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 BioShock
Lowest review score: 10 Pulse Racer
Score distribution:
2495 game reviews
    • 56 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    With 110 cars, seven stupidly gigantic courses, amazing (if arcadey) graphics, and staggering freedom of movement (once you unlock free roam modes), it's hard not to recommend this. [July 2003, p.84]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Even the tire treads have depth to them. [Feb 2003, p.71]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    It never does anything exceedingly well, nor does it do anything poorly...Though solid in many aspects, [it's] ultimately underwhelming. [Nov 2003, p.120]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The relatively crackling gameplay and amusing atmosphere make for an enjoyable whole, and above all a decent party game. [Feb 2003, p.78]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    It does handle incredibly well, and the never less than lowbrow humor vaires from hilarious to so-stupid-it's-still-kinda-funny. It ain't perfect, but it's worth the ride. [Feb 2003, p.64]
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    • 42 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    What other puzzle game lets you play as a headphones-wearing monkey? [Mar 2003, p.80]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    While the exterior looks great, within is a flawed baseball game that needs a good bit of work. [Apr 2005, p.85]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    A welcome change from most lightgun games that stress "spray and pray" techniques because precision and skill are needed instead of mere blasting. [Apr 2004, p.82]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Makes a fun game of pick-up-and-play pigskin with some extra depth, but it could've been even more fulfilling. [Dec 2005, p.104]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    What it lacks in hardcore squad dynamics, however, it makes up for with its funky soundtrack, detailed graphics, and semi-tactical gameplay. CGT is competent, but not outstanding. [Dec 2005, p.110]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    The biggest problem is that (with very, very rare exceptions) you can only save at the end of a level...Imagine "Halo" without a recharging shield or checkpoints, and you'll start to get the idea. [Sept 2002, p.94]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, the game and story wrapped around this wondrous engine aren’t worthy of the visual splendor. [Mar 2002, p.72]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 74 Critic Score
    Add to this some of the game's camera problems and the smallish feel of each stage and Blinx is just slightly amiss of being the really creative, clever game it's premise hints at. [Dec 2002, p.96]
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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
    • 73 Critic Score
    What makes MD so interesting is the three varied abilities of the characters. [Feb 2002, p.68]
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    • 73 Critic Score
    Though it won't best the more enduring genre stalwarts like "Bust-A-Move," it has plenty of challenge for those tired of first-person shooting at full price. [Mar 2004, p.81]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    What's here is only half a game. Live play may be brilliant, but the single-player experience is sorely lacking. [Jan 2004, p.78]
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    • 68 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Many things: packed, fun, annoying, and humorously ironic. [Jan 2005, p.80]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Straighforward, visceral fun that may not be Oscar-worthy in the plot department, but provides plenty of popcorn-munching matinee-style entertainment for the over-17 crowd. [May 2004, p.72]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Dr. Muto's creativity, long length, and variety make it a good effort. [Jan 2003, p.78]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    For a game that challenges you to outthink and outmaneuver your opponents, it's a shame that Tenchu's enemy A.I. is so awful and the camera control so twitchy and unyielding. [May 2004, p.83]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Mafia's real crime, though, is that it's a very good game wrapped in an absolute technical mess. [June 2004, p.74]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 66 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Even if you're frustrated by dying on a jump for the 50th time, you'll still think it's funny as hell. [Dec 2004, p.73]
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    • 56 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Even on easy, beating the story means a thumb-callusing workout (And progress can't be saved.) [Feb 2003, p.78]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    The fighting engine won't win any awards for realism or responsiveness. (At times the punches lag behind your button presses.) But ultimately it's good enough for what the game is. [Dec 2002, p.142]
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    • 59 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Forget "Fuzion Frenzy," this is the better Xbox game to break out during a party. [Jan 2003, p.90]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Taking your talents onto Xbox Live is the real key. [March 2005, p.84]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    Phantom Crash isn't a game you can simply pick up and play, but for mech fans and those gamers always up for a singular adventure and a time consuming (but fun) weirdness - this is definitely your ticket. [Nov 2002, p.144]
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    • 47 Metascore
    • 73 Critic Score
    A few control problems prevent the game from being as fun as we'd like and the fighting engine is repetitive and too simple (even for kids). [Dec 2002, p.102]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The graphics are noticeably better, the gameplay is expanded upon, and it's twice as bloody as the first game. [Holiday 2004, p.67]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The showdown between pitcher and batter just isn't deep enough...Ultimately, ASB is an average game. [Apr 2004, p.74]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 75 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Throw in the aforementioned boobies - crammed into some hot leather corsets, mind you - and Darkwatch is all this bloodthirsty pardner really needs. [Oct 2005, p.104]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Instant replays - There aren't any! There's absolutely no excuse for that... especially on the Xbox. [June 2003, p.82]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Although the game's graphics absolutely scream "PS2 port," the programmers are to be commended for an almost supernaturally smooth frame rate throughout, with nary a stutter. [August 2002, p.82]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Proves enjoyable and instantly accessible. [Apr 2005, p.87]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    Mixing the party-friendly mini-games with Xbox Live and offline multiplayer may be enough to warrant a purchase, provided you're able to temper your single-player expectations. [Aug 2005, p.84]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The problem here is that little about Lotus Challenge really stands out. [May 2003, p.79]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It's tasty and filling, but hardly haute cuisine. [Feb 2003, p.75]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    The seriously limited engine and weird flow between levels make what could have been a great game, just an average one. Too bad. [Feb 2003, p.73]
