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 3.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Mass Effect
Lowest review score: 10 World War II Combat: Road to Berlin
Score distribution:
2,495 game reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's quirky enough to turn off the unadventurous, but for the rest of us, it's every bit as relevant as it was in 2000. [Nov 2012, p.84]
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if Peggle 2 works best as a solitary pursuit, you can fully expect 12 bucks to buy you innumerable hours of absorbing amusement.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Great blend of the series' best bits: customizable cars, high-octane races, and cop chases. [Holiday 2005, p.86]
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    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Impeccable presentation from top to bottom. [Nov 2009, p.82]
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    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Otogi's uncanny amount of spooky artistry, otaku-level challenge, and blissful action make this game a rare treasure and a treat to play. [Oct 2003, p.68]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The surface changes lead to a more varied world and relatable characters, while the action itself is a benchmark for the genre.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Given the countless enhancements to this version of Sonic CD, it's surprising that Sega is selling it for a mere $5. Make no mistake: no corners have been cut, and the developers have put in more than enough extra content (in the form of audio and video options) to properly pay tribute to Sonic's finest spin.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A genius quiz-show game that ranks right up there with classics like "You Don't Know Jack." [Apr 2008, p.68]
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    One of the best add-on adventures in recent RPG memory, but take our warning to heart: save early, save often, and expect the unexpected.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    So don't let Dirt's pointed non--"PGR"-ness stop you in the slightest--if all you care about is great gameplay, it's easily one of the best 360 racing games yet. [July 2007, p.74]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    To our surprise (and relief), adding the diminutive Jedi master to the melee mix turned out to be more than just a Force-fueled marketing ploy. He controls like a dream, animates as acrobatically as his Attack of the Clones counterpart, and amuses when responding to the conceited cast with his backward-speak: "Once you start down the dark path, consume you it will."
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This bugaboo aside, though, NHL 11 really is the best realization of hockey to date. Ultimately, its new physics make for better, more believable hockey that we simply can't recommend enough.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The magic of the game is in its approachability... For both hardcore fighting fans and genre newbies, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 offers a whole lotta bang for your buck. [Mar 2011, p.70]
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Simply more of the same, but better. That's hardly a complaint, though, since that's what we begged for all along. [Apr 2002, p.71]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By adding muscle and dropping fat, Mortal Kombat feels tight and toned, just in time for the end of the Xbox world. [Dec. 2006, p.74]
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    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The gameplay is great throughout, even if the graphics and A.I. don't quite live up to the standard set by "Call of Duty 2" for 360. But it stands up really well among the existing Xbox library. [Jan 2006, p.58]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    No mere phoned-in afterthought like far too many original-Xbox games these days, NCAA 07 is a mature, refined sports game. [Aug 2006, p.75]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Injustice is fast, destructive, and extremely accessible without sacrificing its hardcore edge, and its slick visuals and nonstop craziness put it in a class by itself. This fighter is DC and NetherRealm at their finest, and while certain aspects (like Super Moves) wear thin, there’s enough great content here to keep fans busy for months.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gameplay depth comes from mastering the basic skills..., but none of this is overcomplicated: Pure delivers that prized "pick up and play" experience with several shots of adrenaline. [Oct 2008, p.72]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    But even with the lack of variety, Monday Night Combat's two modes pack enough juice to make it our new favorite sport.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This game is a testament to Capcom's genre mastery, and it's as incredible now as it's ever been. [Nov 2011, p.85]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Eye-popping graphics, especially the in-car view. [Jan 2006, p.66]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ultimately, how much you enjoy Alan Wake’s rollercoaster ride depends on how invested you become in its sophisticated yarn. And it’s one hell of a story, capped off by a quiet, breathtaking denouement that makes good on the opening lines of Alan’s initial descent.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dispel any doubts you might have had: thanks to some smart tweaks and changes, Diablo III is a deep, spirited game that fits right into its new home.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    This is exciting, well-designed racing - exactly what earned NFS its name in the first place. [Jan 2006, p.76]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A veritable clinic on how to enhance your game for a follow-up. Most of Splosion Man's niggling issues have been replaced with a dizzying grab bag of interesting and compelling design choices. Well done, guys.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The huge number of levels and their often epic scale is backed up by a worthy storyline. [Mar 2003, p.40]
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    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's a welcome alternative for veterans, but even folks relatively unfamiliar with soccer will find a lot to love here.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For the hardcore hockey lovers who expect the significant improvements each year, NHL 10 is pure bliss. Everything you loved before is either back in full force or improved enough to warrant playing again. The core experience was already electric, but the enhanced realism, new player abilities, and gratifying sense of progression have us skating on smooth ice.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The inclusion of new tools only complements this rawness, and even adds a distinctly unique flavor to combat.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A marvelous action game that outshines everything in its class. [Aug 2011, p.73]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Betrayal and constant infighting - problems that've been building since the beginning - finally boil over, proving deadlier than anything else in this crazy zombie apocalypse.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Other than improved controls, stylish presentation, and a better MyCareer mode, NBA 2K13 doesn't provide a significant leap forward. But then again, this series wasn't really lacking much in the first place.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FFXIII-2 repairs almost every problem with Final Fantasy XIII, delivering an experience that feels like what that original game should have been. If your faith in Final Fantasy has been damaged by past disappointment, playing FFXIII-2 will restore your excitement for the franchise's future. [Feb 2012, p.68]
