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 Gears of War 3
Lowest review score: 10 Ride to Hell: Retribution
Score distribution:
2495 game reviews
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Vampire Smile simply reasserts Ska Studios' placement on the top-tier rung of Xbox Arcade developers. [May 2011, p.80]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In the end, EA's got the player control, but Sega's got the online play and more realism, so that may be the difference-maker for you. [Dec 2003, p.153]
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    • 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]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The successes massively outweight the mistakes here - which, strangely enough, is exactly how we'd describe Matt Baker, the game's troubled hero. [Nov 2008, p.62]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We didn't get the "face in the game" feature that the PS2 has, which admittedly sucks, but this is still the best out there and it keeps getting better. [Jan 2004, p.66]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We love it when a sports game comes together. With NHL 09, all the potential this series has teased us with for the past two seasons has finally gelled into actual, grade-A greatness.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Arkane Studios has crafted what's likely the year's best new IP, and by tapping into elements of so many of this generation's greatest games, this adventure sneaks up, grabs you, and won't let go.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unless you absolutely loathe poker or puzzlers, buy this game. [Feb 2008, p.75]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Horizon may not be the natural successor to Forza 4, but it manages to steer the franchise in a fresh and entertaining new direction. Serious Xbox racers need a lot of room to properly stretch the legs of their Ferrari F-40s and Audi R8s, and Forza Horizon delivers that room - and those wonderfully responsive cars - in spades.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We’re more than a little sore about the inexcusable lack of online play, but between the startlingly sharp neon visual aesthetic, the bumping new soundtrack, and smartly integrated Achievements, Retro Evolved 2 sets a new standard for arcade shooters on any platform, downloadable or otherwise.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Whereas we loved DC2 and its routines with a fierce consciousness, Dance Central 3 infiltrated our bodies without our knowing it. [Dec 2012, p.80]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As long as you're not dead-set on playing by yourself, don't miss one of the most exciting and habit-forming co-op experiences on Live Arcade. [June 2011, p.81]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Borderlands 2 features an insane amount of content. Expect to spend at least 40 hours finishing the main story campaign, and much more than that to complete all the optional missions. Once you beat the campaign, you can replay the game in harder Vault Hunter mode with your veteran character for even better loot and rewards.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The Darkness II's copious gore might upset sensitive stomachs, but it's vastly superior to its predecessor in every respect, spinning a frantic, fantastic neo-noir nightmare you won't want to end. Even those who ordinarily dismiss horror with a shake of the head should give it a shot.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With HD Remix, it feels like you’re getting the Ferrari of 2D fighters — and it’ll cost you. The game is a moderately pricey $15, and while it’s playable with a standard controller, it pretty much demands a Hori Fighting Stick for the full arcade experience. But on both counts, the payoff is oh-so-worth the sacrifice.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Wrapped around the entire single-and-multiplayer package is, again, some of the best presentation in any Xbox 360 game to date...With single-player delivering another snipe-'em-if-ya-got-'em ride and multiplayer upping the ante with its everything-you-could-imagine delivery, GRAW2 easily achieves must-play status. [Apr 2007, p.54]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Together, this mix of realistic physics and wildly imaginative board design will keep you coming back until...well, Zen releases its next batch of tables. [Jan 2014, p.67]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Multiplayer maps feel thoroughly playtested, with more game types than you can shake a stick of C4 at. [Nov 2005, p.122]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At only 10 bucks, Charlie Murder is both a killer game and a solid value for solo artists; for anyone with a few friends willing to join the slaughter, it’s damn near mandatory.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A classic. [Dec 2001]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The graphics look great (special nod to nice lighting), and the animation is outstandingly lifelike. [Dec 2003, p.130]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For those new to the series, Resident Evil 5 may not be what you expect. It's neither scary nor survival horror, and though its story throws plenty of love to longtime fans, you don't need to be one to enjoy it. Ultimately, it's an action feast for two - with just a little gristle amid all the delicious blood, bone, and brains. [Mar 2009, p.58]
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This excellent sequel capitalizes on its precursor's strengths while breaking some fresh ground for the simulation genre. With its snazzy additions, sharper visuals, and gearhead-focused customization options, Shift 2 Unleashed strikes a fine balance between appealing to sim newbies and grizzled vets.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply put, UFC is the most realistic fighting game ever. [Apr 2002, p.68]
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    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But here it is: the finest version of the finest fighting game series, and with spot-on Xbox Live play. [Holiday 2007, p.64]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Red Alert keeps getting better as you play. [Holiday 2008, p.82]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Secret is the foremost example of the genre on Xbox — and arguably anywhere else.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fable III is most memorable not because it makes you laugh, but because it also makes you care. If a spouse gets carved up in your absence, you'll feel pangs of guilt. When your dog saves your bacon during a fight, you'll feel pride.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Forget discs and standalone releases. Here's how to repackage old games: with tender loving care.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Aside from some minor control annoyances - like the same button used for multiple actions (such as blade attacks and item pick-ups) - Shank's craftsmanship is largely impeccable. It's one of 2010's most memorable and exciting action games. For $15.