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    • 75 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    In a market of precisely one, this package lacks a number of bells and whistles (decent multiplayer most of all), but it had me pursuing a repeat of England's World Cup victory for many hours. [Apr 2005, p.88]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 72 Critic Score
    It's definitely not for the uninitiated. [Nov 2002, p.125]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    The more I played, the more I settled into a fun, if not too deep, experience. [June 2002, p.74]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    This is a game for those who want what Crash has always had to offer – good graphics, jump-and-spin gameplay, and tons of collectible items. Nothing more, nothing less. [Apr 2002, p.74]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    The worst sin, however, is the appallingly long load times, not only before each event, but even when restarting the same event or just exiting to back to the selection screen. [August 2002, p.78]
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    • 61 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Zippy flight shooter. [Dec 2001]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 67 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Despite the visuals, slow pacing, clunky camerawork, and somewhat unsatisfying controls, this is a generally solid pool game. [Jan 2004, p.79]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Solid but not particularly inspired. [Dec 2005, p.112]
    • Official Xbox Magazine
    • 61 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    While it doesn't have the style of "Halo" or the myriad of gameplay choices like "Splinter Cell," Shadow Ops is a decent throwback to simpler shooter times when running and gunning was all that is to be expected. [Aug 2004, p.77]
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    • 63 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    It's simultaneously better and worse than the original. [Holiday 2004, p.68]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    In the end, the arcade-y goodness of SlugFest is fun with your friends, but if Midway wants to earn respect as a single-player sim, it has a long way to go. [July 2004, p.82]
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    • 57 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    The franchise finally shows a bit of potential. [Mar 2002, p.70]
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    • 64 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    The AI can be pretty mechanical, the courses get repetitive, and the waves don't have the dynamic feel of games like "Splashdown," but at least the soundtrack is filled with a surprisingly great selection of garage rock and club music. [Feb 2004, p.81]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    This game is challenging. [Nov 2002, p.138]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 71 Critic Score
    Without the nine keypad buttons, many of these games become unplayable. [Mar 2004, p.81]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The biggest fault in Rivals is the A.I. - your teammates seem terminally lost, neglecting to chase loose pucks or go after rebounds. [Dec 2003, p.106]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It may still be the best gridiron option by default, but Madden 07 is a disappointing step backward on the Xbox. [Oct. 2006, p.77]
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    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Strike Suit Zero still has its issues, but the Director's Cut does a much better job of accentuating its strengths while hiding its weaknesses.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As long as you prefer more action and less strategy with a slightly historical background, we are happy to recommend it. [Nov 2002, p.122]
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    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It won't win any awards for graphics or sound, but it's simplicity is part of its charm. [Apr 2012, p.77]
    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The main reason to play? You'll be able to transfer gold earned here to your Fable: The Journey character.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    While Pariah tastes fine and won't leave you gagging, it's doubtful you'll be hankering for seconds, either. [June 2005, p.84]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The online quickplay is pretty slick and there's even(gulp)online leagues, which will give this baller more legs than the normal yearly update that NCAA hoops games often are. [Jan 2008, p.67]
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    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As a Museum piece, Galaga's beeen almost perfectly preserved, but the missing multiplayer makes us think twice about spending 400 Microsoft Points. [Oct. 2006, p.72]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Droplitz put us to sleep. We mean that in the best way possible. [Sept 2009, p.87]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Rally diehards are better off dropping the extra cash for the excellent Dirt3, or even 2007's Sega Rally Revo. [Aug 2011, p.79]
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    We just had to dig a little deeper than we'd like to get to the good stuff. [Aug 2010, p.74]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The joy of exploration occasionally tips over into frustration, as when untouchable background scenery seems to offer a safe place to land, or during an infuriating and unnecessarily time-consuming final boss fight. But for the most part, Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams is a charming adventure and a reasonable value.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Remarkably solid. [Oct 2009, p.80]
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    • 76 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Its Pixar charm makes it well worth trying, but it never reaches the level of brilliance that you hope it will. [Aug 2010, p.80]
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    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Fans seeking deep, involving combat shouldn't put down their copies of Kingdoms of Amalur or Mass Effect for Asura's Wrath: it's a game chock full of style but little substance. Nevertheless, we can't deny that Asura's made us jump, scream, and pump our fist in the air just as often as the game's crazy warrior hero, even if it was a byproduct of not having to press any buttons for dozens of minutes at a time.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Mutant Storm is a lot like "Geometry Wars", but less frantic but more full of power-ups. [Jun 2006, p.62]
