. [Dec 2002, p.88]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While the game's first 10 hours still give me pause, the 60 magnificent hours after those initial steps onto Cocoon make up for the tunnel-vision tutorial. [Apr 2010, p.68]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At four hours, Gunstringer's a short ride, but it's a thrilling one you shouldn't miss.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Easier to pick up and play (and faster pace) than previous Maddens, without losing any strategic depth.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Mortal Kombat still isn't quite up to Street Fighter's level of complexity, but it's a deep, incredibly brutal fighter nonetheless, offering tons of variety and hidden extras. It's a goofier reboot than we were expecting, but it's also the most fun the MK series has been in years.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    All of this boils down to gameplay that is slower-paced, more realistic, and lightyears more satisfying than "Top Spin 2's" or anything with "Virtua" in its name. [June 2008, p.74]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whether you love or hate Michael Jordan, 2K11 is the finest hoops title to come along in a long time for its near-perfect presentation of both Number 23 and the other greatest players of his era. The Jordan Challenge mode could almost be its own game.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gamers who are prepared to think — and commit for the long, long haul — will revel in a story that touches on resonant issues and puts the fate of a spectacular world in your hands.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Polished, clever, and full of fun, Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones wraps up the Prince's saga with the style and grace it deserves. [Jan 2006, p.82]
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    • 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]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This series has always been known for its presentation — particularly its animation — and 2K10 is no exception. Big and small, the movements are all so perfect now that the occasional gaffe jumps out only because it’s a reminder that you’re not watching a real NBA game.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though Super Street Fighter IV lacks the impact of its predecessor, it's still engrossing, enthralling, and plain ol' fun. [May 2010, p.70]
    • 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]
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A stunner, refreshing the tried-and-true formula with fantastic visual pop and engaging new modes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Next to its predecessor, Dragon Age II may be a slightly altered beast, but the minute Isabela slyly chirps "I like big boats, I cannot lie" to a Desire Demon in the murky Fade, you'll realize this game offers some of the deepest, nerdiest, most worthwhile 40 to 60 hours you'll ever love losing sleep over. [April 2011, p.70]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Weather effects are, believe it or not, even better now, highlighted by the blowing rain in the final single-player mission. [Sept 2003, p.79]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If you like action-RPGs, superhero games, or both, a smack-tacular adventure awaits. [Holiday 2006, p.82]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Skate finds the sweet spot between boring simulation and hyper-realism--then totally owns it. [Nov 2007, p.98]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    While it lasts, though, Vanquish is one hell of a ride. [Nov 2010, p.84]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In a strange way, Prey feels really old-school despite all its innovation, and that feeling is strongest in its simple but excellent multiplayer. [Sept 2006, p.74]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fortunately, what this exceptional new version of a PC favorite lacks in story, it more than makes up for with deep character customization, ever-more-powerful loot, and a dungeon-generation system that'll devour whole days of your life. [April 2011, p.76]

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