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's the surprisingly effective tweaks to the melee and grenade damage, however, that remove any shred of doubt as to the value of this expansion. [June 2005, p.34]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The closest digital equivalent to real baseball. [Apr 2005, p.84]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Better graphics, better environments, more options, and most importantly of all, a massively overhauled gameplay structure, exactly what the old dear needed. [Dec 2002, p.138]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Probably the core of what makes this game such a blast is the handling. It’s not as scientific and demanding as Forza’s, nor is it as slap-happy loose as Need for Speeds of old, but it hits a nice sweet spot between real and fun.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    If there's one notable flaw in Midnight Club 3, it's that the graphics can't quite hang with "NFS Underground 2." [June 2005, p.72]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Ironically, these rough edges seem almost at home in the messy, funny, in-your-face world of Saints Row 2. Stilwater isn’t pretty; it’s a dark, dangerous place. But as it turns out, there’re lots of big thrills here, and it’s well worth the $60 to live here for a while — whether you’re a lawful citizen or a would-be gangster.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Modes aplenty and a fun, refreshing points system. [Dec 2001]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The biggest sport in the world. And EA has done it justice with FIFA 12, improving virtually every aspect of last year's game.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The tasks themselves are familiar — secure blueprints and ammo dumps, defend towns from takeover, detonate collateral — but your freedom of movement creates an exciting illusion of tactical authority, even if you can’t order around your disposable steroid-brigade buddies.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    As long as you're willing to explore the city's nooks and crannies, drive offensively, and take a hell of a lot of risks, you'll find it supremely rewarding. [Feb 2008, p.70]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It’s pure arcade fun, and easily the best game to hit XBLA so far this year.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With incredible track designs, a spot-on control system and a soundtrack by Junkie XL, Quantum Redshift leaves little to be desired. It may not be perfection, but it's pretty darn close. [Dec 2002, p.125]
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    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Buffy is exceptionally well balanced and designed. The control is nicely responsive, it looks absolutely fabulous, and there's a tremendous amount of gameplay variety. [Sept 2002, p.84]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    What makes the crashing so addictive is the visual, visceral spectacle of the fully deformable vehicles piling into each other, catching air, rolling, and spinning across the highway. [July 2003, p.82]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A series of very difficult parry and combo trials are what you're given to learn the game. Completing them is a slow process, but it's a fantastic and compelling way to figure out this notoriously complex sequel.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The beauty of Tiger is its simplicity and depth at the same time. [Nov 2003, p.110]
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    • 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]
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    • 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]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    XBLA's best pure-2D platformer to date.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The do-what-you-like pacing, charming presentation, and endlessly addictive nature of tackling increasingly complex structures in an effort to ultimately erect an impressive castle, mirrors an addiction we haven't experienced since the last time we preened in our pretty pinata gardens. [Dec 2008, p.88]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We were spoiled by Shadow Complex’s sophisticated environments, and while we could settle for the truckload of timed challenges in the nifty Proving Grounds collection of mini-games, we wanted to fall back into the darkened corridors of the sinister Restoration’s high-tech mazes for more, more, more.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The improvements and additions to one of 2012’s best games make XCOM: Enemy Within’s second quest every bit as alluring as first contact.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In around three hours, Lair gives you a mystery to solve; tense shootouts in several locations(including the outside of a spaceship!); a"car" chase through the skies of Ilium; and engrossing boss battles. [Nov 2010, p.81]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Just think of Double Agent as the least amazing Splinter Cell yet, rather than the worst game in the series - because it's simply not. It's the gutsiest, and the chances it takes (but doesn't quite nail) give the series room to evolve into something better than could've possibly imagined to iterations ago. [Dec 2006, p.70]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Black does what the original did best, and hits the elevator button and ascends to an even higher level. [Nov 2005, p.134]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    At its core, Tiger 07 has ditched most of the bad case of the sillies that's possessed it for the past few years, and it finally feels authentic. [Nov. 2006, p.80]
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    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even though Fight Night Round 3 for Xbox isn't the jawbreaking work of staggering genius that the 360 version is, that doesn't mean it isn't a great game. [Apr 2006, p.74]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    NBA 2K12 is not to be missed, lockout or no.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Capcom's done a sweet job of porting a coin-op legend, and Hyper Fighting is officially one of our favorite Live Arcade games. [Oct. 2006, p.83]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Quotation forthcoming. [Holiday 2005]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Fun, addicting, original, and has more gameplay options than any other FPS on Xbox, including "Halo." [Dec 2002, p.147]
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In Stick of Truth, Obsidian has created what’s essentially an incredibly well-paced, extended playable episode of the TV show, cramming in a tightly constructed “greatest hits”–style, kitchen-sink gag reel of everything that can make the show such a riot. For fans, it’s hard to imagine a better way to wind down the Xbox 360 console generation than with this gloriously gassy, burrito-fueled send-off.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The allure of this package is irresistible. [May 2009, p.70]
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A splendid, imaginative romp. [Jan 2002]
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    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Complementing the on-field awesomeness is Year Two of online franchise mode. It’s better than before — you can even manage it from EA’s website or from your iPhone — and we encountered no issues during our testing.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    With four massive game modes to choose from that could all serve as standalone titles plus a strong core gameplay engine, NHL 14 is about as good as it gets.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I love how it combines hard training and unapologetic difficulty with the real-life personalities who serve as your trainers: much like the gymnastics coaches who saw me through days of torn palms and taped shins, this tough-love attitude kept me focused and on track.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Future Soldier's campaign does lose its stealthy way a bit right at the end, and the presentation can be rough at times, just like the throwaway plot. Ultimately, though, the game shines not only for staying true to Ghost Recon's roots, but also for doing so while successfully balancing the memories of old fans with the modern expectations of new ones.

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