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    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Early on, you’re given mindless, nearly scripted busywork like chasing after Bluecoats intent on lighting powder kegs, and overall, the first half of Infamy’s 2.5-hour journey is a jarring mix of rushed action and s-l-o-w activities, without the freedom of ACIII’s open world to balance it out.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    TMNT 1989 has its share of problems...Nevertheless, the game remains a solid thrill. [June 2007, p.76]
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    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A fun, if slightly flawed, space shooter that expands on the mythos with a decent story. It's not going to win any awards, but should satisfy fans of the show. [Jan 2004, p.82]
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    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Whether you prefer the eight-player Live free-for-all or the strictly linear single player campaign, Novadrome delivers a spartan but reasonably attractive vehicular-combat experience with just enough bells and whistles to justify its $10 download. [Jan. 2007, p.74]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Parallel Lines is an impressive overhaul and creative recovery for a series that had hit its nadir. [May 2006, p.77]
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    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Playing with a buddy in same-screen co-op is your best bet to enjoyably sate your shooter lust. [Holiday 2007, p.70]
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    • 62 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though the game mostly works as advertised, occasional missed moves and finicky menus disappoint. So do the bare-bones campaign and limited array of fighting venues. But with bonus challenge stages, split-screen and online multiplayer, and local co-op beatdowns, this lively Kinect romp packs unexpected (but appreciated) staying power.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It disappoints only in Live multiplayer, where an updating score(gee, thanks...)is all players see of each other, and one person's demise ends both games. [Apr 2007, p.90]
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    • 55 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Street-brawling combat is fun, gleefully violent.
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    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite its literary ancestry, The Raven is uneven in its narrative delivery. Whether stuck on the Orient Express or relaxing on a Venetian cruise ship, The Raven’s cast of well-heeled socialites is deftly drawn, with sharp dialogue and expressive voice acting to match.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Best serves dedicated otaku-style collectors and quick-play arcade gamers. [Oct 2005, p.106]
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    • 69 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A hardcore, old-school shooter. In many ways, it feels like the "Ninja Gaiden" of shooters, so if that sounds appealing to you, you'll probably love it more than we did. But if you're looking for a more modern experience, something from the current crop of shooter stars like "BioShock" and "Call of Duty 4," the frustrating bosses and save system will seem positively prehistoric. [Feb 2008, p.46]
    • 81 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    If you've never played Virtua Fighter, this is the best entry yet, and if you're a fan, well, spend the $15. Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown is still everything it was in 2007 - fluid, complex, and fun. It's just not much more.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    E4's only major flaw is that it can get WAY repetitive. [Holiday 2007, p.70]
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    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Trust us: you won't be worried about the game's shortcomings when you're racking your brain trying to remember the specifics of a scene starring Forrest Gump's momma.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Yes, Universe offers more and more and even more of the same formula--but for the DDR faithful, it's a winning one. [Apr 2007, p.88]
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    • 48 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Though long interrogation sequences are tedious, the stories are wonderfully macabre: every character is guilty of something, and only forensic science can separate the red herrings from the incriminating evidence. [Dec 2007, p.65]
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    • 54 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    On the surface, there's not much to Spyglass Board Games. [Aug 2007, p.81]
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    • 58 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Oddly, what doesn't come into play so much is the series' unique new feature - the heart-rate monitoring done by the optional new Top Shot Fearmaster.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    A decent experience, but not one you're likely to spend much time with. [Jan 2005, p.72]
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    • 60 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    There's much to be said for electrified pistols and radioactive swords, even if the slaughter gets repetitive well before the final battle.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Flag-wavers for hexagonal turn-based strategy games, take note: Commanders' less flexible squares won't offer up the daunting depth of a full-priced title. [Apr 2008, p.76]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The prevailing problem with Rocksmith: defining exactly what it wants to be. It doesn't go all the way in teaching you guitar, in that you're not learning how to read notes or construct a composition. Conversely, as a videogame, its straight-faced tone, added playing mechanics, and high price make it less accessible than, say, Rock Band.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For the low price of $20, Xyanide's a surprisingly fun alternative to Xbox Live Arcade's nostalgic offerings. [Oct. 2006, p.81]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Unfortunately, only a third of the game is dedicated to re-creating Genesis-era stages, and classics like Sonic the Hedgehog 3 and Sonic 3D aren't represented at all. Even worse, the game's beatable in five or six hours, with little incentive to reach 100% completion. Hopefully, Generations can spawn a sequel that fixes these flaws.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Despite the off-tone retelling, though, Lego Lord of the Rings succeeds in being the most authentic and complete LOTR videogame to date.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    As far as gameplay goes, World Cup performs a notch better than "FIFA 06" did(although taking free kicks from midfield is an odd moment with limited options for control and strategy). [Jun 2006, p.77]
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    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    This NFS definitely isn't in the same league as last year's superb Most Wanted. But despite its misfires, Carbon has a lot of great action and intriguing ideas that, with properly calibrated expectations, will be a blast for fans of the series' trademark arcade racing. [Holiday 2006, p.72]
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